Lessons from Mosley

By Crosstar



Not only did Oswald Mosley assemble the largest crowds in the history

of Britain, a fete never equaled, but he devised political-techniques

which instruct, even to this day. Mosley was head of the British

Union of Fascists, later shortened to the British Union. He vied to

establish the New Rome, based upon the solidarity, purity and justice

of Nordic blood. His popularity was enormous. As it is said that "the

more things change, the more they stay the same," Mosley dealt with

repression, violence and organization, during the Thirties, in ways

that beckon those faced with the same obstacles.

A political "magician," Mosley would keep one step ahead of his

critics, oppressors and attackers. He would use innovation and

determination to "use the system" to wiggle out of whatever box his

opponents would put him in, earning him a berth as a founder of

modern-day Nationalism. Some have accused Mosley of being a

"compromiser," but history regards him more as a Fabius, who could

pull back, for tactical advantage, only to lunge back, from a

different and unexpected angle, to totally rout his foes. A paramount

speaker, Mosley was driven by his solidarity with his beloved people.

The Thirties were life-death struggles between the Communists and

Nationalists, rife with street-brawls, assassinations and what was

termed generally as "political-violence." Each side would attack the

other's meetings, break up speeches and try to gain the upper hand by

force. Mosley set the tone for the patriotic forces by insisting on

being "self-defensive." His stance was the best-of-all-worlds, in

that he did not relinquish resort to force, but he insisted that

force be used exclusively defensively. There were no appeals for

killings or murders, in the Hal-Turner and Alex-Curtis vein.

Renouncing violence, but fielding self-defensive street-activists,

enabled Mosley to win over public-opinion. Being able to toss the

Reds out of a hall, exhibited strength but, also, restraint, in that

Mosley never called for assassinating anyone, along the line of Bill

White, and never conspired in murder-plots, in the manner of Matt

Hale. The Mosley forte was "what you see is what you get." And, the

visual spectacle was astounding. His minions were known for their

"black-shirts," which Parliament attempted to ban. On every lip was

the question of whether Mosley would defy the prohibition.

If he defied the law, he would go to jail. If he complied, he would

appear to knuckle under. Insofar as the law banned

"political-uniforms," Mosley ordered his forces into the streets with

no shirts. He had his "political-uniforms," but had defied the

government, at the same time. His tactic was adopted, successfully,

by Juan Peron in Argentina, in launching the Nationalist-offensive

known as the "Shirtless Ones." Mosley shined in organization, as

well. He took note of how he was proscribed for appealing to "race,"

so he tailored his vocabulary to stress "status" and "culture," as

well as blood.

The British National Party has borrowed from Mosley, in promulgating

a platform advancing the "British People" and the totality of British

history, heritage and morals, deflecting attempts by Communists to

stereotype it as "racial," yet maintaining its "blood-base." The

Nationalist Movement has, likewise, referred to "majority-rule,"

"democracy" and "Americanism," to parry government regulations

against "racial" or "hateful" speech, while vying for power for the

"true" and "real" Americans. Most galling to the Reds is when

Nationalists call themselves "Americans" or "Englishmen."

Mosley's popularity emanated from staunch anti-Communism, on the

march against encroachment and occupation by the "internationalist,"

"alien" and "backward." His platform was worker-oriented, but minus

the "class-warfare" of Marxism. He was a throwback to "Pitchfork" Ben

Tillman, who sharpened his spear, but used it sparingly. The

"fasces," which were the symbol of Rome, were not only the symbol of

the British Union, but are inscribed in the U.S. Capitol, as a

reminder of the ever-nascent desire of the New World to, also, attain

the heights and civilization of the Old World.


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