In a recent post, “Novelty of Neoreaction,” Michael Anissimov traces the history of the term ‘reactionary’ and also discusses the history of conservatism.
While conservatism at one point served a purpose (whatever that was), today conservatism has become a nearly useless ideology. If Russell Kirk is the gold standard of American conservatism, what you have today — National Review and hundreds of other neocon policy institutes — has devolved into mud, a sort of makeshift propaganda operation that supports such things as sane immigration policy for Israel but open borders for Western nations, endless war in the name in the nation building, and every policy imaginable to decimate the white middle classes (e.g. mass legal immigration, free trade, in- and outsourcing, etc. ).
The biggest problem, early on, was that American conservatism divorced itself from the traditions of the European 19th century right — traditions such as anti-universalism, Nietzschean critiques of egalitarianism, volkish art and philosophy, etc. This anti-traditionalist tendency reaches its culmination in Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind, where, always evoking the bogeyman of “relativism,” Bloom turns the right on its head, essentially outlawing traditionalist thought and championing a repackaged form of Jacobin universalism.
Despite ongoing motion of Conservatism Inc., conservatism as a vital system of ideas is dead, and, as philosophy precedes action, it is only a matter of time before the conservative apparatus comes crumbing down.
The more interesting question is what will replace conservatism?
The most interesting contender is the rise of identitarian thought, a philosophy that has become popular throughout Europe — from Golden Dawn in Greece to Génération Identitaire in France. Imagine a synthesis of ethno-politics, HBD, pro-science and radical traditionalism. That’s identitarianism, which has also been called archeofuturism.
Others have proposed that natioanlism vs globalism will be the next big division in Western politics, which will completely mix up and re-align the current left / right division. Identitarianism and nationalism aren’t opposed, so one could see both occurring simultaneously.
The biggest problem in the West today is philosophical, that is, a new outlook is needed. The second is political and, in particular, our degenerate elites. Fun times ahead…
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