I was listening to the Z-Man’s Friday morning podcast this morning. It’s on the Ancient Greeks and since that is something that I’m more than somewhat steeped in it was quite a lot of fun to listen to. Lots of good comparisons between Ancient Athens and the United States. What was topical was at minute 56 of the podcast he mentions that broadcast that Tucker Carlson did recently. I linked to it a couple of days ago and said it sounded like Tucker was running for President. What the Z-Man said was that it sounded like Carlson was reading aloud some of the dissident right posts that he and the other writers have been putting out for six or more years.
What this reminds me of is Vox Day’s constant refrain that “the Alt-Right is inevitable.” Well, I don’t know if the Alt-Right or the Dissident Right’s agenda is inevitable but what seems to inevitable is that a very good chunk of the American Nation is waking up to the fact that they’ve been putting their faith in men who really couldn’t care less if they lived or died. In fact, it appears they’d prefer it if we just up and died as quickly as possible. Call it the shifting Overton window or the red-pilling of the normies or whatever you like but if a Cloud Dweller like Tucker Carlson is coming around to the nitty gritty of where we’re headed then it won’t be long before even the most brain-dead denizen of Squaresville, USA will be waking up to the realization that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney do not mean them well.
What I’m curious about is what will be the next big step change. In the same way as Blue States practice civil disobedience such as Sanctuary Cities, will Red States start protecting their citizens against national policies that they object to? For instance, if companies like Master Card and Google continue de-platforming conservatives could state attorneys general begin legal proceedings against these companies to force them to relent? Maybe they’ll prosecute the local universities that indoctrinate kids and strip them of their legal rights.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s next. But it does appear that dissident ideas are getting mainstreamed at least to some extent. Reading about the Baltimore lawyer who is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center and attempting to have their tax-free status revoked for using illegal tactics to get him fired from the Baltimore City government sounds like maybe a first step to addressing the radical de-platforming. Hearing this week that Master Card may be joining forces with the crowd-funding companies to deny access to e-commerce to conservatives sounds like some kind of Maoist or Stalinist internal exile tactic. At lest in the gulag they fed you once in a while. In our cashless society, denial of access to a credit card is tantamount to being an exile from modern life.
And this all points to the paradox of how I feel about the current situation. A few years ago, I didn’t know just how bad it really was but I was almost in depression because I couldn’t understand why we kept losing when we seemed to have the upper hand. Now I realize just how bad it is and that most of our “leaders” aren’t really trying to help us and yet I’m actually strangely optimistic. I feel like knowing the problem makes it possible for me to take some actions and improve how I live my life.
Will the unrest on the right reach critical mass? It’s hard to say but I’m interested to see what Tucker Carlson ends up doing in the next year or two. He’s a popular journalist and could do a lot to persuade people. Stay tuned.