Truck driving remains one of the last few professions in America that can provide stable and decently compensated employment
Workers in this field are generally thought of as white men from the heartland of America. During the Covid lockdowns truckers have managed to keep stores stocked, yet at the same time, they have also been targeted for racial violence during black and anarchist riots in major cities since June.
They traditionally symbolize an American archetype: a solitary and independent man who makes his own rules and reaps what he sows — a modern day cowboy on the range.
The rise of large corporate carriers, immigration and surveillance is changing the profession for the worst.
The following is an interview with a veteran trucker, Jack, who has seen his industry change quite a bit in recent years.
Eric Striker: So tell me, first of all, is truck driving still a worthwhile gig?
Jack: At one point I would’ve answered ‘Yes’ without hesitation. Today, things get a little more complicated.
If you get a job with one of the major carriers dominating the market right now, like Prime, Stevens, or Swift, you can expect lousy pay along with all the downsides of being a trucker.
What I do is act as an independent contractor, which helps cut out the middleman. This has its own problems too, of course. My truck, which I finance, runs me about \$4,000 a month plus my auxiliary generator, which I use to save on fuel costs. There’s also the insurance. You get paid a lot more, but you’re also getting into debt.
ES: What’s so bad about the megacarriers? Especially if they offer to train you on the job?
Jack: As these companies eat up more and more of the freight market share, they skimp more. They search for the cheapest crackhead hotels to put truckers up in.
I don’t know if these companies are run by Jews or just greedy scumbags, but never take them up on their offer to help you get your CDL.
They tell you “we’ll train you,” and it’s common for truckers to take them up on their offer, but don’t fall for it. It’s much better to take out a loan and go to school for your CDL.
When you get your training with these companies, you get on the road. As a new driver, you’re bound to have at least little things happen to you on the road, like a small trailer bump. It’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to hit something when you’re doing this for the first time. Megacarriers are totally unforgiving and will reach for any excuse to keep you in debt to them forever. Don’t take anything from them because you will be sorry.
ES: I’ve been hearing that truckers are hounded for little things today in ways they never were before. What’s changed?
Jack: When you work for these larger carriers, the safety department will be your bane.
An anecdote is a younger trucker I knew who hit a parked cars tail light in a narrow residential street. The trucker and the other driver exchanged information and you’d think that would be it for such a minor infraction.
Instead, his employer’s safety department — staffed by and large by blacks with a chip on their shoulder — were hounding him and never let him live it down, adding stress to an already stressful experience.
As an independent driver, I don’t have to deal with that crap. And while having to pay your own insurance can be a hassle, you get peace of mind without some minder who has never driven a truck in their lives breathing down your neck.
ES: I see, so everything’s a give or take. Is being an independent contractor not full of its own pitfalls?
Jack: Definitely. There are some good gigs for big carriers, like driving for Wal Mart which pays well, but the problem is they have off the charts surveillance and no respect for a driver’s privacy.
I work for myself at 50 cents a mile, which is a better deal when dealing with these mega corporations who force you into awkward schedules and pay significantly less. At a typical mega carrier you might clear 50 something thousand a year, but they do not treat their employees like human beings and thus have a high turnover rate. One case I saw was a driver for a megacarrier taking his girlfriend on the road with him, only to be punished by the company for not getting passenger insurance.
If you work for the big carriers, you will miss all the milestones in your kids life and grow estranged from your family. When the job starts taking a toll on you and you ask for a little time off, you will either be let go or they will retaliate against you by giving you terrible loads.
Smaller companies run by ethnic whites, like Poles or Serbs, tend to treat their drivers with more dignity, as the owners have more personal contact with their drivers and come from cultures with greater respect for family. So if you don’t want to go in for yourself, these might be a better bet.
Megacarriers go out of their way to wring you of everything you have. Small companies will set your miles and then you get to go home when you’re done.
ES: Truckers have a reputation for being right-wing, how true is this stereotype?
Jack: There is a lot of truth to this, but unfortunately there is a strong individualist conservative mindset that can be hard to break through.
Sometimes I’ll talk to them about my views, particularly on fighting billionaires, and many are under the impression that they’re billionaires in training and tend to see the world from the point of view of Jeff Bezos rather than…that of his truck driver.
Truckers by and large are extremely religious. Many stops have chapels.
This individualist mindset ends up putting these native white truckers at a disadvantage. They will often get mad at Slavic drivers for working together, like creating credit unions and solidarity networks to help them get on their feet and prosper. Rather than emulating this and realizing that individuals always lose to collectives, some of the truckers decide to get upset about it.
What’s particularly interesting is that many Middle Eastern truckers, largely Lebanese or Syrian, are highly conservative and big Trump fans. While they too have some silly views, the advantage here is that you can dependably hit issues about Jews with them and they are receptive.
ES: How much has changed in the trucking industry since the election of Trump?
Jack: I’m not a Trump supporter anymore, but his administration has done some good work in helping clean up some of the seedier elements of a trucker’s life.
One angle the federal government has done well on is to crack down on human trafficking, There are fewer prostitutes at stops and less shady activity in general in the industry.
On the I-10 near the Mexican border, young and white Border Patrol agents are more enthusiastic than before when it comes to looking for drug smuggling. Trafficking in contraband as a trucker has become very difficult due to aggressive enforcement of DOT rules, weight stations, and full inspections.
ES: How are truckers dealing with some of the racial violence going on? Is there tension between the races?
Jack: Generally speaking, older black truckers are pretty easy going. There was mutual respect. The most intense debate you’d see between them and white truckers is tits vs ass.
Some of the younger black drivers, on the other hand, often have a chip on their shoulder and like to pick fights with white people. The young black drivers like to go around saying things like “bruthas be taking over this industry!” , which is hilarious since they rarely ever last long.
There is grumbling going on with white truckers though, a common sentiment is “I don’t want to be the next Reginald Denny.” Even many black truckers refuse to enter Atlanta, St Louis, etc. Dispatchers by and large side with the truckers however, telling them to move forward and that they’ll deal with the legalities later. The megacarriers don’t give a crap about the well-being of the driver, but are deathly afraid of their trucks and freight being stolen or destroyed.
What really stands out though is that white immigrants who at least are doing well in the industry are starting to get sick of how intolerable life in America is getting and deciding to return to their home countries. Even the Albanians and Armenians want to return!
A lot of truckers are also seeing a big racial gulf in how rural white people behave vs urban blacks and ungrateful white liberals. During the Covid lockdowns, little kids and their mothers would put up stands for truckers with water and baked goods as a gesture of appreciation. Drive through big cities and you are a target for violence at the hands of blacks and Jews.
One time I had to drive through Lakewood, New Jersey, and was shocked at the totally unprovoked animosity from local Jews on bicycles, who were sneering and jeering at me for simply being on the road. Where do they think their food comes from? Disgusting people.
ES: I hear there are a lot of South Asians and even Africans flooding the industry. What’s the deal with that?
Jack: Yes, Pakistanis and Indian drivers, as well as Somalis.
They often like to drive in teams, which typically is two people, but for Indian trucks we call them clown cars since sometimes 5 of them will get out.
There is a lot of animosity between African immigrants and black Americans. Africans see US blacks as lazy and coddled, while the latter see Somalis as retarded.
Practically speaking, these drivers cause a lot of problems. They have way more accidents, a lot of DOT violations. White drivers and even American black and Mexican drivers all try to keep up on their trucks maintenance. They call in accidents. Somalis are known for hit and runs, running over road signs, just leaving a trail of destruction wherever they drive. Most of the people in the industry understand there’s cameras everywhere and you will be found out and punishedworse, but Somalis don’t have the situational awareness to know this.
Pakistani drivers are known for ruining truck stop bathrooms. If you walk into a shower after a Paki was in there, expect the floor to be covered in their pubic hair. They forget or refuse to flush their toilets Janitors and cleaners hold their faces when they see them come in.
One funny story about Somali truckers is that they like to carve holes at the bottom of their cab to shit on the go. Now, piss bottles are common, but this is something else!
ES: Truckers are the backbone of the American supply chain. Do they know how much power they have if they were to politically organize and starve out cities full of people who hate them?
Jack: Sadly, many truckers lack that conciousness. Most truckers are just guys who want to be left alone. They want to work out, read, joke around, meet people and see the country.
This is starting to change with the younger generation. Young whites from both rural and urban ones are very sympathetic to our ideas. I met a young driver from Boston recently who was saying some pretty radical racialist stuff. I give these guys links to all of our stuff and we are winning new people over, since they have lots of time to drive and listen to podcasts.
ES: What’s the future of the industry?
Jack: Sadly, it’s not looking too good. It’s believed companies like Amazon will swallow up more and more of the market, which if they succeed in monopolizing, will turn truck driving into another shitty \$12 dollar an hour McJob.
You also see an increase in woke capital trying to humiliate and politicize the industry. For example, the company Hirschbach (pictured above) was forcing people to drive in its ridiculous LGBT rainbow trucks for “pride month,” which is humiliating.
All in all, it took them a while, but an industry once able to stave off globalization, capitalist excess and political correctness is beginning to morph into something not so desirable.