Dan Phillips – Donald Trump is a Conservative Where it Counts Despite Middle-of-the-Road Positions on Other Issues

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I attempted to explain Trump’s politics in a couple of past essays. His politics are really not as inscrutable as some believe. They just don’t fit tidily into our current Red and Blue boxes. Briefly, the key to understanding Trump’s politics is to focus on his economic nationalism. This has been a part of his rhetoric since he first became a public figure in the 1980s and is undoubtedly authentic. But Trump appears to view this as a common sense, tough minded position, not an ideological one. It is important to recognize that Trump is not an ideologue. His focus is on getting things done, and he is results-oriented. While he has long flirted with politics, he has not historically immersed himself in the conservative milieu, nor the liberal milieu for that matter. He has clearly tailored some of his current positions to fit the base of the party whose nomination he is seeking, such as gun control and abortion, but he has never donned the mantle of purist crusader for laissez-faire economics or government-slashing spending hawk because those positions would conflict with his economic nationalism and his focus on outcomes rather than pure principle.

Consider, for example, Trump’s past support of universal health care, a position often raised by his conservative critics. This was not likely a position he arrived at based on an ideological commitment to liberalism because that wouldn’t fit the known pattern. Rather it likely was an extension of his patriotic economic nationalism, something along the lines of “A great country like America can have a great health care system that takes care of all its citizens.” Remember that before the Affordable Care Act, universal coverage per se polled well. People just don’t seem to like the details when you attach a name to it, like HillaryCare or ObamaCare. The point being that Trump’s position on universal health care was likely not evidence of an ideological liberal disposition, but rather a roll-up-our-sleeves-and-get-it-done outcome based approach. What the conservative box checkers need to understand is that a lot of the electorate is similarly non-ideological. They may lean one way or the other and viscerally identify with the Blue Team or the Red Team, but they are not dogmatic ideologues.

Trump’s positions and rhetoric place him firmly in the category of Middle American Radical (MAR), as are many of his supporters. He just happens to also be a billionaire. MARs are a well described and relatively large demographic. It’s curious that so many journalist and pundits have missed this relationship and are still struggling to characterize Trump. Liberal columnist Ezra Klein was one of the first to pick up on Trump’s particular policy mix in this article he wrote for Vox, about which I thought at the time, “In other words, what (late conservative columnist) Sam Francis was saying 20 years ago.” Liberal John Judis expanded on the idea in this essay for the National Journal. Judis cannot resist a little PC finger wagging, but beyond that it is an insightful piece. Of interest, I was informed by someone who was familiar with the relationship that John Judis and Sam Francis were friends despite their political differences, so this may be a reason for Judis’ insights.

As a MAR, his conservative critics are correct that Trump is not your typical cookie cutter “three-legs-of-the-stool” modern conservative ideologue, but the problem for them is that what modern conservatism has become is generally a mishmash of policy positions that are often internally contradictory and as a whole have very little to do with actually conserving anything. The MAR position of opposition to mass immigration and opposition to international “free” trade deals, for example, both of which Trump has seized upon with great success, are more conservative in actual effect, in the most basic sense of the word, than is any amount of babbling about the “invisible hand” of the marketplace and cutting marginal tax rates. Trump’s supporters sense this. “Make America Great Again,” is an inherently conservative, reactionary really, sentiment. It speaks of loss for the worse and a need to restore.

As Russell Kirk reminded us, conservatism is not an ideology or hodgepodge of policy issues. Rather, it is a disposition, the desire to conserve what is or else restore something that has been lost. The angry masses in Flyover Country who are supporting Trump look around and see middle class manufacturing jobs going south of the border or overseas and their neighborhoods changing from mass immigration, more people they and their children and their children’s children will have to compete with for jobs, and they want it to stop. Contrast this to Rep. Paul Ryan’s foolish statement that Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration “is not conservatism.” Well, actually, yes it is. What is not conservatism is throwing open the doors of your country to masses of new dissimilar immigrants, including groups that are known to be hostile to us. Only a muddle-headed modern conservative ideologue could miss which one of these positions expresses a truly conservative sentiment.

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Matt Parrott – Stuck on Crazy: The Necessity of Leaving Paleoconservatism Behind

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More reasons to abandon political libertarianism and conservatism.

The paleocon heritage of White identitarians in America is unmistakable and unshakable. While a rapidly emergent generation of Millennials is arriving which is largely divorced from that political tradition, the leadership and money remain firmly planted in 20th Century practices and patterns of thinking. These sorts of things take time, and plenty of prominent figures from a paleocon background are either keeping up with the paradigm shifts or allowing space for them.

The root problem with paleoconservatism lies in a parallax between their motives and their ideologies. They were largely motivated by the same instinctive and visceral forces that we are; faith, family, and folk. Their ideological framework was; however, a mercantile/masonic toolkit. They strove to justify their identitarian objectives in the language and logic of finance, liberty, and equality, ….with mixed results. Eventually, the unprincipled exceptions to the Enlightenment principles get ironed out and you have yourself an enemy of the tribe in the service of global finance, decadent license, and steamrolling egalitarianism.

The devolution of the Ron Paul movement into the Rand Paul sideshow is the most recent and simple example of this phenomenon playing out. It’s ideological cuckoldry and it will keep happening as long as the root of our ideology is intrinsically liberal. We cry out for state’s rights to defend segregation, and they rely on that state sovereignty to spearhead gay marriage. We cry out for smaller government in order to choke off interracial wealth redistribution, and they empty out the prisons and cut out the pensions to shrink the government. We cry out against the police state, so they stop policing minority gang activity.

Heads, liberals win; tails, paleocons lose.

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Americans are “stuck on stupid” because they’ve had it beaten into their heads that they must not under any circumstances think racially and tribally. Whites (and only Whites) are told that they must only think in universal political abstractions. A large and growing subset of American are starting to wake up, but you’re still…stuck on stupid.

You’re a smart guy, and you hate neocons and globalists. So you’re cool in my book, Sartre. But you’re still following some of the rules imposed by the mega-elites. You can’t defeat them as long as you can’t name who they are. You can’t defeat them as long as you argue and operate within their anti-tribal and anti-traditional ideologies. Break those rules you’ve imposed on yourself. Ditch all this classical liberalism garbage. Then join us in the simple and direct struggle for our faiths, families, and folks.

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Dan Phillips – People Who Value Decorum and Courtesy Scorn Trump’s Brashness and Aggression

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. . . Certain political commentators, of which Murray is an example, undertake their commentary in a very high minded and serious manner, and they likewise take the political process very seriously. For these folks, Trump, who does not play by the normal rules of decorum, is an affront to the process and should be opposed on those grounds alone. Opposition to Trump seems to be to them a defense of the very system, and if it signals anything it is this seriousness and respect for the process aspect as much as anything else.

This sort of visceral opposition to Trump could come from the left, the right or the center. I believe it reflects to some extent the old money vs. new money distinction, both actually and metaphorically. While Trump did not come from a poor family, his family wasn’t that rich, so Trump behaves like new money – the brashness, the ostentatiousness, the conspicuous consumption, etc. As I mentioned in another article, I think a lot of Trump’s presentation and appeal is that he is in essence just a guy from Queens who made good for himself, and who may still have a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Trump’s Flyover Country supporters see a kindred spirit who happens to be a billionaire, but for those significantly concerned with propriety, they see an intolerably boorish lout. 

While this opposition could come from all points on the political spectrum, it presents a particular dilemma for high minded sorts of a traditionalist and conservative bent. Traditionalists and conservatives have always placed great emphasis on manners and codes of behavior, for good reason. Such things foster good order and are inherently conservative in the most basic sense of the word.

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