In the 1970s, there was a huge populist backlash against the Civil Rights Movement, Sexual Revolution and the counter-culture which lasted for a generation. Conservative sentiments were swirling in the public. In hindsight, we know these sentiments were hijacked and used by Ronald Reagan and Conservatism, Inc. to promote neoliberalism and Zionism for the next 40 years. Nothing was conserved except for low taxes and the American Empire.
In the 2010s, there was a huge nationalist and populist backlash against mass immigration, globalization, multiculturalism, political correctness and so forth. Mainstream conservatism fell into disrepute after the George W. Bush presidency. Donald Trump ended up winning the 2016 election. Now, the same conservative elites who spent the last 40 years wrecking this country are trying to hijack nationalism which they intend to milk into the 2050s.
40 years of conservative electoral victories amounted to nothing because of the class of people who controlled and defined conservatism. They were gatekeepers who systematically purged all authentic conservatives like Sam Francis from the conservative movement which was staffed from top to bottom by grifters and hacks who conformed to a series of litmus tests. The most important of these litmus tests was total subservience to Israel and a taboo on “anti-Semitism.”
Should real nationalists fall for Yoram Hazony’s “National Conservatism” and support “National Conservative” candidates in elections? If we do so, we will walk into the same trap as the Wallace voters and “nationalism” and “populism” will be firmly redefined as low taxes and Zionism. It is better to lose elections than allow nationalism to be defined by Charlie Kirk.