In No Particular Order….

Some thoughts pursuant to the discussion we had before Thanksgiving of possible strategies and directions for an ethno-conservative movement (see “A Type of Protest I’d Like to See” and “Non-Radical Revolution and Separation“):

1. A Gramscian strategy of working from the bottom up to leadership positions in our social institutions was suggested. Actually, I have not read Gramsci before, although last week I took a look at some of his letters from prison. At one point he claimed to be reading “a book a day.” I find this enviable. Maybe I need to go to jail. But I don’t think my intellectual vigor matches that of Gramsci.

2. A good case was made for “non-radical revolution,” something I agree must be tried, despite the serious and growing demographic obstacles to such a movement, which at some point threaten to become insurmountable. (Many say they are; but since we have no choice but to live in whatever circumstances are given to us, I wonder if it even matters. And anyway, I remain convinced the problem is largely within our collective spirit. It is not as if we face a genuinely formidable, superior enemy.)

3. My problem with the non-radical approach is that rising to the top in most of the institutions of our society requires the actual promotion of the current liberal agendae of diversity, non-discrimination, globalism, feminism, and the like. So is one supposed to just pretend to accept these things until one reaches the top, and then do an about-face? The case of Lawrence Summers shows that you are not safe at the top. Even the Pope has (or acts as if he has) no real power to oppose Islam. And one cannot really thrive if one has to wear camouflage all the time.

4. But maybe politics (among other fields?) is a special case where, at least in areas with large remaining middle-American conservative constituencies, a skillful figure working at the local level can actually be a leader, channeling the public’s healthy instinct for self-preservation into political form. Tom Tancredo did an admirable job of this and he seems to be evolving into a genuine ethno-conservative leader (were it not so, he would not be consorting with Buchanan). If a Tancredo is doomed to be drummed out of politics then there is little hope in this sort of endeavor, but what if we could get 10 or 20 Tancredos in office in the next decade? That seems possible. Such a coalition could have serious influence on our politics, if not much “power” in the conventional sense.

The point here would not so much be gaining actual legislative power as it would be forcing issues into the public discourse, and providing genuine representation for the interests of heritage Americans.

5. As I suggested in my discussion of “Gay Pride” marches and civilian trials for mass-murdering terrorists, another productive approach is to support single-issue movements in which the opposition’s position is so outrageous that persistent, articulate support of a traditional or conservative position is bound to gain significant public support. Immigration restriction remains the big issue we can’t let go. Anti-jihadism remains a core issue.Traditional marriage, gun rights, food labeling (who the heck got the laws repealed that required disclosure of what country foods come from?), English-as-official-language-movements, and protection of police officers are a few good causes that come to mind. Certain such causes  could be taken over by ethno-conservatives in time, though it’s not possible now.

6. Is there a way to work within the Republican Party for traditionalism? When I see who rises to the top in that party, it seems highly unlikely. But what about at the local level?

7. We must support, quietly, or loudly, the few people and publications who openly advocate race realism. Stand up for those whose livelihood and well-being suffer because of their views – whether they are professional or just inadvertant realists. In general, we should not publicly criticize people who are “to one’s right,” unless they are absolutely over the top. And even then, we must ask whether such criticism might not be more harmful than beneficial to one’s long-term goals. Black people don’t criticize Al Sharpton. Why should we have to apologize for our Al Sharptons? (If there are any.)

8. What role might local, discreet groups who meet in real life for social or activist purposes serve? I originally intended this website to help serve that function, but I confess that I have backed away from it. First, of course there is risk involved in mutual disclosure of identity. Second, the numbers seem too small. Ian Jobling’s White America has a meet-up page and there doesn’t seem to be much happening there, although that could change, and I hope it will. Third, I think meeting needs to have a clear purpose. It would certainly be fun to meet and talk with like-minded people from time to time, and it could be spiritually and intellectually fruitful. However, most of us are probably so busy with our families, jobs, and non-political social lives that it would be hard to make a big commitment to some group of fellow ethno-conservatives. So, what purpose would meeting serve? (This is not a rhetorical, but a genuine question.)

9. Most meaningful political and social activity must be directed towards our own people. Praise and support those of our own who do what’s right (even if they do not welcome our praise and support). Vilify, obstruct, intimidate, trick those of our own who betray us. We have little ability to influence those outside of our ethnic group. We shouldn’t try to court favor with black, brown, yellow, or purple people. Those who offer their respect and goodwill should receive it; those who act as enemies should be treated as such.

The winter will pass, so let’s stay warm, and be careful out there!

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10 Responses to In No Particular Order….

  1. Dr.D says:

    Interesting thoughts, Stephen.

    You mention Tancredo as a model of a good politician, useful to our side. I would ask, is he really? He seemed to be, but when it got a bit difficult, he seemed to simply fold and disappear. Has anybody heard from him since? He does not even seem to make speeches, or do much of anything anymore. It is like this is no longer his problem. That just does not seem like the idea model to me.

    Regarding the Republican party, what can you do at the local level that does not support the sell-outs at the national level? It seems clear to me that Steele & Co. are going to pay no attention at all to the rest of us, so I’m not clear as to how to use the Rs.

    I think the general rule of “don’t criticize anyone to your right” is something we ought to be following. At the same time, it is a very unnatural thing for must of us to do. We are so accustomed to making HONEST evaluations of everything, both on the right and on the left, and it is difficult to self censor in this fashion. But we do have to stop these “friendly-fire” injuries.

    Meeting up with others of similar mind is difficult as you said, but it is very worthwhile. This past October, I had some business about 200 miles away from my home, in the vicinity of a blogger of a very conservative point of view. I’ve known this blogger over the internet for a number of months, so I proposed that we meet for dinner when I was over that way for my business trip. There were five us: The blogger and her husband and son, my wife and myself. We had a very nice evening together and I think it was extremely worthwhile. I would strongly encourage others to step out and establish contacts wherever you can. It is extremely important that we get to know each other as real people, not just as e-mail addresses.

    We should be prepared to shun those white folks who betray us. There are large numbers who do this, many who are very proud of themselves for their “inclusivity.” It is not profitable to say much about them, but they should be simply ignored, their “achievements” treated as nothing, their “honors” dismissed. They are traitors.

  2. stephenhopewell says:

    Dr. D, thanks for your comments. I’m glad to hear of your successful experience connecting with another conservative blogger. There is something to say for even arranging a get-together even once a year, as your experience shows.

    On Tancredo: I experienced disappointment similar to yours when he dropped out of the presidential race very early; but he now does the Team America PAC with Bay Buchanan, which seems to me an honorable project, about the best we can expect from a conventional “issue” group. I am not touting him as a great leader, merely suggesting that people with more radical aims should consider supporting such groups, which at least keep our concerns in the public eye.

    I don’t know the answer to your question about the Republicans. It seems to me that they may still be a useful vehicle for electing local politicians and giving voice to populist sentiments in regions with a strong conservative populace.

    The white “betrayers” should definitely be made to pay, and we should try to re-establish an atmosphere where people are afraid of offending whites and Christians just as they are of offending other groups. It seems to me whites are far more vulnerable to pressure coming from “us” than non-whites. The mayor of Detroit cares not a whit (I was going to say a white) what people like me think of him, but what about his white enablers?

  3. Stephen: I would write a lengthier comment if your remarks left anything substantive to be added. To me, your conclusions seem inescapable, point by point. How others escape them is one of the mysteries of our time.

  4. Old Atlantic says:

    Great article and comments. I think we have to follow many paths and each one is valuable. I think its very important not to attack those to the right.

  5. Hannon says:

    Stephen,

    I have been following your latest entries, belatedly, with interest. While I too cannot help but feel impatient in the need for change, I agree with other commenters that effective change is some years away and now is a time to refine principles, advance our knowledge and build contacts. I think we are in need of a reformation rather than a revolution. A reformation can be as profound or radical as you like, but our essential, original nation, with Constitution intact, must remain our basic framework.

    As Howard J. Harrison wrote:

    “But you simply must play for power where the power already is.”

    Precisely so. Our primary public policy vehicle, the GOP, needs a radical transformation, not abandonment. It is harder work and does not feel good the way camaraderie on the ‘net does, but who can imagine actually founding a replacement organization? Slow, tedious work is the better part of any successful fight.

  6. stephenhopewell says:

    Old Atlantic, thank you. Hannon, I think my New Year’s resolution will be to do more of that “harder work” that “does not feel good the way camaraderie on the ‘net does.”

  7. Liam says:

    Stephen

    Point number five in your list is absolutely excellent, this in particular: “another productive approach is to support single-issue movements in which the opposition’s position is so outrageous that persistent, articulate support of a traditional or conservative position is bound to gain significant public support.”

    A brilliant summary. Could be characterised as a “Daily Mail” strategy, for all the faults of that particular media organ.

    Oh, and a friendly observation from across the pond re point 8. It’s a crying shame you people don’t have a pub culture like ours. You would be hugely cheered at the sentiments expressed in saloon bars up and down the UK.

    A very merry Christmas to all from across the water.

  8. Hannon says:

    Merry Christmas and New Years Blessings.

  9. stephenhopewell says:

    Liam, thank you. I personally have long wished we had a pub culture. A civilized country should naturally produce spaces where one can have a pleasant drink and meal in a comfortable environment. In America I suppose “bars” have usually not been designed with this in mind. The situation is worsened by the dependency on cars and the wide distances between people and places.

    If I had a bar instead of a blog, how many of you would come?

    Hannon, thank you for the holiday greeting. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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