Dealing with social justice warriors (SJWs) can be both exasperating and disheartening. Whether you’re commenting online, talking to a friend, or undergoing a public attack or doxing, the way SJWs think and act can be completely incomprehensible to the logical-minded.
The following books range from the classic Leftist manual, Rules for Radicals, to guides for dealing with SJWs from both Right-wing nationalists and mainstream conservatives.
1. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
Saul Alinsky was the founder of modern-day “community organizing” and wrote the handbook for Radical Leftist socio-political engineering. (Obama used these tactics in his presidential campaigns, and even wrote an essay published in a book memorializing Alinsky.)
This is a must-read book because it lays the foundation for everything SJWs are doing today. Much of it is stories about specific and ridiculous ways Alinsky organized black communities to achieve his end goals (such as getting them riled up and directing the anger where he wanted it to go). It makes one wish conservative think tanks had paid community organizers!
The chapter on “Tactics” is the most often cited section of Rules for Radicals. Alinsky talks about how “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” He says if you don’t have numbers, raise such a ruckus that the enemy thinks you have a huge following. (Yes, Alinsky calls those who are against him “the enemy”—they really see this as an ongoing war.) For the tactic “go outside of the experience of the enemy” he refers to General Sherman’s destruction of the South, proving by this example that he and his followers have no moral scruples (which is why they don’t balk at doxing people or getting them fired). Another common tactic is making the enemy live up to their own rule (hence, SJWs will quote Jesus’ sayings even thought they aren’t Christian themselves). In this manual Leftist radicals also learned to use ridicule, to maintain constant pressure on the opposition, and to pick a target (even if the issue at hand is not entirely that person’s fault).
2. The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition
The Real Right Returns has a positive message—that the Left is in decline and the outbursts we’re currently seeing are just the final, desperate gasps before things normalize. The Right has truth on its side, especially the truth about what is happening to everyday communities across Europe and the West. People are starting to wake up to the insanity of the Leftist agenda, as evidenced by the rise of the Sweden Democrats and other “real Right” movements across Europe.
Friberg discusses the Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, and details the thought of Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci. There’s a full chapter on metapolitics, which he describes as “the process of disseminating and anchoring a particular set of cultural ideas, attitudes, and values in a society, which eventually leads to deeper political change.”
The chapter “How to Handle the Decline of the Left” discusses talking to journalists who are trying to harm you for your views (easy, “no comment”). He details ways to hit back at them and says to deny everything, litigate, stigmatize them, or if you can, simply go public.
Another section details ways to handle groups like the SPLC, Expo, and Searchlight, such as recording conversations and turning the interview around on them by asking lots of questions—then uploading it to YouTube later. Another chapter is on the importance of observing traditional gender roles, taking care of your health, and training for self-defense.
The last part of the book is a metapolitical dictionary that discusses at length terms like archeofuturism, the Convergence of Catastrophes, Cultural Marxism, ethnomasochism, organic humanism, universalism, and the Will to Power. The Real Right Returns is a must-read for activists who have to deal with social justice warriors.
SJWs Always Lie is the go-to manual for dealing with social justice warriors in the West today. It includes advice for if you’re the target of an SJW attack, including why you shouldn’t expect help from anyone else and how you can’t reason your way out of it. Day says to never apologize—they’ll only use that against you and it’s an admission of error. If you’re being threatened at work, don’t quit. Also important is how to be on guard against and recognize SJWs who are trying to infiltrate your community or organization. There are several chapters that go into detail about specific SJW attacks like #GamerGate and the science fiction community; they’re worth reading for perspective, and Day will refer back to these when going into tactics later in the book.
This book also has a message of hope:
Remember, SJWs always lie! And the first person to whom they lie is always themselves. The SJW doesn’t know himself because he can’t bear to admit the truth to himself; it is his denial of objective reality that is the foundation of his SJWism. . . . SJWs are all attack and no defense. If you can survive the attack and counterattack, you will often be surprised to learn how easy it is to send them reeling in disarray.
SJWs Always Lie also gives practical tips, such as disengaging from the SJW machine by homeschooling children, avoiding Hollywood movies, and denying SJWs employment if you’re a hiring manager (it’s generally not illegal to discriminate against people based on political beliefs).
Shapiro says that conservatives tend to shy away from fights and confrontations, but this is exactly what they must stop doing. How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them is a concise book, but it has some great rules for debating SJWs, such as:
- Hit First: The Left considers you to be an enemy. If you’re going to debate them, you have to be ready for things to get ugly. Quit trying to be nice and not make others #feelbad.
- Frame the Debate: This is especially important since the Left uses a lot of nonsense terms and likes to change the meanings of common words.
- Force Leftists to Answer Questions: Ever notice how Leftists are always trying to ask you questions? They hate to answer questions themselves, usually because they have no facts to support their positions.
- Do Not Get Distracted: If you’re conservative, they’ll bring up Bush and the war in Iraq and try to make you defend them too. They will always try to throw you off, and it’s important to be able to stay on topic.
Instead, we must learn to do what Andrew Breitbart advised:
Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.
5. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America
Demonic talks about the liberal mob—everything from Robespierre’s French Revolution to the 1992 Los Angeles riots to left-wingers destroying property at a Republican National Convention. The Democrats rely on mobs to stir up destruction so its leaders can rise to the top. Similarly, community organizers incite mobs to use for their own political purposes. It’s made worse since the Left tries to appeal to the least-educated and weakest-minded members of society. They use “fear-mongering” techniques—the very thing they project onto the Right—in order to push through legislation for ObamaCare and climate change projects. As have many others, Coulter notes how much the Left embodies herd thinking:
The twisting of truth, stirring of passions, demonizing of opponents, and relying on propagandistic images in lieu of ideas—these are the earmarks of a mob leader.
She refers to Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 book The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which describes today’s liberals mobs precisely: “simplistic, extreme black-and-white thinking, . . . inability to follow logical arguments, acceptance of contradictory ideas, . . . a religious worship of their leaders, and a blind hatred of their opponents.” Conservatives can actually learn from these, such as using jargon to inspire people and coming up with catchy slogans that people will rally around (something only Trump has been able to do lately). As Le Bon writes, crowds can only grasp the “very simple and very exaggerated.”
Demonic is filled with attempts at humor, and that’s both a plus and drawback to Coulter’s books. One great thing about her writing is that she consistently cites her sources, meaning that even though sometimes they contain uninteresting facts, her books are a good resource for research.