Editor’s Note: I received this letter in the mailbox this evening. I’m planning to be more responsive to mail and email in 2021.
An OD reader writes:
“Dear Mr. Griffin,
A crisis is facing our people today in the United States, regardless of whom is sworn in as president on 20 January 2021. But there is also a real opportunity for you and Occidental Dissent to assume leadership. You have demonstrated such leadership in the past, especially in your involvement in street activism, and in your incisive online analysis and historical articles.
Here are some ideas:
One thing you can do is provide a justification for maintaining the statues and memorials of great Americans now under attack. There are tens of millions of people who oppose the attacks on the statues, but lack the ideological arguments to maintain them, i.e., what is the response when an iconoclast declares that the statues are memorials to “slavery” or “white supremacy” Come up with answers, promote them via online articles and memes, and people will rally. The Confederate battle flag can become the new flag of opposition to the emerging globalist regime.”
In my view, we don’t need better arguments. From the polling that I have seen, the public is on our side on this issue and generally doesn’t support radical attacks on American heritage.
The problem is that the Far Left wants to eradicate American heritage. The Center Left is willing to turn a blind eye to it and toss them a bone because these symbolic culture war battles are a distraction from miserable economic conditions. The Center Right has no interest in defending American heritage and the Far Right is satisfied with backlash politics. We saw this play out in the George Floyd riots.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter tore down monuments. The Democratic establishment caved to their radical demands. The Republican establishment was only too happy to get rid of the Mississippi State Flag. Finally, the Far Right was so disgusted by the affair that it voted for Trump. As long as we continue to lack representation in mainstream politics and engage in futile rounds of backlash politics, I don’t see this changing. The Republican establishment isn’t under any pressure to change its tune. More destroyed American monuments is like more aborted babies. In their view, it is great for them and works to their advantage because it keeps the rubes angry and voting Republican.
“For example: OD could provide analysis of lessons learned from the various street activist actions in which you and the Dissident Right have been involved over the last several years. You could also promote various information operations techniques which are freely available from online, open source manuals published by (among others) the US military and think tanks like the RAND Corporation.”
The biggest lesson that I learned from years of street activism is that the other side is protected and sponsored by the Democratic Party. Did you see what happened in Portland? The riots went on for four or five months because they were tolerated by the mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon. Imagine what would have happened if we had spent months attacking a federal courthouse!
The Republican Party condemns the Far Right and provides no support for groups like the Proud Boys. It is just like the monuments. The Center Right excludes the Far Right from political representation and neglects its interests. The Far Right votes for them anyway because of backlash politics.
“Occidental Dissent could also promote heroes who have arisen in recent years, such as Kyle Rittenhouse (who defended himself against rioters in Kenosha and is being railroaded by a corrupt criminal justice system). Just as critically, you could connect Kyle’s case with the numerous Dissident Right activists who have been railroaded by the Regime (the Unite the Right participants, the Rise Above Movement, etc). This could win over many people to the cause of National Populism by showing the wider audience of patriotic Americans that there is a common struggle.”
I’m glad that none of our people ended up like Kyle Rittenhouse or Jay Bishop.
This is one of the good things that came out of Charlottesville. We learned an important lesson that day. The Center Right in unwilling and unable to protect its own supporters. This was true of us in Charlottesville. It was true of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha. It was true of Jay Bishop in Portland. The other side is free to basically engage in state sanctioned riots and violence. The Center Right is incapable of enforcing our existing laws while the Far Left is engaged in a full blown insurrection.
“Another thing to consider is how talk of secession is in the air: Texans floating such ideas as Greater Idaho, West Virginia offering to take in dissident Virginian counties. There are also the various Second Amendment Sanctuary County movements and the refusal of many localities to go along with the masking regime. While it is a stretch to compare the US of 2020 to that of 1860, millions of people are questioning the legitimacy of the Regime. Again, this is fertile ground for Occidental Dissent which can provide the ideological guidance for a new national movement.”
I’ve been in a deeply cynical mood for the last few years.
I’m looking forward to the black cloud of Trump being lifted in 2021. I feel like having him in power as a lightning rod or a hot air balloon for four years has been a tremendous setback for us. Especially as far as our monuments are concerned, the cost of Trump was much greater than the benefits.
As for secession, I haven’t written much about it because everyone remembers the temper tantrum that happened after Mitt Romney lost in 2012. Hundreds of thousands of people signed secession petitions. The Obama White House said “no” and that was the end of the matter. I also think that Trump could have easily won the election if he hadn’t been so hamstrung by Kushner and conservative donors.
Whether it is the destruction of our historic monuments, the failure to uphold and enforce the law or our lack of political representation, it all circles back to the Center Right and its cowardice and lack of will power. The failure of the Trump presidency is due to the suffocating influence of the same people. They are currently trying to “save the Senate” by denying us a $2,000 stimulus check.
If we don’t get rid of these people, we’re not going to save our monuments. We’re not going to have law and order. We’re not going to have representation. We’re certainly not going to secede and become an independent country. How are we going to convince people to stop voting for them?