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[ Editor Peter Brimelow writes: What follows is adapted from my Preface to’s James Kirkpatrick’s just-published Conservatism Inc.: The Battle for the American Right, which you can buy direct from the publisher here or from Amazon here. (Remember, though, that the swine at Amazon have cut out of their Associates program, with the result that we no longer receive a commission). The book also has an Afterword by John Derbyshire, so this is quite a family affair.

Kirkpatrick in his book focuses on the struggle between the degenerate Beltway Right—“Conservatism Inc.”—and insurgent American patriot forces, which he witnessed at first hand. But in my Preface, I took the opportunity to vent my rage that this outstanding young contributor is actually forced, as the MSM falsely claims about illegal aliens, to “live in the shadows”—and that so many of his contemporaries from what used to be called the Alt Right have suffered through an extraordinary unreported personal and professional—yes!—Holocaust after Trump’s 2016 election. (Since writing this preface, I have learned of at least two suicides).

Most recent atrocity: the savage prison sentences imposed on two New York Proud Boys for defending their meeting from Antifa thugs—none of whom, needless to say, were arrested. [Proud Boys members get prison for brawl with Antifa protesters , by Rebecca Rosenberg, October 22, 2019 ] Kirkpatrick anticipated this anarcho-tyrannical outrage here].

The Beat poet Allan Ginsberg famously wrote in Howl (1956):

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix…

Of course, this was ridiculous rubbish. The counter-culture that Ginsberg personified was in fact eagerly embraced by America’s intellectual Establishment and he himself was inundated with honors by the time he reached middle age.

In contrast, however, I actually have seen a generation destroyed, or at least beaten to the ground—not by “madness,” but because it told the truth.

It’s not my generation: I am, alas, a Boomer. (I never liked them. I think my twin brother and I are the only Boomers who never smoked marijuana).

And it is, in fact, two generations—I’ve seen so many individuals from both Generation X (mid-1960s-early 1980s) and Millennials (early 1980s-early 2000s) marginalized, silenced, their careers, even in completely non-political areas where their professional performance had never been impugned, nevertheless destroyed because they dared to question the Politically Correct Narrative—above all on race and immigration, my particular concern as Editor of, on immigration.

This is a Reign Of Terror far more serious, and much longer lasting, than the much-denounced phenomenon of “McCarthyism.” Senator Joseph McCarthy gave his famous Wheeling WVA speech about Communist subversion in 1950: he was censured by the Senate, generally regarded as the end of his career, in 1954.

Furthermore, McCarthy was right about Communist subversion.

In contrast, this Reign Of Terror has been rising for decades— I believe that it dates to the late 1960s and the Ruling Class’s imperative need to repress mounting evidence that the egalitarian assumptions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were disastrously wrong. And it has dramatically intensified, especially via corporate Cultural Marxist censorship of the internet, in reaction to President Donald J. Trump’s upset election in November 2016.

Moreover, unlike Ginsberg and his groupies, the victims of this new Terror are not perverts, druggies and Communists. They are, generally, family-oriented tax-paying patriots. America’s auto-immune system has turned on itself.

James Kirkpatrick, whose work is celebrated in this volume, is widely regarded, by severe judges, as the most brilliant political writer of his (Millennial) generation. You have never seen him interviewed on network or even cable television, profiled in the prestige press, invited to address a college commencement (a significant but unspoken slush fund for the Left), or receiving a MacArthur Genius Grant. In every respect, he is the opposite of Conservatism Inc’s Ben Shapiro or, needless to say, the Main Stream Media’ s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes. Once a rising figure in the Beltway Right, he has for some years now lived in prudent obscurity (see Reign Of Terror, above). Nevertheless, to the extent that the civilization of the West survives, and even revives, it is his name that will be remembered.

Most of the articles in this volume first appeared in, which I edit. From an editor’s point of view, Kirkpatrick is a godsend. His intense pieces seem to be written in a sort of Dionysiac frenzy, taking remarkably little time from commission to filing, arriving essentially letter perfect. His only flaw: a tendency to despair, which is (as he should know) enjoined by Christian theology. But in his case, and in the case of his generation, it’s understandable…if, from my battle-scarred Boomer perspective, premature.

Reading this volume, I find myself deeply moved by Kirkpatrick’s account, original to this volume, of his personal experience of Trump’s November 8, 2016 v ictory:

Casually endangering my own life and the lives of around me, I kept lurking on /pol, posting on VDARE’s Twitter account, and refreshing the vote counts while speeding around heavy northern Virginia traffic. Of all nights, I was somehow able to secure a parking spot near the [Trump] hotel….

To be on the “far right” when young is to doom yourself to being a Cassandra. You know, and you accept, that your prophecies will go unheeded…Thus, there was a sense of unreality at the moment of victory. It was the culmination of that magical, literally magical feeling that had been building over the past year, that certain laws no longer applied, that a new era had begun, Novus ordo seclorum. The resistance from within the conservative movement had been so fierce, and the hysteria from the leftists so unlimited, that it was similarly easy to imagine that “we” had just taken power, in the same sense as if we had marched on Rome or seized the Winter Palace. Maybe I’d be running an office in the Department of Homeland Security under Kris Kobach. Maybe he’d shut down the antifa networks nationwide. Maybe Peter Brimelow would give the keystone address at CPAC next year! Anything seemed possible.

Kirkpatrick, in his gloomy way, contrasts this moment to the Trump Administration’s subsequently unfulfilled (as yet) promise. But it reminds me of another poem, G.K. Chesterton’s The Donkey:

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

It needs only to be added that the donkey’s hour, however isolated as it may have appeared, was in fact just a precursor to the rise of the greatest civilization in the history of the world.

Peter Brimelow [Email him] is the editor of His best-selling book, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, is now available in Kindle format.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Barryroe says:

    An admirable and honourable text, about an essential cause.

    The observation on Chesterton’s “Donkey” is well taken and, we all hope, far-seeing.

    This comment is made by one of the few urban Irishmen of Mr Brimelow’s generation who likewise never smoked marijuana (but who was, lamentably, for many years, oblivious to the globalist campaign for social destruction).

  2. Vinnie O says:

    Um, ya COMPLETELY lost me. Did this essay have a POINT? Other than YOU like Kirkpatrick, for reasons you can’t quite explain to other people.

    • Replies: @Wally
  3. Right church, wrong pew. The “Reign Of Terror” is a real thing but it was the reaction of the owner class to the rebellion of the Sixties. For the first time, ever, anywhere, millions of people in the streets demanding the end of an imperial war of conquest – this had them quaking in their boots. And finally, a law in place that might allow black and white Americans to bridge the racial divide and compare notes to see who their real enemy was. So they dusted off a half-senile B grade movie actor and marketed him as America’s stern but goofy grandpa, blabbering patriotic BS that was as mindless as it was endless: ketchup as a vegetable and the Contra terrorists as our Founding Fathers. And since the rabble obviously had too much time on their hands, what a perfect time it was to put them back in their place. Break the unions, send their jobs overseas, and we’ll hear no more from them as they scramble to stay alive. And surveil them, and station tanks and armored vehicles and drones in their cities, just in case. And channel the dangerous but naïve revolutionary idealism of the youth into something asinine but harmless, say, political correctness, instead of, oh, organizing for a more equitable distribution of wealth.

    Ironic that you would quote Catholic apologist Chesterton, whose lovely arguments of words stand today (on those rare occasions they are remembered at all) as deceitful polemics, breathtaking in their smugness and intellectual dishonesty. We are privileged (or cursed) to be living in one of western culture’s great transitional periods, ironically similar to the early stages of post-imperial Rome’s catastrophic forced shift to Christianity. While we struggle with the final stage of imperialism and the culture-wide PTSD of the world wars of the last century, it is crystal clear that the received wisdom of our predecessors is, indisputably, nonsense, but a new mythic consensus has yet to emerge. So, keep blaming it on imaginary leftists (where are they, anyway?) and see what happens next.

  4. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:

    VDARE calls themselves patriots but they have never done an article on the USS Liberty, or on the need to stop being a global empire.

    They are just globalist who moan about brown people.

    Ron Unz why do you republish their crap? It doesn’t provide a dissident view on anything, unless you consider turbo-neoliberalism that mentions racial IQ disparities to be dissident. Many of the neoliberal elites probably hold the same ideals. The VDARE crowd are not far from the centers of power the hobnob with the wallstreet and washington elites.

    • Disagree: Hail
    • Replies: @Amelia
  5. Amelia says:

    This is an insane comment. Just do a simple search “USS Liberty” and you find 2 pages of articles from on the USS Liberty.

    Here’s a link for you. You’re welcome.

    • Replies: @Hail
  6. Hail says: • Website

    The anon’s comment characterizing VDare’s politics as

    turbo-neoliberalism that mentions racial IQ disparities

    makes me think I have stepped into an alternate reality. Or that the anon inhabits one.

    Or that the anon has read a very different selection of VDare material than I have over the years. OTOH, there was a recent column by VDare’s anonymous writer Washington Watcher II (“He’s the Only Trump We’ve Got—It’s Him (And Us) Against the Ruling Class”), republished here at the Unz Review and featured as a top article of the day here, that I saw as a ‘tone-deaf’ cheerleading effort for The Tweetman, something arguably approaching what the anon may have been getting at. But I saw it as uncharacteristic of the VDare editorial line.

    A comment I left on the “The Only Trump We’ve Got” —

    There really needs to be pressure on Trump from the nationalist Right. […] If the “VDare” wing of US politics is now in the process of falling in line, this is just kind of sad.

    The base largely doesn’t know how bad the administration (not the tweets; not the demagoguery and trolling) have been on the core issue, and that combined with the pressure to line up on one side or the other — R-team! D-team! — is unfortunate.

    — and a reply by commenter Exile:

    Exactly. This piece, sadly from VDARE, only fuels the red-blue kosher sandwich kabuki – “vote for Bush/Dole/Bush/McCain/Romney/Trump or Democrats destroy America.” There’s very little positive for dissidents in US electoral politics in general, but if there ever was to be a hope to move the needle in our direction, we would first have to have the guts to punish the GOP with losses. Does the author realize how powerless a constituency with no options is, and how much those voters are simply taken for granted?

    Punishing disloyal leaders is how you earn respect and push your agenda. If America is so fragile that one more Democrat will do us in (which I’ve been hearing my entire voting life, ala “Iran’s getting nukes in 6 mos”), what good is four more years of fading away?

    (FWIW, I discovered Steve Sailer through VDare, in the mid 2000s, during the pre-commenting years. Which is certainly why I am here as a regular at Unz. I remember being appreciative of whoever at VDare inserted all those links into all their articles; very helpful for a newcomer, as I clicked through to very many of them, a kind of reading feast of dissident views.

    At the bottom of a Steve Sailer article on VDare at that time, it said something like “Steve Sailer blogs at” I clicked through and soon became a regular follower of Sailer, at the time still via the now-highly-old-fashioned-looking — before even the move to blogspot. So VDare was my path to Sailer. Thank you, VDare.)

  7. Wally says:
    @Vinnie O

    “Um, ya COMPLETELY lost me.”

    That surprises no one.

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