A question that the dissident right keeps coming back to has to do with the normie issue. There really aren’t that many of us on the DR and we need more people just for practical purposes. On the other hand, trying to get normies to wake the fuck up is often like pounding your head on a brick wall. You can show them reams of evidence, written and video, and they all have a lifetime of experience to support the data, and they still refuse to wake up.
Adding to the irritation, most of our friends, family and neighbors are normies. We know that when things go tits up we are going to have to choose between taking a huge risk to bail them out or letting them go.
So what do we do? Wash our hands of them or try to keep recruiting them until the last moment?
I will freely admit that more and more these days I find myself with this attitude:
Normies are only useful as meatshields, living between me and the savages, and they will give the animals some early soft targets to focus on when things first go sideways.
But here is the important thing to remember:
We all were normies once
Sure you may say you have always been a race realist and a political dissident but the truth is that all of us have held our tongue or tried to look the other way for most of our lives. I grew up in a basically all White small town. Words like nigger and spic were used pretty commonly and casually and no one pretended that all people were interchangeable with different “skin color”. We were as conservative a family as you could find. Even still I spent many, many years trying to pretend that what I knew deep down wasn’t true. I am not interested in getting into arguments about it, if you are convinced you have always been awake, good for you.
Anyway, one of the most common themes on DR blogs and websites are stories from people about how they went from being normies to being awake. The alt-right/dissident right co-opted The Matrix theme of taking the red pill to signify people waking up and realizing the truth of our situation: we are in an undeclared but open race war and one side doesn’t seem to realize it.
It is The Great Journey™ that we all must take, from normiecon to Wide Awake. It is a perilous journey that is fraught with pitfalls and peril. Some people end up wandering into goofy shit and there is no lack of goofy shit on the far right, not as much as the far left since everything on the left is goofy shit, but still I run into goofballs, weirdos and outright freaks plenty often. Some are certainly Feds while others are certifiably insane but for those who can pick their way through the minefield comes a freedom to think and say what they know to be true. It makes people mad, hurts your job prospects and frays relationships but that is worth it to know the truth. So it is helpful to have people to guide you on your path.
The Zman sometimes refers to himself as a ferryman, helping to escort people from the shores of NormieLand and into the Red Pilled Reality. I like the imagery that evokes….
Few of us find our way across on our own, mostly we are being encouraged and cajoled by people we meet along the way. Even people who are politically savvy, skeptical and given to critical thinking are subject to conditioning. Helping others to break that is powerful.
With that in mind, how am I doing in helping others? Is that my role?
I know that this blog is mostly preaching to the dissident choir. The people reading here, at least the ones commenting, are almost 100% in agreement with a significant percentage of what I am writing. On the other hand, most of my posts get way more views than comments, like hundreds or thousands of views to each comment. That is certainly true for all of us who write on the intrawebz. Most of those are either bots or people who don’t like to comment for privacy reasons or don’t think it is necessary to say anything. But I am willing to bet that a lot of people who are reading but not saying anything are normies who have started The Great Journey. I say that because that was me some years back. Long before I started this blog in 2018, I was already reading unapproved blogs on the far Right. Some time before I closed shop on my old blog I had added naughty thought websites to the blogroll like VDare, Unz Review and Taki. My journeys online had started to include many alt-right websites, even some pretty extreme ones along with more mild and cerebral offerings. I was even blogging under a nom de guerre for a number of years before I switched to this blog, simultaneously blogging under my real name on my old blog.
So based on that I assume that at least a few of the visitors here are in the exploratory stages of The Great Journey™. With that in mind, I do (believe it or not) temper what I say. I often go back and rewrite things to make them a little less harsh. Of course I also delete stuff because I figure I don’t need to encourage the Alphabet Bois agents who might be reading my blog looking for naughty speech. It doesn’t cost me anything to say things in a temperate fashion, unless you are a lunatic or a Fed no one is going to credibly accuse me of soft-selling my points.
In general, whether consciously thinking about it or not, I write here with my main dissident audience in mind but also with the understanding that others might be stopping by who are not all on board yet. Is it working? I have no idea. I certainly hope it is.
With all of that said, I also understand all too well the flip side of this coin:
Most normies would rather be left alone. They don’t want to be helped and they won’t recognize the truth until the muzzle is pressing against the back of their head. Maybe not even then. Most won’t be helped and that is something you have to be OK with.
In 2019 I wrote a post that also evoked The Matrix: Why Cypher Is Really The Most Important Character In The Matrix For Today. Cypher if you aren’t a Matrix fan is the character who betrays Morpheus and Neo. His reward? To be put back into the Matrix and forget everything he knows. We often fall in the trap of assuming that once we show them the red-pill, the arguments, the data, that everyone will of course come rushing to join us. That isn’t true, and more often than not the opposite is the case. They will be angry not at the people trying to destroy us.
They will be angry with you for telling them.
The red-pill can be a bitter one to swallow. It upends all of the carefully crafted conditioning, everything they thought they knew about the world. Many people find themselves despondent, frustrated and angry to learn it has all been a lie. A lot of people simply prefer the comfortable lie over the harsh truth. That is why they become absorbed in sportsball and popular entertainment. It gives them something to focus on to drown out the sound of a society dying all around them.
So is it worth it? Is it worth the effort and frustration of proselytizing the normie in the hopes of making a few converts?
Yes and no.
No, because so many simply refuse to be helped. Yes, because we need all the numbers we can get. And yes because as they are now, so once were all of us.
Don’t give up on the normies but don’t expect to ever see many wake up.
Don’t lose your compassion for these lost sheep but don’t let your compassion distract you from speaking the truth and preparing to survive.
It is a careful balancing act but we are smart enough to handle it. Help those who are willing to be helped and prop those who won’t in front of you as a meatshield. Either way, normies will serve a purpose.
I credit TakiMag, circa 2016, for advancing my own redpilling, having lurked there for a year before jumping in with both feet. I became a daily contributor to their "world famous commentariat" under numerous pseudonyms until the sad, abrupt end. I think I remember you from those days, too, Arthur (with the same Clockwork Orange photo for your avatar, no?)
I recall reading at some point that only 3% or so of a typical blog's readership contributes comments on a routine basis. I would imagine that a blog such as yours, which does not shy away from touching on the more controversial topics, has an even smaller percentage of readers providing feedback. I commend you on your defiance in posting under your real name – this is something that I could not even entertain the notion of doing in my situation. My employer would have me (and my bulging retirement portfolio) drawn and quartered before hanging my desiccated pelt from the yardarm where I might flap in the breeze as a permanent warning to others.
Wish it wasn't so, but if just one of us gets 'compromised', the possibility exists for taking down a whole network that has been painstakingly built up, one member at a time. My entire circle currently consists entirely of blood relations, therefore, and it is very small, indeed. Not even wives are privy to our innermost workings. We are not about to make the same idiotic mistakes that so many others have made.
Nice work today Arthur. My journey has been a long one, along a very twisted path. Once upon a time I despised Repubs, Conservatives and the "Moral Majority" and considered myself very open minded and liberal. I discovered I had a lot more in common with the right than I ever expected while frequenting prepper/survival forums back in the G Dubya Bush years. I started reading threads in the political sections of those forums in the vain of "keeping your enemies closer" but came to realize I held similar views 90% of the time… Turns out I hadn't been as open minded as I thought in my teens and twenties.
Being deep behind enemy lines, so to speak, I generally keep my opinions to myself these days but luckily the sheep never stop bleating, so I know who to avoid and who is beyond reach. Plenty of meatshields out here on the west coast!
There are plenty of us who follow the posts but like me, are hesitant to put too much of a foot print on the web. I once read that for every 1 letter sent to a political leader it represents 1K of like minded individuals. Unverified, but has a point. Hard to know how close to the line to walk. Keep the faith.
"Even still I spent many, many years trying to pretend that what I knew deep down wasn't true. I am not interested in getting into arguments about it, if you are convinced you have always been awake, good for you."
I certainly wasn't always awake. And that's disturbing. Here's a related thought that is, perhaps, even more disturbing: what makes me think I'm "wide awake" now? Based on life as I've lived it, ten years from now — hell, five years from now — my thinking will be different from what it is now. Greatly different? I don't know. The only thing I'm certain about is that there are more red pills coming my way.
Excellent post, by the way.
Jesus spoke to thousands and only "redpilled" 12. If that's what it takes, if I have to talk to 100 people to get 1 on side, well, so be it.
I too have tried to 'hope' for some kind of anonymity thru the yrs…pretty certain I'm on multiple lists, so in a sense I decided to step off the porch and scream "Spartacus" at the beast…
Really I had checked out & stopped even trying to sway the normies for many yrs… as you point out, most get resentful at me for stirring the pot, or being pessimistic, or ruining their fantasy dreamworld (like cypher)…
Anyways, keep speaking the truth and arouse as many as will listen…and it does suck knowing so many of our loved family/friends will be at best meatshields if not outright narcs when (not if) push comes to shove…
Blessings Sir Arthur…
I guess I am more awake than before but I know there is a lot I still need to fugure out. Understanding that is a pretty important step, a big change from where I was when I was younger "Republican good, Democrat bad".
That might be the ratio we are looking at but each new person on /ourside/ is a force multiplier in the conflict to come.
And to you sir. I am of the opinion that most people are just fooling themselves when it comes to anonymity online. They know who you are.
I suspect our numbers are much larger than we realize.
Few of us are open minded at those ages, we were still reflections of our parents and increasingly pop culture.
I am free to use my real name because my employer is me but in my old jobs? No way. I posted on my old blog mostly religious stuff but it touched on things like homosexuality and gender rolls and I am certain that there were jobs that I would have been offered until someone took a look at my social media. Now I just DGAF and it is nice.
"Don't give up on the normies but don't expect to ever see many wake up."
Albert Jay Nock wrote an essay on the Remnant 80 or 90 years ago. You and others are writing for the remnant. You may not see them but be assured they know you and will find you. I think you are correct, our numbers are much larger than we realize.
That is a good way of putting it.
There is nothing like spending a decade in Africa to wide open your eyes. East is East and what. I've spent countless hours trying to put it all in perspective but can only come up with this: If you do not recognize that racial groups have common denominators, you are a fool. If you try to superimpose these denominators on an individual from a racial group, you are a bigger fool.
One of my black friends said something to me a while back that I've never forgotten: "If you think there's no such thing as a nigger, you don't know enough black people." I thought that was pretty damned good.
Huh thats a true statement.
I suspect you are correct.
For some reason there seems to be a degree of confidence in many of us that if the shooting war starts we will be the victors. Do not really know why people are just talking still.
But I know when the bomb will go off. Food shortages, Forced vaccination this will be the point that whoever was sitting on the fence will suddenly start paying attention all too late. Each and every day more and more people are seeing that they are actively trying to kill us.
I like your blog I'm glad I found it on NC. You speak with a degree of truth and I like truth !
I just don't see any useful purpose in "waking people up". This depopulate-Genocide-Police State plan has been in the works for over a hundred years and nothing and no one is going to curtail the inevitable.
There are a cabal of mostly Jewish Billionaire that want this planet for themselves and have planed accordingly to get it. While most of us will be topside murdering newscasters, niggers, fags, and mexicans, they will be living the life on New Zealand or underground in one of their Megacity DUMBS with their cohorts and family waiting out the global death and destruction topside.
Yes, s, I also would like to take my vengence on Zuckefuck and his employees, Youtube, Google, every heath dept and newstation, but why, they are just cannon fodder to occupy our time.
The real enemy of humanity are tucked snugly away on secured properties or deep and far from knowing eyes.
Until I hear of a plan to nuke New Zealand or drop a tactical down the stovepipe of some trillionaire's deep underground MegaCity, I'd say we are all fucked no matter how many niggers and fags are hanging from lampposts. Just sayin…