LESSONS FROM MOSLEY
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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