Is Rod Dreher terrifying?
Rachel Bovard? Yoram Hazony? Oren Cass? Give me a break.
“Rachel Bovard is one of the thousands of smart young Americans who flock to Washington each year to make a difference. She’s worked in the House and Senate for Republicans Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, and Mike Lee, was listed among the “Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” by National Journal, did a stint at the Heritage Foundation, and is now policy director of the Conservative Partnership Institute, whose mission is to train, equip, and unify the conservative movement. She’s bright, cheerful, and funny, and has a side hustle as a sommelier. And, like most young people, she has absorbed the dominant ideas of her peer group. …
This is where Viktor Orbán comes in. It was Dreher who prompted Carlson’s controversial trip to Hungary last summer, and Hungarians were a strong presence at the National Conservatism Conference. Orbán, in Dreher’s view, understands the civilizational stakes of the culture war; he has, for instance, used the power of the state to limit how much transgenderism can be taught to children in schools. “Our team talks incessantly about how horrible wokeness is,” Dreher said at the conference. “Orbán actually does something about it.”
This is national conservatism pursued to its logical conclusion: using state power to break up and humble the big corporations and to push back against coastal cultural values. The culture war merges with the economic-class war—and a new right emerges in which an intellectual cadre, the national conservatives, rallies the proletarian masses against the cultural/corporate elites. All your grandparents’ political categories get scrambled along the way. …
Over the past few decades there have been various efforts to replace the Reagan Paradigm: the national-greatness conservatism of John McCain; the compassionate conservatism of George W. Bush; the Reformicon conservatism of the D.C. think tanks in the 21st century. But the Trumpian onslaught succeeded where these movements have so far fizzled because Trump understood better than they did the coalescence of the new American cultural/corporate elite and the potency of populist anger against it. Thus the display of Ivy League populism I witnessed in Orlando might well represent the alarming future of the American right: the fusing of the culture war and the class war into one epic Marxist Götterdämmerung.
Sitting in that Orlando hotel, I found myself thinking of what I was seeing as some kind of new theme park: NatCon World, a hermetically sealed dystopian universe with its own confected thrills and chills, its own illiberal rides. I tried to console myself by noting that this NatCon theme park is the brainchild of a few isolated intellectuals with a screwy view of American politics and history. But the disconcerting reality is that America’s rarified NatCon World is just one piece of a larger illiberal populist revolt that is strong and rising.”
Pol Pot is more interesting than Viktor Orbán.
I think White Nationalists who overly obsessed with Jews are wrong about this. It is true that Jews are vastly overrepresented among oligarchs and PMCs, but these people are recruited from all races and ethnicities. At the end of the day, the fact that some are Jews, some are White, some are black and so on in different proportions doesn’t really matter. They are all the same. They look the same. They have the same faggy accent and worldview. It is the same class of people who dominate all institutions.
This is what I call the look:
Now, this is what I would call terrifying.
“In the four years that the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, it was responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th Century.
The brutal regime, in power from 1975-1979, claimed the lives of up to two million people.
Under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge tried to take Cambodia back to the Middle Ages, forcing millions of people from the cities to work on communal farms in the countryside.
But this dramatic attempt at social engineering had a terrible cost.
Whole families died from execution, starvation, disease and overwork. …
Declaring that the nation would start again at “Year Zero”, Pol Pot isolated his people from the rest of the world and set about emptying the cities, abolishing money, private property and religion, and setting up rural collectives.
Anyone thought to be an intellectual of any sort was killed. Often people were condemned for wearing glasses or knowing a foreign language.
Ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims in Cambodia were also targeted.
Hundreds of thousands of the educated middle-classes were tortured and executed in special centres. …”
Admittedly, Democratic Kampuchea is the most extreme example of what “Crush the Urbanite” can look like in practice. You can picture something like this happening in this country. It wouldn’t matter in the slightest that people like Brian Stelter or Chris Hayes are White.
Hey, you know, one can dream of waking up one frosty morning to the managerial regime falling and this entire class of bugmen being wiped out and their cities being emptied and razed to the ground like in Cambodia. I don’t give a shit what race they are (White, Jewish, black, brown, yellow, etc.)
It is just a thought. I can think of things that have happened in the recent past which are a lot more terrifying than NatCons!