This is worth listening to. Now we move forward to something else.
This is worth listening to. Now we move forward to something else.
On Saturday my favorite evil thinker of the Dissident Right, ZMan said the best path forward is to stop voting for the Republicans. After hearing that several Republican senators including Little Marco Rubio were already negotiating with the Democrat amnesty crew it was mighty tempting to agree with him. After all, when you subtract Mitt Romney and what’s her name in Alaska and what’s her name in Maine it’s not like we have this unbreakable lock on the Senate anyway. What if the Democrats took the two seats in Georgia and Biden is given the White House? Would that be the end of the world?
Let’s talk about that. If the Democrats have the Presidency, the Senate and the House I assume they will go ahead and go the full nuclear option by eliminating the filibuster altogether and go for a wholesale change in the way things are done. There would be a very strong possibility that they would pass legislation to add seats to the Supreme Court to allow for all the things they’ve always wanted. They would effectively nullify the first and second amendments. Hate speech would be found to be unprotected and they would define hate speech as needed. The right to bear arms would be interpreted to mean the National Guard. Freedom of religion would be hand waved out of existence and we would be in a position where saying anything the Democrats didn’t like would be enough to get you fired from your job and dropped by your bank and credit card company. As bad as things are now, that would be a quantum leap in oppression.
Would we gain anything by this turn of events? The theory that the accelerationists hold is that letting things slip into outright despotism will raise the political temperature so high that it will cause an explosion among the freedom loving Americans and they will rise up in open violent insurrection.
They could be right. And in fact, maybe we’ll get to find out regardless of whether the Right votes for the senate seats in Georgia. After all, the Dems stole the election in Georgia last month. What’s to stop them from stealing these also? If they do, we’re probably going to find out soon enough what it’s like to live as slaves.
As far as what I think is the best political option we have going forward, I think it’s necessary to start a new party. Even if President Trump prevails and is President for another four years, we have to start taking control of our government away from the UniParty that currently controls it. Some leader with a lot of clout and a lot of money needs to build an organization that espouses the agenda of the Right. There has recently been talk about President Trump and his friends leading an organization that does just this. There’s also talk about him starting or joining a right-wing media company that will provide us with a source for news and information that isn’t fake. I think both of these things are good ideas. Right now, President Trump is the only man in America with the stature and resources to put something this ambitious together.
My vision for how this political party would work, is for it to clearly define the platform that the American Right wants and then find candidates that can compete in the Republican primaries of any Republican politician who is obviously a progressive. And if our candidate wins, he can become the beginning of the reformed Republican party. And if he loses then we have our candidate run as a third-party candidate and act as a spoiler. Knocking out the RINOs will be a consolation prize if we can’t win the Republican nomination. Think of how much fun it would be to primary Rubio or Romney. Imagine Romney trying to explain how he is severely conservative when an actual conservative is running. And with these candidates being endorsed by President Trump they will have an enormous advantage over the RINOs in most states. This party can also build a rapport with the Republicans who are conservatives. It can help influence policy at all levels of the political leadership because it will have popular support. And it can call out even conservative Republicans if they falter.
If you look at how often the Republican establishment has supported politicians who don’t even pretend to believe in what we believe in you’ll realize that they’re not much better than the Democrats. Romney is only the most egregious example. There are plenty of other Senators and Congressmen who sell their vote to the highest bidder and have no interest in fixing this country. We need a new party and if we start this way, we’ll start to get one. Eventually maybe we can co-opt the Republican party or possibly we’ll just replace it with our own piece by piece. Either way we will begin taking back the country with our own people. And this new party will also allow us to negotiate with the Republican state politicians and influence their agendas too. It could be the strongest special interest group lobbying these state governments because it will be representing tens of millions of Americans and their interests.
For those who say third parties never win I say when was the last time a mainstream Republican ever won anything for us? The last time we elected a mainstream Republican to the presidency he gave us two wars and John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. We either try to get our own people in Washington or we abandon any hope of taking our country back peacefully. If President Trump wants to build a party that represents us then I say give him the chance. If that doesn’t work, I think I’ll have to change my mind and agree with the dissident right.
The ZMan believes that it is better to forsake the GOP and let them be forced out of office. This is a radical proposal that would have enormous consequences. Read his logic and see what you think. I’ll have a post of my own to give my opinion but I thought it worth linking to give his argument first.
I don’t automatically associate the ZMan with upbeat life-affirming messages of holiday cheer. But this post comes the closest to one I ever expect to read from him. So fearlessly click the link and be uplifted. Holiday miracles are on display if you look for them.
There is a well-known saying on the Dissident Right, “We aren’t going to vote our way out of this.” This is based on a combination of two facts.
And in a lot of ways they are right. The Republicans have been an unmitigated disaster at least as far back as George Bush the Elder. No matter where in the government we elect them to they immediately become liberals. Every Supreme Court that we supposedly dominate pushes the culture farther and farther to the left. This point has been undeniable up until the election of President Trump. Of course, you could also make the point that he isn’t really a Republican but either way he’s the first Republican in decades who actually has made a dent in the culture war.
As for the demographics, they have a point there too. Non-white voters typically vote in higher numbers for Democrats than for Republicans and in a decade or so white Americans will cease to be a majority of the American population.
For me this means that just voting is not going to win the culture war. But just saying we can’t vote our way out and doing nothing is foolish. We need to find such men as Donald Trump who want to restore the culture to the things that we actually want. Whether we can elect them or not is to be seen. And it is not certain that we cannot form alliances of various ethnicities. Forging a coalition based on common interests with anyone of any background who wants to have membership in the middle class seems a much better fit than the current confederation of the outraged that the Left has cobbled together based on the myth of the evil white supremacist monsters that somehow is holding back the other more virtuous people of America.
And sometimes it will mean forming alliances based on common enemies. So, for instance, if both whites and Asians are discriminated against in school admission then it would be natural for them to form common cause to elect politicians who want to eliminate affirmative action in school and employment. Or how about recruiting women who have seen their daughters displaced on sports teams by men in sun dresses. Peeling women off the intersectional bandwagon would be a real coup.
But all of these considerations will follow only if we get our act together. The important project is to kill the Left’s propaganda campaign against normal America. Fighting back against Antifa and BLM and pushing back against all aspects of the progressive assault is possible, popular and critical to winning back our rights. And to accomplish those things not only requires us to vote, it also requires us to organize politically. It means we’ll have to get off our butts and find out if there is a Republican party organization in your area and whether any of the members are actually on the Right. And if they’re not, try to organize like minded folks to pick someone who is and run him for some low-level post, state rep or dog catcher or whatever. And if worst comes to worst run for the office yourself. And it means we have to find out about the higher echelons of the party and support good men and work against the rinos.
So, getting back to the original idea, it’s true that we can’t get out of the hole we’re in if all we do is vote. But the simple truth is that for decades all we thought we had to do was vote. We were blind and the people we thought were on our side weren’t. But that’s hardly a reason to say it can’t be done. If we actually try, we may fail. But if we do nothing we certainly will fail. So, go down swinging. Do something. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and actually win!
One of the things that separates me from the Dissident Right is their perspective on the United States. They correctly point out that many unconstitutional laws have been enacted that deprive us of our freedoms supposedly guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. But from this condition they deduce that the United States no longer exists. Now to me that’s defeatism that seems unwarranted. And I say this because reversing some of these infringements of our rights would only require the Supreme Court to recognize that the harm that these unconstitutional laws cause outweighs any supposed social benefits they provide.
I admit that all these problems have endured for an enormous length of time. Going all the way back to the 1960s the affirmative action agenda has afflicted us. But it’s fair to mention that for almost all this time both political parties have contributed to the support that these laws flourished under. It’s only since the Trump Administration that the Supreme Court has come close to a working majority of constitutionalist justices. Even now John Roberts is an unreliable conservative vote with nothing in the way of actual courage to address unconstitutional laws. But assuming that nothing can be done about present circumstances seems very short sighted. What is necessary is electing presidents that actually want the country to be conservative.
Look at the difference between George W. Bush and Donald Trump. W was supported by the whole country going into Afghanistan. Even going into Iraq, the country still put their trust in him. But after he had done all that could be done to eliminate the threat of a militant Iraq, W decides to go on a democratic nation building crusade in a primitive hell-hole filled with our worst enemies. He bled our military of the finest young men on the face of the earth. Then he tried to put Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court but settled for saddling us with John Roberts. And finally, his multiple national disasters guaranteed that Barack Obama would torture us for eight years.
Compare this with President Trump. No foreign wars, a tax cut, low unemployment, high economic growth, reduced illegal immigration, manufacturing jobs returning to the US. And finally, on the Supreme Court he gave us Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Not to mention the tough fight he had to wage to get Kavanaugh confirmed. And that’s the key point. Fight! Expecting to gain any ground without fighting our enemies is delusional. But what you notice is that if you do fight, it improves things on all fronts. The progressives aren’t all that tough, they’re just in charge. If you push them hard enough, they give ground. They’ll shriek about it but they’ll give ground. That’s what’s so amazing to watch with the Trump Administration. They’ve been harassed at every turn and started out with no reliable allies but through sheer dogged determination they’re finally bringing the fight to the Deep State and even something as staggering as the COVID-19 crisis hasn’t broken their spirits. Can you imagine if every Republican administration showed the same resolve and courage?
So that is my rationale for not giving up on America. Abandoning a thing as great as the United States to weirdos and bureaucrats seems cowardly and lazy. Getting involved and knowing who you’re nominating is how a republic works. It’s going to take a coordinated effort to vet the ambitious men who want to run this country. They need to prove that they are willing to get results and ignore the Left when they call them racists, homophobes, misogynists, etc., etc., etc.
All that being said, that doesn’t mean I think that the United States is functionally the same country it used to be. I won’t pretend that I feel that everyone walking around are “my fellow Americans.” There are a few ideological tests that I administer to determine if someone is an American or just a pod masquerading as one.
Any of these tests will identify people walking around the United States that are in no way my fellow Americans. They are dangerous people who have rejected the Constitution of the United States as the valid law of the land. They are working to undermine the best designed government that has ever been devised by the minds of men.
So, in this sense I agree with the Dissident Right that the United States as formerly understood doesn’t exist. It has been overrun by people who are hellbent on destroying it and should not be considered Americans no matter what their ancestry says about them. Some of the most dangerous of these are people whose ancestors came here on the Mayflower. To me there are legal first generation Chinese and Mexican Americans who love this country and believe in all the things that make this country great and are therefore more American than these degenerate descendants of the Standishes and Bradfords. Sure, there other immigrants who don’t appreciate the great gift they’ve been given to live here. But I’m talking about the ones that do. They believe in American exceptionalism and want to be Americans in every sense of the word. They’re not looking for America to become Mexico or China. They left those countries for a better place. They never heard of white privilege or patriarchy or transgender anything. They just want to raise their families and live in peace. To me they’re more American than some Boston Brahmin whose family descends from the Pilgrims but disparages America as a racist, sexist, homophobic place that must be taught a lesson and deconstructed to suit the multicultural tastes of his fellow Cloud People.
But I disagree with the Dissident Right in the sense that we can fight to restore this country. We are not outnumbered and we are on the side of common sense. Our mistake has been to follow behind some other of these Cloud People who claimed to be on our side. The Bushes and the Romneys are no different from the Clintons and the Obamas. All of them are the enemy. We need to find competent men who will fight for us and use them to change this country back to what it was. We don’t even have to change the rules. The Constitution hasn’t been changed. Only unconstitutional laws have been allowed to stand. Knock those laws down and we get back our country.
And the first thing I’d do is go after affirmative action for women. There isn’t even a bad excuse for it anymore. There are now more women than men in colleges and graduate schools. Women have been advantaged for so long in corporate America that claiming they need affirmative action is a joke. Ending the protected status of women needs to happen now. Women can be shamed into admitting that they are taking advantage of unfair laws. It’s an easy win and would be a good first step in cleaning up our unconstitutional mess.
Well my fellow Americans, that’s enough ranting and raving for now. I hope you had a pleasant Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully by the Fourth of July we’ll be past most of this COVID-19 nonsense and enjoying a real barbecue instead of the cut rate version we’ve had today.
He may be a bad thinker but he sure does know how to make fun of the Cloud People and their nonsense. It certainly gave me a much-needed chuckle.
The Z-Man has a very clever analogy between government and software systems.
He compares government reform to software revision. but he makes the case that at a certain point the program needs to be replaced with something new. This corresponds to revolution. My hope is he’s wrong about what needs to be done.
A week or so ago I critiqued an on-line article about finding common ground with leftists who were upset about being attacked by their even crazier neighbors in the “woke” community. In my analysis I rejected the value of accepting them as allies and as an alternative proposed a dialog with the Dissident Right. I said:
“So, in answer to the title of Mr. Klavan’s article, yes conservatism can be conserved but not by accepting non-conservative ideas and the people who live by them. Let the progressives, the liberals, the moral relativists, the feminists and the alphabet people battle with their even crazier “woke” brethren (or whatever gender bent category they prefer) on their own. We have nothing in common with them and nothing to gain by engaging with them. I would much prefer to engage with the fringe groups to the right of us and see if we can find some common ground with them. Their ideas are more extreme than ours but they at least do not reject the values that we embrace. In many cases I think they have let pessimism radicalize their thinking and pushed them to conclude that only radical solutions to our problems exist. I think the last few years have shown that progress can be made if the right people get involved. If actual conservatives have a part in running the country better outcomes are possible.”
Recently I have read several articles by the Dissident Right that seem to echo the idea that there is room for constructive engagement between the so-called “Civic Nationalists” and the so-called “Dissident Right” (wow, that a lot scare quotes!). Of course, from their point of view this merely means they are interested in proselytizing us over to their cause. And, fair to say, I’m interested in changing their minds about some of the darkest pessimism they have concerning America’s future.
To be perfectly candid, the biggest difference between realistic civic nationalists and the dissidents is their conclusions about racial identity. They are convinced that a minority majority America cannot maintain the essential characteristics that the country had when 85% of the population was of European descent. Now this is a very sensitive subject and even acknowledging that it could be an issue has been enough to get all kinds of people banished to the gulag of the de-platformed. Racial and ethnic topics are taboo for all but the anti-white cheerleaders of the left and their only object is to vilify everyone from Christopher Columbus to Kate Smith for not having read the playbook of the 21st Century Witch Hunters. But considerations of race and identity are important and should be able to be discussed rationally and constructively.
The descendants of the English who founded this country have a right to be proud of what their forefathers created. The United States is one of the most remarkable human inventions that can be pointed to. Along with the British, Roman and Athenian systems it evolved from, it has blossomed into a model that has impacted to a greater or lesser extent, the whole of the human world. Without a doubt, there was something about the people and the circumstances that surrounded the founding of this country that should be revered by its descendants and anyone who chooses to live in it.
The charges of guilt against America for conquering the country from the Native Americans and for slavery before the Civil War are absurdly hypocritical. War and slavery have been a part of every human culture including the Native Americans and Sub-Saharan Africans from the very beginning and to the extent that the United States and Britain have worked to eliminate slavery and embrace the idea of all humans being a family, they should be recognized as having made a quantum leap beyond the long depressing history of nations and empires murdering and enslaving each other to stay alive.
And this hypocrisy about America’s supposed guilt is, I believe, a big part of why the Dissident Right believes that a non-European majority in the Unites States will destroy the things that have made it unique. All of the hooting and hollering about Jefferson and Washington being slave owners and whatever the latest atrocities the Antifa idiots commit compounds the sense of unfairness that people feel when they are confronted with the ongoing discrimination that affirmative action represents. Anyone who has seen what corporate management has become knows that choosing a woman or a minority or an LGBTQ candidate is the only way to avoid being subject to the dreaded “diversity and inclusion” police. Your judgement will be questioned and your “unconscious bias” will be referenced by your upper management and the advocacy groups that have sprung up like poison mushrooms in every school, college, corporation and non-profit organization.
So, I’m cognizant of the outrages being perpetrated on the legacy population of the United States by, mostly, their fellow European Americans ostensibly for the benefit of these various minorities but I disagree with the dissidents on the conclusion that this has to inescapably change the country into something unrecognizable to those who loved it. And as a rationale I am reminded of the southern European immigrants of the 1890s and early 20th century. These people were equally considered unacceptably alien and a threat to the American nation. And indeed, when they flooded the country in their millions, they did create chaos and an explosion of crime. But by their desire to emulate the prosperity of their neighbors they instilled in their children the desire to be Americans in every sense and they did become Americans and they probably loved this country as much (if not more) than those Mayflower descendants who currently bad-mouth the United States for all the supposed sins that their woke brethren enumerate. This former wave of immigrants leads me to believe that we can absorb some reasonable amount of immigration. Obviously unlimited and illegal immigration is a danger to our system and needs to be stopped in order to allow the already large number of legal immigrants to assimilate.
But the current climate of “blame America” is the real danger I see. Whatever numbers of immigrants are deemed harmless to the country, they still must be inculcated with a sense of gratitude for their membership in it and toward the people and culture that built it. And to accomplish that our government must not be put in the hands of America-haters like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or any of the other Democrats who want to divide and conquer us.
As far as the dissidents’ opinions on HBD, I can’t confirm or deny whether there are such large differences between populations of humans as they claim. But if they do exist, I still do not see the relevance. There is plenty of variance in intelligence and other characteristics within populations and these ranges of variance act in hierarchical fashion to steer individuals to occupations and groupings that suit them more or less. The important thing is that people feel that everyone is at least given the same chance to try to succeed. A ditch digger who earns his money honestly doing the task he is qualified to perform is more honorable than the Ivy League legacy student who gets his spot in school and industry while more qualified candidates are rejected because their families didn’t vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
My hope is that if honest reformers like Donald Trump can begin to roll back the harmful policies that the social justice programs of the 1960s and 1970s then maybe the dissidents will come around to our way of thinking and support reasonable reform of an admittedly dysfunctional system. But for now, I think it’s reasonable to begin a dialog with the Dissident Right. They were among the first who diagnosed the conscious malpractice of the Establishment Republicans and their clandestine collusion with the Left in marching this country over a cliff. They are just as legitimate a part of the nation as some of the radical groups that the Left has welcomed into its camp. Ostracizing them just to prove our purity is stupid and self-defeating.
So that’s what I think. That was long because it is difficult to talk about these things without being very clear about what I mean. But I thought it was worth saying. Leave your opinions, if you’d like, in the comments.
Awhile back I linked to a post by Michael Anton in which he reviewed a self-published book called Bronze Age Mindset. Well the author of that book was given a chance to address the content of the post over at Claremont’s American Mind webpage. I’ve linked to it below. If you are at all interested in the dissident community that was the on-line heart of Donald Trump’s support in 2016 then you may find this article very informative. I did. The pseudonymous author (Bronze Age Pervert) is extremely persuasive in laying out his case for the need, or rather, the unavoidable certainty of the collapse of the current liberal worldview. Highly recommended read.