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There is no such thing as Trumpism.
Donald Trump is a narcissist who lacks an ideological core and his inept administration was a disaster in all but one sense. Trump succeeded in resorting the electorate in a way that created a beachhead for populism. He brought new people into the Republican Party while pushing other people out. While Trump didn’t have any real beliefs, disaffected voters have had the same grievances for over 30 years. Donald Trump the man and the idea of Trump that folks have about him are two different things.
The GOP was essentially overrun by outsiders in 2016. We’re not done yet though. There are other disaffected clusters of voters out there adjacent to us who ought to look at what Donald Trump accomplished in 2016 and try do the same thing and push the party forward another 90 degrees. When the dust settles and Conservatism, Inc. is history, I can imagine a new coalition of Left Populists, Right Populists, nationalists, Christians and constitutionalists. We need a leader who ISN’T just going to talk about economic populism like Donald Trump. We don’t need another billionaire blowhard who is going to engage in the same old culture war bromides without really changing anything of substance.
Something like “New Deal conservatism” could end up replacing Reaganism. We have a Gilded Age level of income inequality and an economy which doesn’t work anymore for the working class which is creating social instability. We have a military that is overstretched. We have a population drenched in modernism, cosmopolitanism and wokeness which has led to massive social dysfunction. We have a deracinated and atomized population which has lost touch with its own history. We have chilling attacks on the Constitution and the culture of free speech by people who want to get rid of the Bill of Rights.
In my view, this could work. Decriminalizing whiteness by popping the bubble of political correctness would be like ending Prohibition on a vastly greater scale and putting some of the worst people in the country out of business. There needs to be a shift away from the modernist obsession with interior thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and values like “antiracism” and toward practical politics that makes a material difference in our lives. Immigration obviously needs to be restricted for both economic and social stability reasons. The distribution of wealth and investment in this country makes no sense. No one even among the “post-liberals” is seriously contemplating, say, getting rid of the Constitution. Left Populists, Right Populists and paleocons agree on foreign policy. There is no difference between Left Populists and Right Populists on the unfairness of the economic system, taxation, infrastructure and all kinds of other issues. Nationalism also hasn’t led to “fascism” in spite of years of liberal hysteria from the media.
This probably makes too much sense to be seriously considered right now: the Jewish legacy media establishment, libertarian billionaire donors and other vested interests will scream in abject terror. I don’t see how things can continue going the way that they have been going though. Conservatism, Inc. doesn’t have any appeal to 70% of Republican voters, but Donald Trump doesn’t have any appeal either outside of his base because he governed too much like a typical conservative Republican. Trumpism has been stuck for years hovering in the 40% to 45% range and isn’t strong enough by itself.
It makes more sense to build out from and strengthen the populist end of the Republican coalition (Trump lost Indies in 2020) and the way to do that is to 1.) dump political correctness and 2.) moderate the economic policy agenda. The exodus of the PMC suburbanites, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporate donors after the 2020 election have removed the major obstacles to doing this.
Arthur Milikh of the Claremont Institute thinks a new conservatism must emerge.
“America is currently engaged in a regime-level struggle that will preserve or destroy the purpose that has defined it. On one side stands the American way of life, characterized by republican self-government and the habits of mind and character necessary to sustain it. On the other side stands identity politics, which demands the perpetual punishment and humiliation of so-called oppressor groups combined with the unquestioned rule of the so-called marginalized. These two regimes are in conflict and cannot coexist.
The regime of identity politics has already conquered nearly all of America’s major institutions and dominates the moral high ground. The universities and schools, Fortune 500 companies, much of the media and image-making industries, Big Tech, and the administrative state are put to use waging war on the American way of life. Many of these institutions attack, ban, and slander everything for which America stands, alleging that the rule of law is racist; that freedom of speech is white supremacist; that the family is misogynist and homophobic; and that anything short of open borders is xenophobic. The nation cannot survive this trajectory. …
Second, and most important, the Right needs to reclaim its mental and moral toughness, and that can come only from reviving its purpose — the preservation of the American way of life. The Right must be morally unflinching in refuting the Left’s ideologies. It must speak clearly and confidently about the effects of radical feminism, “antiracism,” and globalism. It must be prepared to protect its children, its property, and its standards from encroachments. And it must ground its efforts firmly in America’s central principle: equal protection under the law, without exception. This is the basis for forming a common good that the majority of Americans still desire. But achieving it will require that the Right reinvent its political party. Unless it does so, there will be no future political victories — and no country left to defend. Ultimately, this is much more than the cause of conservatism. It is the cause of America itself.
The Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life in Washington, D.C. will be the home of this reinvigorated and restored conservatism.”
The question that most people are going to ask about any “new conservatism” is how is it any different from the old and familiar conservatism which they have known for the last 50 years.
Decriminalizing whiteness is one thing that is urgently needed:
If you look at the polls, you can see the absurdity of the current situation where there is nothing to gain by maintaining the old norms. The overwhelming majority of Trump voters now feel besieged, unable to express their political opinions and under attack from above by anti-White elites for being White due to political correctness. The same polls, however, do not show any hostility at all toward non-Whites which is never reported by the media. The hostility toward White people is coming from all the PMCs on television who are accusing them of systematic racism and oppressing minorities.
Conservative economic policy has led to absurd and unsustainable outcomes:
We’ve all seen the horrific charts.
At some point, this is going to change. Right now millions of people under the age of 50 can’t afford to be conservatives because of neoliberal economics. Socialism is rising because conservatives have no answer to soaring costs except pocket Constitutions and invoking “free market principles.”
What is so unreasonable about letting up on the political correctness, restricting immigration and changing economic policy to create a more equitable distribution of wealth? All of these suggestions would promote social stability and make political sense.
Donald Trump had four years in the White House and struck out.