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Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left, Part Two: Why the Progressive Left is Now Conservative

Attack the System
Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left, Part Two: Why the Progressive Left is Now Conservative

October 28, 2013

Keith Preston continues his discussion of the decline of American progressives as an effective opposition force, and outlines an agenda for a new radicalism.

Topics include:

  • How the Left has deteriorated into narrow, self-serving forms of identity politics, and status quo apologetics for the welfare state.
  • Why the Left is unable to build resistance to imperialism, plutocracy, regressive class relations, and the police, prison, and surveillance states.
  • How mainstream conservatives will eventually become marginalized in the same manner as the paleoconservatives.
  • How present day neoliberals and radical leftists are the conservatives and liberals of the future, respectively.
  • How the next wave of radicalism will emphasize anti-militarism, cultural pluralism, civil liberties, and class-based politics while rejecting humanitarian imperialism, state socialism, and political correctness.
  • How many former in-groups have become outgroups due to cultural shift, and will be potential constituents for the new radicalism.
  • Why those traditional outgroups which have not been included under the progressive umbrella are natural constituents for the new radical movement.
  • How demographic and cultural change will create an ever growing audience for revolutionary politics.
  • The famed diplomat George Kennan’s recognition that the U.S.A would eventually disintegrate in a manner similar to the Soviet Union.
  • Prototypes for alternative institutions following the decline of the System.

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  1. I don’t think that the US system really has a true Right. Keith, you’ve often referred to the old European Right as the ‘Throne and Alter Right.’ That is appropriate, though incomplete. That is the last true Right, in my view. I often enjoy telling WNs and others that I’m far too Right-wing to be a Fascist. lol That gets some confused looks sometimes. But it’s essentially true. The ‘Right’ that is associated with fascism is very democratic (in that it depends upon a mass movement) and bourgeois. It has been deeply influenced by the Enlightenment, which means it is not a traditionalist movement. The ‘Right’ that developed in the USA is really on the Left and is closely connected to the French Revolution and classical liberalism. By contrast, the ‘Right’ in the South is much more of a true ‘Throne and Alter Right’. It has strong connections to the Middle Ages (I write about this in the Golden Circle series) and to this day continues to be different from the US Right as far as the issues and our world-views. I believe the SN Right could be an ally of the Left-of-the-Left-of-the-Left that you propose. Alexader Dugin has written about such an alliance against Post-Modernity and the present US hegemony. Guillaume Faye comes close to this position as well. Both are part of the European New Right (generally speaking) and have a lot in common with the SN Right. They also have the same enemies as folks at ATS.

  2. Interesting podcast, though some contentions have to be addressed.

    What constitutes cultural “Leftism”? I highly doubt that the modern manifestations of cultural “Leftism” advance the type of socio-political liberation that the radical Left advocates for. Conflating the radical Left with post-modern perversions, sometimes categorized under the umbrella term of “Cultural Marxism”, stifles the analytic power of these discussions.

    Consider, for example, the dichotomy that emerged in the 1960s within the black community, with the more radical elements (Black Panther Party) demanding black separatism and racial solidarity in opposition to their moderate “Left-leaning” counterparts, who were beginning to solidify the black population’s dependence on the paternalistic welfare-state, replete with a series of legal codes to legislate a nexus of complex social interactions. The irony is palpable; the political momentum that the Civil Rights Movement enjoyed during the zenith of this Equality™ fervor did everything to discredit the radical Left’s already-waning struggle for liberation.

    Call these acts of liberal moderatism “cultural Leftism”, if you wish, but do not expect the audience to embrace such a gross political misnomer. These acts in support of the corporate welfare-state are indicative of everything but Leftism.

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