Moldbug’s post today talks about the nature of the crimes of Marcus Epstein and James Brunn, and he says at one point that while the left follows the rule of “no enemies to the left, no friends to the right”, so does the right. And, yes, people on the “right” are often eager to disassociate themselves from other people who are “further to the right.”
I put the quotes in because while everyone on the left believes much of the same things, and differ mainly in how aggressively they want to change society in pursuing it, the right is composed of a lot of different people and philosophies that are often incompatible with each other.
What makes a person of philosophy “right wing”? Here are a few markers-
-Opposition to abortion, and willingness to vote on this issue. Many left wing people (blacks, Catholics) are against abortion but don’t vote on it. For many “conservative” Republican voters it is the only reason they vote Republican. If Mike Huckabee did not vote on abortion, he could easily be a Democratic congressman from Massachussetts. Notice I say he doesn’t need to change his belief about abortion, only his willingness to vote on it.
-Stated preference for lower government spending and less government regulation. Again I qualify the marker as stated preference because in reality all politicians work for higher spending and regulation.
-Opposition to illegal immigration. In general only strongly conservative politicians will oppose illegal immigration. However libertarians, generally considered part of the right coalition, favor illegal immigration.
-Explicit or implicit preference for white races and cultures. I think this one is partly valid, because the left-right continuum generally goes from outright hatred of white races and cultures to mild preference for them. Again though libertarians don’t have such a preference, and white racialists generally think Asian races and cultures superior.
What about James Brunn, the Holocaust Museum shooter? He was immediately fingered as a right wing fanatic egged on by conservative opposition to Obama. Conservatives responded that no, as a Nazi he was really a socialist and thus left wing.
It’s easy to get agreement on the idea that the left-right axis is an out of date concept. Libertarians like to use an x-y axis for social and economic freedom. I don’t think that is even that helpful.
Since Brunn was some kind of self-proclaimed Nazi, consider the Nazis. Some conservatives like to finger them as a left-wing, socialist movement. Really the Nazis wanted what was good for Germany. They wanted an economy with a fair amount of state control because they thought that was good for Germany, and they wanted to attack other countries and exterminate Jews and other undesirables because they thought that was good for Germany. Their ideology was Deutschland uber alles, not something we today recognize as a political philosophy.
Moldbug seems to believe (although he doesn’t specifically say) that people on the right have no friends on the right for the same reason people on the left do, which is that the proper movement of society is to the left and conservative ideas and people are repulsive. To an extent this is true. The farther “right” you go, the more socially unacceptable you become, and past being a moderate Republican it can be inconvenient. It’s not for nothing that as a fan of Augusto Pinochet and Roberto D’Aubuisson I do this anonymously.
There’s more to it though. People of the far “right” (I have to go back to quotes again) share important attitudes with the far left. For example, opposition to the Iraq War and opposition to support for Israel. They oppose the Iraq War (and the Afghanistan War) on pretty much the same basis as the left does, that it’s a big scam cooked up to profit giant corporations and at the behest of Israel. At bottom though not because it’s bad for the people of the world, but bad for the white people of the US. Same thing with Israel- the US government is controlled by Jews and operates for the benefit of Israel against other more legitimate interests. Left- bad for Palestians! Right- makes Arabs hate America! but in both cases, the same belief.
And the far “right” is not at all opposed to high government spending as long as it’s for them. Tom DeLay and his crew would have been Democrats as recently as 20 years ago. A big part of the Democratic Party, southern whites (who of course are always thought of as “right” now) simply migrated over because they didn’t like so much of the spoils going to blacks.
Part of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Year of Reform” was a measure reducing the power of the public employees union. Steve Sailer was opposed to this, saying the government was the last source of good jobs for the white middle class.
I read VDare but it pains me to be constantly reminded I’m not a real American because my ancestors were not Protestants from the British Isles. They even have a 9/11 truther! And while they don’t officially call it “The Worst Person in the World” like Keith Olbermann does, they tear up Abraham Lincoln pretty regularly.
Socialists to the left, socialists to the “right”- at least when you’re surrounded, you can shoot in any direction!