Failure analysis is probably the most important component of progress in any area of human endeavor. Figuring out what went wrong, why it went wrong and then scheming how to prevent it from happening again, is how we move forward in business, science, technology and even social organization. After every election, the losing party goes through a period of self-examination in order to figure out why they lost. The old line about learning more from failure than success is true, as long as you actually learn something.
With Joe Biden launching his campaign in Charlottesville, now is a good time to examine the catastrophe of the Unite the Right rally in 2017. Now, the first thing to note that from the point of view of the Left, this was a great success. Almost two years on, it remains an emotional rallying point for all of the tribes in the fight against whiteness. It is why very old white man Joe Biden picked it for his campaign announcement. He wanted to let those tribes know that he is their man, despite his noticeable lack of vibrancy.
That is an important lesson of this event. Activism is always about rallying your side and depressing the other side. Everything else is secondary. Most of the dissident right is happy to forget about this event, while the Left has made it one of the key events in their narrative. Put the phrase “Unite the Right” into a search engine and you first get the Wikipedia page describing it as a rally by the worst people. An image search returns pics of Nazis and noble non-whites. For the Left, Charlottesville was a triumph.
That is the first lesson of the event (the Unite The Right/Charlottesville cockup—M). It was a failure. Many involved have yet to come to terms with that reality. Instead, they keep working to correct the record about what happened and who was responsible. This recent live stream by Richard Spencer is a good example. The fact that they keep thinking the facts matter says they still don’t understand what happened. To the Left, the facts are unimportant. What matters is they have martyrs and they have a bloody shirt to wave around.
Therein lies another lesson. For too many in dissident politics, this obsession with applying the blue pencil to the Left’s myth-making remains a liability. Conservatives have always fallen into this trap. While the Left is performing yet another morality tale, the Right is busy editing the script for accuracy. In politics, factual accuracy is only important if it advances the narrative. What matters, what always matters, is convincing the public that your version of reality is the most pleasing. The facts are just part of the set.
Another reason the event turned into a great piece of propaganda for the Left and a disaster for the Right is the organizers made the classic error of thinking the Left would abide by its own stated rules. This never happens, as the Left sees rules, laws and principles as conveniences that further their efforts. The laws are like the New York subway system. You get on and off as necessary. It is a means to an end, not an end in itself. For the Left, winning is always the end. They will never let the rules get in the way.
Conservatives have been making this mistake for as long as anyone reading this has been alive. American right-wingers always assume the Left has practical, tangible motivations and that they will abide by their own rules. After all, conservatives have practical goals and always play by the rules. You’ll notice that all of those Virginia democrats caught up in the black face scandal are still in their jobs. Even the serial attacker, Justin Fairfax, is still in his job. In the fight with the Left, there are no rules.
Precisely so—and those who insist there either are or should be RULES in a vulgar, all-out brawl have already committed themselves to fighting with both hands tied behind their backs, and should have just stayed the hell home on the sofa. They would have accomplished roughly the same thing without getting themselves all dirty, banged-up, and humiliated.
I tired long ago of the reliable old Rightblogger standby: those plaintive “if a conservative did/said/supported somedamned thing or other similar, the response would be VERY different!” post. It’s worse than a waste of time to go on and on kvetching and caviling about how loudly the Left would bitch if the shoe was ever on the other foot and how unfair it all is, because 1) none of our useless “leaders” will ever bother TRYING to shift dem shoes, and 2) the Left doesn’t give a tinker’s damn whether it’s fair or not.
Case in point: all those cautionary posts out there warning that Democrat-Socialists ought to be DEEPLY, DEEPLY CONCERNED about, say, Harry Reid’s filibuster/nuclear option maneuvering, or Ogabe’s rule-by-executive-order end-run around the Constitution, because someday—SOME DAY—Repukes would be in power and they could do the same. No, seriously, you guys, it might happen!
Except, until Trump came along, it never, ever, ever did. The Repukes had become quite comfy in their tame-opposition role, thanks, and had no intention of breaking free of the leash and responding in kind to Democrat-Socialist perfidy. It’s one reason the Cucks are so deeply offended by Trump. Why, he’s…he’s…he’s NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES! HE’S IGNORING LONG-ESTABLISHED PRECEDENT!!! Well no duh, fuckface; that’s exactly what we elected him to do.
All the fact-diddling recitatives, indignant elucidations of the Left’s boundless chutzpah and hypocrisy, and straight-up whining about the obvious and undeniable double standards in the world aren’t going to avail us a single thing, people, no matter how high-minded and elegantly phrased they might be. For the Left, this is really and truly a war, one they intend to win. And you don’t win wars by standing around harrumphing and demanding a gentlemanly regard for the rules, when your enemy already has one thumb in your eye, one hand crushing your larynx, and one knee slamming into your groin.
Update! This. Is. War.
Many among us on the right have yet to fully absorb that unpleasant fact. Many among our friends, including reporters and politicians, speak as though the leftists are reasonable, persuadable people. If only we could show them that illegal aliens really are streaming across the border; if only we could show them the horror that is abortion; if only we could show them that socialism will do to us what it did to Venezuela.
They already know that. The leaders on the Left already know that President Trump never colluded with the Russians and that he never obstructed the Mueller investigation. They already know that socialism wrecks economies. They already know that disarming law-abiding citizens will not decrease crime. And, of course, they recognize that their Green New Deal will bring about a dystopia.
So why do we try to persuade them of what they already know?
The Democrats do what they do because for them, the war is existential. They stand to lose their power. For the rest of us, unless we succeed, we stand to lose our nation.
Which makes it existential for us too. Or for our freedom, anyway.