How did you become the way you are?
It’s a question we have all encountered in one form or another — either in friendly conversation with fellow right-wingers, or from friends and family despairing about how we “never used to be this racist/sexist/homophobic!” Towards whichever direction we find ourselves having to justify our views, we rarely have a simple answer to give. There is seldom a single point in time that we can point to and confidently announce beyond all reasonable doubt, that was the moment we turned to the right.
Instead, it tends to be more of a process; a journey of realisation that the beliefs we were once so comfortable in were in fact lies all along, perpetuated by people who have the exact opposite of our best interests at heart.
So, what is it that has been pushing people further and further right? For many, it was the rapid growth of the so-called “refugee crisis” and its consequences on Europe (the fact that immigrants are committing a disproportionately large amount of crime), especially in regards to the recent spike in acts of terror so close to home. For others, it was the gradual awareness that they were being replaced — that a future in which their children grew up in safe, high-trust, white societies was becoming increasingly more like a dream, rather than a realistic possibility.
Many of us simply realised that if things continued as they are, society would simply collapse under the weight of its own degeneracy. “As I got older, I watched all my friends who thought the same way I did falling farther and farther,” said one of our contributors, “they were becoming addicted to drugs, getting pregnant, dropping out of school, going to jail.”
For the longest time, we were tricked into following the norms of cultural Marxism under the guise of “rebelling” and “sticking it to the man”.
“I grew up in a tiny conservative town, and I didn’t really get on well with many of my peers. It was just because I was an odd child, but I ended up thinking that they hated me because I was “more progressive than them.” I never really got into the white guilt thing, but I still believed that we should all stop having kids and Christianity should be abolished and that we should all dress like whores and identify as whatever crazy gender. It wasn’t an educated decision at any point, I just wanted to “stick it to the man” because I hadn’t made my peace with authority yet and I wanted attention from boys.”
Or perhaps for some of us, it was simply a matter of growing up. We leave opinions based on emotion and feeling in the past and adopt a stance supported by reason and a longing for the betterment of wider society. Another of our contributors talks about how she grew out of her phase of teenage “rebellion”, describing how “as I got older and went on through school, I just naturally became more conservative.” She goes on to comment that following the terror attacks in Europe, the election and Brexit she began to research these topics on her own.
“There were plain facts in front of me that the left conveniently didn’t share, and I knew I could never support them or what they stood for. My views aligned with the right in almost all aspects, so that’s what I started to affiliate myself with.”
No matter how we ended up where we are, be it through an awakening of white consciousness, a need to protect our individual ways of life, or merely through the process of maturing into adulthood, we all have become better, more caring people for it.
And that is what we need to do moving forward: actively care about the people around us.
Maybe it is time for us to be the ones asking questions. Whether it’s in friendly conversation with those on the right not yet aware of the vast amount of ideologies right of centre, or with friends and family who still need to learn that their accusations of “racism”, “sexism” and “homophobia” are merely hollow words created to push an agenda and to bully people into silence. They require guidance on their journey to the realisation that their beliefs were lies all along, and it is us who have their (and everybody’s) best interest at heart.