Many years ago I would reserve Saturdays here at Gates of Vienna for either poetry or ranting, depending on what came up. With the hectic press of the events in later years, that custom eventually fell by the wayside. However, I’ll revive it again just for today, since the mood to rant is upon me.
Dymphna broached a certain topic in her post last Tuesday. It generated a lengthy and inflamed comment thread, so I might as well bring it up again here.
She and I have a longstanding bone to pick with commenters who snipe at entire groups of people — nations, cultures, religions, etc. — that ought to be considered our allies in the Counterjihad. Not all of them, not all of the time, but definitely enough of them to militate against writing off an entire population.
We see it most often with Sweden, Britain, and France, but also with Catholics, Protestants, Californians, and other categories of Westerners. Rather than deal with specific examples, I’ll use an imaginary country to illustrate my points. Because the target of the gripesters’ disgust is not the topic — I’m addressing process, and not content. If your first impulse upon reading this is to argue with me in the comments using a specific country or organization, you’re missing the point.
So let’s look at Brobdingnag. Back when I used to write about European events for Big Peace, I became accustomed to seeing cookie-cutter comments like these:
Brobdingnag is done, u can stick a fork in it.
The Brobdingnagians voted for the Socialists, so they deserve whatever happens to them.
Brobdingnag is lost.
Forget the Brobdingnagians, they’re useless.
Brobdingnagians are leftist idiots.
I find such gratuitous dismissals less than helpful. Fortunately, we don’t see as many of them at Gates of Vienna, but we do get a fair number of comments that consign entire countries or groups to the ash heap of ideological history. At greater length, mind you, and showing more intellect. But in the same spirit as the one-liners at Big Peace.
“But Baron,” you say, “I thought you believed in free speech! Besides, they’re just commenters on a blog — what does it matter when people mouth off like that in the comments? They don’t have any effect in the larger scheme of things.”
And that’s where you’re mistaken. One little comment by one little nebbish on one little blog doesn’t make any difference, but what about a thousand of them? Or a hundred thousand? Or a million?
People tend to imitate what they see in their social environment. They create comments, tweets, and posts that are a lot like what they read in their preferred milieu. Therefore, the more of this stuff you put out, the more the #BrobdingnagIsLost meme trends on the Intertubes.
Remember the old proverb:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
If enough people keep pulling the nails out of Brobdingnag’s shoes, the more demoralized the Brobdingnagians will become, and the less likely it will be that any significant grassroots resistance will develop among them. They’ll become passive and apathetic, and maybe emigrate to Lilliput rather than try to save their own country. And then, when all the disaffected people are crammed into Lilliput, the Lilliputians will fall victim to the same dhimmi multi-cult disease, and Lilliput itself will fall.
Where will everyone emigrate to after that?
If you really want to be an agent of change — as opposed to someone making self-righteous gripes in comments or on forums — at some point you’ll have to leave off ragging on Brobdingnag and look at what might actually be done to save Brobdingnag and the rest of the West.
You could be right in everything you say about Brobdingnag. But eventually it will come down to the same old question: Would you rather be right, or effective?
Which is more important to you: ideological purity, or building a broad coalition that might, just might, achieve useful results before the collapse of the West makes any useful results impossible?
I’ll even stipulate to your being right about Brobdingnag. But what if it’s more strategically useful to publicly support Brobdingnag, anyway? What if discretion is the better part of valor?
In my blogging career I have encountered numerous people who really do prefer ideological purity over achieving useful results. They’d rather find the scimitar at their throat than be sullied by any taint of compromise.
I have no arguments to make against that position. It doesn’t lend itself to rational refutation. If being right is more important to you than being effective, then so be it.
But I prefer to keep on slogging at this endeavor, quixotic though it may be. The Brobdingnagians need a helping hand, and I’ll lend it to them whenever I can.
Now I’ll abandon the imaginary world of Brobdingnag and Lilliput, and return to the real one.
It’s not a good idea to tell someone what you want them to stop doing unless you offer them an alternative behavior to replace it with. My recommendation is to focus on the instances where people in the Counterjihad movement are doing what needs to be done, and having an effect.
The most recent example is from France. Given that France is one of the nations most frequently dismissed as “hopeless” or “lost”, Mayor Robert Ménard of Béziers is a shining example for the rest of us. I know of no other local elected official in any country west of the old Iron Curtain who has done as much as he has to further our cause.
And he’s in France. France is lost, right?
No, it’s not. No Western country is “lost”. It ain’t over till it’s over.
Other examples to be celebrated are Geert Wilders and Nigel Farage. The latter is despised by those who prefer ideological purity, because he wasn’t willing to tackle the issue of mass Islamic immigration. They’re right; he didn’t. But he was the major engine behind the Brexit. Doesn’t that count for anything? After Britain leaves the EU, many other things become possible. And the dominoes might, just might, begin to fall.
And then there’s Donald Trump. I’ll never class myself as a Trump supporter — I probably disagree with at least half of his stated positions, and am appalled by some of them — but by God, he hasn’t changed his position on immigration in all the years I’ve been paying attention to him. Since I consider mass immigration to be the single most important issue of our time, I’ll gladly pull the lever (or rather, touch the screen) for him next month.
The New World Order wants to stop him by any means necessary. From the UN down to the lowliest Democrat machine pol — all of them have made it clear that there is nothing more important than stopping Donald Trump.
That alone is reason enough to vote for him.
The most inspiring examples, of course, are from the formerly Communist East. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Czech President Miloš Zeman, and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico give us plenty of reasons to celebrate. When Westerners finally come to their senses and start supporting real patriots, those gentlemen from the Visegrad Four can serve as inspiring role models for the new breed of politicians.
I could continue in this vein with more examples, but I’ve worn myself out. If you want to keep finding horseshoes and pulling the nails out of them, by all means go right ahead.
As for me, I’ll just dig my spurs into the old nag and hope she’ll carry me into battle just one more time.