Learning from Our Founder
by William White Williams
and Dr. William L. Pierce
NATIONAL ALLIANCE member Jim Mathias posed the following question on an Internet discussion board:
While reviewing some William Pierce articles online I noted a link to an Alliance BULLETIN from the late 1990s with a title that contained the words “patience” and “tenacity.” Upon clicking, it directed me to some strange Web site that was of no help. That article ought to contain some thoughts that could assist us at bringing consciousness of Cosmotheism to our people. Any idea where this article might be found?
Back in late 2011, when the Alliance was close to flat-lining and it looked like things were not going to get any better under its then-existing management, I asked Hadding Scott to launch the William Luther Pierce Legacy blog. We started adding content, mostly by transcribing old pre-Internet articles by Dr, Pierce from National Vanguard magazine, so they’d be digitized for sharing with others online. The problem with those BULLETINs on the blog is they were not digitized, but were simply images of the pages hosted on a commercial image hosting service that has since canceled our account. That’s the problem with so much that’s found on the Internet that is supposed to be “permanent.” It’s not.
Curious to answer Jim’s question I found out that the title of Dr. Pierce’s Commentary in the October 1997 issue of the BULLETIN was “Tenacity and Patience.” Then, searching through old issues in our archive, I found that month’s copy. His inspiring commentary to Alliance members more than two decades ago reads as fresh today as then, and is arguably even more relevant today because our shrinking race’s situation is much more urgent than it was in 1997. So I transcribed it and we herewith republish it, unedited. In that same issue of the BULLETIN, Dr. Pierce provided for us an example of how members can be creative and, using sound judgment, carefully plan to take advantage of an opportunity to spread the Alliance’s message. All that follows below are Dr. Pierce’s words to us. I can’t say it any better than he. — W.W.W.
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Using Other People’s Meetings
by Dr. William L. Pierce
IN THE 1960s and 1970s, before Political Correctness had become firmly established on university campuses everywhere, the Jews customarily organized disruptions of lectures and meetings on their campuses whenever they saw any propaganda advantage to themselves in doing so. Some of the people whose meetings or lectures they disrupted were people at least implicitly hostile to Jewish goals — the late William Shockley, for example — but they even attacked people friendly to them when that served their purposes: people associated with the government’s war effort in Vietnam, for example.
We don’t have the Jews’ numbers or resources — such as the use of their Black auxiliaries for the physical intimidation of opponents, friendly media to report our activities, or unlimited funds for bail bonds in the event of arrests — but hostile participation in other people’s public or semi-public meetings nevertheless can be an effective activity for those of our members who are able to handle public confrontations well. A recent example illustrates this.
On October 20 Jean-Bertand Aristide, the Clintonistas’ former puppet president of Haiti, was the invited speaker at a lecture on poverty at the University of North Carolina. The lecture was held in the university’s Memorial Hall on the Chapel Hill campus and was attended by approximately 2,000 persons, most of them Clintonistas, trendy airheads, or media representatives, but there also were a number of interested students in the audience. Two Alliance members also attended: North Carolina Regional Coordinator Will Williams and Raleigh Local Unit Coordinator Kent Hansen.
At the end of Aristide’s lecture there was a question-and-answer period, and Will Williams rose to ask two questions. He asked Aristide to explain exactly what the term “necklacing” means. Aristide declined to answer, and then Mr. Williams read from an article (“Bringing Democracy to Haiti”) in the November-December 1994 issue of National Vanguard a quote from a 1991 speech in Port-au-Prince by Aristide in which he explicitly urged his followers to “necklace” his political opponents: “[I]f you see a faker who pretends to be one of our supporters… just grab him. Make sure he gets what he deserves… with the tool you have now in your hands, the ‘necklace.’… You have the right tool in your hands… the right instrument. What a beautiful tool we have! What a nice instrument! It is nice, it is chic, it is classy, elegant and snappy. It smells good, and wherever you go you want to smell it.”
After reading this quote in full Mr. Williams then reminded Aristide that dozens of his opponents were in fact “necklaced” after his 1991 speech. At this point the moderator cut off Mr. Williams’ microphone, but he shouted out the second question: “Please, Mr. President, tell the audience exactly what is ‘necklacing’ and whether or not you said these words.” Aristide again refused to answer, and this ended the question-and-answer period (and the event).
Many students gathered around Mr. Williams and Mr. Hansen as the audience left the lecture, and they were handed xeroxed copies of the National Vanguard article from which Mr. Williams had quoted. A contact address and telephone number, as well as the Alliance’s Internet address and the times and frequencies for American Dissident Voices broadcasts, were stamped on each copy. Several lively conversations developed. One professor [fluent in Aristide’s Creole language] approached Mr. Williams and told him he had a recording of the speech Aristide had given in 1991 and recognized the part which had been quoted.
Although the local newspaper, the Raleigh News and Observer, carried a lengthy report of the lecture, it dealt in a cursory manner with the opposition to Aristide, mentioning neither Mr. Williams nor the Alliance by name: “The evening wasn’t without controversy… During a question-and-answer session, two people confronted Aristide with accusations that his supporters ‘necklaced’ people who opposed him.”
Of course, members should never waste their time heckling a speaker or attempting to disrupt a meeting unless they have planned the activity carefully in advance, prepared themselves to utilize the opportunity fully (as Will Williams and Kent Hansen did), by supplying themselves with copies of the National Vanguard article on Aristide), and can reasonably hope to gain some advantage for the Alliance. Such activity should never be undertaken merely to make our enemies uncomfortable or to amuse ourselves.
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Tenacity and Patience
by Dr. William L. Pierce
THERE ARE many traits of character that are desirable in a person engaged in our endeavor, but I can think of none more valuable than tenacity. Tenacity, combined with patience and good judgment, can conquer the world.
This is all the more true these days when there are so many moral cripples, born losers, and grown-up mama’s boys among our people: the products of two generations raised on television and permissiveness; men and women whose mothers always picked up and cleaned up after them, even when they were teenagers; whose fathers sometimes yelled, “Don’t do that!” or, “Be quiet and do your homework!” but never followed up on their commands; who learned from watching television as children that every problem has an easy solution and every bad situation eventually has a happy ending. Such people are not problem solvers. They have no staying power and cannot overcome major obstacles. They nearly always choose the path of least resistance. They cannot win against people who are made of tougher stuff.
Tenacity is a winning characteristic, both at the individual level and at the organizational level. A tenacious individual, once he has decided what he wants to accomplish, is not deterred by setbacks, obstacles, or failures. He learns from every setback and failure, and he persists until he overcomes every obstacle. A tenacious organization, having set its objectives and its general strategy, pursues those objectives until it achieves them, no matter what tactics it must use, no matter what sacrifice must be made, and no matter how long it takes.
The Alliance has set as its objectives securing the physical existence of our people and organizing them in a society governed by our ideology.
We would like to achieve these objectives within a few years and with the minimum losses to our own people, but we will achieve them, even if it takes us centuries, requires us to endure generations of outlawry and repression, and only a small fraction of our population survives the intervening chaos. We are willing to endure anything, because the alternative is extinction. Because of this, we have designed our organization to be tenacious. We have designed it to endure and survive and continue toward its goals until it reaches them.
We have observed the passivity and selfishness and cowardice of our people, who continue to collaborate with our enemies as long as there seems to be some personal, short-term advantage to them in doing so, and we have focused our recruiting efforts on the small minority of our people whose character and idealism lead them to do what is right rather than what is momentarily advantageous. Which is to say, we have built the Alliance on people able and willing to make a long-term commitment rather than on people looking for a quick and easy solution with the next election.
We have observed the long-term decay in morale of the government; the inevitable increase in fundamental weaknesses in the economy as the average quality of the work force declines and the welfare burden mounts; and the growing alienation of the population from the government as demographic inhomogeneity, official corruption, and an increasingly unnatural life-style take their toll. We have based our strategy on these long-term trends rather than on any momentary economic dislocations or governmental scandals. Our tactics, on the other hand, are adapted to take momentary advantage of momentary changes.
We have made a special effort to recruit members who are involved in every key profession and institution in our society, rather than simply building a generalized mass membership. It is our aim to grow like a living organism — sometimes rapidly, sometimes slowly, but always growing — until we are able to duplicate within our own ranks all of the essential features of the society around us.
These are our design criteria for building a tenacious organization. To meet these criteria, we must continue to persuade the best and brightest among our people to join us and make our goals their goals. And we must continue to build our other resources. We must have continuity in members, in ideas, and in resources. We have made some progress in developing the basis for this continuity, but we need more.
In the area of financial resources, for example, we have been fortunate in being able to build a small amount of capital assets, so that we can have a reasonable hope of being able to weather a storm of moderate severity without having to scramble and make emergency appeals. We are still a long way, however, from being strong enough financially to defeat a determined, long-term effort by our enemies to destroy us. For that we need at least ten times the reserves we have now.
Members who want to help us build our organizational tenacity can do so simply by making the Alliance the beneficiary of their wills. If we must fight from generation to generation, then we must grow stronger from generation to generation. Inheritance can become a big part of our growing financial strength. Any member who would like to help the Alliance in this regard but is uncertain of the details of the process should contact the National Office for information. — W.L.P.
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