I’m gonna come clean here. I spent a good chunk of my career as a prima donna. For my own personal reasons, I was fanatically interested in the objective truth. And I wasn’t concerned with anyone else’s opinion on how to derive it. When I was at Moore Capital, I had a series of legendary shouting matches with a senior guy in the IT department - all in the middle of the Trading floor. The whole place would go quiet while they watched us rage at each other.
He wasn’t a bad guy, and he wasn’t a stupid guy. They would have never let him anywhere near Moore if he were. He and I just had different ideas about how to accomplish things, and I was more comfortable with fighting than I was with compromising with him. Back then I’d have pissed in anyone’s cheerios if I thought I was right. And I was really just lucky that the guy who took exception to me didn’t have much in the way of power, and that the big guys all though it was fun to watch out battles.
These days though, I'm more circumspect and my view is more tempered. I now realize that there are opposing interests in all things, and it’s usually better to make a deal with someone who disagrees with you than to duke it out to the death. It’s the smart way to go. It lets you win today, and makes a win more likely tomorrow. Work it out. Make a deal. Settle for half a pie, in almost all circumstances. Don’t die on every hill. That’s my motto these days.
The Zman seems to think this is a bad strategy. I’m not so sure about that. The old right (the cuckservatives as many will call them) aren’t going to disappear. They represent a massive interest group that will continue to have broad influence no matter how persuasive the alt-right becomes. Guys like Charles Murray, Jonah Goldberg, and Kevin Williamson will always be smart, literate, and persuasive. On an individual policy basis we should look at them as allies not enemies.
And we should be struggling to change their minds and get them to agree with us to the degree we can, not to send them to the wilderness. We should reserve that for our enemies.
How hard do you think it I today to convince Charles Murray, that Diversity is a poor idea? How easy would it be to persuade him that the Black Lives Matter movement is an illegitimate ‘will to power’ group that don’t care at all about objective facts? How difficult would it be to get to him to publicly call Feminism a pariah whose positions actually contradict the interests of women? The same will be true eventually for all the NeverTrumpers. And that makes them our allies not our enemies.
Ok, maybe we can’t ever rely on them. Maybe that come to Jesus “Red Pill” moment is beyond them. I don’t think so. But that does not make them worse than the left for the alt-right cause. They might not see the truth themselves yet, but I believe they're trying. And as their 'peace through surrender' strategy is revealed to them by being mugged by the left's reality, I think that's likely to change.
They are still going on about the Charles Murray think over at NRO. This was an important thing to them - meaningfully different than when it happened to Derb, Taylor, Brimelow, and most recently Vdare as a whole with their conference.
After all those years of being in the same moral bed with the academic left, they've come home and found her in the sack with two or three Antifa marxists, and they're making her "water tight" as the kids say. And the NRO boys are all aghast that the academy could be so unfaithful to them. This makes me sympathetic to Zman's view, at the very least.
But I would argue that this is the very time to talk to them about the red pill. Get it in front of them. Have Colonel Schlichter write something on it that they'll actually read without the usual "oh he's one of those" dismissal. These are real, and sound ideas representing a valid historical viewpoint and a relevant and self contained philosophy. This is the time for converts, not for expulsions.