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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

See, also, by Steve Sailer: Tories Smash Labour In Blue Collar By-election

I haven’t lived in England for thirty years now, and have been a U.S. citizen for nearly twenty, so I don’t have much interest in politics over there. I do browse some posts by British commentators, though, as part of my morning trawl through the internet looking for items of interest, and now and then something catches my eye—something I think is pertinent to our own politics here in the U.S.A.

This one didn’t just catch my eye; it had me jumping to my feet, fist-pumping to a degree that endangered the ceiling light, and emitting Rebel Yells.

The writer was James Delingpole. I thought I remembered that name as belonging to the ballet critic at the London Spectator circa 1980. Looking James Delingpole up, though, I see he was born in 1965, so that seems improbable. He’s married with three children, too, so … ballet critic? Eh, whatever, probably a false memory.

Mr. Delingpole certainly got my attention with Delingpole: Why I’m Not Voting Conservative on Thursday—Or, Indeed, Ever Again…, Breitbart, May 5 2021.

You need just a little background here.

Britain has two big political parties: the Conservative Party, a.k.a. the Tories, and the Labour Party. The Tories currently control Parliament under Party Leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. There are also some minor parties represented in Parliament, the most troublesome one currently being the Scottish Nationalists.

The Conservative Party naturally advertises itself as the more conservative of the two big parties, standing against radical change. The Labour Party was historically the party of, duh, Labour: of horny-handed sons of toil—coal miners, steel workers, ship-builders, and working-class folk in general. A lot of big names in the old Labour Party—for example Ernest Bevin, Foreign Secretary in the post-WW2 Labour government—came up through the ranks of the union movement.

Like our own Democratic Party, though, Britain’s Labour Party has in recent decades been taken over by gentry liberals. To the degree that unions still play a role, they are the fake “unions” of the public sector, lobbying not for a bigger share of the profits of capitalism, but for a bigger share of the public fisc.

A typical Labour member of parliament seventy years ago had started his working life as a coal miner; the typical one today drew his first paycheck as a lecturer in sociology at some minor college.

Well, Thursday this week there were elections over there. These mostly weren’t parliamentary elections. There was a national general election two years ago, and the next one isn’t due for another three years. Thursday’s elections were for regional and municipal positions—mayors, town councillors and such. You could think of it very approximately as like our mid-terms, although more heated than usual because last year’s elections were postponed on account of covid.

There was one parliamentary seat up for grabs Thursday: Hartlepool, a grimy seaport in the far northeast of England. (It’s fictional hometown of one of Britain’s most famous cartoon characters, the flat-capped, working-class loafer Andy Capp).

Hartlepool is old-school Labour, hasn’t had a Tory M.P. for sixty years.

The Labour M.P. resigned in March under a cloud of allegations of sexual harassment, so this was a special election to replace him.

What about this James Delingpole piece that I liked so much?

It thrust, and what will return an echo from the bosoms of American conservatives, is the pathetic uselessness of institutional Conservatism.

In Britain, institutional Conservatism means of course the Conservative Party, who have held power over there for the past eleven years.

You have to qualify that, and Delingpole does, by noting that for the first five of those years the Tories were in coalition with a junior partner, the Liberal Democrats, a sort of concentrated essence of gentry liberalism, so they were under some restraint. For the last six years, though the Tories have ruled supreme.

Delingpole’s beef is that those eleven years were, from a conservative point of view, an utter waste of time. The three big-“C” Conservative Prime Ministers accomplished nothing of a small-“c” conservative nature.

The only small-“c” conservative advance in those years was Brexit. That was by referendum, though, and against the inclinations of big-“C” Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned when the referendum result came out.

The signature achievement of Cameron’s Prime Ministership was the legalization of homosexual marriage.

Brexit aside, Delingpole gives a wish-list of seven things that a small-“c” conservative person, eleven years ago, might have hoped for from a big-“C” Conservative government. Here’s his list. I’ve abbreviated the entries, with just a couple of short direct quotes.

  1. Control immigration.
  2. Restore education. For example: “History should be a celebration of great men (and women), a catalogue of battles and key events, and inspiration for future heroes—not a breast-beating whinge about the slave trade.”
  3. Quote: “Stop sucking up to Big Business, Woke Corporations, and suchlike because they are scum, they have no loyalty to Britain.”
  4. Maintain a strong Armed Forces—for protection, national pride, tradition—but don’t use them on foreign wars of intervention which cause far more harm than good.
  5. Win the culture wars. Utterly destroy Wokism wherever it rears its hideous head.
  6. Stop with the “Green Crap” Remove the wind farms; frack for shale gas. Go for energy which is abundant and cheap.
  7. Law and order.

Sound good?

Eleven years of Conservative Party government have, says Delingpole, delivered nothing, zip, zilch, nada, nichts, rien, ничево, nothing on any of those items. The solution? Stop voting for institutional conservatism.

In the U.S.A., institutional conservatism means the Republican Party. The GOP has controlled both houses of Congress for twelve of the past twenty-six years; for six of those twelve it had the White House, too.

Those twelve years have, like Britain’s eleven, delivered nothing to conservatives. The last time our Republican Party had trifecta control—Congress and the White House—its signature accomplishment was a minor tax cut.

The solution here is the same one James Delingpole recommends to his countrymen: Stop voting for institutional conservatism. I shall follow his advice.

ORDER IT NOW

I’m sorry to say the Brits have did not follow it on Thursday. This week’s elections over there were a triumph for institutional conservatism and for the perfectly useless big-“C” Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. [Labour has lost trust of working people, says Starmer, BBC, May 6, 2021]

The Conservatives, like the GOP/GAP, is benefitting from seismic social shifts, particularly the working class’s rebellion against the Woke Left. But neither party deserves it.

So in Britain, the downward spiral continues. I don’t care. Let’s just try to stop it happening here.

Don’t vote for institutional conservatism!

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. The foundation of all evil is the politically correct PC gag order and the mandatory obfuscation and dishonesty. Details of this parsimonious explanation at our TruthRevolution site.

    Conservaties share the same idea that we must cover up “minority” crime, IQ, and other weaknesses

    Conservatives’ dream world is just a bit less utopian. Honest discussion of race and immigration is taboo among conservatives too.

    Conservatives are just less wrong than destructive “progressives” and the illiberal “liberals”.

    This is why I manage to read only Vdare, Amren, and a few rare “tacist” sites. The only places where the full truth can be told. And the only place were correct feasible workable solutions can be found.

  2. Jivinski says:

    “So in Britain, the downward spiral continues. I don’t care. Let’s just try to stop it happening here.”

    Too late Derb, far too late. Fake Woke nutjobs have infiltrated practically every nook and cranny of public OR private space with their noxious gases. It’s sauve qui peu from now on.

    • Replies: @Jake
  3. Worth noting that David Cameron called the Brexit referendum as a strategy to control the anti-EU faction within his own party – the Eurosceptics, as they used to be called*. The idea was that the result was sure to be a win for Remain, and that would dismiss the possibility of leaving for a generation, as the first referendum did in 1975.

    Oops….

    (*Always a source of tension in the Conservatives. John Major was famously recorded off-guard saying that he had “four of the bastards” in his Cabinet and couldn’t get rid of them.)

  4. Race-ism is beautiful

  5. Notice how

    Don’t vote for institutional conservatism!

    still leaves room for people to be fooled by the next Donald Trump? How Mr. Derbyshire avoids mentioning that penultimate Most Important Election Ever, which likewise left the Establishment in place?

    • Agree: Realist, 3g4me
  6. Here is The Clarification, expressed succinctly:

    The right is just as bad as the left.

    The left is just as bad as the right.

    Take your pick.

  7. Uh, I don’t think he know anyting about fracking. If he did, he wouldn’t be so dam gung-ho.

    • Agree: Unpersoned by fb
  8. So what’s your solution, Mr Derb? Don’t vote Tory/GOP. Fair enough. But where does that leave us? – Many may take it as a tacit instruction to vote “woke”. But that’s not gonna get the baby ironed is it?

    • Replies: @SMK
  9. Jake says:
    @Jivinski

    You’ve missed the key meaning: Derbyshire does not care what happens in his home country, his home county, his home town. And that means Derbyshire does not care about what happens to his own kith and kin.

    He is, of course, your standard atheist Brit WASP philo-Semite. And he does dearly love, worship, the British Empire, which spent fortunes warring to exterminate several cultures of non-WASP white people.

  10. Realist says:

    In the U.S. and U.K.—Don’t Vote for Institutional Conservatism!

    In the U.S. and U.K.—Don’t Vote

    FIFY

    • Agree: Unpersoned by fb
    • Thanks: Greta Handel
    • Replies: @dfordoom
  11. Bill H. says: • Website

    Well, remember in 2008? Democrats took control of Congress with a promise to stop the war in Iraq and Bush promptly gave us “The Surge,” which the Democratic Congress did nothing to stop.

    They were going to override the Bush Tax Cuts under Obama, too, and never even brought it to a vote in the House.

    There is no reason to vote for either party. They only act in the interest of the acquisition and retention of power.

  12. ruralguy says:

    The demographic change has already happened. In California, only 25% of births are white. The rest of the nation is close behind. The nation is not “ours” anymore. It’s not “our” military, not “our” schools, and it’s rapidly a place where “we” don’t belong.

  13. SMK says: • Website
    @Unpersoned by fb

    What person invented and first used the neologism “woke’ (“wokism,” “wokeness”) as a synonym for radical leftist, white-hating, black-loving, racial/”gender” (i.e., feminism, LGBTQ) /”cultural Marxist” totalitarianism? Many people don’t even know what “woke,” “wokism,” and “wokeness” mean. The words are vague and have positive connotations: e.g., to be “woke” is to be awake, aware of reality, enlightened as opposed to ignorant, deluded, bigoted, etc.

  14. It’s not just in Britain, it’s the same all over the ‘Western’ world and most of the rest of the world as well. Elections and the act of voting make little difference. All parties act pretty much the same once installed in office irrespective of election promises. Clearly the central ring of the concentric circles that control the Western world permits a narrow range of policy differences. Anyone threatening the move beyond these parameters is taken out one way or the other.

    • Agree: Unpersoned by fb
  15. SMK says: • Website

    At least what JD calls “institutional conservatism” -which would be more accurately defined as “institutional Republicanism”- is dead in regard to the presidency. Blessedly, no George or Jeb Bush or MaCain or Romney will ever be elected president again or even be the republican noninee.

    But thanks to these and other “invade-the-world/invite-the-world” race-traitors and “cuck”-neocon apparatchiks, in collusion with the left and democrats, it’s likely that no republicsn will ever be elected president again. And even if 4-years of Biden and Harris is such a disaster that a republican is elected president in 2024, a non-institutional republican such as Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, or even Trump once again, he’ll likely be the last one due to the “great replacement.”

    yes, “don’t vote for institutional conservatism”, i.e., “cuck”-neocon Republicans. In some cases and in some ways, they’re not even the “lesser of two evils.” If Gore had defeaed Bush in 2000, he likely would have invaded Afghanistan after 9-11 but would he have bombed and invaded and occupied Iraq?

    And though 8-years of Obama was awful in sundry ways -distinctly so on race and racial issues, including immigration- 8-years of McCain would have been far worse. McCain would have been almost as bad on race and just as bad if not even worse on immigration, and how many wars would he have started and how many nations would he have bombed and invaded and occupied; 6 or 7 or 8? Ponder with horror the myriads of dead and wounded and the trillions of dollars squandered.

    • Agree: Daniel H, dfordoom
  16. @SMK

    I have no idea who was the first to use the term as it’s used now, but I always thought of it as a sarcastic invertion of the words “enlightened”or “awake”.

    Certainly before it became a (somewhat) more mainstream euphemism for “snowflake”, if you will, or (neo) liberal, if you prefer, I encountered it first on forums such as this one, and always used in a negative sense.

    These days it seems to be becoming more widely used, including by liberals, any pejorative implications apparently being lost on them. 😊

  17. SafeNow says:

    Everyone seems to agree, at least so far. I can’t recall a commentary consensus this uniform: (1) What, specifically, is the alternative plan? That is, the alternative to voting; (2) It’s too late anyway.

    Mr. Derb’s silence on specifics is common on Unz. Someone will write “Separate!” and leave it at that. No one ever says what President Frederic March says in “Seven Days in May” when he is confronted by the crisis: “This will be the plan of procedure.” (his specifics follow).

    Mr, Derb, be Frederic March — What is the plan of procedure?

  18. How is not voting for institutional conservatism a “solution”? Mr. Derbyshire has stated what is not a solution, but he hasn’t said what is.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  19. @obwandiyag

    Isn’t it strange how it seems everything we do is wrapped around a binary frame of mind?

    It’s almost as if it’s all by design.

    From our basic core. A double helix. Our DNA.

    And works it’s way up from there.

    A left and right set of arms, legs, hands, feet, eyes, nostrils, ears, the sex organs that produce sperm and ovum, two nipples, the ability to talk out of both sides of our mouth, how the brain is split into two hemispheres.

    And, it seems we organize a lot of sports and other activities around this same phenomenon. Two teams, two endzones, two basketball hoops, two sides as in checkers and chess, two sides in a war. Anyone have any references when it comes to a war with five sides, ten sides, twenty all fighting each other? How would you know who won? It’s always us vs them, spy vs spy, men vs women, either you’re with us or you’re against us. My side of the street as opposed to your side of the street.

    Why is this duality so ingrained in us. Light vs dark, on vs off, go vs stop. You get the picture. Are there any grey areas in this duality paradigm?

    Just a little light hearted humor before the great culling, I mean great reset begins.

  20. @Jake

    And, you have proof to back up all your statements?

    Or, are you just blowing it all out yer arse?

  21. @SMK

    If I remember correctly. Woke was first being used by Trumpists a few years back to indicate being awakened to what was being done to the country. But, the left side of the uni-party quickly appropriated the meme for their own use. Or, should I say globalhomo captured the meme for their own use and benefit.

  22. Daniel H says:
    @Tono Bungay

    How is not voting for institutional conservatism a “solution”? Mr. Derbyshire has stated what is not a solution, but he hasn’t said what is.

    The crackup is the solution, and the sooner the better. The sooner it happens the more usable pieces lying on the ground to be picked up and assembled into something useful.

  23. @SMK

    What person invented and first used the neologism “woke’ (“wokism,” “wokeness”) as a synonym for radical leftist, white-hating, black-loving, racial/”gender” (i.e., feminism, LGBTQ) /”cultural Marxist” totalitarianism?

    One symptom of the decline and fall of institutional conservatism is that it leaves all the feel-good terminology to the Left: progressive, woke, liberated, civil rights, reform, reparations, etc. It seems incapable of adopting inspirational words for itself. Starched conservatives can’t even bring themselves to declare, “It’s okay to be white.” Okay? Even that sounds weak, apologetic.

    The BLMers and other wokesters have something of a style of their own … the tats, the fade haircuts and man-buns, the rainbow flags, the womyns’ flamboyantly dyed hairdos, the sex editing. It’s ugly but makes a statement the retards rally around. Institutional conservatives can’t display any visual metaphors other than stars-and-stripes (a meaningless survival from earlier times) and the American eagle (a noble bird but a tired symbol).

    Along with quoting the founders and other sympathetic luminaries, it’s just as important for the Right to find the look and music and words for itself.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  24. My British buddy says that war-criminal Cameron’s major achievement was slashing UK pensions. First he separated husband and wife. Pre-Cameron, when the husband died, his wife continued to receive that pension. Post-Cameron, everyone became an individual; if she hadn’t been in paid employment, she wouldn’t get a pension. It’s complicated arithmetic, but let’s say it’s a 50% cut.

    Pre-Cameron, 30 years’ work sufficed for a full pension. Post-Cameron, this became 35 years: I’m guessing that’s a 12% cut.

    And Cameron continued the freezing of UK pensions at the original rate for anyone who prefers to leave those frigid shores.
    https://www.iexpats.com/uk-expat-frozen-pensions-national-shame/

  25. @SMK

    Woke is the simple past of wake. End of story. Don’t get drawn into idiocy.

    • Replies: @SMK
  26. anon[719] • Disclaimer says:

    This is silly as stated. It would require a boycott of the elections which would only mean the total number of cast votes would go down. This might be embarrassing in the longer run but would hardly change the fact that the major parties would see their candidates garner a majority and win office.

    If the press fails to to take serious note it might never matter at all. I suggest you start demanding a none of the above (NOTA) choice on all ballots. Then if NOTA wins all candidates are rejected, new candidates must be found and the election scheduled for a do over vote. A few NOTA outcomes and the parties might take note.

    Find something worthwhile to fight for. Just walking away will be a win for the big C.

    • Replies: @Unpersoned by fb
  27. jsinton says:

    The problem “don’t vote institutional conservative” is that it will leave half the country politically homeless. Who do we vote for then?

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  28. Daniel H says:
    @jsinton

    The problem “don’t vote institutional conservative” is that it will leave half the country politically homeless. Who do we vote for then?

    They already are politically homeless. The Republicans are worthless cucks.

    Let history bury the cucks and then a new party will arise. A party that is determinedly in the interest of the American people and only the American people.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  29. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Realist

    In the U.S. and U.K.—Don’t Vote for Institutional Conservatism!

    In the U.S. and U.K.—Don’t Vote

    FIFY

    Basically, yes. Voting gives a rotten corrupt system a veneer of respectability. It legitimises that system. If enough people would refuse to vote the system would lose legitimacy.

    If you vote then you’re lending legitimacy to a system that hates you and wants to destroy you.

    That system survives because morons continue to dutifully turn up every few years to prop that system up by voting.

    Refusing to vote is one of the few worthwhile revolutionary options open to us. A revolution does not require guns. It requires the de-legitimising of the system.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  30. @dfordoom

    Well said. But the sheep don’t want to realize it, witness how easily Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, was marketed as an agent of change.

    • Replies: @Realist
  31. SMK says: • Website
    @Badger Down

    Yes, he woke up, she woke up, etc. No, not the “end of story.” “Wokeness” and “wokism” are neologisms that have nothing to do with “the simple past of wake” and everyhing to do with radical leftijsm and “political-correctness” on issues of race and “gender.”

  32. Realist says:
    @Greta Handel

    But the sheep don’t want to realize it, witness how easily Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, was marketed as an agent of change.

    Yes, many sheep dwell on this blog. After Trump was in office a couple of months it was easy to tell he was… a sham. I took a lot of heat on this blog over my comments about Trump. But I was so sure of my assessment of him…I continued.

  33. @Daniel H

    Daniel H wrote:

    Let history bury the cucks and then a new party will arise. A party that is determinedly in the interest of the American people and only the American people.

    No, it won’t. Our election laws make it almost impossible for a new party to be successful.

    The battle will be fought out for control of the two major parties.

    Unless of course the whole system completely collapses. Which would be entertaining, but a lot of innocent people will get hurt.

  34. @Etruscan Film Star

    Etruscan Film Star wrote:

    Along with quoting the founders and other sympathetic luminaries, it’s just as important for the Right to find the look and music and words for itself.

    The Left is winning because they know what they want: the destruction of bourgeois society. “Look and music” have nothing to do with it.

    The Right lacks the guts to say what they want.

    They lack the guts to take their kids out of the public schools. They lack the guts to condemn marital infidelity. They lack the guts to say that “higher workforce participation” is a bad thing if it means that moms are not staying home with their kids. They lack the guts to say that “family” is more important than “career.” They lack the guts to say that about half of American jobs are not productive contributions to American society but merely parasitism on the producers.

    Simple bourgeois values — I’m not talking fundamentalist Christianity (though they are a necessary part of any successful Resistance).

    Yeah, a (very) few bloggers or pundits make these points, but almost none of the most prominent “conservative” spokespeople, much less conservative politicos.

    Production and reproduction: the keys to a society’s survival. Make stuff and make babies, or be swept into the dustbin of history.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  35. RodW says:

    Stop with the “Green Crap” Remove the wind farms; frack for shale gas. Go for energy which is abundant and cheap.

    Why the hell would a conservative do that? If you frack for shale gas, you get earthquakes where they don’t normally occur, and you get gasoline coming out of your drinking tap. Yes, it’s happened not far from Hartlepool.

    The true conservatism of the Le Pen movement in France is what’s needed in the UK — essentially Green politics but with a rational immigration policy. Conservatism is Green and vice versa.

    And Derb, if you want to appear American, knock it off with the ‘over there’ bollocks. Americans don’t say that anymore, if they ever did.

  36. dfordoom says: • Website
    @PhysicistDave

    The Left is winning because they know what they want: the destruction of bourgeois society. “Look and music” have nothing to do with it.

    Simple bourgeois values — I’m not talking fundamentalist Christianity (though they are a necessary part of any successful Resistance).

    Production and reproduction: the keys to a society’s survival. Make stuff and make babies, or be swept into the dustbin of history.

    I’m not saying you’re wrong but the Cultural Left (which has nothing to do with the actual Left which is long gone) wins because it knows how to package its message. Success in politics depends to a large extent on selling your ideology and you sell ideologies the same way you sell laundry detergent or breakfast cereals – by creating an image with which people want to identify. Having a good product means nothing. You have to know how to market your product. People buy your product (including ideologies) because it makes them feel good.

    The Cultural Right has no idea how to do this. So they will keep losing.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  37. @dfordoom

    dfordoom wrote to me:

    I’m not saying you’re wrong but the Cultural Left (which has nothing to do with the actual Left which is long gone) wins because it knows how to package its message. Success in politics depends to a large extent on selling your ideology and you sell ideologies the same way you sell laundry detergent or breakfast cereals – by creating an image with which people want to identify.

    Is the Left really that good at marketing or is the Right just incompetent?

    Despite idiot leaders like Kevin McCarthy and “Turtle” McConnell, the GOP has an even split in the Senate and is very close in the House. And how many people do you know personally who fully endorse the whole Leftist package — pretend that trans “women” are women, acknowledge your White fragility, endorse burning down our cities for racial justice, and all the rest?

    I live in blue-state California, but I run into few people willing to endorse all that.

    No, the Left are incompetent, but the Right is supine, almost non-existent.

    It would take courage now for a Right-wing leader publicly to endorse the “Boy Scout law” and say that this is a good basis for a society (“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful…”).

    I’ll grant you that the Left is willing to brutally use power: “cancel culture” and all the rest.

    But if the leaders of the Right were willing to forthrightly and unapologetically defend normal human values, common to all normal human civilizations, the Left would lose. There is a reason that sane people in China, India, and Russia all sneer at the Western Left.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  38. @anon

    Fair point, anon, and one I explored myself in years gone by.
    Sadly the words “none of the above” are excluded from Brishis ballots, whilst “spoilt ballots” are discounted.
    https://www.votenone.org.uk

    Maybe a better option, although it would take a lot more organising as well as funding, would be to set up “alternative” voting booths close to offical poling stations, where people could publically register their desires either not to be governed at all, for electoral reform or their rejection of all official candidates.
    Something along those lines anyway.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  39. mc23 says:

    Institutional Conservatism has failed to conserve virtually any thing. Like the French Nobility at Agincourt who were cut down wallowing in the mud, they have been out generalled, out maneuvered and out fought.

    Institutional Conservatism have settled for petty advantages based on economic theories while ceding or simply playing lip service to every aspect of traditional social mores and family life.

    Not a faith based question, asking for a friend- “What doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

    • Agree: Daniel H
    • Replies: @dfordoom
  40. dfordoom says: • Website
    @PhysicistDave

    Is the Left really that good at marketing or is the Right just incompetent?

    LOL. You may have a very good point there. I think it’s a bit of both, but the incompetence of the Cultural Right when it comes to fighting the Culture War really is staggering. The Cultural Right not only fails to sell its message – its puerile attempts to do so actually discredit its message and do more harm than good.

    The Economic Right on the other hand won total victory in its war. Which suggests that rightists (on the whole) have never really given a damn about the Culture War. Of course it could be pointed out that the Economic Right and the Cultural Right are two different groups with little in common. Just as the Cultural Left and the Economic Left (now deceased) never did have anything at all in common.

    And how many people do you know personally who fully endorse the whole Leftist package — pretend that trans “women” are women, acknowledge your White fragility, endorse burning down our cities for racial justice, and all the rest?

    It varies, but most people do seem pretty sceptical of the more extreme Woke/SJW positions if they have an opportunity to express their opinions openly without fear of retribution.

    I think most people accept the more moderate Cultural Left positions (in other words they accept the positions that the Cultural Left was taking thirty years ago). But then it has to be admitted that the more moderate Cultural Left positions are not that bad.

    Part of the problem is that the minority on the Right who do take a stand often take extreme positions themselves, which can give the impression that the Cultural Right is kinda nasty. It’s the people on the Cultural Right who have sane moderate views who are most silent.

  41. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Unpersoned by fb

    Maybe a better option, although it would take a lot more organising as well as funding, would be to set up “alternative” voting booths close to offical poling stations, where people could publically register their desires either not to be governed at all, for electoral reform or their rejection of all official candidates.
    Something along those lines anyway.

    How about going to the polling stations, collecting your ballots and then publicly burning them? That might attract a TV news crew or two.

    Of course that would only work in countries where they have paper ballots.

    • Agree: Unpersoned by fb
  42. dfordoom says: • Website
    @mc23

    Institutional Conservatism have settled for petty advantages based on economic theories while ceding or simply playing lip service to every aspect of traditional social mores and family life.

    They don’t see those “petty advantages” as petty. They never see money as petty.

    As for simply playing lip service to every aspect of traditional social mores and family life, they never did give a damn about those things.

    From their own point of view Institutional Conservatism is doing very nicely indeed. They win on the issues that matter to them (like tax cuts) and lose on the issues they don’t care about anyway (social and cultural issues). And they still have their snouts in the trough.

    They’re not stupid and they’re not losers. They’re evil and as far as they’re concerned they’re winners.

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