Back in the before time when 2016 was shaping up to be a contest between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush I first read Michael Anton’s essay “The Flight 93 Election”. And the fact that someone with an academic background and a connection to Washington understood just how bleak the Uniparty options were for this country impressed me greatly.
And afterwards as I perceived that he was pursuing those at at the far outer edges of conservative thought to provide fresh ideas for a political movement that was hollowed out at the top I was encouraged Because we really do need much more coordination and honest dialog if we’re even going to survive the onslaught of the monolithic Left.
Now I’m not a great thinker. I’m just a schmoe who got tired of being thrown off of photography and science fiction websites because I didn’t kowtow to the Left’s shibboleths and put together my own site where I can say whatever damn thing I want to. But I practiced in my own humble way what Anton was doing. I read far and wide on the on the internet. Back in 2015 and 2016 there were all kinds of crazy people involved in the pro-Trump movement. And beyond the pro-Trump movement there were the dissidents for whom Trump was just a symptom. And I learned quite a bit about the various factions and ideologies and to be honest, the various hates that exist on the Right.
And I can see that there are strengths and weaknesses in each of them. But what is also true is that the Left’s use of surrogates on the Right to disqualify anyone dangerous to the Left has been one of their most successful strategies. William F. Buckley was famous for this.
And the neocons tried to do it to Donald Trump to stop him from being elected. So I made a point to keep an open mind about fringe thinkers. And so I read people like the Z-Man. And I’ve found him to be spot on about a whole raft of things that affect our lives. He’s a very smart guy.
But he’s just one guy. We need about thirty million guys working together just to stop this train from going off the cliff. So on balance I have to give the prize to people like Anton and even Gottfried who may disagree on a multitude of intellectual points but at least are willing to hold a discussion about their differences. To my mind honest disagreement can be enlightening for both sides. You don’t have to convince the other guy but you do have to make an effort to clarify your position for the readers. And I believe that’s how we’ll end up with some kind of a coalition.
So I woke up this morning and I saw I had some traffic coming over from American Greatness. Now I wrote a couple of posts for them a few years back but nothing recently so i was interested. and there I saw this post by Michael Anton. He quoted a blog post I wrote a week or two ago going over my thoughts on the Anton / Z-Man war.
I won’t deny I was pretty happy thinking that somehow Michael Anton had visited my site. After all I had read his article about seven years ago and it had been one of the inspirations for my blogging and many other activities I had engaged in over the years. He had crystallized many of the thoughts that had been growing in my mind ever since the George Bush presidency had destroyed my belief in the Republican establishment.
But beyond my own private satisfaction in being noticed, it gives me hope that there are people trying to build something bigger than just Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis or Twitter. We need an actual identity and a mission to save this country. We at least have to agree on what we’re trying to save. I think Anton believes that.
It’s a start.