Conservatism Is Dead. What’s Next?

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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6 thoughts on “Conservatism Is Dead. What’s Next?

  1. Conservatism is not dead, because conservatism is yesterday’s leftism.

    In due course, the Democrat position will be that all white males shall be boiled in oil, while the conservative position will be beheading.

  2. Bloom’s criticism of the relativism prevailing at most universities, and in the education leading up to them, is that it kills the naturall human eros to know the truth. He wasn’t complaining about moral relativism, but the kind of intellectual relativism that kills philosophy and produces the “all culltures are equal” nonsense. He was particularly concerned about how relativism prevents students from learning the great tradition of the West. Many vicious attacks on Bloom centered on his “ethnocentrism”.

    Did you read the same book I did? Did you read it at all?

    Jory L. Johnston

    • Jory,

      Of course I’ve read Bloom. If you have read Bloom, Strauss and the Straussians, then you would understand their double-standards. Bloom might approve of ethnocentrism for his co-ethnics, but he hysterically denounced it for Westerners. Universalism for Westerners; ethnocentrism for Ashkenazis.

      This seems to be a common theme for Straussians. Just look immigration: sane immigration policy for Israel; open borders for the West:

      http://www.vdare.com/articles/leo-strauss-immigration-enthusiast

      Even Blooms writings on the ancient Greeks are dishonest — as he strips ancient Greece of its natural ethnocentrism and replaces it with Jacobin universalism.

      Blooms hyperbolic denunciations of Nietzsche are what really give him way. He hated Western volkish movements with a passion.

  3. The biggest problem in the West today is that not a single white male liberal desires to be a genuine white Supremacist and so his search for a truly settled identity is ultimately futile.

  4. MODERN CONSERVATISM has been a failure because it has been, operationally, de facto, Godless. In the political/civil government realm it has ignored Christ and what Scripture says about the role and purpose of civil government. Thus, it failed. Such secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God they are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    

”[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

    

“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth.”

    In any event, “politics,” for the most part today, is whoring after false gods. It will not save us. Our country is turning into Hell because the church in America has forgotten God (Psalm 9:17) and refuses to kiss His Son (Psalm 2.) See, please, 2 Chronicles 7:14ff for the way to get our land healed.

    John Lofton, Recovering Republican
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  5. Conservatism is dead, which is why most people still identify as conservative, even with growing immigration and more people graduating from college. lmao

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