One thing the media has worked hard to avoid doing is acknowledging that Antifa is a communist group, but that changed last night when Jonah Goldberg of National Review discussed Antifa and communism on the New York**Post‘s website, saying, “These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition.” If Mr. Goldberg had stopped there, he would have had a rather unique position in American media for taking a bold stance against these violent Neo-Bolsheviks, which would have really stood out considering that he is neither a friend of President Trump nor a fan of the Alt-Right. Of course, it was too much to ask for Mr. Goldberg to name and shame Communists without then virtue signaling and punching right against his old foes, and most of his article is actually about comparing Communists favorably to Nazis:
Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good… The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or brutalized tens of millions more. Nazism was evil. Soviet Communism was evil. It’s fine to believe that Nazism was more evil than Communism. That doesn’t make Communism good… The young Communists and fascists fighting for power in the streets of 1920s Germany had far more in common with each other than they had with decent liberals or conservatives, as we understand those terms today… One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism. Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional right with their racial hogwash. The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to American liberalism. These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition… Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?”
This is fascinating considering that Establishment Republicans like Mr. Goldberg typically view the entire world through the lens of a 1980’s action movie. The Soviet Union collapsed nearly 30 years ago, but it will forever be the height of the Cold War for these neoconservatives. This helps to explain why they so gleefully and easily believe that Russia is still behind literally every ill in the world. They live as though they are extras in a Chuck Norris or Sylvester Stallone movie, perpetually at war with the commies, be they Russian, North Vietnamese, Cuban, or what have you. Unlike their fantasies and VHS movie collections, however, there are actual communists available right now for Mr. Goldberg and his ilk to battle, so why then is he arguing that Nazis—a German political party that died out in 1945 and revived as a movement that rarely marches let alone engages in violence—and the Ku Klux Klan—an organization that has had no meaningful presence in the United States for decades—are worse than armed commies walking American streets today, attacking citizens, and even rioting in American cities?The truth is that the far-right of the political spectrum is more damaging and dangerous to Mr. Goldberg’s worldview than Soviets invading Berkeley, CA, or Charlottesville, VA, and this is because he is a believer in the so-called Horseshoe Theory, which posits that the further one moves left or right on the political spectrum the more similar they are to the opposite end thereof. As seen above, on the curve of the “shoe,” the Republicans and Democrats are the furthest apart whereas Nazis and Soviets are much closer and thus more similar. This theory is most popular with “enlightened centrists,” people who refuse to really take any firm position at all, but it also allows neoconservatives to hold that they are the true conservatives, the purest form of right-wing politics. If, however, the horseshoe was straightened into a flat line, we would see that Republicans and Democrats are closer to each other while Nazis and Soviets are polar opposites. The Alt-Right is fond of pointing out the falsity of Mr. Goldberg & Co.’s claim to true conservatism with the battle cry, “You have conserved nothing!” Indeed, it can be shown they are actually progressives.
For example, consider the Preamble to the Constitution, which says, “We the people of the United States, in order to… secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The highlighted words are important as “conservatives” like Mr. Goldberg typically ignore them altogether. This is due to the fact that “to ourselves and our posterity” means that the Constitution was established by the Founding Fathers for themselves and their descendants, not the entire world or whoever sneaked into the country. And who exactly were “ourselves and our posterity”? In 1790, 98.2% of the free population and 100% of the citizenry were white, and the First Congress limited naturalized citizenship to whites in that same year with that requirement being retained in 1795, 1798, and 1802. In short, the Founding Fathers limited citizenship to white people, and that means “to ourselves and our posterity” could only refer to white people. There simply is no other possible reading, understanding, or interpretation of their actions or the laws they passed.
We can also look to the personal writings of the Founders. For example, in 1751, Benjamin Franklin asked, “Why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red?” Thomas Jefferson, while discussing abolishing slavery, was concerned with a freed slave “staining the blood of his master” and said that freed slaves must “be removed beyond the reach of mixture.” Jefferson also wrote, “Comparing [blacks] by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me, that in memory they are equal to the whites; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid; and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous,” and he theorized as to why they had “a very strong and disagreeable odour.”
Mr. Goldberg would dismiss this all as “racial hogwash,” however, and he has spoken in favor of the supposed “racial progress” seen in the United States. Such progressive thinking is mirrored in Mitt Romney’s condemnation of “racism and bigotry” while praising communists for opposing the same. Sen. Ted Cruz has said that “racism… mar[s] our great Nation.” So what exactly are these “true conservatives” of the “traditional right” conserving then? They certainly are not protecting the Constitution as it was written and intended as they think Abraham Lincoln “embodied the GOP’s core values better than any other former president.” This is despite the fact that Lincoln was praised by Karl Marx for his war in opposition to the Constitution that cost 750,000 Americans their lives and forced exactly what the Founding Fathers had forbidden: namely, a multiracial nation. Furthermore, they support the current mass immigration from the Third World, embracing the notion that the United States should take in the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse” from the rest of the world.
This is why Jonah Goldberg and his neoconservative compatriots see the Alt-Right as such a threat. Their entire role in American politics revolves around them being the conservatives, but they are not actually conservative at all. The status quo that they wish to “conserve” is no older than the 1965 Civil Rights Act, and, in truth, their ideals and principles are constantly shifting so that they are whatever avowed progressives were 3-5 years before. Despite this, their conservative branding has worked, but that goes away if the masses start to be exposed to the truth, which is what the Alt-Right exists to do. No one could possibly claim with a straight face that Jonah Goldberg is to the right of the Founding Fathers, but he and his ilk are constantly telling anyone who will listen that a person who thinks the way the Founders did is a “Nazi.” Thus, he must think that Washington, Adams, Jefferson, &c. were all bigoted Nazis. Goldberg & Co. do not care about the ideology one holds beyond that anymore than the commies do.
If you do not embrace their progressive ideals, you must be a Nazi. Are you a monarchist? No, you are a Nazi if you think like the Founders, or even like the American men who fought the actual Nazis in World War II. Are you a republican? No, you’re a Nazi. Are you a clerical fascist? Nope, Nazi. Do you believe in open democracy? Nuh-uh, Nazi. There is no nuance to be found because the neocons must defend their claim to “true conservatism” by asserting that anything to the right of them is actually evil because the horseshoe draws them closer to the far-left. Goldberg has inadvertently admitted the truth about neocons when discussing gay marriage, “To the very limited extent there are Republicans still seeking to forbid gay marriage, their position is the same one that Obama and Hillary Clinton held until a few years ago. Were they right-wing extremists in 2012?” On anything that matters, to the very limited extent there are Republicans still challenging the Communist agenda, their position is the same one that the progressives held until a few years ago. Are the Republicans actually conservative?