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Conservative magazines have pretty much disappeared along with conservatives in education, popular culture, politics, publishing, media, and Hollywood. Magazines that helped to sustain stable families, good manners, the value of integrity, moral behavior, tending to one’s own garden, and Christian virtues such as compassion have been replaced by neoconservatives advocating war for American hegemony.

One magazine that lingered, Chronicles, was a mild and not very exciting voice, but recent issues under the new editorship of Paul Gottfried have resurrected trenchant writing and analysis of America’s perilous degeneration into a Tower of Babel.

In a recent article, “It’s Not Okay to Be White,” I was encouraged to see that in a recent Congressional hearing designed to close down free speech for white people, it was a black female member of Congress who denounced the intent of the hearing.

I quote a few paragraphs of the Chronicles article as they describe the process by which what passes for “the left” frames-up American values by identifying them as “white racist supremacy.”

The left now roundly denounces anyone to the right of Jeb Bush as a “white nationalist,” which it appears is now being equated with “white supremacist,” with the apparently immortal Adolf Hitler acting as the one-and-future ringleader of a group of bad guys and gals that includes everyone from George Washington and Betsy Ross to John Wayne, as well as every single Trump voter, white or not.

In hearings before Cogress last year to address the perceived threat of white supremacy, corporate bigwings representing internet and social media platforms, who have not exactly been lax in their suppression of the right, including the vegetarian mainstream “conservative movement,” duly gave the Congressmen assurances they would do more to suppress speech by putting a high-tech gag on folks that both the Al Sharpton and Che Guevara wings of the Democratic Party—and Chamber of Commerce Republicans, for that matter—regard as “Nazis.” That is, anyone who still risks life, limb, and career by espousing political and social views once held by all conservaives, as well as a number of liberals, until very recently.

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While it’s true that some Republican panel members did defend free speech, it was black conservative Candace Owens who got around to telling us what the left is actualy up to. Owens noted that the “hearing” was meant to be a kangaroo court, it wasn’t about ”hate crimes” but about “fear-mongering, power, and control.” The hearing was, in fact, “a preview of a Democrat 2020 election strategy—the same as the Democrat 2016 election strategy.” The left, said Owens, feared that it had lost control of the “narrative,” and wished to censor dissent. Owens also correctly pointed out that if it’s political violence you are looking for, then look no further than the thuggish activities of the [leftwing] largely white militant group Antifa. What Candace Owens was getting at, of course, is that the left seeks to rally its unstable coalition of competing grievances around an anti-white and implicitly (when not explicity) anti-Christian banner, which acts like a red cape waved in front of a bull. Resentment, envy, and old hatreds can work wonders for a coalition whose diversity threatens its stability.

The message is pretty clear by now; the old America was wholly evil and deserves to be finished off. This is the America that, for all its faults, some of us recall fondly as an oasis of stable families [both white and black], regional cultures, a still largely healthy popular culture, and a politics of decorum and respect. The old Americans must be overwhelmed by mass immigration to achieve the aim [of deconstructing America].

In her memoir, Circle in the Darkness, Diana Johnstone describes the process that she lived through of the left turning against the working class, against peace, and supporting war to “liberate” populations with bombs from dictators. The left is now allied with the neoconservatives in support of war, but for a different reason—liberation instead of the imposition of Washington’s hegemony.

The old left/right paradigm no longer makes sense. The left is no longer left, and conservatives underwent their own transformation and became interventionist liberals. The old left/right tensions produced reforms. Today reform has given way to extirpation of “whiteness.”

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Gordo says:

    neoconservatives advocating war for American hegemony

    Ehm, are you sure that that is their motive?

    • Replies: @Richard B
  2. Truly a genius column. Chronicles is a great magazine with very thoughtful writing. What I might call main stream conservatism is captive to big business and mega church fundamentalists. It is hard to identify any “principles” that conservative conserve anymore. I would go a step further than Dr. Roberts and suggest that there are some pretty old school conservative writings folks should read to get in touch with principles. One book I always like was a collection of essays written by the “Southern Agrarians” called “I’ll take my stand.” It is a great book and makes one consider that big corporations are as much an assault on virtue as is liberal government. Anything written by Richard Weaver is good. “Visions of Order,” “The Southern Tradition at Bay,” “Ethics of Rhetoric,” all should be must read works. Another interesting read is a literary critic, Kenneth Burke. Burke considered himself a communist, but is writing is honest and Richard Weaver thought folks should read Burke. Burke wrote quite a bit but if you needed to read three things pick: (1) an essay entitled “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s Battle,” (2) a book “Permanence and Change,” and (3) another book, “A Rhetoric of Motives.” Chronicles magazine speaks to an older scholarship where thinkers tested ideas honestly and where truth in history mattered.

    • Agree: John Achterhof
    • Thanks: Current History
    • Replies: @SOL
  3. Franz says:

    In her memoir, Circle in the Darkness, Diana Johnstone describes the process that she lived through of the left turning against the working class

    She had a real point with that.

    The European “left” derived legitimacy from speaking for the workers. Whether it was Lenin or Stalin, or Benito or Adolf, speaking for the actual productive members of the society and not the leeches, the left of whatever configuration thrived. Most everyone now accepts the 80s Soviet Encyclopedia revision that “fascism” is leftist and progressives… except the morons of Antifa.

    The USA was immune to the wilder gyrations of leftism between (roughly) FDR and the Rustbelt Years, which is to say, the big placid middle years of the 20th century. Look at any physical library of those years and you’ll see it plain: Big city unions, mostly factory workers, had their own cultures and needs to look after. Radicalism was just not practical; Mid-Twentieth Americans were practical.

    People who never lived then miss it. They see how even great pain (industrial America had a yearly body count comparable to a small war) was mitigated by neighborhood culture, mutual aid, and the fact that churches and neighborhood groups did a better job helping people than any government might.

    That ended when the work went out…

  4. Exile says:

    In a recent article, “It’s Not Okay to Be White,” I was encouraged to see that in a recent Congressional hearing designed to close down free speech for white people, it was a black female member of Congress who denounced the intent of the hearing.

    The siren-song of cross-racial civic nationalism still seduces even the most cynical of paleo-cons.

    As if the blessing of this Magic Negress has any political significance?

    Paleos like Gottfried and PCR just can’t keep their eyes dry thinking of how their Magic Paper castle is finally becoming real b/c Blaxit or some other flim-flammery.

    Watching another White Charlie trying kicking Lucy Brown’s football is always tragic but it should serve as a lesson to those still capable of learning from past mistakes and passionate attachments.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  5. @Exile

    Most everyone now accepts the 80s Soviet Encyclopedia revision that “fascism” is leftist and progressives… except the morons of Antifa.

    Mussolini had been in the Italian socialist party, but kicked out because of his support for the Italian war effort. His Fascist party legislated more rights for workers through employment standards than any other country in Europe (and North America). He also legislated universal health care. Fascists are opposed to usury. In the American context, these would be considered “far left”.

    No political philosophy or system is perfect, they all have good points and flaws. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans have been brainwashed enough to think the US system is flawless.

    • Agree: animalogic
  6. Miro23 says:

    In her memoir, Circle in the Darkness, Diana Johnstone describes the process that she lived through of the left turning against the working class, against peace, and supporting war to “liberate” populations with bombs from dictators. The left is now allied with the neoconservatives in support of war…

    From the late 1960’s the radical left and the future neo-cons were the same people -Jewish activists. So it’s no accident that they’re now allied around the interests of their Jewish activist friends in Israel.

    The US Anglo working class had/has little interest for them. The old class war dialectic was only something that people like Bolshevik Jewish radicals used to gain power and fool “useful idiots”. Once in power they themselves lived like the Russian aristocracy – actually often in the very same St Petersburg mansions.

    The root of the question is not Right, Left, Up or Down, it’s just a question of the ideological toolkit best suited to grabbing power at any particular time.

  7. There isn’t anything left to conserve, and hasn’t been for some time. It is now clear that most of the old “Conservatives” (now referred to in some circles as Conservatism Inc.) were in bed with the globalist lefties the whole way. The founding myths of the USA don’t jibe with global leftism, so they had to be done away with. And they were, and injust a few short decades, and with our taxdollars and support.

    We deserve all the really bad things coming. Our children don’t, and neither do theirs. No matter, they are going to get it, like it deserve it or not.

    • Replies: @SOL
  8. KenH says:

    While Candace Owens is black she isn’t a Congressman. The Republicans attending the hearing defended free speech but in a very apologetic, milquetoast manner. After all white people defending their racial honor and confederate history and symbols are beyond the pale! They certainly didn’t inspire confidence and rarely do.

    When I started reading The National Review back in the early 90’s almost every monthly issue had sections noting and decrying the creeping anti-white bias in Hollywood movies and university curriculum. It was anti-homosexual, pro family and implicitly pro-white. It was also philo-semitic but not overly so. However those days are long gone as today it’s mostly dedicated to anti-anti-semitism, anti-racism, open borders and neocon foreign policy/Israel uber alles.

    The new Chronicles sounds like a return to “true conservatism” but unfortunately it won’t go far enough. Whites must become as militant about their right to life and survival as the Jewish led anti-white left is about overthrowing the nation as founded and making whites a politically impotent, hated minority of untouchables with no legal protections and the old style conservatism by its nature lacks that requisite militancy. Moreover, it failed whites miserably and lost every major battle from 1954 until today putting us in the precarious situation we find ourselves in today.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  9. Main scream media provides a thought substitute for

    the zombies tuned out by the indukation system

    particuliarly the upper echelons of quackademia

    and its fum ducks

  10. @KenH

    I was about to point out that Candace Owens is not a member of Congress, but you beat me to it KenH. (I’m surprised that Mr. Roberts didn’t know it, or perhaps he just made a mistake).

    I did watch part of her testimony, and she did a great job of standing up to that fat Jewish thug Jerrold Nadler, and the other democrat weenies. However, I wonder why no white men (it is OUR speech being censored) were on the panel with her? Were they afraid, or were none invited? In any case it made activist white men look like wimps, having a strong black woman doing the talking for them. Perhaps that was Nadler’s intent.

  11. Conservatism committed suicide. Insouciance, indolence, and greed is what did her in. Then as now, better to be thrown table scraps than risk starvation and premature death. Tell yourself whatever you like, there will be no resurrection.

  12. A New Republic wherein the government is color blind and the citizens are guaranteed the right of association would be ideal from my point of view. It will have to be a new republic however. The old one is terminally corrupt with no hope of redemption. I’m not suggesting revolution. That would require forcing those who do not share my point of view to conform to it. Separation would be the way forward.

  13. Richard B says:
    @Gordo

    are you sure that that is their motive?

    Way back when, in the 80’s, a professor who was Jewish and identified as a Marxist had a poster on the wall of his office of the American flag with corporate logos instead of stars.

    I joked to him that it would be more appropriate to have 50 stars of David and just call it The United States of Israel.

    He gave a nervous kind of laugh.

    I found out later from another professor who was there at the time and also Jewish (of the Gilad Atzmon variety) and a dear friend still to this day, that the Marxist didn’t realize that I wasn’t Jewish. He actually thought that I was and was bragging.

    So, yeah, by now everyone should know that by “American hegemony” they mean Israel.

    Of course, I’m aware that not everyone knows this. But that’s not my fault.

  14. Richard B says:

    Magazines that helped to sustain stable families, good manners, the value of integrity, moral behavior, tending to one’s own garden, and Christian virtues such as compassion have been replaced

    How does a magazine help “to sustain stable families, good manners, the value of integrity, moral behavior”, etc.?

    It’s impossible, for me at least, not to admire PCR as a man, and just as impossible not to value his work, which I do, very much.

    But I have to say, the above, impossible to believe in list, is proof that the Left aren’t the only ones filled with the insane conceit of moral superiority, in spite of all of the evidence to the contrary.

    Self-righteousness = Moral imbecility. Not moral superiority.

    It’s high time we just embrace our f*cked-upness and transcend the Right and Left once and for all.

    They’re two 18th century Enlightenment ideologies that have long since outlived their usefulness.

    They’re borth intellectually and morally bankrupt. Clinging to both has hurt more than it’s helped.

    Isn’t it obvious?

    I haven’t met a single ideologue of the Right or Left who had any serious grasp or comprehension of human behavior or cultural history. Not one.

    So they don’t know how our social-institutions work. And that’s most definitely obvious.

    Because everything in the world for them is stuffed inside an ideological mental model.

    The battle, or war today is between Dogma and Pragma.

    What’s the difference?

    Pragma is willing to expose the vital system of ideas it lives by to a process of continous feedback and correction for the purpose of improving its capacity for social-management and, therefore, the quality of life.

    And Dogma isn’t.

    From this perspective the Right and Left are simply two sides of the same Dogma.

    And when it comes to that battle, the Left wins every. single. time.

    If the Right still doesn’t get it and get why they deserve to lose.

    As someone who has worked in Family Systems for the last 30 years the Right’s endless talk about “family values” is proof of their senility. As is the Left’s insane obsession with destroying it.

    Time to ditch both once and for all and move into a larger freedom.

    But, since the chances of that happen are slim to none maybe we should laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct.

    After all, they lasted a lot longer than we have so far.

    • Replies: @Richard B
  15. Richard B says:
    @Richard B

    Correction:

    Should be,

    But, since the chances of that happen are slim to none maybe we shouldn’t laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct.

  16. SOL says:
    @Harry Huntington

    If readers don’t know of them already, check out Reckonin’ and Abbeville Institute for Southern conservatism. Many of the writers are or have been associated with Chronicles as well.

  17. SOL says:
    @Brian Reilly

    “We deserve all the really bad things coming. Our children don’t, and neither do theirs. No matter, they are going to get it, like it deserve it or not.”

    Or maybe people can do something to build up a bulwark for their posterity, instead of just trumpeting the black pill.

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