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Conservatism: is it dead?

There seems to be a growing consensus that ”conservatism” or at least the so-called conservative movement, is dead — or that it deserves to be.

This piece from The Right Stuff, called Divorcing the Conservative Movement, describes the ways in which the so-called Movement has failed to show any fight. The “right” has been too concerned about maintaining their genteel image and sticking to ideological principles (the ”free market”, etc.) and has neglected to display any kind of opposition to the left as they push their ‘progressive’ agenda ruthlessly.

Over at Free Republic there was a thread discussing the thuggery displayed by the left at the Trump rally, and many of the ”conservatives” were saying that they would never descend to the level of the left by using force, or by copying tactics like infiltrating their rallies to disrupt them.  Using force against leftists, even in self-defense, was considered ‘beneath us.’  One FReeper said ”we are better than that.” This is not what being a ”gentleman” means. This present generation may be ignorant of history but in the past, a true gentleman had to know how to defend himself, how to fight, how to use force when it was called for. It is only in the decadent 21st century that those who style themselves ‘gentlemen’ or just ‘nice guys’ think that they must not dirty their hands by defending themselves or their prized principles.

Much as I appreciate what good work Jared Taylor has done, I remember the video of a public appearance, where leftist college students mobbed him on stage and harassed him up close. As I recall, he simply let them stop his speech, probably wishing to appear stoic and ‘gentlemanly.’ Yet in the end, the thugs prevailed, and he was silenced.  I remember his body language as the leftist rabble surrounded him; he sort of shrank and drew in on himself. I wonder if even a defiant, strong posture would have deterred them somewhat. Mr. Taylor is, no doubt, a nice guy, but we’ve heard that nice guys ”finish last.” Nice does not work against the riff-raff.

Turning the other cheek was prescribed for personal disputes, not for cases of violence by mobs intent on intimidating or harming innocent people.

So yes, the ‘conservative movement’ has shown itself unwilling to do anything but roll over, and to passively acquiesce to whatever agenda the left is pushing. The establishment ”right” as it now exists is just a shadow of the left, following wherever the left leads.

However, the ”conservatives” certainly show some fight when they go after people who are to their right. The gloves come off then.

Another good piece here, called The Hollow Man, describes how the conservative establishment hollows men out; principled men, among whom the author counted Ted Cruz. I disagree on that point; I don’t think Cruz was ‘gotten to’, but he believes that Cruz has somehow been compromised by the ‘movement conservatives’ or the GOPe, so that it appears that his once-solid conservative ‘principles’ are gone. Now he, Cruz, appears to be a participant in the anti-Trump jihad by the GOPe — and their soulmates on the left, for that matter. The two sides may appear to be in opposition but they are ‘two souls with but one thought’ at this point, and that one thought is to ‘stop Trump’, or perhaps, stop the White Trash from taking over the precious GOP.

As I mentioned in my last post, there is very much an anti-populist, anti-White undercurrent to much of the venom directed at Trump, and at his supporters, who may be the real objects of fear on the part of the ‘respectable right.’

John Derbyshire apparently called the NR crowd, after they fired him for his politically incorrect writings on race, the ‘White Gentry.’ I am not sure that’s fair; I come from that class of people yet I don’t share their supercilious mindset. And Kevin Williamson, the NR writer who wrote a piece saying that ‘White working class communities deserve to die” is not of the ‘White gentry’ but apparently from a ‘hardscrabble’ background in West Texas. There is nothing like a man who has gotten ‘above his raising’ as they say in the South; a jumped-up common man who thinks he is better than those he left behind in the dusty old hometown. I spent part of my growing-up years in a dusty West Texas town so I know what I am talking about. Many of the people who moved away and ‘made good’ in the big city evidently always thought themselves better than the ‘White trash’ among whom they grew up.

Many of those who grew up working-class or ‘poor folks’ have more pretensions and aspirations to acceptance and ”respectability” than those who grew up among the gentry, who can often be more down-to-earth. I suspect many of the ”respectables” are people who still have not, in their minds, attained full acceptance among the ‘better’ classes, and are trying too hard to distance themselves from their roots. Insecure people, many of them, trying to ensure that they are accepted by the ‘best people’.

Finally, in this piece, Luke Ford pronounces conservatism ‘dead’, and at least makes a good case that it deserves to die, if it is not in fact quite dead yet.  Ford takes Kevin Williamson to task in his piece, as he rightly should.

I’ve been saying for years that the GOP deserves to share the fate of the Whigs, the party it replaced. I hope this current turmoil makes it clear that the GOP and ”movement conservatism” hates people like most of us. There is no earthly reason why a party which clearly views most White Americans with contempt should continue to exist. There is already one anti-White party run by elitists; why do we need two?

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2 thoughts on “Conservatism: is it dead?

  1. I don’t know why you conrtinue to cite FreeRepublic, a site no intelligent person should be looking at.
    Angolo-American conservatism has always been very close to, if not identical with, classical Liberalism. Hence the love of Capitalism. That needs to change.
    I enjoy your writing; I see no reason why anyone would be attracted to Ted Cruz or the GOP. Kill it.

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  2. I refer to Free Republic despite my expressed frustration with many of the opinions there because it is, like it or not (and I don’t) representative of the sort of middle-of-the-road, Rush-Limbaugh-listening segment of the GOP.
    And that’s where a lot of the discussion of the GOP/conservative struggle is going on. It’s a way of keeping a finger on the pulse of right-of-center America. I used to think that such people might become more ethnonationalist and some do show signs of it but as time goes on I think many of them are as lost as the hardcore lefties.
    So don’t be too hard on me; I don’t look to FR for intelligent discussion for the most part though there are a few signs of life there. I read a wide variety of online discussions.

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