About a month ago, the Atlantic dropped a bomb entitled Beyond Originalism, which somewhat briefly outlined an integralist approach to ensuring that the Constitution of the United States—the document—isn’t used to subvert the very things it was supposedly written to protect. The piece’s author was Harvard Constitutional Law professor Adrian Vermeule, no stranger to controversy, and I can only assume that the Atlantic decided to publish it in an attempt to make ‘conservatives’ look as authoritarian and as menacingly Catholic as possible. While it scared the liberally-minded conservative dilettantes into quite a barrage of counterpoints and rebuttals—most of which aren’t worth mentioning—the conservatives who actually take the definition at face-value sat back and said, “yeah, okay, that’s a start.” Continue reading “Coming Apart”
Free speech is back on the menu, apparently, this time with our favorite Texan, Alex Jones, thrust into the role of protagonist. Again.
This time it was YouTube, Apple, and Spotify, at first. Twitter’s founder came under attack by lefties because he hadn’t banned Jones yet, and he even had to issue short statement on his platform defending his decision to keep someone who had not violated the Code of Conduct from being ousted. Until he gave Jones the boot, too. And then InfoWars went down for a day or so. Continue reading “Censorship, Freedom, and Liberal Retardation”
The conservative movement in the United States, if it can still be called that, is in a lot of trouble. It needs to find that fridge it left in the basement, dust it off, roll up its sleeves, clean it up, and stomach whatever is inside it. Continue reading “Rules for Conservatism: Never Get Rid of a Perfectly Usable Fridge”
Escaping from Soviet rule in Poland during the 1970s, Ryszard Legutko landed in the liberalized sphere of NATO-defended Europe only to have a startling and somewhat horrifying discovery: many proponents of the political system he had just been received by—liberal democracy—were sympathetic, if not outright favorable, to the cripplingly despotic communist system best characterized by the Soviet regime. It was not, he admits in his introduction to The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, something that necessarily occurred to him immediately. But even within the first few years of his freedom, he had recognized tendencies among his Western colleagues to defend aspects of the system that he had risked his livelihood escaping from. Continue reading “The Demon in Democracy (Ryszard Legutko – 2016, Encounter Books)”
The American Right has never been the most organized crowd around. Uniting a broad demographic of laymen, pundits, politicians, and intellectuals, the term has stood as a sort of catch-all for everything that isn’t expressed in the left’s platform. That’s how “paleo-conservatives” like Pat Buchanan are grouped under the same wing as neocons like John McCain and Bill Kristol, while all three of them supposedly share platform space with libertarians. Of course, in reality, if leftism wasn’t as cancerous, insane, and obvious as it is today, these three groups would probably be their own separate political parties. And if the 2016 election is any indication, that might now just be possible. Continue reading “Conservatism and Its Discontents”
The 2016 U.S. Presidential election is in full swing and no other election on the planet in recent history has generated as much drama and buzz as this one. Opinions on candidates, policies, platforms, parties, campaigns and the like abound from every potential source, ranging from professional media outlets to the crazy uncle at family gatherings who invariably begins to shout obscenities regarding Obama and making everybody uncomfortable. The Internet in particular is awash with political commentary surrounding the election, and this kind of commentary, too, runs the gamut between qualified, perfectly reasoned political analysis to psychotic shouting matches on YouTube’s deepest wastelands, the latter of which tend to encapsulate more blood boiling rage and vitriol than a WWE promo. Continue reading “Why I Am A Conservative”