Conservative populism

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Conservative populism[1] is a grassroots political movement in the United States and worldwide which rejects the liberal media, globalism, environmentalism, the homosexual agenda, gun control, mandatory vaccination, and the Deep State.

Examples include President Donald Trump, Ohio U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, entrepreneur Elon Musk, Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake, former Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) (defeated by the Establishment for calling Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky a thug), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), who grew up impoverished in a gas station, opposes increasing open borders and the minimum wage, and is more of a conservative populist than a Leftist. Numerous Trump-endorsed candidates for 2022 are additional examples of conservative populism, including J.D. Vance and Dr. Mehmet Oz. In South Korea, the new "People Power Party" embodies conservative populism and its nominee Yoon Suk-yeol won the presidency in March 2022. In 2024, RFK Jr. campaigns as a conservative populist: "It's time for a true populist leader to take back our country."[2]

A Choice Not An Echo by Phyllis Schlafly, which sold 3 million copies in 1964, provided the intellectual and political foundation for conservative populism.

Conservative populism opposes allowing unelected career bureaucrats such as Anthony Fauci to run the country with their biased claims of expertise or scientism.

Great authors who can be viewed as conservative populists include Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterton, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The great poet Robert Frost was a conservative populist. Hollywood actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell could be considered conservative populists. Midwest-raised director Orson Welles was a conservative populist. Foreign leaders Geert Wilders (Netherlands) and Viktor Orban (Hungary) are conservative populists.

Car designs, such as the Ford Mustang, could be considered as conservative populist. An issue of conservative populism is a restriction on water flow in new homes, thereby forcing frustrated occupants to run the water longer or the dishwasher multiple times.

National Populism

National populism takes nationalist positions on issues such as patriotism, national sovereignty, law and order, and support for less immigration.[3] Like most other populists, they emphasize anti-elitism and opposition to the establishment.[3] Right-wing populism is very similar ideologically to national conservatism and paleoconservatism, and it tends to be Euroskeptic. Right-wing populism claims to believe in equality, and rejects racism, bigotry, antisemitism, totalitarianism and other leftist beliefs.

The term "right-wing populism" is often used pejoratively by liberals to smear or discredit conservatives who hold the above positions. Thus, conservatives often avoid using the term to describe their beliefs. Marxists define right-wing populism as "proto-fascist."[4]

Right-wing populism is seeing massive growth in Europe in the early 21st century,[5][6][7] with parties such as the Austrian Freedom Party, Lega Nord, and the Alternative for Germany, among numerous others. Many of these parties have made it into the governments of their respective countries. In the United States, figures such as Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump have been labeled right-wing populist. Other leading right-populists are Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Mike Cernovich.

Professor Eric Kaufmann says about a graph showing the correlation between the projected growth of the Muslim propulation and the rise of right-wing nationalism in a country:

Figure 1 shows an important relationship between projected Muslim population share in 2030 and support for the populist right across 16 countries in Western Europe. Having worked with IIASA World Population Program researchers who generated cohort-component projections of Europe’s Muslim population for Pew in 2011, I am confident their projections are the most accurate and rigorous available. I put this together with election and polling data for the main West European populist right parties using the highest vote share or polling result I could find. Note the striking 78 percent correlation (R2 of .61) between projected Muslim share in 2030, a measure of both the level and rate of change of the Muslim population, and the best national result each country’s populist right has attained."[8]

Distinction between right-wing populism and conservatism

Although often associated with conservatism, right-wing populism takes many anti-conservative positions. For instance, they reject the principles of fiscal conservatism and small government, often expressing support for domestic social programs such as welfare, in addition to viewing the government as a crucial tool to solve societal problems (a liberal worldview). Some key right-wing populist ideals, such as nativism, are derived from early 20th century progressivism.[9]

Right-wing populists and left-wing populists share many key viewpoints on economics. Unlike conservatives who emphasize less government spending and more individual freedom, right-wing populists praise demagogic old-school leftists such as Huey Long.[10] The religious dimension of "right-wing populism" repeats the mantra of the Social Gospel, advocating a top-down, coercive, government-directed approach to bring about supposed "social conservative" changes within the cultural aspect of society.

Unlike conservatives who believe in a merit-based immigration system, right-wing populists tend to favor prohibiting immigration altogether, often using racially motivated arguments traditionally attributable to leftist thought common among early 20th–century socialists.

Right-wing populists often demonstrate a lack of sufficiently understanding history, an example being their support for Jacksonian Democracy. They tend to extol the founders of the racist Democratic Party, particularly Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk, despite the fact that Jackson and Polk were bitterly opposed by the conservative Whig Party.

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  1. Sometimes called right-wing populism or national populism.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Explanatory notes -- III. Classifications. Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  4. Radical right-wing populism in Western Europe, by H G Betz, p 4, (1994). [1]
  5. Lane, Oliver JJ (December 29, 2017). Right Wing Populism Could Become ‘New Normal’, No End in Sight For Surge: Tony Blair Institute. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. Jasper, William F. (December 11, 2018). Europe in Revolt: People vs. Elites on Migration, Climate, Taxes, Brexit, and More. The New American. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. Tomlonson, Chris (January 3, 2020). The 2010s Were the Best Decade for European Populism Yet. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support – and what to do about it, Eric Kaufmann
  9. Syrios, Andrew (July 22, 2014). A Brief History of Progressivism. Mises Institute. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  10. Carmichael, Ellen (August 1, 2021). Huey Long Was Wrong. National Review. Retrieved October 16, 2021.