The website American Greatness has been doing mighty work of late publishing thoughts vital to the future of conservatism in the United States.
The same author, Emory English professor Mark Bauerlein, just published an essay that equals or exceeds his other work. In “Conservatism Is the Real Resistance“, Bauerlein writes:
For leftists and liberals to claim the mantle of resistance … is to ignore a half-century of steamrolling and bulldozing and trampling conservatives underfoot.
Genuine conservatives have been *resisting* progressive aggression for so long—and losing again and again—that progressives don’t even realize that a fair body of their fellow citizens feels besieged and maligned every time they turn on a TV, walk through a mall, and review the books their kids read in high school. Progressives own academia, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, public schools, the art world, mainstream media, human rights commissions and other state and local bodies oriented around identity, and human resources in corporate America and medical care.
Bauerlien hits the nail on the head with thundering force. Progressives unequivocally triumphed in the culture revolution of the 1960s and 70s. They took an iron grip of the academy, entertainment, tech, medicine, law, and the administrative state at local, state, and federal levels.
Conservative Americans largely ignored this transformation, thinking that the occasional Republican president or Congress meant that conservatism was fine.
But conservatism was not fine.
In spite of taking turns in the federal government, Conservatives watched the country and culture slide ineluctably into abortion-on-demand; Second-Amendment erasure; gay marriage; anti-white racism; normalization of pornography and anti-family attitudes; affirmative discrimination in education and employment; expulsion of religion from the public square; America-Last foreign policy; and the cancelling of national borders.
Progressivism’s triumph is advanced enough that–with the rejection of Donald Trump as president–they have signaled they are done sharing even the federal government.
Progressives intend to cement their cultural hegemony and smash any attempt to change it from now on. They intend to diagnose away conservatism as mental illness or political extremism and kick conservatives out of reasonable political discourse entirely. Bauerlein writes:
In truth, the election of Donald Trump was *the* veritable act of resistance in our time. Liberals and leftists warn of his tyranny and paint feverish visions of dictatorship, but they are the ones who have behaved as if they were an occupying army, expelling conservatives from cultural, media, and educational institutions as soon as they gained a majority of positions.
The anti-Trump resistance deserves another name: #TheReactionaries.
As dramatized in the “MAGA hat episode” of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, visible Trump support in liberal-dominated cities makes one an Untouchable now. Signs in restaurants might as well read: “NO SHIRT – NO SHOES – MAGA HAT – NO SERVICE”.
Again: conservatism is not “fine”–not when support for a conservative president or for mainstream conservative ideas risks public pillorying, physical assault, and banishment from work opportunities, education opportunities, friends, and public spaces.
Do yourself a favor and read Bauerlein’s full article here. It’s really good.