RADIX JOURNAL II: THE GREAT PURGE (REVIEW)
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Forward - What is the American Right? (Richard Spencer)
Spencer describes the American conservative movement as a surprisingly homogeneous entity centered around free market capitalism, generic monotheistic morality, staunch support for the U.S. military, unquestioning support of Israel, and a view of American identity based entirely on values rather than ethnicity or religion ("propositional nation").
The Logic of the Conservative Purges (Paul E. Gottfried)
Gottfried argues the conservative movement's purges have targeted those who opposed the neoconservative vision of liberal globalism rather than those who represent anti-semitic or bigoted views (as modern conservatives claim). He further suggests the modern American Right helps the progressive leftists by moving in to and legitimizing the positions the left pioneered in earlier decades (MLK idolization, racial integration, welfare, and now gay rights). Gottfried also observes the ways in which the conservative media keeps the national agenda moving left by almost never interviewing or using old line conservatives on discussion panels... implying traditional conservative positions are outside the realm of discussion.
Left Behind: The Conservative Movement and 50 Years of Wasted Time (William H. Regnery)
Regnery discusses the devolution of the conservative movement by explaining his experience within it. He recalls his own ouster from the ISI (Intercollegiate Studies Institute) in which an overwhelming number of his friends voted to expel him from the board after he suggested whites should build a sense of social unity because the other races had already done this. He recounts William Buckley's use of Regnery's uncle's printing press to publish his early books before abandoning it for more establishment institutions. Regnery finishes by asserting that his own beliefs have not changed, but that as the conservative movement in America has abandoned its convictions he and other true conservatives have been left behind.
Unperson: A Report from the Conservative Moment's Dustbin (John Derbyshire)
Derbyshire begins with a long lament/mockery of the decline of American social and political sense. He discusses the election of Obama as the first affirmative action president, the co-opting of the Tea Party by institutional Republicans, the pathetic academic standards of the colleges and universities, the invasion of the country by Third World immigrants, and other absurdities. Derbyshire explains how he and other voices of reason within the conservative movement have been erased from the list of respectable voices because they desire to speak the truth about race and values. Finally, Derbyshire argues that if there is hope for the conservative movement it lay in the alternative ostracized right because it is only remaining organ for truth telling.
Big Love: The Interconnected Rises of the Conservative Movement and "Big Government" (Keith Preston)
Like earlier entries, Preston documents the way in which the conservative movement purged all elements of conservatism that contradicted, or in some way hindered, the deployment of an interventionist foreign policy. In summation, Preston suggests: "Indeed, given the smashing success of conservatives in promoting military spending and interventions, and their failure at everything else, one is tempted to argue that the libertarian, cultural, religious, and patriotic conservatives who comprised the activist base and key voting blocks were, to borrow the Leninist term, nothing more than 'useful idiots.'" (page, 100)
Neoconservativism and Managerial Democracy: How Conservatism Evolved into the Right-Wing of the New Class (Samuel Francis)
Francis argues that Neoconservatism is merely the intellectual framework developed to justify liberalism after it gained power. Liberalism/progressivism as represented by Wilson and Roosevelt, Freud and Keynes had gained power by the 1950s and developed Neoconservativsm in reaction to the unreasonable New Left positions popularized by the late 1960s counter-cultural element. Neoconservatives, then, are not conservative but rather the justification and outgrowth of the managerial leftist establishment which formally revolted against traditional power structures like religion, ethnic groups, and monarchies to push a utopian globalist vision for the future. Neoconservatism is merely liberalism light.
Wars to End Wars: Neoconservatism and the Moralist Impulse in American Foreign Policy (Lee Congdon)
Congdon suggests that American interventionism abroad (Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, etc.) is inspired by a near idolatrous obsession with democracy and liberalism as utopian forces (Fukayama, etc.). The principle that two democracies do not war against one another is the argument often used. However, American wars to spread the "blessings" of democracy have rarely succeeded and represent a hypocritical self-contradiction in which America starts wars in order to hypothetically end war in the future. The democracy worshipers operate much like Marxist cells in foreign states funding revolutions and attempting to discredit and destroy their enemies (Putin, for example). Congdon cites numerous voices of reason who have fought this moralist impulse to spread democracy, but all have been silenced by the mainstream.
The Closing of the Ring: You Might Not Want to Think About PC, but PC is Thinking for You (James Kalb)
Kalb seeks to explain political correctness (PC) and the forces that drive it's dominance. He argues that PC is necessary for modern society to operate because it's based upon an assumption of the superiority of the technological sciences and reduces the human experience to quantifiable factors. But it turns out the utopia promised by technological engineering does not evenly distribute, and the quantifiable sciences prove people aren't equal. So there is an inherent contradiction in the system and PC is necessary for the system to survive. Only by narrowing the range of discussion topics can the system maintain intellectual consistency. Resistance to the system will probably arise from religious communities which offer humanity a way to see the world that does not limit discussion to purely scientifically acceptable language.
Afterword: The End of American Conservatism (Peter Brimelow)
Brimelow briefly discusses the death of American conservatism by describing his own interactions with William F. Buckley and the magazine he created ('National Review'). Buckley's purging of those writers who stood against Third World immigration gutted the heart of the movement and doomed America to becoming a non-white country. Finally, Brimelow argues Buckley may have built the conservative movement, but he also destroyed it; and by destroying it he doomed the country.
As a member of the millennial generation I was astonished after reading this volume that I knew so little about the conservative movement and its evolution in the twentieth century. I had no real knowledge of how different modern right wing movements came into existence, or from what they were inspired. I had naively assumed Neoconservativism, dealt with so heavily in this volume, was just the byproduct of uncommitted Republicans.
Overall, the collection is enlightening (or at least it was for me as a young person unfamiliar with conservatism's internal battles over the last half century). The knowledge contained within 'The Great Purge' is necessary for anyone looking to fully understand the conservative political landscape of the twenty-first century and the hopeless condition of the Republican party.
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