The Irish Savant recently put down some words that I believe are on the mark regarding the age old question on action vs things other than action.
This is obviously quite relevant to us, as Europe and similarly deteriorating places slide farther away from survival every day, making the drive to do something overwhelming.
The Savant states the following:
Don’t know whether you picked up on a mini thread in the previous post on the issue of keyboard warriors. The thesis was to the effect that they had failed to prove their worth and should now join the street fighters. Now cracking enemy skulls is a worthy and noble exercise but in itself will not suffice. If we are to get our countries back we must first awaken Whites as to what’s being done to them, by whom and why. In the absence of this we can whack libtards to our hearts’ content but to little avail.
A reaction by an unenlightened minority can be easily controlled, misdirected and ultimately nullified. The media and police will come down like a ton of bricks. Maybe a few short-term scraps will be thrown but normal nation-wrecking business will soon resume. In any event such street action will be directed against the symptom (immigrants) while ignoring the real culprits. You don’t succeed that way.As Samuel Adams observed “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds”. And that’s where the keyboard warriors come in. Remember most revolutions of the 20th century are said to have started in coffee shops. The Internet today is the equivalent of these coffee shops. Blogs, comments on social media and MSM outlets (where permitted) if voluminous enough and on message can generate this critical mass. Remember the system survives only because White men permit it to stand. They permit it to stand only because they fail to appreciate the nature and scale of the war being waged on them.
That’s where the keyboard warriors come in. And once we do reach that critical mass skull-cracking can begin in earnest.
Irish Savant‘s piece echoes a previous article I wrote called “Asymmetric Opportunities” that argued that the best case scenario for Occcidental countries well on their way to destruction (France, Sweden, etc) is for Nationalists to build up power, organizations, networks, wealth, and capabilities so that once anarchy DOES break out- and asymmetric opportunities present themselves- we Nationalists can take advantage of them (as opposed to recklessly trying to do something too early, when the majority of the native population still supports the Suicidalist governments).
Highly relevant to that mission is this extremely cool video Steve linked to for us from Generation Identitaire in France. I believe it takes place in Lyon, and is a perfect representation of what I am talking about (at least on the physical level):
I find the video HIGHLY inspiring. And I absolutely believe that such asymmetric opportunities WILL come. They may be big or small, and could at worst merely involve keeping a few small corners of Western Europe free, but no matter what size they are, they then become building blocks for additional opportunities in the future (same applies with other Occidental countries outside of Europe if they follow course).
Update On Personal Preparation
Since preparation is the topic of this post I will also take this as an opportunity to update readers on my own preparation. I have had a number of people ask about it, and I am very glad to share some updates.
This follows from previous posts I have done, so for background information check those out, but basically entails trying to be as prepared and capable as possible for any form of contest over our countries’ futures- be it metapolitical or physical- and to ensure I am contributing exactly 100% of what I am capable of in our struggle to preserve European/Occidental civilization and heritage.
On the physical front I am still running but have not yet got my one mile time to the Army Ranger minimum of 7:30 (actually the Ranger minimum is two miles in 15:00, to be precise). Getting closer though and for the first time in my life have really developed a love of running.
I can now do over 70 pushups in two minutes, which is better than my previous pr and above the Ranger minimum threshold.
I have not been doing situps because I just don’t have a setup that really allows it (something to hook my feet into), so that is the one aspect of the Ranger minimums I can’t measure myself against.
I lift weights every day, usually 6-7 sets 2 times a day at least and then pushups/air squats/a four minute drop-set weightlifting marathon before as many meals each day as possible, so that carbs flow to muscle as much as possible rather than get turned into fat.
My measurements are:
Neck 19″ (although I’m measuring more conservatively so its probably .5″ bigger than last time when I said it was 19″- necks are hard to measure)
Left Arm- 17.7″ (small improvement)
Right Arm- 17.3 (small improvement)
Left Forearm 14″
Right Forearm 14″
I don’t try to max out on any lifts for the most part but I doubt my bench is over 300, probably close though. Overhead press I’ll crank out 15 reps at 129 lbs so not sure what that converts to for 1 rep max. My strength is not commensurate with my hypertrophy I am sad to say but I am limited to lifting in the space I live rather than a gym so I don’t get the chance to do as much powerlifting as I would like.
This I am ashamed to say is the area that has gotten ZERO focus. I have not begun any MMA classes or firearms training or anything else.
This drives me crazy and it is a huge prerogative of mine to get going with either or both as soon as possible. (It is the issue of time that is the complicating factor, its not like I’m playing video games instead or something)
I have been attending Toastmasters weekly for the purpose of improving my public speaking skills, and feel like I have made big strides in this area. I am totally addicted to it and can feel myself improving. Its really quite amazing just what a detailed subject public speaking is and how much goes into it.
I have also obviously been writing as much as possible and have my book of essays coming out soon, and am about half done with my next full-length book. I also have a couple other book ideas after that, and I would like to compile some other book from this website, perhaps of a combination of reader comments and quotes from Identitarian authors or some other thing like that.
I also just purchased a laptop two days ago that will allow for video editing, now that I found our my current one doesn’t have the memory for it.
I continue to work hard raising a proud, strong Viking son.
I continue to work on every day building wealth and increasing my logistical ability to aid our cause.
My wife and I continue to donate small sums of money (not as much as we would like) to appropriate entities/individuals.
I continue trying to build relationships with like-minded individuals and continue to work to increase our collective logistical reach. To this effect I have attended another Northwest Forum, have connected IRL with Preservationist groups regionally, and am getting ready to speak at Amren in July.
I am working towards the goal of going back to Europe as soon as possible, and spending as much time there in the coming years as possible.
Question For Readers
The above are those things that I myself have been focused on, but I suppose the logical question that would grow out of it is that of just what skills are most important for a motivated young Preservationist who seeks to aid the cause of Europe/his people?
Or in other words, for a man to feel good about his efforts and capabilities vis a vis the future of the West/the future of the Occident, what skills and capabilities should be possess? What activities must he undertake?
I’m not talking about turning oneself into a contemporary Charles Martel or trying to LARP either, but I think all would agree that modern European men should do everything possible self-improvement-wise in these regards, just to be the strongest, most tactically capable man they can be independently of any potential need for such skills, but irregardless, the question of what those skills, capabilities, and activities should be is a crucially important one.
If anyone has thoughts I would welcome them!
Editor’s Note: Big thanks to Robert for introducing me to the Irish Savant post!