Tucker Carlson Tonight is the only show that I watch on television.
CNN and MSNBC and the vast majority of FOX News programming is unwatchable Boomer feed. I spend a great deal of time reading True Conservative ™ websites and following and watching those people and their little discussions on Twitter. I see them as irrelevant, illegitimate and primarily as an obstacle in our way. They are like the deck hands on the Titanic.
“Four years ago, Paul Ryan, the GOP’s boy-wonder champion of entitlement cuts and immigration reform, was grudgingly settling into the speakership, having been drafted as the best hope of uniting his conference. Four years ago, the governor of Alabama was stumping on behalf of John Kasich in the GOP presidential primary. Four years ago, pundits were still calling Donald Trump a fluke.
Now we are here in this studio, where Carlson is reaping praise for a blistering segment on a Republican mega-donor, Paul Singer, that showcased how the billionaire hedge-funder had sapped a small Nebraska town of jobs after helping engineer the takeover of a sporting-goods chain that was headquartered there. He’s listening as Jeanine Pirro calls the impeachment of Donald Trump “hogwash” and reads passages from The Federalist Papers by way of explanation. In a few minutes, he’ll excoriate the think tank that served as the ideological bedrock of George H. W. Bush’s administration and was predicted to be Paul Ryan’s employer post-Congress.
A lot has happened in four years, and Carlson believes he understands why in a way his Beltway neighbors don’t. Perhaps it’s not right to say, then, that Carlson ensures his appeal to an economics of meaning gets lost when he insists that immigrants litter more than native-born citizens, or when he offers a platform to guys who are too alt-right even for the alt-right. Perhaps it’s that he knows what it takes to keep his audience listening.
So cue the lamentations again, this time from the movement conservatives, who might have hoped to see him contend with populism’s fraught history and Trump-era manifestation and shape it into something different. “Carlson has radically reinvented himself,” says David French, senior editor of the conservative outlet The Dispatch, “and one would hope he’d reinvent himself again, grant the reality of right-wing populism’s race problem, and do something determined and intentional to overcome it.”
When I relayed that sentiment to Carlson, he burst out laughing. “Whatever,” he said. “I’ve made a complete break mentally with the world I used to live in.” He later followed up with an official statement: “David French is a buffoon, one of the least impressive people I’ve ever met. Only in nonprofit conservatism could he have a paying job.”
These people don’t have any idea of what they are doing.
They live in a little ideological bubble in the clouds that has no correspondence to reality. They believe it is their job to conserve liberalism and spread it even further worldwide. These people are going with the flow, with inertia, conforming to the dominant ideology and “morality,” navigating through life, catering to the donors and giving them everything they want, etc.
What is the West going to be like when non-Whites start becoming the majority in formerly European nations? What is the West going to be like when it ceases to be Christian? In so many words, what is the future of the West going to be like after liberalism in the span of a few generations has finished routing True Conservatism ™ and dissolving the foundations of our civilization? Rich Lowry says that everything will be all right because at least we will still have liberalism, the English language, Israel and the Constitution.
This transition isn’t an abstract question for a philosopher to mull over in his study. This is swiftly becoming the new reality every day for more people all over the West. More than anything else, this will be the defining reality of the next thirty to forty years. As we saw with the spectacular collapse of the Labour Party, Muslim rape gangs and terrorism becoming a new feature of life in the UK for the White working class under liberal democracy has political consequences.
Professional Conservatism is drifting in one direction. The people underneath the mainstream parties in all Western countries in the conservative parties and the social democratic parties are moving in the opposite direction. Tucker Carlson is trailing behind us. He is as close to us as he can be while staying within the boundaries of the “mainstream” elite consensus.
How long will it be until the “mainstream” as we have known it collapses though? How do you contain the “far right” when it begins to hit critical mass in the 2020s?