ZMan Has a Very Interesting Essay on the Past and Future of Russia

Over at Taki’s Magazine the ZMan opines on the past, present and future of Russia as a society on the fringes of Europe.  He looks at the historical pattern whereby Russia attempted to adopt western culture and ways to advance into the modern world.  But he shows that this has always been at odds with Russians’ own nature.

Now he brings us to Russia’s recent conference in St. Petersburg where Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is going its own way and no longer needs the West as its tutor or leader.

If you’re interested in the changing world around us this might be a good read.

Race Realism Means Finding a Way for the Races to Talk Honestly

I was reading the Z Man’s Monday morning posts and it was about how conservatism went wrong.  And as usual it was very informative and thought provoking.  One of the points had to do with Harry Jaffa and that ended up with a discussion of Jaffa’s current descendants at the Claremont Institute.  Z Man pointed to two posts on Claremont’s American Mind website (1, 2).

In the first post called “No New Normal” Z Man is satisfied with the argument until it involves race.

“Here is a post on the same site as the Gottfried post, in which the editors reject the new normal of American politics. Everything is good until this. “In reality, race is not the ultimate fact of human identity or the central problem of American life. Different ethnic populations have different general tendencies, but not different natural rights. Everyone is capable of learning to live well in this country, but only if we confidently endorse both our geographical and cultural boundaries.””

 

Z Man continues on about the second post, “Demographics are Not Destiny”

“The linked post in that quote is worth reading, as it rips the mask from the “new conservatism” and exposes it as the old conservatism. The great fork in the road, the shadow that hangs over human history, is biology. The story of man is not one tale with many chapters, but many stories of many people, all of whom have their own unique understanding of themselves and how they should live. The genuine man of the Right understands this and accepts it. Equality, in short, is inhuman.”

These thoughts encapsulate the difference between the Dissident Right and the Civic Nationalists.  The dissidents dogmatically stress that the differences between people, make living together under the American Constitution impossible.  This seems to me to be a horribly pessimistic assertion.  And since the Z Man states often that he doesn’t believe that there will be any partition of the United States along racial lines this pessimism about the various human races and ethnicities living together seems like a hopeless situation for his side.

By the way I am aware of why it would seem that race relations in the United States are so abysmal.  The Democrats have spent the last sixty years, more or less, weaponizing the African American population as a club to defeat their political opponents and almost as much time doing the same thing with Hispanics and Asians.  It really is no wonder that all of American society seems poised to melt down into a cauldron of race hatred at any time.

But I think there is a path out of this rat trap.  The Democrats were never satisfied with dividing the country into white and non-white.  They exploited male versus female antagonism and then they really went crazy with all of the various sexual deviancy populations.  The LGBT thing was their greatest extravaganza.

But all of this follow-on intersectional advocacy doesn’t sit very well with the people that they think they’ve captured during their race dividing stage.  Most Hispanics don’t want to be called Latinx.  And most of them don’t much want their kids groomed for inclusion in the trans-gender club at school.  Likewise, Asian parents don’t want their kids denied academic advancement because they don’t rank high enough in the intersectional bingo game.

And these ethnic groups are starting to realize that giving their votes to the Democrats doesn’t create a better country for their kids to live in.  Recent polls show that this is already happening.  Less than 30% of Hispanics think Biden is doing a good job.  That is lower than his number among white voters.  So, it shows that forming a coalition on the Right with non-white Americans is possible.  What seems to be the stumbling block to accomplishing this is the abysmal ineptitude of the Republican Party.

Think about it.  Donald Trump was branded as a racist in 2016 when he was running for president on the platform of building a wall on the Mexican border.  And yet he had a higher percentage of Hispanic voters in 2020.  That seems to tell me that it’s more the messenger than the message.  Trump spoke crudely but honestly about what he believed and people respected him for it.  All of this leads me to believe that leaders who aren’t afraid to speak to people of different races and who can convince them that their lives would be better under “equality” rather than under “equity” could forge a coalition based on mutual benefit.

Someone like Ron DeSantis is doing that in Florida which has a huge Hispanic population.  Trump could do it again if he can just get an unrigged election in 2024.  So, I throw my hat in with the civic nationalists.  But I think the dissidents should be willing to talk with us.  They have lots of important insights into the failures that the Republicans have been guilty of over the years.  They could point out the mistakes we must not make again.  And they represent a sizable chunk of the population.  They need to be part of the dialog.

As I’ve said before, the Right needs to expand the conversation.  When the neocons were the gate keepers, they got to dictate what was the window of acceptable opinion and that got us to the point where objecting to illegal immigration was an unacceptable position.  It’s important that a robust debate goes on and some of the people on the outskirts of the party are right about things that the establishment has been dead wrong about.  The people on the fringes aren’t right about everything but a dialog with them would be good for both sides.

UPDATE 24MAY2022

A commenter named Tucker had this to say:

“I would strongly recommend that the author of this article visit this link and absorb the rock solid analysis that “Civic Nationalism” is a gigantic fraud.

https://www.eurocanadians.ca/2020/08/civic-nationalism-is-fraud.html

I also encourage any readers of this author’s article to read the analysis cited above.”

So I went to the link and read the 5,500 word post that listed five reasons why civic nationalism is a fraud:

I. This brings us to the first and most obvious fraud of civic nationalism. Being that, by its very definition, civic nationalism isn’t even nationalism.

II. The second fraud of civic nationalism is that it’s just globalism by another name.

III. The third fraud of civic nationalism is that it’s extremely vague and practically impossible to enforce.

IV. The fourth fraud of civic nationalism is that it’s born from cowardice and cannot save whites from replacement and extinction.

V. The final fraud of civic nationalism is that it’s never worked and it never will work.

Looking through these various charges of fraud I see a list of the grievances of white citizens of the Anglosphere against their governments for allowing large scale immigration from the third world.  And I am fully sympathetic with these issues.  I am also aware of the reverse discrimination that these governments have been guilty of over the last decades in a wrong headed attempt to undermine the dominant culture in these places.  But in my mind none of those problems are tied to civic nationalism.  They are tied to some sort of white guilt that the elite class feels.  Donald Trump had no problem pointing to illegal immigration as a danger to our country.  And he was clear that reverse discrimination was going on in our government.  It seems to me that what is needed to eliminate these problems are leaders who are not ashamed of the history of the people who built the country.

As far as the demographic situation, stopping uncontrolled immigration will lessen the impact of demographic change but even if every “illegal immigrant” was sent home the non-white component of the population would still be a very significant part of the United States.  But I am more interested in making sure that the country maintains the culture that made America a special place.

The European heritage that the English and the other European settlers brought has a distinctive style.  It fostered thrift, hard work and family life.  That is what needs to be maintained.  Celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Fourth of July are an important part of the civic life of our country.  The Christian heritage is an important part.  These things have resonance with many of the immigrants who came here in the last fifty years.  Latin Americans are Catholics.  They enjoy Christmas the same as Europeans.  Many of the Asians who live here are Christians too.  Certainly there are differences in these peoples’ lives but they can be good Americans.

I think the more important problem is finding leaders who aren’t afraid to call out anti-white discrimination.  We need politicians and judges who will strike down things like affirmative action and restore our rights to freedom of free association.  The endless attempts to enforce equality of outcome in the face of the reality of human differences must end.  Seeing racism in every disparate outcome is nonsense.  Some people are smarter.  Some people are harder working.  Punishing those people to make less intelligent or lazier people feel good is unjust.  What must be maintained is equality under the law.  Equal opportunity is sufficient to allow just outcomes.

And private association also needs to be unrestrained by government oversight.  People need free association to flourish culturally.  Men’s clubs have the right to exist.  So do ethnic societies.  So do people who like baseball.  You wouldn’t force a baseball club to give equal time to a member who wanted the yearly outing to be basketball game.  If the Daughters of the American Revolution are forced to accept members from Papua-New Guinea because otherwise feeling might be hurt that negates the very meaning of the organization.

I don’t see a civic nationalist point of view preventing anyone from eliminating a lot of the problems that have made life in the United States unfair to white people.  What it takes is being unafraid to call out unconstitutional laws and also putting a brake on immigration to prevent destroying the original culture and way of life.

The ZMan Speculates on Where We Are With This Election

The ZMan is not a Trump fan.  But he is interested in how the American electorate’s understanding of Left/Right politics is adapting to the new landscape we now live in.  And because he’s not a Trump partisan I find it especially confirmatory of my opinion that he also sees that the media are using exactly the same inflated numbers for Biden that they used for Hillary back in 2016.  It’s wonderful how today Biden is up by 7 points in Florida.  I remember back in 2016 there was such excitement because Florida had Hillary ahead early and everyone on the Left was haling it as the demographic inevitability that they’d been heralding for a decade.  And then they lost.  I guess the idea is to discourage voters by telling them their votes won’t matter.

The ZMan also notes that the rioting isn’t very popular with white voters almost everywhere.  Who knows maybe even Oregon and Washington voters may be fed up enough to send a message to their representatives on election day.  Maybe a representative or two get’s bounced in favor of a Republican here and there.  Wouldn’t that be something.  So anyway, it’s good to see the ZMan is seeing a lot of the same things I am.  It doesn’t hurt to have a neutral party confirm your opinion once in a while.

 

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A Convincing Critique of Free Market Capitalism

Another Friday, another podcast by the Voice of Saruman.  This week the ZMan’s talk was a condemnation of Free Market Capitalism or as he characterized it “Marketism.”  Now, I’m far from an adherent to all of the ZMan’s opinions but I think it would benefit even the most strident libertarian to listen to this argument.

In my youth I was a pretty strong adherent to the idea that whatever I built was my own business and the government had no right to tell me how I could run it.  But after witnessing the stalinist policies of Silicon Valley and their cronies in the rest of big business I’m perfectly willing to see the Department of Justice crush them if for no other reason than to pay them back for the damage they’ve done to regular people that ran afoul of their twitter mobs and sjw finks.

But I digress.  Forget the ZMan’s other dissident right beliefs.  Listen to his arguments and examples.  He makes a whole lot of sense.  Capitalism is not a religion it’s a tool.  If it doesn’t serve the needs of the people then it’s a bad tool and needs to be fixed.

 

 

Thoughts on the Smollett Travesty

As with everyone else I’ve been amused by the level of dishonesty on exhibit by the various Progressive participants in this farce.  At the primary level we have Smollett and his Nigerian-American assistants who faked an attack and made a false police report.  They sparked a spate of politician and celebrity condemnations of President Trump, republicans, and in general, anyone who doubted the story.

At the secondary level we have all of these defenders of Smollett who even after the Chicago police confirmed Smollett’s part in the event refused to condemn him.  This is despite the testimony of the brothers who assisted him in the hoax.  They still doubt his culpability, preferring to doubt the police testimony rather than face reality about their ally.

And finally, at the tertiary level we have the media which has gone to great lengths to provide support for Smollett and his defenders in an ever-changing narrative for why all of this is President Trump’s fault.  Initially, the story was that President Trump’s supporters were the attackers.  Then we were told that background levels of racism were what inspired Smollett to exaggerate this particular incident.  And now the story says that the real victims are those poor future victims of racism who won’t be believed because of this present event.

But just as interesting is looking at the way the various voices on the Right have looked at it.  One of the more interesting discussions came from the Z-Man.  http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=16618

His main point was that the Left isn’t going to acknowledge their error and they aren’t going to learn a lesson.  That is why a long string of hoaxes will never lead to an apology from the Left.  And that is why right-wing pundits hoping to reason with the Left are wasting their time.

Perhaps the only useful thing that can happen during one of these events is to help sort out the real allegiance of those in the middle.  When some allegedly neutral party starts telling us not to judge or excuses the hoax based on historical oppression you’ve learned something.  On the other hand, if you ever find an assumed leftist who finally sees the light you’ve probably found a normie who has finally had enough hypocrisy.

Interestingly, even someone who in the last few years has been vilified by the Alt-Right as the epitome of Never-Trump foolishness can be acknowledged for a sensible insight into the phoniness of these leftist hoaxes.  Here Vox Day acknowledges that even Jonah Goldberg can provide a sensible argument to show the absurdity of these hoaxes.  https://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-obvious-implication-of-hoax-crimes.html

The only way I can see good coming from all these events is if someone made a movie out of all these hoax exposures and let it be distributed as widely as possible.  Of course, Hollywood and the media companies would never allow their distribution network to show it and the colleges would probably unleash antifa on any student groups that attempted to show it on campus but even internet access would be something useful.  It really is remarkable how outrageous some of these phony hate crimes are.

I wonder what the next one will be.

More Kevin Williamson!

Boy, this guy really must need a job.  He’s still getting his friends (and enemies) to talk about him.  Jonah Goldberg expends enormous eloquence and even some unexpected candor quoting Michael Anton’s verdict that the Right must adopt the same rules as the Left or suffer defeat.  But he still refuses to acknowledge its necessity.

The Z-Man will have none of it and his analogy of the Marquis of Queensbury boxer getting in the ring with the Lord Humongous wielding a nail studded club is extremely vivid and persuasive.

I wonder if anyone (including myself) would be this interested if I got fired.  What a big baby.

 

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