Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even to-day words retain much of their magical power. -- Sigmund FreudSome people say, "We need action, not words!" and refer derisively to humble bloggers such as myself as "keyboard warriors." It is a wrong-headed attitude. A more meaningful distinction is between words that make a difference and words that don't.
The fact that lies are so fundamental to the existing political structure means that we can attack the establishment by attacking the lies. The main lie is that differences in achievement between black Americans and white Americans are the result of discrimination and bigotry. This lie should be challenged every time it appears. Challenge it with letters to the editor, posts on news-related comment threads, direct discussion when it is possible and blog entries like mine.
This is a formula. Challenge the lies. Call it a "rule for dissident right-wingers" if you like. Many postings on this blog are applications of that formula.
When a politician or journalist or university president gets nasty, I will respond with nasty criticism if I feel like it. Nastiness seems to work on big shots, but usually I avoid it.
We are criticized by the usual suspects for spewing hatred, or whatever. On those unfortunately rare occasions when someone checks us out to see what the fuss is and find a few punchy, well-reasoned critiques, we might have a convert.
Those techniques are best used in combination. See, for example, my article Columbia High and the Farce of Proportionalism. The text of that article is nothing special. It's the kind of thing you can find on conservative or dissident right web logs all the time. I do not mention it to show off. I want you to understand the technique. It links to an article in the New York Times, to a post on American Renaissance and to one of my own articles. I got a fair amount of traffic from people searching for "Columbia High School" or for the names of individuals mentioned in the piece. A few readers might have clicked to link to AmRen.
The thing is, "big hairy local controversy triggered by some 'disproportion'" happens dozens or even hundreds of times every year. It would be great if every such occurrence could be subjected to critical commentary.
Our own movement would be close to nothing without the internet. My ideas here are one approach to using it effectively. It does not matter what else you do on your own web log. Write about anything you like. Get some traffic. Get readers for your politically significant posts.
It would really help if you linked to this article from your blog or from dissident right comment threads. If re-posting this works for you, go ahead, I won't sue you.
Some of us spend too much time fantasizing about a mass movement. Let me preach: People in the choir!! Have the good sense to do those small things that make small but real differences. Enough of those small differences will add up to a big difference. When enough lies have been challenged, the truth will become common knowledge and people will be unafraid to talk about it. See? Doing the little things today will prepare the way for a tipping point tomorrow.
I like doing what I do but it is not warfare. I'm using words in the hope of
making things happen in remote places. That is a job for a
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