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The British Resistance’s time has come


RESISTANCE is a strong word, evoking clandestine struggle against overwhelming odds: underground networks, such as the Dutch and French Resistance, refusing to accept occupation. Such movements attain near-mythical status, become hard-wired into national psyches. Resistance conjures an opaque world of subterfuge, valour and loyalty. It entails sober acknowledgement of usurped power, and daring, sometimes uncompromising, methods to wrest it back.       

There’s no resistance in Britain today. No mass resistance, anyway. We conservatives act civilly, transparently, under the respectable banner of ‘opposition’. We lament the latest ‘woke’ lunacy. Perhaps we write to our MP, or join well-meaning alternative parties with vaguely rebellious names. There’s nothing wrong with this, and much right. It gives us purpose and fosters camaraderie. Above all, it helps expose and disseminate the truth, not least the fraudulence of the official ‘Opposition’.

Yet when the state broadcaster and entire civil service promote ‘equity’, otherwise known as communism, is dignified ‘opposition’ enough? When the Establishment plunges us into medico-fascism, class-war environmentalism, and foreign-war folly, is dogged ‘opposition’ sufficient? When unchecked demographic change promises cultural oblivion, is spirited ‘opposition’ what’s required? And when bread and circuses, and other devious distractions, nurture a zombie population, is principled ‘opposition’ adequate?

Isolated triumphs bring hope. Brexit and Trump showed what’s possible. Nicola Sturgeon’s demise proved, once more, the truism of ‘events, dear boy’. New media platforms (TCW to the fore) educate, inform and entertain. Populist demos keep our peckers up, as did a general election ‘landslide’, until it transpired to be the work of a Meccano digger. But the authoritarian left and their allies have their ducks in a row. And assorted quack saviours of humanity and Mother Earth intend keeping them there. They haven’t seized this much control only to cede it to ‘opposition’.

This isn’t to advocate donning flak jackets or handing out pitchforks. Not now, hopefully not ever. Strategic considerations aside, a few arthritic joints are liable to give way – mine, certainly. Mind you, in the unlikely event of manoeuvres by renegade patriots in our armed forces, I won’t be getting in the way. Dare I say, even foreign help might be welcome. The late Christopher Hitchens allegedly said he didn’t care if the Red Army watered its horses in Hendon. In moments of despair, I guiltily agree.      

What I’m proposing and, doubtless naively, predicting is a change of mind-set, from ‘opposition’ to ‘resistance’. Precisely what outward form this resistance takes remains to be seen. But there are clear criteria for a resistance mentality, and their fulfilment draws nearer with each Davos-sanctioned encroachment. First, widespread realisation of what’s been stolen from us (history, social cohesion, material prosperity), and the crafty illusion of present-day democracy. As 15-minute cities and other divisive policies become unbearable, this awareness will finally spread to the Great Asleep, perhaps 30-40 per cent of the population.

Second, belated recognition that time is short. We will acquire, and certainly need, a profound sense of urgency. Interviewed by Nigel Farage at the US conservative conference CPAC recently, Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief of staff, pinpointed the UK’s woes brilliantly. Yet it wasn’t so much his words that hit home, but the pugnacity and impatience with which he spoke. ‘Why the hell are people in the UK putting up with this?’ was the underlying message. You can see it here.

Rarely have I seen Farage so discomfited or upstaged. Brave and astute, he is, however, firmly in the ‘opposition’ camp. Bannon, on the other hand, seems to be perpetually auditioning for the role of resistance leader. I suppose it’s why the former works, capably enough, for GB News, while the latter hosts a MAGA-oriented show called ‘The War Room’, which he is apt to label the ‘tip of the spear’. How we need a Steve Bannon here.                

Third, and conversely for members of any resistance, time is also long. As the magnitude of the civilisation-saving task sinks in, those dedicated to the cause will begin to take a longer-term view. They will come to envision victory arriving not in their lifetime but decades after they’re placed in their mandatory carbon-neutral coffins. For many in our secular age, this quasi-religious outlook won’t easily be achieved. Then again, utopian cultists manage it, and to good effect, so why not those with actual justification?

Part of the problem is that life is still worth living. Who would wish it otherwise? But the time may be approaching when it isn’t, when globalist overreach backs the Little People into a corner. Then, and preferably sooner, we’ll need a disciplined, motivated resistance movement to ensure our country’s very survival. That’s a tragedy for the honourable people of this blessed land. But the bigger tragedy will be if we don’t rise to the challenge – if we carry on ‘opposing’.  

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Stuart Major
Stuart Major
Stuart Major is an independent scholar based in Sussex.

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