In the couple years since I disengaged from mainstream politics, I’ve been accused of having become embittered or alienated. It’s certainly understandable, given my crotchety and dismissive “worse is better” responses to the latest betrayals and excesses from Capitol Hill.
But if inspiration is only going to be squandered on an utterly futile and thoroughly rigged shell game, then I’m doing our cause a service.
Besides, it’s not that I’m embittered and alienated from politics, per se. I’m embittered and alienated from mainstream politics. I think hope for our future lies outside of the conventional political process. I have hope for our future, just not hope for our future within the current system. I care deeply about politics. I just don’t care about political spectacles which universally and axiomatically preclude our making progress from the very outset. Besides, the future holds so many more possibilities outside the mainstream than within it, so I’ve come to see our exile as a blessing in disguise.
With that perspective in mind, I found the following meme on my Facebook feed noteworthy . . .
The joke is, of course, that teenagers are too too ignorant and immature to engage the political process appropriately. I hate to be one to ruin a joke by over-analyzing it, but I’m with the teenagers on this one. In my opinion, whether or not the Internet remains a free and unregulated source of information and organizing is at least that much more important than the presidential election. The Internet has broken the corporate and Jewish death grip on the publishing, news, and entertainment industries. It has opened the floodgates for information that had previously been relegated to insular samizdat newsletter and mail-order projects. It has introduced a new generation to a complete alternative to the mainstream liberal worldview.
Admittedly, we don’t have the flying cars, bullet trains, and arcologies that people fantasized about in the fifties. Hell, we struggle to maintain the infrastructure which we inherited from the fifties. We’re working harder for less pay in a more hostile and uncomfortable world than our parents, and the Zeitgeist of zombie movies and apocalyptic foreboding indicates a deep visceral fear that our future is likely to be a dystopian hellscape compared to the world our parents threw away.
But how much do these material matters weigh relative to the power we now have to reach out and build relationships with others who share our values and convictions? How empowering is it to have access to a library greater than the Library of Alexandria on the slim little e-reader on my bedside table? I admit that our use of these tools is clumsy. We are like toddlers taking our first steps. But the possibilities really are limitless!
And where would we be if, by some perfectly possible legal gesture, Counter-Currents.com were blocked by the majority of ISPs. Imagine if The Political Cesspool’s broadcasts were classified as hate speech which the web host could be sued for and it were no longer readily accessible. The Internet is how Professor MacDonald has spread his revolutionary ideas to a large and ever-growing audience. The Internet is how a whole New Right youth subculture has emerged, influenced by thinkers like Evola, Guénon, and Heidegger.
It’s certainly not an unmitigated blessing. Yes, the Internet also provides access to unlimited pornography, mind-numbing games, and other distractions. Yes, the consequences of over-exposure may even include permanent neurological changes to how we think and behave. Yes, we can become so immersed in the virtual world that we cease being active and engaged in the physical one. But that’s hardly a reason to hesitate to leverage the Internet in the service of tribe, tradition, and transcendence.
For me, Internet freedom is the only mainstream political matter I care about. If this government bans guns, I’ll hide my guns. If this government passes another illegal immigrant amnesty, then I’ll do my best to exploit the frustration over it to recruit more persuadables to our cause. If this government imposes more discriminatory anti-White laws, then I’ll cope with the consequences. But if this government threatens the Internet, then it threatens my ability to communicate with and coordinate with my comrades throughout America and across the globe. It threatens my ability to reach the steadily growing number of people who are fed up with mainstream politics.
I no longer care about mainstream politics, until the minute the Internet is threatened.