It’s a remarkable thing. The world is noticeably shifting into a new shape. Indisputably the middle ground is disappearing. People are being forced by their circumstances to pick one side or the other. The tactics are becoming uglier and more damaging. Everyone wants to know where this is going and what is the end point.
I’ll add another question. What will Donald Trump achieve? This I think is the lynchpin for the Right’s desperate effort to stop the Progressives from repealing the Bill of Rights. Although many on the Right say that a revolt against the Left is inevitable I am skeptical. Even a gasoline soaked room needs a spark to explode and up till now the Left has kept the matches under lock and key. Donald Trump is the match. He has withstood all of their supposedly irresistible forces and is still standing. The questions that remains are what will he achieve and what will come after him?
If he breaks the Left’s stranglehold on the levers of power in the judiciary and executive branches and renders the gatekeepers in the Media and Social Media docile then he will have levelled the playing field sufficiently to allow the right to break free from the shackles we are currently in. And if he can select a successor who has even a tenth of his skills at sparring with the Left then we have a chance of keeping the momentum we have to finally get the upper hand against these terrible people.
The Dissident Right (or whatever you call them) says it’s a foregone conclusion that the process will continue irrespective of whether Trump succeeds or not. I wish I had their confidence (or seeming confidence). They say that the Left’s unmasking will drive everyone in the middle either left or right. They say the normies will be red pilled and it will be game on. Until recently I was very skeptical of this. But two recent occurrences have given me reason to reconsider.
The first is the definite shift to the right of a formerly mainstream journalist. Tucker Carlson was never on the Left. He has always been a conservative but of late he has sounded a lot like someone on the dissident side. Granted he isn’t as extreme as self-described dissident writers out there but he is daring to say that the Democrats and Republicans are gaming the system against the middle class. He’s skirting the edge of actual revolt. That is an exciting situation coming from someone in the mainstream.
The second occurrence happened today. American Greatness is a very mainstream right outlet. There are some angrier voices there and some calmer but I wouldn’t call any of them dissident right. Today I saw a post that quoted the Z-Man. The Z-Man is a very polished voice on the Dissident Right but no one would claim he is in the mainstream. He himself often talks about the river that separates the dissidents from the normies. I think he says it is narrow but it is deep and the only way to cross it is by consciously swimming. So, never the twain shall meet. When the mainstream begins quoting the Dissident Right there seems to be a step change happening.
So all that said, I’m waiting for one more step. I’m waiting for the true moderates to cross the line. When the mainstream women start deserting the GOP establishment and get red-pilled I’ll know it’s done. I’ll know we’ve passed the point of no return.