The too much talking myth

The time for talking and writing is over, let’s take action!

This is a fairly common refrain among some alt-righters which shows a very naive understanding of practical politics and how the internet works.

The first assumption is that just because a few hundred people are busy writing blogs and comments, there already exists the foundation for a dynamic political movement.

 If only people would get off their computers and stop repeating themselves on the net we could start making some progress.

Now, sure there is quite a busy little blog and website scene, but the key word here is little. If you compare the alt – blog sphere with the internet presence of more mainstream political movements, it’s still extremely small. For example, for every US paleo-conservative blog there’s at least ten neoconservative blogs. Similarly the top mainstream bloggers get far more traffic. Popular alt-right bloggers like Dennis Mangan and Steve Sailer may seem to get a lot of hits compared with minnows like me, but compared to the likes of Michelle Mankin or Instapundit, there’s still small fry. If you want to use the internet as a tool for persuading large numbers of people you need to be able to be able to attract the same level of traffic as the mainstream bloggers, and at this stage only the BNP website seems to able to front it with the big boys in terms of visitor numbers (personally I’ve always wondered why so many people visit mainstream political blogs, when mainstream views are already covered by other media).

As well as being very small, the alt right scene is also very geographically scattered. If you want to organise meetings, street protests etc, you need critical mass – that is, a reasonably large number of people living in close proximity to one another so that it’s practical for them to meet face to face. At the very least, I’d say you’d need 20 committed activists living within a 50km radius of one another before you can start thinking about activism beyond the net. Mainstream political movements obviously have that kind of critical mass, fringe movements don’t.

Where the alt right does need to try harder is in terms of engaging in internet communication beyond the alt right sphere. Unless political bloggers make an ongoing effort to attract new readers, they often end up preaching exclusively to other bloggers they share links with or regular visitors with the same opinions and the same knowledge base.Newspaper comment boards are a potentially useful source of new recruits, but they’re becoming harder to access and don’t usually allow a direct link back to your blog. However, if you go to the bother of setting up a specific Facebook account for your blog you can still access a lot of newspaper comment boards.

Another way of reaching a wider audience is to publish essays or books on popular self-publishing sites like Scribd.com. These sites allow you to publish samples of ebooks and short essays for free, and are an excellent tool for promoting books which are published on other sites. I notice that political books, such as those by Patrick Buchanan, seem to get a lot of views at Scribed.

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5 Comments on “The too much talking myth”


  1. I suppose my blog fits into the category of small fry, in comparison with the mega-blogs (who are almost always on the more conventional end of the political spectrum, necessarily) I believe there’s something to be said for writing for an audience of like-minded people. We (those of us who are dissidents in today’s rigid climate of opinion) need moral support and in many cases, contact with the like-minded.
    In the early days of my blog I did a lot more promotion of my blog, and posted on ‘mainstream’ forums and occasionally newspaper comments, but even the conservative forums have heavily censored politically incorrect comments.
    Attracting a large readership necessarily attracts more dross; I find it hard to deal with the argumentative neocons or liberals who show up when you try to lure a wider readership. Dealing with trollish comments and squabbles with opponents can be very draining and disheartening, as well as fruitless ultimately.
    In addition, I believe that opinion changes are generally driven by a small group of people, and never by the majority, who are usually inert and easily led to follow what seems to be the consensus, or popular opinion.
    So I don’t think it’s worthless to blog for smaller audiences or the like-minded. But to each his own.
    -VA

  2. Lurker Says:

    personally I’ve always wondered why so many people visit mainstream political blogs, when mainstream views are already covered by other media

    Indeed, I hardly bother, Im amazed by the sheer number of people who visit and comment repeating elite memes at each other.

  3. commonwealth contrarian Says:

    Another idea I should have mentioned is linking up with bloggers who blog about partially related subjects.

    Links ups with the mens rights bloggers have widened the audience for alt right blogs, and there may be other possibilities like paleo-dieters and the more educated end of the hunting/fishing scene.

  4. chris Says:

    @vanishingamerican

    “In addition, I believe that opinion changes are generally driven by a small group of people, and never by the majority, who are usually inert and easily led to follow what seems to be the consensus, or popular opinion.”

    http://scnarc.rpi.edu/content/minority-rules-scientists-discover-tipping-point-spread-ideas

  5. commonwealth contrarian Says:

    Chris, I agree that a minority can influence the majority, but even by minority standards the active alt right is very small.

    Also the alt right is much more geographically and socio-economically diverse that the liberal left (which has a concentrated core of fairly intelligent urban public sector workers).
    Therefore I do think we need to forge more links with those who already have some alt right leanings.

    I do agree with VA though, that indiscriminate promotion is pretty futile and often an exercise is self-punishment.


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