Rhetorical tools like “The Runnymede Trials”
This comment appeared today on the thread to a Daily Telegraph leader pushing the usual Tory line on immigration. It was posted by theft_act1968. It is one of three comments this poster has fashioned touching on the same subject. He appears to be posting these comments serially.
I have no idea if he is alone in using the terms “The Runnymede Trials” and “The Runnymede Tribunal”, but I like them. They are good word-tools full of stout optimism and moral certainty. I think they could prove useful in roping in anti-Blair types to racial thinking. One of the other two comments is this, incidentally:
“Theft_act1968” is averaging ten recommends a comment, which is pretty good. I am going to start using the Runnymede references too. We’ll see how far this meme can be spread.
As the victims of the very successful Jewish/leftist seizure of the terms of racial debate all across the West, it behoves us to have some respect for this form of warfare. Rhetorical tools come in two forms: those that condition the moral tenor (“racist”, “anti-Semite”, etc) and those that stipulate how to understand the world (“diversity is our strength”, “British-Asians”). Nullifying this toxic language requires more than a selective dismissal of the most commonly used terms. We have to put something in their place that speaks of our worldview, and we have to keep hammering it home. Speaking of which ... Bob Whittaker’s mantra, “Anti-racism is anti-white racism”, has been around long-enough for us to assess its effectiveness. The term “anti-white racist” was used prior to it, of course. But the left on both sides of the pond has heard it. As one would expect, it is dismissive. But its capacity to apply the “racist” term does seem to have been restricted. There has been a blow struck.
The left has also caught on that we are speaking increasingly of a white genocide, and again it is dismissive (for reasons we all understand). The term “race-replacement”, however, is more difficult to reject because of the clear statistical evidence in the public domain. As far as I am concerned, the author of this rhetorical tool was our friend Fred Scrooby. I am only aware of Frank Salter using the term before Fred did, and then not in a rhetorical sense. If MR achieves nothing else, at least we have, through Fred, launched into the world one valuable word-tool.
I think we are missing several tricks in fashioning such word-tools, principally through our intellectually incoherent and casual approach. We need to think much more systematically about how we were out-manoeuvred in the past and about the positives of our worldview. We need to return to the two forms of moral and perceptual tools and work out more precisely what we need to effect a mechanical shift in the way our people think - if we possibly can, given the very tenuous hold we have on public discourse.
Of course, tenuous hold notwithstanding, we are working with the grain. It is easier for us to achieve results than it was for our foes.
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