In Defense of Australia’s Liberal Nation, Part 3 I will discuss the Virtuous Cycle, and the strategies needed to protect national identity.
So far I have discussed political and cultural strategies for protecting national identity and thus cohesion. Also important is the relationship between them. Electoral and cultural successes need to feed on one another to produce positive feedback. That salutary process of political and cultural strategies should be facilitated where possible because only exponential growth can allow national movements to acquire the numbers and commitment they need to stand against globalist forces and protect national identity.
The major parties use something like the dual strategy. The Liberal-Nationals coalition talks with think tanks such as the Menzies Research Centre, though there is frequently a disconnect between politicians and intellectuals. An example is Tony Abbott, when he was prime minister, retreating from his election pledge to reform the Orwellian section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. He did so against the advice of conservative and libertarian commentators. The Labor Party takes its intellectual brains trust more seriously, based in the universities, the unions, and the ABC.
As noted, the electoral side of Australian nationalism is being kicked off by disaffected voters. Given the great size of Western ethnic groups, still the majorities of their countries, there is a large potential for expanding national movements along electoral and cultural fronts. In Australia, any national revival will necessarily have Anglos at its heart, because they are two-thirds of the population. Increments in electoral support will allow more investment in cultural activism. Likewise, ratcheting-up cultural activism is capable of mobilizing more voters and recruiting professionals able to fill leadership positions in politics as well as the culture industries.
The cultural front can also help the political front by providing able and loyal staffers. Incompetent or subversive staff are a frequent reason minor parties fail. Patriotic parties must be able to draw on a pool of speech writers, policy analysts and media people who not only support conservative and nationalist values but are able to defend them with social and economic arguments. Promising politicians are too often hobbled, diverted, or hijacked by opportunists.
By constructing parallel institutions in education, media and welfare – all cultural projects – the movement would be better placed to retain its core values as it grows, resisting the temptation to compromise with “big tent” politics. The goal should be to roll back the subversive aspects of the cultural revolution that began in the 1960s while accepting change that is benign or harmless.
Parallel cultural institution should be of sufficiently high quality to be worthy of large investments and philanthropic bequests. Projects should be positive, not reactive. Wealthy individuals will only support groups whose operations are scalable, i.e. whose output rises with investment. Thus they will look for talented individuals and organisations whose performances can be broadcast on radio, television or internet. In the early phase the key ingredient is quality, not quantity.
Two obvious examples are a news service and, more importantly, an online academy. The latter would teach what the universities refuse to teach. Subjects would include social science that incorporates biosocial theories of human nature. Students would be introduced to research on ethnicity, nationality, social cohesion, political and cultural history, reproductive strategies, gender and race, and comparative civilisation.
The dual culture-politics strategy makes sense only if it includes a reformist critique of the universities’ anti-Western bias. The social sciences and humanities are the jewels in the globalist crown. They must be won back to serve truth. Only by fixing the corruption in higher education will political victories be sustainable.
Political and cultural strategies should be aimed at carving out a constituency. In asymmetrical conflicts the little guy does not have many victories, and when he does, the resulting political and cultural capital is fleeting. So victories should be maximally exploited. The goal should be to complete the feedback loop. Political victories yield platforms, windows of publicity. These should be used to draw people’s attention to important values. Identity comes first, because interests so often depend on who we are.
No greater victory has been won by the enemies of the Australian nation and the West than the obscuring of traditional identities. Those the gods would destroy they first make mad, and loss of identity is madness. Nationalist advocates should expend their limited political capital on clarifying and reaffirming the nation’s core Anglo European identity. That is best achieved through two-way feedback between political and cultural activities which is referred to as The Virtuous Cycle.
By Dr Frank Salter published by Sydney Trads.