I’ve written about the old right before. By way of brief (and over-simplified) summary, the old right opposed the New Deal and was killed by the new right. The new right accepted the New Deal and tried to fashion a conservatism at peace with the welfare state. Unfortunately, that task is impossible as the great thinkers of the old right told us. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand how our politics works.
I think Glenn Beck’s recently rally is the dawn of a new new right. The new right is dying.
Of course, I’m not the only one saying this – I’m just the one putting it in historical context. Let’s see what others are saying and then I’ll try to synthesize the arguments.
For example, here’s John Derbyshire saying the same thing in his own way:
The underlying concepts of Beckism are all liberal. They dare not be otherwise, or Beck would lose his TV show, his O’Reilly spots, his publisher and sponsors, Sarah Palin (and all his other links to official Republicanism), and be cast into outer darkness. To pursue the ship analogy, he would have jumped overboard. All public displays in our society, from 30-second TV commercials to Acts of Congress, are constructed on liberal premises. That’s the direction the ship is sailing—westward, to the left. . . .
Hence the failure to mention uncomfortable truths like, to take a random sample: . . .
* the mad folly of giving settlement visas to a million foreigners a year when unemployment stands at ten percent;
* the doubleplus-mad folly of permitting illegal settlement of millions of Mexican and Central American peasants to form a permanent new underclass making huge new demands on government services;
* the gross and pointless squandering of public monies on crackpot schemes of education reform;
* the certainly and inevitably nation-destroying effect of permitting public employees to unionize;
* the impossibility of effective law enforcement without racial profiling;
* the absurdity of waging war not to crush and demoralize the enemy, but to transform his nation into 1955 Oklahoma.
* the infantile narcissism of believing that all life’s ills have a remedy in law;
* the contradiction inherent in wishing for a health-care system that (a) has no socialist component, or only a modest one, while (b) providing every known treatment or level of care to every condition for everyone;
* the doubleplus contradiction inherent in the previous bullet point when the genome can be cheaply and rapidly sequenced.
Here’s Half Sigma, speaking of progressivism in religious terms as "unitarian universalism:"
[Beck] mostly talks about God, but never mentions Jesus once. Many times, he specifically tells listeners to go to their churches, synagogues, or mosques. That’s right, the word “mosque” was used many times.
Beck and Palin are trying to take back the real America, and for them the real America is the one that leftists have spent the decades since 1965 turning into the one we know today, the one with white race replacement built into its very foundations. Beck and Palin are proud of their people, proud that they have voluntarily – or involuntarily, depending on your point of view – relinquished the nation controlled by their ethnic group for the great universal nation, where all are welcome – except the natives – where MLK is the only Ph.D. (other than Kissinger, perhaps) routinely styled "doctor" and who has become America’s patron saint.
As it turned out, the rally was actually a huge revival meeting, in which Beck implored America to turn back to the god(s) of our Jewish-Christian-Muslim-Hindu-Mormon-Sikh-Zoroastrian heritage that made America great. He had over 200 members of the clergy on the podium, and he stressed that they were from “all faiths” and it didn’t matter which god we pray to, as long as we pray to something or someone, singular or plural. Just pick a higher power and go with it. In other words, it was the largest Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in history. . . .
Clearly, Beck’s rally was a vague, confused jumble of meaninglessness. Or, if you prefer, a hot ghetto mess. Yet many conservatives are excited and thrilled, and think that 8/28/10 will forever be remembered as some kind of turning point, as the day when the huge task of “taking America back” formally got underway. In reality, it was the exact opposite. I’m convinced that one of these days, we’ll look back on this as the nadir of the mainstream conservative movement, as its death rattle, as the day the conservative movement gave up the ghost. Hundreds of thousands of white conservatives spent millions of dollars to travel to DC, to stand around and do nothing, after being ordered not to bring any signs to express themselves, while Beck and Palin lectured them on the glories of The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., and the importance of getting back to the fundamentals of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Hindu-Sikh-Mormon faiths.
Meanwhile, back in reality, the world they’re desperately trying to preserve, but can’t, because they’re desperately afraid to even name it, just keeps disappearing. . . .
Thanks to immigration, sixty percent of the babies being born in Texas are non-white, and it’s only a matter of a few more elections before Texas’s electoral votes go to the Democrats, and when that happens, the GOP can forget about putting one of their own in the White House ever again. And there are many other cities and states that are right behind Texas, and lots more where the process will take a few more decades to have the same effect . . .That’s why the Beck Heads and Tea Partiers are losing their country. Not because they don’t attend their local mosque often enough. But they can’t admit that, because that would be “racist”, and losing your country is a lot better than being called “racist.”
The New New Right demands that we bow down to the god of diversity. The patron saint of all politics in the US is now Martin Luther King Jr.
Any effort to fight diversity – whether you opposed feminism, affirmative action, restricting immigration, etc. – is now prohibited on the right.
As Mr Edwards points out, this acceptance will allow the Republican Party to remain electorally competitive, just as in the past, the Republican Party had to accept the New Deal to remain electorally competitive. It will also continue the process of pushing the US to the left.
If you read this blog, you’re likely an opponent of feminism, democracy and/or the church of universal human equality. Glenn Beck’s rally draws a line in the sand. The process of expunging your views has officially begun. Steve Sailer and Roissy are today’s John T. Flynn and Albert Jay Nock. Who are Flynn and Nock, you ask? Nevermind, it doesn’t matter . . .