Sam Francis called the American conservative movement a collection of “beautiful losers.” To look at them now, a more apt descriptor would be “sore losers.” The meltdown of the mandarins of Conservatism, Inc. over at National Review about Donald Trump can only be seen as the last gasp of an increasingly irrelevant “movement.”
The heirs of Buckley would love nothing more than to exercise his inquisitorial powers over Donald Trump and the growing “alt-right” movement. Over twenty “movement Conservatives” penned diatribes against the Donald in the latest issue of National Review. For the most part, these barely rise above the level of “democrats r real racists guyz!” to denunciations of “nativism” and faux patrician concerns about “vulgarity” as defined by Leo Strauss (I’m looking at you, Kristol). What we are seeing is no more than the death throes of Conservatism, Inc. in a wild temper tantrum.
Events have accelerated quickly. First there was GOP “cucksultant” Rick Wilson’s pathetic whining on MSNBC about Donald Trump and the alt-right, to Rush Limbaugh’s acknowledgement that nationalism and populism had overtaken conservatism. The lame conservative movement is on life support.
The dispossession of the Beltway Right is a moment that should be celebrated and seized. Sam Francis once denounced “the managerial verbalist class” which includes the oh so precious contributors to National Review. The controlled grammatical tyranny they have exercised over the thought of the Right is nearing its end. Instead of writing their obituaries with a period, let’s do it with an exclamation mark!
The truth is, publications like National Review and the entire “conservative” movement are nothing more than sinecures for a b-squad managerial elite on the Potomac. Like the collapse of the Soviet Union, the collapse of Conservatism, Inc. has been swift and unexpected (at least, to them). They’ve even lost the RNC (Ha!) But with the destruction of this false opposition to our reigning liberal hegemony, a new opposition can take hold.
That’s where we come in. Donald Trump has been a great beginning towards restructuring politics in the United States. In the last year we have seen moves towards nationalism, and even a nascent whiff of a white “identity politics.” Seizing the mantle of opposition brings new possibilities and new dangers. Of course, this is the only way forward.
Francis said the choice:
Between the present elite and its challengers is not merely between one power and another. It is a choice between degeneration and rebirth, between death and survival, for survival is not a right or a gift freely granted by the powers that be. Survival, in the jungle or in political society, is a hard-won prize that depends ultimately on power itself. In this world, wrote Goethe, one must be the hammer or the anvil.The essence of the message from MARs [Middle American Revolutionaries] is that the messengers want to work the forge.
We have to be the hammer! The death of Conservatism, Inc. is going to leave an ideological void on the right. One that we should be eager to fill. Where they offered platitudes, we will offer identity.
One of the main currents that run through all of those pathetic squawkers in National Review’s “symposium” (we get it! You’ve read Plato) is a loyalty to abstractions. They rant and rave about “liberty,” “the Constitution,” “muh rights,” etc. But the truth is, none of those things matter much outside of the particular people that gave birth to them. Our people. Who are being hammered by the pincers of mass immigration and cultural marxism being pushed by our managerial elite.
National Review likes to claim that they have been “standing athwart history yelling, ‘Stop!’” In reality, they have done nothing more than stand behind history yelling “me too! me too!” while chasing off its best minds and adopting yesterday’s liberalism. With this latest stunt, they fall further into irrelevancy.
The “beautiful losers” of yesterday’s conservatism have morphed into today’s sore losers. We're going to wipe the floor with them.