The End of Left and Right

Some of my posts, of late, have elicited shock and horror from people, who probably think I am a fellow traveler. The post on inequality is the most obvious example. As I mentioned at the start of that post, people outside the Progressive fever swamps have been trained for generations to run screaming from the room whenever the topic of inequality is raised. After all, that’s what commies talk about and being conservative has always meant not being a commie.

The interesting bit from my perspective is the assumption that when it comes to inequality, there can only be two positions. One is the Randian view that the high achievers should get everything and the low achievers should die. Concerns about merit and social comity are for losers. The other view is that a dictatorship of the proletariat should rise up and murder the rich and turn the country into a version of Harrison Bergeron. In other words, equality is a stalking horse for communism.

In my post, I offered no policy proposals. I just pointed out that concentrations of wealth are lethal to self-government and social stability. That’s the lesson of history. The New Right or whatever we’re calling it these days, should be willing to discuss this reality. Otherwise, you cede the field to retrograde loons, who simultaneously demand higher wages and the importation of cheap helot labor from cultures antithetical to Western values. In other words, the game has changed.

You see it in the recent election in Hitler Land. The loser is described as “far extreme right” while the winner is described as a lovable teddy bear. OK, I made up that last part, but that’s not the point. The “right” in this case is simply the guy who wants to keep Austria an on-going concern as a separate country. His economic and social positions are irrelevant. What brought him and his party to prominence was opposition to immigration and globalism.

Similarly, his opponent is best known for wanting to liquidate the country’s borders and dissolving it into the amorphous blob that is Europe. Alexander Van der Bellen was the head of the Green Party for a long time and once said, “Anyone who loves Austria must be shit.” His positions on economics and other matters are a muddle, but no one really cares. He’s not a Nazi and he is a globalist. That’s all that matters and it is the reason he was able to squeak out a victory.

In America, the old Left-Right paradigm no longer makes any sense. The Buckley Conservatives have no meaningful proposals to roll back the welfare state. The Left has no plans to level the playing field by seizing the wealth of the rich and distributing it to the poor. Both sides wave their hands around for old times sake, but they are both open-borders globalists, funded by the buccaneer class of donors.

Calling Ted Cruz a right-winger, for example, misses the point. Sure, he would like to tinker with the tax code in a slightly different way than Hillary Clinton and he has slightly different views on how to bomb the muzzies, but on the defining issues of our age, they are pretty much in agreement. Both the Buckley Right and the Left embrace globalism, open borders and the ceding of popular sovereignty to un-elected international bodies controlled by global corporations.

The New Right that is emerging is not defined by tax policy, endless yapping about the constitution or its principled losing. It’s a cultural movement, first and foremost. The technocratic managerialism that defines the Modern Left and Buckley Conservatives is not a part of the New Right. Instead, it is opposition to open borders and globalism based on citizenism. Being a citizen is not just location. It is language, customs and historical perspective.

The striking difference between my view on equality, for example, and some of my critics is that I place great value on social stability. I’m willing to use the power of the state, if necessary, to prevent global buccaneers from destroying national culture. Libertarians and Buckley Conservatives faint when hearing those words because they place theoretical limits on government, and their symbolic loyalty to those limits, above all else.

There’s the great new dividing line in politics. One side is concerned solely with stability and comity at the top. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times argue endlessly about how best to organize global governance, because that’s what matters to them. They are not just indifferent to what happens in your neighborhood. They see such concern as a fault, a mental defect that should exclude you from the halls of power. As far as they’re concerned, you are no more important than the Malaysian sweatshop worker. You’re just an economic unit.

On the other side of the dividing line are the localists, the people who focus their attention on their neighborhood, their town, their city and their country. The Super Duper Global Trade Pact may be great for Mega Corp, but if it means all the jobs in your town get shipped to Malaysia, then it is not good for you. Cheap stuff at Walmart is not much good to a man without a job. Generous welfare benefits are not much good when everyone spends it on liquor and meth.

That’s the new line in politics. Are you concerned about what you see out of your window or are you concerned about what you see through your telescope. Hillary Clinton thinks of the US government as the local interface of the emerging global state. It’s one facet of the managerial class. You, as a “citizen” have no control of it, you interact with it like an ATM machine. That’s exactly the way they see national governments. They’re just nodes on the network.  All of the company approved GOP options held the same views until Trump came calling.

Left and Right are dead. It’s globalist versus localist and everyone is going to have to pick sides, even the libertarians for a change. The #nevertrump loons are picking sides, even if they don’t fully understand it. They are the toadies and rumpswabs that are in the baggage train of every ruling elite. They are the folks who rush into the street to greet the invaders. They don’t understand any of this, but they are men who believe in nothing but self-preservation so it really doesn’t matter. Everyone else will pick sides, based on their perceived self-interest.

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Jake
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Jake

I’m a citizen

LFMayor
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LFMayor

This won’t be over until the smokestacks go cool. It’s the only way it’s ever been settled

Doug
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Doug

Some say let it burn, salt the earth, only way to be sure. Days when I think there is something to that, and others I have faith in what makes us the nation of dirt people, not government, what we are. It’s definitely a love hate relationship. Safe to say we all got a lot of shit figure out before this is over if we are going to come out the other side whats coming better for it.

Buckaroo Banzai
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It’s worth noting that the Austrian election looks like it caught a bad dose of election fraud. Van Der Bellen was losing by 3 percentage points until they counted the mail-in votes; a comeback that was statistically improbable to say the least. The Austrian Presidency is an almost purely ceremonial position so it really doesn’t matter much either way; but it shows that the globalists will take any measures necessary to advance their agenda.

Richard
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Richard

The Austrian president has the power to dissolve the parliament and call for new elections, which Hofer promised to do, so it actually is a pretty big deal. All signs are the establishment parties would have received a drubbing.

Doug
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Doug

You think?:-) Obvious secession of hearts and minds, never mind acts of defiance, against the one worlders by the dirt people is an existential threat to the sonsofabitches. They are going to do anything to keep the dirt people subjects. Until they can’t. There’s another aspect to this, Liberty is dangerous, scares lot of people. Think about it, you have to be truthfully responsible for yourself and what you do. What you do to others. There is no State to hold your hand. To protect your special interests. No nanny state to protect you when your feelings are hurt, or… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Banzai, look at what happened in Catalonia and Scotland regarding secession recently, going on with Britex. Actually, scratch that, what happen in 1862 here when the South Constitutionally chose the lawful recourse of secession. Lincoln and his fellow cultural marxists waged a war of genocide, they are still at it, what with trying to revise history and disappear every evidence of that secession and the culture that legitimately had enough of the North’s yankee meddling.
Dont misunderstand my viewpoint, I’m a yankee from northern NH. Secession from tyrants and tyranny is a primal right. Don’t matter who you are.

Severian
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I’ve been saying for a while now that “Left” and “Right” only describe attitudes. And they’re not very good at that — Bernie Sanders is a “far Left” lunatic these days, but he was a mainstream Democrat in the 90s and would’ve been a Republican pre-WWII. Trump is a populist demagogue who sounds like the Twitter version of William Jennings Bryan, but there hasn’t been an even kinda sorta nationalist candidate since Reagan (and, as you keep pointing out, “nationalist” back then just mean “anti-Soviet”), so everyone calls him “Right wing” for lack of a better term. Functionally, “Left” just… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

Bernie a pre WWII Republican?? Just what are you smoking? The man spent his honeymoon in the USSR, he is a communist. You’re saying that a dirty filthy commie like Bernie has the same politics as a pre WWII Republicans?? Nonsense.

Severian
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He’s not a communist. He’s an old-school Progressive. His positions aren’t fundamentally different from Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose campaign. The original Progressives were all Republicans — the split between the Progs and the traditional protectionists handed the election to Woodrow Wilson. Herbert Hoover’s plan for dealing with the Depression was no different than FDR’s; Hoover felt he lacked the Constitutional authority to actually do it (that’s the only difference between them and Bernie).

alzaebo
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alzaebo

Many up votes to counter those bizarre downvotes!

Teddy, an arist who never held a real job, whose family fortune was made by grandad Delano running the Raj’s opium to China, looked around at the living Empires of his time and decided he wanted one.

The Rough Riders were a private mercenary company. These types were the guys Smedley Butler was talking about- plebians socialized the cost in coin and blood while patricians privatized the profit. Military governor FDR was called “the Butcher of Haiti” for a reason (palm oil was the desired resource).

alzaebo
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alzaebo

aristo

dr kill
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dr kill

Quit while you still have a shred of dignity, motherfucker.

Wayne Parker
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Wayne Parker

Excellent point. Very few people, including no small number of pundits on the various networks, really know as much about US political history as they think they do, or ignore history they’re aware of to score meaningless points in TV “debates.” Teddy Roosevelt and the Progressive Party of the early 20th century advocated policies that would be deemed socialist in today’s political climate, including among others, a National Health Service, social insurance for the elderly, a federal securities commission, an inheritance tax, etc.

Ken
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Ken

Yes he most certainly is a communist. What is it about commies that makes cretins like you make excuses for them? you never see anyone making excuses for Nazis. So mass murder based on religion or ethnicity is abhorrent but mass murder based on class is ok?

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I think that there was some effort to label Trump as a No-nothing or a nativist at first. But since those terms have been purged from the Newspeak Dictionary, they didn’t resonate. By the way, I watched some clips of s e cupp last night (I’m not a TV watcher at all). Dumb as a bag of hammers. She was just repeating talking points in bullet fashion without even putting them in sentences. It reminded me of Orwell’s description of Party agitators in the 1930’s, spouting slogans from the party line without any logical or narrative connection. Duckspeak is what… Read more »

Severian
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“Duckspeak” is a word we really, really, really need.

Doug
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Doug

Beck, Cupp, the whole filthy scalawag lot of them. Lenin’s “Useful Dupes”. They come in all flavors of the rainbow. Though it is only fair to say some are sycophants. That’s what Bernie Sanders is, the Pide Piper of Useful Dupes. His following are mostly people too young or brainwashed to understand history is circular, that the only difference between a progressive and a commie, is one don’t have an AK47. Yet. Every astroturf marxist pogrom begins with a Pide Piper. Victor Davis Hanson said something couple years ago was rather succinct: Journalists as Ring Wraiths – “Today’s Washington journalists… Read more »

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Right wing idiots come in two flavors in my opinion. On the one hand there are those who have been assimilated by the globalist machine, and on the other hand there are the conservative purist circle-jerks who have lost touch with all reality outside of their safe little bubble. Those flavors aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, as I’ve seen some of the circle-jerks who have resigned themselves to political correctness.

Doug
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Doug

Circle-jerks! You crack me up. That right there, if it ain’t a fertile description. Whose the pivot men?

Doug
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Doug

ZMan, that is an awesome screed. Top shelf all the way. Really appreciate you for it. Bravo! Man. Andrew Brietbart, bless his soul, said “Culture is upstream of politics”, righfully so. There’s some things upstream of the scalawags running things too. Like us dirt people. Legitimately so. Guy name of Billy Beck said about ten years back, “All politics are local”, “All politics in this country are now dress rehearsal for civil war, as there is no voting our way out of this, and that is as it should be, as people become manifest in their destiny”. You are right,… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

One thing about the Austrians I admire, is their Von Misses Institute. Bastion of reason in an asylum of cultural marxist insanity and their 1 world order human extinction movement.

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The von Mises Institute is in Alabama, not Austria. Von Mises (an Austrian) was a part of what’s known as the Austrian school of economics. They have many reasonable ideas, some less so, but most, sadly, are heartless. Zman is correct in his analysis and I applaud it. I’m an old-school conservative and find Ayn Rand’s thought repugnant.

This comes down to a kind of clash between Thomism and the Frankfurt School, particularly with respect to culture.

Doug
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Doug

Buddy, you know how stuck up and opinionated you come across as with that comment?
It’s pretty hateful actually.
Try reason, what you got to say would be of far more value to me, if that was your intent. I would appreciate you for it, really and truly. If you want to cram it up my arse, you loose the arguement completely.

Doug
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Doug

Explain the repugnancy of this axiom by Rand if you don’t care:
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
— Ayn Rand
…..clearly she was just paranoid?…delusional?…or your going to tell me resistance is futile? I’m definitely interested to hear you justify the veracity of your comment.

RustyGunner
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I always read Rand slightly differently: that to maximize my own success and happiness requires context, and that a peaceful and prosperous community is the best context to succeed in. Like the idea of “Enlightened Self-interest”, Selfishness is best served by a broader view of the field. In this formulation it is not irrational to give to help your neighbor, if in so doing you are being effective and not simply throwing money at a problem to salve your conscience. It is necessary maintenance of the happy and prosperous community. For that reason, such aid should always be local, administered… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Hear Hear! Well said Man. Jeffersonian agrarian living is much to do with what your saying too I think, it is that whole family, tribe, precinct system of local self determination and sufficiency, the real community organizers. And you hit on something very special about Ann Rand, she too like Jefferson understood economic freedom is Liberty, the two are inextricably linked.
From that perspective I think it is safe to contend the globalists see people who self determine as you describe very well, enemies of the state. Of their power and wealth. Screw the bastards. Their time is almost up.

Doug
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Doug

And just how in the hell can you call a guy like Murry Rothbard heartless? He was a great proponent of the whole Austrian theory of unfettered economic freedom, aka Liberty. Heartless? Dude, what planet you from? Just look at the old Philosopher, he looks like everybody’s favorite great uncle, never mind his gentle nature that comes through in his reasoning. Lord love a duck, you must have had a terrible childhood.

James LePore
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You are definitely on to something. Citizenizm. It’s what the current power struggle is all about and I hope will be henceforth.

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I’m currently wondering exactly how, when, and why the community of so-called “principled conservatives” who are currently frothing with #NeverTrump rage became such a circle-jerk. I sensed this early in the election, despite thinking myself one of those conservatives, when I decided I was a Trump guy before Scott Walker quit the race, and always preferred Trump over Cruz. As an observer, I had a feeling that the “principled conservatives” were all talk, had their heads up their asses, and were all too eager to go down in defeat clutching their principles. Looking at the #NeverTrump idiots at this point,… Read more »

John
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I guess I’m a localist. I look out the window and see a town and a way of life that’s disappearing. The front doors are being locked, the police show up to investigate kids that are outside without a parental unit on oversight, few of the clerks at the donuts shop or supermarket speak English. The twenty to forty year old generation is poorly educated and has the attention span of a goldfish. I find myself being forced into the position of defending or explaining Trump and that’s pissing into the wind of the media windstorm of biased and slanted… Read more »

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If Trump is the anti-globalist hero, color me surprised that the bulk of the Republican Party is rolling over and getting in line behind him.

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Nations are the global form of federalism, the antidote to centralization and uniformity. Inevitably, one result of federalism is that fifty percent of all entities will be below average. The Utopian mind cannot conceive that this condition is as necessary as pain is to a healthy body. “At this point I remind the reader of the general meaning which I give to the word customs: namely that collection of intellectual and moral characteristics which men bring to the social condition. If, in the course of this book, I have not succeeded in convincing the reader of the importance I attach… Read more »

Christopher S. Johns
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WR Mead has an essay up today, “The Meaning of Mr. Trump,” that relates directly to many of the themes Z’s post explores here and is worth reading: http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/05/23/the-meaning-of-mr-trump/ Mead is voice for the establishment, but he’s neither blind nor doctrinaire, and he frankly acknowledges that the failures of the establishment left and the kept, poodle dog right (although he doesn’t express it that way) have led to a crisis, or at least the beginning of a crisis. However, he maintains an albeit slim faith that the credentialed, managerial elite controlling our political, financial and cultural life are A) competent… Read more »

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The establishment technocrats at least seem to realize that they lost. It’s the so-called “principled conservatives” running around like a chicken with its head cut off right now.

L. Beau Macaroni
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L. Beau Macaroni

Some of my posts, of late, have elicited shock and horror from people, who probably think I am a fellow traveler. The post on inequality is the most obvious example. As I mentioned at the start of that post, people outside the Progressive fever swamps have been trained for generations to run screaming from the room whenever the topic of inequality is raised. After all, that’s what commies talk about and being conservative has always meant not being a commie. I think I’m about as anti-communist as they come, but I didn’t have anything like that reaction to your previous… Read more »

Abelard Lindsey
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Abelard Lindsey

Globalization vs. localization sounds like centralization vs. decentralization. There is nothing new about this debate.

Doug
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Doug

Good point. lot of people wonder what happened to the US Constitution, administrative tyranny has overwhelmed it, aka centralized power.
By any chance, are you related to the website abelard.org, who posted Eric frank Russell’s masterpiece “And Then There Where None”? http://www.abelard.org/e-f-russell.php

Adrian Titus
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Adrian Titus

It’s France Marine Le Pen who said there is no more Left of Right but Globalists vs Nationalists.

It’s not about the economy, stupid, but their opinions in how to bring the 3rd world inside your country and ruin national sovereignity, this is the litmus test for the ruling elite accept you.

GoneWithTheWind
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GoneWithTheWind

Exactly!!

Jak Black
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Jak Black

When I see posts like this, I can’t help but think how far ahead of his time was Russell Kirk. He would have approved of this post wholeheartedly.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Think you are spot on regarding inequality in particular. The combination of the “third industrial revolution” failing to provide the kinds of fundamental productivity and GDP growth that created the expanding middle class in the 20th century with what Murray terms “cognitive sorting” among elites is highly toxic. And frankly I see few, right or left, having an honest discussion about that.

Lulu
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Lulu

Listen up! Glenn Beck has a 100 year plan to save the country!

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/05/24/orange-knight-glenn-beck-launches-100-year-plan-save-america/

And the first Great Thinkers he’s come up with are listed in this article. Wunderkind like George Will, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin…and on.

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