Tuesday, September 28, 2010

As promised ...

Allow me to put some preliminary thoughts together on men's clubs.

In no particular order:

The clubs should be explicitly political, but not primarily political.  They must be explicitly right-wing or they will become left-wing over time, but they should not be narrowly ideological.  They should appeal broadly, to conservatives, libertarians, and patriots.  

The clubs should focus primarily on creating groups of friends and allies who feel trust each other, developing a information exchange network outside the leftist media, and building important low-tech skills.  Secondarily, the groups should focus on creating a subtle civic presence, developing healthy lifestyle, and an array of community activities.

"The information network outside the leftist media means", in short, people talking about iSteve, Adventures in Reaction, Mansized Target, Hesperado, etc.  (It might also mean people lending each other rightist novels that go for $40 on Amazon.)  Less web-savvy rightists should be interested in this stuff, and they're not going to get it from Fox.  Another aspect relevant to this is home-schooling - fathers may need to talk to other fathers about support in their unpaid role as teachers - this should not be left all to the wives and mothers.

"Important low-tech skills" means horticulture, local flora and fauna, carpentry and home repair, wilderness survival, even first aid and CPR.  Hunting and fishing, while appropriate for many reasons (especially considering my ideas about healthy lifestyle, below) already tend to be a common male-bonding activity and may not need to be pushed as hard as other skills.  Martial arts and self-defense are another interesting angle but I'm not sure how to work them in.  A club is not a dojo.

"Subtle civic presence" partly means fashion.  Bring back the fedora and the flat cap, the hunting coat, tweed.  Serious haircuts for grown men.  Resurrect some of the many types of boot not favored by motorcycle clubs and punk rockers.  Etc.  Members should cut a profoundly unusual figure at first, but definitely not want calculated to be threatening or cool (is there even a difference any more?)  Eventually the public will start to associated well-dressed retro-males with good manners and reliability.

"Healthy lifestyle" is of course open to interpretation.  I think these clubs should hitch their wagon to paleolithic eating and a variety of athletic activities other than ball sports and jogging.  Beyond that, though, the club should encourage, nay, inspire members to get rid of their televisions and stop imbibing James Cameron.

"Array of community activities" will mean different things from area to area.  It could mean anything from a blood drive, to supporting other guys' kids' extracurricular activities, especially if they are the sort of "whitebread" cultural activities that run the risk of seeming uncool to young people.  Picture a bunch of kids at a clogging recital - now picture a half a dozen guys dressed like Wooster & Jeeves watching casually.  That's what I'm talking about.

The clubs should consider making recognizable logos without any specific familiar icon.  No crosses or stars that could be easily copied.  Better, an outline of cheerful handsome guy in a flat cap or something.

The clubs should be as serious as possible without becoming boring.  That means, no leaving the game on TV at a low volume while discussing the future of the West.  No drinking beer while sharing your skillset with the men in your community.  Men already spend enough leisure time, half-drunk, with other men, and it hasn't protected civilization from feminism, mass immigration, or any of that.  This guideline doesn't mean no laughing, relaxing, or befriending other guys.  Friendship is half the point.

The clubs should not have a religious aspect.  The explicitly right-wing provision will keep out certain members of certain religions bent on the destruction of European civilization (e.g., the ones whose holy book reads in part: "You shall fight back against those who do not believe in Allah, until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.")  Beyond that, all religious and non-religious beliefs should be welcome.

There should equivalent women's-only clubs.  I won't write much about these, since they should be organized and guided by women, and crafted to appeal to women.  (As to younger males, this group is enough like the Eagle Scouts that there is a natural partnership there.  However, I know little about Boy Scouts of America.)

There should be a nationwide network of clubs.  It would serve to agree on nationwide symbols and logos, and have certain nationwide policies (more on what behavior is acceptable, less on what activities are best).

That is all for now.  If I develop any of these idea in future posts I'll drop links to those right here.


kudzu bob said...

I am quite tired, and so my comments will be brief.

Your ideas strike me as sound. Certainly Alt Rightists must cultivate some sort of aesthetic. Like you, Alex Kurtagic has had some useful things to say about this, and points out that most of us choose our politics not for intellectual reasons but for nonrational ones. Many people became leftists simply because they liked the music of he Clash or Rage Against the Machine, for instance Plenty of third graders grew up to be libertarians because they stumbled across Robert Heinlein’s juvenile sci-fi books in the school library. My girlfriend voted against Obama not because of any deeply held political beliefs, but simply because she felt that her late father, whom she had been very close to, wouldn’t have liked him. I’m sure you can come up with many examples of your own.

Above all, Alt Rightists must meet in the real world. Everything would presumably flow from that. I am considering going to our local bookstores and putting up flyers announcing a new “radical traditionalist” readers’ club. Like your “men’s civic associastion,” the name should be bland and uncontroversial. Presumably the list of writers and thinkers to be covered—Murray and Herrnstein, Steve Sailer, Kevin MacDonald, Ernst Juenger, Celine, and so on—would attract a few like-minded souls, but without arousing undue opposition. To paraphrase Thoreau, “Implicity, implicity, implicity.”

It seems doable in the very near future. In any case, I am sick of doing nothing but post web comments while the real world continues to go to hell. Time to act.

More later.

B Lode said...

Thanks for stopping by. Pluralism and Clarity stock is now valued very low, but once there is an IPO you will be very glad you bought.

But seriously, I wish I had the personality type to be a leader; I would have already tried this by now. Alas, I am nothing of the sort, just an eccentric loner.

If I connect with anyone locally I'll report in.

kudzu bob said...

How much courage does it take to post a discrete notice on the bulletin board of your local chain bookstore? Even a complete social cripple should be able to manage that much, B Lode.

Christ on a minibike.

B Lode said...

It's not a matter of worrying about posting something or meeting people. I'm a little socially anxious, not that much.

The real issue is that I'm not particularly convincing or confidence-inspiring. If someone asks me if the group is going to be fun and exciting or if noöne will show up, I doubt I will be able to cheerlead effectively.

In my experience, with these undertaking enthusiasm fades when novelty fades. To keep people coming and making an effort requires a strong social presence that I believe I lack. That's all.

kudzu bob said...

Sufficiently provocative subject matter--and is this stuff ever provocative--can go a long way toward keeping people interested. In any event, someone else might well emerge as the group's natural leader.

Anyhow, we're just talking about starting a book club that can give like-minded individuals a chance to talk. How hard can it possibly be?

B Lode said...

Maybe I've been unclear. I'm not balking at starting a book club. I'm just looking at the future and judging myself to be no Ernest Thompson Seton. But you're right that someone else might emerge as the group's leader.

kudzu bob said...

You don't need to be Ernest Thompson Seton to get some Alt Rightists together any more than you have to be as talented as Rembrandt before you can take an evening art class. That sort of thinking is pure self-sabotage. The only requirements are that you just be B Lode and show up.

I have no more to say on the subject.

Jehu said...

Whereabouts are you considering this? I'm in the Pacific Northwest myself.

B Lode said...

I'm in New England.

Of course, once I start it will spread like wildfire, nay, like the growth of a miraculous crystal of rightist purity, and have reached your region within the year. Optimism, I say!

Jehu said...

Those of us reactionaries of a religious bent tend to organize through our preexisting religious organizations. Nevertheless, there's a definite need for more secular entities, both for the Godless reactionaries and for those of us who need either an alternative or an additional vehicle to promote reaction.