During my younger years I was dogged by depression – or, let’s call it what it is, self-pity. I tried doctors, therapists, self-help groups and reading psychotherapy books. I was confused though. Sympathy seemed to abound for women and minority groups misunderstood by society. As a young man lacking self-confidence I saw myself in similar terms. Surely I should be able to find help in a developed society at the turn of the 21st century.
It took some particularly brutal life lessons for me to realise that no one felt sorry for me, or was going to help me as an able-bodied straight white middle class male. It was at that point I started to turn things round. I stopped seeing myself as a victim or a bogeyman. There was nothing wrong with me, except my belief that there was. My life was in my hands and damn whatever anyone else thought.
Maybe I should go out and market my miracle cure. I have indeed considered it. It’s not what people want to hear though. As a result many remain locked in their victim identity.
Leftist politics is not in practice the empowerment of ordinary and disadvantaged people, for all it purports to be. Leftist politicians are a faction of the ruling class who foster and exploit resentment and dependence among their target support base to put themselves in power. They expect to be the spokespeople for common and disadvantaged people. They have no intention of letting them speak and take decisions for themselves.
Socialism appeals to those in the privileged class who feel the need to control the minutiae of people’s lives, to give them a sense that they’re leading change and doing good, and to justify their positions. At the same time they are liberal snobs who sneer at, fear and demonise the plebs – especially if they don’t do what they’re told, such as voting to leave the EU.
It used to be called ‘sedition’. Left-wing activists prefer expressions like ‘raising consciousness’. It amounts to the same thing: manipulatively stirring people up.
Notice how the left perpetuates tension to create division it can capitalise on. Most of us nowadays are quite accepting of people of other races, women in responsible positions and gay people, and get along just fine left to our own devices. It’s the left though which is constantly reminding us of our differences, encouraging confrontational groups and coming up with more extreme demands. There are clear double standards in how immigrant groups are treated with a soft-touch, in contrast to the native population, fuelling the very racist sentiment, the left claims to be fighting.
The desired equality never seems to be achieved for groups portrayed as disadvantaged, no matter how many left-wing governments, Acts of Parliament, public initiatives or corporate policies. What constitutes equality is vaguely defined, so campaigning and emotive button-pushing can continue in perpetuity. Compare this to UKIP’s job having been deemed by the mainstream media to have been done after the Brexit vote was won, despite us still being a long way from achieving Brexit. No one ever deems the work of feminist, LGBT or anti-racist groups, or left-wing politicians to be completed once equalities legislation is passed.
Being pandered-to as a victim group can be a curse, fostering a mentality that something needs to be done for you and you are entitled to handouts, rather than standing on your own two feet and working hard to succeed. Look at the examples of our quiet Chinese community, achieving some of the best academic results, or Jewish people, prior to the era of political correctness.
It has been disastrous for communities like inner city Detroit, or former industrial areas like the South Wales Valleys, formerly proud prosperous working class places, which employers abandoned in the face of constant agitation, unrest and increasing labour costs. They are now blackspots of unemployment, benefit dependency and drug problems. Leftist politicians of course didn’t lose their jobs, but reframed their message to present more state intervention as the answer. Margaret Thatcher did more than socialism to end the class war, by offering upward mobility, home-ownership and prosperity as a reward for industriousness.
Centre-left politicians need to be careful not to get portrayed as supporting extremism. MPs though work with NGOs and pressure groups (including the supposedly mainstream ones) which often have hardline objectives. Grassroots activists often move in in the same circles and even go to the same parties as anarchists. (I’ve been to a few.) Campaign groups can apply to a plethora of different funds, including taxpayers’ money. Hedge fund billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundation is one of the most notorious funders of hard left groups around the world.
We have seen their powerful hands behind the scenes and creating fake controversies they can capitalise on, be it NGO ships working with people traffickers to ferry migrants to Europe or Soros-funded organisations paying anti-Trump demonstrators and bussing them in.
It has even been reported that a number of those who organised the recent well-publicised white supremacist rally in Charlottesville were until recently working the Clinton and Obama campaigns. In Austria an operative for the Socialist party has been caught setting up Facebook pages with anti-Jewish content to slur the country’s centre-right party. Several other examples have emerged of supposed victims of hate crime having perpetrated the alleged incidents themselves to get publicity.
The left’s patronising victim stereotypes all women, gays, members of ethnic minorities and other groups, along with their assumption that they are their natural fellow travellers, not thinking as individuals and for themselves. This is itself deeply sexist/racist/homophobic.
UKIP may be like herding cats. That’s because we are people who think for ourselves and don’t go along with the crowd. We represent diversity of opinion. That includes black Christians, gay and atheist Muslims, women who like men to be self-assured and gays who don’t buy into in gender identity theory.
The leftist narrative is starting to fail in the face of self-evident reality, which is why they’re becoming so shrill. It’s also why they’re becoming more dangerous. The Cultural Marxist political establishment is staggering like a wounded animal, following the Brexit vote, President Trump’s election and the rise of patriotic parties across Europe. They are responding by redoubling their efforts and accelerating their agenda.
[Ed: This is the Tenth article in the series. There are still more to come which will be published here in the next days. Read Article Nine here. At the bottom of that article are links to the previous ones.]