All Republicans Don’t Have To Be Conservative: Republican Political Tradition, Lincoln and Marx, and American Conservatives
Conservatism, or Republicanism
Historian Andrew Roberts once suggested years ago in American Parties Need To Change Name, that the Americans can alleviate much confusion in their politics by changing the name of their political parties, and I would fully support that idea if both considered it. But as we will find, the claim to historical precedent for Conservatives is central to the propaganda and strategy of the Republican Party (GOP), often claiming to represent the Founders, while the Liberals and Progressives are the “Neo-Marxists,” Communists, “Socialists,” etc. We subverted the meanings of republican and democrat, since both should be combined in the understanding of our civil and radical identity, supposedly as a union of republicans, in spirit and thought. Do not underestimate the relation between political thinking and language. This is why I wrote this very brief and short piece, because of “facts, not feelings,” and because some people fail to stand, to live by the same principles they apply to others in the political arena.
Balance should be restored.
The Republicanism we refer to is the classical philosophy, as a way of life, and of governing, but mainly the forms it has historically taken in the American context, meaning even South America’s struggle for independence, regarding Bolívar. The first order of service is to get us to understand the history of all this. Most of today’s governments of the world describe themselves as republics, or democracies, and the terms are so broad, that we have republican imperialist theories of governing, social democracies, and republics with dictators.
Marx could also be considered within the “republican political tradition” himself, along with Friedrich Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, and James Connolly, who argued, that a post-capitalist, non-state politic would bring about a social republic, i.e., social [not civic] republicanism (which corresponds to Marx’s conception).
This is not an argument for socialism, Marxism, social republicanism, or a “republican socialism” (Irish political history). However, we do think that the Conservative Party is a fitter title, rather than the Republican Party. Given our use of the term neo-republicanism, ours is an attempt to reclaim the Republican Institutions.
Abraham Lincoln — regarded as the “father of the Republican Party” — himself, who spoke publicly about the European socialists and German Communists was critical of the greed in capitalists, and its coercive machinery.
The German social democrats and British trade unionists were influential in this time, and Karl Marx (who once seriously considered immigrating to Texas) was a prolific contributor to the New York Daily Tribune, the most influential Republican newspaper of the 1850s.
“The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.” (Karl Marx and the First International Workingmen’s Association to Lincoln, 1864)
“Not all German émigrés were radicals, but many were. With their beer halls, patriotic songs, and kindergartens, they helped to broaden the distinctly Puritan culture of Republicanism. They had been educated to despise slaveholding, and eventually nearly two hundred thousand German Americans volunteered for the Union army.
There was an affinity between the German democratic nationalism of 1848 and the free labor doctrine of the newly-established US Republican Party, so it is not surprising that a number of Marx’s friends and comrades not only became staunch supporters of the Northern cause but received senior commissions. Joseph Weydemeyer and August Willich, both former members of the Communist League, were promoted first to the ranks of Colonel and then to General.” (Robin Blackburn, Lincoln and Marx)
If the majority of blacks switched back majority Republican Party, it would fundamentally change the vision and philosophy of the party (something the Alt-Right has “cuck-shamed” the millennial and gen-z conservatives and libertarian-nationalists into fearing), and therefore, what disingenuous conservatives are asking for is actually something they aren’t really prepared for.
Years of conservative propaganda conditioned Americans, and prepared them for the far-right.
Post-Romney Defeat, Conservatives — “We’ve lost the Country”
Now, see the hypocrites . . .
We will leave it to others to determine what should be the fate of the fake republicans and parties.
Black people don’t have to be democrats.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Well . . .