++Addition++Gibson is part-Japanese. And the rally was in fact shut down and ultimately cancelled.
There’s a group on the West Coast called “Patriot Prayer“, headed by a guy named Joey Gibson. He could pass as Puerto Rican. His group heavily utilizes traditional patriotic aesthetics–the American flag, the Gadsden flag, etc–and is now prominently signalling the “no nazis, no antifa” thing.
While my knowledge of the organization is admittedly limited to the research I’ve done in the last hour, it looks to be a mild flavor of Alt Lite, less ‘objectionable’ than even someone like Mike Cernovich. The group has a free speech rally planned in San Francisco in a week. It may get the Boston treatment.
Here’s to hoping it does. The more normies see mobs of bloodthirsty thugs from antifa and BLM clashing with cops, the better.
When there’s a sacrificial contingent from the right to target, the optics end up being bad for us. When that sacrificial contingent turns the other cheek, they look like pathetic losers. When they respond tit-for-tat, the public has to dig through alternative media outlets to find the tats while the major media reports on and shows the tits (!) again and again without proper context.
When that contingent is a phantom one, however–as was the case in Boston and Dallas this weekend–the maniacs end up attacking the police and one another:
Those optics are great. The assertion that they are somehow speaking “truth to power” is strained to the breaking point. It starts dawning on normies that the mob is actually speaking power to truth.
There is still a Silent Majority out there who dislikes the stifling intellectual–and increasingly, physical–totalitarianism of the cult Marxists. They’re skittish, sheepish, and when confronted, supine. But they’re out there, apparently even in California!
A recent SurveyUSA poll germane to this discussion confirms as much. It was conducted days after Charlottesville and a week after the Damore Affair, but prior to Boston and Dallas. The poll was conducted in the San Francisco Bay Area–not exactly fertile ground for the ideas on the dissident right. On the question of whether or not the Bay Area is becoming more or less tolerant of differing opinions (“not sure” responses are excluded, n = 500):
It’s worth disclaiming that I’m operating on the assumption that most people polled, even in San Francisco, think intellectual tolerance is a virtue rather than a vice. That may be a naive assumption.
On whether or not Patriot Prayer group should be allowed to hold its scheduled rally:
There’s little difference by race. Blacks are modestly less supportive of allowing the rally than non-blacks are, but not by much. The larger gap is by sex. The poll doesn’t provide information on marital status, but it’s a safe bet that most of that blue bar for women is coming from those without rings on their fingers:
Women are more conforming than men. Win the Chads and the Thots will follow.
As Z-Man lays out in his most recent podcast, we have to be smart in the way we appeal to normies, but now is not the time to let up.