Note: the following article originally appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of The White People’s Quarterly. You can purchase the print version here, and the digital version here.
There are many concerns within society, but it is important to discuss what we can realistically do to create change. Even before agreeing on an end goal, or an arcing ideal to strive toward—as perhaps to many such things are implicitly known—the conversation devolves into uncertainty regarding what our first step should be.
Before putting forth suggestions, however, we must be aware of our place in history. White-founded civilization has been historically comprised of a functioning hierarchy or class pyramid, with the royals and aristocrats starting at the point, then widening to the middle classes, and reaching its greatest expanse at the bottom with the lower classes, the workers, each rung holding up, providing for, and protecting the one above it. But as our civilization has become less family-focused and more globally connected, matriarchal, and geared toward an upwardly mobile middle class, it has incentivized us to focus on our own needs rather than those of the community or the larger whole, and our civilization has in turn gradually deteriorated.
As a political system, democracy was designed with a socially responsible people in mind. It stemmed from the vision of a small group of intellectuals, but was ultimately meant to benefit society at large. To this end, the vote was given to upstanding members of society—men who would act as benevolent stewards. But as political theory became further removed from the real world, as we became more “tolerant” and no longer took into account how people are by nature, democracy became an ideology based on universal suffrage.
Many presumed this would lead to a more direct democracy and electoral outcomes that more accurately represented the will of the people. But, as we have seen, this has not been the case, and in fact the opposite has happened: popular votes overturned or ignored, populist candidates turned away at the door or chewed up and spit out by the pre-existing machine, and our people demographically replaced against their will.
Community Starts at Home
The first step we all must take involves improving ourselves, and doing so by focusing on one issue at a time. Although we move together in a gentle sort of anthropological revolution, we all have our flaws, and thus improvements to make.
A wonderful resource for those looking to make small, positive changes in their lives is Living Healthy in the Modern World. Written by Henry & Friends, this e-book can be downloaded for free at revivingtribalism.com, centers around white men and women, and covers all aspects of diet and self-improvement. It also makes forays into spiritualism, ethical food consumption, and baking, and provides well-researched information about supplements and reproductive health. No one will respect you if you do not respect yourself, and this book is a good starter for those who have trouble with confidence.
Once you have your own life on track—note: do not wait for perfection, only for recognizable improvement—it is time to turn to the outside world. Here are three loose but achievable goals everyone should aspire to:
1) Start by creating a small but informed community around you, and ensure that the politics, actions, and perspectives of others are informed by your positions as a leader
2) Empower those around you by organizing with them to reclaim online and public spaces as platforms for communal dialogue
3) When you have built a strong local group, take the next step: identify and bring attention to harmful local initiatives or community figures; expose them and draw a line in the sand between them and you
Develop a small group, make plans and set goals, and then take action. It may be easier for some more than others, but even within the deepest bowels of the most diverse city, you will find like-minded folks who are not happy with the present state of their community and want to build something new.
Creating a Community
Community can and must be revived. Many exist in the modern world, unrestrained by the nihilism or hyper-individualism that almost exclusively affects white people. There is likely a black church in a neighboring district, or areas nearby that are entirely Islamic, and in those places you will find “cultural centers,” where the community meets and supports each other. This creates a connected people, where jobs are protected and friends hire friends, assist with bills when necessary, and celebrate holidays together.
But where are our own? And where do we start if we want to build them?
If you are unsure about where to begin, try to find an issue you are passionate about and connect with those who share your passion for it—be it with sports, interest groups, gaming, salons, etc.—then work to change the culture from within. The well-being of our communities is at an all-time low, not only because of the hateful rhetoric that is thrown around against us, but because of our own apathy.
If you have an interest in art, ask your friends or a local social media group if they might be interested in a drawing class. If it’s the summertime, suggest you all go out and paint something in nature. If you play an instrument, seek out local musicians and propose you hire a room to record folk music in. Of course, the religious know instinctively how to build communities, but seeing each other a few times a month is not good enough. Float the idea of investing in a plot of land or an allotment and spending your weekends there, out of the city, to get reacquainted with the soil. Keep chickens and share the eggs, or build your own community center. If your local area has been degraded, form a neighborhood watch group, take note of the dirty or broken areas, and tell the authorities to either take action or allocate funds to your own group so that you can build it back up.
Meaningful change—good and ill—has never occurred at the ballot box, but comes through community activity. There is no need to vote for the lesser of two evils, or one of the system’s two faces, wait until a savior worth voting for arises, or throw up your hands and exclaim that a collapse or war is the only way anything will ever change. Instead, channel that energy and frustration into local action by improving yourself and becoming a leader, building a strong group of people around you who also want to see change, and with them restoring your local area.
Reclaiming Online and Public Spaces
This goal might be the simplest, but it is the most important. Freedom of speech, and the ability to reach people with such speech, is necessary for change to occur. “If only they could hear our point of view,” is a common refrain that has increased with the censorship of pro-white views.
Online spaces have served us well. We can mobilize like-minded people on a message board or Facebook group quickly and engage others with humor and facts. We know the terrain; it is second nature to us now. However, social media providers, payment processors, shirt printers, crowdfunding sites, and so on, have become wise to this, and many, with little or no justification, have removed our content, banned users, or attempted to steer attention away from our ideas.
It is debatable to what extent that action works, but there is no doubt that many of our named advocates have faced extreme, top-down repercussions when attempting to build or influence online communities. We can still engage anonymously on Twitter and Facebook, where we can change minds and make our voices heard, and we shouldn’t stop. During the 2016 U.S. election, groups of us formed teams of “narrative jammers” who would decide on a topic ahead of time and then push that topic in a multitude of different ways and across different media platforms, and we were often successful at being addressed by the mainstream.
This is possible and effective in real life as well, but the public space is a more complex matter. Marches on town halls have been a tried and tested method of political activism throughout history, but these days the mainstream can more easily unite and steer the narrative. We should instead consider reclaiming the dialogue. Rather than focusing on an entire social media platform, and acting as if it is a convoluted game of capture the flag, we should address certain questions or issues. For example, the modern concept of “Whiteness” is the pervasive idea that our identity and culture are harmful, but its adherents also hold that “Whiteness” cannot be removed from being white, so their solution is to remove our people from the conversation and from the social dialogue as a whole. When this is said, we should have our response ready: “Don’t we have a right to exist?” We do not need to colonize public forums, only ensure that when a topic is broached our opinion is heard, and from there it can begin to be considered.
All action must be undertaken with a great deal of caution, as exposing anti-whites and anti-white policies is a dangerous game. Community figures, such as elected representatives, cannot always be relied upon, and increasingly belong to a different ethnic group that has little interest in our point of view. For the more active and secure amongst us, beneficial action can be done the traditional way, with visibility (postering, leafleting, stickering), pressure (boycotts and flooding phone lines with concerned calls about specific issues), or the new way, with social media, through which we are able to interact with our opponents, as well as our potential community, directly. But the possibilities are endless, and there is more we can do to increase outreach, by hosting a street party, gathering in a room or a pub, or finding recruits and playing street football.
It is not realistic to withdraw entirely from society or the state. After all, you still have to pay your taxes, you’ll likely need to ask your local council a few questions from time to time, and you may have to rely on the government when disaster strikes. But you can research permaculture, make friends with a butcher or a baker, move your family closer to local, recognizable faces and away from overrun cities and large companies that put their advertising on everything.
Lastly, it remains true that people are motivated by meaning and not information, and more by peer pressure than anything else. Again, any successful change will not be brought about by a single person, but by a group; it will not arise from a change in government, it will come from local action. And it is not that difficult. If you are in England, contact your local Labour or Conservative pressure group; if elsewhere, contact whatever your largest party is. Express a little interest, knowledge, and passion, and you will be surprised at how quickly you are asked to run as a local councillor and are invited to meetings, campaigns, and so on. Everyone is political, and everyone wants a place to work and a safe community to raise their children in.
Why Build a Community?
Being part of a community gives your life meaning; it connects you to your friends and family and to your people, and therefore to the whole of society. If you take it upon yourself to begin bringing your community together around a cause, for example, environmentalism, you will not only feel instant kinship, but you will begin to see instant change.
Groups like Waging Nonviolence pride themselves on community action, but the type of action they focus on does not move the spirit: they attack pre-existing structures, attempt to dissolve natural communities, and often speak negatively about the concept of “Whiteness.” Be careful about these groups. Their purpose is to invent problems out of whole cloth and then recommend solutions that are harmful toward white people. The type of person who is passionate about fighting the concept of “Whiteness” is swamped in misunderstanding, and represents the negative force we want to counteract. Groups like Waging Nonviolence will piggyback on environmentalism, workers’ movements, anti-war sentiment, and other issues that socially responsible people care about, but they will without fail devolve into rhetoric about fighting “racism” or overcoming prejudice in “the system.” Those who get involved with these groups and engage in activism have the right instincts and think they are making a positive change, and they are almost always white people who are pro-community and pro-worker. But they are misguided and unable to see the full picture.
The same is true for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, which ostensibly proposes a collection of fantastic initiatives that look to knit communities more closely together in places where they have been eroded, and their research shows they are doing good. The R.S.A. now pride themselves on operating in a multicultural and multi-faith society, and they wax lyrical about the terrors of so-called nationalism, intolerance, and bigotry while spreading misinformation to fit their narrative. However, the only people drawn to their initiatives are whites, both because it is in our nature to want to create positive change and because minorities are already taken care of, whether by each other or by the State. But those powers, in government and big business, are not working for us anymore, and are indeed antagonistic toward us while feigning adherence to tolerance, peace, and equality.
Our communities do not need to be explicitly racial, for any action we take will always be implicitly so. Community action is, by necessity, group-based action, and is more often than not local action. The Occupy movement claimed physical space for months and created entire campsites with free soup kitchens, first aid facilities where volunteers gave free treatment, and libraries and classrooms where movement-approved teachers taught students. But it ultimately fizzled out, not as a result of government crackdowns or because the ideas did not have their day or because Wall Street was overthrown. The movement failed because its goals were not defined, and because it was entirely unrooted—the community involved was too diverse to allow real connections. We need to make sure we don’t make the same mistake in the future, which is why we must learn to better understand who we are and what our shared interests comprise, to ensure that we have inextricable connections to one another and clear goals regarding the change we wish to make.
The organiser of the Serbian Otpor resistance group, who overthrew the Butcher of the Balkans, said, “we won because we loved life more.”
Always remember, there need not be a broad difference between our goals and our message: we are a straightforward and honest people, and many of us react best to those who are as well. There is nothing wrong with creating groups of like-minded people and excluding others who are not like us and don’t share our values.
We do not have an easy road ahead, and our goals won’t be attained overnight. But there are actionable steps we can take to get closer to those ends. Sort yourself out, decide what kind of community you want to build, gather a strong group of friends and allies, and do your part to improve and restore your local spaces. We need a new party, but not necessarily a political one. Be vitalistic and active, engage many people at once, and do so with a smile on your face.
Harold L. Byron runs Noble Youth, a blog that features a collection of short articles discussing political philosophy, ethnic spirituality and European identitarianism. Follow him on Twitter @youth_noble.