James Edwards gave this speech at the Amren conference.
We have fresh evidence that James is correct that came out today from the Homeland Institute.
The results are intriguing, to say the least. For example, the accusation of wokeness has almost 70% of the power of an accusation of racism in terms of respondents’ willingness to actually follow through with boycotting a business.
Another major finding is that among white Republican voters, an accusation of wokeness being leveled against a candidate was almost twice as damaging as the charge of being racist.
But the most interesting finding was that 7.2% of white Republican respondents said that an accusation of racism would actually make them more likely to vote for a political candidate.
The full report is below. …
Surprisingly, though, among Republican respondents 42.6% said they were less likely to vote for a politician accused of being racist, compared to 79% who said they were less likely to vote for a politician accused of being woke. …
In Year 3 AF (After Floyd), it is now twice as damaging to your career on the Right to be accused of being woke as it is to be accused of being a racist. The charge of wokeness is also 70% as damaging as racist overall. The old taboos are crumbling and new taboos are emerging in their place.
Wrap your mind around that one.
John Ganz was getting at something like this point the other day. There has been such a dramatic level of radicalization on the Right since 2020 that social conformism is starting to work to our advantage. Among young White men, peer pressure works against the Left now.
As Sam and Matt discuss on their podcast, the success of the alt-right in taking over the right was not through organization or persuasion so much as acculturation and absorption. They pumped the entire atmosphere with propaganda until it just became the air the younger members of the movement breathe. They can’t even see it anymore. They just repeat and share the memes. I’ve called this process “groyperfication.” Again, this process is highly germane to fascist politics. Part of the enjoyment or the existential relief in it, is the automatism: traditionally, you snap to attention, you give the salute, you shout, “Heil Hitler!” This repetition of slogans, the mechanical adoption of poses and dispositions, and the spontaneous enactment of them is more essential than internalizing the ideas. You just do it. To borrow the concept of a Nazi philosopher, Heidegger, it’s behaving according to Das Man—The One or The They. It’s just what one does. What does one do if one if one is a young right-winger? Well, one follows and shares a lot of extreme right content. They do the memes. If you object, if you are uncomfortable about it or creeped about it, social conformism does its bullying work: you’re cringe, a squish, a pussy, a cuck.
The creation of a They or social conformism allows people to adopt the politics, to further its ends, without owning it. This lack of thought or depth of any kind is a political asset. As Hannah Arendt wrote: “It can overgrow and lay waste the whole world precisely because it spreads like a fungus on the surface”.
I often like to tell James that he is the median Republican voter now and that he should consider running for state office or Congress in Tennessee. The Republican establishment has been reduced to a disaffected rump that ranges from 5% to 15% of Republican voters.
Note: The latest post-debate Morning Consult poll has Nimrata Haley clocking in at 3% support after her strong debate performance. David Brooks actually thinks she has a chance to win the primary. In fairness, she was once considered presidential timber less than a decade ago.