By Mike Smith
28th of October 2015
About 15 months ago I wrote an article about White South Africans, their “Learned Helplessness” and their “Resistance to Resistance”.
Resistance to resistance - Learned helplessness and the psyche of White South Africans
In there I mentioned how people facing genocide almost never fight back. Like battered wives in a marriage they will take it for 21 years without ever trying to fight back.
This kind of mindset is a psychological condition called “Learned Helplessness” and was discovered by US psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman and his experiments with mild electrical shocks on dogs.
Once the dog accepts his fate, that he cannot escape the electrical shocks, you can leave the gate wide open and he won’t try to escape. Even if you drag him to the gate, and show him that it is open, he will resist and he won’t go through it.
I also noted down ten reasons or fears why people do not take up arms or do not resist oppression. I actually had hopes that when people are made aware of their condition that they would face it and be “cured”.
Alas I was wrong.
Ever since the student protests started in SA, you can see this exact same psychological condition in white South Africans. There is a massive resistance to join the be it our own one or the student resistance.
I gave white South Africans all the literature to read on how to resist. I analyzed it for them, I put forward my case of why “Non-violent defiance” is the preferred method of resistance in this modern era and why other alternatives like armed struggle and political elections are futile under a dictatorship…
I discovered it is like preaching to a brick wall. I virtually dragged them to the gate and showed them the path to freedom, but no…they are resisting ME, even outright attacking me, instead of the ANC dictatorship. I have come to realize that this condition of “learned helplessness”, once programmed into their psyches, cannot be undone.
Better is to leave them behind and work with the ones actively seeking and looking for freedom. The rest are just millstones around our necks.
Is there a South African example?
YES THERE IS.
I have shown these idiots plenty of examples and case studies from all over the world, even in Africa…then they say to me, “Oh, but you haven’t shown us one from Southern Africa”.
They say, “There is no example of how it successfully worked that whites and blacks stood together and defeated a dictatorship in South or Southern Africa. When you can show us THAT then we will believe you.”
First of all I have shown them…
South Africa is a perfect example. I showed them in my Pandora series of how Apartheid was defeated. Astonishing how short their memories are.
The ANC did NOT bring down the Apartheid Dictatorship of P.W. Botha. This story that the resistance against Apartheid was purely black is absolute rubbish and ANC propaganda spread after they came to power in 1994.
The ANC was almost totally eradicated and hunted down by the Security Forces. In SA during the 80’s they were almost unheard of. Hardly anyone knew who their leaders were. The ANC was relegated to a mere fax machine in Dar es Salaam.
Inside South Africa white and black stood together against Apartheid. NGO’s like the Black Sash Movement, the End Conscription Campaign, The Black Consciousness Movement, The Voëlvry Movement of Afrikaner Musicians, the “Sestigers” consisting of White Afrikaner poets and academics as well as religious leaders like the coloured, Alan Boesak, whites like Trevor Huddleston, Johan Heyns, Alex Boraine and blacks like Bishop Tutu and Frank Chikane were implementing “Non-violent defiance” and “Civil Resistance” techniques straight from the writings of Gene Sharp. He even mentions it in the updated versions of his 1973 books.
On top of it, the world’s financial institutions and business communities implemented a campaign of disinvestment and sanctions against the P.W. Botha dictatorship. Trade unions organized strikes, stay-away’s and sit-ins.
All of these Non-violent methods are straight from Gene Sharp’s book “From Dictatorship To Democracy”.
By the time traitors F.W. de Klerk and Roelf Meyer came along they just added the cherry on top. Further example is the current #FeesMustFall campaign of the students. Like I mentioned before…It is textbook Gene Sharp techniques. The students have proven it. Whites and Blacks are showing again that they CAN stand together and that they CAN get rid of an oppressive dictatorial regime.
And so, what if there is no example?…BE THE EXAMPLE. Pave the way and show the world how it is done.
Problem with these detractors is that you can smack them with all the evidence in the face, they simply refuse to see it. You have to ask yourself, “Who are the real IQ67’s here?
Their other concern is:
Who or what will take the place of the ANC?
They are scared of the radical leftist the EFF and its simian bi-ped leader Julius Malema.
One of my regular Australian readers of whom I expected a bit more intelligence asked the following question:
"Does Mike honestly think that a few white students and a few black students are going to cause a revolution in SA for the better?"
They might not “change it for the better”. There might be a power vacuum as you say. So why do you not start working at it to fill that power vacuum with Our Vision of Tomorrow? Why do you see the EFF as the only possibility to fill that vacuum?
In Serbia, the students refused to stop until they had their Vision of Tomorrow…a proper democracy. Today Serbia is not perfect, but it is definitely on its way to be the country they envisioned.
If you study revolutions you will see that whoever fills that vacuum will be known as “the moderates”. They will have a massive task on their hands. They will have to eradicate the corruption and undo the misrule of the ANC of the last 21 years. On top of that they will also have to try and govern. The people will want to see the changes NOW.
The “moderates” will be too busy to stop the rise of a small, but efficient minority of radicals who do not have to worry about governing and fulfilling the needs of the people and will be deposed by the radicals, like in any other revolution…the American Revolution being the exception.
Then the “reign of terror and virtue” will start.
Porn will be banned. Strip clubs closed. Shebeens will be shut, street and place names will be changed, statues pulled down...etc. On top of it mass executions will take place.
It doesn't matter who it is that carries out the revolution, whites, or blacks or both together. This is what is going to happen. You cannot avoid the reign of terror. People want justice. No revolution is "feel good" and none of them ever end well. It is a tragedy.
When you study revolutions you will see that after the reign of terror, comes the Thermidor and a return to normality. YOU and I decide what that normality is and who the radicals and moderates of the reign of terror will be. My proposal is a federal democracy as we have set out in “Our vision of tomorrow”. You can read it again in the right hand column.
About the only good thing that came out of the French revolution were a few less virtuous nobles and the metric system. Did you really need a revolution to change the coinage to a decimal system? Maybe not.
I don't know what good will come from the South African Revolution. All I know is that the ANC will be gone. That is already a good start. Maybe we can work from there.
Because what is the alternative? Sitting on your arse and do nothing? Avoiding the revolution means the ANC WILL stay in power forever. That means you will be their battered bitch for another 21 years.
Face it…You won’t vote them out. You cannot negotiate with them. Do you want to fight with weapons? That you get where? Where are your battalions of soldiers, where are your aircraft, your navy?
Oh I see, It is a lost cause…YOUR only option is to do what YOU have done. Run off to Australia. How is that going to get rid of the ANC? It won’t. In fact it is exactly what they want you to do.
What about the people for whom emigration is not a possibility or an option? What should they do? Just curl up and die and be slaughtered? For them the ONLY other possibility is to get rid of the ANC. And if eventually a fight for their freedom does break out then rather die once on their feet than to serve as slaves for the ANC and die a thousand times each day.
Problem is that with these detractors, they NEVER offer any viable alternative solution. They don’t have one but are quite quick to attack you and tell you your solution won’t work.
It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.