During my years as leader of the British Movement most burdens were borne with good grace. As U.S President Harry Truman surmised, “If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.”
Inspired by National Socialist principles our Movement tended to attract the economically challenged. There were impoverished academic mentors, and believe it or not, a Special Branch double-agent more useful to me than he was to the scum paying him.
The Movement did have affluent members and camp followers. However, as a body they were as useless as a bull with tits. The well-to-do actually used their jobs or social position to dodge their dues. They talked a good fight but as one American activist put it: “they meet, eat, bleat and retreat.”
Constantly short of funds our organisation’s newsletters were posted in batches as funds came in to cover postage or stationery costs. Suzanne and I invariably had to cut back when shopping; 99 per cent of the party’s overheads were met by the hard-pressed.
I understand that when your social position, career and pension are at risk you are obliged to stay in the closet. This affluent caucus could, however, have shown a little more financial generosity. The unemployed and those who could make a better living by playing the system sacrificed all, including their personal safety, for their beliefs.
Even today ~ no names, no pack drill ~ I feel privileged to be associated and mentored by those in a similar situation as was mine 1968 ~ 1984; I feel for them.
I left political activism simply because the commercial market was more prepared to pay a realistic rate for my skills and time. I had a wife, two children and a mortgage. Can you blame me? We haemorrhage talent because even a large membership is looking for a freebie. This is one of the reasons why ‘the right’ cannot make progress.
My situation is now easier due to a pension and book sales royalties less modest than my pension. Do I still have frustrations or regrets?
Yes, dissidents dream to reach out into the wider world but they lack the financial resources and connections to do so. I appreciate my congregation, but my ambition is to preach to the unconverted in mainstream world. There is military and history, military history related media prepared to advertise our books. However, their advertising fees, whilst modest, would absorb my royalties. So those of us getting by on modest returns are on the horns of a dilemma. Do we invest our few royalties on advertising or pay the rent and visit the supermarket.
If life (or being off the radar) has been good to you, why not directly or indirectly underwrite a revisionist book publisher’s modest advertising costs in periodicals read by those yet to be converted? By doing so you will illuminate a world at present darkened by the victors’ propaganda.