Probably the most gratifying shift in the War for the West is that our side is finally starting to fight it. That this has not been the case for years has accrued deeply to our detriment. The contributing factors to such previously ingrained ennui are several: fear, apathy, and an inward focus on work and family, primarily. Though miscalculation, rationalized almost certainly by the elements above, has also played a role.
One of the more prolific political miscalculations on the right has been the thought that leftist positions, and the bearded ladies who espouse them are self-defeating. That is to say, their statements and presenters are so unpalatable that the public will reject them, even with opposition in absentia.
This has not only proved to be completely erroneous in reality, but it doesn’t even work in theory. The vast bulk of the bell curve do not generate their own philosophical paradigms. Rather, they choose a spot somewhere on the narrow ledge of acceptable opinion based largely according to the inputs they receive. When those political inputs are monopolistic, opinions will accumulate upon them like bot flies on cow manure. This is simply how the human psyche works, and only severe sociopaths are entirely immune from it. In sum, only the mouths get the ears.
So liberalism has proliferated like black mold everywhere the right has ceded the field–which is to say everywhere but the Internet. And thank God for that last redoubt. It’s been a critical incubator for models, ideas, memes, and themes in the absence of practically every traditional institution. But the Internet will always be just an ideological supply-train; the front lines are drawn in real life. The fact that they are actually starting to be manned is an extremely heartening development.
Historically the left’s antifa drone swarms could effect discretionary denial of their opposition largely unopposed. They simply attacked without punishment, and conservatives fled without protection. To their masters’ credit, the black balaclavas understood that taped mouths attract no ears. But that standard is quickly changing.
As the recent Battle of Berkeley no doubt stung them to realize, tails aren’t just for tucking in right-wing hindquarters. Seemingly from nowhere, the people who actually put kale and quinoa on the plates of seventh-year sociology students emerged to smash them in the face. The pack animals lunged into a stronger pack.
A similar, though much smaller, event just occurred at Auburn University, where Richard Spencer’s speech was scheduled for obliteration until another phalanx assembled to scatter the trans-purple-hairs again.
If this continues, as momentum clearly suggests, the left’s speech monopoly is in real danger of disruption. And that means competitive inputs into the public’s eyes and ears. This puts the bolsheviks in real jeopardy. Blacks don’t like them because they are mostly white, and whites don’t like them because they are viscerally repellent. Since their optics are as psychopaths with pierced septums, they are quite unintentionally legitimizing the dissident right forces publicly arrayed against them. When two people are talking, appearances and words suddenly matter a great deal.
This is to say that those men with real jobs, batting helmets, and flag shirts are creating physical and cultural space where none previously existed. They are pushing forward by pushing back. Ideas will follow from the supply-train in their wake. Well done, boys. Godspeed.