I’ve been thinking, in a way, the right is ideologically homeless right now. The conservative movement died in either 2012 or 2016, and some weird half-dead version of Libertarianism with nationalism shoved in is what the mainstream Right is right now.
Trump era “Libertarian Nationalism” is nothing but a stopgap for the death of conservatism. So, if we’re in the predicting mood, what do you think will replace Conservatives? Personally, I think we should all disuse the term “conservative” altogether. Looking back on what the conservatives actually achieved, well, we all know the answer to that one: almost nothing, if not absolutely nothing. But something struck me today, why did the conservatives fail? How could a movement based on the conservation of tradition fail at its only task? Because the conservative movement was never about conserving anything. Sllow me to elaborate:
What was the conservative mantra? What do they say about culture? The left loves saying that conservatism and conservatives were about preserving the “status quo”, be that’s bullshit, I have never heard a conservative say that. No, what did the Conservatives say? they said this: “Society must alter slowly.” -Russel Kirk, I mean FFS, what did anyone expect? at least with “status quo”, the goal is to at least stop “whig history” on some level. but “alter slowly”? it’s like the right wasn’t even trying. its like the conservative movement set itself up for failure from the beginning. and that’s what’s so damning about “Conservatism”, its a lie. The real goal was not upholding traditional values, but to provide some sort of half-assed damage control for the Left’s shenanigans. Back in 2012, the re-election of Obama and the legalization of “rights for gay couples” was the final straw that broke the back of the movement. And the Left knew it. They almost began acting as if they owned the place, that they were “the right side of history”, and now nothing was standing in there way between them and Utopia! Then Trump entered the stage. Turns out acting like an asshole makes enemies, who would have thought?