Reading this article was a guilty pleasure. Brandon Weichert’s thesis is that as bleak as the fight often seems, the battle is worth the fight and winning is possible. And going down swinging is the way to go. He even quotes Horatius at the Bridge. I mean, that’s catnip for me. Read it if you need a shot in the arm.
VDH delves into history to find examples of leaders restoring greatness to a declining civilization. The primary example he picks is Eastern Roman emperor Justinian the Great turning around the military, cultural and religious decay of sixth century Byzantium and thereby providing the foundation for a civilization that saved Eastern and possibly all Europe from Islam. Interesting read.
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.
Being an American I understand not at all what goes on in England. The once mighty British Empire of Henry V and Elizabeth I, is now better understood as the land of Basil Fawlty and the ever insipid, Prince Charles the Dolt. So, if Christopher Gage, an Englishman and the author of this piece doesn’t know whether that troubled realm is about to throw off the shackles of indenture to the EU or tuck tail and beg for re-admittance, then how should I?
Being at heart an optimist. I want to believe they’ll escape. After all, the hard work is done. They’ve won the vote, they’ve run out the clock with the EU, all that remains is walking away and picking a new direction. But being the globalist that she is Theresa May is determined to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory and shackle Britain to the moribund corpse of the European Union.
Gage claims that the Brexiteers are about to pull the plug on May with a no confidence vote in the next week or so. Let’s hope this happens. Otherwise anything is possible, up to and including a re-vote on Brexit. To paraphrase the “Iron Lady” come on Basil don’t go wobbly on us now.
American Greatness Post of the Day – Why America’s ‘Minority Majority’ Will Never Happen By Edward Ring
Interesting post on American Greatness. The article posits the idea that if the large number of mixed race Americans with a white parent identify with the traditional culture of the United States then the erasing of the American culture that many on the dissident right forsee as the inevitable result majority-minority may not be occur.
I won’t pretend to know the answer to this question. But it does appeal to my egalitarian sentiments. But it still has to reckon with the Anti-White propaganda of the Left and the multi-culti nonsense that our corporate masters have saturated our environment with. The article is definitely worth reading. If you have an opinion, leave it in the comments. I’d be interested.
Jeremy Carl should be commended. As a Jewish American there is enormous pressure from his friends, relatives, acquaintances and colleagues in the Jewish community to fall in line with the progressive narrative and blame President Trump for any acts of violence committed by any maniac that can’t be undeniably proven to be funded directly by George Soros.
His American Greatness article addresses the elephant in the room, namely, that the face of Progressive Leftism is riddled with liberal Jews who play the anti-Semitic card as a means of pummeling Republicans into guilty silence. And he identifies the objective of the strategy, to paralyze the victim and make him a sitting duck for the sucker punch that will surely follow. So, blame Trump and the Republicans for a crazed anti-Semitic murderer and follow up with the gun control offensive. The perfect one – two combination. Mr. Carl spells out the fact that President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law are Jewish and that the ploy has lost its punch against him. And he also addresses the extreme anti-white hatred that some Jewish Progressives have now openly displayed.
My favorite passage is, “Nor should we sit silently while Jewish leftists like the New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg attempt to exploit the atrocity in Pittsburgh by echoing the phrasing and vision of white supremacists by celebrating the demographic decline of white people in America like a cartoon Jewish villain from a Neo-Nazi propaganda piece.”
I think this gets right to the crux of the matter. If your aim is to avoid anti-Semitism it would seem the best strategy would not be to exhibit anti-white bigotry.
It’s refreshing to see a Jewish conservative finally calling out his coreligionists on something that is a divisive and dishonest tactic that feeds an image of the Jewish community that they would be better off not encouraging.
Michael Anton (aka Publius Decius Mus) very, very rarely underwhelms. This is no exception. He lays out the strategy of the left and the uselessness of the NeverTrump Right.
None of the indictment is novel or complicated. The bottom line is the Left has abandoned any recourse to objectivity, due process or even sanity. All’s fair in love and war and everything is war for the Left. Character assassination, perjury, intimidation, harassment of wives and children and any amount of media manipulation are not only acceptable but mandatory. The #metoo playbook requires the accused to curl up in the fetal position and allow every kick from the sisterhood to land squarely. And it requires every good Republican loser to join the accused on the floor for his well earned kicks. And right on cue Flake curls up and presents his “head” for kicking.
But, surprise, surprise, neither Kavanaugh, Trump or even McConnell played dead. They decided to fight back instead and they even won.
Anton says that the bright spot in this nightmare is that the orgy of dishonesty against one of their own (Kavanaugh is a Beltway insider) is bound to wake up many of the establishment Republicans from their stupor. He thinks this tawdry exercise is providing an example to the spineless Republican leadership of what it’s like to stand up to a leftist lynch mob and win. Maybe next time a psychotic leftist harpy accuses a man of some crime of passion that no one in his right mind would want to commit on her the Republicans will wise up and laugh her out of the Capitol Building. Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it, the worthless worms.
Hanson is usually a good read and this article is relatively clear on why the US is such a polarized environment. But I have to wonder if it’s even necessary to ask the question any more as to whether the country is going to go through an (at least metaphorical) civil war. We’re already engulfed in it now. For the most part it doesn’t involve pitched battles and mortar rounds but the two sides are inextricably locked in a winner take all struggle. And unfortunately it’s also going to last for the rest of our lives (unless it does come to bullets and bayonets).
I think that is the reality I have finally come to terms with. The progressives will never change course. If we are to successfully resist imposition of the hive existence they are working toward, it will be necessary to formulate strategies that will succeed in the long run, not just for a day or an election cycle or even two. We need to build structures that are self sustaining and self correcting. The family is, of course, the basic unit and much needs to be done to strengthen it and protect it. That will require building local associations to replace the ones that have been infected. In the old day you had your church and the local civic organizations and organizations to promote children’s activities like sports teams and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Those are mostly in ruins. But that is where the most constructive effort can be directed, right at the grassroots. And I think this where the baby boomers might actually become part of the solution instead of the source of the plague. Parents are so busy with work and child rearing, they hardly have the time to start up new organizations. but grandparents do. It would be fitting that grandparents help to re-establish the world that increasingly is only remembered by people who were alive before the 1960s bulldozed traditional family values into oblivion.
This is something I’ve started to think about and I’ll try to formulate something coherent in the future but it’s good to acknowledge that we’re beyond the point of thinking things will go back to normal and that we’ll coalesce back into one nation anytime soon. We’re going to have to move forward.
I skipped all the hoopla last week and after Kyl was named interim Senate replacement I figured I didn’t have to bother McCaining at all. But Angelo Codevilla wrote an article over at American Greatness and I find his stuff almost always exceptional. Well, it hit the right note for me so I’ll point to this one to anyone who is looking for a succinct summary of the whole McCain travesty. RIP.
Short article. David Horowitz walks us through a dust-up he had with Jonah Goldberg on Twitter. The venom spilled by Jonah at the end is predictable but what was interesting was Horowitz’s comments at the end cataloging examples of President Trump’s loyalty to his allies. Goldberg was pounding away at Trump’s infidelities to his wives. Horowitz is cataloging his ability to stand by associates that former Republican presidents would have thrown under the bus for convenience. I think Horowitz made the stronger case. I used to enjoy Jonah Goldberg’s witty column but he has let himself drift out to sea on the NeverTrump iceberg. Problem with icebergs as a transportation platform is they eventually melt away and leave you to drown in the middle of nowhere.