Hat’s Off to Vox Day For the Funniest Link of the Day

Dinesh D’Souza nails this one and juxtaposing Bill Kristol’s rejoinder is all that’s needed to freeze in time the current state of  Conservative Inc.

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/12/everyone-is-over-bill-kristol-and.html

Let’s hope it’s a “teachable moment” for all involved, including me.  Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

The Legacy of the Alt-Right

Much digital ink has been spent burying the spectre of the Alt-Right.  Probably most of this is butt-covering going on trying to assure the powers that be that the individual in question is NOT of the Alt-Right and therefore not deserving of de-platforming.

Along with this interment is the surprising fact that most people (including myself) are not entirely sure what the definition and origins of the Alt-Right precisely are.  I know that depending on the exact capitalization and hyphenation of the name it can be the Richard Spencer coined term for the white identitarian group that he belongs to.  Other versions of this and similar expressions like Dissident Right have different emphases and appeal to different points of view.

But whatever names and whatever divisions these groups make between each other (and they certainly do that), one thing is undeniable.  These were the groups that identified the real problems afflicting the United States and they were the ones who backed Donald Trump before anyone else even thought he was serious.  Whatever else they are wrong about they were right about those things.  To deny that is to deny the truth.

And the other thing that needs to be said and that is the central point of this post is that they along with President Trump are responsible for moving the Overton Window to the point where even the normies like me have heard the details of what the Alt-Right knew and have incorporated it into our world view.  No one bothers to even dispute the platitudes of the Establishment GOP when they’re mouthed.  We might give a sarcastic snort and then close the link and go to some useful website where actual thinking is going on.  The Alt-Right and Donald Trump truly revealed why the right always lost.  It was because our supposed leaders didn’t want to win.  They just wanted the job of losing.

Now, all of this is old hat.  We all know all of this.  But it was hammered home to me when I was perusing an article in American Greatness by Christopher Roach entitled “The Radicalism of Conservatism, Inc.”  Now it’s a very good article and it delves into the history of how the establishment right became so wrong on how to win.  But reading the description of how Trump deconstructed the “illegal immigration is an act of love,” and describing establishment conservatives by saying, “that they function chiefly as the palace guard for yesterday’s liberalism” could have come directly out of a ZMan post from a year ago.  What that tells me is the knowledge that the Alt-Right pioneered has been successfully dispersed into the bloodstream of the conservative body politic (if I may mangle a metaphor that far).

Whatever agreements or disagreements we may have with either the tactics or the substance of what the Alt-Right believes we have to acknowledge that they have red-pilled a significant part of the normie right.  And that is without a doubt an enormous achievement.  Without them maybe Clinton beats Trump and with a solid liberal majority on the Supreme Court we might now be watching as the First and Second Amendments were being effectively chloroformed.

Our Revolution’s Logic – Angelo Codevilla – An On-Line Article Review

In an earlier post I said that Angelo Codevilla’s article was sure to be interesting and depressing.  And so it is.  Basically he seems to concur with the Dissident Right on the point that there is no longer any going back to one America.  His thesis is that the Progressives have let the genie fully out of the bottle and the Right is now radicalized to the point that there will be an unending ratcheting up of tactics on both sides.  And he does not think political victory by the Right will deter the Left.  They are now in the go for broke business.  And of course the most apt metaphor for this situation is the Corcyran Civil War in Thucydides.  There we see class warfare unleashed to its most diabolical conclusion, complete annihilation of the hated enemy down to the last man.  The only ray of sunshine allowed is if Republicans win the next few elections we’ll able to convince the Progressives to peacefully divide the country into mutually exclusive populations of us and them.  So the story is bleak.

Luckily I’m an optimist.  I still think we may beat the bastards.  But I don’t say Mr. Codevilla can’t be right.  He makes a convincing case.  Well, I’m still staying up for the Mid-Terms.  They should be very instructive.

It’s a very long article and there are no laughs but if you are interested in a political perspective on the Resistance and what it will spawn from a very thoughtful writer of the Right you might want to read this.  If you want the Cliff Notes version I’d say start prepping for the troubles.

 

Our Revolution’s Logic

Where Do I Stand in the Political Spectrum

For the newer readers of Orion’s Cold Fire this article I wrote for American Greatness sums up my position in the Great Revolt

https://amgreatness.com/2017/11/25/defining-the-space-between-nevertrump-and-the-alt-right/

I consider myself fully aware of the tremendous obstacles to preserving what’s left of the remarkable experiment that is the United States of America but I can’t quite give up on it yet.

 

 

What Could Fix the United States?

According to our friends on the Dissident Right the answer is nothing.  Fate has marked our nation with the kiss of death.  We are already circling the drain and any moment the slightest hiccough will push us out of the death spiral and right into the maw of the Maelström.  I have to confess, every day it gets harder and harder to believe we aren’t in the situation they describe.  But for the sake of argument (and to fill out my daily allotment of blather) let’s speculate on how we could escape this death trap we find ourselves in.

And what is the greatest threat to our way of life?  I would say illegal immigration.  It combines an economic destabilization with the loss of national identity.  Inherent with the actual flow of illegal aliens is the cultural indoctrination that tells young people that it’s wrong to favor the real citizens of this country over the gate crashers.  This encourages the kind of lunacy you see in California where illegal aliens are provided all the same benefits as citizens and in some cases even greater advantage.  The state has even gone to the lengths of openly defying federal law by providing protection to illegal aliens from ICE agents.

Reversing the status quo would involve enforcing sanctions against employers who allow illegal aliens to get a paycheck.  It would mean deporting millions of illegals and putting in place barriers (a Wall) to keep them from returning.  And it would mean prosecuting those who break the law to protect illegal aliens.  This is a huge undertaking.  It would cost billions of dollars and would lead to violence and maybe deaths in the areas of the country heavily occupied by illegals.  But it would be very possible and the benefits would be immense.  The reductions in crime, government expenditures and chaos would more than compensate society for the disruptions and conflict that would be necessary.

The second most useful initiative and for me the most ethically justified is the cessation of reverse discrimination.  This includes the end of affirmative action for any and all quota-based classes of people.  This would put an end to the federal, state and local mandated interference in people’s lives.  It would mean that the words that Martin Luther King Jr. said about a man being judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin would now be in alignment with government actions.  No one would be suspected of incompetence because of quota based gerrymandering.  The best person would be hired for the job or given the spot in school because in most places talent is what counts.  In the few instances where that is not the case mediocrity is its own punishment.  But at least it will be a voluntary and free decision to be mediocre.  And I don’t have a problem with that, nor should the government.

And the final thing that would restore some measure of legitimacy to the concept of this being the United States is for the Supreme Court to strike down all the many State and Federal rulings that have weakened, and in some cases, nullified the Bill of Rights.  The first and second amendments are under constant attack by public and private enemies and for the most part the courts have been the worst offenders.  An active originalist Supreme Court could go an awful long way in restoring our rights and punishing corporations and even State governments that have been bullying and bankrupting individuals who attempt to exercise the very clearly stated rights that as Americans we supposedly enjoy.

So, these are the three initiatives that could bring America back to a semblance of the freedom and cohesion that it once enjoyed.  Could these things be done?  I would say definitely.  Will they?  In my opinion, only if President Trump gets a mandate from the American public in the mid-terms and then wins re-election with enough coat-tails to enact legislation comfortably in the House and Senate.  If he cannot legislate real change then it will never happen.  Then at that point I’ll have to agree with the Dissident Right and start building my cabin in the forest.  Time will tell.

Why is the New Right Wing Successful?

The Alt-Right, Dissident Right, whatever it’s called, is replacing the Establishment Conservatives as the legitimate voice of the non-progressive citizens of the United States.  These are the people who voted for Donald Trump and until he was elected their point of view was almost completely unrepresented in political and journalistic circles.

But why are the old voices in the Republican Party and the Legacy Conservative Media falling by the wayside?  That’s at least easy to see.  It’s because they had no clue why Donald Trump was so popular.  They couldn’t (or wouldn’t) see that they were the hapless tools of the Progressives.  They truly were the stupid party or at least pretended to be.

So, I’ve been thinking about what is so different about the New Right.  First of all, it would be inaccurate to suppose that this is a monolithic group.  They disagree tremendously about many things but specifically and especially around what the outcome of their efforts will be.  And undeniably the New Right is chock full of “characters.”  Trying to list their defining characteristics I came up with this list:

  • They recognize that we’re being played by the Left and the Controlled Opposition.
  • They know enough about the Left’s tactics to have at least a chance at not being steam-rolled.
  • They recognize that anti-white racism is an intentional and powerful tactic but that it provides the means to wake up and unite Americans against the campaign being waged against them.
  • They spoke up against legal and illegal immigration being used to disenfranchise the native population.
  • They spoke up against all the globalist tactics used to bankrupt Americans.
  • The know how dire the situation is.
  • They’re on our side.
  • They’re not afraid.

Looking at all these factors, what it tells me about the New Right is that they aren’t fooled into thinking the Left are their fellow Americans.  They won’t be co-opted by the Left-Wing Media or Institutions.  They know the Left is their enemy.

What all this says to me is that they aren’t thinking about ideological definitions and logic chopping.  They’ve realized that we can’t win this war by persuading our opponents of the superior logic or morality of our position.  They realize that the only way to win a fight against power politics is by using power politics.  And they’ve realized that the only way to beat identity politics is with identity politics.  They’re thinking about strategy and tactics for beating the leftists at their own game.

Basically, they’re not stupid.

Will they continue to be successful?  Nobody knows.  But what is clear is that they are the only option that even might work.  But unfortunately, their definition of success differs from mine.  They mostly assume that the whole system will and should blow up.  They’re much braver than I am or maybe they have much less to lose.  But I’m not dumb enough to think that things will get better if we play nice with the Left.  That’s what got us here in the first place so I’m following the path that the New Right is blazing.  I don’t agree with everything being said.  And as a I mentioned, unanimity doesn’t actually exist in the New Right but the general direction is clear enough.  Donald Trump is our Northern Star and we will follow him as long as he can withstand the onslaught.  If he falls then we’ll be waiting for the spark to ignite the powder keg.  Because it’s long been primed.

Can a Recognizable America Survive a Majority-Minority Future? – Part 2

In the first part of this post I was looking at the contention that a majority-minority United States would devolve into a Lebanon style multi-ethnic state where one of the tribes would dominate the other groups by threat of force.  I don’t see this as necessarily inevitable.  Switzerland is an example of a multi-ethnic state that doesn’t involve coercive means.  I said I would discuss what things would need to be done to avoid the erasure of the America we know.

I think the biggest problem currently plaguing modern-day America is that a divisive ideology has been allowed to infest schools, colleges and other institutions.  This ideology is leftism and it is inherently anti-American propaganda.  It attacks all facets of traditional life.  And piece by piece it has been allowed to assume the role of normalcy.  And always by some twisted logic, justice and kindness are used as the excuse for injustice and oppression.  So, to improve the lot of minorities and women, white men must be discriminated against by means of affirmative action.  And to make sexually confused people not feel uncomfortable a wedding baker has to either be coerced into pretending he believes in same sex marriage or bankrupted and driven out of business.  Confronting these things is the obvious and effective way to put a stop to the primary effects of this poisonous ideology.  But it’s just as important to oppose the propaganda and proselytizing efforts that are taking place in schools and corporations.  And that will require national, local and individual action.  President Trump has taken the first action by appointing conservative judges to the federal courts and specifically the Supreme Court.  Once these judges begin removing constitutional protection behind some of these programs like “same sex marriage” the States can make laws to eliminate some of these egregious court overreaches.  And once those laws are in place local groups like PTAs and school districts can start eliminating the impact these programs have on children.  At the college level it will be necessary to concentrate on the State and local colleges.  The Ivy League and lesser private colleges are very heavily infested with leftists and will probably have to be avoided until they either change or go broke.

It goes without saying that some States like East and West Coast blue states will resist any reversal of these policies.  It would be unrealistic to believe that just a few years will be needed to change this situation.  I assume the only way for blue state residents to avoid the leftist regimes they live under would be to move to red states.

As for the demographic shift to a majority minority population, I would say that many local areas with overwhelming minority populations will go the same route as Boston did with the Irish and New York did with Eastern European Jews.  People will vote in their own kind.  But if this fails to bring the American Dream, they will vote for someone else who will.  People coming to America are looking for the peace and prosperity they’ve heard about.  If a Chinese immigrant living in the Research Triangle in North Carolina has a choice to vote for a white pro-business republican or a Chinese Occupy Wall Street socialist I think the republican has a pretty good chance of winning the vote.  And if it’s a choice between a white republican and a black democrat from the inner city then I don’t think the black democrat has a chance.  As for the impoverished third world refugees currently flooding the country and clogging up the welfare rolls, they need to be ejected.  The simplest way to do that is cut off the social services and enforce the laws targeting employers of illegal immigrants.  And in general, social benefits need to be eliminated even for legal immigrants.  And finally, even legal immigration needs to be curtailed down to a trickle.

If all these ideas were pursued, it would go a long way to stabilizing this country and give us enough time to acculturate the current flood of immigrants.  Will it happen?  Hard to say.  But it will only happen if people demand it.  If we just sit back or vote in the same tired hacks, the Bushes and the Romneys, then the America we know will be replaced by a leftist nightmare where everything we believed in has been destroyed.  Trump has made a good start.  It’s up to all of us to keep the momentum going.

Can a Recognizable America Survive a Majority-Minority Future? – Part 1

The ZMan wrote a very interesting post called, “No Easy Answers.”  It’s an analysis of the consequences of large scale non-European immigration into the United States, its consequences and an opinion on the useful response that white Americans should have.  I’ll critique the essential portions of the essay to show what I think is the situation.  Note that I’ve cut and pasted several of his sentences together to save some space.  His text is in bold face font.

 

“Given current immigration and fertility numbers, America will be a majority-minority country within a generation. The crisis of our age is not just how we respond to this reality, but how we come to accept it.  The civic nationalists will move heaven and earth in order to avoid facing demographic reality.  For the recently red-pilled, all of their efforts were based on the belief that the solution was simple. Just red-pill everyone and the problem is solved.”

I agree with this analysis and the characterization of the reactions of the civic nationalists and the newly woke dissident right.

 

“The possibility that liberal democracy inevitably leads to cultural suicide is unpleasant, so even the red-pilled look the other way.  The fact is, another bit of that dreaded demographic reality is that what comes next cannot include the current system of governance. In a multicultural society, everyone’s primary loyalty is to their group. Liberal democracy assumes people are loyal to their narrow economic interests. In a majority-minority society, this cannot possibly work.  What comes next for us is what we see in the Middle East. In every country, one group dominates the rest, imposing their idea of order on the society. Saddam controlled Iraq for his people. The Persians run Iran. The Muslims run Lebanon, where every hill and valley may as well be its own country. The rule in multi-cultural, multi-tribal societies, is that one tribe rules the rest. That’s our future. The question is which groups will come to dominate the rest and what sort of system will they impose in order to remain in charge.”

ZMan’s thesis is that in a majority-minority society the form of government will devolve into a rule by the strongest tribe.  The implied condition is that the rule is enforced by the threat of military or street violence.  His examples are middle-eastern dictatorships.  I’m not convinced of this for a couple of reasons.  One reason is the existence of places like Switzerland and Singapore where a multi-ethnic state exists in a reasonably peaceful coexistence.  And secondly a case could be made that the immigration of the Irish and the Eastern and Southern Europeans during the late 19th and early 20th century was an analogous if not equivalent example of a majority-minority situation that while disrupting and modifying the United states, did not destroy the country.  The American culture was attractive and strong enough to subsume the new immigrant populations and produce a changed but recognizable United States.  The real difference this time is the degree to which there is a significant portion of the American people who are actively working to destroy the existing culture through anti-American and specifically anti-white activities and propaganda.  It seems to me the focus of white Americans should be identifying the people and institutions actively working to destroy our people and work to destroy them instead.  And the reason I think this will work is that recently there have been some successes.  The Supreme Court case where the wedding baker was exonerated based on freedom of religion.  The other recent Supreme Court decision that bears on this is the Ohio state law that allowed clearing the voting rolls of ineligible voters.  These affirmations of the clear intent of constitutional safeguards will allow the United States to continue to function as the rational and enlightened sort of country it’s always been.  And these rulings occurred even before Anthony Kennedy is replaced.  Once he has been, I could see a conservative Supreme Court ending affirmative action.  Now, the argument against this is that something like ending affirmative action will never be allowed to happen.

But that will be the test.  If the ZMan is right then even if the whole white population is “woke,” nothing will be done to alleviate the anti-white activity.  But if I’m right then with someone like Trump, a republican who’s actually on our side, we should make some headway and see some victories won.  In the next part of this post I’ll try to think of concrete actions that need to be taken.

How I Got Here

I was born in 1957.  My father and uncles fought in World War II and the Korean War.  I was raised to believe that Americans were the good guys.  And then Walter Cronkite and John Kerry said we were the bad guys in Vietnam.  A few years later Lyndon Johnson told us we were racists.  A decade later Jimmy Carter told us to let the enemies of the United States do as they pleased because we had sinned against them.  And every day the Media and the Left did everything they could to tear down our country and our spirit.  We had stagflation (stagnant economy and 20% inflation), the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Carter Malaise.  That was a low point.

And then a miracle happened.  Ronald Reagan told us we weren’t the problem and that we really were the good guys.  And it was like a cloud drifted past and the sun was shining on us again.  And like magic, everything got better.  And Americans were proud and happy again.  And even the lousy leftists seem to remember they were Americans a little and it was morning in America again.

And George H. W. Bush said it was his turn to be President and he had learned his lesson and he would be just like Reagan only smarter and kinder.  And we wanted to believe him and compared to Mike Dukakis he could have been John Wayne.  So he got his turn.  And we got a New World Order complete with higher taxes, NAFTA, shuttered factories, high unemployment, recession and Middle East War.

And that got us Bill Clinton and Hillary, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Monica, Dot Com Bubble, Al Gore, more shuttered factories, Chinese trade imbalance and moral rot.

Everything was a muddle and a mess.  When George W Bush said he was a Christian Conservative from Texas we hoped that he would right the ship.  Avoiding Al Gore seemed like dodging a huge bullet.  We hoped that we could start to repair some of the damage from his father and the Clintons.  And the 9-11 happened.  And that was like a punch to the throat.  And W did a lot of things right.  He joined the country in a crusade to crush Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  And the young men of that generation answered the call and went to Afghanistan and crushed our enemies.  And there was hope that we could subdue the Muslim extremists and end the Middle Eastern threats once and for all.  But a unfunny thing happened.  W had his own vision of a New world Order.  And it involved draining off the blood and treasure of our country to turn the Middle East into Kansas.  And he squandered both of those precious commodities until there was nothing left.  And when he was finished Iraq wasn’t Kansas and the Democrats took the Congress and the Presidency.  All W accomplished was killing and maiming a generation of young Americans, bankrupting the country and making Barack Hussein Obama president.

Obama’s presidency was like a foreign occupation.  It was hard to decide which was worse, the injury or the insult.  He took every opportunity to belittle and shame Americans and he did whatever damage he could do.  Permanent double digit unemployment and wage stagnation had robbed a generation of the American dream and beggared their parents.  Obamacare was the biggest legislative victory he scored against us but it also seemed to galvanize the country against him.  The worst damage he did was the BLM activism that he aided and abetted.  The other mischief he sponsored was spreading alien refugees wherever he could.  And one other thing that he got behind was the whole gay marriage, transgender movement.  He discovered that he had “evolved” to recognize a constitutional right to gay marriage and this dove-tailed with the lunacy that drove Justice Anthony Kennedy to inflict a Supreme Court decision forcing another insane assault on the American family.

And so, in 2015 we had hit bottom.  It didn’t seem that anything could be done to save America from poverty and degradation.  Our choices, such as they were, were Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jeb! Bush.  And we all knew neither of those two could beat Hillary.  After all Bernie was supposed to lose and the super delegate system would make sure of that.  Jeb was much too much of a gentleman to consider doing anything more than weakly protest at the unfair campaign attacks that Hillary’s machine would unleash and then good naturedly concede defeat.  And when Antonin Scalia died suddenly during the election year it seemed as if nothing could save us from the dismantling of the First and second Amendments.  This truly was the political low point of my entire life.

And then a miracle happened.  Donald J. Trump.  It seemed utterly impossible.  But there were some voices that I followed who said he was the answer and our last hope.  And interestingly they were on the Alt-Right (one specifically, Vox Day).

And they were right.

So twice in my adult life a leader has emerged who everyone said was crazy.  And they said he was wrong and would cause disaster and maybe nuclear war.  And both times he was the right man at the right time.  And just as with Reagan it’s as if a cloud has drifted out of the way and the sun is shining down on us bright and warm.

And this is what I’ve learned.  Don’t trust the elites, especially Republicans.  Not in the Media, not in Academia, not in Industry and not in Washington.  Don’t be mistaken into thinking that the Left are Americans even if they themselves are convinced they are.  They’re not, they’re globalists.  America is just an inconvenient stepping stone on the way to the global hive.  Don’t trust anyone who has been in politics for his whole life and for pity’s sake don’t make him VP.  Look for a courageous and confident leader who knows what the story is.  Look for someone who is unafraid to speak the painful truth and hurt powerful people’s feelings.  Look for someone who understands how the whole dirty business works and can’t be bought off.  Look for someone who isn’t ashamed to be an American.  And then back him to the Gates of Hell.  We may still end up crushed by the Left.  But at least we’ll know it is happening and we won’t be fooled again.

And remember, we got Reagan and Trump but there won’t be a third miracle, three strikes and you’re out.