Whenever it comes time to deciding what course Identitarians should take to spread our ideas, “mainstreaming” always pops up.
Mainstreaming describes efforts to moderate, exclude, or change our views in order to reach a larger audience.
Some believe it is necessary for success, others believe it means abandoning our principles for meaningless victories.
If you haven’t noticed before, Radix leans towards the latter on the question. Counter-Currents reposted a great piece by Ted Sallis on the subject that covered how mainstreaming leads down a path of false hope, particularly in the case of the Front National:
Hardline activists – the support that’s a mile deep but an inch wide – become disillusioned and disenfranchised by mainstreaming, to be replaced by fickle and ephemeral “support” that’s a mile wide but an inch deep. This latter support, weaned on a diet of citizenist pap, may vanish overnight if race is ever re-introduced into the French political equation. And if we decide to ignore Occam and assume that the citizenist pose of the FN is really a ruse, the problem then becomes that “popular support” and “electability” may become ends in themselves; in other words, means become ends and the original ends vanish. The “apparent” belief system becomes the “real” belief system, and the endgame is all about attaining and maintaining power, not actually doing anything constructive while in power. The FN may come to believe that the ruse is reality and that the trickery should become the new, real, permanent ideology. Thus, this is similar to the GOP supporters in America, who talk of “electability” without ever asking “what do we want our candidate to be elected for?” You see, being elected is the end in itself, there is no other underlying ultimate objective. That’s the end result of “mainstreaming.” To what end a FN victory if France becomes part of Eurabia anyway? Why should we care? Because it “feels good to win?” “Win” what?…
Of course, mainstreaming has its place within the activist toolkit. As long as the core ideology is maintained, enhancing electability through mainstreaming of the message can work, when it is required. The problem is when mainstreaming completely alters the core ideology, when ethnonationalism becomes replaced by constitutional patriotism, culturalism, and citizenism. Then the means become ends and all is lost.
This hits the nail on the head. Sacrificing core principles in the pursuit of electability will ultimately mean sacrificing our goals as well. Instead of trying to change the world and overthrow the prevailing liberal dogma, we will instead be stuck fruitlessly trying to turn back the clock to some mythical time period that led us to where we are today. Going back in time is not an option.
It also forces us to alter and abandon the strongest thing we have going for us–our ideas. The Hungarian government isn’t trying to shut down our conference because of our electability–they’re fighting us because they’re afraid of our ideas. This is what sets us apart from every other ideology and political persuasion in the world today. No one else challenges the dominant order like we do, and changing our ideas makes us just another acceptable political outlet to the System we reject.
That’s why we should focus on metapolitics rather than electoral politics. As Colin Liddell puts it, a mental revolution is the goal we have to work towards:
There is physical revolution and there is mental revolution. The hungry mob or the angry young men given tacit approval by their elders constitute physical revolution – a raw animal force.
With the consumerist bribery and technological systems we have in the West, however, there is little likelihood of actual physical revolution happening for some time. Nevertheless people are far from happy. They know that much is wrong. They can still be made to recognize the creeping chaos and stupidity of multiculturalism. Mental revolution is still possible.
The old system of politics is also increasingly hollow. The scope for mental revolution widens daily, so ideas are more important than repetitive bootboy sloganeering.
This is why projects like Radix Journal exist. Ideas are what make history and what threaten the status quo. This is why the Hungarian government is trying so hard to shut down one gathering of intellectuals.
But one government attempt to suppress us is not going to make our ideas or the National Policy Institute go away. We will strive onwards and continue to host conferences and pursue projects that threaten the liberal orthodoxy. You can do your part by donating to NPI today. We will persevere and we hope you can join in the struggle.