By Hunter Wallace
At National Review, Kevin Williamson is worried that rightwing populist parties are uncucking the Right in Europe. He’s worried it could happen here and wants Marco Rubio to give some lip service to immigration restriction and make some token gestures to the conservative base before the Republican establishment loses containment:
“In a pattern that will not be unfamiliar to those following the politics of “welfare chauvinism” — which is traditional welfare-statism fortified with nativism — the DPP’s win came largely at the expense of the free-market Venstre party, which seeks to reduce welfare spending while the DPP promises to increase it. …
It is (relatively) easy to have a discussion about immigration as an economic issue or as a law-enforcement issue. But one despairs when wondering whether it is possible even to speak about immigration as a cultural issue. Trump cannot do it, but, given that he can rarely assemble a complete English sentence, this is no surprise. His epigones and his salesmen are even worse, a loose coalition of star-struck know-nothings, white nationalists on Twitter with Charles Martel avatars proudly proclaiming themselves the last true Christian knights in Mom’s basement, and media entrepreneurs whose main interest is in peddling gold coins and freeze-dried apocalypse lasagnas — a movement off its meds …”
His brave conclusion: it is legitimate to worry about losing your country, but all you rubes better vote for Rubio.
Rich Lowry steps on to even more dangerous ground by suggesting that Scandinavia is the way it is because of Scandinavians:
“The first thing to know is that Scandinavia is inhabited by Scandinavians, a hardworking, responsible people who have had high levels of social trust and cohesion for a very long time. These are splendid qualities for any place to have. As Sanandaji points out, Scandinavia already had high life expectancy and other health indicators before it expanded its welfare state, and already had more equal societies.
You can take the Scandinavians out of Scandinavia, but not the Scandinavia out of the Scandinavians. Sure enough, they have thrived here in the United States outside of their social-democracy hothouse. The descendants of Scandinavian immigrants have median incomes 20 percent higher than the U.S. average, and their poverty rate is half the average, according to Sanandaji.”
The upshot of all these debates is that Scandinavia has moved to the right and trimmed its welfare states as of late. Nordics are a hardworking, high trust people who pay for their welfare states with high middle class taxes. Danes have superior social services (free college tuition, healthcare, childcare, etc), but due to things like that 25 percent VAT tax Americans have more disposable income and more options.
The cucks want to invoke culture and ethnicity to point out why the Nordic model would never work in the US without sounding “racist.”