by Chris Black
This is a Friend-Foe test being born: these are people who are okay with compromising their so-called “principles” to run a more profitable trade.
This is how the “conservatives” have spent the last century playing on the heel of the establishment, always playing the opposition without ever putting up a real fight.
It’s not what they’re paid for.
It’s not how they make their money.
Several years ago, in the days of the far right, a common false dialectic was emerging between radical rightists and mainstream conservatives, about what “principled” conservatism looked like.
Cuckservatives would always claim that fighting dirty and wielding power and rejecting the enemy’s rules was a “leftist tactic” and would make you “unprincipled.” And those on the far right often fall into this frame and scoff at “muh principles” as a losing strategy.
But what does it mean to have “principles”? It means that you have real convictions and that you take them seriously, that you are willing to make sacrifices to stand up for what you believe in, the complete opposite of what mainstream conservatives embody.
They are always just one more compromise and one more negotiation to turn the tide, and yet the tide never changes.
The fearsome right-wing “extremists” were always the ones with principles, because we were the ones who really believed in something and were willing to fight for it.
The lack of principle on the part of leading conservatives is exactly how we ended up where we are.
Allowing them to claim that they have “principles” was and still is a big mistake.
This whole Daily Wire thing is a lesson in what False Opposition is like.
They willingly accept the rules of their so-called “enemies” because it makes their company more profitable.
So the “values” and “principles” they stand for are not values or principles at all, but simply marketing for the operation they are running.
They will choose money over those “values” every time.
This is how the topic should be presented to the norms that are on the fence.
Just don’t waste too much of your breath on someone who refuses to understand why they’ve already given Shapiro their money.
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