The Long March Ahead for the Real Right

The Long March Ahead for the Real Right, by Edward Welsch.

The American electorate split strongly along class lines in the 2020 election, as revealed by a Bloomberg News data chart that correlated campaign donors with their professions. …

This picture of an electorate split strongly between blue-collar and white-collar professions is as stark a division along class lines as any Marxist theorist could wish, except in this case, the disempowered proletariat of 74 million Trump voters is noticeably on the right, and the ruling class is just as conspicuously on the left. …

The real power struggle in America is between an elite class of professionals and their dependents, who mainly occupy the urban cores in Democratic “blue states,” and working-class people, especially in the American heartland, who Chronicles columnist Sam Francis described as “Middle Americans.” All other struggles are at best a distraction.

The election of Donald Trump tore away once and for all the illusion that there is a legitimate “right” or “conservative” wing among our current managerial elite that cares about the interests of Middle Americans. The members of the managerial elite among the Republican Party, Fox News, The Federalist Society, and all other ostensibly conservative groups recoiled in horror at Trump’s election in 2016, which upended, however briefly, the power they held jointly with their counterparts on the political left.

Hence, when Trump challenged the results of the 2020 election, alleging fraud, very few of the “conservative” members of the managerial elite rose to his defense in either the political or the legal sphere. It was only after Trump’s base threatened to boycott the Georgia runoff election that this faux right was spurred to action, mounting a half-hearted attempt to support the president’s challenge of the 2020 election results. At press time, their support appears to be too little, too late.

Our faux right is used to playing a theatric oppositional role. They have long been the Washington Generals to the left’s Harlem Globetrotters — “beautiful losers,” in Francis’s phrase. The electoral battles are a distraction to the governmental managers — that cadre of the permanent bureaucracy that is called the Deep State — who are eager to drop the pretense of representative government and get back to managing their subjects.

And manage they do. This new class justifies its position by either magnifying existing threats to the public or inventing them out of whole cloth to keep up demand for their services. A whole slew of scientists, economists, social service workers, and bureaucrats are on hand to save us from the wretchedness of global warming, the calamities of COVID, the perils of white privilege, and the ruin of systemic racism. …

The genie of the managerial revolution is not likely to be put back in its bottle. Fortunately, however, the “woke” anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-American ideology that marks our managerial class is not a necessary feature of this revolution. It is there because the cultural right adopted a doctrine of laissez-faire, limited government, while the cultural left went on to seize the reins of power uncontested and to define the managerial elite’s woke ideology.

This fight is not over — because the real right has not yet begun to fight. If there is to be a single aim for a post-Trump right, it should be to contest the present managerial class’s cultural influence over our society. We must make our own march through the institutions of government and education. With the blessing of Providence, we may be able to expel the “woke” ideology that now divides the American people and to enshrine a new unifying creed: one nation, under God.

hat-tip Stephen Neil