By Jim O’Neill
For at least a year now, I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that being right-wing is the new counterculture, the new punk, an act of rebellion in an era of political correctness, safe spaces, multiculturalism and globalism.
Conservatism is the new counter-culture
James Delingpole recently observed that Ted Mallach believes that “the Brexit and Trump shocks of 2016…are the counter-reaction to the global takeover by the liberal-left in 1968.” This long overdue counter-reaction is, in fact, (as Milo and PJ Watson note) the vanguard of a new counter-culture – conservatism.
Let me be quick to point out that I am not referring to “conservatism” as it has been understood in the past — and the new conservatism should by no means be confused with the so called “neo-conservatives” (neocons), who are, of course, left wing big government globalists posing as right-wing conservative Republicans. (Many of the Republican #NeverTrumpers come from their ranks).
Although the new counter-cultural brand of conservatism that I am talking about carries with it many key elements of traditional conservatism – such as a passion for freedom, patriotism, capitalism, religious freedom, and tolerance – it tends to be more pragmatic and less ideologically obsessed, more open-minded and less dogmatic than traditional conservatism. Sort of libertarianism on a leash, with a dash of brash impertinence.
The core word in the new conservative counter-culture is freedom. As in free-spirited, free-thinking, free enterprise, free market, free speech – free, freer, freest.
By and large our college campuses are currently anti-freedom, and promote and preach fear, intolerance, divisiveness, and scorn — muzzling free speech and indoctrinating students to be passionately and self-righteously fearful and contemptuous of anyone perceived as being outside the officially sanctioned leftist thought box. Academia has become, in a word, repressive. Much more repressive than they ever thought of being back in 1968.
American academia has morphed into a purveyor of Draconian thought policing that is diametrically opposed to what the counter-culture of the late ‘60s purportedly fought for. Perhaps the strangest of the leftist campus reversals is from a “If it feels good do it” hedonism to a type of hysterical pearl-clutching puritanism. In any event, it is way past time for a radical shift in direction. I believe that with a cutting edge conservative counter-culture leading the way, we won’t get fooled again.
The “long march through the institutions” created not [a] collectivist utopia, but privileged elites in media, academe, and government whose stock portfolios, bank accounts, affluent zip-codes, and tony life-styles [are] indistinguishable from those of the robber-baron capitalists they demonized.
Bruce Thornton “Leftism:From Bloody Tragedy to Therapeutic Parody”
The days when the Left held a lock on “cool” counter-culture are long gone. Anymore the words that spring to mind when I think of the Left are: arrogant, dogmatic, intolerant, bullying, and nasty.
I was tired of the bullying. I was tired of being pushed down so that I couldn’t say my beliefs. And being fearful of losing sales. Losing fans. Losing bookings. Losing contracts and sponsorship. You know, that’s my day to day. And a lot of my friends have the same thing. And we live in Hollywood, which is supposed to be the most open viewpoint city. But the truth is there was a lot of hate and a lot of negativity and I wanted to change the storyline to love and support and unity as an American.
Joy Villa on why she wore a Trump MAGA dress to the Grammys
The Democrats (and MSM mouthpieces) have doubled down on their racist, intolerant, divisive, duplicitous globalist agenda – while the Republicans (at least President Trump and his supporters) promote an agenda of unity, inclusiveness, honesty, integrity, and patriotic pride of place.
I must say, it is refreshingly pleasant to be right and hip at the same time.