Subtracting the Electioneering from the American Right

The main problem with the American right is that it is almost solely a set of democratic institutions. While there are a small number of right of center foundations and right-wing fundraising machines, most of the effort and money on the proper right goes towards encouraging people to vote for Republicans at the polls.

Part of the trouble is that Americans tend to see elections as a legitimate way of resolving major social issues. Mandatory education trains all Americans into believing that a democratically elected government acting within the legal norms set by a written constitution can solve all human problems. For an ordinary American to discover that this claim has no basis in theory or evidence tends to require years of self-directed study.

In terms of the collective American Attention-Interest-Decision-Action loop, the left controls A through I and most of D. The right tries to fight for the tail end of D and a meaningless segment of A while forsaking the rest to its rivals, who want to see it exterminated.

By contrast, the left has taken pains to capture every cultural institution of significance in the United States. When the right has attempted to resist, it tends to do so through televangelists, radio hosts, and web aggregators who tend to focus on encouraging listeners to vote for the correct people when election time comes along.

The trouble with all these methods is that they are inherently secondary commentators on the primary source work performed by left wing corporations. In most cases, with few exceptions, if the Associated Press does not cover it, it’s not on the agenda of the right wing. From a Carlylean perspective, the contemporary right such that it exists cedes its program to its opponents at a structural level. If it doesn’t come in down the wire, it’s as if it never happened.

There are few attempts to re-frame the cultural agenda or to compete with officially accredited educational institutions. One reason for this is that it’s incredibly challenging to create a real counter-cultural structure. The left controls so much of the American arts infrastructure (and in many cases physically owns so many warehouses and museums full of classical art) that any would-be creative rightist finds themselves socially isolated and without a meaningful path towards mastery.

In some cases it just comes down to who owns the real estate. The Koch Brothers can buy part of Lincoln Center and sponsor the New York City Ballet Company, but there’s only so much that that can achieve. Operating that Ballet theater is surely more effective a use of money than any electoral donation that those brothers have ever made.

In the market for art, a prospective rightist needs to beat out countless talentless leftists that nonetheless have privileged access to galleries, publishing houses, theaters, universities, museums, and concert halls. Although one could protest that ‘crowdfunding’ has opened up the market to competition, in reality, the crowd-funding market is dominated by public relations consultants who have built up relationships with leftist media organizations to promote preferred projects and shed shade on those that might not be of ideological use to the cultural programmers.

It’s common on the political fringes to see lazy people proclaim that historical forces will shift events in their favor, but it always becomes clear to me that ‘historical forces’ are actually moved by the strenuous efforts of a handful of hard-working people, rather than being a spontaneous eruption that requires no focused human will.

With this problem in mind, we should consider what the solution should be.

An attempt to convince every major Republican donor to cede every competitive election in the United States for the indefinite future would be a tall order. I’ll still ask for it. The Republican party, at least figuratively, deserves to have its teeth shoved into the curb, and then its skull caved in by several stomps from a heavy boot.

No candidate deserves a dime of your money. The voting box doesn’t deserve a minute of your time.

By focusing on the showmanship of electioneering, the constituency of the American right cedes every other battle worth fighting. Instead of attempting to expose the perfidy of leftist political operatives stealing elections through vote fraud, it’s a better use of resources to discredit democracy as a political selection method. While it’s had its run for the last couple centuries, it’s a historical anomaly (as even ardent democrats will admit), and the international trajectory is again against it.

Leftism is a bubble on the world-historical scale that’s begging for a correction. The fight for electoral territory that only exists on a map and within legal-books is a waste, especially when the corporate entity guaranteeing the validity of those constructs is bankrupt and desperately counterfeiting credit documents to conceal its existential distress. To treat its maps as if they mean anything is to be a sucker. In the east, we see idiots driving pickup trucks rolling over its borders with impunity. Should we expect the ones close by to mean much more?

It should be much more direct to fight for real territory and the allegiance of the people who live upon it. As in streets, hills, cities, towns, forests, waters, and so on. You know. The things you can touch with your hands, rather than electoral districts that exist as numbers within the labyrinths of Karl Rove’s flawless memory. I’ll take dirt, oil, metal, water, fish, and creatures that walk over paper guarantees of taxation rights any time.

To do this requires displacing the soft cultural institutions that the left controls. This requires a ton of work. It’s not even glamorous work. Fortunately, most of the left is unused to serious competition, and become terrified when they discover that no one is coming to rescue them. They fret, they panic, and their distress is just delicious to taste. Attacking the left at the cultural level approaches them from an angle that the entire left has deemed to be secure.

The guardsmen are watching the electoral garrison. On the cultural flank, there are only women and weak men. While it may not be terribly honorable to strike the enemy at his weak points, honor is not the sole virtue of the Western tradition.

Ignore the old map and seize the territory instead. And then, create a new map. It’s at least worth a try, instead of spending time and effort complaining about how much more clever and effective your enemies are at crushing you. The whining is just wretched & tiresome. Stand up and take back what’s yours instead.

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18 Comments

  1. Your ideas concerning the intersection of art and politics are well worth considering. I’ve often wondered if there isn’t a genetic difference in the european race that began around the late 18th century; that society after reaching a certain point, began to favor certain individuals who are capable of ordering images, words, gestures and music in a certain way. Because, before, say, Mozart, there was no political component to art. All art was conservative.

    Another idea is that there were two phases to liberalism. The first one still more or less believed in some sort of higher supernatural authority and was only semi-alienated from western tradition. By about 1907, the elites became totally alienated from not only christianity but the entire pagan tradition of the greeks as well.

    Eventually, this alienation filtered down to college-educated people throughout the western world. The soisante huitards in France, SDS in America, Baader-Meinhof in Germany, and so forth. If this is correct we are living in a mass movement which will no doubt develope internal contradictions.

    Personally, I do not think its good idea to classify art as either right or left. I understand the idea but its a hopeless endeavor because some art could just be decoration or design, propped up by words; words used to cast a spell and mystify the cult followers or their enemies.

  2. What might be a more useful way to classify art would be universalism (i.e., modernism) vs. traditionalism.

    Universalism requires an ability to focus on form rather than content. Textures, colors, lines, shapes, etc. there was a conscious effort by intellectuals in the 40s to shift away from socialist-inspired content to abstraction. The government began to show interest in promoting abstraction also as cold war weapon. It would illustrate the freedom found in the west.

    Traditionalism requires an ability to tell a non-ironic story. So, it helps to be able to draw, which some races have a hard time doing. It also requires a desire by both artists and patrons to emotionally connect to the story being told, even if a landscape or program music. In an age loaded with irony this is hard to do and not bore oneself into kitsch.

    1. I didn’t intend this as a racial screed, in part because it’s clear that European artists have abandoned European tradition. The only representational art that exists to a significant extent is commercial. Like… say… video games, and to some extent film. When the adjective ‘art’ is applied to ‘film’ you know that it’s going to be abstract, offensive, and incomprehensible.

      However, European art is unique and special to Europeans themselves.

      1. Thank you for your response. You might be interested in this article at Spectator.uk.com. Its about Frieze Art Fair in London.

        “No question, the commercial, cultural and social centre of gravity has shifted to Frieze Masters. It is presented with museum-quality displays and the atmosphere is dense with molecules of wealth.”

        This is quite astounding coming from the Spectator. So, there might be a cultural shift taking place to Traditional european art. I’d be curious to know exactly who’s buying, European and Americans or Chinese?

        Take my word for it, or don’t if you like, but its going to get a lot harder to NOT mention race if you want white hetero men to get a foot in the door in the arts. If you don’t I must have missed the point of your article.

        1. “Take my word for it, or don’t if you like, but its going to get a lot harder to NOT mention race if you want white hetero men to get a foot in the door in the arts. If you don’t I must have missed the point of your article.”

          I think pathetic grovelling for victim status is beneath my dignity. Better to blow open a new door than to debase yourself barging through someone else’s.

          My guess is Chinese and Arabs, probably less Arab now. I could ask someone who would know, though.

          1. “I think pathetic grovelling for victim status is beneath my dignity. Better to blow open a new door than to debase yourself barging through someone else’s.”

            What in god’s name are you talking about?

          2. Ah, now I get it. The purpose of your article was wasn’t to discuss art and politics. It was there for some good ol’ fashioned ax-grinding. Those mealy-mouthed artsy, fartsy hipsters groveling and whining. Touché. Ho-ho. Mea culpa. Maxima mea culpa.

          3. “My guess is Chinese and Arabs, probably less Arab now. I could ask someone who would know, though.”

            If you have a reliable source I’d be very interested in this.

            Cheers.

    2. >The purpose of your article was wasn’t to discuss art and politics. It was there for some good ol’ fashioned ax-grinding. Those mealy-mouthed artsy, fartsy hipsters groveling and whining. Touché. Ho-ho. Mea culpa. Maxima mea culpa.

      ?? Is English your first language? The point of that line is to state that turning cisheterowhitemaleness into a victim status is a mistake that I refuse to support.

      1. Where did I say I wanted to turn white males into victims, fake or otherwise?

        1. >Take my word for it, or don’t if you like, but its going to get a lot harder to NOT mention race if you want white hetero men to get a foot in the door in the arts.

          That line. There are plenty of white hetero leftists in the arts today. A wealth of them. Go down the list: http://www.guggenheim.org/guggenheim-foundation/trustees — what you will see is a representation of the WASP/Jewish east coast power structure. J’qwan nowhere to be found, except at special little parties to keep the J’qwans of the world from feeling entirely left out.

          Go down this list and you will see the same story: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/annual-reports/~/media/Files/About/Annual%20Reports/2012_2013/board%20of%20trustees.pdf

          We only start to see some real diversity on the advisory board of Christie’s: http://www.christies.com/about-us/company/advisory-board

          Again, the issue is not that ye goode white men are being kept out of the arts, and the people who are actually in those positions of power would find it a little silly. The white men who are there are rotten leftists, and the leftism is the much bigger problem.

          Am I jumping down your throat unfairly? Mostly… no argument there…

          1. I described the current art establishment culture. Whiney fake victim types demand somebody give them something. I did not do this and I’m afraid you owe me an apology.

          2. Fair enough. Sorry for jumping down your throat on this and mis-characterizing your position.

  3. I was just talking about this with my wife, and trying to explain the core problem with Republicans.

    Republicans are either naive or stupid if they believe that politics is anything less than a fight to the death winner-take-all struggle. And while the Democrats have absolutely no problem using every tool in their shed to win, Republicans insist on conceding the entire frame to the leftists.

    At this point, Republicans actually hold a winning hand, if they would actually play it. Leftists control the media/entertainment complex, the bureaucracy, the deep state, and tens of millions of illegal immigrants and inner city enforcers. To counter this, there are 100 million gun owners in this country, the vast majority of whom are conservative, and the military, especially the officer corps, is quite conservative. There is very little that leftists could do if conservatives declared that voter fraud and cultural genocide/suicide had gone too far, and really pushed things to a head.

    Of course, Republicans would rather win elections than actually win the culture war. So we are left with a status quo where Republicans are more worried about being respectable than they are about actually conserving anything.

    1. The notion of constitutionalism concedes the entire frame from the outset. Even ‘radicals’ from the Tea Party tend to speak of restoring the Constitution, which, whatever its strengths as a legal document, is still a legal document. Constitutionalism is leftist, although the behavioral traits enumerated in the Constitution may coincide with some traditional virtues.

      “Inner city enforcers” are not militarily significant. They’re only dangerous to civilians. They’re not even capable of running an international drug trade, because Latinos, Arabs, and others control the wholesale, production, refinement, and international distribution. Black organized criminals can barely run their own record companies, much less liquor stores, which are invariably run by Indian or Pakistani entrepreneurs.

      >Of course, Republicans would rather win elections than actually win the culture war. So we are left with a status quo where Republicans are more worried about being respectable than they are about actually conserving anything.

      This is what they’re hired to do: my hope is to run interference on them as much as is feasible. The franchise is a helluva drug, and convincing people to give up the facsimile of power for the real thing is a serious challenge.

  4. I’m against democracy as much as the next nrxer and sure the gop is only conserving old prog victories mostly, but we still have to live here, and try to make the best of the current shitty circumstances. There’s a reason why Texas has a more tolerable political climate than California- because the conservative people here show up and vote for conservatives. Coming from ancapistan I’m familiar with (and sympathetic to) the old “don’t grant the system/state legitimacy by voting at all” argument. But damn it makes my skin crawl to imagine wendy davis and her jolly band of fucksticks turning this state into a Californiaesque nightmare. I absolutely agree that the culture war is more important and the electoral struggle is a losing battle but at the same time there would be serious and immediate consequences if all the conservatives just called it quits. Tolerable taxes, a friendly business environment, and gun freedom won’t be around for long if the commies are given free reign.

  5. Once again, very good post.

    Politics is second order to culture. Change the culture and you change politics.

    And yes, there is a lot of boring gruntwork that needs to be done.

  6. “…An attempt to convince every major Republican donor to cede every competitive election in the United States for the indefinite future would be a tall order. I’ll still ask for it…”

    I really like your wring but I disagree with this. If your “end game” is a King I want no part of it. Having guards with puffy hats and some guy who wears jewels and rides in carriages solves nothing. We had a perfectly good system that the left destroyed. It wasn’t completely perfect but neither are Kings. The Republicans ought to ruthlessly move us back to a Democratic Republic. With means test and/or literacy test we could take over the government completely then deport people in mass til we have a 90% White to 10% minority mix and keep it that way.

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