Announcing a National Conservatism Conference in Rome, Feb. 4, 2020— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) January 15, 2020
God, Honor, Country: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations
Speakers: Anders, DeMuth, Gingrich, Hazony, Legutko, Maréchal, Meloni, Murray, Orban, and more.
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In the last article, I talked about a certain demon that has subverted every building block, stone by stone, that makes up the foundation of Western civilization since World War II. These people will be holding the second “National Conservatism” conference in Rome:
“God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations—A National Conservatism Conference”
Today, everyone knows that Europe is at a crossroads. The rise of nationalism in Europe and America, and throughout the democratic world, is seen by many as a threat to the post-War liberal order. But others regard the renewed emphasis on patriotism and the freedom of nations as a continuation of the best political traditions of the last century. So is the new national conservatism a menace or is it—on the contrary—a virtue? …”
The same conservative elites who have spent the last 70 years dissolving this country and repressing nationalism are now trying to cling to power by rebranding themselves as “nationalists.” Their goal is to control nationalism, harness it, neuter it and channel it in a way so that it remains useful for the projects of our current conservative elite like starting a huge war with Iran. We’ve already seen what this means with the Trump administration which has brought back discredited neocons like John Bolton, Elliot Abrams and David Wurmser.
Just as mainstream conservatism aka conservative liberalism really had nothing to do with the actual substance of conservatism, the same is true of “National Conservatism” which has nothing to do with the substance of nationalism either which is the nation. The point of this conference is solely to boost the profile of Yoram Hazony & Co. by associating their Made in Israel brand with Matteo Salvini, Marion Maréchal, Viktor Orban and other European nationalists. It will be just as ruinous for nationalism as conservative liberalism was for conservatism.
The Trump administration is the definitive argument against supporting “National Conservatism.” It has been “nationalist” and “populist” solely in the sense of meaningless tweets, dog whistles and empty platitudes in speeches that “trigger the libs.” The policies of the Trump administration have been to give Israel and wealthy Jewish donors everything they ever dreamed of whether it is tax cuts or assassinating Qasem Soleimani. Trump recently hosted a private dinner in Florida with donors in which he gave a minute by minute account of how he killed him for Israel.
It is better to lose in 2020 and have the Democrats come back to power than to win with Donald Trump and “National Conservatism.” We didn’t win anything in 2016 as a result of “triggering the libs.” Instead, we absorbed all the costs of the backlash while getting absolutely nothing out of it. A bunch of wealthy donors got what they wanted when Trump and the GOP used their last days in control of Congress to pass criminal justice reform. Sheldon Adelson got what he wanted when Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pulled out of the Iran Deal.
What does Bibi Netanyahu want? What does Sheldon Adelson want? What does AIPAC want? That is what Yoram Hazony and his Israeli “National Conservatism” aims to deliver. They want Americans to be patriotic enough to fight another devastating war with Israel, but too cowed by accusations of racism to demand anything but lip service about their interests from their elites. The last four years of Trump has shown that any version of nationalism that caters to Jews, includes Jews and is defined and policed by Jews is utterly worthless.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.