Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Toward the next tripartite conservative fusionist hierarchy
If Trump and his administration fall I don't think the new Alt-right wing will go away as it did in the 1950's when Buckley and others decided they wanted only two wings to their fusion of conservatism, individual freedom plus the norms and traditions. Norms and traditions have since been updated by the evolutionary science of sociobiology, which affirms the biological origin of much of our social behavior.
I think the next conservative fusionist hierarchy should lead with sociobiology, followed by the norms and traditions, and lastly individual freedom. Sociobiology has shown us that group-selection is, and has been, the primary unit of successful human life (see Wilson). Individualism is of course important, but it takes place always monitored by the success of the group. At times I have thought that the libertarian/individualism wing of conservatism was a cunning way to undermine norms and traditions. The latest conservatives policed themselves and ejected sociobiology from the movement, as they did in the 1950's.
I think the tripartite structure of conservatism, that is, sociobiology, followed by the norms and traditions, and lastly individual freedom, is healthier than the duality we have had, and is the best way to fulfill the next fusionism of conservatism. This time the fusion needs to include an ethnopluralism of ethnostates, affirmed by the constitutional separation of powers and states, and protected by federalism and subsidiarity. Will conservatives go there? If they do not the conservative duality will break apart, opening the ground for dictatorial cultural Marxism, or supremacist fascism, reminding us of pre-World War Two Germany.