Flashback to early January of this year, in Germany. ‘Germany shocked by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women,’ from the BBC:
The scale of the attacks on women at the city’s central railway station has shocked Germany. About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved. City police chief Wolfgang Albers called it “a completely new dimension of crime”. The men were of Arab or North African appearance, he said. What is particularly disturbing is that the attacks appear to have been organised. Around 1,000 young men arrived in large groups, seemingly with the specific intention of carrying out attacks on women. Police were deployed outside the central station because of the crowds on New Year’s Eve, but failed to spot the many attacks, according to reports. There are also fears that a number of women did not report assaults.
Emphasis mine. Going just by the heavily abridged and self-censored description from the BBC, we learn that a thousand organized, drunk, aggressive young Arab men arrived in large groups at the central railway station and main square of Cologne – a city with a population of over a million people in Germany – on New Year’s Eve, and engaged in a campaign of thefts and sexual attacks. Police were deployed, but “failed to spot the many attacks.”
Allow me to repeat that. In a large city in Germany, on the main square and central railway station, on New Year’s Eve, police failed to spot a thousand organized, drunk, aggressive young Arab men committing what have now been revealed as over 1000 crimes. How many police were deployed exactly? Three? According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung article, there were 80 police officers instead of the previously-reported 140, but I still fail to understand how 80 police officers in an area that – being very generous – is the size of the prison island of Alcatraz failed to spot one thousand criminals committing crimes.
I don’t mention Alcatraz without reason. Ninety officers worked at Alcatraz at any given time, managing an average of 260 imprisoned criminals. Ninety policemen were enough to manage 260 prisoners in an area the size of the greater Cologne main square area, but eighty policemen were not enough to even notice a single crime being committed by 1000 criminals in the same area – in one night! The police just aren’t what they used to be, I guess.
Oh, but wait:
Riot police broke up far-right protesters in Cologne on Saturday as they marched against Germany’s open-door migration policy after asylum seekers were identified as suspects in assaults on women on New Year’s Eve. Police said around 1,700 people attended the rally organized by the far-right anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, which has seized on the alleged involvement of migrants in the Cologne attacks as proof Merkel’s policy is flawed. A police spokesman said roughly half of those at the PEGIDA protest were from the ‘hooligan scene’. Some in the crowd threw bottles and fire crackers at officers, and riot police used water canon to disperse the protesters. Two people were injured in the clash, and police detained a number of demonstrators, a Reuters witness said. In all, about 1,700 police officers were on the streets of Cologne, dwarfing the number on duty during the chaotic scenes of New Year’s Eve when at least 120 women were robbed or sexually molested. “The events on New Year’s Eve led to a lot of emotion,” said a police spokesman. “We had feared that emotions would boil over.”
This article was from January 9. In other words, on January 9, the Cologne police had 1,700 police officers in riot gear and reinforced by water cannons break up a rally of around 1,700 people, but a week or so earlier they couldn’t muster more than 80 police officers to patrol the main square during the busiest night of the year as a thousand Arabs went nuts on the locals. Are these even the same police forces? Apparently, rather than fearing thefts and rapes, the police feared that “emotions would boil over,” and going by the numbers of arrests, they indeed prepared terribly for the former, but magnificently for the latter.
All of which goes back to the title of this article. My dear right-wing activists: you will not be allowed to succeed. Your emotions will not be allowed to boil over; they will be kept cool with riot police and water cannons at any cost.
The notion that activism is the path to power is not just wrong, it is fully backwards. It confuses cause and effect. Arab migrants in Germany are allowed to grope women and steal iPhones from the locals. They do not do it in spite of the police and government, they do it thanks to the police and government. German right-wingers are not allowed to publicly demonstrate they exist, or that they oppose the state-imposed campaign of Arab rape and theft. This conundrum is not accidental, it is intentional.
Moldbug wrote about the folly of political activism in support of right-wing causes a long time ago. Activism of any kind is not the path to power, it is the end result of power. It is not the way to gain power and influence, it is a victory dance for those who already have it. Doing the victory dance when you have power only reinforces your power. Doing the victory dance when you don’t results in an unceremonious crushing by the state, followed by subsequent official wiping of anybody’s memory of you – unless you came close to succeeding, in which case you are officially rewritten in history as a villain and trotted out as a dirty, evil bogeyman to anyone who suggests anything vaguely resembling your ideas or opinions.
There were always plenty of right-wing activist organizations. I can safely say that any single one of them were more technically correct (though possibly not as sophisticated) about major issues at any given time than the ruling governments. What is the track record of technical correctness beating state-backed incorrectness and insanity? What happened to the KKK? What happened to the John Birch Society? American Nazi Party? What happened to the National Alliance, which used to have a yearly income of $1 million? Remember when Britain’s National Front had thousands of dues-paying, marching members committed to a whites-only party and repatriation of non-whites? What happened to the Irish toughs who fought desegregation in Boston? Did boycotts and protests do anything for them, or did the police dutifully act on the state’s orders to put black kids in formerly white schools at the cost of beating white women and schoolchildren? And how is that time period presented in all official schools, universities, and media publications today?
As long as I can remember, the media has been claiming that there are Nazis, fascists, and religious right-wing theocrats hiding in every closet and under every bed, just waiting for somebody to express an opinion that was in vogue 30 years ago but horribly unfashionable now, at which point all these Nazis, fascists and religious right-wing theocrats would jump out and reveal themselves, impose a totalitarian government, and kill just about everybody. This would be horribly offensive to women and minorities, and therefore unacceptable. I would not recommend potential right-wing activists take the media’s word for it, however.
The media’s business model depends on printing comfortable and popular lies, and it is therefore full of society’s best liars. The media does not stop lying when it claims there are brownshirts under your bed just waiting to suddenly return and attempt a Fourth Reich. In reality, there are no powerful right-wing institutions, few if any powerful people who are openly right-wing, and no powerful right-wing political parties on the cusp of seizing power. But if the ordinary person realized and internalized that fact, there would be no need for the radically left-wing parties masquerading as level-headed moderates that rule Western countries nowadays.
The Brown Specter keeps the Reds in power.
So, what happens if you make the mistake of believing the media, and you attempt to publicly join the incipient right-wing revolution? Well, the police show up, beat you, detain you, arrest you, use the latest high-tech crowd dispersal technology against you, the media notes that somebody made a Nazi salute somewhere near you (therefore discrediting your message), and then everyone disowns and disavows you. Then you are used as proof that the Nazis could be back at any second, and to ensure peace and prosperity the government absolutely needs to import another 2-3 million Middle Eastern and African migrants, lest there occur another Holocaust. All of this might seem silly and unjust to you from a jail cell, but that’s the system we live in. It’s not unmerited pessimism if it’s true.
One photo of a little dead Kurdish boy on a Turkish beach, and the media is unanimous: Europe must accept millions of Syrian (or wherever they came from) migrants immediately. And Europe does. Thousands and thousands of photos, videos and stories of degeneracy and violence by migrants or other left-wing victim groups – nothing. Noticing them is enough to get you fired in some places. In Britain, it could get you arrested. Does being technically correct or technically legal help you at all? Not really, looks like. Protected left-wing groups can break border laws dozens of times, commit rapes, thefts and terrorism, and still remain in the good graces of the official ruling organs. Right-wing groups that protest this consistent criminality are put down immediately, legality be damned. Progress does not wait for the law.
Despite the total efforts of dozens of right-wing political parties and political activist groups over decades (if not centuries), there has been no sustained reversal, halt, or even deceleration of the left-wing program. Public right-wing groups attain some modicum of success, then get crushed, then eventually peter out, and the next new generation of right-wingers never learns about them and gets convinced they are finally ready to bring the gospel to the people, only to get crushed again. Only controlled opposition like the mainstream center-right parties in Europe and North America may exist permanently, and they are worse than useless.
So what is to be done? I recommend passivism. In the short term, public political action and activism looks very flashy, very impressive, and looks like it’s scaring the right people. In the long run, public political action and activism amounts to next to nothing. The main benefit of right-wing activism — when it doesn’t end in life sentences — is that it inadvertently forms bonds between right-wing-minded people. That is good, great even. We need bonds between right-wing minded people. There are friendships, marriages, children, careers, families, and networks that would not exist today if it weren’t for right-wing activist and public political groups. But this benefit is incidental.
The main stated goals of these organizations tend to be to influence the official political process. Political maneuvering and protest without the state power to make them useful. The main benefit is relationship-building, which can in any case be done more efficiently if less time is spent on activism and more time is spent on the relationships.
Coincidentally, the few places where right-wing activism demonstrably works are the places where right-wing governments are already in power, and the countries are run by naturally right-wing alliances of mafiosos, rural patriarchs, and members of the local security services, rather than by the media, academia and permanent bureaucracy. It’s been repeatedly observed that the dueling center-right and center-left parties in the West will ally with each other to prevent a rise in influence of a far-right party. Yet in Hungary, far-right Jobbik members complain that the majority Fidesz party adopts their policies to stanch their support. This aligns with my earlier point: public protest and activism is not the path to power. It is the end result of it.
If you want to be a right-wing activist, I recommend you move to Eastern Europe first, where the police will look away if you shout down a No Borders anarchist with a black bandanna, then beat him up later. In the West, the police will make sure you only very quietly and politely protest the No Borders anarchists, and if you literally or figuratively raise your voice, they will arrest you for inciting violence, or will look away as people in black bandannas wreck your car. If you punch a leftist, you incited violence with your fist. If a leftist punches you, you incited violence with your words. If you want be an activist, first go someplace where that isn’t true.
Activism is either dangerous or harmless to the state. If harmless, it is LARPing and will not result in any permanent solution to our civilization’s problems. If dangerous, it is felonious or will be made felonious quickly when you are noticed. Just because the state doesn’t have a legal justification to crush you now doesn’t mean it won’t figure one out, or won’t reinterpret the existing laws to figure out a justification. Frankly, it doesn’t even mean the state will have to follow the existing laws – Angela Merkel’s plan to resettle half the Near East in Bavaria wasn’t technically legal by EU law, but that didn’t seem to stop her, or even arouse much ire. You don’t want to be the first to discover that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment, or that your views constitute emotional violence that is just as harmful as physical violence to a protected group.
Achieving right-wing goals for the long-term has to begin with renouncing activism. Right-wing activism is only a challenge to the system in theory. In reality, it is the system’s lifeblood, and if it were possible to muster enough right-wing activists to overthrow the system completely it would have happened a long time ago – one infamous man came very close, but ultimately failed when he discovered that genocidal Soviet communists were preferable allies to the United Kingdom and United States, and no right-wing movement has come close since.
As things get worse, there is little reason to believe any will come close or succeed in the future.