No Ideas

The other day, I was looking around for ideas and stumbled across this article at the ironically named American Conservative. I mock the name of that site because there’s not much about it that is conservative. Even their anti-war positions are reflexive and not very well thought out. Rod Dreher has been the main guy for a while and he has lurched from one fad to the next, looking for a cult he can join that will give meaning to his life. The new editor appears to be trying to make the site more like other legacy right operations.

That article got my attention, because at the top was this note, “Editor’s Note: This is the first in a collaborative series with the R Street Institute exploring conservative approaches to criminal justice reform.” I had never heard of the R Street Institute. There are so many of these rackets around Washington, it is hard to keep up. I looked up their financial and saw right away that it was the usual cast of subversives. Any operation with David Frum must be working against the interests of white American. That’s axiomatic now.

If you look at the R Street website, they pitch themselves as a generic libertarian sort of operation. The word “free market” has become an abracadabra word to the donor class that subsidize these outfits. It basically means these guys are OK with the cultural strip mining that passes for capitalism these days. Just as over-class jargon about “diversity” always signals a war on white people, the use of “free market” means a war on the middle class by the globalists that see America as nothing more than a pirate’s cove.

Ironically, these R Street guys have landed on prison reform as an issue they will champion as conservative. Anyone over the age of 45 knows that “prison reform” is code for “throw open the prison doors so the blacks can run wild.” There’s never been a prison reform effort with the goal of making the streets safe. Instead, it’s either a libertarian fetish for anarchy and free weed or a Progressive assault on order. The effort to make this a conservative principle is just another example of the death of conservatism.

Now, the Right was always just the dancing partner for American Progressivism. A great way of putting it is from Robert Louis Dabney, “American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition.” You’ll note that he wrote that over a century ago. What tends to lead people into dissident politics is the realization that the so-called conservatives are just body men for the people they claim to oppose. Their ideas are intended to enhance, rather than reject, the morality of the Left.

The reason the modern Right seems like a barren field with tumbleweed bouncing across it is that their dancing partner is now just a shuffling zombie. The Left has not generated a serious insight about modern society in over a generation. Their last big public policy idea was ObamaCare. Otherwise, it has been a series of bizarre gestures toward increasingly narrow fringe groups. They are the dog that caught the car. The Left has a free hand to do what they please in America and they have no idea what to do.

The result of this lack of ideas is that politics is now just a combination of money grubbing and hysterical public tantrums. The hilariously over-the-top reactions in the media to Trump’s meeting with Putin is a good example. None of these people can tell us why Putin is suddenly the devil. They don’t even try. Instead, they carry on like teenagers in a slasher film. They took turns trying to outdo the previous loon’s contrived outrage. It’s as if they are trying to scream the devil into existence, so they can have a reason to scream.

Much gets written about the impact of cosmopolitan globalism on the middle class and the cultural identity of western nations. It is assumed that the people doing this to us have a purpose, but in reality they are working on inertia. They don’t move forward toward a goal, rather, they just move forward because that’s what they do. The politicians are feckless airheads and their advisers are craven ninnies. Everything is a bust-out now, not because they are crooks, but because they can’t think of another reason to get up in the morning.

That’s the other consequence of cosmopolitan globalism. It hollows out the intellectual elite, just as it kills the middle-class. This was evident a century ago, the last time the world was sure globalism was the cure. The great powers staggered into the abyss, because they lacked the ability to question their own policies. A war that should have never started, went on for years, because both sides kept doing the same things over and over, hoping for a different result. They murdered themselves for lack of a new idea.

Of course, I could have the cause and effect backwards. Maybe the cultural collapse of the West naturally makes one-world utopianism appealing. The Left ran out of ideas fifty years ago and the Right has been on fumes since the 1980’s. Europe has not had a new idea since Marxism. Without a reason to argue and debate, maybe it is natural to assume there is nothing left to debate. All the big problems have been solved and it is time to step into the glorious future. The lack of competition has made our ruling class dull.

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Corn

“ None of these people can tell us why Putin is suddenly the devil.”

Putin is mean to gays and seems to have little enthusiasm for butt sex.

What respectable man/woman/nonbinary would hold such views in 2018???

Joshinca
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Joshinca

Putin is the Devil because he is the leader of Russia, a country that repudiated communism.

Which makes them apostates to the left, and therefor mortal enemies.

Tax Slave
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Tax Slave

“Now, the Right was always just the dancing partner for American Progressivism. A great way of putting it is from Robert Louis Dabney, “American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition.” You’ll note that he wrote that over a century ago. What tends to lead people into dissident politics is the realization that the so-called conservatives are just body men for the people they claim to oppose. Their ideas are intended to enhance, rather than reject, the morality of the Left.”

Zman, you’re brilliant. This paragraph is one I’m keeping.

Tax Slave
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Tax Slave

Another reason the progryssyves hate Putin is his forthright defense of Christianity. I believe it’s worth delving into more closely.

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

I think it’s much simpler than that. The left has never forgiven Russia for abandoning Communism.
Plus, the Cossacks. They constantly hear the horse’s hoofbeats in their heads.

Harmonium
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Harmonium

It has to do with the Putin’s treatment of the oligarchs. Look in to the backgrounds of the top 9. Amy chua’s world on fire has a good exposition .

J Clivas
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Russia these days is just too Christian for Progressives, just as it was for the Bolsheviks a century ago.

Wolf Barney
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Wolf Barney

The big idea of the left is to eliminate racism, which they believe will be accomplished by changing the demographics, sensitivity training to overcome bias, and attacking and silencing wrong-thinkers.

Which reminds me that Faith Goldy just got shut down by PayPal yesterday.

Juss Saeyn
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Juss Saeyn

“The big idea of the left is to eliminate racism” – I hear this all the time and it brings me to tears what horseshit that is. The hate-filled left doesn’t want to “eliminate racism” they want to eliminate you; the racism claim is a weapon in the cultural war.

Lineman
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Lineman

@Juss
Bingo…It’s amazing to me how many people haven’t grasped that…The core group of Communist’s want us enslaved or dead and they will use everything in their power to do so…

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

Oh, so it’s the “Communists” who are to blame? Can you be a bit more specific about who promulgated this agenda, while avoiding appeals to NAXALT?

Kind of like how the Bolshevik Revolution was “Communist.”

Lineman
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Lineman

You seem to have a thought in mind so go ahead and spit it out…I on the other hand can understand evil can reside in any religion, government, or a people…

DLS
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DLS

The big idea of the left is not to eliminate racism, but to create racism to give them something to fight against, and thereby giving meaning to their empty lives.

Juss Saeyn
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Juss Saeyn

DLS – yes… however, in addition to “giving meaning to their empty lives” they also incidentally want to eliminate yours.

Wolf Barney
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Wolf Barney

Of course the sinister Soros-types and the professional race hustlers and (((others))) live for racial division. But they’d never admit it. They’re trying to combat racism is what they say. But the nice liberal cat ladies and pussy hat-wearing feminists and soyboys truly believe the answer to racism is for Whitey to have babies with brown people and to silence anyone who disagrees. We’re-all-the-same and punch-a-nazi is what they believe and there’s absolutely no tolerance for disagreement.

Dutch
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Dutch

The dilemma for the left is that they are making whitey “woke” (as “white privilege” is essentially living one’s life “not woke”), but the awakening is igniting a white tribalism somewhat akin to all the other forms of leftist tribalism going on.

So they need to thread the needle by getting us all “woke”, meaning aware of our white tribal identity and all that it means, but still encouraging us to race mix in breeding and attitude. I am not so sure that is going to work out in their favor, when all is said and done.

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Dutch, don’t forget about the “enlightenment”… Wokeness for the elite 😉

Juss Saeyn
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Juss Saeyn

Capitulation Conservatism is stomach-turning… endless appeasement of the left… the more radical the left goes, the more appeasement necessary. Z’s material is fresh air and helped me discover I’ve been “dissident right”, far as I understand it, all along.

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

Did you just invent the phrase “Capitulation Conservatism?” That is the single best summation I’ve heard for all of the legacy magazines and talk radio.

The conservative who thinks we can reform the country by better outreach to minorities, constitutional conventions, or tax cuts is more of an enemy than Alexandria Ocrazyio.

Just Saeyn
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Just Saeyn

LineInTheSand – I’ve never heard that before so yes, it’s reasonable to say I came up with it. I couldn’’t begin to touch Z for the clever twist, however I do have the odd inspired moment… So, yes, spread it around and let’s get that demeaning phrase in circulation, “Capitulation Conservatism”.

CAPT S
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CAPT S

Superb essay. Keep “peeling the onion” on these thoughts … you have about 6 additional essays embedded in this one. As for the lack of ideas, I’d say it’s time to reevaluate Jefferson’s vision for the U.S. as opposed to Hamilton. Two hundred years down the Hamiltonian tunnel and the political class (and mass society) think it still might lead to perfecting man. Jefferson has a few “new ideas” for us to consider. For starters, the dissident right may want to consider thumbing their nose at conventional wisdom and educate their young men for careers as sole proprietors in the… Read more »

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Capt S, to “educate their young men for careers as sole proprietors in the trades” is the single most important thing we can actually do to revitalize our people, our communities, our culture, our nation, and our civilzation.

You’ve hit on the fulcrum point.
All the rest will follow.

Lineman
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Lineman

Been trying to move young men in that direction for quite some time now…All my son’s are or will be headed for lineman jobs…In my opinion it’s one of the top trades out there(kinda biased) and it’s booming right now…

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I’m sure that if we just wait a few minutes, peer review ™ will inform our politicians that a double serving of emasculating “don’t rape” re-education will solve our problems

Toddy Cat
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Toddy Cat

The “American Conservative” now has a number of writers and editors who are actual, self-admitted Marxists, neither American nor Conservative in any normal sense. That they are getting on board with the latest Leftism fad of “Open the Prisons!” is hardly surprising. AmCon has been worthless since McConnell and Buchanan left. It’s kind of like a magazine version of “Saturday Night Live”, or Fred Reed – it’s there because it’s there, and most people don’t even know or care that it still exists.

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One of Conquest’s laws :
Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
I would say even if they are explicitly it will go left.

Of Hoffer’s:
“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

George
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George

But isn’t the American Conservative “explicitly right wing.” We need a stronger law!

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One way to look at it is that on some deep psychological level, leftists never really expected to win. They’re only really happy when they’re losing, or, more specifically, when they’re being oppressed, because standing up to oppression is a force that gives them meaning. Where an opponent refuses to be genuinely oppressive toward them, they will, in their minds, form that opponent into the most oppressive thing they can think of (hence why all of their opponents are Hitler, on the verge of a new Holocaust), not because they’re hysterically overreacting, but to give themselves a really worthy oppressor… Read more »

Tamaqua
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Tamaqua

That does seem to fit the pattern of the abolitionists after their victory in the Civil War. Having freed the slaves, the abolitionist movement after “reconstruction” failed in 1876 moved on for other progressive pastures, until returning to the oppressed negro in the 1950s for a new crusade, after a century of neglect in which white southerners had rebuilt the racial status quo, becoming a threat again.

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Rousseau was wrong about many things, but one thing he was right about is that material progress does not translate into spiritual progress. One mark of liberalism has been a tendency to see material progress and attribute that to liberal “reforms” that have taken place around the same time. They think that there is a loose cause and effect relation between the two. This is precisely what Rousseau denied was taking place. But that kind of thinking continues today. The fear of “turning back the clock” begins with this assumption and the shrillness of the admonitions not to turn back… Read more »

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Don’t forget that the abolitionists largely moved on to the two great leftist causes of the late 19th century: womens’ suffrage and Prohibition. Both ended up working about as well as the idea of integrating blacks into white society as equal citizens did.

Severian
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There it is. The worst damage is always done by “Progressives” who missed their generation’s Great Crusade. The nutters of the Gilded Age were too young to have done anything in the Civil War, so they went crazy with feminism, prohibition, socialism, etc. In our time the most damage has been done by the Boomers, who are *sure* they would’ve ended the Vietnam War if they weren’t in junior high at the time. Hell, the newest generation of lunatics doesn’t even have a war to protest, since protesting Gulf War 2 was weaksauce anyway (largely because Boomer fossils made it… Read more »

A Bit of a Jerk
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A Bit of a Jerk

Almost every older person marched with MLK at Selma, just ask them. Thanks guys.

Dutch
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Dutch

I don’t generally like long comments, AntiDem, but yours is particularly valuable. It also suggests that they hate it when we ignore them, in all their acting out. I intend to keep ignoring them when they act like idiots in my presence, so they will continue to turn up the crazy. I want them to be as crazy as possible (which also seems to be the objective of Trump’s trolling, on Twitter and elsewhere).

Hoagie
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Hoagie

And that’s precisely what they don’t get about Trump, Dutch. To my joy!

Kentucky Headhunter
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Rebels are gonna rebel. That’s all they know and all they want to know.
Hammers and nails all the way down.

George
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George

Being “overdogs who think of themselves as underdogs” is definitely an important park of their inpenetrable doublethink mental armor. Of course, WE also think of ourselves as underdogs. We need to develop some objective “dog scale” of power and influence to settle once and for all who the overdogs and underdogs are.

Mike_C
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Mike_C

“only really happy when they’re losing, or, more specifically, when they’re being oppressed, because […] oppression is a force that gives them meaning”

This goes a long way toward understanding the motivation behind persons such as Barbara Lerner Spectre.

Anonymous White Male
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Anonymous White Male

“Everything is a bust-out now, not because they are crooks, but because they can’t think of another reason to get up in the morning.”

Sorry. They are crooks.

miforest
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miforest

I am on the same page , I posted a long rant on this above, with a couple of links you may like.

Primi Pilus
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Primi Pilus

Because of this and due to the mental and spiritual illness of our elites, we stand on the threshold of a national horror — perhaps even a civilizational horror. Indeed, we’re probably already inside of that threshold. Even one who dedicated his professional life to protecting and serving the existing structure can see this clearly now, as do many of those with whom I served. But, great post, as usual. It’s hard now to provide any meaningful or useful comments, since the awful truth is just so plain to see — they are either going to co-opt us into their… Read more »

Severian
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+100. It sure feels like early June, 1914, around here, doesn’t it?

Primi Pilus
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Primi Pilus

Agree. I just have that uncomfortable sense that something huge is brewing beneath our feet. The people are in an uproar, on both sides; traditionals are furious, but mostly still quiet, and our leaders — my God — our leaders and elites. The ineptitude, unceasing self-interest and calculation, smug ignorance and willful blindness, lack of vision and real leadership ability, and nearly unbroken record of failure or destructiveness these last decades. I keep watching for the silent “tells” as to what people are thinking. One I keep pondering …. hunting is down slightly, yet firearms purchases (as reflected only imperfectly… Read more »

Berty
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Berty

It’s really disappointing me that Trump isn’t forcefully attacking his party enemies (Sasse, Graham et all). It makes him look feckless and weak.

Sidvic
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Sidvic

Dude, give him a break. He fighting on multiple fronts!

J Clivas
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Trump during his campaign humiliated Graham and McCain. People like them neither forgive nor forget.

Pimpkin's Nephew
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Pimpkin's Nephew

The Allies always treated the Vichy authorities – and later the Italians – as ‘potential friends’, with results more good than bad. To forcefully attack weak and compromised men who may yet (obviously for their own reasons) join your side once you’ve established that you’re the ‘strong horse’ is bad politics.

A jackass like Graham might be shining your shoes in a year; the real enemy wants to kill you. Keep priorities straight in wartime.

Mcleod
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Prison reform. Once upon a time in my state a judge was going to release a prisoner that was at one time on death row for brutally killing a six year old girl. Don’t really know the specifics, but there was a public meeting with LEO, media, and local pols. Granddad pulled a card to speak and went against the grain by encouraging them to release the prisoner. If fact he felt it was appropriate that they release the prisoner in the same small town where he killed the little girl and in a nod to forgiveness they should release… Read more »

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Glenn Reynolds likes to say that the justice system isn’t there to protect ordinary citizens, it’s there to protect criminals from the much harsher treatment they’d receive at the hands of ordinary citizens.

Spud Boy
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Spud Boy

Perhaps conservatives are discussing prison reform in an attempt to win over blacks, who seem less and less enamored with the open-borders Democrats. Trump probably has more black support than any Republican president in recent memory.

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

So we win a few black votes for immigration restriction so that blacks can feel happy that their sons and nephews get to run violently wild. I don’t understand this desire to win over the blacks. The numbers of them that are responsible and persuadable are so vanishingly small and uninfluential. Please like us black guys, we’ll feel so much better about ourselves!

Wkathman
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It’s a form of worthless virtue signaling that only makes conservatives look completely deluded. Whether they ever realize it or not, conservative values are essentially white values. Thinking that more than a handful of blacks will ever embrace Whitey’s norms is over-the-rainbow absurd. Better to develop some brand of identity politics that can effectively preserve those norms. Conservatives need to wake up!

miforest
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miforest

I think you are wrong about one thing, they ARE crooks . The level of pay to play in DC would make Capone blush . the corruption is on an unimaginable scale. The GOP’s greatest success has been hiding the fact that they are completely sold out to the cheap labor lobby and the democrats by pretending to be dumb and out of touch . Think about how may time you hear someone on talk radio or fox news lamenting ” I don’t know why the _____(gop leader) doesn’t understand that the base wants to fix immigration reform ” or… Read more »

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Pelosi has never earned more than $200k a year, I saw recently that she’s worth about $200mil, a thousand years of saving every penny.

Burner Prime
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Burner Prime

The recent hysteria over the Trump/Putin meeting was just incredible. This was literal screeching autism. Two days ago there was a terrorist attack in Pakistan that killed 150 people, but no media was covering it at all. CNN front page was all-Trump hate, Trump high treason. This is solid proof the left has one singular goal in mind, and that does not include care or concern over human life or international events. It’s all Fake News – all of it. We live in the age of insanity.

MtnExile
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MtnExile

Money quote from the end of that article: “It’s time for conservative holdouts to embrace a new, more vibrant, and sustainable identity.” In other words: resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

It’s kind of like that test the Germans administered to see if you were a mental defective: make a sentence with the words “hare, hunter, field.” If you couldn’t do it, they’d take you for a ride in one of their carbon monoxide vans.

Try it: new, vibrant, sustainable.

J Clivas
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“The hare chased the hunter out of the field.” How’s that?

De Ferrers
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De Ferrers

If anyone is curious how the American cuckservstive ended up cucked, Ron Unz (its former publisher) gives us insight here: http://www.unz.com/runz/why-the-american-conservative-purged-its-own-publisher/

Apparently other than dreher, nothing else on that stupid site gets clicks. It’s just a intellectual playground for ultra wealthy funders’ vanity. Actually started as a Buchananesque website but craved legitimacy of “mainstream conservativism”

Bob
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Bob

Love the Dabney reference. The entire essay, “Women’s Rights Women” is an eye-opening read correctly predicting our political climate (and downfall), written in 1876. The essay is a must read, and unfortunately not provided in whole by Counter Currents. Good luck finding it online. If anyone wants it, reply.

Ursula
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Ursula

I’d like to read it… here’s a link I found: http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/5/22/womens-rights-women

Or maybe there’s a better link? Thanks to you and Z Man for Dabney references and my continued education!

Bob
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Bob

That is the best link I’ve ever found. Thank you!

Severian
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“The Left has not generated a serious insight about modern society in over a generation.” Which one? I’m seriously asking – I spent a whole series of blog posts trying to determine the last time the Left had a new idea. My answer was Marcuse’s “Fuck your way to Socialist Enlightenment,” circa 1955. I’d be interested to hear your take.

Gravity Denier
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Gravity Denier

The Left has had one new idea in my lifetime, although it’s not an intellectual one … more of a value system. That is institutionalized “rebellion.” Beginning with a few writers (Jack Kerouac et al.) in the late ’50s, by the mid-’60s it was in full spate. “Dissent” became an article of faith and a requirement for respectability. The counterculture was the culture from then on. To be taken seriously today, a work of art or even of pop culture must be “edgy” … “pushing the envelope” …”transgressive,” etc. Look at the kinds of sculptures once-traditional museums put on their… Read more »

Pimpkin's Nephew
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Pimpkin's Nephew

Here’s the rub: When a Leftist offers a serious insight about modern society, he’s cast into the void, he’s no longer a Leftist. Orwell is the classic example.

Which is to say that the last real expression of ‘leftist’ insight – be it Orwell’s, or that of the great Whittaker Chambers – is that ‘leftism’ is a virus and a catastrophe for the human soul and the continuance of normal human society.

That said, remember, it took real leftists – genuine post-Christian humanists – to experience these epiphanies under the duress of ‘apostasy’ from the ‘creed’.

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wjkathman

I frequently wonder if many on the Progressive Left aren’t simply like spoiled children acting up as a means of inciting whitey (“the man”) to impose some much needed discipline on the misfits. Human beings thirst for values and structure. Progressivism is the erosion of values and structure to be replaced by either nothing at all or perhaps empty hedonism. Even a lot of Progressives, if only subconsciously, must sense that something considerable has been lost. Lingering dilemma: can anyone restore it?

Dave
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I’ve long thought that this was the case. White women and black people generally has been shit testing white males for 2 generations, and not getting the desired response, which is a spanking and being sent to bed without dinner. Women definitely desire this, and black people crave order and discipline, but don’t want it from whitey. It pains decent black people that a large subset of black people are incapable of maintaining even the most rudimentary civilizational structures. That white people have to do it for them creates a smoldering resentment in them that occasionally explodes into hysteria and… Read more »

Dtbb
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Dtbb

Maybe Trump should make a tweet aimed at the crazy libs saying “Here comes daddy and my belt is coming off.”

George
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George

Really, I put the Putin hysteria down as a crude attempt at a putsch. Remember, very powerful people were literally calling for a coup d’etat during the height of the hysteria. It’s really the same as when they tried to gin up frenzy to oust the president because of a lack of “mental fitness.” I know the ZMan is not big on the JQ, but *all* the guys fabricating “evidence” of the president’s insanity were those guys. And this second putsch’s cast of characters has plenty of overlap. And I think the hysteria is real, in a sense. They are… Read more »

George
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George

I’m actually not a super big fan of this guy, but if you want a theory about why the left hates Putin, in “ordinary” ideological/religious/demographic terms (with a little JQ kicker at the end), you can look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJdxNEgWirM

BernCar
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BernCar

Good one, ZMan–The dog caught the car. lol.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey said as the “great powers staggered into the abyss” on the eve of WW1. I don’t know that we have seen them lit yet, but maybe soon.

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It’s all too abstract for my monkey brain. What’s an “idea” anyway? What new ideas have the Right had? Nothing new under the sun right? There can’t be any new ideas. Just new shades of meaning. More emphasis here, a little less there. I suspect the “No ideas” mantra is just a deep sounding put-down. And if it’s effective for our side, I’m all for it. But just between us bros, it doesn’t really mean anything right?

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

New ideas relative to the last 50+ years: race realism and awareness of J*wish tribalism.

Arthur Sido
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I hold out some hope for Rod Dreher. When he isn’t shilling for his awful book or delving into the latest example of papist covering up of pedophilia, he says some stuff that gets close to being red-pilled. I think that if he could get over his incessant need to be liked, he might be useful. Perhaps he will say something a little too edgy and get fired from TAC, that might do the trick.

Dave
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Dave

I’ve been reading Dreher regularly for about 6 months, and he has the red pill in his mouth but hasn’t swallowed yet. Unfortunately, he will never get over his self admitted nerd desire for acceptance, thus will never be a true dissident. He does admit that he knows a type of white identity politics is coming, and based on the ever increasing hysteria of the left, doesn’t blame average whites for jumping on that band wagon. He admits that we really won’t be left with any other choice, and he’s right. You can also see this among guys like Tucker… Read more »

Altlander
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Altlander

Since all institutions are wobbly and decrepit towers of corruption why wouldn’t our military industrial complex be the same. An institution that originally filled a need just teeters on and on through the decades after WW2, after the Cold War, after the War on Terrorism.
Our intelligence agencies are pretty much the same.
What we can look forward to is these institutions no longer creating overseas bogeymen.
Their new ideas will probably take a much more domestic turn.

Dutch
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Dutch

The new intelligence agencies seem to be pretty effective in their tasks.

I’m talking about Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

J Clivas
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“Any operation” with David anything, you mean.

Holiday Inn
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Holiday Inn

The left’s big idea is open borders. It’s backfiring though, maybe for the first time.

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Open borders, is one. There’s no such thing as race, is another. Gender is relative, yet another. These are huge ideas. I just think the whole “the Left has no ideas” is a non-starter. It gets you nowhere in a conversation. Everyone thinks, correctly, that new ideas come from the Left. It’s what the Left does. Progressive…progress over old ideas, with new ones. Yes, the Dissident Right has a fresh take…”new ideas”. But that doesn’t mean the Left doesn’t. A crappy idea is still an idea. Especially when it has traction.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Funny thing about the Progressives is they act as though Russia simply did not exist until 1917 and after that mostly as a misapplication of socialism as the true glorious future. And now Putin is some sort of novel Satanic incarnation. He’s simply a throwback to when Russia was a large, but relatively poor country enforcing its own Monroe Doctrine in the Slavic neighborhood. They’ve got a couple of traceable commodities, energy and weapons and an oligarchic system little removed from the royals and serfs.

ErisGuy
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ErisGuy

I was looking around for ideas [at the] American Conservative

Search for the water of ideas in the desert of the mind.