Thursday, January 19, 2017

- Friends Vs. Allies

I sent an email to a friend of mine this morning - the CIO of a Hedge Fund with a stellar reputation (both the man and the fund), asking him for a small favor. Before 9AM I had a response to my query, and an offer of additional help.

If there is one thing that Wall Street teaches you (whether you like it or not) is that there is a very big difference between friends and allies. Allies are self interested and will fight along side you so long as your interests align. A friend will fight along side you whether your interests align or not, because you're success is at some small remove also theirs, and they knows they can expect the same treatment from you if the need ever arises.

The difference is the gap between the political and the personal. For the left they've always been one in the same, but we on the right who want politics to be as small a part of our lives as possible, tend to think about it a little differently.

Which brings me to this post by Vox about Glenn Reynolds. You should click through and read Glenn's post too, but Vox has meaningful additions to it:

Progressives Destroyed Normalcy And Now They’re Shocked Trump Isn’t Normal. Choose the form of your Destructor. But I disagree with the thesis of this piece that people on the right should embrace civility and normalcy. Civility and normalcy are privileges that require a broad consensus. Conservatives have been utter failures at “conserving” these traits.

Here’s my take:

There’s an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair. “Oh,” responds the mother, “she doesn’t know that it hurts.” A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. “She knows now,” the boy explains.

There’s a lesson for Republicans in that old joke, if they’re smart enough to absorb it. I think that Trump is smart enough. Go pull some hair.

The old right is an ally. We seek the same outcomes in the vast majority of cases, and if the Alt-Right achieves it's goals, then most of the intellectual right will celebrate the outcomes achieved. But when it comes to facile charges of Racism and Misogyny, they are all a bunch of beaten dogs, too afraid of the media whip to even bark a little. And so long as the MSM retains even a little of it's past influence and offers the promise of media acceptance to the old right, they will never be our friends, only our allies.

It may be painful being at odds with them over this question of process. But I for one am always glad when I am shown the difference between a friend and an ally at a minimum cost. Better to know before it matters very much than to find out you were wrong later, when the stakes are much higher.

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