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The Action-Reflection Coin
by Erich Gliebe
Hello, and welcome back to this week’s broadcast of American Dissident Voices, the Internet radio program of North America’s foremost racialist organization, the National Alliance. I’m your host and the Chairman of the Alliance, Erich Gliebe.
You know, I have been involved in the White Racialist Cause for a few decades now, so I have seen a lot of things – and people – come and go. I have seen people get involved in the Cause who are full of excitement and energy, who want to move and shake things up NOW, who want to shove the System into the abyss NOW so that we can make the world into a place better fit for White people and to get back to what we might call an authentic White culture.
And then I have seen those who get involved in the Cause somewhat tentatively, who aren’t gung-ho about turning our society upside down, but who yet get involved out of a sense that doing so is somehow the right thing to do, even if they can’t quite put their finger on why. These folks take baby steps in their initial involvement with the Cause; they proceed with caution and let others take the lead at first.
And you can’t always tell who is going to make a real contribution to the Cause and who isn’t. On the face of things, you might think that the person who gets involved and is full of excitement will make the best activist. They are willing to put our message out to other Whites and they have the guts to do it in the face of whatever opposition is out there: police intimidation, bad press from our competitors, disapproval of their involvement by family and friends, and so on.
In contrast, the more reflective individual who gets involved doesn’t always jump in with both feet. He is more apt to weigh the consequences of his activities against the background of his own life and personal situation, so he isn’t quite as fearless as the fire-eater who seems to live and work without fear.
But whether an individual who becomes involved in the Cause begins by handing out leaflets and shaking hands outside malls and at gun shows, or whether his first actions are preparing the leaflets or planning the activity or videotaping the distribution, a sure criterion as to whether or not the activist is truly dedicated to the Cause is his longevity. More times than I can count, I have met and talked with a new member to my organization, the National Alliance, and have been encouraged by the determination and zeal that I see in the new member’s eyes, only to learn in a year or so that the individual has quit the organization for whatever reason. Perhaps things weren’t moving fast enough for him, or perhaps he had a personality conflict with another member that he couldn’t get over. In any case, he has either lost whatever energy and enthusiasm he had or he has taken it elsewhere; he has invested it in his job or in a hobby or in some other venture.
And similarly for the cautious newcomers. When I meet a new member who appears hesitant to put his face out on the front lines, I encourage him to do what he feels comfortable with and hope that he will prove to make an important and lasting contribution. Sometimes my hopes are fulfilled and sometimes I’m disappointed. If the cautious ones are so cautious that they let their fears completely get the best of them, then it won’t be long before they have dropped out.
So you never quite know. You can never be sure that THIS particular individual is going to prove valuable to their race’s preservation – or not – in the long run. In fact, on more than one occasion, my first impression of someone was that he was not very serious – a hobbyist – and only later was I forced to admit to myself that his subsequent actions demanded a better assessment of him.
In any case, it is obvious that people have inherent personality traits and that changing one’s basic constitution is virtually impossible. That means that some people are naturally jump-in-with-both-feet people, and some are proceed-with-caution people. Not that these are the only two personalities, of course, but I’m simplifying for clarity.
With regard to the White Racialist Cause, it seems to me that the action-oriented individuals among us are more of the belief that the System needs help in collapsing. The System is teetering on the edge, but it needs our help to topple over. Without our intervention, the System just might settle back into a stable position, with the result that our race would be stuck in a very inhospitable world in which to live; namely, the System as it appears today, with all of its race-destroying tendencies and policies.
Of course, action-oriented individuals – whether they are racialists or not – aren’t necessarily violent people; they simply gravitate toward the idea of human beings taking action to change the world around them. So action-oriented individuals probably enjoy the vicarious experience of reading books like those authored by the late Dr. William Pierce, including The Turner Diaries and Hunter. Both of these novels are chock-full of action; in particular, action that contributes to the disintegration of the existing System. It is obvious that Dr. Pierce was hopeful that the System would collapse during his lifetime, and his life’s actions speak far louder than words, giving testament that he was, through and through, an action-oriented individual.
On the other hand, proceed-with-caution people – whom I might call reflective people – perhaps lean toward the idea that the System is going to collapse on its own, and that rather than spend our time and energy helping to further something that is inevitable anyway, we should instead be preparing for what will follow the System’s collapse. In other words, instead of helping to push over the massive but rotted tree that is already on its way down, we should be deciding how life in the vicinity of the tree will look after the tree’s demise.
This attitude is basically the one taken by former National Alliance member, the late William Gayley Simpson, who is the author of the encyclopedic and thought-provoking work, Which Way Western Man?. Simpson’s view is that the society of today – in which quantity is valued over quality, among other things – is doomed. For the System, the end is inevitable, and there is no hope that it can be modified and “saved.” With that in mind, Simpson set out to show Western man how he might better structure his society of the future, based on what has worked in the past in civilizations that lasted longer and were more stable than ours.
Now, I don’t mean to suggest that William Simpson wasn’t a man of action. He certainly was; if you need evidence of that, read Which Way Western Man?. But Simpson’s action didn’t have the purpose of destroying the System, the monster that is consuming our people. The purpose of his action was to learn how a society SHOULD be structured and to set down on paper the way for us to navigate a better course, once the existing society had imploded.
I am not going to pass judgment as to whether what I have called “action-oriented” or “reflective” individuals do more for the most important cause in the history of humankind, the White Racialist Cause. To pass judgment would be to applaud one segment of the Cause to the detriment of another. I will say that my own personality is better suited to action than reflection, but that is probably true of leaders in whatever walk of life. I’ve probably gotten more reflective as I’ve grown in years, but I think one’s personality isn’t subject to drastic change over a lifetime.
What is clear is that Our Cause needs both “action” and “reflective” individuals. We need people who are intent on helping the System to collapse, who will leaflet parking lots, call in to radio talk shows, put on a friendly face and shake hands while handing out literature, and hold a poster at an anti-immigration rally. We need people who aren’t afraid to make minor nuisances of themselves and speak up at the town council or the school board meeting to ask the “hard” questions that aren’t Politically Correct to ask. We need people who can write a rational letter to the editor and will sign their name to it. We need people who will take the lead in a given locale, who are willing to head up a local group of activists, and who won’t back down when difficulties surface. These are the types of traits exhibited by “action” individuals, and they are absolutely essential to the success of our mission.
On the other hand, we also need “reflective” individuals. We need people who can analyze the world in which we find ourselves, identify its weaknesses, and visualize a better and Whiter world that we have it within ourselves to create. We need people who can explain to others what it means to be a White racialist: that it doesn’t mean we hate anyone or intend violence on anyone, but rather that we intend to create a space in the world in which our people can be what it is within their power to become.
And the truth of the matter is that all of us have elements of the “active” and “reflective” personalities. How can one be active in campaigning for the Cause of the White Race without reflecting on WHY the survival of the race is important? How can one truly reflect on what it means to be an honorable White man or woman without that understanding becoming evident in the daily activities of that individual and in his interactions with others? It’s impossible.
Action and reflection are simply two sides of the same coin; where one side of the coin goes, the other goes, too. For some of us, the “action” side of the coin is “up” most of the time; for others, the “reflection” side is more common. The coin flips from one side to the other depending on the situation. Sometimes the coin has one side up – without flipping – for a sustained period of time. Sometimes it flips back and forth rapidly as you go from acting to reflecting and back again in your daily life.
But whichever side of the coin predominates in your personality, realize this: The purpose of all life is to pass along one’s genetic heritage to the next generation. It is your responsibility to use your gifts as best you can to secure a future for your own children and – more generally – for your people’s children.
Reflect on that truth and then act on it. To do otherwise is to leave your race’s future to chance… like leaving its survival up to the flip of a coin.
I’m Erich Gliebe, and thanks for being with me again today.