Class War

Another home run from Scott Locklin.

As an opening foray into social class as right wing concept, I offer a tentative battle plan. The job of the alternative right, as I see it, is to destroy the present upper middle class, and eventually replace it with something better. I’m not advocating feeding them to the wood chipper, though I’m only opposed to that idea on logistical and hygienic grounds. Destroying a social class is a lot easier than it sounds. The counterculture did this to the old upper middle class, and replaced it with … themselves.

Damn! This could be Bakunin or even Marx speaking in the 1860s. The real class enemy is not the inherited aristocracy, but the liberal bourgeoisie upper middle class (e.g. the New Class and David Brooks’ “bourgeois bohemians). This is what I’ve been saying for the last fifteen years. It’s the so-called “radical right” that understands this nowadays, which is why I’ve more or less moved into their camp despite my background and previous associations. The plutocracy proper is not numerous enough to subjugate the entire society all by their lonesome. They require their army of corporate stooges, managerial bureaucrats and, I might add, police, courts, and prisons. I suspect some of these paleoconservative guys would be disturbed to know just how close they are to being full-on classical anarchists.

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  1. This anti-managerialist tendency is the future of radicalism. Everybody speaks the language of rights and freedom in pursuit of their own narrow interests. The question is, what will be the vehicle that makes the concept of “negative liberty” popular enough to provide a counterbalance to the establishment? Where is the cross-ideological “leave me alone” movement? Clearly libertarianism has failed to provide that movement.

  2. That’s the billion dollar question.

    Libertarianism has failed because it’s a religion, not a political movement. There’s about as much chance of a libertarian regime in the U.S. as there is of a Christian Scientist regime. I think things will start to move as the economy worsens. The more the US economy looks like Latin America, the more US politics will be like Latin America, e.g. one where class is everything. Flavio Goncalves told me once that in his own country of Portugal, which has a more clearly defined class system than the US, class to a large degree defines social relations. Persons of the same class-from Communists to Fascists to everything in between-mostly stick with their own class regardless of other values. A cross-ideological movement will emerge out of recognition of common class interests. The libertarian “negative liberty” aspect will emerge from the American tradition of suspicion of the state, and the tendency of radicals from the classes that are sinking to identify “the government” as the enemy. That’s true of rural social conservatives, suburban middle-middle class persons, the traditional working class, and lower class urban people alike.

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