Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pro-Intervention “Conservatives” Are Embarrassing Themselves With Their Chris Kyle Emotionalism

I’m a non-interventionist on foreign policy, but conservatives are supposed to be my allies on other issues. This Chris Kyle business has me seriously questioning the thoughtfulness of many conservatives. I thought conservatives are supposed to be the rational ones and liberals are the ones who allow themselves to be ruled by their emotion, but on this Kyle issue almost all I am seeing is unhinged irrationality.

Here is the kind of emotional tirade that I am dealing with. Someone really wrote this on another thread (I cleaned up some spacing and punctuation issues):

Ventura was never a Seal and he hasn’t the credentials either, this miserable Dirtbag couldn’t even carry Chris Kyle’s shoes. Ventura is a Nobody and going Nowhere fast. Nobody likes him and he is flat out jealous that he never had the grit and the balls that a great American like Chris did. Chris accomplished a lot in life and nobody knows what Ventura ever accomplished…….

Nobody knows what Ventura ever accomplished? You can’t make this stuff up. Hmmm… let’s see. First of all, Ventura was a Seal before there technically was that term, but this has been hashed out at length and modern SEAL groups defend these folks’ right to consider themselves such. After that he was a big time WWE wrestler. Then a very talented heel announcer. Then a star of the movie Predator. Then became Gov of MN on a third party ticket. Then had a TV show. And is now often talked about as a possible Libertarian Presidential candidate. But you’re right. He’s a nobody who has never done anything.

How old is the guy who made this comment? 10? Have none of these clowns ever seen Predator, one of the best guy movies of all time? How ’bout you rent the movie Predator, and then get back to me about what a loser Ventura is. Good grief! Why am I even bothering. Such emotionally hysterical thinking is impenetrable.

Note: from my Facebook page.

I’m Sick of All the Chris Kyle Jock Riders, He Lied About Hitting Jesse Ventura, Deal With It

All this Chris Kyle jock riding is just too much for me to take. I want all of the Kyle defenders to tell me exactly what you think Jesse Ventura should have done when Kyle went on TV/Radio and said he punched him in the face when it didn’t really happen. Just sit there and take it?

I am on record at the time of the lawsuit and I will happily direct anyone’s attention there if they doubt me, that I wish Jesse had gone on TV and challenged the big mouth Kyle to step into the cage with him if he thought punching Jesse in the face was such an easy task. But he chose the more civilized route and sued him.

But I highly doubt that challenging Kyle to a cage match is what all the Kyle sycophants had in mind. You seem to think Jesse should have just shut up about it so as not to foul the image of your hero. Would any of y’all stay quite about it if some public figure with a large audience said he punched you in the face when it didn’t really happen? If so, please turn in your man card on the way out the door.

I don’t care what you think about Jesse Ventura. Whatever Jesse may or may not be, he is nobody’s punk and y’all are faulting him for not acting like a punk and not acting in a way that any of you would at least admit to acting. Also, I wish a few of the Jesse bashers would try to punch him in the face and see how well it works out for them.

Note: This was my Facebook post which is why it is addressing people in the 2nd person. It’s getting quite the reaction.

Spite the PC Hysterics, Join a Fraternity?

The “rape culture” foolishness continues to roll right along even after the UVA gang rape article that amped it up turned out to be a total fraud.

When I went to college I didn’t join a fraternity because I was a good little Baptist kid and didn’t drink and came from a family of militant teetotalers, but if I was going to college today I would be temped to join one just to spite the PC hysterics.

I think the idea of fraternity is a useful one, but I do believe fraternities in general morally compromise their members, but I wonder if it might be possible to navigate a college career in a fraternity without being morally compromised if you went into it with a strong Christian foundation. Someone who has been in one recently will have to let me know if this is possible.

But as bastions of old school class structure and maleness, it hard not to root for them against the PC ninnies, even with their flaws.

Update: This is probably a better link to illustrate my point.

The Mormon Church Caves to the Gay Rights Zeitgeist

Well, this is unfortunate news.

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.

I am not a fan of the Mormon Church. It is a blatantly heretical deviation from the historic Christian faith. I do not concede that they are just another sect of Christianity. They deviate from Christian orthodoxy in too many ways to mention. That said, it has generally been a force for cultural conservatism. It’s sad to see them throwing in the towel. The idea that you can ban discrimination and still protect religious conscious is foolish.

Constitution Party: A Look Back and Where We Are Now

The following was sent by the Constitution Party. Please excuse the fund raising appeals unless you are so inclined:

Dear Patriot:

2014 was a significant building block on our way to success. We had more than 150 Constitution Party candidates from sheriff to Congressional seats, prepared for 2015 by balancing the books with a successful year-end “Money Bomb,”and we now have more ballot qualified affiliates as we aim for 2016.

To say thank you is simply not enough. Your generosity, your stamina doing the hard work of electioneering, and your  courage to uphold our Constitution Party and its principles is inspiring. I wish there was a stronger word I could use to describe how I feel.

Looking back, as you see in the attached newsletter, gives a perspective and an assessment of where we are. I hope you will take advantage of contacting state leaders (found on page five) so we can go forward with candidate recruitment plans, new literature to distribute, recruiting candidates, training campaign volunteers, and the all-important drive to gain ballot access in many key states. All that takes financial support, and I urge you to re-invest in the Constitution Party.


Because, as Thomas Jefferson once said:

A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it, is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

We must inform our fellow citizens so they wake up to see how far America has gone down the wrong road — away from the Constitution and ignoring wise advice of the Founding Fathers.

Please take a moment to underwrite our Party’s goal of voter education, motivation, and political action. A gift of $25 or $50 or $250 is important to get the ball rolling. I will soon layout specifics of next steps for the Constitution Party. In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do.


Frank Fluckiger
National Chairman

Liberal monopoly in arts and entertainment?

Here’s the challenge conservatives face in reaching a wider audience, as Steve Sailer writes in today’s TakiMag:

It’s widely assumed, both by liberals and conservatives, that the fields of arts and entertainment innately induce egalitarian political leanings. Much of the prestige of the left, in fact, derives from the notion that it’s only natural for creative people to favor equality above all else.

Granted, there are a handful of obvious public exceptions, typically ornery senior tough guys, such as Republican Clint Eastwood. His American Sniper, with its monumental star turn by Bradley Cooper, is now on track to being the biggest movie released in 2014.

I’d say those exceptions to the rule prove there’s a huge market for conservative-friendly stories that the self-appointed guardians of popular culture want to keep you from seeing.

Here’s another example: My novella Aztec Midnight deals with the themes of uncontrolled immigration, Mexican drug cartels, and the still-vital necessity of being a man in an information age. It’s today’s featured book over at Pimp Books. You can check out a sample here. Following are reviews from various publishing journals and other writers. I hope you enjoy it.

“This fast-paced novella amps up the suspense with well-crafted dialogue and a Mexican drug cartel subplot. … M. C. Tuggle’s meticulous creation of a suspenseful, driving thriller makes Aztec Midnight very engaging.” Foreword Reviews

“Tuggle ably captures the spirit of Dan Brown novels and Indiana Jones–style adventure stories in this tale, as he surrounds his Aztec-treasure MacGuffin with just enough intrigue to keep readers engaged. The book’s brief length doesn’t hurt; it zips right along from twist to twist, eventually arriving at a bloody finale.” Kirkus Reviews

5 of 5 stars! This intriguing premise twists and turns throughout this fast-paced novella. Professor Barrett and his wife deal with politics, beauracracies, gangsters, and magic … In short, this quick read is fun, exciting, and well worth your time.” A.E. Stueve, author of The ABCs of Dinkology and Former.

“(Tuggle is) an author who knows something about drug cartels, about the lure of artifacts (magic ones especially), and about the derring-do of academical people when pushed to the wall.  Who knows how to write clearly and design a suspenseful plot.” Tito Perdue, author of Lee and Fields of Asphodel.

“Tuggle’s novella is not only fun to read but it holds your attention throughout, the intrigue and action never drags.” Gail Jarvis 

Japan: Tax Handsome Men

Japan’s low birthrate makes sustaining its numerous elderly, expensive. Japanese economist Morinaga Takuro has jokingly suggested a tax on handsome men.

More seriously, Morinaga blames the falling birthrate on Japan’s declining marriage rate.

While an increase in marriage might be ideal, in the US we have multi-generation welfare mothers. Welfare mothers produce. At the risk of Idiocracy, Shinzō Abe could subsidise a class of welfare mothers for his next phase of Abenomics.

Unfortunately, Japan appears on the cusp of global trend among men and women. I’ve long been wary of the manosphere. Feminism drove women from motherhood and healthy female values; now it seems men are being driven from fatherhood. The movement is called MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way). Like Japanese Grass Eaters, they aren’t interested in women, at least not beyond safe sex. No marriage. No children. Men and women are increasingly choosing to live for themselves, as atomised individuals. The war on the family institution marches on.

To quote Morinaga in closing, “Human women are also great fun!”

H/T: JoeB

Also see: Japan, Land of the Man-Bra.

Addendum: A related trend is the move away from extended families and towards friendship groups.

The Southern Project: Restoring the Old or Ushering in the New

I recently published this at the Southern Heritage News and Views website. Since it is covering an intra-Southern conservative debate, so to speak, I wanted to publish it at a neutral site first, before I published it here, which I thought some of the people involved might think is hostile territory. It turns out that the majority of the debate took place at Occidental Dissent, the website of one of the people I was criticizing. Out of courtesy to the SHNV blog, I allowed the article to percolate there for a while, but now I think it is time to post it here (with very minor changes) and get some reaction from our audience. The article is long, but I believe it is an important issue. Let me know what you think. The article starts below:

For those unaware of what the title is referring to, 1.5 to 2 years ago the League of the South underwent a change in direction. For reasons many and varied, some of us objected to this new direction. There is more to this situation than I can cover in a brief article, so I will include a link here to a discussion I have been having recently with two of the leaders of the new direction caucus, Michael Cushman and Hunter Wallace. Reading our back and forth will give you the gist of what part of the debate is all about.

It was this discussion that prompted me to write this article because I think a lot of the debate has taken place between a somewhat pointy headed set of antagonists, who know what they are debating, but it may not be readily apparent to the casual observer what is at issue. So I present this overview.

Historically speaking, folks who self-identify as specifically Southern conservatives or pro-South activists generally believe that the traditional Southern understanding of the nature of the Union is the correct understanding, that Lincoln’s and the Unionists’ understanding was incorrect, and that forcefully suppressing the secession of the Southern states was inconsistent with the nature of the Union as intended and unjustified. These identifiably Southern voices have not always called anew for independence for the South, but they overwhelmingly are people who believe the original polity of the US was subverted and altered by Lincoln and the War and those who followed and want to see the old order restored to a greater or lesser degree.

As an aside, there has been an element of this pro-South contingent that doesn’t exactly fit this description. They believe that contrary to the traditional Southern understanding, the Constitution really was a radically centralizing document as its Unionist defenders claim, but this element believes the Constitution was essentially a trick, a bait and switch, so to speak, and that the South got snookered. This group tends to venerate the Articles of Confederation and are big fans of Patrick Henry. They, like Henry, “smell a rat” with regard to the Constitutional Convention which they maintain acted well beyond its authority to modify the Articles and instead accomplished what amounted to a coup. Important for this discussion, however, they look to the Articles, which were substantially more decentralized than the Southern understanding of the Constitution, as the political model they want to restore.

My own belief is an amalgam of these two. I believe we should have stuck with the Articles. Hindsight illustrates this abundantly. I believe the Constitutional Convention did act beyond its authority, but since we did go through the process of ratifying its product at State Ratifying Conventions, I think it is difficult and not particularly useful rhetorically to maintain that the Constitution is completely illegitimate. But I do not concede that it actually was the radically centralizing document as those in the above group maintain, and even if I was, I don’t think it would be useful to admit it. Why make my opponent’s argument for him? The fact, however, remains that actually following the Constitution, even the most radically centrist vision of it propounded by people like Gouverneur Morris, would be much preferable to the lawless monstrosity we have today. Once we are actually following the Constitution, then we can start discussing the virtues of returning to the Articles.

This desire to restore a subverted and fallen polity, whether the traditional Southern understanding of the Constitution or the Articles, does not characterize the brain trusts of the new guard, however, although this fact is not made entirely clear by them in my opinion. The new guard proclaims that it is future oriented and while it honors our ancestors it does not look to the past but towards securing a future. The League website puts it like this:

The League of the South is not a “neo-Confederate” or “Southern heritage” organization, although we certainly do honor our ancestors and our largely Christian historic inheritance as Southerners. The League is a present- and future-oriented Southern Nationalist organization that seeks the survival, well-being, and independence of the Southern people.

There is more to this sentiment than meets the eye. The “Southern heritage” issue is largely a straw man. Southern heritage organizations place plaques, maintain monuments, put flowers on Confederate graves, participate in reenactments, etc. This has never been the primary purpose of the League as anyone who is at all familiar with it knows. What is being done here, I suspect sometimes deliberately and sometimes not, is conflating the historical argument I describe above, which is clearly politically oriented, with heritage preservation activities which generally aren’t. If the League is declaring itself to be an activist organization, which I believe it is, making historical arguments about the true nature of the Constitution and the Union is not at all inconsistent with this and does not transform it into a heritage organization. Some linguistic sleight of hand appears to be at work here.

In addition, the leaders of the new guard are obviously influenced by the various European Identitarian movements. As with the Identitarians, there is a certain aesthetic sensibility at play here. The new guard does not want to be associated with or confused with the Confederate Battle Flag (CBF) flyin’, truck drivin,’ PBR drinkin’ redneck set. This is evidenced by their adoption of a “new” (i.e. made up) flag, the banning of the CBF and the institution of a dress code at certain League sponsored protests. (The League battle over the Battle Flag deserves its own article.) This aesthetic sensibility has been a frequent part of the internet and Facebook flame wars that have gone on between the sides. So much so, that at some points I have wanted to scream “What the heck do y’all have against PBR!” It strikes me that the main problem with PBR is that by drinking it you might be mistaken for a hipster. Heaven forbid anyone be mistaken for a redneck. How would anyone ever live down that shame?

There is an intellectual sensibility at play here as well that coincides with the aesthetic sensibility and is characteristic of the European New Right. In one of our many exchanges, I once goaded Michael Cushman about how many times he had watched Alex Kurtagic’s “Masters of the Universe” speech on YouTube. Kurtagic is a European New Right figure, and his speech was quite the sensation in certain corners of the alternative right when he delivered it in 2011. Kurtagic makes some important points including the necessity to appeal to emotions and not just intellect, but, a main thrust of his speech is that New Rightists should askew conservatism, which is inherently negative and pessimistic and not attractive to people, and offer people a positive and future oriented vision. I highly recommend that anyone interested in “getting” what the new guard is about should watch this video because much of it is in there.

All that said, the main reason the new guard is “future oriented” and does not want to look backwards is because they don’t, unlike the typical pro-South activist described above, support restoring our lost system of government. They don’t much care for our lost system of government. What system they actually do support is less clear, and I suspect varies some between them. This is the subject of the debate I linked to in the first paragraph. Suffice it to say that they are, at a minimum, anti-republican (small r).

They believe that the United States, as actually founded, was a thoroughly liberal Enlightenment project that needs to be rejected. Note that they are not just claiming that the Union between North and South was unwise. In hindsight I think that is true, but I also know that the people at the time did not have the benefit of hindsight, and that the South in general felt like it emerged from the Convention with a pretty good deal.

Like the left and many elements of the pseudo-right, they claim that the US is a proposition nation founded on an idea rather than a blood and soil European style nation. Note, they are not arguing that the US has become, for all intents and purposes, a proposition nation. They are arguing that it fundamentally is a proposition nation.

The future oriented language certainly tweaked my conservative sensibilities, but it was the “US is a proposition nation” nonsense that really launched me into open opposition to the new guard. Fairly early in my conservative activist journey I picked a side when I supported Pat Buchanan’s 1992 primary challenge of George H. W. Bush. Ever since then I have identified with the paleoconservative sphere and opposed the neoconservatives and mainstream conservatives. The proposition nation issue has from the beginning been one of the main differences that separates us paleo and paleoish conservatives from the neo and mainstream conservatives, and it has been the subject of many heated debates I have engaged in. To hear people who are ostensibly on my side make the same argument that my opponents have been making for years really grates. The new guard often seems like they are trying to out Jaffa the Jaffaites.

The problem for the new guard is that their argument is no more historically accurate when they make it than it is when Dinesh D’Souza makes it in a neocon propaganda film. (Great company you’re keeping there boys.) To paraphrase Samuel Francis, who I presume the new guard respects, the idea that the US is a proposition nation would have been news to the vast majority of Americans in 1950. The argument that the US is a proposition nation is a relatively novel idea and came to prominence in certain (phony) conservative circles because it was a convenient way to paper over very politically incorrect facts. Yes the US was imperfect at its founding they concede – limiting the franchise to male property owners, limiting citizenship to whites only, slavery, counting slaves as 3/5 of a person, etc. – but it “perfected” itself over time, especially with Lincoln’s little invasion, to become the pristine proposition nation that it is today without a trace of that nasty old blood and soil, or so the story goes. They also obsess over a couple of lines in the Declaration of Independence that don’t mean what they say they mean anyway, and make the Constitution an afterthought in service of the Declaration. Again, why the new guard wants to associate itself with such poppycock that is obviously contrived in the service of a greater ideology is baffling.

Whether the new guard actually believes their own proposition nation rhetoric is a question I waffle over. But what they are up to with this strategy is clear. They believe that the average Southerner, even or especially conservative Southerners, identifies too closely with the US and our form of government, and they want to shift that allegiance away from the US and toward the South. So their strategy is to tear away at that allegiance by essentially burning down the rhetorical house and demonizing the US.

I actually agree that the average Southerner identifies too closely with the US, and this does not serve him well, especially when he is sending his sons off to fight in some stupid and unnecessary war Uncle Sam has gotten us into. This emotional allegiance also allows him to fool himself into believing that the current regime is not actually implacably hostile to his interests, because campaign commercials and FOX NEWS tell him otherwise. This applies to Southerners and the whole Red coalition in the rest of Flyover Country as well. But the way to deal with this problem is not to tell historical lies that actually prop up the opposition’s narrative.

Since the new guard is not about restoring our lost political heritage, I believe it is fundamentally dishonest for them to identify themselves as Southern Nationalists because Southern in the minds of most implies a certain political orientation. (Southern Nationalist is the name they chose for themselves, but I have never liked it. Southern Devolutionist or the Southern Independence Movement, for example, would better reflect the nature of the movement as most people imagine it.) They are basically gravy training off the good feelings many Southerners have for The Lost Cause for the purpose of ushering in a new political order that most Southerners would likely find highly objectionable. They should instead, in the interest of full disclosure, call themselves the Southeastern United States Independence Monarchist Movement or whatever.

Rational adults can have a reasonable conversation about whether republicanism in general or Southern style republicanism in particular is the best or most stable form of government. But if something other than the political form that is historically identified with the South is what they seek, and it is, they should be honest and up front about that, and it would really be best for them to reach a consensus on what form it is they hope to establish rather than just saying they will cross that bridge when they get there. Most people kinda want to know what they are signing up for.

So, to answer the question I asked in the title, I simply reject entirely the idea that the Southern Independence project is a future oriented one. Our project is an entirely conservative/reactionary one, but one we obviously believe will bring about a much better future. Now some people want to play word games and say conservatives want to conserve the status quo, and we should have no interest in maintaining the status quo, but this is semantic game playing. People who identify with Southern independence or even Constitutionalism are not moderate RINO Republicans seeking to preserve the status quo, and they know it. But if conservative is confusing, I’ll call the impulse restorationist.

A useful analogy I have used before is the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in Christianity. Whatever one may think of that movement on theological grounds, it would be silly not to recognize it as a fundamentally past oriented attempt to restore the Church, that they felt had been compromised, to the order portrayed in the New Testament as they understand it. Of course, this would in their minds have highly desirable future results, but it’s not a future oriented project. This distinction is important because it is an essential part of how we conceive of ourselves and our thing. Marxism, for example, was always future oriented because it was about something that had not yet been and they were attempting to bring about. On the contrary, pining away to restore the Austro-Hungarian Empire is past oriented. Likewise, our project is past oriented.

I have on a couple of occasions accused new direction ringleader Michael Cushman of trying to pound his square peg of anti-republicanism into the round hole that is the American and Southern political milieu. Outside his core group that he has convinced to get on board, I sense that he is increasingly frustrated with the resistance he is meeting. He can’t say I didn’t warn him.

In closing, I would like to make clear that I have always liked League President Dr. Michael Hill. He has always been kind to me. One of my first internet publications was an essay on Lincoln that I wrote for He sent me an unsolicited email complimenting me on the article. I thought I had hit the big time. But his role in this new direction has been genuinely puzzling to me and others. Dr. Hill has generally been viewed as on board with the new direction. He supported the use of the new Black Cross flag, for example, although there has been a recent move to reintegrate the CBF. One can’t help but wonder if this is in response to negative fallout from its removal. He also repeats the “future-oriented” line. In fact, the words from the website I excerpted are his.

I can only speculate what is going on here. Perhaps years of talk with few results made the influx of a mostly young activist contingent hard to resist. I do not, however, believe that Dr. Hill believes that the US as intended was a proposition nation, because I have heard him say otherwise. I also believe he subscribes to one of the two Southern theories I describe in paragraphs 2 and 3 above, perhaps trending toward the latter in recent years based on some things I have heard and read. I do not believe that he accepts that the US is a fundamentally Enlightenment liberal project, because I have heard him argue otherwise. Nor do I believe that he has OD’ed on Alex Kurtagic videos. Reasonable men can disagree, and no offense toward Dr. Hill or Michael Cushman or Hunter Wallace for that matter is intended with this essay. These are important issues that need to be discussed openly and calmly and not met with cries of “Get on board or get out of the way.” Hopefully this article can be part of that dialogue.

Red Phillips is a paleoconservative writer from Georgia who blogs at He has an article archive He can be reached

Anyone Following #Spanglergate ?

Some of y’all may be familiar with Brad Spangler. Some of y’all may have been following this surreal story. For those who don’t know who or what I am referring to, here is a brief overview. Brad Spangler is a left-libertarian anarchist who co-founded the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) among other claims to left-libertarian fame. On 22 Jan he confessed in a Facebook post for all to see that he molested his daughter in 2004 and said he was going to turn himself into the police. He also implied without saying so directly that he frequents questionable (likely illegal) websites and/or otherwise engages in questionable internet activities. As far as I can tell, he has not turned himself in yet.

Our sphere overlaps less with left-libertarian anarchist types than it does with paleo-libertarians, but it still overlaps some. I am vaguely familiar with Spangler and somewhat familiar with the C4SS.

I don’t have much time now. I’ll add some thoughts and links to some reactions when I have more time. I just wanted to get this up because a lot of people in our circles are talking about it.