What should the Outer Right be accomplishing in the future? Unite the Right did not exactly go as planned. It seems like every instance of right-wing activism simply makes the Cold Civil War just a little bit hotter. Perhaps something a little bit different is in order?
I heard about a couple of ideas recently, from a man who goes by the name Bronze Age Pervert, a man named Greg Stover, and a man named Samuel J., that I think would definitely not work.
So, I decided to write about all the ways these ideas were totally not feasible.
The first idea, from Bronze Age Pervert, was that the Outer Right should start up things like rehab centers, needle exchanges, that kind of thing.
There are many advantages to this strategy. A rehab center is exactly the kind of institution that the Outer Right should be building in order to become worthy. Typically, the people who need rehab have few strong social bonds. Giving them bonds to our types of people and ideas would, well, I don’t want to say “indoctrinate” them, because that’s far too malicious sounding, but certainly it would make them more amenable to our cause. This kind of community outreach would significantly boost the reputation of whatever group ends up starting this project. Moreover, the opioid crisis disproportionately affects white, working class people, the very people that the Outer Right aspires to lift up.
Although the money that the center has should be used only for treatment and related stuff, there’s no reason why the support groups couldn’t have a focus on affecting positive change in the community, building social cohesion, that sort of thing. Likewise, post-treatment advice could include joining relevant organisations.
This project would also give the Outer Right experience organizing people and objects in a situation not under constant threat of attacks from groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Now, on to the problems that make this idea impossible:
It’s not like there’s just free federal money out there to do this kind of thing, available to anyone who is able to fill out the right forms and jump through the right hoops. And I’m sure that each state and province does not have similar programs. That would be utterly insane.
There’s no way that some random group of people telling drug addicts or alcoholics that they should really stop being drug addicts or alcoholics could be as effective as things like Alcoholics Anonymous or psychotherapy. That would also be utterly insane.
There’s no way that this kind of thing could expand to include other problems affecting the kinds of people that the Outer Right cares about. Things like suicide prevention and rehab for food addiction/obesity are absolutely not perfectly natural extensions of this idea that would be relatively easy to implement after the clinics are set up.
Going off the last point, there would be no advantage in having lots of people exercising, eating well, and training, while also being exposed to Outer Right people and ideas. Fit, active people would not be advantageous for a movement looking to protect itself and its people.
So, that’s why the first idea would definitely not work. What’s next?
Well, Samuel J., in reference to all of the statues being torn down, came up with the idea of simply putting more statues up. If this idea worked, it would be great optics: the Left tears history down, while the Right builds. My personal recommendation would be to do a one-for-one replacement of statues, e.g., when they tear down a Stonewall Jackson statue, we put up a Stonewall Jackson statue, as opposed to just putting up random statues. That would keep arguments about *which* statues to put up to a minimum.
However, once again there are problems that make this idea impossible.
The first, and most obvious, is price. I’m seeing prices around $20,000 for custom bronze statues. Now, there is no way that prices would be much lower than that if the artist being commissioned already has a mold of the statue done. That would be ridiculous. There’s also no way anyone would be able to find a sympathetic sculptor willing to give preferred pricing knowing that they will be commissioned repeatedly for the foreseeable future.
Next, where would we possibly get the money? It’s not like there are burgeoning rightist crowdfunding sites all over the place that regularly raise lots of cash. And it’s not as if 62 percent of Americans want the confederate statues to stay up. Again, that would be crazy.
The most difficult problem, though, would be where to put the statues. Public property is obviously out, since that’s where all the controversy is coming from. So that leaves private property. But I’m sure that there are absolutely no people living in the South who would want giant, beautiful statues of American heroes on their property.
If for some reason the above impossible problems were to be solved, there’s still the issue of defending the statues. How could anyone possibly defend something on their own property against people who they reasonably suspect are there to commit crimes? It’s not like several states have laws allowing the use of (up to and including) deadly force against people who are unlawfully on your property to commit crimes. That would be a crazy legal concept.
So, once again, that idea is completely impossible. What of the third idea?
The third idea comes from Greg Stover. The idea would be to help those people out there who are sympathetic to our cause in finding government money. Welfare, employment insurance, grants, any kind of money that the government gives away.
People from the Outer Right could either set up clinics, or just offer online consultations, explaining to people exactly what money they should apply for, what they might qualify for, how much they can expect, any little things they need to do, that kind of thing. Maybe even offer to help them figure out how to fill out the forms, but that would involve giving people over the internet your information, so maybe save that for the clinics.
There are two major problems with this last idea.
First, where would the money come from? It’s not like there are lots of ways to get money from the government. And even if there were, it’s not like there are entire government websites dedicated to giving out free money for filling out the right forms. That would be bonkers.
Second, where would you possibly find intelligent, unemployed people sympathetic to the Outer Right who would be willing to invest the time necessary to figure out all the ins and outs of getting money from the government? It’s not like a ton of young men have recently become unemployed for ideological reasons. And even if they were, why would they possibly want to learn how to get free money from the government?
These are three ideas that definitely would not work, and I don’t think that people with the relevant skills should start working on these ideas immediately. There is no way that any of these things would be beneficial for the Outer Right.