Thursday, 3 January 2013

Units for permanent resistance - groups not organizations

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Continuing on my theme of real Christians (necessarily reactionary) and our strategy for permanent resistance

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/a-strategy-for-permanent-resistance.html

What is the size and nature of resisting groups?

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I think we need to think in terms of C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien's group the Inklings - that is a few like-minded and local Christian friends (various denominations), meeting regularly for mutual encouragement, to discern the truth.

Of course it would be good if the groups could be larger and more organized - something like the size of a college... But the essence of the situation is that this is no longer possible.

Indeed, I would find it impossible to gather a group even as large as the Inklings; and must survive for long stretches with just one or two confidants - and I am luckier than many to have them!

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(Let not the best become the enemy of the good! We may imagine a vast Great Awakening, a reactionary revolution, the fourth Rome of Byzantium, a restoration of the Holy Roman Empire, a pure Puritan republic... or whatever. And these imaginations are necessary and good. But in the mean time we cannot muster enough people to support a magazine, a political party, a college! And every week brings a fresh defeat and another retreat. In such a context, a group of just six local and like-minded Christians would be a precious gift.)

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But what would such groups actually do?

Well, that would depend on what the people involved actually did: the Inklings included writers with an historical interest, and so were responsible for Lord of the Rings and That Hideous Strength (for instance) - which are of immense value to modern real Christians.

But no doubt groups with other interest would do other things - that is a matter of local tactics, tailored to local specifics, and changing over time.

But the main benefit of such interactions, at least so I find, is to clarify what is going on and what should be one's attitude to it.

What ought to be done may not be possible to do, but it is valuable to know what is being aimed at - and what ought not to be done (what should be refused) may be a more attainable objective.

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When things get tough, even a single trustworthy friend of like mind has been of great value to me - a value both spiritual and practical: and two such friends are more than twice as effective as one - and three, four or five would be even better.

Let not the best become the enemy of the good.

Small groups of trusted and like-minded friends.

And if not 'groups' - then at least pairs or trios.  

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