After the passing of John McCain last week, it was all too easy to remember the faults of the conservative movement of which he was a part of. A movement forged after the Second World War in the 1950s, which revolved around free markets, property rights, low taxes and strong support for Israel. Such shallow goals and policies, which ignore the concerns of a large swathe of the population, have left the Republican establishment, as well as the Conservative establishment in Britain, isolated and out of touch.
Only a populist candidate named Donald Trump was capable of bringing the Republicans victory in 2016, and of course, the Republican establishment did all they could to stop him. The disconnect between the Republican establishment/donor class and the party’s base has never been wider. The same is true in Britain, where the Conservative Party establishment are pro-EU Remainers, whereas 70% of their voters are anti-EU Leave voters..
The establishment in these two parties will do anything they can to please and appease the left. The greatest mistake the conservative movement made was to submit to the left’s moral framework after the cultural revolution of the 1960s, a decision with has left them weak and powerless. A key example of this was British Prime Minister Theresa May’s criticism of Boris Johnson’s burka comments. Any true right winger would have supported Boris, but she did not; alienating the majority of her party’s base in the process. And of course, the left will still call Theresa May a ‘Nazi’, ‘racist’ and ‘Tory scum’, because nothing is ever good enough for them, no matter how many times you cuck.
Even Ronald Reagan, the so-called ‘great’ conservative US President of the 1980s, was actually a disappointment in many ways. His decision to grant amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants lead to California turning from Republican to Democrat, and anybody who has seen videos from modern-day San Francisco can see Reagan’s legacy playing out in real time. The city now needs a human waste clean-up service simply because of all the homeless who are choosing to defecate on the streets. Anybody who has seen footage or who actually experienced California in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s knows how far it has fallen.
Even Angela Merkel, the open borders advocate, is the leader of Germany’s ‘conservative’ party; which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the beliefs and policies of the center-right. Europe’s center-right parties have always been in favor of the EU common market, and often talk extensively about enlarging it. Their obsession with free trade, even when it goes against the national interest, has allowed the importation of badly made, cheap goods from China and other countries in the Far East, and has also destroyed large areas of manufacturing; the two most prominent examples being the North of England and the Ruhr district of Germany.
But no more stark example exists of the Centre-right establishment’s painful legacy than the Rustbelt of the United States. The empty factories, the abandoned roads, the trailer parks full of poverty, the food banks, the toxic water supply and widespread unemployment offer a hard glimpse of what happens when you make very bad deals. Agreements like NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the obsession with global economic neoliberalism completely gutted parts of American industry and allowed countries like China and Mexico to prosper. The one-sided trade tariffs have also hit American companies ridiculously hard, something which the Trump Administration is thankfully trying to rectify. But the fact that the Republican establishment is against making trade tariffs fair for the American worker tells you everything you need to know. Their autistic obsession with free trade comes first above all else, with everybody else in their country paying the price, even if the West’s enemies benefit in the long term.
The conservative movement’s obsession with small government and low taxes can also become a large problem, especially for the working class. Contrary to popular belief, the largest group of people reliant on food stamps in America are White, and they rely on these handouts to stay above the poverty line. Of course, immigrants and some racial groups, for example, African Americans, are more likely to receive these handouts on a per capita basis, but that’s not the point. Why would anyone allow their own working class to fall below the poverty line for the sake of having small government and low taxes? What good would that do the country in the short and long-term?
One of the major reasons many working class people are still, despite mass immigration, not voting for anti-immigration right-wing parties is because they fear their welfare payments will be taken away or reduced by these same parties. There is no point telling a couple with children who are both employed that their welfare benefits need to end because they are ‘lazy’, it is simply factually incorrect and political suicide.
One of the major reasons Donald Trump and other populist leaders in Europe were elected is precisely because they did not regularly attack the welfare state. Obviously, benefits should only be given to those who need them, and in the longer term, we also need to look beyond the free market vs socialism paradigm, and instead look at using the welfare state from a pragmatic standpoint. If you want to boost the birth rate among certain groups, maternity benefits are a sure way of achieving more births. If you want to stop people sliding into economic oblivion when they lose their job and are searching for new employment, then obviously unemployment benefits are required. Basically what I am saying is: not all welfare is bad, and indeed in many instances, it can be a net positive for society.
The real energy on the right comes from the populists and the emerging alt-right/alt lite/identitarian movements. Individuals like Trump, Orban, and Salvini will do more for the West than Paul Ryan or David Cameron ever did. The factor that populists lack is populist donors, something that will hopefully be corrected in the coming years. Relying on the center-right conservative movement is a road to nowhere, and from a tactical perspective, it is just a waste of time investing in such a cause.
We are in a time of immense political turmoil and change, and it is time for everybody on the right side of the political spectrum to back the worthy cause and help bring about victory for Western Civilisation.