Stupid CoNT’s

Most people think of cults as being a collection of suicidal weirdos led by a madman, who thinks he is Jesus. That’s understandable as they are the most colorful and therefore get the most attention. David Koresh and the Branch Davidians are the gold standard. Before him Charlie Manson was the guy Americans thought of whenever the subject of cults came up in conversation. The suicide cult is a regular feature of television police dramas for this reason.

The truth is, cults don’t usually end in mass suicide. In fact, it is rare. Usually they run their course, eventually running out of steam and the adherents wander off to other things. People are natural believers and the more intense the inclination to believe, the more likely they are to sign onto mass movements, even wackadoodle nonsense like UFO cults and recycling campaigns. They go from one to another, looking for salvation, sometimes even signing onto a movement built on the negation of their prior cult.

Think of the nutty aunt who is always into some new age nonsense. Maybe she was into crystals and then it was a fake shaman that helped her discover her aura. Then it was off to volunteer for one social cause after another. We all know these sorts of people, yet we seldom think of them as members of a cult, but that’s what’s going on with them. Cults are just small, temporary mass movements.

The assumption is that cults always have a charismatic leader, but that is not the case. Scientology is a cult and it lacks this feature. Modern American liberalism latches onto temporary leaders like Barak Obama and now Bernie Sanders. The Obamasoxers of ten years ago are BernieBros today. Buckley Conservatives have been calling every GOP nominee “Reagan” since ’92. It’s a type of cargo cult where they think if they pretend their man is the Gipper, they will be transported back to the 80’s.

This brings us to the Cult of Never Trump, known on-line as #nevertrump and billeted at on-line sites like the Federalist, National Review On-line and The Blaze. Like every cult, the adherents are convinced beyond all reason that their cause is based in indisputable mathematical truths. These truths are so obvious, they repeat them with a regularity that resembles a chant. Every CoNT I’ve encountered says the exact same things, like they rehearse them.

This was something visitors to Maoist China and Stalinist Russia noticed about the bureaucrats. They always said the same things in response to questions. In most cases, it was simply pragmatic. The party stalwarts, the spear catchers for the cause, they chanted the party line with the enthusiasm of the fanatic. They did not just believe the party line, they were defined by it and defined by their adherence to it. They would die for it.

As an aside, I knew an Iranian that served in the Iran – Iraq War. He told me a story about how his unit came up to a minefield. The Revolutionary Guards in their unit ran into the field, sacrificing themselves to clear a path through the mines. For these men, their life was only useful in service to the cause. They had given themselves over completely to the cause and the proof of it was their willingness to die for it. Before they stepped on the mine, they were already dead to themselves.

The other thing every mass movement requires, particularly cults, is the bogeyman. To quote the go-to source on these things, Eric Hoffer, “Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”  The Nazis had the Jews, the Stalinists had the Kulaks and now the CoNT has Donald Trump. The enemy is what comes to define the cult and gives it a reason to continue on, even when all the prophesies fail.

The interesting thing about the CoNT is that it started a lot like a UFO cult, rather than a mass political movement. Last summer, they dismissed Trump as a ridiculous showman and not a real candidate. Then he was a vanity candidate who would drop out by fall. Then he would be crushed in the debates. Then Iowa was going to be his demise. This has been a pattern right up to now. After each setback, the CoNT rejiggers the prophesy and comes up with a new date for when the Dirt Monster will be slain.

The gold standard on this type of cult is the study, When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World. The group they studied was a UFO cult led by a woman named Dorothy Martin. It eventually disbanded, but she went on to start other fringe spiritual movements. I’ll just note that she was initially involved with Scientology. Again, true believers tend to move from one mass movement, one cult, to another.

Like a UFO cult, the CoNT becomes hyperactive as the next big date arrives. For the last week they have been waging a campaign to prove that the Dirt Monster is Hitler, hoping to bring about the great reckoning this Tuesday. This will surely go on until Trump clinches the nomination in a month or two. What happens at that point is tough to tell. I doubt we see a mass suicide, like the People’s Temple, but they will have to contend with what experts call “dis-conformation.”

This is when the true believer is presented with irrefutable evidence that contradicts their belief. In the famous Dorothy Martin case, the Seekers explained that the aliens did not come and destroy humanity because the faith of the Seekers convinced the aliens to relent. My guess is the CoNT will come up with something similar, maybe claiming Trump has changed and their efforts to stop have reformed him and made him acceptable.

Others will never go along with this. Neo-conservatives like Max Boot and Bill Kristol can never reconcile themselves to Trump. These are Trotskyites, who have a vision of the world wholly incompatible with anything one can call conservative.  The smart money says they head back over to the Left and find some way to reconcile themselves to their old friends on the

Either way, we are bedeviled with CoNT’s for a while longer, then it will be something else.

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Turk Sylvester
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Turk Sylvester

I don’t know, so much of the “conservative” commentariat and politicians have been revealed as false agents (by their anti-Trumpisim) that it feels like a permanent fracturing of the non-Dem world. If that is the case, then which faction has the majority numbers is the next big question. Personally, I don’t see Kristol holding 30k person events very often.

james wilson
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james wilson

Watch John McCain and Lizzie Graham bolt the aisle, such as it is, before the inauguration.

Christopher S. Johns
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Christopher S. Johns

As usual, you’ve hit on something Z. I’ve also been puzzled about the vehemence and sheer irrationality of the anti-Trumps on the GOP side. I mean, when you get down to brass tacks, isn’t the point of politics to win? But the more Trump looks like a winner, the more unhinged the CoNTs become. Some of it, as you pointed out in the last piece on Krazy Kevin, comes down to class hatred – or in the case of Krazy Kevin, class self-hatred. It’s part of a vein I’ve seen recently in commentary on the Trump phenomenon that seeks to… Read more »

Turk Sylvester
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Turk Sylvester

I think it comes down to something as simple as people who love America (or at least the concept of America) are moving to Trump in large numbers. Because of all the nastiness surrounding this election, it isn’t possible for the pollsters and their masters to get a good read on the situation. And that uncertainty is scaring the poop out of the goose.

I think the media is working double hard overtime to make everyone think Trump’s followers are “unwashed” in order to keep “decent” folks from supporting him. It isn’t working.

Christopher S. Johns
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Christopher S. Johns

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the conservative establishment is being replaced for the simple reason that they have utterly failed to deliver on things that they promised even when handed electoral majorities. Really, other than the collapse of the Soviet Union (which was a generation ago) what have the conservatives conserved or achieved? Smaller government? Preserving traditional marriage? Undoing 0bamacare? Ending affirmative action? Halting Islamic terrorism? The one thing they have delivered on is championing open borders and wholeheartedly endorsing a kind of predatory global capitalism that has nearly destroyed American manufacturing. What I see in… Read more »

Delbert McClintock
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Delbert McClintock

CSJ, your POV needs adjusting. The conservative establishment have achieved every fukking thing they desire. That none of these achievements help working Americans is not incidental, it’s intentional.

Lulu
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Lulu

The anti-Trumpers I’ve encountered are a haughty, imperious, supercilious bunch (who all seem to get the same talking points memo every morning via social media or a chip in their brains) who share one other characteristic: They are terrified that they are not able to control the Trump supporters at whom they throw every malicious name, every bit of psychological warfare, they can think of. Throughout the course of Trump’s rise during the campaign some of them have lost numbers of candidates (sequentially), each of whom they vowed was “the best”, as attrition ran through the ranks. Many of them… Read more »

Buckaroo Banzai
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Buckaroo Banzai

The #NeverTrump phenomenon is surprisingly recent, at least on Twitter. The hashtag didn’t reach escape velocity until February 26th. So it’s only a few weeks old.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

First heard it on radio, Megan McCain, a determinedly moderate show on a large Midwest station
That says big money backing.

Jake Badlands
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Jake Badlands

What will guys like Rick Wilson and Stuart P Stevens end up doing? Supporting Bloomberg?

Delbert McClintock
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Delbert McClintock

Ever see “Midnight Cowboy”? A talented mouth never goes to bed hungry…

Terry Baker
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Another fun read. Thanks, Z-man, whoever you are. (apologies to the Lone Ranger Show)

Delbert McClintock
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Delbert McClintock

Z-Man, what’s your take on tequila? Damn it, 3x captcha’s so far!

Severian
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Z, you nailed it with your description of the Neocons as Cold Warriors. I’m not one of these guys who thinks every politician should be able to discuss Blackstone in Latin — and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that Trump doesn’t know the Assistant Vice Finance Minister of Azerbaijan or whatever — but, bare minimum, you need to be able to answer the seminal political question: What is government FOR? “Defending us from the Soviets” was a legit answer, however misguided the implementation. But now? 2016 is the first presidential contest I can remember where a frontrunner can… Read more »

Dutch
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Dutch

Trump is the enemy of my enemies, and day by day, the fact that someone is standing up to my enemies matters more and more.

Member

Me and the Trumpster hate the same people. I’ve been saying for 10 years that if someone got up and let rip at the people I hate, he or she would be elected president. I can’t do it and become President because I am too busy restoring my 68 Triumph so I am glad Don could step up. The thing I am enjoying the most is the pussy journalists, lefty wank comedians who have suddenly become sanctimonious televangelists and DC creeps who are lining up to scold the public who “too stupid to know what they are getting themselves in… Read more »

Ripple
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Ripple

I’s say Jim Jones and the People’s Temple are more the gold standard. After all, he murdered hundreds of his own followers (forced “suicide”), while the Branch Davidians were firebombed by the feds.TLLpY

Ripple
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Ripple

Oops…I accidentally typed the verification code at the end of that comment

Nash Montana
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Nash Montana

What stuns me to the max, is how incredibly SENSITIVE little snowflakes the so-called “conservatives” have suddenly become. In all their whining and moaning about the “tone” of one Trump, how he set the stage for “violent attacks” and that he is solely to blame for what happens… all this from the same people who would show the middle finger to political correctness or liberals getting their feelings hurt not so long ago. My thought is they’re just using that as a means to attack Trump, because it works so well for the left. That’s all it is. Because if… Read more »

Buckaroo Banzai
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Buckaroo Banzai

“My thought is they’re just using that as a means to attack Trump, because it works so well for the left.”
When you consider that the people who run the Republican Party are basically on “the left”, it makes perfect sense.
I saw a great Trump meme on twitter: “The Republicans in Washington can team up against Donald Trump in a matter of days…but can’t stop Barack Obama and liberal policies in seven years?”

alzaebo
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alzaebo

We forget who the real enemy of the political class is.

Foreign action only makes political stronger.
Fractuous Democrat coalition groups, seperately, have the numbers to support a politician-
but only one group, white middle class, has the numbers to take OUT federal polititions.

Thus, the demonized white middle is the true enemy and threat to the ruling class.

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It isn’t just the numbers in the white middle-class. It is also the courage, the brains, the money and the loyalty. The problem for the elite is that the NWO hasn’t come together as swimmingly as they thought it would. If normal men start spitting on their hands and raising the black flag any time soon, all the hard work will be for nought.

Andy Texan
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Regarding Trump derangement aka (CoNT): The louder they holler the stronger my conviction that Trump is the one we have been waiting for (or at the very least, he can’t be as bad as they claim).

Kathleen
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Kathleen

It’s always good to know who your enemy is, or who at the very least is not your friend. Some people were not previously aware that the Elites from both parties are playing for the same team. I think this just garners Trump more support. The Left always plays hard ball, so it’s going to get a lot uglier.

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Assuming this is a typo, party-wise:

“Merkel out posing for selfies with refugees is as tone deaf as Republicans demanding open borders and amnesty for tens of millions of illegals. “

Jeffrey S.
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Hi Z Man, First off, I’ve been reading you and other “alt-right” bloggers for a number of years now and while I think you have some important things to say, I also think you get a number of basic things wrong about the conservative movement and politics. Let’s start with the conservative movement — there are plenty of folks who are anti-Trump simply because we don’t think he is a good candidate or representative for conservative values. My own group blog wrote a good anti-Trump editorial if you are interested in one (very Christian) perspective: http://whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2016/01/on_trump.html Now there are obviously… Read more »

miguer cervantes
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miguer cervantes

I’ve dubbed them #willing for hillary, certainly kagan and boot, have made their intentions clear. buckley is screaming in the ether, as are burnham, kendall and meyer, and probably chambers.

Exasperated
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Exasperated

http://www.fivefeetoffury.com/2016/03/15/best-trump-ad-ive-seen-in-my-life/

What do you think of this? Does it help or hurt Trump? Speaking for myself, I have some of the same misgivings, except for the smarmy weasel from the Packer PAC. Yet, again I see no path here for America’s Middle working demographic. Compared to the Rs, the Dems just offer a little less disdain and tsk, tsking.

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