For Post-Trump Right, it is imperative Republicans return to Republicanism as Moral and Philosophical Guide
Have National Affairs‘ Brink Lindsey read The American Minervan? Brink Lindsey is only suggesting half of what I have advised numerously. It is half, because republicanism cannot be contained by one party. This is how we got our parties and division, hence George Washington’s concerns in his Farewell Address. There are many young influencers contending for the future of the Republican Party, who want to revive “real Conservatism.” This revival of “real Conservatism,” is something entirely different from the revival of Republicanism. The former masks itself under the guise of being the latter, as the founders’ original intent.
This is why Brink Lindsey states, that the answer for Republicans is staring them in the face — in their very name. We could arm and imbue the American Right with a more ennobling philosophy, eliminate certain attitudes, and give it new aims and attitudes. This in itself would be limiting, though potentially a chess-play, despite others not being able to see the possibilities on the board.
They are interested in winning. I am interested in breaking the political game and cycle of democratic illusion. Constituents of both respective national parties ought to keep in mind, that one party cannot rule, or govern this country, unless you want to abandon the Republic for a Fascist State? This game we play is not a sign of a healthy democracy as we are told. We cannot afford to play the four to eight year party cycle any longer, and we are a country out of time. Therefore, if one truly believed in “Democracy,” such a mission would be understood. Nevertheless, these believers in democracy might become as beasts, filled with jealousy, to see the day the party or the side they loathe actually improve. We need it to, and we ought to contribute to that.
This article is just one piece of evidence, that there are few becoming aware of just what I speak of too, and that it’s necessary.
REPUBLICANISM FOR REPUBLICANS
Just discovered this article, Republicanism for Republicans from National Affairs Winter 2019…so it has been written very recently. National Affairs has a nice line-up of articles. Does Brink Lindsey read MINVRA? No, I certainly doubt that (laughter). But this is good. It shows there are others who understand the cause for the renewal of the republic, and of REPUBLICANISM? I mention a family of writers in western political thought in The Loose Tradition of Republican Writers.
Brink Lindsey writes:
“To build a new, post-Trump right, we need a new political language in which to express ourselves. Where will we find this new vocabulary, which might reach beyond the term “conservatism” as an organizing principle? The answer is right under our noses, hiding in plain sight. The project of intellectual and moral renewal on the right is best founded on the principles of republicanism. The challenge is to develop and articulate the principles and program of the republican wing of the Republican Party.
Republicanism, in the most basic sense of the word, simply means support for a republican form of government. This alone, these days, can suffice to position you clearly on controversies of the utmost importance. Beyond that, in intellectual history the term refers to a political tradition in early-modern Europe and North America, stretching from Machiavelli to Madison and Jefferson via Milton, Harrington, Sidney, and Montesquieu.”
“The Republican Party, meanwhile, has long been a party of ideology, created in the 1850s with a much more specific guiding principle in mind: stopping the expansion of slavery. Ever since, that difference—one party, a pragmatic alliance; the other, an ideological one—has meant that the Republican Party is more prone to ideological fights blowing up into potential existential crises. (…) In contrast to the Republicans, the Democrats’ founding purpose was always more about process than a specific ideological end. And like the Republicans, the Democrats have also experienced periods of purposeless wandering, long-term minority status and internal division. Indeed, the history of the Democratic Party has been, to some degree, a series of efforts to infuse the organization with an ideological identity while holding a diffuse coalition together.”JULIA AZARI, WHY HASN’T THE REPUBLICAN PARTY COLLAPSED.