Sunday, 7 April 2019

Tommy, Kafka & The Great Liberal Show Trial

My thoughts on the seemingly never ending Tommy Robinson saga, the plastic nature of his rebellion and what it reveals about the current liberal order


 But the British establishment and media genuinely do despise the man and have spent years persecuting him and hounding him, censoring him and banning him and jailing him.  In fact over the last few years we've seen Tommy's activism move on from the Islam issue almost entirely and instead seen him become a professional victim of the British state and media class.

 And as I say, the establishment aren't faking it, and neither is Tommy or his legions of fans.

 Over the last year we, as the viewing public, have watched as Tommy makes a stand against the persecution and injustice he receives at the hands of the establishment or its organs, such as the far left, the establishment and its organs then react by, in one way or another, doubling down on the persecution and punishment Tommy receives.

 And it's all very Kafkaesque and macabre, Tommy organizes a rally for Free Speech, he has Twitter account removed, Tommy says the system will try and find a pretext to have him jailed, and the system finds a pretext to jail him. The BBC makes a documentary hit piece on Tommy Robinson and then Tommy Robinson makes his own documentary, and then Tommy has what's left of his online media presence scrubbed. And on and on it goes.

 When people try and describe the state of modern Britain they almost always invoke George Orwell and 1984, and it's easy to why. Like modern Britain the hellish dystopia of Orwell's 1984 leaned very heavily on the destruction of words and warping of language to manipulate thought. The masses would no longer even be capable of thinking in terms which would fundamentally challenge or threaten the status quo.
 But this doesn't really apply to Tommy Robinson because he's already swallowed that Kool Aid, he is, as he likes to tell us, a liberal. And as a liberal he believes that, for example, racism is a heinous thought crime, just as the system wants him to think.

 In other words, Tommy Robinson isn't Winston Smith because he hasn't managed to construct, or even find, a fundamental critique of the established order. In fact, he loathes the ''Real Nazis'' who try and provide him with one.

 Instead he's more like the character ''Joseph K'' from Franz Kafka's novel ''The Trial''. And yes, given Kafka's background and who Tommy likes to associate with, there is a symmetry here.

 In the novel Joseph K wakes up one day to be told that he's under arrest, but he's never told why he's under arrest or who made the charge, and for the time being he's free do to whatever he likes anyway. But he is unofficially, under arrest. At first K seems to think he can easily set things right because, after all, he lives in what he thinks is a free country. But the more he tries to understand what is happening to him the more he incriminates himself, the more the system sees him as a rogue element, as guilty.

 Joseph K begins to think there's a conspiracy against him, which there is, but that doesn't mean he doesn't look crazy for saying there is. And in any case, is there really a conspiracy against him? or just masses of tentacles from a system carrying out its basic functions? We never find out, just as we never find out why he was put on trial in the first place, it's Kafkaesque, after all.

 Tommy Robinson isn't an extremist in any way shape or form, and in order to prove that he isn't an extremist he's organized media events and protests which have earned him the support of millions.

 But now he's in the situation of defying the establishment with mass support, only an extremist would do something like that, only a fascist. So the establishment have to turn the screws some more and openly demand that he be censored, political campaigns by prominent MP's begging giant tech companies to shut him down, because Tommy's claims to being censored while trying to prove that he isn't an extremist are an existential threat to liberal democracy.

 If somebody rejects the accusation that they're an extremist to an audience of two people, no problem, if somebody rejects the accusation that they're an extremist to 50,000 people in a Facebook stream, shut it down, because only an extremist would do that.

The game, the system, is set up in such a way that Tommy must at all times operate within its moral paradigm. In the same way K in The Trial actually believes in the legitimacy of the system that is persecuting him, Tommy is a liberal being persecuted by liberals for being liberal.

 This is the state of the discourse in Britain. 

 A politician will cite an article on extremism by the BBC, which was based on a report by The Guardian which was written by a member of Hope Not Hate, at each stage of the process legitimacy is added to an idea which is based on nothing, but because all of the institutions are corrupted and packed with lying ideologues, their narrative mutually reinforces itself. 

 This block then becomes the centre of gravity with the society, and if they decide that you're an extremist, even when you aren't, then you are. If you then defy the judgement passed down upon then you only reinforce the original claim since only an extremist would disagree with the dominant narrative. 

 Nobody wants to actually be Tommy, they want to watch Tommy, they want to see the next episode and watch what happens next. 

They want to see if he can find his way to the next layer of the puzzle, can he break through the next wall of the maze? so we can see him be tormented all over again?

 Much as the public like to see Tommy run around in the maze like a mouse in an experiment, something deeply repulsive is also being revealed about the nature of the establishment, and how it interacts with dissent, the secret being revealed is that the establishment is not in any way ''liberal'' it's something else.

 The real liberals are now on the outside of the power structure, and they can't get back in. And this brings us to another novel by Kafka called ''The Castle''.

 The Castle tells the story of a protagonist called, again ''K'' who arrives in a small village dominated by a castle, inside the castle are the local government and councilors, the authority. K becomes fixated on entering the castle and its bureaucracy but is thwarted at every turn. If The Trial was about sucking the individual into a bureaucracy which torments him, The Castle is about keeping the individual out while having power over him.

 Like any other values system liberalism relies on itself controlling the centre of power to ensure that its values are dominant. But what happens when liberalism is dethroned by something else which then throws out that values system and closes the routes to the centres of power?

 What we find, what we see, is liberals frantically running around outside of the castle demanding that their values system be reinstalled and, of course, the doors remain shut while the agents of the castle get to work preventing them from being able to complain at all.

 Tommy Robinson acts as an avatar for working class whites who're barred from entering the castle, it doesn't really have anything to do with Islam, or Hate or ''The Far Right'', nothing earth shattering will be revealed, no fundamental values will ever be challenged. 

 Through Tommy Robinson the masses get to see how the system is constructed, with its mad double standards, censorship and media bias all running in tandem and perfectly in sync, like a well oiled machine built for the purpose of crushing dissent to an ideology. But as in Kafka the one thing which is not revealed is ''Why'' the system has been built this way, or who created it and designed it.

 And it can not be revealed while people still proudly call themselves ''liberals''. 

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