Power Politics

It was Chairman Mao who said that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” This is a fact that the radical left have always known but the “conservative” movement has never understood. The events at Donald Trump’s Chicago rally this weekend have only reinforced that fact.

The milquetoast conservative movement has always treated politics as a sort of parlor game instead of what it actually is, a struggle for power. Today, however, it looks as if their game is bing played in a parlor room on the Titanic, instead of one of their cushy Beltway sinecures. Ted Cruz typified this mentality when he said:

”America is better than this. We don't have to tear each other apart…When you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.”

Well yes Ted, the voters are angry and righteously so. White Americans, in particular, have been attacked by an invisible hand of forces that the conservative movement was either too powerless to stop, or actively helped along due to their own deluded ideologies.

Marco Rubio, served up what will undoubtedly be the party line at National Review tomorrow:

”You saw those images last night of people ... often divided up on racial lines in many cases. Police officers bleeding from the head reminiscent of images from the '60s. I mean, we're going backwards here. This is a frightening, grotesque, and disturbing development in American politics.”

But the fact is, we are not going backwards, but forwards. The future, like politics, is tribal. It is the “liberal” and “egalitarian” hegemony that has reigned for most of our lives that is the aberration. The waking dream so many have been living in is starting to come to an end.

The “movement” that has given us Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and National Review has never understood the nature of politics. In part, because they don’t understand what it is to have an identity, they bound themselves up in a nutshell of “principles” and count themselves, kings. But when that nut is cracked, they are exposed for the powerless, spineless, b-squad managerialists they are.

Identity politics for White America is coming. Perhaps faster than any of us could have predicted. Our enemies(and their lapdogs on the “right”) call Donald Trump’s rhetoric “dangerous” and “divisive” because it is, however, strange at times, a call to an implicit white identity.

Our enemies on the left, whether they be Black Lives Matter, George Soros, the SPLC, the ADL or whoever play politics for keeps. For too long the Right in America has refused to confront this fact because in doing so they would cease to be losers, they would cease to “stand athwart” history and would become its active participants.

For us, understanding the real nature of politics is implicit in who we are. As Carl Schmitt pointed out, at its root politics has a friend/enemy distinction. Implicit in that is an understanding we saw bleeding out of the streets of Chicago this past weekend. Politics, like history, has made a comeback.