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Dec 8, 2022·edited Dec 8, 2022

I think you're taking the ghetto culture comparison too literally. He's not saying they're stylistically similar, rather that they are both oppositional, and there are clear oppositional strains on the Right. For many of us (myself included) this is a feature and not a bug. It's verboten to say you believe in the Great Replacement theory - "it's not happening, and even if it was it's a good thing" - but to espouse it, as we do, is important to us despite that, if not because of that. That is, we are consciously taking a countercultural stance when we make these demographic arguments. It doesn't mean we do so to a hip-hop soundtrack.

Accordingly, I have much more sympathy with Hanaina's argument than you do, but I don't necessarily see it as a bad thing. If we're united in the belief that a lot of what the dominant culture peddles is actively harmful, then why _wouldn't_ one be confrontational towards it? You agree with this in your article, so I think your objection is just to the comparison, which isn't the germane part of the argument.

I do agree with you completely, though, that Hanaina gives the Left far too much credit. It's true that in terms of educational attainment and income they're higher-status than the Right, but it's completely untrue that this makes them more discerning and less likely to believe in falsehoods. I raised the example in his comments section of Russiagate, and concluded that it's not that the Left is full of beautiful minds who are so much less susceptible to nonsense than the Right, but rather that their scams (like Russiagate) are bigger and actually work. It's a difference of degree. Dinesh D'Souza just makes stupid arguments and claims that appeal to stupid people. The national security state makes stupid arguments and claims, but we spend billions of dollars and years of effort chasing a Putin-shaped ghost around the room - and we make it high-status, to boot. (Remember Muller-mania? He was the toast of DC! AWFLs and soylibs were crowding in Asheville bars to watch his magic!)

Finally: to an extent, I think the respectability-Breitbart pipeline is somewhat real. I think some suburban college-ites really do think the Right is redolent of grease and televangelism, and the boomer conservative aesthetic really is something they want to stay away from. I'm not sure how to resolve this either, because the supposedly respectable Right (e.g. National Review) is so craven and pathetic that I'd take Breitbart over it 100 times out of 100; and the nice right (e.g. Claremont) is impotent and read by about four people (one of whom is me.)

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Though you seem to stress on Ghetto aspect of his article which is a terrible take, Mr. Hanania made some valid points in his article. As he pointed out, with conservatives being the oppositional culture, they take stand which are just oppositional and self-defeating. For example, instead of working towards reforming title IX, which Trump administration worked towards. Now, conservatives are the biggest champions of title IX, even though title IX is the reason we have a lot of DEI staff on college campuses.

Today Blacks enjoy high moral status in our society, conservatives as a oppositional culture make dumb arguments about how democrats are the true racists because they won in the south in 1950s. Or they elevate mediocre black senators like Tim Scott to show moral superiority ( democrats are the real racists trope). So, they cannot make any original arguments, instead their positions are always defined by showing democrats are bad. Instead of working towards undermining civil rights act which frankly is a source of all wokeness, supporters of DeSantis wrongly believe they can take over civil rights bureaucracy and fight the left, even though reducing federal bureaucracy is the only way to fight civil rights excesses.

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