The “Far Right” is the black beast of Respectable Opinion. I suppose Respectable Opinion might say bête noir, but that is only because they are Francophilic poseurs and the phrase “black beast” has awkward historical associations. In any lingo, a “black beast” is that for which one feels a special abhorrence, and Respectable Opinion feels a special abhorrence for the “Far Right.”
Respectable Opinion feels a special abhorrence for the “Far Right” because the “Far Right” abhors the whole putrid mass of Respectable Opinion. This is quite unlike what might be called the Near Right, which finds in that putrid mass a great many things that it applauds and admires. In fact the Near Right finds so many things to applaud and admire that it might be called Inside or Housebroken Right.
The term “Far Right” is actually misleading unless it is taken to mean an Outside Right that has been banished, excommunicated, exiled, or been subject to what was once known as the bum’s rush. For the “Far Right” says things that are not permitted in the saloon of Respectable Opinion, and so has been tossed through the swinging doors and into the street, leaving the Inside Right to laugh at the jokes of Respectable Opinion and say, “Gee, R. O., I wish I’d said that.”
The “Far Right” is not some sort of farthest fringe of the Inside Right, advocating its principles with greater zeal, rigor and inflexibility. This is why the “Far Right” laid claim to the name “Alternative Right” when it opposed the Second Iraq War, and why the Inside Right routinely scores the “Far Right” as soft on statism. If the “Far Right” was the ne plus ultra of the Inside Right, it would be a club of militaristic libertarians who are on fire for compromise and expedience.
All of this leads to the point that the “Far Right” is actually the Right, whereas the Inside Right is a fake and phony Pretender. This is evident in the fact that the heroes of the “Far Right” were in their day known as men of the Right, whereas the heroes of the Inside Right were in their day known as Liberals. This is why our “principled conservatives” say that John Stuart Mill was a great philosopher, Abraham Lincoln was a great statesman, and Martin Luther King was a great moralist.
It is why they tell us they are the friends of every progressive project, excepting only its latest outrageous developments. This thought came to me as I read Peter Hitchens latest column, in which he declares his admiration for every stage of women’s liberation, excepting only some recent freaks in that misbegotten project. A fake Conservative can fuss like an irritated hen over transgender toilet policy, and yet two minutes later give a tearful testimonial as to his lifelong love for Civil Rights. He is proud to sputter over the artifacts of postmodern academics and the arts, and yet yields to no one in his paeans to “freedom of conscience” and “individual liberty.”
This is also why the genuine Right mocks these pretenders as “cucks.” They are exactly like a man who has, after a brief and ineffectual protest, acquiesced to every insult and outrage of an insolent virago of a wife. A man for whom the ultimate insult and outrage of cuckoldry is just another occasion for ineffectual protest and speedy acquiescence. And what makes this man a cuck to the core is that, while irritably disliking each new insult, he honors his wife’s right to be an insolent virago. He just prefers the insolent virago she was yesterday to the insolent virago she is today.
Just as a cuckold failed to detect the fundamentally harridan tendencies in his wife, so the “cucks” fail to detect the fundamentally degenerate tendencies in political projects and doctrines. He deeply dislikes the very latest novelties of the diversity doctrine, but at the same time believes desegregation of lunch counters was a giant step for mankind. He deeply dislikes the latest novelties of the sexual revolution, but is himself an avid child of some prior stage in that revolution.
The real Right has always opposed everything that tends to revolution in the social order. Its opposition has been singularly ineffectual, but it was at least marked by a certain depth of analysis and integrity of position. And this depth and integrity is why it is the black beast of Respectable Opinion.