I was listening to the ZMan’s Friday Podcast today. In one segment he raised the question whether people like Jordan Peterson helped or hurt the right-wing cause. Peterson is a psychologist academic who is battling the politically correct behavior codes in Canada’s universities (and other areas of life). He is a civic nationalist who does not espouse any ethnic nationalist leanings and in fact specifically rejects any white nationalism as the flip side of the identity politics on the left that he rejects. ZMan concluded that for the most part the civic nationalists were a detriment. This he said was because they tended to position themselves barely to the right of leftists. And moreover, they were programmed to lose every fight. Their only function was to register each new veer to the left with an ineffectual protest. This response was their only function (other than being paid).
I found this interesting from a few different angles. First off did I agree with this analysis? Secondly was I in the same compromised position? Was I my own enemy?!!!
I’ll address this question first. I think the answer is no for two reasons. First and most importantly, I haven’t changed my opinions over time to keep up with the changing societal position. My moral and social point of view hasn’t shifted to the left, over time. If anything, it has moved to the right. For that reason, I am safe from the charge of being a right guard of the left wing. The question of mercenary status is easily answered by my lack of any site monetization. Check and check.
So back to the first question, do I agree with his evaluation? I do agree that there are lots of shills. There seem to be a number of guys doing their act to collect pennies. This actually doesn’t bother me. We all have to make a living. But what is more important is the claim that these guys are just barely staying to the right edge of the leftists and that they maintain this position by constantly shifting leftward over time. Well, I don’t know. Some of these guys are not so much moving left as much as they started in the center and seem to be gravitating rightward bit by bit as the Trump train rolls along. In that case, I guess I give them the benefit of the doubt. The folks the ZMan seems to be describing are the never-Trumpers. This includes guys like Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol and Kevin Williamson. These were folks who were willing to embrace Hillary Clinton rather than deal with Donald Trump. To me that’s the kind of position that precludes being an actual conservative. At least with Trump you had some chance of saving the country. But are there any never-Trumpers in the Alt-Lite? If anyone knows any let me know. I’d like to look them up and see if the ZMan had this thing right or not.
So conditionally, I’m gonna say that the Alt-Lite ranges from neutral to helpful. Some of them are moving along to a useful supportive position that reinforces the appeal of the movement to include some of the slow-moving center. And the worst are just parasites feeding off attention in the wake of the Trump Train. And even that isn’t such a bad thing from my point of view since I’m even enjoying my piece of that action too. After all Trump is now the greatest show on earth and what would the circus be without the vendors selling the popcorn, the program notes and souvenirs?
If you need a good shot of shadenfreude read this article by Victor Davis Hanson. Seriously, the loons in California are about to hit a very hard wall. With any luck Trump can put a stake through the heart of their dreams by refusing to fund these monstrosities.
Well written analysis of how the First Amendment is being attacked and why. His discussion of social media is good but I want to go a step farther. If Google and Facebook are already in bed with the FBI and the CIA then they are already a utility and need to be held to the same First Amendment requirements government is constrained by.
Vox Day has been called the most hated man in science fiction. Well now he wants to be the most hated man in comics. He’s publishing comics with a >$250K kickstarter and he’s pushing a right wing comic called Alt-Hero among other more mainstream fare. A DC comic creator had an on-line discussion with Vox (see link). I found it very interesting and includes Vox’s synopsis of his battles with sci-fi, game and comics SJWs. Pretty interesting.
Post of the day is actually a misnomer. It’s a podcast from PowerLine where Steven Hayward interviews Ben Boychuk about the initial year of the American Greatness website. I’ve been following them from the beginning but I learned a couple of things about them. More importantly, I enjoyed their take on the Trumpocalypse and its current aftershocks. Good listen.
The pseudonymous Wayne Isaac has reviewed “The Last Jedi.” Since I brought my grandsons to see “The Force Awakens” I knew I wouldn’t be going to this picture. Suffice it to say that it’s worse than I feared. It turns out the “Force” is actually estrogen and that explains why Jedi Knights are so screwed up. They’re plugged into the wrong power source. Or rather they’re just not equipped to be heroes. Who knew? We’ll have to let Alexander the Great and George Washington know. Boy will they ever feel foolish. Anyway enjoy.
Linking to American Greatness is usually easy for me. I’ve found many articles that I’m proud to link to. And the occasional article I don’t agree with I just chalk up to “nothing’s 100%.” But today I read Henry Olsen’s “Four New Year’s Resolutions for Making America Great.” The first three resolutions were unproblematic.
The fourth was tolerance. Now he couched tolerance in terms of Christian patience as demonstrated by the early martyrs. Basically what he is advocating is more losing. Lose but be a good sport about it. Turn the other cheek. Call those who hate you friends and maybe they’ll let you be a slave after the last of your freedoms are stamped out. I’m sorry, this won’t wash. This was tried by George W. Bush. He was demonized, pilloried and mocked for eight years by these friends. Now that they’ve found a greater satan he’s become the beloved clown that they can point to as the exemplar for “good republican” behavior, a loser.
In the words of Cyrano “No, thank you. No! I thank you and again I thank you!”
I’m sure Mr. Olsen is a well meaning fellow but this is a war. After the enemy is defeated we can talk about the surrender conditions. Until then it’s us versus them.
Back during the Iraq War Max Boot was one of the war’s biggest boosters. When I still thought W was on my side I would read Boot’s articles to understand what strategy was needed to win the war and allow us to get back to being alive. It didn’t dawn on me that ending the war wasn’t part of the agenda that Boot and the rest of the neo-cons had in store for us. These were people who would gladly spill every last drop of American blood in order to advance a global project that none of those Americans wanted.
Well, the mask is off. Trump isn’t Bush. So Boot isn’t a conservative anymore. He’s embracing the left with both arms. Good. Now he’s home. Good riddance.
The narrative would be comical if it wasn’t so repellent. It seems that most of these so called pundits just want a paying gig, regardless of who is paying the check. Enjoy?