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This week, we’re veering in a slightly more nerdy direction, and diving into the world of the nationalist conservative intellectuals—or as they call themselves, the natcons. (Imagine the mirror dimension version of the neocons, if that makes sense.) And as always, send me your comments, long-winded musings on the supremacy/depravity of Western civilization, and/or your dankest memes—I’ll reply (within reason).
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Last month’s third annual National Conservative Conference—the now yearly convention of the academics and public intellectuals trying to build an ideological structure inside the MAGA movement—was notable, at first blush, for two things. First, its relocation from Orlando to Miami, the New Right mecca for crypto-friendly, vax-skeptical, post-Trump futurists. And second, its bewildering fusion of isolationists and neocons, evangelicals, homosexuals, and, yes, a few monarchists, all united against a common enemy: the libs.
The future of Trumpism, after all, begins with coalition-building to articulate an agenda that can survive Trump, himself. So far, it’s more dark vibes than uplifting policy. A video promo for the NatCon event, which opened with footage of cars on fire and protesters tearing down Confederate statues, declared...