The Right-Wing is awash in Kevin Williamson opinion.
“Schaedenfreude,” “Christian condolence,” “there but for the grace of God,” “I told you so,” “a cautionary tale.” I guess I’m not sure what I think. Probably a little of each. But it really doesn’t matter what I think about Kevin and his troubles. But what I think would be interesting would be an interview by someone farther out on the right side of the spectrum who could explore how he thinks this fits in with his ideas about the just desserts for the dirt people. I wonder if some intrepid blogger might call him up and find out if his recent experience may have impacted his feeling about the great unwashed. That would interest me.
The ZMan has a very interesting post, “Day Walkers.” He makes an analogy between the Alt-Right and the zombie-vampires in I Am Legion. He equates right wing speakers going on campus to vampires attacking humans in the daylight, basically a vampire suicide scenario. I haven’t had a chance to think this whole analogy out completely but I definitely see what he is talking about and it is worth thinking about.
The Dissident Right has a generous contingent of people who spend a very large amount of time discussing the JQ (Jewish question). The ZMan decided to define his stance on and explain his ambivalence toward anti-Semitism. Essentially, he doesn’t share the belief that all the world’s ills are attributable to a Jewish cabal. But by the same token he doesn’t consider those who do believe it to be literally Hitler. He makes a comparison to show how he ranks anti-Semitism in the universe of possible conditions. He asks which would you prefer as a neighbor, an anti-Semite or a methamphetamine dealer?
This is an interesting stance. He has split the difference between the Alt-Right and the Establishment GOP. I’ll explain. The Establishment GOP would alert the media that they were beginning the crusade to make the world safe from anti-Semites. On the flip side the Alt-Right would debate whether the worst offense of the Jews was engineering 9-11 or the fluorination of water.
So that’s the take. He won’t join them but he won’t spend his time attacking them. Seems reasonable. I think the point is that the Left’s stance on anti-Semitism is that it is both the greatest sin and the one they get to define. It’s like the race card. If you criticize the BLM movement because they are irrational black supremacists that use violence and arson to blackmail cities into handcuffing the police and allowing unfettered crime in black neighborhoods and the adjoining areas then you are a racist. If you think that Jewish liberals spear-head many of the movements and activities that have damaged our country or you notice that they make up a large part of the left-wing media and Hollywood then you are an anti-Semite. The funny thing is you can be an anti-Semite even if you are a conservative Jew! And so, this allows the Left to divide the Right by constantly separating off a part of the group as anti-Semitic and shaming the rest of the Right into shunning them. This recalls William Buckley declaring the John Birch Society beyond the pale. Meanwhile the Left is never required to divorce itself from BLM, Antifa or any of the really crazy types under their umbrella.
So I think the ZMan is more or less correct on this stance. You can disagree or even dislike their views but that doesn’t make it your job to police their beliefs. Just as the Left doesn’t sort out their problems between Sharia Law and Homosexuality. Basically the enemy of my enemy is not someone I have to go after just because my enemy says so.
I would say that I’m probably quite a bit less accommodating of anti-Semitism than the ZMan. Although aware that a large majority of Jewish Americans are very liberal and Democratic voters I don’t feel that they are any more or less at fault than all the other liberals and Democrats in the country. And I know of some very conservative American Jews that are fully aware of the harm the Left is causing. My next-door neighbor as a kid growing up in Brooklyn was a Sephardic Jew who had lived in Israel, served in the IDF during the early years, worked in the Italian Merchant Marine and got along in a neighborhood full of every kind of people. He was a proud American and a religious man who was friendly with his Italian American neighbors almost to a fault. So, I prefer to take people one at a time.
But by the same token I see the harm that is caused by allowing the Left to define what is allowable belief and what must be condemned. That should be up to us and anti-Semitism doesn’t need to be our overwhelming concern while currently confronted with the constant harangue from the left about “white privilege” and “transphobia.” We have more pressing concerns than “actual Hitler” jumping out from behind every “Bush.” Basically, to the Left we’re all “actual Hitler” already.
Vox and the ZMan both look at this situation and address different aspects. Vox says if you don’t build your own platforms you will be destroyed. Zman sees the current situation as a Public Utility, no different from the electric company discriminating against its customers.
Both good and valid points. But I think Vox is speaking to right now and Zman is pointing out something for the justice department to look into. As someone who use Google for various services it brings home the point that having your own support system and not depending on liberals is a good idea. But a hard one to achieve.
What happens to post-Christian society when it forgets why it does what it does? Good presentation of the underlying situation. but as he says too big a subject for a blog post. Requires a book.
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?
I was reading through some blogs this morning and found a differing opinion on the end of summer on the TheZman’s site http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=11398#respond . Well, to each his own but I will add that it’s easy to say you like snow and cold when you live in Baltimore. Of course, it makes sense to say that you don’t like hot weather when it’s as sticky as it is down there in August. Nuff said.