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The Last Tory
Posted By Gregory Hood On June 16, 2012 @ 12:46 am In North American New Right | Comments Disabled
Enoch Powell never quite fits, even in some alternate history, as the leader of a British nationalist movement. A faithful soldier of the Empire, a creature of the Establishment, an idiosyncratic scholar of the classics, an unpredictable and careful student of policy, Powell was no right wing radical. He was a conservative to the core, in his own words , “born a Tory . . . a person who regards authority as immanent in institutions. I had always been, as far back as I could remember in my existence, a respecter of institutions, a respecter of monarchy, a respecter of the deposit of history, a respecter of everything in which authority was capable of being embodied, and that must surely be what the Conservative Party was about, the Conservative Party as the party of the maintenance of acknowledged prescriptive authority.” Conservatism is a philosophy of pessimism, from Joseph de Maistre to John Derbyshire. At its core, that is because it is a philosophy of maintenance. The work of establishing institutions, nations, and peoples has been done – the task that remains is to hold the line. The problem is that in the Kali Yuga, in the era of dissolution, any Western institution, no matter how moderate, venerable, or long established, is suspect and vulnerable to destruction. In fact, the longer something has been around and the more enmeshed in a nation’s social life, the more frantically the culture distorters strive to subvert it or destroy it. The justifiable paranoia  of the enemy drives them to rip out everything that gives a Western nation its identity, down to the last root and branch. Most modern conservatives, having accepted the universalistic and liberal premises of their foes, pose no obstacle. A few of the more reactionary specimens may dig in for a few years, even winning temporary triumphs, but never seem to retake lost ground. There is a third type, which constantly creates headlines familiar to us today. An established “respectable” figure will occasionally utter a forbidden truth, at which point all the forces of democratic society will combine to destroy him. Yet, for one brief shining moment, the very pillars of the system will tremble. It’s easy to mock establishment conservatives and console ourselves with the thought that we can build an intellectual vanguard from the outside which will somehow root the System’s functionaries out of their keeps. However, the hard truth is that all we are all too often talking to ourselves. The outside world only tends to take notice when some establishment politician or intellectual suddenly breaks through into the territory of white racial advocacy and the possibility of a genuinely antisystem movement emerges. The problem is that the very characteristics that allow a successful politician to obtain a platform are the same ones that prevent him from following up at the critical moment. When the time has come for revolutionary thought, the conservative, the politician, remains trapped in the patterns of the past. Powell is a case in point. He was an exemplar of a truly British identity. Born in England, he enlisted in the British Army in World War II as an Australian. His great frustrated ambition was to be viceroy
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including American foreign policy. obviously. One is reminded of his comment that he would serve as a soldier for Britain even if it was under a Communist government.” What is remarkable in retrospect is how simple and elegant the language actually is. Like the National Front and British National Party. rather than deliberately mislead and confuse them. he didn’t take the next necessary step. swiftly dismissed him from the Shadow Cabinet. “is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. we are hit with the shock that this is what all speeches would sound like if politicians were trying to educate or persuade their audience. He rejected any association with the National Front and could not conceive of a genuinely anti-system opposition. Workers – in class conscious Britain no less – demonstrated spontaneously in support of a Tory politician. In words oft quoted but less practiced by Anglo-American conservatives. European integration. Thatcher broke the unions. when he spoke against the Royal Style and Titles Act which he believed permitted the divisibility of the British Crown. The result was when Tony Blair’s New Labor took power. the British Crown. Traditionalists serve the forces that first http://www. Needless to say.” Powell never confused conservatism with classical liberalism. only the real existing country with its real existing institutions mattered. They supported it precisely because they understood exactly how it hurt the country. He was essentially right on all of these questions. He states he does not have the right to ignore his constituents. The Conservatives would continue to flail and fail throughout the ’70s until being rescued by Margaret Thatcher. This was true Toryism. the Conservative Leader Ted Heath. ignored the national question.counter-currents. While he correctly rejected the role of abstract ideology. Powell went on to give noteworthy and prophetic speeches on the issues of the day. and it was from this impulse to defend the concrete that Powell’s gave his famous speech of “Rivers of Blood. Where he failed was in thinking that the Britain he served still existed – that it was natural for all concerned to realize that the state should be ruled by a responsible elite and that the political class cared about the interests of “their” country. He viewed with astonishment the managed collapse of the Empire and the demographic besiegement of the home isles. content. as both modern Republicans and Tories do today. representing the Ulster Unionists.com/2012/06/the-last-tory/print/ Page 2 of 3 . The symbol of English patriotism ended his career as an MP from Northern Ireland. Powell did not grasp  the singular importance of race. Even during World War II he identified the United States as Britain’s “terrible enemy” and was a Cold War skeptic. a staple of Anglo-American “movement conservatism. which grew at least partially out of the League of Empire Loyalists. What Powell didn’t get was that the political class didn’t support non-white immigration because they lacked understanding of how it hurt the country. Polls showed he was the most popular political figure in the country. He comments that mass immigration. believing (correctly) that the United States wanted to dismantle the British Empire. and the British state had a greater importance than the racial group that gave it shape. Thatcher borrowed many of her economic ideas from Powell. The results were predictable. and her electoral appeal derived in part from a supposed hard line on immigration. He thought that the British Constitution.Counter-Currents Publishing » The Last Tory » Print 6/16/13 10:38 AM of India and he was fluent in Urdu. and monetary policy. To Powell. Watching his delivery. rather than themselves existing as products of a particular ethnic group. but contains within it the radical critique of democracy. The “Rivers of Blood” had the effect of an appeal to populism. whose name surely echoes in the halls of Valhalla.” He trembles with indignation and incredulous anger at what they are doing to his Britain. While conservatives fight to hold on to products of tradition. Powell himself thought that his greatest speech was given in 1953. he exemplified the difference between a conservative and a Traditionalist. Powell’s conservatism was the negation of ideology. there was no ideological force to stop its war on the indigenous inhabitants of the sceptered isle. His mistake was that of all conservatives – he thought that established institutions and states had a life of their own. but as a good modern conservative. Powell was a product of the British Imperial past. While a member of the Mont Pelerin society. In this. He once rendered Margaret Thatcher speechless  with his declaration that fighting for “principle” was nonsensical. and meaning.
but as he said himself. no matter how faithful or intelligent.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/enochpowell3.com/2012/06/the-last-tory/ URLs in this post:  Image: http://www.Counter-Currents Publishing » The Last Tory » Print 6/16/13 10:38 AM created them.com/main/blogs/euro-centric/the-iron-lady/  did not grasp: http://www.enochpowell. “All political lives. and it is that root which must be defended.jpg  in his own words: http://www.” Powell was a genius.counter-currents. While the conservative seeks to save the coldest of the cold monsters.com/blog/the-swastika-scandals/  speechless: http://www. or a constitution. a statesmen.counter-currents.html Copyright © 2011 Counter-Currents Publishing. Enoch Powell wasn’t just the last Tory. Enoch was Right. Traditionalists know “it was creators who created peoples and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life. He was the last Briton. a crown. that can carry them forward.uk/debate/article-2158958/Enoch-Powell-Aprophet-outcast. end in failure.alternativeright. All rights reserved.co. not a flag.dailymail. can never triumph. And he was wrong.com/2012/06/the-last-tory/print/ Page 3 of 3 . unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture.” This is only true if the mission of the politician is regarded as one of static defense. and can hasten the upward development of the folk that built them. Article printed from Counter-Currents Publishing: http://www.toqonline. http://www. and a patriot.counter-currents. The great lesson of Enoch Powell is that conservatism.counter-currents. because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs. Institutions cannot endure apart from the peoples that give them meaning.com URL to article: http://www.net/  justifiable paranoia: http://www.
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