Moving Forward in a Dark Time: Guidance from William Pierce, part 2
American Dissident Voices broadcast of 30 January, 2021
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by Kevin Alfred Strom
TODAY WE continue our series “Moving Forward in a Dark Time: Guidance from William Pierce.” This program is part 2 of that series. These are the words of the founder of the National Alliance and of the philosophy/religion that is the spiritual basis of all of the Alliance’s work, including this radio program. That spiritual basis is Cosmotheism. It is a beacon of light — the only true spiritual beacon; all conventional religions and conventional ideologies have failed — in these dark times when the very existence of our race is threatened. When properly understood, Cosmotheism will take your breath away — and make you see the insane folly of the established, popular religions of our times. These are the words of William Pierce. Listen.
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Moving Forward in a Dark Time, part 2
by Dr. William L. Pierce
edited for broadcast by Kevin Alfred Strom
IT DOESN’T do much good to say that if we could reach millions more people each month with National Vanguard and if 500 or 1,000 people came to each of our meetings, then the types of things we are doing now would be sufficient for us to become a truly viable organization. The fact is that we have certain resources now, and we are using all of them doing certain things, and we are not getting results fast enough. So, we have to use those resources in some other ways instead — ways that will allow our resources to increase faster than they are increasing now, so that one day we can reach those millions more people each month with exposures and condemnations of the enemy and warnings for our people; and so we can launch sustained campaigns of direct action which can be maintained in the face of all the repressive power the enemy can bring to bear against us.
So, more teaching and preaching and developing our resources for recruiting — a diversion of a part of our present resources from exposures and warnings to longer-range goals, a raising of our sights: Why should this be more successful than what we are doing now?
The answer is: Because of what the American people we’re trying to reach are like. Because of the reactions we have observed over and over again to what we are doing now.
Aside from the liberals and the conservatives, that is, people who, either though wrong-headedness or ignorance, don’t agree with us, the two most common negative reactions we encounter are fear — and lethargy, or lack of incentive. Let’s consider fear first.
We find two kinds of fear. One kind is unreasoning fear many people have that if they become affiliated with us in any way, even to extent of writing to us or subscribing to our monthly printed National Alliance BULLETIN, the government or the Jews or the Blacks will find out about it and get back at them in some way. Some people imagine that Blacks in the postal service will notice that they are receiving our BULLETIN in the mail and will assault them or say something hostile to them and embarrass them. Some imagine that the Jews will find out about them and will do something to damage their business or their credit rating or will somehow get them fired from their jobs. Others have a really pathological fear of the FBI. They are terrified by the thought that the FBI will put them on some sort of “enemies list.”
To those of us who understand a little better the way things actually work, such fears seem laughable and contemptible. We may be inclined to say that we don’t need such paranoids and cowards. But it is a fact that a very large portion of the population which otherwise agrees with us is afflicted by such fear, and it seriously limits our recruiting.
The thing which makes me feel there is some hope for recruiting many of these frightened people and getting some useful participation out of them is the memory of my own feelings when I first published something critical of the System. I was afraid then. I was really worried that I might be assaulted on the streets by gangsters hired by the Jews and that hostile Blacks might try to break into my home and harm my family.
I soon found out how foolish my fears were. That doesn’t mean, of course, that there are no dangers in what we are doing, but the dangers are not what most people imagine them to be. And I am sure that if we could make the initial step of becoming affiliated with us less frightening, many more people will be able to take the initial step and then, later, overcome their fears and go much further with us.
There is also another kind of fear people have, and that is a fear of doing something or being associated with something unpopular, something which will bring the disapproval of their friends or neighbors or co-workers. It’s a manifestation of herd instinct.
Now, the Jews have very wisely blackened, in the public mind, everything in which we believe. They have attempted to protect themselves by making any resistance to them, any White efforts at self-defense, seem disreputable. The average American is more terrified of being considered a racist — even if he is one, and most people are — than he is of being assaulted on the street or arrested by the FBI.
Again, just as with the other type of fear, we may be inclined to hold such people in contempt and to say that any worthwhile person should have the courage of his convictions. But, in fact, most Americans who agree with us do not have the courage of their convictions, and it doesn’t do us any more good to lament that fact than it does to lament the fact that people are so blind as not to see what the Jews are up to or so self-centered and materialistic as not to care. That’s the way people are, and we can’t change it until we can provide a healthier spiritual environment for them.
There are still people left in this country who have not spooked themselves with exaggerated fears of Black mailmen or the FBI and who are not afraid of being called a racist. We want and need such people. But I believe experience is showing us that there just aren’t enough such people. We need others too, and if we are to recruit them, we must try to find ways to help them overcome their fears.
There is no perfect solution to this problem, I am sure. There will always be people too timid to join us, no matter how much care we take to avoid spooking them. And we will always be too disreputable for some people, no matter how we try to change our public image. But I believe that downplaying the negative a bit and accentuating the positive can help our recruiting a great deal.
I am not talking about compromising our ideals in any way. I am not talking about ceasing to expose and condemn the Jews and those of our own race who collaborate with them. But I am talking about making it a little easier for those to join us who are not quite as strong or as brave as we would like. And that will mean shifting of emphasis.
Some of the things which in the past have been explicit in our publications — about physical action, about racial matters and the Jews, will have to be left implicit in the material intended for public distribution.
Now, besides fear, the other problem I mentioned which we have to deal with if we are to grow faster is lack of motivation. Both among the public and among our own members we have a severe problem of inactivity — of people who are not afraid to come to meetings, or to spread our fliers or our urls, or to recruit other people, but who don’t do these things because they would rather watch TV.
We have not succeeded to the extent we should have in making these people want to participate. And for nearly everyone, that’s the key. They have to want to do something or they won’t do it. A sense of duty just isn’t sufficient, except for a very few — too few. Remember, we’re dealing mostly with the permissive “me” generation.
This doesn’t mean we need a fun-and-games approach to our revolution. It’s still going to be hard work and sacrifice, and there’s no way of changing that. But we can do a better job of motivating people to do their duty. And I believe there are two ways we can increase motivation. One way is through an increased understanding of our long-range goals — that is, though a raised state of consciousness, both among our own people and those we are trying to recruit. The other way is to try harder to have an organization which fills a real need in people’s lives.
The first way means more education and more consciousness-raising, with a stress on the message in our Affirmation. It means a bigger effort to make potential recruits fully aware that we are trying to do much more than solve a number of acute social and racial problems now confronting America — that our work is not over when the last Jew and the last Shabbos goy have been taken care of, but that it will really be just beginning then — that the problems of today are merely an initial roadblock which must be cleared away so that we can begin a program of building and climbing that will go on and on, for generation after generation. And, again, that means a shifting of emphasis away from the terrible and disgusting things that are going on now which we want to stop to the new things that we want to begin doing in a cleansed America and in a cleansed world.
The second way means providing an opportunity for a sense of community in the lives of those who now have none, who feel isolated and alone in a hostile world because their outlook is similar to ours. It means providing a hope of fulfillment, a hope of doing something worthwhile, something with eternal meaning and significance, for those who have the terrible knowledge that their lives now are without meaning or significance and are thus being wasted.
And, again, that means a shift of emphasis from short-range things to long-range things. It means stressing the spiritual basis of our organization even at the expense of temporarily neglecting some of the current problems in the world around us.
It is too often the case now, I believe, that we try to recruit someone on the basis of working with us to halt the takeover of our schools by Black savages or to free our national news networks from Jewish control, and the prospective recruit agrees with us that it would be nice to do these things, but he looks at us — a few hundred people with no apparent resources beyond a monthly publication, a few houses and buildings, and a few Web sites, and he looks at the enemy’s enormous resources, and he shakes his head and says to himself, “No way.” He just can’t work up any enthusiasm or motivation for trying to do something he doesn’t believe can be done. It’s just not worth the trouble, the embarrassment, the risk, the expense. So, he stays in front of his TV set.
If, instead, that prospective recruit saw in us a spiritually compatible community which he might join, a group of kindred spirits whose beliefs and teaching he found exciting and soul-satisfying in themselves, then he might very well leave his television and participate with us in spreading our message because he wanted to, because he found it rewarding in itself. And so might many others also. And then what had seemed impossible before will have become possible, because we will have become much more than a few hundred, and our resources will have become much greater than the few publications and homes and offices we have today.
We will publish, as soon as we possibly can, a book citing a clear and fairly complete exposition of our philosophy and our long-term goals, that is, of the spiritual basis of our existence.
But whatever we do will remain implicit in and derived from the one, eternal Truth contained in our Affirmation. We will merely be trying new ways of presenting that Truth, emphasizing new aspects of it, drawing new conclusions from it.
And whatever we do will depend upon the full and wholehearted participation of all those listening to my words today and all our brothers and sisters in spirit and in blood across the continents where our people live who also receive this message.
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