Over at Takimag, the paleos are having another one of their pissing contests over history and philosophy, and as usual they can’t even get that right. The question being posed has been formulated in several different versions, but it can be boiled down to its essentials: has there ever been an authentic American Right, or is liberalism the only American political tradition? Gutzman argues no and yes. Piatak and Kopff argue yes and no. All three are wrong.
From Jamestown to Selma, there were two American political traditions: white supremacy and liberal republicanism. America was a “white man’s country” for three hundred years. Whites were considered to be a superior race. By virtue of that fact, white men were entitled and destined to dominate the North American continent. Indian tribes were removed to make room for white settlement. The negro was enslaved for centuries. Hawaiians, Mexicans, and Filipinos were conquered. Latinos and Afro-Caribbeans were subjugated for their own benefit. The great bulk of humanity was excluded from American citizenship on racial grounds until 1965.
None of this was left-wing: treating people as group members instead of individuals, the belief that one’s blood entitles one to special legal privileges, denying the “natural rights” of others, exclusion from the franchise, believing it is natural that men should control women, etc. It can only be explained by recourse to some powerful and captivating non-liberal American political tradition. “Freedom” was something the white man reserved to himself for most of American history. The spectre of “social equality” inspired lynchings, riots, the bombings of churches, the Civil War, hundreds of Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan, the extinction of conservative Democrats, the assassination of MLK. Even today, the definition of “tolerance” hasn’t been stretched to include gay marriage in most states of the Union.
Insofar as there ever was a “right wing” in America, it was white and racialist. The only real “conservatism” that ever existed in the United States was white supremacy. Poor Christian Kopff can’t help but acknowledge this; Jared Taylor is the first “conservative” that comes to mind! Piatak is too much of a coward to admit it and mumbles on about Christianity (the Catholic Church and the mainline Protestant churches folded like a deck of cards, btw). Love ’em or hate ’em, the “white supremacists” traditionally acted as the brakes on the left-wing “natural rights” tradition that Americans have been committed to since the Revolution.
It was no coincidence that the “Left” fought its first battle with the “Right” on race and the principle of non-discrimination. They knew exactly where to strike. Notice how the castrated “conservatives” surrendered every battle after that in quick succession: abortion, feminism, gay rights, third world immigration, affirmative action, political correctness, etc. They lost every single time. Once a man concedes that his own kin are equal to non-kin, he can be trained to believe anything. He won’t be inspired to “preserve” anything. He will go along with the flow.
Turn on your television. Watch how the “conservatives” now scramble to find some non-white or woman to represent them: Michael Steele, Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin. These people have been so completely and utterly defeated that they now have to advertise their ideas in black face. By 2025, their presidential standard bearer will be a Hispano-African transsexual.
These pointless debates will nevertheless continue.