Here is a second Alternative Right article on the BNP issue. It is by Alex Kurtagic and argues that Griffin isn’t the BNP’s only problem. I found this part particularly interesting:
The problem with the party’s message is that it is almost entirely negative. It is based purely on a negative proposition (Britain is going to the dogs, the establishment is corrupt); it is concretely and emphatically anti-everything (anti-immigration, anti-establishment, anti-globalisation, anti-multiculturalism, anti-Islam, anti-feminism); and it is pessimistic (everything will get worse, the economy will collapse, Britain will be Islamised). As a result, it seems acutely paranoid rather than simply realistic.
Where an effort has been made to make the party’s message positive (and the recent logo re-design seems part of this) the message remains for the most part reactionary and conservative, expressing a yearning for a return or restoration to a pre-liberal past, rather than a will to rebirth or regeneration in a post-liberal future…
… Most want to feel happy and optimistic. They want to look forward to, rather than dread, the future. And most importantly they do not want to be like ‘those awful BNP supporters’—at least how they imagine them to be.
In other words, the negative message implies a negative identity—an identity defined against an establishment that enjoys the benefit of possessing and regulating access to status, power, and money.
The reason this struck me is that it also describes American paleo-conservatives precisely. Everywhere he says BNP you could replace with paleo-conservatives without missing a beat. While Kurtagic might be right rhetorically, the problem for me is that the negativism and pessimism is entirely warranted. America (and Britain) really are going to Hell and the answer, to the degree there is one, really does involve re-embracing the past. I just can’t get emotionally invested in fake optimism that I think is entirely unwarranted and fundamentally dishonest. The people who want their ears tickled need to grow up and quite living in a fantasy world. The country is going to Hell in a hand-basket and if we don’t do something to reverse course there will be nothing left to save.