Wednesday, May 25, 2016

backlashes don’t organise themselves

If you spend any time at all on any right-wing online sites you will have seen countless comments assuring us that a backlash against the follies of liberalism is inevitable, and expressing amazement that it hasn’t happened yet.

In fact it’s not the slightest bit surprising that there has been no backlash.

First of all we need to be clear what we’re talking about. If the backlash amounts to a few spontaneous individual acts of defiance then we’re talking about something so futile that we might as well not waste our breath.

What we have seen over the past half century or so has been nothing less than a revolution. A revolution pursued by patient gradualist means but a revolution as momentous as any in history. Most of those on the right think that this revolution has been a left-wing revolution but this is a fundamental misunderstanding. It has been more of an aristocratic revolution, with the new aristocracy being the class of globalist elites who dominate big business, banking, government and the media. These new aristocrats wrap themselves in the banner of Social Justice but in reality what these self-proclaimed Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) care about is their own wealth and power.

To defeat a revolution requires a counter-revolution. The trouble is that counter-revolutions, like revolutions, do not arise spontaneously. Never in history has there been a  spontaneous revolution or counter-revolution. To achieve a counter-revolution will require organisation, or the support of existing organised groups. There's no question that there's already enough anger and disgust to fuel such a counter-revolution but without leadership and organisation it will never happen.

Where is this organisation going to come from? The military is solidly behind the globalist/SJW agenda. The Christian Churches are almost entirely SJW. The media is controlled by globalist SJWs. The schools are controlled by SJWs. The universities are controlled by SJWs. The police are controlled by SJWs.

There are only two ways a successful counter-revolution can occur. The first is through the creation of large-scale highly disciplined alternative anti-SJW organisations. That's going to require a great deal of hard work, patience and money. 

The second way would be to find an already existing organised grouping that shares our hostility to liberalism and modernism.

There is no third way.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

fighting back in the culture wars

Is there anything we can do in the way of fighting back in the culture wars? There are times when it seems hopeless but there are a few things we can do as individuals and on a group basis. 

One thing we can do is learn to be better at watching each other’s backs. Conservatives have been operating as lone wolves while leftists always hunt in packs. We need to hunt in packs as well. That does not imply that we should copy the vicious tactics of leftists but we should make it clear that we’re not going to let individual conservatives get picked off one at a time. 

We need to network more. It’s true that we are divided. The paleo-conservatives and the traditionalist conservatives and the alt-right disagree strongly about many things. However we need to remember that the Left is even more divided. The Left today is composed of countless lobby groups with virtually no interests in common. And yet they will always close ranks against us. There seems to be no good reason why we can’t do the same.

We should follow the example of Ron Unz. At Unz Review he has collected together a formidable array of writers. They cover a very broad range of the political spectrum. What they have in common is that all are dissidents. All are outlaws as far as the mainstream media is concerned. These are voices that would otherwise be unheard. It doesn’t matter if you disagree with another dissident - any dissident is worth supporting. 

Taki’s Magazine is also worthwhile. We need to support such sites. Without them a lot more voices would be silenced.

We need to offer moral support to other conservatives, even if it’s nothing more than leaving an occasional brief comment just to let a conservative blogger know that his blog does get read. 

Networking outside the online world is more difficult but it’s not impossible. In Australia we have groups like the Melbourne Traditionalists. The Upon Hope and Oz Conservative blogs have more information about this group.

The best antidote to despair is the knowledge that you are not alone, that other people do share your beliefs and concerns.

Friday, May 13, 2016

paralysed by history

History matters. It matters a good deal. This is something that leftists have always understood, and it’s something that conservatives have consistently failed to understand. As Orwell pointed out in 1984 if you control the past you control the present. A sense of corporate identity, of national identity, is the product of history. If history can be manipulated then that sense of identity can be destroyed. More importantly perhaps, if our faith in out own history can be undermined then our sense of a shared positive identity evaporates.

This is what has happened to European history, and conservatives have allowed it to happen. Leftists have pushed the line, remorselessly, that the history of western civilisation is nothing more than a record of oppression, crime, victimisation, brutality, ignorance, superstition, cynicism and hypocrisy. Conservatives should have resisted this process and they have failed to do so. As a result the West is now paralysed, morally and spiritually, by its own history. 

The irony of course is that the Left has a whole lot more to be ashamed of in its history, but leftists never ever apologise for their history. Stalin’s regime murdered tens of millions of people. Mao’s regime killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot’s regime slaughtered millions of people. You would expect that it would be leftists suffering from a crippling paralysis as a result of their murderous history. But they don’t. It’s conservatives who are ashamed of their history.

Mention colonialism to a conservative and he will immediately start apologising. Mention anything connected with race to a conservative and he will immediately start apologising. Mention women to a conservative and he will begin apologising for the oppression of women. Mention Christianity to a conservative and he will apologise for all the supposed crimes of Christianity. Mention the Industrial Revolution to a conservative and he will apologise for sending children down the coal mines. Mention the possibility that things might have been better in the past and conservatives are reduced to abject terror that somehow they will be tainted by accusations of fascism - and of course they immediately start to apologise. Mention any historical event and the apologies will inevitably begin.

This mania has apologising has one obvious and certain result - it will be interpreted as an admission of guilt, an admission that every accusation leftists throw at western civilisation must be true. If the accusations were not true why would conservatives be apologising? 

It is not necessary, and never was necessary, for conservatives to claim that western civilisation was perfect. Every human civilisation that has ever existed has had its faults and has done things that were less than admirable. That’s simply human nature. It is not necessary, and never was necessary, for conservatives to attempt to denigrate other civilisations. It is unnecessary and it is a huge tactical mistake - it comes across as both arrogant and defensive.

All conservatives ever needed to do was to counter the criticism levelled at the West by pointing out the West’s very considerable achievements. Europeans were the first people in history to outlaw slavery. Western society has, by comparison with every other civilisation in history, treated women remarkably well. Colonialism was in many ways an unfortunate and misguided experiment but on balance it did more good than harm. And almost everything that has made life relatively comfortable and pleasant has been invented by European men - without European men we would not have electricity, antibiotics, anaesthesia, sewerage, cars, trains, aircraft, recorded music, telephones and countless other things that no sane person would wish to live without. Without western civilisation the world have been denied Shakespeare, Bach, Mozart, the glories of Renaissance painting and countless other artistic treasures. 

Creating a civilisation is nothing to apologise for. Life before civilisation was not only remarkably unpleasant, it was remarkably violent. As Lawrence  H. Keeley points out in War Before Civilisation pre-civilised societies are infinitely more violent than modern western civilisation. Even the bloodbaths of the 20th century caused proportionately fewer deaths than occur in pre-civilised societies in the normal course of events. Which is of course another reason why it is mistaken to apologise for colonialism.

All conservatives have ever needed to do to win the history wars is to put the case for western civilisation. Instead of which they have chosen surrender and have given the victory to the Left by default.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Racism is alive and well - among the Greens

Leftists have been telling us for years that racism is alive and well in Australia. It turns out they were right. A journalist on the notoriously left-wing Melbourne newspaper The Age has discovered a particularly obnoxious nest of such racists in the heart of Melbourne.

But these racists are not quite what the leftist media might have led you to believe they’d be. They’re not rednecks. They’re not working-class. They’re not Christians. They’re not evil conservatives. They’re middle-class, very wealthy, LGBTQwhatever-friendly, environmentally conscious, atheist, feminist and they vote solidly for the Greens. They live in inner-city Fitzroy where the local town hall is festooned with banners proclaiming "refugees are welcome here." 

But they are racists. They don’t send their children to the local primary schools because the local primary schools are very diverse and multi-cultural. No, they send their children to primary schools much further afield - primary schools that are almost entirely white. It seems they don’t want their precious offspring to have to mix with non-whites.

The best part of the article from The Age is the comments section. It’s absolutely hilarious watching the mental contortions these hypocrites perform in their desperate efforts to argue that they’re not racist just because they want their kids to be safely segregated from contact with non-white kids.

The funniest comment of all is from the person who tries to argue that it’s not racism at all - he’s just terrified his kids might come into contact with some of those nasty scary people from the lower socioeconomic groups. Because poor people are so icky, aren’t they? Apparently they’re even ickier than non-white people!

There is truly no limit to leftist hypocrisy.

I was led to the subject matter for this post by a post at OzConservative.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

conservative strategies

A recent post at Upon Hope asks why conservatives seem to be poor at strategy and further asks what can be done to correct this. These are extremely valid points. 

A couple of things suggest themselves. I think we need to abandon any faith in mainstream “conservative” parties. They have always betrayed us, and always will. Ignore them. Bypass them. Concentrate on grass-roots activism on specific issues. And choose issues on which it is possible to gain widespread popular support.

The transgender nonsense is an obvious one. The truth is that most people think it has gone way too far and has reached the point of being dangerous insanity. Most people are too afraid to express such sceptical views openly but that doesn’t change the fact that most people are very uncomfortable indeed about the idea of men sharing bathrooms with their daughters. What we need to do is to encourage people to overcome their fears - let the silent majority know that on this issue they really are the majority. And as commenter Mark Richardson points out, a boycott of the US Target chain is already having some effect.

We also need to look at where we might find allies. The big losers in society over the past few decades have been working class people. They have been betrayed by all the mainstream political parties and they have suffered at the hands of Big Business and the globalist elites. They are disillusioned but they do nothing about it because they see no alternatives. Offer them alternatives. Reach out to them. Working-class people tend towards social conservatism anyway. It’s not working-class people who have pushed the homosexual agenda, or feminism, or lunatic environmentalism. Or mass immigration. These insanities are often described as Stuff White People Like but in fact they’re Stuff Middle Class People Like.

Working-class people know that globalism is not good for them and they know that Big Business is not their friend. Big Business is also no friend to conservatives. Big Business is solidly liberal. Bankers love liberalism. They love identity politics. It keeps people’s attention directed away from their own activities. 

The working class is a natural recruiting ground for conservatives. All we need to do is to convince them that conservatism is not all about greed. Which is another reason to abandon the mainstream “conservative” parties - they really are all about greed.

And we need to put as much distance as we possibly can between ourselves and the neocons. We need to be relentless in hammering home the message that neconservativism has nothing to do with actual conservatism.