If you’re a keynote speaker at a conservative conference I wonder whether there oughtn’t to be more pressing targets for your righteous wrath and mordant wit than the latest annoying things that the Wokerati have done.
This doesn’t mean that ‘transgender’ men in women’s sport and women’s prisons, or drag queens promoting LGBTQ in primary schools, or TERFs being deplatformed at universities aren’t issues of concern worth addressing. It’s just that I can’t help noticing that the space they’re being given in the mainstream media and at conferences like this is space that is not being given to the still more important issues [like mass poisoning of the populace as a result of an experimental medical procedure imposed to combat an illusory pandemic, or the growing possibility of a major war with Russia as a result of a dubious local conflict in Ukraine].
It’s a question of priorities. You might say, for example, that planning for your retirement is important, or that working out a daily exercise regimen is important, or eliminating seed oils from your diet is important — and I’d agree with you on all this in principle. But suppose you were busy mulling over these things in the minutes between your pre-dawn wake up and the moment you were led off to your execution. Well that would suddenly put them into a different perspective, wouldn’t it?
That, I fear, is the stage we are at now in the rise and fall of our civilisation. We’re being prodded towards the edge of a cliff by sinister forces bent on our ruination. And instead of calling out these malign and sadistic creatures, the commentators whose very purpose it is to inform us about such threats are going: “Ooh aren’t they silly! They’ve put pronouns on their Twitter bio.”
Well, yes. Pronouns in Twitter bios are certainly jolly irritating. But not quite in the same league, I’d say, as World War III or an out-of-control biomedical industrial complex bent on depopulation. Pronouns can’t kill. Depleted uranium shells and vaccines can and do on a regular basis. …
Sure it has been a bit of a disappointment that so very few of our leading conservative commentators and politicians have spoken out against vaccines and World War III — or indeed against Central Bank Digital Currencies and the war on farmers. But at least they’ve been pretty forthright about the iniquity of lockdowns and the menace of the Chinese and the erosion of our traditional values by the forces of woke.
Surely we need to learn to take our victories where we can rather than constantly bickering among ourselves about those who have shown insufficient zeal on behalf of our pet causes?
In the days when I used to attend conferences like the National Conservatism one, I would often hear these arguments. Still do, in fact. It has long been an article of faith among ‘conservatives’ that ‘elections are won in the centre ground’, that it’s vital to build a ‘broad coalition’, that demanding too much ‘red meat’ just alienates all those floating voters that conservatism needs to form a viable political force. These lines are repeated so often that they have achieved the status of unquestionable truth.
But they are a counsel of despair: ‘Some of our causes are so lost they’re no longer even worth fighting for.’ Worse than that, they are a trap. …
How so? Why by doing exactly that thing I’ve been lamenting throughout this piece: deciding which key issues are worthy of debate and attention — and which ones are so far out, or extreme, or potentially unpopular and divisive, that they are beyond the pale of discussion.
This selective honesty has given the mainstream media the cover it needs to perform a devious trick on its audience. Instead of informing readers and listeners — as it should be doing: for the evidence is now overwhelming — of the Covid ‘vaccine’s’ appalling safety record, the MSM is instead seeking to direct its audience’s ire towards the idiocy of lockdowns and the general cackhandedness of government policy.
In other words, the minor crime of incompetence is being used to distract us from the much more serious issue of collusion between corrupt, greedy and malign Big Pharma and its political underlings to inflict on an unsuspecting populace a potentially lethal experimental drug therapy.
If you want to know what is really going on in the world don’t be distracted by what they are telling you in the newspapers and on TV, but look instead at what they are not telling you.
I think of this every time I read yet another story in the paper about the latest idiocies of the LGBTQ+ rainbow coalition, usually backed up with a trenchant think piece by one of the right-wing pundits featured at the National Conservatism conference. “Yes, that’s all very well, and obviously I agree with you on this trivial matter,” I murmur to myself. “But when am I going to read you on one of those subjects you’ve thus far managed to avoid? The true history leading up to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, say. The mortality and disability figures for the vaccinated. The totalitarian horror of CBDCs and 15-minute cities. The false-flag terror attacks carried out by the three-letter agencies. The Kalergi Plan for white replacement…”
The answer, of course, is never. Conservative commentators are only ever as feistily outspoken as their employers in the print and broadcast media will allow them to be.
The same applies to what they will and won’t say at conferences like the National Conservatism one: keynote speeches often pay good money – and it’s a tasty gravy train to board, what with all international travel, think tank fellowships and so on. But you’re not going to get any of these treats if you start speaking out of turn and pushing the debate into territory your sponsors find discomfiting. And there’s your big problem, right there: the sponsors — be they rich media owners or the funders of these think tanks — are the Enemy these Conservative commentators can never dare to name.
Once you see the nature of the scam you cannot unsee it. For example, having watched several of the speeches from the National Conservatism London event, I notice all the speakers deploying the same trick. Somewhere in their speech will be a joky, dismissive reference to their liberal left enemies who are apparently really, really annoyed at the existence of events like this. So, for example, Lord Frost cites a typically lefty ‘senior publishing executive’ friend of his describing the conference as an ‘all singing, all dancing fascist musical extravaganza.’ Cue much convivial laughter from the audience.
Now I’m a fan of Lord Frost. I’m not suggesting that he made that comment up, nor that he inserted it in bad faith for dishonest purposes. Indeed, I’m quite sure that had I been one of the speakers, I too would have included such a passage in my speech, because these lines always get a laugh and establish exactly the right ‘them v us’ bonding moment with your audience.
But once you’ve heard the technique being used again and again in consecutive speeches, you realise that as a listener you are being played. You are being seduced into agreeing with a notion that may not necessarily be true: that there is an enemy out there called the liberal left/wokism/looney-leftism/progressivism — and that it can be defeated if only conservatives can learn to make better jokes and to articulate their beliefs more coherently.
When I say ‘not necessarily be true’ I am of course being polite. It’s a lie. A palpable lie. A dangerous lie, which serves a number of malign purposes. One is to deceive as to the true nature of the problem (it’s not really these loonie progressive types, of course, but the shadowy outfits who fund them and who plot their antics years in advance at meetings of the Bilderberg Group, the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations).
Another is to co-opt the cleverest political thinkers of each generation and lavish them with well-paid columns, publishing deals and think tank fellowships so that they lose any temptation they might have had to criticise the status quo. Another is to corral potential ‘right-wing’ resistants into holding pens, where they are distracted from asking awkward questions about the true nature of the world, let alone from doing anything to practical to change it, because they imagine the work is already being done for them by all their political heroes up there on the stage in front of them making airy speeches about persuasive irrelevances.
It’s a long excerpt, but an important argument. Read it carefully if you just skimmed or skipped 🙂
James has this figured out much better than most. He has been through the process. He was a commentator like the ones he is criticizing above, but is now more awake to the true state of affairs.
It’s happened to me. I used to speak regularly in public on a certain topic, to a fair degree of applause. But once I mentioned the shadowy group behind some of the problems — no more invites.