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Your Last Chance

I don’t usually just link to other people’s articles; but when I do, you better go read the whole thing.

http://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/the-flight-93-election/

Some snippets:

But let us back up. One of the paradoxes—there are so many—of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a trajectory toward something very bad.

 

If conservatives are right about the importance of virtue, morality, religious faith, stability, character and so on in the individual; if they are right about sexual morality or what came to be termed “family values”; if they are right about the importance of education to inculcate good character and to teach the fundamentals that have defined knowledge in the West for millennia; if they are right about societal norms and public order; if they are right about the centrality of initiative, enterprise, industry, and thrift to a sound economy and a healthy society; if they are right about the soul-sapping effects of paternalistic Big Government and its cannibalization of civil society and religious institutions; if they are right about the necessity of a strong defense and prudent statesmanship in the international sphere—if they are right about the importance of all this to national health and even survival, then they must believe—mustn’t they?—that we are headed off a cliff.

 

Let’s be very blunt here: if you genuinely think things can go on with no fundamental change needed, then you have implicitly admitted that conservatism is wrong. Wrong philosophically, wrong on human nature, wrong on the nature of politics, and wrong in its policy prescriptions. Because, first, few of those prescriptions are in force today. Second, of the ones that are, the left is busy undoing them, often with conservative assistance. And, third, the whole trend of the West is ever-leftward, ever further away from what we all understand as conservatism.

 

(…)the deck is stacked overwhelmingly against us. I will mention but three ways. First, the opinion-making elements—the universities and the media above all—are wholly corrupt and wholly opposed to everything we want, and increasingly even to our existence. (What else are the wars on “cis-genderism”—formerly known as “nature”—and on the supposed “white privilege” of broke hillbillies really about?) If it hadn’t been abundantly clear for the last 50 years, the campaign of 2015-2016 must surely have made it evident to even the meanest capacities that the intelligentsia—including all the organs through which it broadcasts its propaganda—is overwhelmingly partisan and biased. Against this onslaught, “conservative” media is a nullity, barely a whisper. It cannot be heard above the blaring of what has been aptly called “The Megaphone.”

Who is this guy, and why is he not my best friend?

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34 responses to “Your Last Chance

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  2. Ripple Earthdevil September 7, 2016 at 17:57

    Site is down at the moment.

    • curri September 7, 2016 at 18:06

      Limbaugh is reading it on the air. I guess he still has a big audience.

    • Axaxaxas Mlö September 17, 2016 at 03:19

      “Who is this guy, and why is he not my best friend?”

      I thought this guy was Steve Sailer (a turbinated one; a Molbugian forged Steve Sailer).

      Are you not friend of both? Why not?

      • spandrell September 17, 2016 at 03:52

        No, he is not Sailer. But he’s obviously read his Sailer and his Moldbug. So he should have read his Spandrell too! Oh well.

        I have sparred with both Sailer and Moldbug but they are busy men.

        • Axaxaxas Mlö September 17, 2016 at 04:09

          Well, friends. We clearly have a movement. And the most interesting thinkers. I hope this become something more other than LARPing. Maybe Trump is the begining of a good time for the RIGHT people.

  3. Jefferson September 7, 2016 at 20:40

    I started writing a snarky “are you really NRx?” reply, but thought better of it. You know more history than I do. Is there a real chance that positive change can come from an election? I’ve been operating on the theory that even if Trump wins the election, he can’t dismantle the cathedral.

    • spandrell September 8, 2016 at 01:46

      Still better than Clinton.

    • Orthodox September 8, 2016 at 05:48

      It’s about more than the election, it’s about waking up to reality.

      The first core of the article is saying you can’t be Never Trump AND right-wing, The Overton Window is moving right and Never Trumpers are being read out.

      The second part isn’t really pro-Trump. It boils down to saying Trump is likely the very last shot for conservatism at the ballot box. If Hillary wins, electoral politics as a path to liberty may be permanently closed. That argument leans more NRx than Alt-Right.

      • Jefferson September 9, 2016 at 16:47

        I guess my issue is that a win of any degree by the American “right” seems most likely to be a kicking of the can. I’m not exactly convinced of professor Land’s position, but it feels like our genuine last chance for a populist restoration passed 20+ years ago.

        Trump is clearly better than Clinton, if repair is possible, but Jim’s “king Trump” thesis seems based on wishful thinking – especially after eight years of purging in the military. My ego wants Trump to win because it would be fun and funny to watch the left have a collective nervous breakdown, but because of that inclination, I don’t trust my ability to judge the outcome.

        • jamesd127 September 11, 2016 at 23:51

          Well of course it is based on wishful thinking.

          To actually implement his policies, would have to make himself King.

          I wish he would actually implement his policies. That is wishful thinking all right. But he might do it. He projects the persona of that kind of guy.

          Recall the reaction to him saying he would fire the current generals who have implemented the current military mess. “Oh, how stupid Trump is. Doesn’t he realize presidents cannot fire generals”. Meaning doesn’t he realize that only left wing presidents can fire generals.

          But it is not completely ludicrous wishful thinking. We have recently seen two elected leaders casually ignore the judiciary, and the Thais get away with quietly ditching democracy altogether.

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  5. Richard Pound September 9, 2016 at 23:52

    It’s easy to say the West is trending “ever leftward” if you ignore economic issues (you know, what the whole left/right spectrum is supposedly about) and turn navel gazing into your political ideology. But I wouldn’t expect anything else from someone who props up Guardian op eds as evidence of societal degeneracy. The “right” as it is is going to get played harder than 350m pound of sovereignty funding and you aren’t going to like it.

    • spandrell September 10, 2016 at 00:57

      ” if you ignore economic issues (you know, what the whole left/right spectrum is supposedly about) ”

      What? No. What a stupid thing to say.
      Not that the right-shift in economics since the 1970s isn’t interesting; it is. But left-right isn’t just communism vs. capitalism. Certainly not here.

    • tublecane September 10, 2016 at 01:07

      Ever leftward generally speaking. Which doesn’t mean there are never any reverses or stutter-steps. We get free trade and limited deregulation, but we also get more regulation in some areas. For instance, Obamacare, the environment, etc. We get right-to-work, but the minimum wage always goes up. I think the general economic trend is still leftwards. This is a lull, and not a very attractive one.

    • L.Q. Cincinnatus September 11, 2016 at 08:28

      The battlefield between the left and the right in the West has moved from economic issues to social issues since the development of the New Left, and that situation has only strengthened since the fall of the soviet union.

      And of course guardian op eds are evidence of societal degeneracy: newspapers can only be around if they sell, and you don’t get more sales by writing articles that praise behaviors and ideas that people find morally repugnant. So if they’re still around, it means both that a) there’s plenty of people who condone those ideas and behaviors and b) educational institutions are producing significant amounts of degenerate individuals.

    • jamesd127 September 11, 2016 at 23:54

      There is no core defining issue of leftism. Leftism is a process, not a destination. It has ten thousand points of doctrine, but each point of doctrine, apart from war on marriage and war on Christmas has changed during the evolution of anglosphere doctrine, and the only unchanging points of anglosphere leftism are those that it fails to have in common with other leftisms.

  6. refynnej September 10, 2016 at 15:32

    The rise of marriage for one

    Too bad that old Chinese “emperor” isn’t here to read, lol.

    Really, humans are so pitiful from a rational standpoint: they can only shift from one extreme to the other.

  7. jcoors (@JMS2055) September 10, 2016 at 23:13

    Sprandrall, I love your site — it’s my favorite blog on the internet now that Auster and Moldbug are gone (although you would’ve competed with them if they were still here). I’ve been going through your archives in chronological order.

    A couple questions:

    Liberals goaded the south into the Civil War (by trying to ban slavery), and Germany and Japan into war with the U.S. during WW2 (Japan’s oil access was cut off by the U.S. forcing Japan into a risky Pearl Harbor scenario,and libs in the U.S. supplied France, UK, and Russia with arms, along with many other antagonistic behaviors ultimately forcing Germany’s hand — Germany did not want war with the U.S.)

    With Hillary’s comments about 50% of Trump supporters being deplorable, it appears Hillary is getting ahead of herself, but to her Trump is not the problem — the rise of the alt right and all of his supporters is her and global capitalism’s problem. Do you see her gearing up toward goading the alt-right into attempts at secession/military takeover which will fail in order to libs to literally genocide whites?

    If you were a dumb American with no foreign language abilities but some money, where would you flee to if Hillary wins (if you would flee, although you are not an American)?

    Thanks.

    • spandrell September 10, 2016 at 23:34

      Well thanks, I appreciate it.

      I don’t think I would flee if I were dumb and monolingual. Where could you go? It’s not like the rest of the world is any better. I guess there’s always Thailand if you want to see the decline poolside.

      I don’t think whites have it in them to rebel violently, Hillary goading or not. Look at how many supporters the Bundys were able to get.

      • Karl September 19, 2016 at 08:43

        I think whites have it in them to rebel violently if they are part of a hight trust group or community. The urge to rebel is felt most strongly after the trust in a community is lost. It is very hard rebuild the trust. Probably impossible without creating a sense of identity or tribe first.

      • jamesd127 September 19, 2016 at 09:45

        Philippines provide a better poolside.

        Whores are the same price in Thailand and the Philippines, but concubines cheaper in the Philippines. Also possible to obtain virgin concubines in the Philippines, which is absolutely impossible in Thailand, regardless of how young you are prepared to go.

        And also, most importantly, they speak English, which matters for a concubine.

    • StAugustine September 12, 2016 at 12:27

      It depends more on if you need to work or not. If you can’t go without work, stay in the US. If you want to take a 4 year vacation, I’d suggest SE Asia as the place the dollar will go the farthest. If you want a lifestyle change, I suggest becoming a PADI master diver instructor: this will cost quite a few thousand dollars, but you’ll be living on beaches for the rest of your life, and English is your best asset. 1-second random search: http://www.crystaldive.com/scuba-diving-internships.html

      • spandrell September 12, 2016 at 12:38

        We should organize a Thailand refuge to enjoy the Decline at the beach.

        • Candide III September 12, 2016 at 12:56

          Russians used to have one. They rented out their apartments in Moscow or SPb and lived in Thailand on the income. Then hydrocarbon prices cratered and so did the number of potential renters, and I hear that their former haunts are only a shadow of departed glory.

  8. Rollory September 18, 2016 at 13:12

    For those who are interested – the “now-defunct blog” the author of Flight 93 refers to is “The Journal of American Greatness”, which was a collaborative effort between 4 people, active for about 4 months this past spring. It was taken down by the authors for undisclosed reasons, however most of the articles were salvaged and are available at http://jacksongazette.org/ while also being indexed at http://jagrecovered.blogspot.com/

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