There’s a World in What You Conserve

Subtle-sounding distinctions are frequently the foundations upon which ruin is built. Consider the difference between conservatives and conservatism. Now contemplate how much policy space exists between advocacy of one compared to the other. So much in fact that those who proselytize for one usually do so to the utter abandonment of the other.

The friction between the alt-right and establishment neo-connery represents this distinction well. Broadly the alt-right advocates for the interests of conservatives–living organic creatures of blood, hopes, and heritage. Conversely, the alt-right cares nothing for the desiccated sheaf of doctrines called conservatism.

Though desiccated sheafs have their champions as well. Publications like National Review and Weekly Standard are steadfast in defending a set of sliding-scale positions that are as True Conservatism today as they were stock liberalism last week. But even if its philosophies were static, they would exist only as a gratuitous ideological check-list completely divorced from the interests of those expected to embrace them. That conservatism is wholly indifferent to the welfare of conservatives is considered quite an attractive feature by its staunch AIPAC-advocates.

I was thinking about this vast gulf at the tail end of conserve while reading about an ongoing tax debate rankling the White House. This clash is–as usual–one between Steve Bannon and the Gary Cohn Goldman faction. That is to say between conservatives and conservatism.

Bannon is said to advocate a mauling of high earners, while the corporatist wing is squealing about the injury this would cause to ideology. Like most nebulous concepts, it’s striking how closely conservatism has come into alignment with the interests of wealthy corporatists.

I’m not aware of specifics in either tax proposal, though ideally there would be a severe “super-rich” bracket that differentiates the malign borderless plutocrats from the merely well-off. For it’s the former who have so enthusiastically wielded their wealth as a weapon against conservatives…all in the cause of conservatism.

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10 thoughts on “There’s a World in What You Conserve

  1. The Goldman appointments, likely to ensue Trump didn’t leave office in a casket, are the direct line to the elites that are negotiating terms with the populists. What sort of debates their having, I would certainly love to know. To be a fly on that wall would almost assuredly be to witness one of the pivotal moments in western history. The populists know that the game is up and they’re essentially on borrowed time waiting for a demographic sweep to crush their nation and all its hopes. The plutocrats know that negotiating with them is mandatory lest they kick off a not-so-cold civil conflict before they can effectively build their post-western institutions resilient enough to retain control over a west predominated by highly ethnocentric browns lower in average productivity, conscience, and iq.

    • “they’re essentially on borrowed time waiting for a demographic sweep to crush their nation and all its hopes”

      It doesn’t have to be that way. Stop paying these other ‘demographics’ to reproduce so profligately and stop importing more of them. Stop borrowing money from our future generations to pay for all this.

      Modern conservatism has failed to conserve anything. I suppose they could argue that they have slowed the steady march of progressivism in some small manner, which hardly seems like a convincing reason to listen to them, keep electing them, or keep sending them money.

      • It’s hopeless naivete that sees libertarians insist that all we have to do is vote to cut off the gibs. If that were possible it would have been done. We’ve lived through the failures of welfare state econ for generations now.

        Conservatives get elected because progs are pushing the same agenda harder. There is no third position because only once in a blue moon can a populist get through the primary gauntlet.

        Demographic war had been waged for over fifty years and it’s the establishment of both parties clearing the way for its conclusion.

      • “It’s hopeless naivete that sees libertarians insist that all we have to do is vote to cut off the gibs. If that were possible it would have been done”

        Couldn’t we at least TRY to cut off the gibs?? Since we know that paying them to breed more causes them to breed more, couldn’t we at least stop paying for it, for a little while, and see if that makes them breed any less? It would have a beneficial side effect of reducing the strain on our federal, state, and local governments, if only for a little while..

        And it only seems impossible because we keep sending feckless ‘conservatives’ who care far more about virtue signaling than they do about responding to the wishes of their core constituency.

      • “Couldn’t we at least TRY to cut off the gibs??”

        It was tried. Where were you when Ron Paul was in the ’08 and ’12 primaries?

        “And it only seems impossible because we keep sending feckless ‘conservatives’ who care far more about virtue signaling than they do about responding to the wishes of their core constituency.”

        They care more about virtue signaling because their core constituency has one foot in the grave. White Americans have to prove to the establishment that they wont’ go away without a fight before their political will is considered valid again.

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  3. INDEPENDENCE DAY, TWO THOUSAND AND SEVENTEEN

    Noble, wounded, an eagle dying
    The Republic lies broken on its far-flung land,
    The bells are tolling and the winds are sighing
    While the hourglass sifts the last measure of sand.

    Luminous in Manifest Destiny’s noon
    You rode free and manly, laughing in the sun,
    Yet in mid-stride, the sudden blow of doom
    Struck away the laurels you scarce had won.

    Not fallen in battle – not slain by honest foe
    But torn from inwards by traitorous claws,
    Too strong for Tiger or Bear to overthrow,
    Yet killed by your own suicidal flaws.

    Crawling in darkness, ruin came upon you,
    Brought by men from strange and foreign strand,
    Many were the voices raised to forewarn you;
    You saw, but struck not – treason stayed your hand.

    Men of the Levant, men of crabwise thought
    Saw your strength, your nation’s Aryan joy –
    Bent their will to set your work at naught,
    Strong branch of Europe they lusted to destroy.

    Upon white men’s backs you raised your gleaming peace,
    White sinews and minds made you terrible in war,
    But Europe’s sons ebb, your springs of genius cease
    While lesser peoples bring their squalor to your shore.

    And so you stand reeling, great America, pocked,
    Proud, crumbling, a cannon-splintered wall,
    Lashed by depravity, betrayed, hated, mocked,
    Ruled by the enemies who plot to work your fall.

    Still we salute your day of birth
    Land of the Free and Home of the Brave,
    May your memory’s glory endure as long as Earth
    And a mighty phoenix arise from your grave.

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