John Derbyshire talks about the futility of dissidence-
I’ll do him one better and proclaim the futility of opposition. It’s not just Jared Taylor that gets the leper treatment; any opponent of the system, however “mainstream”, gets it. John McCain is a reliable toady, but while running against Obama- something he didn’t really seem to want to do- he was a pariah. Most moderate Republicans like McCain faithfully vilifying conservatives and telling them to shut up. But simply proposing things like reducing government spending gets a person full scapegoating.
If Derbyshire seems a little puzzled about the purpose dissidents serve, it’s providing an example. Providing people with a feeling of inclusion by actually including them is difficult and expensive, but providing people with a feeling of inclusion by making them glad they aren’t getting the treatment that other guy is getting- which he deserves because he is bad- is pretty easy.
Mainstream conservatives serve two purposes. Like dissidents, they provide people to whom one can feel superior. But more dangerously, they help maintain the illusion that we have a functioning democracy. Issues are debated, and an election is held. More often than not the liberals win, and implement their policies. Sometimes the conservatives win, which means the people need a little more persuasion. The conservatives never actually implement any policies, but that goes unnoticed.
Jared Taylor does what he does publicly because he can tolerate the vilification and makes a living from it. No one who isn’t a professional “race realist” can afford to have their views known to anyone except close friends.
Moldbug is right that conservatives can’t use left-wing techniques. And yet any machine can be sabotaged. The system is a very strong and reliable machine, by far making up for its relative inefficiency by its redundancy and flexibility. Almost everything that conservatives point out- ad nauseum as bugs are actually features. Irrational? Check, can’t be dismantled rationally. Based on lies? Check, being ordered to lie makes people fearful and compliant. Confusing and arbitrary? Someone once said the power of the sword of Damocles is in that it does not fall, but dangles. And yet I can’t believe it doesn’t have some vulnerability, somewhere.
What doesn’t work in opposing the system and reducing its power? Essentially everything that’s been tried up until now. The truth- simple statements of fact about reality- are like holy water on a vampire to the system, and yet telling the truth hasn’t done it much damage. And people are generally aware of the truth anyway- that black people are prone to violence and stupidity, women can’t do many jobs as well as a man can (and vice versa), that the government exists mainly to pay off the right people.
But people go along with it. If I can find “Animal Farm” at the library, I’ll check it out. I suspect the answer is in there somewhere.