Doubtless, you either voted for Trump or contributed to his victory, and while the celebrations are still ongoing I think it essential to introduce some sobriety. Brexit, Trump, and other Rightist-millennial insurrections all claim to give a voice to the unheard, and to remember those that were forgotten. These movements put up a mirror to our society and reflect the anger into the ballot box. If the rebellion on the Right continues to do this, we will only ever creep towards our shared ideal. It is like we are trying to sail to a New World, and we are now only just drifting out of the harbour. The distances left to cover are enormous, and we cannot overcome this sea with holes in the mainsail and a broken keel.
An excellent leader excels in leadership, and excellent representative excels in representation. Painfully obvious as the distinction may be, it is a distinction commonly overlooked. Is Trump a leader or a representative? what is it to lead? A leader requires a vision, and a leader leads. I can see the wry smile, “such platitudes, does he think I’m a moron?”, but the 2016 Anglo-insurrection held up a mirror to the masses and reflected their own image back at them. A leader peruses his vision in spite of the masses, dragging them along with him if necessary. We may be drifting, finally, out of the harbour, but only because the tide happens to be favourable. Without a sail or a keel we will just as soon drift back into harbour on the evening tide. The masses may be aligned in our interests for now, but this is not sufficient. The political strategy of our time is to reflect public opinion back on the public and to give the masses what they want. I do not see either Brexit or the Trump Presidency as representing any major alteration to this mindset. The masses are on “our side” for now, but our leaders are still adrift on the tide of public opinion, and still at the mercy of the masses’ capriciousness.
To those on the giddy heights of optimism: the heights are precipitous; steady yourself with purpose. There is an acute danger of Trump becoming a Right-wing Obama, and I would not be surprised if this became prophetic. It is likely that both Trump’s supporters and detractors will be bitterly disappointed by his presidency. He is not “racist” or “literally Hitler” and this will leave many on both sides dejected. As many know and lament, Trump is a merchant. Not only a merchant; a speculator. It is important not to allow yourself to get carried away with Trump. A rash adoption of Trumpism could carry us further in the wrong direction fundamentally: down into the mass and not up towards the divine. He may very well marginalise or simply ignore us. This is why I urge you to make haste slowly.
The speculation that represents almost a quarter of the British economy, and a sizeable proportion of the American economy, is even lower than the merchant. These speculators are not producing goods to sell for market, they are not even trading goods in many cases. Many speculate on the aether, and others speculate on what the first lot of speculators may or may not do, the lay-speculator will follow the second group, and the media follow the resulting picture. This is somewhat responsible for the utter failure of the media and markets to predict the results. The media say, “Hillary will win; the market says so,” and the speculators say “Hillary will win; the media says so” (note: the drop in the dollar last night, and the pound after Brexit). Speculators are a meta-merchant class and the age of globalised finance is perhaps a deeper age of despair than Evola could foresee.
When Remaniacs say, “Brexit was an opinion poll,” they are right in essence. If the economy weakens, which I think is likely, is it right for the people to change their minds and forgo independence? The masses are blown about like hollow grass and their sentiment changes with the wind. Of course, if you are reading this, my words will be nothing that you do not know already, but it is important to restate this and in doing so steady ourselves in the coming years. The motivation of the Brexit voter was not the desire to resurrect some legal technicality of parliamentary sovereignty, it was for a government that worked for the country’s best interest. The sentiment of people I met on the streets was that of an unarticulated despair, that had been left to fester for decades, bubbling over in confused anger. They want a leader and a vision. Now, our leaders are turning to the masses again and saying, “Well, what sort of Brexit do you want? Do you want this law to remain, or that law, or this regulation about mobile phones” and so on. This frustrates the people and drives them to near insanity. They want a leader that works in the interests of Britain. They do not only want a representative of the people, they are clamouring for a leader, cries of “Get on with it!” are heard across England. Fragments from two letters to the editor of The Telegraph:
Sir — Who will emerge as the new Oliver Cromwell? (John Baker)
Sir — A year or two ago, when I offered in your columns to lead a revolution […], I got a negative response. […] I am inclined to renew the offer. We might even hang a judge or two. I think I would be prepared to trip the trapdoor. But as I am 92 in February perhaps someone, with more zing, might care to take up the challenge. (Lord Walsingham)
I appreciate that we live in Western democracy, and those on the right are happy to pragmatically “play the game” (this author included), but we must also understand that we cannot continue in this direction.
There is a hope that the exasperation that the masses feel about being constantly delegated to lends itself to the emergence of a leader. Perhaps Trump has prevented our annihilation, but until he proves himself he is still only a Triton of the minnows. I’m sure you believe that our people can only be fit to rule once they are fit to lead, but how general is that statement? Do we expect every man to be fit to lead? Of course not. Those leaders that excel in leadership, do they reflect the trivia of the masses back onto them? No. And the masses are almost not needed in order for a leader to emerge and take control. There has been a revolutionary tradition in Europe over the past few centuries. One where small vanguard groups stalk the political wilderness, probing for weakness in society. When a crises comes they strike with absolute force and absolute purpose. It is possible for a small vanguard to seize political control of a space, although those capable do not currently have the will or confidence to do so. It is easier, in a pampered and democratic age, for a small vanguard to seize cultural control of a space rather than political control. And I expect that you are working to that end.
Trump is not enough, Brexit is not enough, having a “Right-wing” government is not enough. The real change we need is to restore a society where the worthy leader leads and the masses follow; a simple maxim; toxic in today’s political discourse. All things flow from this maxim and we should fix our gaze on that horizon. People are clamouring for our way, if not our policies. A disdain for issues and a yearning for principles. The end of economic rationality and the rise of sentiment, national or otherwise. There is support from the Left and the Right for our way. Refrain from undue optimism and shake yourself out of complacency; there are stormier seas to come in our political odyssey.
P.S. The world and I want to extend our thanks to any American that prevented a Clinton presidency.