Archive for the ‘Political activism’ category

Politics and Pussy

February 16, 2013

Evolutionary psychologists often say that male behaviour is heavily influenced by the desire to score with women, and it seems the world of far-left politics is no exception.

In a recent Guardian column “Why Leftists and Revolutionaries Are Not the Best Feminists” progressive commentator Nick Cohen opines on the sexual transgressions of leading male far-leftists.

In one paragraph, he quotes Anna Chen, who spent a number of years working for the Socialist Alliance and Socialist Worker’s Party :

“I was struck by how sexless and ugly the leading men in the SWP were. But they always had women. If you slept with one of them, they promoted you. It was as basic as that.”

A particularly randy leftist was Gerry Healey, of the Worker’s Revolutionary Party. The party fell apart in 1986 when 26 women came forward claiming of “gross sexual misconduct,” at the hands of Healey during the 70s and 80s.

Far-left causes tend to attract more women than men, so it makes perfect sense they sexually sub-par males would be interested in using memberships of such groups to access relatively attractive women that would otherwise be unobtainable. This is also likely to be one of the reasons why male intellectuals don’t tend to be very interested in far-right politics. The nationalist right doesn’t tend to attract many women, so the opportunities to score with relatively attractive females are limited.

Cohen concludes his article by stating that the feminist movement is now getting wise to womanising comrades, and that most of hard-core socialist parties like the SWP are dying out. In this new, more female dominated climate it’s going to be interesting to see where these exiled male leftists will end up directing their political energies.

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So much for the precautionary principle

October 22, 2012

Given the speed with which Western governments are rubber stamping gay marriage and gay adoption legislation who would think there would be lots of social science data showing that gay adoption’s fine, and that the general public has nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, though there isn’t much data – in fact there’s some pretty good data to show that it’s a bad idea, and to make matters worse, left-wing activists are actively trying to suppress it.

I wonder if gay marriage advocates stop to consider that it would be like growing up in a gay household. Imagine for example, being a  straight 14-year-old male and accidentally finding your two dads going at it “Greek style. ”

Catching straight parents having sex would be embarrassing, watching gay male parents having sex would be a different mindf–k altogether.

Madonna’s political ignorance.

June 24, 2012

In a recent concert in Israel Madonna used an image of Marine Le Pen to make a critical statement against racism and fascism (as discussed in this Taki’s Magazine article by Bruce Cochran).

Madonna’s “anti-fascist” stance is all the more amusing given her interest in the lives of Eva Peron and Wallace Simpson (she has played Peron in a musical and recently directed a movie about Simpson). Peron of course married Argentinian fascist leader Juan Peron,  while Wallace Simpson was a staunch anti-communist who was strongly opposed to racial intermarriage. Why Madonna should champion Simpson and vilify Le Pen seems kind of ironic considering Simpson was probably more socially conservative than Marine Le Pen will ever be.

Adding to the irony is that Madonna likes to emphasise her Italian heritage. Italy was the birth place of fascism and is one of the world’s most ideologically sophisticated countries. Indeed, during the Italian Civil War from 1943-45 political ignorance of the kind exhibited by Madonna could easily have got a women like her killed by a communist lynch mob.

The too much talking myth

February 23, 2012

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.