Essays

Power from the People!

jt1by Max Musson

THERE WAS A speech made by John Tyndall at a meeting organised by David Duke, in Louisiana in 2004, and in this speech John Tyndall spoke at some length about the various freedom fighters who have struggled valiantly so that the truth can be known. But he then brought his audience down to earth with a passage that impressed upon them the futility of much of what he had just discussed in the absence of political power.

These are the Words John Tyndall Spoke

“Now all this is pretty obvious, it doesn’t take a genius to work it out.

“Our activity must be geared to the winning of power.

“That still has to be said to some people in our movement, here in America, back in Britain, and everywhere else.

“They are Crusaders for the truth, but they don’t relate it to the necessities of winning power.

“It cannot be said enough, power is what must be won.

“First, just a little bit of power, then more power, and finally complete power.

“Activity geared to anything else is a waste of time.

“Now here in America David Duke serves as an admirable example of this. He gears his activities to the winning of power.

“He said and did what was necessary to win power, and he did win a little bit of power, for a while, here in Louisiana, as a state legislator.

“This was an enormous inspiration to us in Britain, and all over the world.

“My party back at home, the British National Party, has focused its entire strategy on winning power, and we have won a little bit of power. Right now, we have seventeen town councillors.

“It’s tiny, but it’s a beginning, and it’s amazing how differently you’re perceived if you have even a little bit of power.

“Let me give you an example:

“Burnley is a smallish to medium-sized town in Lancashire in the Northwest of England which suffers from the same ills as many towns and cities here in America.

“It’s been invaded by the ethnic minorities, in the case of Burnley, mainly Asians from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh.

“The Whites have been dispossessed and they’re very unhappy about it.

“In the local government elections in 2002, our party the BNP, got three councillors elected. Now we have seven, but then we just had three.

“I was scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Burnley BNP in August 2002.

“When I arrived there was a howling, smelling, filthy, demented, left-wing mob that had assembled outside. I’m sure you’re familiar with them.

“We’ve got some of them outside today, so David Duke tells us [laughter].

“The big traveling freak show, the best freak show in town!

“They were there to cause trouble — if possible to stop the meeting.

“To keep order, were plenty of police.

“Now, in the past, we’ve often felt we had a raw deal from the police.

“We were the people keeping within the law and our opponents were the ones intent on breaking the law. Yet very often, the police were as heavy on us as they were on our opponents.

“But on this particular night, the police treated us with respect and courtesy and friendliness, and they dealt with the red rabble thoroughly and efficiently.

“What had made the difference?

“We had three local councillors, that’s what made the difference!

“We had a little bit of power and the police knew that we only had that power because a lot of local people supported us.

“And David Duke reminded me of this, the last couple of evenings, when he and I and some others went for a meal in the town and the two places that David came to… once they saw him coming through the door that was it, we got the red carpet treatment, because he has masses of supporters here in New Orleans, masses of them!

“Now that’s not just because David Duke is a very nice fellow, which he is of course, but it’s also because he’s shown power.

“He doesn’t have it right at the moment, but he still has this big following in the background and he could get it again. Power!

“My point, which I can’t hammer home often enough is that the appeal of an idea, whatever its merits in terms of common sense is multiplied ten times over if behind it there’s power, even just a little bit of power.”

jt-3Some people have taken to heart these words and conscious of the fact that both: the BNP councillors referred to by John Tyndall; and David Duke, had gained what political power they ostensibly exhibited by being elected to public office, they have assumed that electoral politics is the only way in which political power can be acquired, and have therefore misconstrued John Tyndall’s words as meaning: that ‘all of our activity must be geared to winning power through the electoral process’, and that ‘anything else other than slavish devotion to the electoral process, is a waste of time’. However, this is not what John Tyndall said and is clearly not the case.

John Tyndall was not a slavish believer in electoral democracy, believing in ‘strong leadership’, however that is achieved, and in many of his speeches, especially during the 1970s when he was Chairman of the National Front, and during the 1980s during the early days of the British National Party, he painted a vision of all of the dispossessed and oppressed people of our nation, from the length and breadth of the British Isles, rising up like a mighty army and marching on Westminster to depose the corrupt governments of the day. Many, many, times he invoked this vision at the climax of his speeches and to thunderous applause from his audience. So John Tyndall was no effete parliamentarian, no slave to the idea of one-man-one-vote, and no slave to the principle of electoral politics.

John Tyndall did not choose his words as carefully as he might during that speech in Louisiana however, and in speaking of the palpable support for David Duke amongst the people of New Orleans he attributed that support to the brief period during which David Duke held public office and therefore derived some small measure of power from holding that position.

In fact while David Duke was indeed elected to a minor political position, representing the people of his constituency in New Orleans, he had no political power derived from their elected office at all, just as all of the BNP councillors that were ever elected had no such political power — not Nick Griffin, or Andrew Brons, or Richard Barnbrook, when they were later elected. They had no power derived from their elected office because they were treated as pariahs by the other legislators representing the establishment political parties with whom they sat in the various legislative and council chambers. They were a small minority unable to influence the voting that took place in those places of government.

What gave them political power, insofar as they had any, is the fact that through their community activism, often, although not exclusively geared to electioneering, they had won many friends and the gratitude of many of the electorate within the wards and constituencies they represented.

On the nights when David Duke wined and dined John Tyndall and their other friends and were mobbed by supporters, David Duke had no public office and was not involved in electioneering, yet he still had the visible trappings of power — power that came from the sheer volume of his followers and their enduring support, not from any badge of office.

Similarly, when Sir Oswald Mosley spoke before crowds that were often 12,000 strong in the East End of London in the 1930s, he held no public office, but he still had power and influence. His power and influence was derived from the mass following that he worked very hard to win and to maintain.

In his speech, John Tyndall said, “What had made the difference?

“We had three local councillors, that’s what made the difference!

“We had a little bit of power and the police knew that we only had that power because a lot of local people supported us.”

We only had that power because a lot of local people supported us”. Burn those words into your consciousness!

Therefore, to paraphrase John Tyndall and express more precisely the truth of what he was saying, and what I’m sure he actually believed:

‘All of our activity must be geared to winning power through winning the support of local people’.

This principle is at the core of everything we at Western Spring advocate. We want our members to become activists within their local areas and through community activism, aimed at building militant White communities, to win the support of local people and acquire the power to effect political change.

Direct community activism is what will win power locally, irrespective of whether or not we attain elected political office. However, if we acquire power through the support of local people, elected political office will naturally follow and that will in time serve to amplify our power.

Furthermore, direct community activism will produce lasting support and therefore lasting political power and influence. Once we have created militant White enclaves, those areas will be ours forever, and unlike elected political office, which depends upon the capricious nature of a disparate electorate, we will through the creation of militant White enclaves be building our support base on ‘solid rock’ rather than ‘sand’.

When John Tyndall spoke in 2004, the BNP had seventeen local councillors, today however, the ‘sand’ has been ‘blown away’ through the corrosive influence of the mass media and through the continued influx of non-White immigrants and what power they thought they had is gone, because they tried to acquire power through electoral politics rather than focusing on direct community activism and the building of militant White enclaves.

So let us immerse ourselves in community activism, let us win the support of local people by being seen to be doing work on their behalf and by being advocates in their interests, and let the battle cry ring out — not power to the people, but Power from the People!

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Source: Western Spring

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