A marvelous morning. After a lot of rain and cool weather over the last two day the sun has broken through and the temperature is supposed to be skirting with eighty. The pool guys are here today and will open it up and treat it. Right now, it’s a rich color that I’m told is green and I’m guessing those guys will have an awful lot of vacuuming to do.
Camera Girl has finally found some butternut squash seedling for her garden and I’m continuing with my program of chopping down and uprooting invasive trees like Russian Olive and Ailanthus that spring up everywhere. Now that my great experiment with the fence support has panned out, I’ll buy a few more supports and strengthen the posts. That will give me the chance to decide on the “final solution.” I’ve been thinking about metal posts but that’s a big effort and as usual my laziness weighs in against it.
As is my routine on Friday mornings I listened to the Z Man’s podcast. I heard a sort of throwaway line that he is having a essay of his posted at American Greatness. That I think is a significant moment. I’ve been wondering how much farther the coalescence would move between the Dissident Right and the MAGA Right. Previously I observed paleoconservative Paul Gottfried as a link between the two sides. Gottfried writes on American Greatness and the American Mind and has had the Z Man appear on his podcasts. With the Z Man writing at American Greatness, I think we see the next step in the mainstreaming of dissident ideas and thinkers. And that’s all to the good.
The opposite reaction to this rapprochement is comments that Z Man says he’s been getting from some of his more strident readers claiming he has been toning down his rhetoric on hot-button topics like immigration and race realism. My guess is that with his growing reach into more moderate audiences he’s recognized the desirability of softening his language to avoid scaring off the squeamish. And once again, that’s all to the good. Truly hateful rhetoric just for the sake of hatefulness doesn’t help anyone, especially those on the Right attempting to build coalitions.
I look forward to the day when Nick Fuentes, the Z Man and other dissidents can show up on Tucker Carlson’s show and sit down with more moderate types like Michael Anton and the people over at Claremont. Both sides would benefit enormously by the chance to speak openly and honestly with each other. At some point it might be possible for the agenda of an energized MAGA coalition to even get the dissidents to climb down off the ledge and rejoin the rest of the Right.
Look, I know that last statement sounds like happy-happy talk but I think there’s more than just unbridled enthusiasm at work here. The overreach of the Left has done them serious damage. Damage on a scale we haven’t seen since the American electorate booted Jimmy Carter out of the White House and spawned the Reagan ‘80s. I think it would be extremely valuable to have some voices from the Dissident Right in the mix when we start talking about agendas. Obviously not everybody on the fringe is safe to have mixing with us normies. But the more sober-minded and thoughtful individuals like Z Man have a lot to say about where the Right has gone wrong so many times before. I welcome the idea that he is making the effort to talk to the moderates.
So, this is an interesting morning. Summer returns to the Compound and interesting happenings are afoot on the Right. All to the Good.