French translation here
No European political movement attracts so much attention in the United States as Golden Dawn in Greece. Despite its lack of real political power, Golden Dawn is so compelling because it is exactly what everyone expects.
The party has a single leader who controls everything and is a former soldier. Its power base is in the streets, with support supposedly in the police and among struggling Greeks suffering from immigrant crime. The party image is of strong men guarding their communities (if you support them) or thuggish ruffians engaging in vigilantism (if you’re against them) – either the Freikorps or the SA come again. They emerged from obscurity following an economic collapse. Finally, they are organized along “Old Right” lines — patriots waiting to redeem their country.
Of course, the System simply waited for a pretext to destroy the Party. It came with the supposed murder of an “antifascist” rapper, an innocent little flower who went by the name “Killah P.” Mr. . . . uh, P. . . . enjoyed describing in graphic detail the various tortures and forms of bodily injury he would inflict on those who don’t support the genocide of the Greek people. However, once he received what he sought to give to others, the passive aggressive Leftists wailed about the “families” hurt by Golden Dawn violence and how normal people are supposedly being attacked in the streets.
In France, there was already a media created controversy when a doe-eyed young antifascist was supposedly murdered by racist thugs. Later of course, it emerged that, as it so often happens, the antifascists had stalked the nationalists, provoked the conflict, and lost. Being a Leftist not only means never having to say you’re sorry, it means that we have to build an entire system to make sure you aren’t allowed to lose.
Thus, the entire Greek political system has united to destroy the party, including stripping away the funding they are entitled to, arresting Parliament members in the dead of night, and using the kind of eliminationist rhetoric that could be seen as an exaggeration of fascism if it was directed at anyone other than the hard Right. Without a shred of self-awareness, the media portrayed the masked men holding assault rifles as defenders of democracy and the older men in suits as dangerous fascists.
This kind of narrative works. No one should have any illusions about the response of the Greek people to Golden Dawn. Though some American conservatives whispered misgivings about the wisdom of the Greek government essentially banning a political party, they can have every confidence that “democracy” will remain safe. An estimated 80% of the Greek people support the crackdown on the Golden Dawn. They also see Golden Dawn through the eyes of the past, and they have been taught their entire lives that the purpose of democracy – perhaps its only purpose – is to prevent the rise of a nationalist movement.
What is most remarkable about this is the privileged place the Greek Left has in the halls of government power. Though the media (including ostensibly Right-wing outlets like the Drudge Report) whips itself into a frenzy about the Golden Dawn’s position as the “third largest” party in the country, little attention is paid to the second largest party, SYRIZA, or the Coalition of the Radical Left. This is a collection of various extreme groups, including avowed Trotskyites, Communists, and other self-styled revolutionaries. Leftist and anarchist student organizations, including the groups that hold violent protests within the country on a more or less continuous basis, are also allowed to operate with impunity because of a law that forbids the police from operating on a college campus.
What is critical here is that this is not democracy violating its principles, or evidence of hypocrisy on the part of the governing class. This is precisely how the system is supposed to operate. Democracy is a regime deliberately intended to weaken and dispossess national populations in order to remove all obstacles to a consumerist society ruled by international finance and the managerial state. In the words of Harold Covington, democracy is a system designed to prevent change.
This leads to the essential trap of Traditionalists who seek that kind of change. In France, the National Front is now the most popular party in the country. However, to achieve this position, it has had to back away from its ethnonational message to the point where it can be charged it is no longer a real “nationalist” party. Furthermore, the media has a vested interest in overstating the FN’s support. As Roman Bernard writes, “Ironically, Right-wingers seem to be the last democrats. Only on the Right can one still find this naive belief that the President, or Prime Minister, has a kind of control panel in his office where from everything bad in the country can be solved with a simple tap of the finger. “
In Greece, the Golden Dawn has used a harder image, with support among the security services and the ordinary soldiers, police, and young men who have to watch their country being destroyed on the street level. The Golden Dawn’s appeal is reminiscent of nothing so much as George Lincoln Rockwell, who believed that the ordinary policemen, soldiers, working men, and patriots, would eventually embrace a combative creed to fight for their country and civilization. In this, he was disappointed, and despite encouraging signs, the white working class in the United States was either bought off, fled, or was outright subsumed into the Third World.
The System survives because it is subtle. Generally speaking, dissidents are allowed to voice their opposition to what is going on, form parties to try to vote against it, or run for office themselves to try to secure political power. However, there is a whole infrastructure of costs and incentives designed to make sure certain constituencies and movements are kept away from real influence. If you run for office and talk about immigration, you will be overwhelmed from the top by large corporate donations to your opponent, and from the bottom by violent demonstrators and hostile media coverage. Political parties may be banned, not to eliminate certain ideas (heavens no!), but to prevent violence and disorder.
The metapolitical struggle and the investigative reporting and scholarship that explains and gives context to our people’s plight is necessary, but we have to know that it is only directed to a small subset of the population. All too often, when we explain the reality of white genocide and the means used to facilitate our dispossession, we come off like the crazy peasant in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, screaming “A-ha! Now we see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!” It doesn’t matter if we are right or wrong – people either won’t understand, or won’t care. More importantly, even those who understand that something is deeply wrong in their society are taken away from the struggle by problems with family, money, or pleasurable distractions.
The purpose of “antifascists,” official obstacles, hostile media coverage, and all the rest is not to drive away the hard core. The leader of the Golden Dawn can still boast they will never give up the struggle, and no doubt he is sincere. His followers will remain loyal. However, it will shake the support of the casually involved, the people who want to protect careers, and the activists who don’t want their significant others to leave them because they are choosing the political struggle instead of drinking, pop music, or watching criminals kick around a ball.
The message to Traditionalists from the System and its militant wing is not that they are wrong, but that it is not worth the social and financial cost of trying to fight for something other than a paycheck. Brave New World is far more dangerous than Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The result is that the temptation is always there for activists to choose the lesser option for the struggle, with tragic consequences. In 1993, General Constand Viljoeon sabotaged the efforts of his own organization, the Afrikaner Volksfront, to secure an independent Boer Republic through a secession plan. Instead, he threw his influence behind the plan of participating in elections (in a country with an overwhelming black population) in return for a vague promise from Nelson Mandela to consider an Afrikaner homeland. Obviously, this never happened, and Viljoeon’s reward was a pat on the head from Nelson Mandela after his people were sold into oblivion. He didn’t exactly “betray” his cause, but he choose the safe path, a path doomed to failure.
It’s easy to critique this choice as suicidal, but most people choose it every day. The path of total commitment offers terrible costs and little chance of success. It is far easier to make a partial acceptance of the system, be it playing by accepting the rules of the “democratic” regimes, leading double lives, becoming “moderate” conservatives, or venting on social networking sites. The fact is, this writer is honest enough to admit he has not chosen the path of total dedication, nor have many others. To do so is to guarantee personal destruction and political failure. Unless, of course, a large number of us choose it at once – or, more likely, are forced into it.
What is happening in Greece is accelerating that process. The democratic regime offers an endless array of goodies and distractions to satisfy people, but it is failing to solve both the economic problems of the West and the personal desires of individuals. Satisfying family lives and careers for those who want to remain apart from the political fray are becoming impossible. Moderate dissent is meeting with ever more fanatical – and hysterical – repression. Even the deracinated Christianity that serves as a spiritual safety valve is under attack. The soft totalitarianism of multiculturalism is transitioning into a Soviet-style clumsy authoritarianism.
This is not to say victory is inevitable, in Greece or anywhere else. The great nightmare of nationalists should not be race war or even white genocide. It’s the End of History triumphant, the Last Men reigning supreme over a purposeless world. Let there be no confusion – most people, if offered a choice, will take the easy life, the purposeless path, the slow suicide of fast food, easy entertainment, hard drink, and soft bodies. It doesn’t matter – whites are our army, and we will not allow them to be exterminated, even if many of them want to be. They will participate – or they will be drafted.
For this to be done, three things must be accomplished. First, we must build cultural, tribal, economic, and spiritual safe spaces to allow for the spread of our ideas. We must exploit every opportunity to allow for casual involvement, to pan for the diamonds among the coal of the masses.
Secondly, we must regard participating in the political process – every political process – as a means to an end. The democrats have shown they do not believe in their own propaganda – why should we? Political parties, elections, and constitutions are simply tools in the hands of our foes. They confer no greater legitimacy – and perhaps a great deal less – than the divine right of kings. We are under occupation in our own homelands, and we must regard ourselves as revolutionary nationalists, willing to bow to no order except our own.
Finally, we must create the institutions and ideas must be place to create the Traditionalist phalanx that will confront our dispossession, which cannot be broken by repression or persecution. Those who choose total dedication, or who are forced into it, need a place to go.
This transformation may be forced on entire organizations, including Golden Dawn. If Golden Dawn is purged from the democratic process and the system admits its bankruptcy, methods outside the existing political system must be used to achieve political ends.
At this time, funding has been stripped from the Party depending on whether the politicians arrested are convicted of crimes. If that happens, what next? It is not for Americans to judge what tactics are best suited for response. What is important is that there can be no illusions about the legitimacy of the Greek state. Nor can there be any illusions about the possibility of voting our way out of this crisis.
The Greek state will not allow patriots to save it. The older “Right-wing” tactic of a conservative bloc to save the System from itself is outdated. Therefore, patriots must withdraw from the state and reconstitute something new by whatever means are most effective. If Golden Dawn, or any other group, is barred from participating within the state, they must become the state, and regard themselves, not the phony elected government, as the legitimate source of sovereignty in Greece.
We must develop this same nationalist consciousness – of a nation for ourselves.