I find Yoram Hazony’s “National Conservatism” about as exciting as the prospect that the GOP will retake Congress in the 2022 midterms:
“On Halloween, the second National Conservatism conference, or NatCon II, will kick off in Orlando, Florida. It is hard to know quite what to make of the lineup for the three-day fest, which boasts a few household names (Senators Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio are both keynote speakers), but also features conspiracist Jack Posobiec of Pizzagate fame. One through line, with a few exceptions, is support for Donald Trump. But the animating ideas come less from the ex-president than from a disparate group of formerly obscure academics. …
Instead, these intellectuals have embraced various alternatives to American pluralism. Deneen has advocated for a political form called “Aristopopulism,” which aims to replace today’s elites with “genuine aristoi,” and he’s defended the idea of using “Machiavellian means to achieve Aristotelian ends.” J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and a current candidate for a Senate seat in Ohio, echoed the thought on Fox News. “If we want a healthy ruling class in this country,” Vance told Tucker Carlson in July, “we should support more people who actually have kids.” The Claremont Institute sees itself as engaged in a world-historical defense of America, which means standing in strident opposition to multiculturalism (the institute likes to call it a “war”). …”
I couldn’t care less if J.D. Vance is elected to the Senate.
Suppose that Vance is elected to the Senate. How would this change anything?
“He continued: “When you have a family or a tribe of one kind or another, those are the circumstances where consensus becomes possible [ . . . ], so I wouldn’t expect there to be consensus among national conservatives at this early stage. Since Brexit and Trump’s election there’s been a gathering sense that in between liberal Republicans or libertarians on the one side, and white identity politics on the other, there’s [ . . . ] a very, very large space. What’s happening right now is that space is organizing itself into a camp or a political tribe that recognizes itself [as such] and is working out what are the common ideas.”
This dissatisfaction of people on the right—the feeling that white identity politics are narrow-minded and counterproductive, while right-libertarianism is politically ineffectual or even an advantage to the Left—is what is bringing thinkers and activists to Orlando. The conference will host groups with somewhat divergent views, but Hazony suggests that most participants share a recognition that the rising “neo-Marxist” dispensation is an existential threat to western democracy. …
When the NatCon II proceedings begin next week, participants will be working to forge “a different kind of alliance.” Asked about the prospects for such an alliance to emerge, Hazony is cautiously optimistic: “if it’s going to happen [ . . . ], it has to be based on a public traditionalism; an endorsement of traditional and religious norms, which even liberals who personally would like to live otherwise should at this point be able to recognize [ . . . ] is necessary to prevent the literal dissolution of the United States.” …”
The idea here remains 1.) maintaining Jewish control over mainstream conservatism and rebranding it as “nationalism” and 2.) Jewish gatekeepers marginalizing White identity politics.
We don’t have to imagine how “National Conservatism” would work out in practice. We’ve already been through the Trump era. We’ve emerged on the other side of the Trump presidency worse off in nearly every respect than we were before. Insofar as there was any upside at all to the Trump presidency, it was that it was incredibly polarizing and “Taking Back America” was discredited by the experience. Millions of Trump supporters are now disillusioned enough to at least be open to our ideas.
The literal dissolution of the United States is a much more plausible solution to our predicament than anything being served up by the NatCons. If the GOP returns to power in Congress in 2022 and Trump returns to power in 2024, we know for certain that the outcome will be just another step down the road of polarization and radicalization of the other side. Progressives will become even worse than they are now and sharing the same country with them will become even more intolerable. The federal government will become more dysfunctional than it is now due to the incompatibility of the two sides.
The idea that NatCons are going “to reestablish the nation along with the family, God and scripture, man and woman, honor, sanctity, and various other concepts that have been overthrown” is ludicrous. Instead, Trump and the GOP returning to power will only further expedite their demise in the other half of the country. We’ve already seen how the Trump presidency fueled “trans” and “antiracism.” Progressives under Trump completely abandoned immigration enforcement and embraced censorship.
We can choose to go through this. We can do this all over again. Why bother though when we already know what the outcome will be? Why not get that National Divorce now?