David French has written like his 100th article on National Review about how he was trolled on Twitter by the Alt-Right during the 2016 election
“If you’re a conservative, the chances are that you don’t like to talk or think about white supremacy very much. After all, if you enter the marketplace of ideas with conservative views about, say, affirmative action, the welfare state, or ballot integrity, the chances are that you’re used to being smeared as a white nationalist or as playing “white-identity politics.” This is especially true if you support Donald Trump. …
No, there are immensely important cultural factors in play. The ranks of socially disconnected Americans are growing at alarming rates. Men and women, especially in white working-class populations, attend church less, their families fracture, and they check out of civil society. As Rich Lowry wrote after the Pittsburgh massacre, “the rise of mortality among a subset of working-class whites from suicide, drugs, and alcohol” represents “one of the most stunning trends in American life.”
All too many Americans suffer from a profound lack of purpose. But they still need purpose, and the aimless or despairing man is ripe for radicalization. He’s ready to take the “red pill” (the pill, from the film The Matrix, that opens your eyes to painful and brutal reality) and embrace a new cause. …
But the work that really matters is the immensely difficult task of cultural repair. Censuring and condemning — though necessary — don’t address root causes. Faith and family can act as a vaccine against extremism. As much as we might wish that better politics could provide the cure, only a purpose beyond politics can truly transform the human heart. …”
It is a “disease.” There is no “easy cure.” It is caused by secularism, social dislocation and the solution is modern American evangelical Christianity and cuckservative politics.
David French on Israel’s border:
David French on America’s border:
Nothing about my personal life lines up with David French’s cliches:
1.) I’m a happily married father.
2.) I’m a Christian.
3.) I’m deeply rooted in my local area. My family has been here since the 1830s.
4.) I write about politics on a daily basis. I vote in elections.
5.) I don’t use any sort of drugs. Does caffeine count?
6.) I love the South and have a deep knowledge of our culture and history which is the reason why I do things like protest the removal of Confederate monuments.
I love how David French engages in hand wringing about “extremism” while his Twitter avatar is none other than John Calvin. Has this guy ever read Calvin? Has he read Luther?
I’m willing to grant the point that the Alt-Right is disconnected from modern American Christianity. Americanity, which is some kind of weird hybrid of evangelical Protestantism and the Enlightenment, is a religion for wimps and losers. “Judeo-Christianity” is a monstrous heresy that was spread by cranks through radio and television in the 20th century. No one should be surprised that the products of 20th century American seminaries have lost cultural influence. There is nothing compelling about Christianity as they have been presenting it to their audience for decades.
Luther and Calvin were religious zealots. They weren’t “nice guys” like David French. They didn’t carry on about Muh Constitution. They didn’t try to reconcile their religious beliefs with all this Enlightenment nonsense which was still centuries in the future. There is a long process of historical development between their time and our time which revolves around all these lesser known American figures which has produced a culture that has led to the likes of the David French and Russell Moore.
History moves forward, I guess. If you go back a century ago, few Americans had ever heard of racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, white privilege, etc, etc. in 1918. “White supremacy” was the norm in America when Woodrow Wilson was president. My guess is that there is a “white supremacy surge” because so many young Whites are dissatisfied with mainstream conservatism, no longer believe in the shibboleths of postwar late 20th century America and are sick and tired of being lectured and indicted by the Left on the grounds of its fake, made up morality.