Why don’t native citizens of Western nations take to the streets by the tens of thousands to protest what is being done to them, and demand change?
The above question is a recurring topic in comment threads here at Gates of Vienna. You might call it the “Pitchforks and Torches” question. Previous generations in the various nations of the European diaspora took to the streets with far less cause — or so it seems — than the current cohort has. So what has changed?
The reasons are complex, but the short answer is: Citizens of the West are not yet at the point where they have nothing left to lose.
Consider the streets of Berlin and Munich in 1919 and 1920. During the chaos that reigned in the early Weimar Republic, the Freikorps took to the streets almost daily to do battle with the Communists. This was before Fascism and National Socialism — the Freikorps were largely comprised of demobilized members of the Imperial German military, who came together to resist their arch-enemy, international Bolshevism. It was out of that milieu that the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, National Socialist German Workers’ Party) arose later in the 1920s. After the Nazis came to power, order returned to German cities, much to the relief of the average citizen. But the early years were the heyday of the street-fightin’ man.
So why isn’t something similar happening now?
The cultural deracination and population replacement that is currently being inflicted on Germans, Britons, Swedes, Austrians, and Frenchmen is arguably much worse than what happened in the aftermath of the Great War in Europe. Yet there is no indication of any uprising by the indigenous population. Nobody is taking it to the streets. Not yet.
One of the main reasons is that the average indigenous Westerner is far better off, in material terms, than were his counterparts in 1919. The average Berliner in those days had almost nothing, and the inflation of 1923 wiped out what little he had. Why not take to the streets and do battle with the Bolsheviks or the Nazis? He had nothing left to lose.
But Joe Europe has a lot to lose in 2017. Regardless of the fate of the Bolsheviks, Socialism won in the end. The megastate that is the modern EU (or the modern federal behemoth in the USA) caters to the citizen’s every need. If he decides to do something that meets with the disapproval of his masters, he may lose his job, his car, his house, his pension, and all the fripperies and gewgaws that keep his wife and kids happy. He may not like the fact that the streets are full of feral Third World immigrants, that his wife and daughters (or even sons) are increasingly likely to be raped by “refugees”, and that he himself may be car-jacked, mugged, or knifed as he goes about his business in his once-safe city. But a public protest has its price.
Demonstrating against current conditions has to be weighed against the penury and shame of what would happen if he spoke out against mass immigration and Islamization. He’s seen what happens to people who do such things — why should he take to the streets in protest over a lost cause?
“But Baron,” you say, “the antifas take to the streets all the time and do battle with clubs and rocks. Why can’t the ‘Islamophobes’ do the same?”
Ah, but the antifas have the tacit support of the State, not just in Western Europe, but in Canada, Australia, and the USA. As long as no one gets killed or seriously wounded — and as long as the monetary cost to commerce is relatively low — antifas can generally act with impunity. They can burn cars, break windows, and beat up “fascists” without worrying about doing ten years in the Big House.
The ones that were busted and charged for the mayhem after the inauguration of Donald Trump must have been totally amazed — that’s not what was supposed to happen! And generally speaking, it doesn’t. Most of the time the anti-fascists can do what they like without sweating any serious consequences.
The same is not true for the “neo-fascist” who protests against mass immigration. He may well face criminal charges for his actions even if he remains non-violent. God help him if he lays a hand on one of the Social Justice Warriors throwing paving stones at him.
The international order that eventually emerged in the West after World War Two is a form of what the science fiction writer Larry Niven called a “water empire”. It’s analogous to the ancient political systems of the Near and Far East, where control of the water supply for irrigation conferred absolute political power. As long as nothing threatened a water empire from the outside, its political stranglehold remained stable. However, after decades and centuries it would become increasingly brittle, so that even a small incursion from barbarians outside the empire could cause its rapid collapse.
The trans-national “New World Order” is a type of water empire, with fiat money and credit from the central banks replacing actual water. As long as the system is unthreatened from the outside, it will be able to maintain its hegemony, growing increasingly brittle and vulnerable as decades pass.
Unfortunately, until the aliens land, there is nothing outside the current Empire that could threaten it. So it may well continue on its current totalitarian course until it collapses from its own weight — and that may take a long time.
That’s the reason I’m not expecting the Western street-fighting man to appear anytime soon.