The eternal undeath of scientifical racism goes to something I’ve been meaning to try to write about for a long time, but will just state briefly here. I keep seeing hints, not evidence necessarily, but hints, that we are seeing a serious cleavage on the American right. Not even between the “extreme” or “Tea Party” and run-of-the-mill conservatives — that’s a back and forth undulation you can see going back to Goldwater and before, but the nascent return of interlocking sets of ideas that are markedly different, older, more stark, more fierce, and really not fit for public consumption.
What do I mean? Not just your average anti-labor, Laffer-curvy Reaganism, but heavy anti-Fed metallism. Not just the familiar traditionalist Schlafly-style anti-feminism, but explicitly anti-woman politics, whether in an arch-Christian or scientific “evo-psych” mode. Not just the pro-white-status-quo country club resentment and giggling of Limbaugh et al, but true-blue racialism, Spenglerism and high-toned warnings of (white) civilization collapse. All of these things look and feel very different to me than the Christian conservatism we all loved and feared through the 90s, though of course a demographic doesn’t appear overnight, and no Venn diagram would be fully distinct.
So, are these sets of ideas growing in influence? Am I a victim of my own taste for (online) political extremity? Am I just naive, and these things have been always around with about the same force? Should I quit reading comments?