The right’s approach to its own side.
Rather than write another depressing essay detailing the uniform madness on the left, with its eager desire to censor, blacklist, and imprison its opponents — now topped by a desire to see Jews slaughtered — I think I will let a short essay by Mark Judge speak for me:
The Left uplifts its artists. Why doesn’t the Right?
When a gifted young singer or filmmaker emerges on the left, the entire media ecosystem works in tandem to lift that person up. They are noticed in Vanity Fair, the Hollywood Reporter, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. There are profiles on the morning shows, grants and financial support. Everybody pulls in one direction.
On the right, it is almost the opposite effect. “There is a lot of gatekeeping,” Roland tells me. “Everyone is protecting their own turf.” Conservative media companies want to promote their own product. Whereas on the left everyone lends a hand to uplift talent, on the right there is more of an effort to ignore it.
Judge notes this pattern based on his own experience, as well as that of a conservative filmmaker he interviews. Judge, a journalist and author, became well known when he was accused falsely during the Kavanaugh hearings of participating in the left’s made-up rape story. Since then his career has moved forward, but as he so correctly notes, not with the kind of support you’d think he should get from the right.
I say he is correct because like him and that filmmaker, I have had the same experience now for decades. Though I have been fortunate in the past two years to get strong support from JJ Sefton at Ace of Spades, Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit, Doug Ross at his Journal, the editors at Whatfinger, and Robert Pratt at Pratt on Texas, in general these are the exceptions that make the rule.
For example, like Judge I have found it difficult if not impossible to get conservative sites to review my most recent book, Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, even though it deals with American history from an accurate and traditional viewpoint, putting the lie to the New York Times 1619 Project that claims slavery was central to the formation of the entire United States, and gives a hopeful recipe for guiding future generations to build healthy and prosperous societies, both here on Earth and among the stars.
I have also experienced this same resistance with all my histories, as well as my writing here at this website. Though I am one of the few space journalists who accurately covers this field without bowing to the administrative state, I can get few conservative sites to use Behind the Black as their space news source. Instead, they go to generally left-leaning sites like Space.com and others.
This unwillingness to support its own side is best illustrated in the real world by the factional warfare we see constantly in Congress among Republicans. While the Democrats are almost universally united, the Republicans are constantly hindered by divisions and an eager willingness of too many members to play ball with the other side — despite knowing that the other side will stab them in the back the instant it can.
I write this partly to vent my frustration, but mostly to try to get the right to change its ways, for everyone. The right needs to do more to embrace its people, not just at the top, but across the board. By doing so it will strengthen its cause, and make it possible to fight this war more successfully.