The Open Political System

The mass politics I talked about earlier are based on the open political system. This system has changed little for hundreds of years, aside from being spread from English-speaking countries to other jurisdictions. The open political system is everything people in democracies think of as politics, but it is only part of what is going on.

The open system begins, as I have said, with the idea that a large number of people will organize to assert their interests against an unjust system. The unjust system may be an authoritarian regime, or it may be an existing democratic regime up for elections. Mass politics almost always works to move things to the left- it was landowners against the king, small landowners against large landowners, businessmen against landowners, workers against businessmen, and now welfare recipients against workers. As an aside, nationalism isn’t really left or right since it’s workers against businessmen, which is left-wing, and workers against welfare recipients, which is right-wing. Conservative open politics is generally conceived as business interests and more productive workers against government beneficiaries, and sometimes it is but not always.

The first step is that people must become aware of their interests, understand the situation and determine what should be done. This step is done by intellectuals, writing pamphlets, putting up flyers, meeting in pubs or coffee houses. The second step is agitation and awareness. This step is the province of activists, who organize mass meetings, use the media to educate the public and create a widespread demand for change. The third step is changing the government, the domain of the mass of people, led by politicians, people who hold or intend to hold office in the government. Intellectuals, activists and politicians will all be public persons, to one degree or another, and for all having a public image as a clever, capable person with a following will increase their prestige and influence and get them more followers and more prestige and influence. Getting publicity and becoming well-known is crucial.

These processes can happen peacefully through elections, or through some degree of violence by a revolution, but the process is the same.

The open political system has brought certain major changes to the world, starting with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 in England, continuing with the American, French and Russian Revolutions. All of these were leftist, although the American was by the gentry, and the Russian started by non-communists.

The open political system leads to revolution, or change, or Change for our current batch of American progressives. But sometimes people want to Change Back. There were a variety of nationalist movements in  Europe in the 1920’s and 1930’s, but the only one that survived World War II was in Spain.

The New Deal in the US was a successful move to co-opt working-class reaction and can be thought of as a pseudo-nationalist movement. The business elites- the general beneficiaries of all this- decided they did not like the possibility of the open political system, essentially their invention, being turned against them. The system changed things to make open politics a sort of sideshow.

Open politics requires a few conditions. One is an open media environment. In the old days there were numerous newspapers, published by all sorts of different interests. Now even the largest cities only have one, and it is usually part of a national conglomerate, or if not it’s the property of a wealthy family that congratulates itself on its progressive politics. Another is a non-brainwashed population. In the old days most people went to school and just learned how to read, write a little and do arithmetic- there was no “social studies”, no history, no celebration of Black History Month and the epic greatness of MLK. Another is the absence of a national mass media that beams politically correct programming on radio and TV into every home, office, and airport gate.

Because of modern education and media consolidation the elite controls all meaningful political discussion and demonizes any it doesn’t consider acceptable. Indeed anti-racism is its ultimate weapon. It defines racism as evil, and anything that could possibly be racist even though it isn’t- usually mainstream conservatism- must also be vigorously anti-racist or lose its job.

Despite all this being the case, the open political system is the normal model used by people who don’t like what is going on and want to change it. Leftist open politics is a harmless way for believers to socialize and enjoy themselves. Mainstream conservative open politics is a way for malcontents to blow off steam, content themselves with daydreams of change, and identify themselves as potential enemies to be watched.

It’s all harmless fun. Milk and cookies are served. However for anyone who wants real change, open politics is deadly.

The trouble with open politics is that it’s open. It involves promiscuously gathering a large mass of people, who are not screened in any way, because that would defeat the purpose. Real names are used, lists are made and stored, public gatherings occur, people are quoted in the press. If the activity is within bounds- that is does not threaten the system, and is not openly hostile to it, the people involved are ignored and left to their harmless hobby.

This is most definitely not the case with an activity that is pro-white, or anti-anti-racist. Open political activity of this sort- which we usually see in such events as Klan and Nazi rallies- draws the attention of the police, FBI, and anti-racism crusaders. Dossiers and files are built, even though there is no illegal activity. Names are publicized, employers may be contacted. Criminal records are searched and publicized. Harm occurs to the people participating, which might be justified as a sacrifice if the activity had any chance of changing the system, but not only does it not, it actually strengthens the system by giving it a boogie man to point to.

Nevertheless this has been the model for most anti-establishment, pro-white groups for the last 50 years or so. The leaders can make some kind of a living selling books and pamphlets, and if you are a social outcast working a menial job you may be of such low status you can’t really be sanctioned. Recently the children of some of these operators have made public pronouncements of their anti-racism. Their parents had found a way to function with this kind of a public profile, but it was far from a normal, comfortable peaceful life most people want. You can’t blame them- people don’t like being vilified. Secret police and prisons aren’t necessary to keep people within bounds- social shunning and loss or refusal of employment work quite well.

OK, so if the open system is a sideshow, where does real political activity occur? By process of elimination we can say it’s the closed political system, which we will talk about next.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to The Open Political System

  1. oogenhand says:

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Salafists learned all this in 1993, Algeria. Others don’t.

  2. Hizzle says:

    Yeah, Derek Black’s scalp is now firmly cinched on Tim Wise’s belt.

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