This article is a personal one for me. Throughout my years, I’ve taken special notice of how movements are made. And more importantly – how they become successful, or fail. I don’t know the strict details, nor every key point. But I do know a few traits that were imperative when certain nations/countries were considering the path forward for them.
I hope to continue learning and honing these key acts that are necessary for real change to actually take place.
But for now, we focus on the ones that have been made abundantly clear throughout history.
So, how do we alter the path forward in modern day politics/culture? We need to cross the following off the checklist:
Movements have to appeal to the general public.
They have to, for lack of a better word – attract them.
Throughout history, all of the radical changes had this theme in common. The movements themselves attracted based on different reasons, but the underlying necessity for appealability never changes.
Chavez in Venezuela and Julius Caesar in Ancient Rome were of radically different platforms/mindsets/eras. However, they both created a movement that appealed to the general population – the mainstream constituents.
They appealed based on the culture of the time. An adaptable person, and thus an adaptable movement, is imperative when looking to move forward in a culture war.
This requires an annexing/suspension of extremist views. Extremist views of a minority will get a population nowhere.
The most important part of this equation is just getting them in the door in the first place. And we need appealability to do that. Overt extremism is not going to work. All the “extremist” movements in the past had largely enormous mainstream appeal. And thus, weren’t extreme for the time.
Let people in on an appealing platform and then let them delve into further (extreme or more-moderate) beliefs themselves. To make the movement, we just need to get them past that first hurdle.
Sizeable Minority of Strong Support
Very few prominent movements have had a large-portion of the population in support of them.
However, they have had a sizeable minority of extremely strong supporters. Take the Bolsheviks, or the Serbian resistances, for example.
These people are the bread and butter of any movement. Essential for survival.
Common tactics of destroying them is by thought submission and diversion tactics. IE: Make the group in-fight.
So for a movement to succeed, they need a sizeable minority of strong supporters. The kind smart enough to see through any types of submissive tactics.
Demonstrable, Quantifiable Proof of Ways to Change
Donald Trump was elected because of his appeal as a “nuclear” option. To shake things up in Washington. Most different movements (if you could consider Trump as a movement) had similar routes.
Regardless of the impact that Trump said he could make, it was quite obvious that there would be significant changes in politics should he have won.
It was easily seen by anyone paying attention.
He was the demonstrable, quantifiable proof that there would be a change. Whether he would actually be an extreme or minor change – didn’t (and still doesn’t) matter.
You just need that indication. The idea in the hearts and minds of supporters that this movement is the change they are looking for.
Once you demonstrate that, you can cross it off the check list.
Nothing will dissuade majority opinion against a movement like irrationality.
Take The Troubles in Ireland for a perfect example. The ethno-nationalist front commonly targeted police and military, but did so irrationally. The way they targeted them resulted in significant civilian causalities, making them look like nothing more than terrorists.
Talk with emotion. Act with logic.
Embrace of Quality Traits/Virtues
Culture, government, and society will not change on their own. They will only change based on pressure.
This pressure is most efficiently delivered through the means of better traits and virtues being held to higher standards. IE: A new dominant culture.
For a movement to be successful, it seems that it must always re-structure the existing culture and morph it into one of their own. Through this act, more people would be willing to “switch sides”, based on the sheer dislike for the original culture.
Take modern day Western culture for example. A switch to a more masculine, happy, overtly better culture within a small segment of the population would instantly attract others.
Instead of the degeneracy, or the lies – many would seek refuge in the new cultural bastion provided. The problem is, many movements fail to provide this, and inevitably collapse.
Mussolini did a great job with this. As his movement rose in prominence, the general population felt uneasy with their current state of affairs in regards of morality and ethics.
Whether his were better or not, did not matter. What mattered was the opportunity for a different culture was provided. And it was primarily provided through a different set of cultural virtue/traits.
Reframe The Culture
This is already being done in the US, so it would make an excellent example.
The “right” in the States are appearing as the ‘cool’ movement. With notable, funny, and popular icons spreading like wildfire throughout the political discourse.
While the Republican party used to appear as the dead corpse of a horse and ultra-rich party, it’s now being seen as the Trump party, the attractive women party, the non-mainstream party – The cool party.
While Democrats are simultaneously beginning to seem like nutcases to the majority of the population. We seen that in the election of Trump, certain democrats are willing to switch sides when their party goes too far off their meds.
By switching sides, we are getting them through the door, as mentioned above. How’d this happen? The culture is being reframed. We’re looking at the old movements through different lenses.
And this point is absolutely essential to drive a movement on the path forward.
Get the culture, get the metrics.
Systematic Destruction of Opponent Propaganda
I don’t normally like to link to Politico, but they did a good job with this article.
By 2016, more than half of publishing employees worked in counties that Clinton won by 30 points or more.
Only 11% worked in heavily Trump-victory counties.
In it, they show proof that the media bubble is real – because these media corporations are located in liberal utopias which are also located in largely liberal cities.
They can’t see their bias.
But we can.
And we can make and publish proof of it.
The destruction of these propaganda arms are of vital importance to a movement, for two reasons:
- It showcases the faults of the opponents side that they have to use propaganda to push a narrative, instead of demonstrable, quantifiable proof.
- It limits their trust-ability, making them much less appealing to the general population.
This can be done through alternative media, and striking when the time is right. Just like how James O’Keefe accomplished the task.
It was extremely important in the Fall of The Soviet Union, and it’s just as important now.
Make The Opponent Follow Their Own Ideals
Movements must make a conscious effort to enforcing the mindset that the opponent must follow their own ideals.
History has shown many examples of this:
- Socialists want shared wealth: pressure them to donate much more of their own money to charity.
- Leftists support migrants: make them take them in their home.
- Fascists support reduction in free speech: do not allow their ability to speak.
The examples are endless.
But the fact remains, if one side does not enforce that the other side live to their own standards, they will never push the veil.
A movement must be vocal to create this large impact. Target the ones that speak on topics, but act differently. Make them live up to their own rules or showcase their hypocrisy.
Unifying Rally Cry
The final principle topic in the path forward is dealing with a unifying rally cry.
Throughout any movements history, a unifying theme always appeared. Something that drew together the large sway of individual opinions to something greater, something collective.
A movement must have the ability to incorporate a majority of rational actors to their side. Without it, it presents us with our current situation: cuckservatives, alt-right nationalists, civic nationalists, traditional conservatives, etcetc.
A bunch of disconnected groups that in-fight incessantly. This will get us nowhere, fast.
We need to find a unifying theme to show a collective desire to preserve the basic principles of our beliefs. After we have that, then we can nit-pick the details.
The Path Forward – Conclusion
There are a lot of things that a movement needs to be successful, as we’ve seen countless times throughout history.
A strong focus on things such as appealability, rational actions, unification, and culture are some of the most important deciding factors.
To move forward, we have to all be on the same playing field.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!