2016 May 10 Tuesday
The Neoconservative Brand Is Dead
Peggy Noonan on the #NeverTrump neocons:
"If it is a rebuilding, on what grounds do the NeverTrump forces think it will be rebuilt? As a neoconservative, functionally open-borders, slash-the-entitlements party? I am not sure, whatever happens in 2016, that there will ever again be a market for that product."
She left out "overthrow Muslim country governments" as a key part of the discredited product with "and pay to take in the resulting refugees" as another key part that is especially popular with the crazy woman who runs Germany.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is dismayed by the resulting populism. But Mitt chose open borders guy Paul Ryan as his presidential running mate. So fixing America has to involve changes that make Mitt Romney unhappy.
In another sign that our elites are not on the same side as us: Former Facebook workers say Facebook routinely suppressed conservative views. Consider what that article says the next time you think about using Facebook.
If Donald Trump wins this fall then not only will the Clintons and Obama's legacy be repudiated but also Dubya's as well. Their legacies are in need of repudiation. Hoping it will happen.
By Randall Parker at 2016 May 10 09:47 PM
Great post! My only concern with rising populism is its response to the entitlement crisis. No one really has a good response to this (which is a HUGE crisis, not just here but all throughout the West and Japan). Do you think the can will just continued to be kicked? When does this blow up? My guess is that it is coming sooner rather than later.
I think neoconservative = overthrow Muslim country governments.
"ever again" "Again"? I don't think there ever was a market for such a party in the first place, which is why the GOP had to pretend all this time that it wasn't an open borders party.
But, particularly now, you don't throw open the borders in the middle of a war. And I think the general public is starting to awaken to the fact that we ARE in a war with Islam. Or, at least, Islam is in a war with us, whether or not we want to be in a war with it.
The political class is still in denial about that.
I think the HBD blogosphere, libertarians and paleocons have done great work in building an alternative (not meaning altright) political platform, which Trump now uses. Sure, Trump has his own stuff, the anti-tradedeal opposition
I struggle to find any mainstream thinker, who's on the level -- when I think of the anti-neocon right, I think of Sailer, Razib, Pat Buchanan, Derb, Justin Raimondo, Ron Paul, Lion, Jason Malloy, Audacious Epigone, you (Parapundit), and many similar others on Twitter. Now, all these people are not necessarily in agreement, but they've done the field work for opposition.
It's quite remarkable how right the blogosphere has proven to be, against both liberal, libertarian, neocon and mainstream Republican nuttiness.
"Mitt Romney is dismayed by the resulting populism."
Like father, like son. George Romney was part of the Rockefeller liberal Republican faction that helped bury Barry Goldwater in 1964. Many thought the Republican party was dead, but such reports were exaggerated. The GOP surged back to add 47 House seats in 1966 and win five of the next six presidential elections. George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller weren't heard from again.
Now bankster Mitt and his globalist-neocon buddies are going the way of his Dad and Nelson. Good riddance. Here it comes - wait for the sound - FLUSHHHHHHHHHHHH!
None of it really matters. If Hillary wins, and perhaps even if she doesn't, it's going to mean amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens, a quick citizenship ceremony, and then it's lights out for Republicans at the national level. The last real chance to change anything was 2000 when the lamentable George W. Bush was the establishment candidate. The wall and strict enforcement of the laws already on the books could have pushed back the destruction of the country by decades. The Republicans weren't interested. These useless turds are the front line defending Western civilization, and well, you see how that's going.
I expect more can kicking for the entitlements crisis. Too many people want to keep getting their benefits. The voters are corrupt.
Consider the Tea Party: Biggest grass roots political rebellion on the Right in decades. A large element of the support for the Tea Party was for cutting entitlements for working age people to preserve the money for retirees. That's the biggest non-elite response to the entitlements crisis to date. No recognition that they both needed to be cut. The elites are either in favor of expanded entitlements (e.g. Obamacare supporters) or at least afraid to cut entitlements (especially for the elderly). So it looks like deadlock as far as the eye can see.
The acute phase of the entitlements crisis has been delayed by very low interest rates. The US government (and several others such as Japan) can run ever larger deficits because interest rates on debt are so low. The crunch time comes when the real rate of interest in debt rises to levels that brings US debt repayment into doubt. Short of that crisis I do not expect the entitlements crisis to be addressed in a positive way.
Historically, "neoconservatism" was a movement into the Republican party of Democrats who couldn't stomach the left's refusal to take the threat of communism seriously. Hence "neo", or "new" conservatives.
Neoconservatism has been dead for decades. The end of the Cold war killed it off, by depriving the issue that drove it of any relevance.