In actuality, it never really went away.
America is trapped in the loop of 1968. The politics of that fateful year have set the patterns and bounds of our national life for decades.
It’s as though we have lived an endless recurrence: the Black Panther Party reappears as the Black Lives Matter movement; the Weather Underground pamphlets launder themselves into academic papers; the Marxist-Leninist guerrillas trade in their bandoliers and become managers of an elite-led revolution in manners and mores. The ideology, narrative, and aesthetics of the left-wing social movements of that earlier time, though now often degraded through cynicism and repetition, have maintained the position of a jealous hegemon.
The cultural revolution that began a half-century ago, now reflected in a deadening sequence of acronyms—CRT, DEI, ESG, and more—has increasingly become our new official morality. Many conservatives have made an uneasy peace with this transformation of values, even as the culture around them has, in many places, collapsed.
This attitude no longer suffices. It is time to break the loop of 1968. We need a counterrevolution.
Do we ever. And it can’t be a “peaceful” or “nonviolent” one, either; those, after all, never seem to work the way they’re supposed to—particularly when the revolution it’s trying to counter wasn’t.
The urgent task for the political Right today is to comprehend the dynamics of revolution and counterrevolution and to create a strategy for dislodging the New Left ideology of 1968, which has solidified control over the most fundamental structures of American society. The challenge must be met not solely in the realm of policy debate but on the deepest political and philosophical grounds.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’ll get it done. In a pig’s eye. Want to know the best way of “dislodging…New Left ideology”? Start shooting New Leftists in the fucking face, that’s how.
Today’s counterrevolution is not one of class against class but takes place along a new axis between the citizen and an ideologically driven state. Its ultimate ambition is not to replace the new “universal class”—the heirs of the 1960s cultural revolution, who have worked to professionalize it and install it in elite institutions—or to capture the bureaucratic apparatus that the universal class currently controls; instead, it seeks to restore the nation’s founding principle of citizen rule over the state.
Hm, let’s see now: exactly how was it the nation’s founding principles were established originally? Three fucking guesses, first two don’t fucking etc.
You don’t have to like it; in fact, you really, really shouldn’t. Nevertheless, you WILL have to do it. Sooner or later, it always come back to the same thing: just as in the Founders’ day, it isn’t a matter of whether Real Americans are willing to die for freedom, but of whether they’re willing to KILL for it.