Voting for Trump, like pissing yourself for a moment of warmth, is a comforting short term gesture that actuality makes the problem even worse.— ? (@arnelsmom) February 14, 2020
How should the Dissident Right approach politics?
What should be our relationship with the mainstream Right?
AntiDem is highly upset with my recent articles about Chumps for Trump:
Let’s talk about power.
We live in a liberal democracy with a two party system. There are two coalitions in American politics. There is the “conservative” coalition which controls the Right and the Republican Party. There is the “progressive” coalition which controls the Left and the Democratic Party. These two coalitions compete for state power and representation in the government.
In the 2020 election, the conservative coalition and the progressive coalition BOTH AGREE that the Dissident Right “has no place” in American politics. We see this phrase “has no place” used over and over again to describe everyone who is to the right of Steve King. Sometimes it is “has no place” in the Republican Party. Sometimes it is “has no place” in the conservative movement. Sometimes it is even “has no place” in America. It is broad enough to include the Alt-Right, Dissident Right, White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis and even most of the Alt-Lite. Everyone who has been cast out into this space on the American political spectrum is officially beyond the pale. They have been pushed to the margins of society for the grave offense of violating one of the -isms or -phobias. They are “fringe” and not “mainstream.” They shouldn’t be represented in the government. They are the American equivalent of the Untouchable caste in India.
The whole point of engaging in politics and winning elections is to secure power through representation. The conservative and progressive coalitions have a gentlemen’s agreement though that the Dissident Right should have no representation in ANY government. Thus, it doesn’t matter whether conservatives or progressives win the 2020 election because the outcome will be the same for us. Both sides have already agreed that we should be socially ostracized and politically marginalized. Regardless of who wins the 2020 election, we aren’t a part of either team. We have already lost. Nick Fuentes, for example, is too toxic to be seen in a photo op with Charlie Kirk. The attitude of Conservatism, Inc. toward the Dissident Right is TOTAL HOSTILITY.
In the 2016 election, the Alt-Right participated in that election like it was part of the rightwing team. The vast majority of people in this space drank the Trump koolaid. They plunged themselves into the election and clobbered Hillary Clinton in the online space. After the election was over though, the result was that the conservative coalition was thrust into power to pursue its own goals and the Alt-Right remained marginalized. It was blamed though by the Left for Hillary’s defeat and its punishment was that it was wiped out on social media. Stupid people win stupid prizes and the Alt-Right truly earned its prize of mass deplatforming, Antifa violence and a state crackdown by acting like Donald Trump’s enemies were OUR ENEMIES and his fights were OUR FIGHTS. The Republican Party never saw it that way in the 2016 election. Instead of acting like political combatants, we should have been realistic and understood we were only spectators.
Why should we support the mainstream Right? Why should we participate and vote for conservatives in their stupid elections? These are the people are who primarily responsible for marginalizing us and making our lives miserable and destroying the country on top of it. There are some people in the Dissident Right who argue that we should support the mainstream Right and vote for conservatives because of immigration and changing racial demographics. In reality, the Trump administration has shown that conservatives have no interest in doing anything at all about the problem. There is no border wall. Trump has increased the caps on guest worker programs. There has been zero change in legal and illegal immigration over the Obama years. He hasn’t even deported as many people as Obama and is campaigning for reelection on the basis of giving amnesty to the DREAMers and INCREASING legal immigration.
If our goal is to change our relationship with the Right and to have power and representation in the conservative coalition, which is what the mainstreamers want to happen, then the primary goal has to be to get rid of this gentlemen’s agreement that the mainstream Right has with the mainstream Left that we are beyond the pale and should be socially ostracized and politically marginalized and should be denied representation in ANY conservative government or coalition. Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 election clearly didn’t have that effect.
Instead of being a cheerleading squad for Donald Trump, we should reciprocate the hostility of the mainstream Right. We should be neutral or hostile to the Right in the 2020 election. As long as the mainstream Right can continue to exploit our grievances to harvest our votes while marginalizing us in our own country, it has no incentive to change its behavior. Unlike the Dissident Right, the people who control the mainstream Right don’t care about these big ideas like “conservatism” and “populism” and “nationalism” although they give lip service to all of these things because rightwing people really do care about these ideas and sentiments. No, the only thing that they truly care about which is on display whenever they have state power is Israel and their money. They just spent the whole year of 2019 talking about nothing but fighting anti-Semitism.
If the people who control the mainstream Right start to believe that they stand to lose enormous amounts of money by perpetuating the status quo, that is when they will start to rethink their approach to the Dissident Right and when change will start to happen. Why should they change their approach to the Dissident Right though when the chumps will go out in every election cycle and vote and shill for them and fight their battles for them on social media anyway? They have succeeded in manipulating these people into voting for the mainstream Right and perpetuating the status quo for half a century by baiting and switching them in every election cycle.
AntiDem isn’t wrong that some of us want to sabotage the mainstream Right in the 2020 election. He is wrong that we are “allergic to gaining power.” We aren’t gaining power by putting Donald Trump and the mainstream Right in power. Instead, we are ensuring that we are socially ostracized and politically marginalized by electing these people who tell us we “have no place” in the Republican Party. From our perspective, it is better for the entire Right to be socially ostracized and politically marginalized than for the status quo to continue indefinitely.
I’m not saying that our political tribe should permanently embrace neutrality and isolationism and shun American politics like the Amish. We should be realistic enough to start acting like we are marginalized and ostracized and have no dog in these political battles rather than pretending otherwise. Perhaps one day our circumstances will change and we can reevaluate our options but until that is a realistic possibility we shouldn’t support the mainstream Right.