Rooshv has a recent post entitled: “The Dissident Right Can’t Win Without Parallel Institutions” in which he argues that the whole of society -including all think tanks- are run by the left and the right needs to build parallel institutions.

This view is too skewed to be realistic: the Adam Smith Institute is not a left wing think tank, the Republicans are not a left wing party. Universities are structurally left wing by now, but there are entry points for the right, notably STEM, business and economics subjects. Subjects which require you to remember some high school algebra or more are possible entry points, because the craziest SJWs are simply too thick to have a presence there.

On a more general note, the alt-right is now where the radical left was fifty years ago. It should take a good look at the successes and failures of the left to learn some lessons:

i. Know where you stand. From an extreme position, your opponents always appear victorious. If your position differs strongly from the mainstream and is narrowly defined, your opponents invariably make up the majority and seem to gain ground. That’s why dogmatic Marxists -as well as those leftists who treasure policies where the left lost ground- see an inexorable advance of the right, while religious conservatives and white supremacists see the advent of a communist revolution. Yet, both sides are looking at the same reform process.

ii. Be persistent, be patient. The left took its time to succeed: it built some alternative media (newspapers, editorials) to spread its message then advanced into and to the top of the existing institutions.

iii. You can’t always get what you want. The left made huge inroads in some areas but flopped in others. Leftist economic reform projects which were going strong in the 60s and 70s are now largely dead. If you’re enamoured to state ownership of industry, you will see the decline of the left and an all encompassing advance of the right.

iv. Be a movement, not a cult! The left stalled when it split but progressed when it joined ranks. The left, the European left in particular, went through a period of ideological sectarianism during which it increasingly isolated itself. 50+ rival communist parties don’t mobilize the masses, they just prompt people to roll their eyes and turn away. The left made progress, when they build large coalitions and were pragmatic enough to work with the ideologically impure.

v. Call out your opponents. The left rarely focussed on the merits of their own vision but on the flaws of their opponents. This is where the right can really benefit. In those areas where the left is culturally dominant, they have managed to embrace such blatant loonacy, people will long to join you in walking away from it, if you stand firm in pointing it out and insist on calling a spade a spade.

To learn from the experience of the left, first learn to retain some perspective. It is fine to criticise the moderate right in fundamental terms and to take a radical position. Just remember that it is you who is becoming more radical rather than society moving to the left. Perhaps the most important passage in rooshv’s article is this:

Simply take a look at what the left controls that we don’t, and then duplicate it for the right. If that’s too much work for you, or beyond your current ability, simply find an existing parallel institution and donate your time into making it stronger, but don’t compete or attack an existing dissident group for short-term political gain, like we’ve seen recently between the alt lite and alt right.

The trick is not to duplicate too much -an impossible task. Do build a platform the left does not control, spread your message from there and to then gradually enter the existing institutions. Above all, remember that there is some sympathy from the cucked right. As radical criticisms stand the test of time and argument, they will gain influence and parts of the moderate right will reach out.

It’s a steep climb to the top of the mountain, requiring patience and persistence. With all that, you still don’t know what the view will be like when you finally get there.

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