Contra: Learning from Lenin

Why conservatism lost and continues to lose, the war on Middle America, punishing enemies and rewarding friends.

Hello! It’s been a minute.

Apologies for the delay on the newsletter and content. It’s been a busy time, but hopefully, I’ll have a big announcement to show for it. Or I won’t, and the meaning behind this cryptic preannouncement will remain a secret.

For now, here’s a speedrun of things I’ve written and said since the last issue.


Articles

Purposeful Forgetfulness

Students and teachers silently gawked up at a television screen showing smoke billowing wildly out of the smoldering ruins of the Twin Towers. A woman held her hand over her mouth, eyes wide and filling with tears as a look of horror overtook her face. I was in a middle school classroom then, but it felt like gliding through a still dream, and I did not immediately comprehend that I had witnessed the slaughter of a city.

Ash and flame consumed 2,977 souls on Sept. 11, 2001, the day we promised to never forget—but did. Or rather, the intelligentsia insisted we forget.

What Did They Fight For?

It is all but forgotten now that the Taliban publicly condemned the September 11 terrorist attacks. And just as the United States flicked on the war machine to invade Afghanistan, they offered up Osama bin Laden in exchange for evidence of his guilt. According to Pashtunwali, which provides the traditional Pashtun laws of hospitality, the Afghans were compelled to protect him.

Americans are more familiar with this culture than they might realize. The same custom of hospitality that shielded bin Laden was what tribesmen invoked to protect Marcus Luttrell after militants wiped out his SEAL team in the Kunar Province.

Kristi Noem Puts New Lipstick on the Old GOP

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem became a GOP darling seemingly overnight, captivating conservatives with a pretty smile and the aesthetic of a Western freedom fighter. If the GOP decides to run a woman for the White House, it’ll likely come knocking on her door—and everything she does is calculated to that end.

Yet her otherwise effective navigation of the right-wing political terrain hit a few obstacles, most recently the land mine of vaccine mandates.

Afghanistan's Lesson: Reclaim America

The American people, and the tradition of self-government to which they still cling, remain valiant, admirable, and worth fighting for. But like the Roman veterans who labored under the depredations of their callous elites, Americans are now groaning beneath the heel of heedless, heartless rulers who value nothing so much as their own self-gratification. To reframe the original question: is the regime—the real, not ideal, established political order—worthy of Americans’ love and blood? Not today. But it should—and still could—be.

America the Fat and Impotent

Students and teachers silently gawked up at a television screen showing smoke billowing wildly out of the smoldering ruins of the Twin Towers. A woman held her hand over her mouth, eyes wide and filling with tears as a look of horror overtook her face. I was in a middle school classroom then, but it felt like gliding through a still dream, and I did not immediately comprehend that I had witnessed the slaughter of a city.

Ash and flame consumed 2,977 souls on Sept. 11, 2001, the day we promised to never forget—but did. Or rather, the intelligentsia insisted we forget. Most Americans viewed what happened in New York City as a heinous attack cutting at the nation’s heart. The intelligentsia saw their global village of diversity and inclusion threatened.

Who’s Taking the Wheel of Trumpism?

It went virtually unnoticed in April when Donald Trump recruited Susie Wiles to oversee his fundraising operation and create a system for issuing endorsements. Wiles is a veteran political consultant in Florida, having worked for Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis and helped with Trump’s campaigns there. ‘The president tells everyone around Mar-a-Lago that Susie is now in charge,’ an adviser told Politico. Despite media narratives of Jared Kushner’s withdrawal from Trump’s affairs, one source with knowledge of Mar-a-Lago’s inner workings said Wiles serves a ‘buffer to give Kushner distance’. Wiles currently works with Kushner confidant Bill Stepien on endorsements.

According to broadcaster Stew Peters, Wiles isn’t taking a paycheck for her work. If true, it would be understandable, considering her long relationship as a managing partner in the Jacksonville office of Ballard Partners, a powerful lobbying firm with deep pockets and deeper ties to the GOP establishment and foreign governments.

The Rape of the Afghan Boys

Ainuddin Khudairaham held down the trigger of his Kalashnikov and kept firing on unarmed U.S. Marines until the rifle’s magazine was empty, murdering three and wounding one. The Americans had been working out at a gym on Forward Operating Base Delhi in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province when the teenaged boy attacked on Aug. 10, 2012. “I just did a jihad,” Khudairaham bragged to Afghan police afterward.

Among those cut down was Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, Jr. In 2015, The New York Times relayed the contents of his final phone call home, in which he told his father that Afghan police officers—those venerable allies of the United States—had been raping little boys on the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine told his father.

Learning from Lenin

Vladimir Lenin observed in State and Revolution (1917) that “all previous revolutions perfected the state machine, whereas it must be broken, smashed.” He meant, as Marx had written in The Civil War in France (1871), that “the working class cannot simply lay hold of the ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes.” Power, simply put, must be used transformatively—it is not enough to merely perpetuate the status quo of the regime with different masters.

A Political Rumble in Wyoming Reveals Divisions Within Trump’s Team

It’s hard to find anyone these days outside National Review’s deluded pages sorry to see Rep. Liz Cheney dragged across the political concrete. Besides rubbing raw the hide of a realigning right with her grating adoration for George W. Bush, Cheney embodies a conservative establishment that has conserved little more than its sinecures and pretensions.

The prospect of Donald Trump railroading her out of the Republican Party was, therefore, well-received. Unfortunately, his handpicked challenger turned out to be someone who stands for everything Trump ran against in his landmark 2016 presidential campaign.


Interviews

The Mask Is Off For Most Of The Republican Party

I joined Steve Bannon on the War Room to talk about the GOP and its problems. Click the link above to watch.

Immigration Control as National Security

Virtually every post-9/11 terrorist attack on domestic soil could have been averted through sound immigration policies.

Why Are We Losing?

I joined The Luke Macias Show to talk about conservatism, populism, and power. This was a fun talk.

Biden’s War on Middle America

In my latest Tucker Carlson Tonight segment, I talked about the “war on terror” coming home to the heartland. The weaponization of the IRS, DOJ, and FBI follows the Capitol Police expanding operations outside DC armed with a $2 billion war chest and surveillance tech deployed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Empire and Its Consequences

I joined Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey on The Young Turks to talk about military spending. Turns out, we agree on this issue more than we disagree.


That’s it for now. The “show” is coming back and I have a lineup of guests, so stay tuned.