* Ethnogenesis is most effectively implemented by attacking random members of a group for being members of that group.
In self-defense they begin to feel a sense of solidarity with other members of that group.
This is so profoundly obvious I’m unclear why it even needs to be mentioned.
It is true Trump lost the GOP many Romney voters, especially educated women, lost the popular vote, and carried the electoral college by winning PA, MI, and WI by very thin margins.
Trump, however, ran a disorganized campaign and was, notwithstanding some unique strengths, not a very good candidate. He also had the good luck of running against a nepotism/affirmative action candidate that was extraordinarily unpopular and united the GOP in a way Obama and Bill Clinton did not.
Other politicians can take Trump’s coalition and expand it just by being more personally appealing than him.
Would Tom Cotton, for instance, running on a Trumpy platform, lose many of Trump’s voters? I think he wouldn’t, but would also take back many of the educated McCain/Romney voters who defected or stayed home in 2016. The same for Mike Pence or Kris Kobach.
I seem to remember Ross linking right to iSteve several times before. But these days the kooks and “Featured Book: Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler” lined up to the right of the blog prevent that from happening.
Douthat is a conservative Catholic on social issues and centrist on economic issues, and I believe has likely been a straight-ticket GOP voter his whole adult life.
Also a Stevosphere member of long standing.
* As my favourite Jewish academic and Labour Lord likes to say, it isn’t that the English hate the Labour party, it is that the English think the Labour party hates them.
Obviously, the truth is that the English are racist for noticing…
* Sailer has catalogued the ‘Flight from White’ for a number of years now. Many Whites will simply attack other Whites in order to fit in with the zeitgeist or simply make up tall tales of their own ethnic background (Elizabeth Warren’s supposed ‘native ancestry’ fits this).
But there will be a core who do not shy away from the fight. And it is this core upon the future hinges.
* The polarization is inevitable. If you see anti-Whitism, don’t bother trying to argue against it. Just expose it. Encourage the person to say the most anti-White things possible.
* He wasn’t the perfect candidate but he was by far the best candidate, and one of the best of any era in this country. Trump’s no Demosthenes and he won’t have his speeches compiled as masterpieces of literature but his ability to get unlimited free publicity with his antics is just the right tool for survival in postmodern democracy.
* Republicans who are unapologetic, tough and practical – while also fair – will get more respect from all but the elite minorities. For example, cracking down on illegal immigration will be more popular with Hispanic voters than open borders. Why people can’t understand that a Texan roofer named Jorge might not be happy about a couple million Central Americans suddenly showing up just confounds me. And as for black voters, you aren’t going to outdemocrat the democrats, so appeal to the types who have their lives together and dislike the BLM punks. They need a reason to vote Republican, and if you just imitate the democrats with racial platitudes there is no reason.
Pandering will get Republicans nowhere. It will have diminishing returns for democrats as well. Now that minorities have more of their own candidates to choose from, why vote for some supplicating white sad sack?
The way forward for Republicans is to be unapologetic Americans. That includes being unapologetic about race, culture, religion, etc. You don’t gain admirers by grovelling. Especially not among your typical working class minorities.
Now the elite minorities are another story. They have assimilated to white elite norms of contempt for non-elite white Americans. Most of them are fully onboard with the new Morgenthau Plan for non-progressive white America. It’s a shame but it is what it is, and there’s probably not much that can be done about it besides clamping down on immigration from Asia and letting the Sarah Jeong’s of this world have it with both barrels.
And speaking of her, that fine lady is now Ross Douthat’ s esteemed colleague. Mr. Douthat, always ready to condemn any hint of something inoffensive and normal such as white solidarity, hasn’t made a peep about Jeong’s racial trash-talking. Her employment at the Times is only going to make him look more like a hypocrite than he already does. I mean, you could make excuses for Charles Blow, but not an ungrateful little snake like her. So every time he gets on his high horse about racism, people are going to know he works for a paper that endorses racial hatred of whites.
That can’t be a very comfortable position to be in for Ross.