The National Review Has Lost The Plot

Remember when the National Review offered high-quality writing and analysis and a great alternative to the mainstream media? Those days are officially over.


Behold their review of the Second Battle of Berkeley, where they have some whining strong words for the authorities:

Urban and academic progressive leaders can respond to violence with all the scolding tweets, sternly worded statements, and calls for calm they want. But until those who break the law and violate university policies are aggressively brought to justice, it won’t matter.

To summarize: For a solid 6 months, the American left has been refusing to accept or even acknowledge the results of the 2016 national election. They’ve been destroying property in the capital, planning acid bombs at conservative events, busing paid protestors to heckle town halls, beating up every Trump supporter they can find, sucker-punching anyone they can manage to associate with the dreaded “alt-right” and then bragging about it on social media, all while the university faculty clearly side with the Bolsheviks or even join them, and the police are visibly standing down. The National Review has apparently just now realized that the left has gone feral, and their response is to politely demand that the authorities step in.

Unfortunately, this seems to be what mainstream conservatism has become. It’s a literal mirror image of the intellectually lazy limousine liberal solution to every social ill: Point at it, clutch pearls, shriek “somebody should do something!” then move on, secure in the knowledge that it is Somebody Else’s Problem. At the National Review, we’re always just one step away from the edge of the cliff but somehow never fall and can always easily turn back.

Meanwhile, out in the real world, the right wing has been predicting this ever since Hillary’s “we go high” speech, and the emergence of characters like Based Stickman merely reflect a decision to start fighting back. Even many classical liberals have figured it out by now: we’re not “risking” a civil war, the war has already started, and the evidence is literally staring us in the face. The black blocs aren’t going to just calm down, crawl back into their dorm rooms and transfer from White Privilege Theory into Applied Mathematics. They are going to keep escalating until either they get everything they want or they are physically incapacitated. Weimerica isn’t just some weird neoreactionary meme anymore, it’s officially arrived at Berkeley and probably coming to a campus near you.

Not content with the level of cuckoldry already on display, French wraps up with this virtue-signaling howler:

We are now teetering on the edge of a truly terrifying incident, one trigger-pull away from a slaughter. Campus and urban progressives have a choice to make. Is this a nation of laws? If it is, then it’s time to grow a backbone, protect free speech, punish rioters, and expel those who disrupt the educational environment regardless of ideology. There should be no more sympathy or leniency for the lawless social-justice warrior than there is for the lawless neo-Nazi.

“Remember, all violence is bad, and both sides are equally guilty. Did everybody hear that? Please don’t hurt me.”

Clearly, he knows who the real instigators are, but like a good little housebroken fakeservative, he wraps it up in layer after layer of obfuscation, making sure to differentiate himself from those dastardly “neo-Nazis” whom we keep hearing about but no one can actually seem to find. Grow a backbone – not by fighting back, of course, but by taking to social media and shaming the thugs who kicked your face in. Everything will sort itself out, if you just cower in the corner and pray for the Rule of Law to return.

The National Review has been going downhill for a long time, but if they can’t even take a firm stand in the face of bona fide domestic terrorism, then they have crossed the final bridge into total irrelevance.

It’s a good thing that the Old Right is a dying breed. With friends like this, who needs enemies?


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