The Psychology of False Messiahs and Illusory Utopias
Simon Sheppard, January 2008
| Many veteran nationalists have been surprised by the fervour of newer BNP members. The peculiarity is the expression of �ardent moderation,� an apparent self-contradiction. Here I wish to explore that phenomenon of �ardent moderation,� its origin, and the psychological mechanisms currently in play within the BNP. Then I shall discuss the present situation in a wider political context.
The Religious Aspect – Phantoms
The BNP �party line� is that under Griffin�s leadership the party will become electable and thereafter the road to national resurrection will be clear. The BNP, Griffin says, must “rid the British nationalist movement for good of the taint of Nazism.” Thus many activists, motivated by principled ideology – the most valuable members of any political movement – have become “those who seek to undo all that we have achieved.” The position is summarised by Griffin thus, of bringing –
I refer to the phenomenon of the phantom, as defined by the social psychologists Anthony Pratkanis and Peter Farquhar (1992, full reference in �Social Psychology, Religious Belief, Censorship and the Holocaust�). A phantom is –
In PA (Procedural Analysis, my system of behaviour analysis) a phantom is described in game-theoretic terms as “promoting the false expectation of a payoff in the future.” Promoting a phantom is of course the same game the establishment is playing: �Once racism has been eradicated we shall all live in a glorious, multi-racial utopia.�
Why the Goal Cannot be Achieved
There are two major reasons why this is a phantom, an illusion, and each alone is sufficient.
1. Simple Demographics
The position is most easily illustrated by the two images below. The graph appears in a report prepared at York University �Demographic Trends in the UK� by Naomi Finch with caption �Figure 20: Annual birth rates per thousand population by ethnic group in five year ranges� and based on data from the Office for National Statistics.
| Moreover, it should be stressed, these differential birthrates have been obvious for decades, even at the time mass immigration began. In parts of Lancashire whites are already completely unrepresented, the council fiefdoms having been carved out among the various ethnic blocs. That native Britons would be disenfranchised by sheer weight of numbers was entirely foreseeable; the offices of government must surely have known the inevitable outcome, and their actions can only be described as treasonous and criminal (even discounting “aiding and abetting a foreign invasion”). In the words of the late great Robert Frenz, “The day is rapidly coming when you will not be able to elect a White street sweeper.”
2. The Nature of the Enemy
�Wet� nationalists are nationalists who just do not understand the enemy: they project their own notions of fair play and decency onto their opponents, just as foolish, misguided liberals think that once ethnics take control, they will treat us with as much generosity of spirit as we treat them. It just ain’t so. Contrary to what some may think, this writer is no great admirer of Hitler, but an example from modern history is appropriate.
During the debacle of the retreat from Dunkirk in 1940, Hitler, against the advice of the German High Command, allowed the British army to escape back to Britain. It would have been a simple matter at that point for German forces to annihilate (or capture, if that were feasible) almost the entire British army. Slaughtering the 338,000 professional soldiers stranded at Dunkirk would have averted any threat from Britain for a decade at least. I contend that Hitler believed that the people he was fighting had some vestige of honour and of restraint, and that his magnanimous gesture would be reciprocated by an end to the war he had never wanted from the start. This latter is historical fact, not �Nazi propaganda.� It is well known that Hitler admired the British empire, and wanted to see it preserved.
Racism is evil
Banning guns makes us safer
Six million Jews were systematically murdered
Politicians are acting in our interest
Vote for me and things will change for the better
The mainstream media will never give the BNP a good press. There may be the occasional reasonable article, but it will only be a carrot and a sop. Come the election, any dirt they can dig up will be heavily embellished and plastered over the front page just before the poll. In the intervening five years or so, enough new, naive nationalists will be taken in to allow the cycle to repeat.
Is Griffin a Psychopath?
I now know from personal experience that Nick Griffin is a liar and a charlatan. (As do I, hence this blog. Ed.)This is no great revelation, but the evidence is now so blatant that it demands comment. The following is from Griffin�s New Year�s Message on the BNP website:
Due to disaffection within the BNP I was given a list of addresses (how it came to me I will not say), who were among the people mailed around 40,000 free copies of the Don�t Be Sheeple newspaper. I did indeed set up the Spearhead website. Everything else however is pure fantasy, wrong both in substance and in fact. I will further point out the misspelling of my name and that the Don�t Be Sheeple was cleared by lawyers. These are not innocent errors: Griffin has a law degree and such misspelling is a Searchlight trick.
Concluding Thoughts and Tentative Predictions
A seasoned political observer (somewhat surprisingly, still a BNP member) has ventured that the situation will not change until the establishment has lost faith in itself. This may be near at hand, with what appears to be a coming economic meltdown. Gordon Brown�s habitual indecision does not indicate confidence, and few even in his own party continue to have confidence in him.
Thanks Anon., some people aren’t as aware as we are.