A Refreshing Weekend of Real Conservatism


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In Britain, democracy has long since been abandoned with all three main political parties holding more or less identical positions on Europe, on ‘climate change’, on immigration, on tax, on equality, on the ailing ration-era National Health service. Political correctness reigns. There are now, operating in parallel to the British judicial system, at least 80 sharia courts, where wife-beating is sanctioned, where divorce if you’re a woman is all but impossible, where for a rape case to be considered the crime must have been witnessed by four males.

In the EU … no, let’s not go there.

These are just the very edited highlights and in every case they happened because conservatives let them happen. Why? Because apparently there were more important battles to fight, like the positioning of sweetie packets in supermarkets. And because ‘elections are won in the centre ground’. And because the kind of zealots who believe in truth, empiricism, small government, liberty, responsibility, entrepreneurship, equality before the law and equality of opportunity (but not of outcome) have no place in forward-looking ‘progressive’ conservatism.

That last weasel cop-out is an especial favourite of Cameron’s conservative crowd: ‘If we throw a few of our own off the back of the sledge to feed the ravening wolves, maybe they won’t come after us quite so hard.’ But of course those wolves will. It’s what wolves do. So all that ends up happening — ‘detoxifying the brand’, as it’s known — is that you do the enemy’s work for them, while sacrificing your bravest, best and most articulate ideological allies. ‘Conservatives are particularly vicious with their own kind,’ says Horowitz. ‘They particularly hate warriors like Glenn Beck. That’s because rather than confront their enemies, conservatives prefer to appease them or win favour with them.’

What applies to Glenn Beck in the US is true over here of Douglas Murray and ‘Mad’ Mel Phillips (‘Mad’ being the favourite dismissal for awkward truth-tellers, in much the same way that all those who predicted the EU and the euro were going to be a disaster were called ‘swivel-eyed’ and ‘barmy’) and Peter Hitchens and others I’m far too modest to name. We’re hated by our own because we’re a daily reminder of what cowardly, loathsome ideological sell-outs the rest of our kind are.

Still, I asked Horowitz, who understands the Gramsci culture war better than anyone  on the planet, whether there was any room for emollience of the kind ‘pragmatic’ conservatives advocate? ‘Sure there is. Politics is an art,’ he says, sounding for a second worryingly moderate. ‘If you’re adopting a mellow tone to deceive your enemies that’s good, if it’s a Trojan horse that’s fine. But if you’re just doing it to make yourself liked, that’s Stockholm Syndrome.’

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  • Gunner57

    So when are we going to stop discriminating against white people? End all "affirmative action"? We no longer even have the guts to discuss it. True conservatism is dead in the United States and we are dead as a nation in the eyes of God.

    • ngw

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  • Herman Caintonette

    A little bit of Delling-Poledancing. How obsequious!

    "Horowitz knows all too well that the left will lie, besmirch, cheat, character-assassinate, bully, threaten, blackmail, ballot-box-stuff, bomb, kill, anything to get its way."

    Which distinguishes them from their counterparts on the Right exactly how? Not a dime's worth of difference (when this phrase originated, a dime was actually worth something).

    • UCSPanther

      The 21st century belongs to conservatism, chump.

      Leftist is so 20th century.

    • truebearing

      Maybe you would like to show us the conservative equivalent to the 150,000,000 democides committed by Leftist regimes in the 20th Century. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Still waiting…………………………………………………………………………………………..

    • Maxie

      I call your attention to the blatant election theft by Al Franken in Minnesota. It's the CorruptoCrats who have honed this thievery since the days of Tammany Hall; the Pendergast Machine (Kansas City) and the Daley Machine (Chicago) and no doubt elsewhere. They even brag about it ("If it's close we can steal it"). The GOP is too naive and too disorganized to be any good at it. Remember it's the "Crooked Party" (D's) and the "Stupid Party" (R'S).

  • Guest

    To gunner 57. You have correctly identified one reason this is anything but REAL conservatism. You have to realize this site is more in tune with libertarianism but with a strong desire for foreign intervention. Fortunately, Mr. Horowitz is coming to realize this intervention is not working. I even see them address some of the racial issues, so I do give this site's writers some credit. Real conservatism will also address social issues without fear of being labeled racist or one of the endless phobias.

  • Asher

    You can see how unhappy the Left is, they want to interfere with everyone's lives because they aren't happy with their own. They are never at peace and harbor only a bad spirit. Negativity, Hate, Corruption, Lawlessness, only breed more of the same. It is wonderful to attend a conference where negativity, jealousy and hatred are not on the menu, and genuine ideas to help everyone instead of suppression and chaos…Does the Left never get tired of breeding Hopelessness and futility?

  • tarleton

    Delingpole is one of the few , sane voices to come out of the postmodern UK…a lone voice in the wilderness …on a wider level , all of the present plagues of the mind ruining the UK originate with the undermining of juda/christian beliefs and values

  • Questions

    Why can't the Monarchy get with the program? It would seem from recent statements that HRH Prince Charles is a committed multiculturalist. Great Britain may be no more because of royal inaction.

  • The Idiot

    I'm British and I agree with nearly everything Mr Delingpole has written. What's more, I believe there is a silent majority in my country who would as well.

    So why is conservatism dead? Many reasons spring to mind: a hierarchical and elitist party-dominated political system in which, as one commentator put it, the agenda is set by six or seven people living within a few streets of each other in Islington or Notting Hill; the absence of a strong political activism culture; indifference; inertia; and the fact that the very word "conservative" is irredemably tainted by its association with the Conservative Party and their past faillings.

    Is there any hope? I'm only in my late 30's, have I nothing to look forward to other than another 50 years of cultural, economic and moral decline?

    • tarleton

      The future belongs to the young …..young people have had their minds ruined by moral relativism and multi cultural rubbish …a Leftist takeover of the education institutions …existential despair , enviromentalism and the clockwork orange

    • truebearing

      Conservatism is dead only if courage is dead. If people have courage of their convictions they will fight for them. What are your convictions?

      The Left believes in their atheocratic political religion, or political power. The Muslims in Islam, or political power. It seems Europeans lack the deep belief and courage they need to rally and fight the insidious enemies they face. It seems courage comes with faith, and Europe has no faith.
      The United States is headed in the same direction, but many here have not abandoned their faith and would rather die than let the totalitarianists win. When it's all said and done, this battle will devolve into a physical battle between the children of the light vs the children of the dark. Faith and courage will be in big demand.

  • tarleton

    IF americans dare to take a peek at their future then the postmodern UK is it …about 25 years into existential despair

    The problem is that when juda/christian beliefs are undernined , then J/C values are lost too

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    • Jim_C

      Why? After Trump and now Cain, do we really need another attention-starved clown prancing around pretending to be a presidential contender? Can we finally admit Romney is the only candidate with a chance in hell?

  • truebearing

    Is conservatism dead, or is courage dead? Conservatism isn't worth the time it takes to speak the word without the physical, emotional, and spiritual courage to defend it.

    It is well past the time that decent people face reality and admit the truth that Jefferson expressed when he warned us that the Tree of Liberty needs to be periodically watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants. The blood of patriots will sustain the Tree of Liberty for awhile, but the blood of tyrants is what really makes the tree thrive.

  • hammar

    Just pray this weasel doesn't get re-elected.

  • pabloschwartz

    (if Horowitz is a "former Trotskyite," it is only because he has embraced full-on Stalinism ..)