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POPULISM U.K

The British National Party (white nationalist, protectionist) is making great strides in Britain, according to this article in the current Spectator.

Arrogant, insulated elites push open immigration, globalization, and multiculturalism down people's throats, and what do they get? A populist backlash -- what else?

"Labour voters are switching to the BNP in large numbers because they believe that only the BNP articulates what they are thinking. This is a story being repeated up and down Britain in local elections — Leeds, Burnley, Keighley, Dewsbury. Racist politics is on the march. Today's BNP possesses the local campaigning skills and ability to make a personal connection with the voter that mainstream parties have forgotten. In a recent council election in Amber Valley, Derbyshire, literature was produced street by street. The BNP promised to remove the graffiti outside No. 23, shift the problem neighbours in No. 56, etc. The Barking and Dagenham Patriot, distributed by BNP workers, also plays brutally on local fears. .... This propaganda comes at a time of profound demographic change...."

I'm pleased to see people like the BNP poking a finger in the Establishment's eye. Establishments are a necessary evil, but they need to be poked frequently as a reminder that they are supposed to serve us, not we them. That's the function of minor parties and factions.

Same thing for my attraction to US populism. There are so many things the elites don't want us to know, don't want us to talk about. It's stifling. A lot of political conversation in the West resembles tea and cucumber sandwiches at the Vicarage. I chafe at that, and turn with relief to a Bill O'Reilly, a Lou Dobbs, a Michael Savage. (I've been on Michael's show.) And in the larger political realm, if we don't try to speak the truth to each other, and discuss everything openly and frankly, we end up with wrong policies and problems that could have been averted, as we now see with illegal immigration. Now the BNP's policies are wrong too; but at least they are talking about things that need talking about, things the big political parties would prefer swept under the carpet. There is more than one road to perdition.

The strongest political emotions I'm aware of in myself are (1) an aversion to being pushed around by wealthy, snobbish, entrenched elites, and (2) a detestation of cant, lying, and sentimentality (all the same thing, really). The whole PC/MultiCulti/"Compassionate conservatism" complex plays right into both emotions. One of the things I love about America (only one) is that there is much less of (1) over here -- I mean, it's harder for well-padded elites to push ordinary people around in the USA. There used to be more cant and public lying here, because of the race issue, but I think the US & UK are about equal there now. Anyway, both things need constant vigilance and periodic protesting. That's the job of populists: not to overthrow the Establishment -- I don't believe that can happen in an Anglo-Saxon country, and don't wish it to -- but to keep the Establishment on the strait & narrow. For that, I like them.