If this new resistance to Marxist rule that has emerged over the last few years is going to have any lasting effect, we need to learn from the left. We need to understand how they became so devastatingly effective in changing our society and how they managed to gain so much power. Here are my rules for freedom radicals, which I offer up in opposition to Saul Alinsky’s.
Rule 1: Culture, culture, culture
Antonio Gramsci pointed out that the true source of power is not money or guns, but culture. The ruling elite can only be kept in power by the sense among us deplorables that their rule is legitimate. Don’t just leave your activism to the voting booth. Go out there and change the streets. Transform the debate. Pull back the Overton Window by saying the unacceptable.
Rule 2: Ostracise
You cannot deal with conformists by reason. After all, conformists don’t believe what they say because of logic, they believe it to fit in with the crowd. Withholding friendship from conformists is thus the best way to deal with the hysterical sheep of the left. Unfortunately, conservatives and libertarians have prided themselves on the fact that they can be anyone’s friend, regardless of how much they disagree with them. This will do nothing but keep the conformist leftists feeling acceptable. Be friends with those who disagree with you, by all means. But only if they are open to conversation. The ones who just want to scream with the crowd must be dumped.
Rule 3: Tear the wound
Take hold of both sides of a wound and tear it apart. By this, I mean find a tension spot in the left, and tear both sides away from one another. This is classic divide and conquer technique. The left did this with immense success, pitting black against white, women against men and so on. We must find those tension spots in the left and focus on them. For example, there is the tension between the leftists who are nervous of Islam (Bill Maher for example) and the leftists who want Islam to be as English as tea and biscuits. We should focus on championing the notion that if you really want to defend women’s rights and homosexual rights, you should oppose Islam. Smash the ideological unity of the left and render them unable to act as a unified force.
Rule 4: Words matter
A lot goes into a word. Connotations can be fed in, truth can be disguised. It’s time to dump the propaganda words from your vocabulary. “Racist”, “far-right”, “Islamophobe”, “bigot”, “fascist”, “extremist” are certainly never to be used oneself without a crystal clear understanding of what they mean, if they mean anything at all (words like “extremist” don’t). They should also never be allowed to remain unchecked in debate without questioning. Moreover, let’s dump the fluffy, fun words we use to describe the left: “politically correct”, “nanny-state”, “social justice warriors”, “progressives”. These titles simply say that we are on the side of the incorrect, unjust and regressive or stagnant, fighting against merely busy-bodying nannies. For “political correctness” use “Cultural Marxism” or “cultural-authoritarianism”, for “social justice warriors” use “Marxist authoritarians”, for “nanny-state” use “totalitarianism” and for “progressives” use … something offensive, perhaps. Take the wool off the damn wolf.
Rule 5: Listen to Beethoven, and write some too
Even the strongest occasionally need a top-up of moral strength. The leftist swamp of nihilism has poisoned the arts of today, however. Don’t go to them for inspiration. Go to the works of our past. They embody the values of the yesterday we are trying to revive. Moreover, we should develop our own alternative art based upon these great works of pre-degenerate postmodernism. We need to beautify and glorify the West, rather than defecate upon it like our arts today. Whilst this rule might be seen as part of the first rule, I think it is important enough to be mentioned separately.
You can find Magnus O’Mallon at Freedom Of Speech Movement Australia.