Activus Interruptus: All Pro-White and Nowhere to Go
March 16, 2010
March 16, 2010
It's well-known that a major frustration for white advocates is the lack of opportunities for activism. A person first makes the slow and sometimes painful transition from "conservative" or "libertarian" to racially conscious white person (as in "No, I'm not a hater of random black or Jewish people, but would you look at the raw deal whites in America are getting, for God's sake?"). The more they delve into the writings, and match them up with current events, the more clearly they understand the issues facing whites. But aside from posting on the Internet, there's not much they can do.
Some organizations, as the erudite Wilmot Robertson observed, consist of nothing more than a weird collection of undercover government agents, informers and oddballs. I recall attending some National Alliance meetings several years ago and thinking that some of the attendees mirrored his observation.
I think this is a very harmful state of affairs. Some deal with "activus interruptus" by simply drifting away. Others may deal with it through foolhardy outbursts that accomplish nothing.
One acute problem is this: there are countless implicitly white efforts that never go anywhere (conservatism in general being the chief example) because they don't state the issues clearly. And then there are the kamikazee pro-white efforts that never go anywhere precisely because they do state the issues clearly (the National Alliance might be an example). Damned if you do, damned if you don't. We're too hot to handle, but we can't stay silent.
I don't have a handy solution to this problem, but I wanted to name it. I thought "activus interruptus" was a fitting phrase. And I wanted to throw some thoughts out.
1. I don't think it's true that implicitly white activism, like being active in the GOP, is totally useless. I recommend erring on the side of doing something instead of nothing. If all you can safely do is participate in the GOP or donate to the NRA (because your husband is a federal judge, for instance), that's all you can safely do. Don't quit doing that just because it's not explicitly white. Of course, you shouldn't lull yourself into thinking that's it: look for any and all opportunities to push and persuade.
2. Inside all areas of life, there are opportunities to advance the white cause. If you're elected to the local school board, you can vote for the less-PC history textbook, for instance. Small beer, sure — but it's something.
3. Don't assume that joining a group is the same thing as advancing the cause. Or starting a group. Whites feel compelled to create groups with names and then run a flag up the pole. Are the groups having an influence? Sometimes, individual action — like running for office — might do more good. Let me emphasize: groups are always going to disappoint you. The Democrats, as an organization, are very disappointing to many individual Democrats. This doesn't stop them, however.
4. On the other hand, you might ask yourself whether certain types of activity really are that risky. We sometimes buy too much of the notion that we're so marginal that we really do need to "crawl under a rock", as our opponents like to tell us. Run through the possible consequences and ask what's likely to happen, or not. If you're called to step out there more, step out. If you need to rearrange your life in certain ways to make yourself more protected as an activist, do it. Think long-range. Self-employment is an obvious answer to the risk of being fired.
5. Use the system. Yes, the system is against us. Our goal is to change it. But that doesn't mean we can't use it to our benefit in the meantime. I think the legal process is a good example of this. Don't equate use of the system with validation of the system.
6. Don't worry that you're being watched. Of course you are being watched — by "civil rights" ninnies, radical leftists, the media, the government. But don't get too excited about this. The government doesn't like anyone who rattles the status quo, and they infiltrate all kinds of radical groups. The government probably had the "civil rights" movement totally infiltrated, but it was ultimately successful.
7. Keep moving. Don't become static. Things like cancellation of AmRen are a blow, but that should be your cue to get flexible and think, write, speak, meet, connive, conspire, strategize and maybe do a little (legal) sabotage of your own.
8. De-emotionalize the white cause. In the end, it's about inevitable group conflict and how we as whites will deal with it. If you're convinced that whites as a group have a right to self-determination, you're there.
We need changed minds and changed policies. No bigger changes are going to happen without that groundwork.
Christopher Donovan is the pen name of an attorney and former journalist. Email him.