The second of a two-part series on the neo-reactionary fringe: the dissidents of the New Right, America's ascendant antidemocratic political movement.
YIPPPEEEEE - It’s TUESDAY🎉
What an altogether stunning piece of journalism. Scary AF though.
I couldn’t hit the like button because I kept wanting to commit suicide. (I couldn’t even finish, although I probably should.)
I also just read:
In Kenya (& many other places) the police (sometimes it’s not even the police in some countries) put up road blocks to check that “everything is according to regulations” (ie the driver is licensed, the bus is not overcrowded, the tires still have treads) but instead it’s just a shakedown. (An old friend from NYC told me in the early 80’s that I didn’t need to pay a toll if the guardrail was in the up position. Anyone dumb enough to actually pay was only contributing to toll workers “on the take.”)
What kind of society will be left when these people have taken down all the guard rails & let thugs like thump do as he pleases?
It will be worse than fascism.
Sounds more like “Lord of the Flies” (although I never actually read the book or saw all of the movie…)
Once again I thank heaven that I’m 65 with no kids. I just might HAVE TO shoot myself.
Totally impressed by the depth and breadth of your scholarship. This Granny still has a lot fight left in her to reclaim the rights we marched for long ago. Lead on, Greg!
Agreed, great journalism. Greg - how about a novel about how the NRx snowflakes fail on all counts and the reasons for failure all emanate from their own short-sighted, self egotistical, idiotic views - that is , Thiel and the others aren’t genius, just self absorbed, and like a stinky sloppy sponge we (the regulars) squeeze them dry. Genius would be making the current system better, not blowing it up for no reason.
Grocer Cleveland ... I'm dead 😅
Meanwhile, The Texas GQP voted against a proposed ban on members associating with Nazi sympathizers. 🤠 Only in America!
Greg. Woah. Woe. Woke. Great rant. Rant on! Love your work.
If journalists, like you, are Fourth Estate, woke and unwoke government bureaucrats are the Fifth Estate, protecting the ideals of the constitution. They take an oath.
Truth! “ If you ask me, they are all just butthurt that assholes aren’t a protected class under Title VII.”
Great piece Greg! How much $$ is enough to make these people happy? What I don’t get is isn’t Peter Theil gay? And wtf with JD Vance? Still pissed that the democrats didn’t do more to help elect Tim Ryan to the Senate! Most of these people come from privileged backgrounds went to elite colleges and this is what they want to do to the country? 🖕🖕
LOL: "If you ask me, they are all just butthurt that assholes aren’t a protected class under Title VII." Hey -- did you mean to reference Grocer Cleveland, or was that a typo, because that was funny, too.
And, as a person who fictionalized the Byzantine Empire, but had to know its history to do so, you must know that the shambling toward shizzleness that we are on course for is, to a large extent, inevitable. More interesting to me anymore is what we will tuck under our arms and pad quietly away with while the thundering implosion continues...and then how we will use those treasures to rebuild.
I consider myself reasonably hip for an octogenarian, and I’m definitely woke. But my reaction to this movement has been, interestingly, one of a get-off-my-lawn sort. It feels just like one more thing out to get me and everything I hold dear, like another virus; something I can’t get my mind around and don’t want to.
Is NRx founded in an originalists interpretation of the Constitution? Is woke derived from the Bill of Rights? That former wondrous document excluded people of color, did not recognize women as anything but second class citizens and generally pandered to white men. The Bill of Rights was authored by the same men who drafted the Constitution, principally to ensure passage of the Constitution, correcting what some saw as defects. Later other defects were addressed by the judiciary via Supreme Court rulings, courts that Presidents have long stacked with their preferred judges, ideologically in step with their belief system. These have wavered, first Roe then Dobbs. The judiciary has proven to be the most imperfect of the three branches of government.
We give names to things that confuse us, woke and NRx among them. Many write to explain these terms which in essence are words coined by not a member of that belief system but others on the outside, often diametrically opposite to that belief system, trying to gain a perspective to the central question, why do people believe as the do?
Just as a jihadist can find justification for suicide bombings in the Koran, we Americans can find justification for just about anything in the documents drawn up by the founding fathers. I am certain that many will excoriate me for this analogy, perhaps correctly so. To me it all comes down to good versus evil. However even the words good and evil are open to interpretation.
My singular point. I have become desensitized to people explaining people. Greg, this is not a criticism, please never stop doing what you do. I shall continue to be an avid everytime reader. My goal, however is very simple, live and let live, have respect for those with whom we disagree. Each of us must vote for those living in our own belief bubble and steel ourselves for the outcome, good or bad. I truly believe that good will prevail, whatever good means. I cannot believe differently, otherwise why go on? Is there good in others evil? The circular argument goes on and on.
A lot of them defected to the New Right after being disillusioned with the Far Left.
This has actually been quite common politically, particularly in the past 105 years since the Bolshevik Revolution. Former German Nazis became dedicated Stasi agents in an East Germany run by Stalinists. "Birds of a feather flock together" as they say, and Totalitarianism is Totalitarianism whether wearing a black shirt, a red armband or a cardinal's robes. The Far Left and the Far Right have always been two sides of the same coin.
As to Amanda Milius and her looney father, having met both of them here in Okeefenokee West, the best, most polite, most accurate term to describe either of them is "Fucking Moron."
That term is also accurate in describing the social illiterates up in Silly Con Valley, where the bros all need to be wearing orange jumpsuits with their bank accounts confiscated for their crimes against the planet.
Basically, these people are the permanent pre-pubescents who used to love detailing their loyalty to Ayn Rand's bullshit. It's no wonder they want to bring back clubbing a woman and dragging her off to the cave, since it's the only way Permanent Dweebs like them can propagate. One of these days, they need to bring their minds out of Mommie's Basement, and we need to be more thorough in chasing them home after school.
I knew there was a reason to start watching THE HUNGER GAMES again. Rich dilettantes, many of whom were possibly born here, thanks to Trump Miami, so they could have duel citizenship rights to come and go as they damn well please. Rich and well educated with far too much money and time on their hands to do the destruction from the inside for no other reason, it seems, than to cause chaos for the fun of it. They’ll be just fine. When things get too bad here, they can jet off to some other location that’s not such a mess. Carpe diem and eff the rest.