Conservatism, Inc. is crumbling

Starting after the 2010 mid-terms, there was a growing, angry group of people on the Right that began to abandon conventional conservatism because they perceived that the big personalities of the Right didn’t actually want to accomplish Right-Wing results; they just wanted to sell books, cruises, and do fundraisers. In other words, Conservatism, Inc. This group of people grew larger and larger, eventually rejecting “establishment Republicans”, and forming the core of voters that elected Donald Trump to the White House. Since Trump’s nomination (and victory) those people have seen a steady stream of examples that their suspicions were correct: it was all just a bunch of hucksters that wanted your money, and when the chips were down, they’re not really that conservative at all. National Review’s Against Trump stance (and loss of readership base), the big guns at Ricochet sneering about Trump, Jennifer Rubin’s descent into hysteria, etc etc.

The latest example is “national security expert” Max Boot’s coming out of the closet story: he now says that Trump has made him see and renounce his “white privilege”.   (“I used to be a smart-alecky conservative who scoffed at “political correctness.” The Trump era has opened my eyes.”). Boot was your standard media Neocon before this: “War with Iran is inevitable, buy my books!”. Now he’s Woke, and you can expect a steady stream of Leftist gibberish from the guy in the coming years.


Me, I consider this progress. I’m hoping that the Kevin Williamsons, Rick Wilsons, etc, also renounce their white privilege… or whatever CultMarx trope they wish to embrace as their escape pod… and get on with the admission that “Hey, I was just trying to sell books. I mean, I was NEVER one of those people“. The sooner we cast off the baggage of Conservatism, Inc., the better. Conservatism, as we’ve know it since the end of the 60’s, has never really conserved anything. That’s why people are leaving it. If there is to be a genuine conservatism… one more concerned with American people, culture, traditions, and faith… it’s going to have to grow outside this moldy sales pitch for subscriptions and cruises and TV talking heads. There’s an old lawyer joke; “what do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of a lake? A good start”. The more pundits and authors at the bottom of that lake, the better we’ll be.



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9 Responses to Conservatism, Inc. is crumbling

  1. Trinity WatersTrinity Waters says:

    The most personal example I have of the truth about Consertive Inc. is Jonah Goldberg. When I started following politics much more closely after 9-11, Jonah was a voice of reason and even admonished me personally about the danger of ad hominem when voicing opinions or arguing a case. He hit his apogee with me when he published Liberal Fascism. In concert with Coulter’s brutal exhibition of facts, I became much more aware of the political climate.

    Then a subtle divergence occurred when the monumental elections of 2010 and 2014 captured Congress and NOTHING changed.

    2016 changed everything. Trump violated all the accepted rules of politicking, listened to the citizens and initiated actual change. Jonah and his comfortable peers immediately abandoned actual conservative policy or goals and began lecturing me about how I’d been captivated by a pandering fool. Trouble is, neither me nor the overwhelming majority of like-minded citizens bought their blather this time. Much as they’d like to cajole the genie back into the Lido deck, we’re done with them.

    If Jonah and the rest of the Inc. pack desire relevance again, then they’ll have to swallow their overweening pride and join the fun of winning. Their conundrum is that we don’t need or desire their brand or their method of battling the always insurgent Left. New voices and ideas are blossoming from different quarters now, such as American Greatness, for example.

    We will MAGA with or without naysayers.

    Back to your post, Douglas! I really enjoyed your description of the Nevers and didn’t mean to go on at such length, but it’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep for some reason.

    • DouglasDouglas says:

      TW, I appreciate your kind comments, and speaking of Goldberg, not long after I published this last night, lo and behold, I see a piece in National Review from Goldberg arguing that Donald Trump shouldn’t get ANY credit for Trump Administration achievements:

      “But what evidence is there that Trump has actually learned the art of presidential management? Aside from the mandatory flattery required of Republican elected officials, there’s remarkably little testimony that Trump has involved himself in the process of governing. Tax reform was carried across the finish line by the GOP congressional leadership. Net neutrality was repealed by independent Republicans at the Federal Communications Commission. Foreign policy is a more mixed bag. If the president deserves credit for the defeat of Islamic State, it’s because he let “the generals” do their thing. On the other hand, credit (or blame) for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris accord on climate change certainly goes to him. In general, it seems to me that Trump’s success (such as it is) is less attributable to sudden mastery of the issues than to staying out of the way of rank-and-file Republican policymakers, activists, and bureaucrats.”

      So, Trump just Tweets all day, and all good things from his Administration is done by other people. And we thought Jennifer Rubin was petty.

      I’ve grown to truly despise, Conservatism Inc. A pox on the whole bunch.

  2. MJBubba says:

    I was suspended at Site R> once for applying the word “quisling” to a NeverTrumper; a “movement conservative” who recommended that conservatives take actions that, if the recommendation had actually been followed, would have led to a victory by Hillary.
    (Truth is not a defense over there.)
    I am still relieved that those pundits that I formerly followed turned out to be much less influential than I had feared they might be.
    And, every day, Hillary is not my president.

  3. PencilvaniaPencilvania says:

    “And, every day, Hillary is not my president.”
    Certainly we have societal problems now, but can you imagine how incredibly fouled up our culture would be after a year of the media touting every lie, screw-up and sin of Hillary’s as the career path that our children should follow? Conservative Inc. never cared to extrapolate the damage a Hillary presidency would wreak on society, and it’s very hard to forgive them for that.

  4. MJBubba says:

    Yes, we are speaking of the “movement conservatives” who lectured us that a vote for D.J. Trump was a sign of immorality.
    They spent years articulating conservative principles, but when it came down to actually taking an action that might lead to a reduction of the Leftward lurch America was taking, they choked. They preferred to put Leftist Team Hillary, an extension of the first Anti-American Administration, in power, rather than allow conservative victories get attributed to D.J. Trump. Now all they can manage is the sort of sour grapes that J. Goldberg just published.
    They are going to need continued subsidies forever; they rejected their own base.
    I used to read Dad’s National Review every issue. In his last year I would read it out loud to him. When he died, his subscription expired without regret.

  5. TKC1101TKC1101 says:

    I find the Never-Right movement (a phrase that petrified a Rico monitor as “too effective”) has not recovered yet, but the ones that are politicians are catching on and the ones who are pundits are not.

    Jonah G is a sad case, but to me, the pundits show what a fragile, insecure bunch they are, since the mirror has shown them to be obsessed with imagery and show and actual achievements were never to actual “occur”.

    They were creatures of the elites, playing a role and dining off the gravy train.

    To those of us who grew up blue collar, who still identify with blue collar and who share faith in God and Country , we will always be the mob, the rabble they fear.

    As a crusty old warfighter once told me ” >$%^ them if they can’t take a joke.”

    It is now time to ignore the pundits, and wear our colors proud and loud.

  6. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    I believe the time to ignore the pundits occurred when Romney lost the election in 2012. At the time ALL the pundits were convinced that Romney would win.

    And, in truth, it seemed totally logical that he should. After all the disastrous moves Obummer had made, it would seem a no-brainer that Romney would win. Or more correctly, Obummer would lose.

    But he didn’t.

    ?Does anyone remember BDB’s response. He was ready for real bomb-throwing, and I mirrored his sense that there were people that should be shot.

    It was at that point that I became a truly libertarian person. The GOP was mostly useless. It has only proven to be that since.

  7. Robert A. McReynolds says:

    Well if Con Inc is to be taken down we have to support those who are truly out there pushing liberty. Money is mother’s milk of all things and Con Inc still holds commanding heights in that regard. They get big donations from large monied interests. We need to do what we can to support those who can intellectually destroy them and offer a real message of liberty to the great unwashed. Please visit the sites of Tom Woods, Contra Krugman, Brion McClanahan, and Abbeville Institute. Subscribe to their podcasts and donate what you can. Only with a viable alternative will Con Inc truly be left on the ash heap of history.
    [edited by MLH to add links]

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