Having read The Jacksonian Club’s new action plan, I have been trying to imagine what advice Saul Alinsky would prescribe for our newly minted organization. We are essentially styling ourselves as community organizers. This is an arena where Alinsky’s insights could prove especially useful.
“The Jacksonian Club is an organization with a specific goal: the creation of an autonomous institution where new interpretations of American nationalism and conservatism can materialize that run counter to those of prevailing authority, liberal and mainstream National Review-style conservatism.”
Fortunately, such a revolt against the conservative establishment is already in progress, so there is clearly a receptive audience waiting to be exposed to our ideas. The logical task we should set ourselves to is pitching the tent of The Jacksonian Club within the Tea Party and working to give it a harder edge on social issues like immigration.
“We will recruit among right-leaning mainstream conservatives, seeking to become individually and collectively influential in moving conservative and Republican organizations ever closer to the nationalist right. While that is its main activity, its core membership, its trusted members, will also be planning alternative strategies to preserve our people, heritage and culture should at the end of the day some sort of withdrawal or new creation be necessary.”
This is a sensible objective.
Saul Alinsky defines a “tactic” as doing what you can with what you have. We have six members. What can six people who are scattered across Europe and North America accomplish?
There is nothing stopping any of us from educating our peers or persuading them to join our cause. There is nothing stopping us from writing, voting, donating, networking or protesting. There is nothing stopping any of us from infiltrating mainstream organizations or injecting our nationalist message into conservative discourse.
Logically, the immediate objective must be recruitment. If this organization doesn’t grow and build momentum, it will stagnate and die.
We should be able to double our ranks from six to twelve members. That is a realistic goal. Let’s accomplish that first. Then we can set ourselves to tackling the next goal.
Real World Action
“The target audience for the Jacksonian Club is not the self-identified White Nationalists on the Internet. While of course we welcome and need such support, the fact of the matter is that decades of Internet activism has resulted in little real world impact. Instead, we are looking at the right-most fringe of the mainstream and disaffected ordinary Americans, working to bring them into the fold.”
Saul Alinsky would certainly advise inserting ourselves into the mainstream, communicating with people in their own terms, and establishing our credentials within targeted institutions.
The internet can be used as a tool that allows us to network, recruit, and communicate across vast distances. The purpose of our internet presence should be to educate radicals and give them productive tasks in the real world where they can learn how to be effective and make a difference in their communities.
It is currently election season in America. For the immediate future, I am going to focus my own Jacksonian Club energies on supporting an Alabama state senate candidate who supports Arizona-style immigration reform. This seems like a useful and productive way to advance our stated objectives in the current political context.