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The End of the Conservative Movement
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:05:20 am »
The End of the Conservative Movement

By Paul Gottfried
September 1, 2017

...Since the 1980s, and arguably since the 1950s, conservative movement elites have built relations and, when possible, friendships with the Center Left, while marginalizing any hard or pesky Right that stands in its way professionally or programmatically. Thus from the time William F. Buckley founded National Review in 1955, he began expelling isolationists, mostly libertarian ones, from his movement. ...

As the neoconservatives in the 1980s rose to prominence in the conservative movement, they continued the triangulation pursued by Buckley, but did so with somewhat less finesse. Anyone who disagreed too noisily with well-connected neoconservative publicists could expect to be denounced as a racist and/or anti-Semite....

...Unfortunately for its practitioners their strategy for success may be exhausting its usefulness. The divisiveness of the Trump phenomenon, and the unexpected appearance of “Never Trump” conservatives and Republicans, has been an outward symptom of internal disintegration....

...But the thing is, now we’re woke, and we’ve realized that our establishment sucks, and that we’re tired of being the suckers. They didn’t listen to us when we gave them the Tea Party, so now we gave them Trump. And they’re very, very upset with us. ....

...This brings us back to the growing ineffectiveness of the triangulation strategy that served the conservative movement in the past. How can one triangulate when the conservative movement is at war with itself? The Right that the neoconservatives and establishment Republicans detest has moved into their camp; and increasingly second generation neoconservatives are becoming indistinguishable from the Left, from which they have to distinguish themselves in order to remain credible conservatives....

Good article.  Makes me wonder if the same kind of thing is going on in the Democratic party.  Pelosi's condemnation of Antifa isn't sincere, so why'd she do it?  The left still supports the murderous BLM, and BAMN, so it looks as if Antifa was simply selected to go under the bus, possibly to draw attn away from the other treasonous groups.  Anyway, that's a good article about conservatives.  If you want to know what a neoconservative is, read Ron Paul's speech, "Neo-conned."