I really enjoyed this panel discussion.
This is an excellent summation of the worldview and beliefs of Conservatism, Inc. These people are cosmopolitan liberals. Their goal IS NOT to conserve any of the things that disaffected conservative voters want them to conserve whether it is their race, ethnicity, culture, religion or their language. They are the trustees of a version of liberalism which is totally detached and indifferent to all of these things because that is what is called “American exceptionalism.” Conservative liberals believe that American national identity is synonymous with liberal abstractions because that is what “makes us different” as a nation.
This is a cute little story that they have told themselves which is based on a historical fairy tale. The truth is that the hollowing out of American national identity was a liberal project that began in the 1860s with the Radical Republicans and which only culminated in the 1960s. It has nothing to do with the American Founding. The Founding Fathers didn’t create a unitary liberal proposition nation. They created a federal republic (something foreign to liberalism) that divided sovereignty between the states and the national government. What’s more, concerns about race, ethnicity, culture, language and religion were all salient here and shaped American national identity down to the 1950s and 1960s. The only reason that America was nearly 90% White in the 1960s was because these values had always shaped who we wanted to be as a nation. Then the “conservative” movement came along in the 1950s and decided none of this mattered.
Conservative liberalism when taken to its logical conclusion will degenerate, disintegrate and destroy our culture. I mean what is left of it after losing every battle in the culture war for 70 years. It will also turn America into a gigantic shopping mall of foreigners and aliens who have nothing in common with the native population and who will soon be able to outvote them and seize control of the government. The GDP and the stock market will rise and the wealthy who are shielded from social decay in their gated enclaves will profit by owning most of the stock market while the suicide rate increases among the White working class. The goal of our movement is to vanquish precisely the thing – an ultra version of liberalism that is ungrounded, unrestrained and unbounded in anything meaningful – that conservative liberals want to conserve.
“Conservative” has become a pejorative word because it was claimed by these liberals. There is nothing substantially “conservative” about their worldview at all though and we can see the result all around us. We are burdened with massive insoluble social problems which are multiplying by the day largely because these people have been in power for so long.