“The conference’s lone foreign policy panel was a parade of hawks from the Hudson Institute and its cousins. Risible re-brandings were the order of the day: America should be a global ‘sheriff, not a cop,’ which apparently amounts to a reheated Ledeen Doctrine. Gary Cooper, six shooters…it was enough to make another draft dodger, the Duke, smile from the saddle, somewhere.
The vapid doctrine of ‘fight them over there’ was trotted out (pro tip: think a little harder about who ‘them’ is). All ritualistically bashed NATO, but no speaker had the sense or independence to suggest actually junking the farcical Atlantic alliance. Instead, the trick is apparently to continue to cajole the Europeans to pay more – a show that hit reruns during the Nixon administration.
Hudson’s Michael Doran invoked America’s supposed Middle Eastern allies. Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey, he averred, were the guarantors of regional stability. That these states are basically mutually antagonistic and increasingly unable to defeat even their weak neighbors was hand-waved away or outright ignored. David Goldman, the lone interesting voice on stage, noted that Turkey’s Erdogan has ‘been bought lock, stock, and smoking barrel by the Chinese.’ Everyone has woken up to China, at least rhetorically. …
For those paying attention, the elephant in the room was National Conservatism’s eager emcee, David Brog. Brimming over with bonhomie, he is an Adelson acolyte, a longtime operative for perhaps the most execrable billionaire in all of American politics – a coveted title, to be sure. Sheldon Adelson, octogenarian casino magnate and GOP mega-donor, has advocated tossing a nuke into the Iranian desert. He is more beholden to the Chinese than even the hated Google; Adelson now draws the bulk of his gaming revenue from Macau, not Vegas. Yet there stood his surrogate as the new cheerleader for American nationalism. Washington wept. …”
America isn’t the “policeman of the world” anymore.
It only intends to be the sheriff under “national conservatism.” As for our foreign policy, Sheldon Adelson remains the proud owner of it and all his puppets were there to insist ISRAEL IS OUR GREATEST ALLY. There is no room for dissent on that subject in “conservatism.”
“We are nationalists, not white nationalists,” David Brog, one of the organizers, said in his welcoming remarks, calling any equation of the two “a slander.” He then pointed to the door and invited anyone who “defines our American nation in terms of race” who had slipped through the conference’s careful screening to leave. …
“Today is our independence day,” Yoram Hazony, an Israeli political theorist, author of the recent book “The Virtue of Nationalism” and the conference’s intellectual prime mover, declared in his fiery opening remarks. “We declare independence from neoconservatism. We declare independence from neoliberalism, from libertarianism, from what they call classical liberalism.”
“There is something that unites everyone in this room,” he continued. “We are national conservatives.” …
In a talk called “Why America Is Not an Idea,” Mr. Lowry, the author of the forthcoming book “The Case for Nationalism,” took aim at “one of our most honored clichés”: that the essence of Americanism lies only in its ideals. …”
In case you haven’t heard, Rich Lowry and Marco Rubio are national conservatives now. John Bolton was also a keynote speaker. Yoram Hazony, the organizer of the “National Conservatism” conference and president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, is an Israeli nationalist.
The Herzl Institute “aims to contribute to a revitalization of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the family of nations through a renewed encounter with the foundational ideas of Judaism.” It is nice to know their real priorities. David Brog, Yazony’s wingman who is on the payroll of Sheldon Adelson, is a Jew who is the former executive of Christians United For Israel.
So, here you have two Jewish nationalists presenting themselves as the gatekeepers of this exciting new thing called “National Conservatism,” and the ringleader of it isn’t even an American citizen. These are the people who have the chutzpah to tell Anglo-Americans who are descended from the founding stock of America itself to “get out” out of their conference and expect to be taken seriously.
“The conference organizers kept repeating how unwelcome white nationalists were at the event, as well as in the movement they’re trying to launch. In a speech on the opening night, Brog told anyone in the room who might have racist sympathies to leave, telling them “there is the door.” Hazony made similar points in his remarks, and encouraged attendees to take the threat of white nationalism seriously and not just dismiss it as a “tiny periphery.” Several well-known white nationalists, including VDare founder Peter Brimelow, American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor, and Identity Europa leader Patrick Casey, had applied to come to the conference and been rejected (Brimelow and Hazony fought on Twitter over the rejection). The organizers seemed cognizant of the imperative of keeping them away in order for their movement to be taken seriously, more so than the organizers of CPAC, who over the years have allowed white nationalists like Brimelow into the event. But the fact that they even had to address this issue shows the uncomfortable proximity of their ideas in many people’s minds with an openly virulent form of nationalism. …”
We need to take the threat of “National Conservatism” seriously though. These people are worried about the long term. They are thinking about us. We need to start thinking about them.
After the MAGA movement collapses, this is being prepped as the next new thing to suck the energy out of nationalism and populism and divert it back into the Jewish-controlled gutter of conservatism. It is totally and completely controlled by the same Jewish donors and staffed by the same cast of conservatives who have wrecked this country in pursuit of their agenda. The whole point of this effort is not to do anything about our problems, but to contain us as this country goes off the cliff in the 2020s.
Note: I was right to be skeptical two and a half years ago. As a rule of thumb, assume they have the worst intentions.