I enjoyed my Telegram chat with Mr. Confederate Man last night.
Topics include …
The use of old labels and paradigms which increasingly no longer really capture our current cultural and ideological divide – “White Nationalism” at a time when Whites are more bitterly polarized than at any point since the War Between the States, “Southern Nationalism” at a time when rural/urban divide runs through every state and the geographic divide pits the coasts against the interior, “Alt-Right” and “Dissident Right” at a time when most of our views have gone mainstream.
The tendency in our circles to continue fighting old battles long after they are over – It is not 2020 or 2016 or 2012 or 2000 anymore. The political landscape and composition of both parties has changed since Trump was elected president. The sheer number of radicals in both parties has also changed. The Republican base is now radicalized in a way which wasn’t true in 2016 or even in 2020. Millions of Trump voters are open to the idea of violent revolution to restore Trump to power. Joe Six Pack storming the Capitol on 1/6 illustrated how radicalized that normal conservatives have become. The perception of conservatives in 2022 hasn’t caught up with where conservatives seem to be at these days.
Why I changed my mind about voting and engaging with the Republican Party – Over the past three years, the Republican base which is working class and middle class White evangelical Protestants in the South have warmed up to the idea of a National Divorce, Christian Nationalism, White advocacy and opposing the Great Replacement, thereby erasing the divide which used to exist between the “fringe” and the “mainstream.” At least in the South, most White Republican voters are somewhat sympathetic and receptive to our message now, so it makes little sense to continue acting like an internet edgelord. The people who we always sought to persuade are coming around en masse now.
The gap between elderly Republican politicians and Conservatism, Inc. and the White evangelical Protestant base in the South – As things stand today, this sea change in the Republican base which has radicalized over the past three years isn’t reflected in elected politicians, particularly in the gerontocracy that rules the Senate. The polls show that the Republican base is sympathetic to a National Divorce, Christian Nationalism, White advocacy and opposing the Great Replacement now. More people should run for federal, state and local office on these issues in order to test the waters.
In sum, we are no longer “extremists.”
We are not a marginal force in American politics. We are not light years apart from your typical White Christian conservative Republican voter. A combination of COVID, the George Floyd riots, the rise of Wokeism, Trump losing the 2020 election and the Joe Biden presidency has had the predictable effect of radicalizing the Republican base. The dissolution of the Union is now on the table.
Note: I think you might have to join the Telegram group to listen to our conversation.