Legitimacy – the Foundation of Political Power

The following constitutes the fundamental starting point. Everything to be done is to be done with this in mind.

 

What is sought is a revolution.

A revolution is primarily a mental phenomenon – it takes place in the minds of men first and foremost.

What is wanted is a long-term transfer of power out of the hands of the representatives of opposing ideologies (liberal democracy, post-Marxism, etc.), and into the hands of representatives of our ideology – that of the Right (fascism, national socialism, integralism, revolutionary conservatism, etc. – different terms for the same thing: the ideology of the Right applied within the context of technological and secular modernity.)

 

The power of whoever is in charge relies primarily on belief.

– the belief in the minds of others that their rule is good and correct. Nobody can rule without this.*

– and if that belief should erode, then their power is in jeopardy; and it may well end up being transferred over to somebody else.

* The example of a mediaeval king — he could not have simply dominated an entire population through force of physical prowess. No matter his formidability, it is an impossibility for one man to accomplish such a thing. He could only continually rule over his kingdom in so far as others believed that he is rightfully king.

 

The same principle is true whether we’re talking about the command of an individual/group OR an ideology.

 

To take a look at purely hypothetical examples; let’s imagine we have a social order inhabited by four competing political ideologies – National Socialism, Liberalism, Communism and Anarchism.

 

 

All else being equal, the ideology which has the most supporters is the one which will rule. (We’ll begin to look at in what ways these things are not always equal later…)

So here we have a National Socialist state with significant Liberal opposition (left.) A Liberal state with relatively little opposition (right)…

… a Communist state with strong liberal opposition (left.) And a state being fought over by National Socialists and Liberals (right.)

So it should be clear that at the most basic level the ultimate goal of attaining power and dominance of ones worldview boils down to a matter of winning people over to your ideology whilst also discrediting rival ideologies.

Referring back to the previous example of a mediaeval king (though the example holds true for ideologies too) – that he could not have simply dominated an entire population through physical intimidation; it being an impossibility for one man to accomplish such a thing – regardless of his personal formidability. And he could only rule continually over his kingdom in so far as others believed that he is rightfully king. Those ‘others’ will consist of either:

1) the majority of the masses

2) an elite minority which is capable of dominating the rest of the populace, either physically (i.e. the military and police) or mentally (i.e. the priesthood.)

 

Any social order – traditional or modern – can be represented by the following:

 

In terms of who dictates what beliefs regarding rightful rulership prevail, the direction of influence can flow between all three and in either direction.

Any one of the above could spearhead a revolution – particularly if the others are indifferent.

 

So a revolution will result when we win over enough of the right kinds of people to our worldview.

 

 

 

 

Remember, this is essentially two simultaneous battles:

  1. Convince people of our worldview.
  2. Discredit all rival or competing ideologies.

 

This will lead us on to the next stage, which will be looked at in separate articles, and which can be summarised by these four questions:

  1. What is our worldview? (see: 5 Principles of the Right)
  2. What is their worldview(s)?
  3. How do you win people over to a worldview?
  4. How do you discredit an opposing worldview?

 

Implications/applications.

– ‘Ballot box vs. barrel of a gun’ is a false dichotomy. There have been plenty of revolutions which took place neither through the democratic process, nor through violence. This can come about because if an ideology wins over the minds of the people, it can appear to the current ruler that the writing is on the wall, and they opt to hand over control peacefully rather than being forcibly deposed.

– There are many ways a physical revolution can take place. Some entail a protracted civil war and widespread slaughter; others are 100% peaceful. Some are enacted through voting; others require no voting at all. Some happen overnight; others are long drawn-out affairs. In short, there’s no way of knowing how the final realisation of the revolution will come about. What should be concentrated on is bringing about the required mental revolution. Once that is ensured, the rest will sort itself out.

– Successfully effecting an ideological revolution is what everything hinges upon. If things were to end in civil war – this is what furnishes one side with its soldiers, and provides the finances, resources and know-how. If it goes to the ballot box, this is will provide candidates and voters; financial and media backing. Win people over mentally, and the material resources follow.

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