An Ode to (Red) Americans | Promethean Fire
It’s the 4th of July today, a date which typically produces some combination of scorn and resentment from British conservatives. These rebellious subjects dared to break away from the King, these conservatives argue, and all they have to show for it now is high-fructose corn syrup, critical race theory and expensive healthcare. It’s an incredibly Andrew Neil way of seeing the world; a kitsch endorsement of the British tendency toward moderation and unwritten convention. It points to the supposedly radical inclinations of the American people and presents them in such a manner as to alienate the average Brit. Those who consider themselves on the British right, such as Tom Harwood, found themselves supporting Joe Biden for president in 2020 – propagating the idea that the Democrat candidate was meant to be the “moderate” choice, and so implicitly advancing the notion that America needed to be more moderate.
But let’s be honest: any perspective with a whiff of Andrew Neil is bound to be deficient. It always mistakes the signal for the noise. America-scepticism always points to the worst elements of American society, as you’d expect. Black Lives Matter violence; the constant shootings; the drugs; and the university monoculture are always what come up. Meanwhile, American conservatives, or “the base”, are always portrayed as backwards reactionaries clinging to Palaeolithic ways of life. The average person in Britain is shown these two alternatives in order for them to reject both, making them more secure in their own country’s moderation. But the Andrew Neil view makes the fundamental error of assuming that Britain is truly moderate in the first place. It forgets both our own intellectual history, and the real trends metastasising across the globe as we speak. And because of this, the Andrew Neil view completely disregards the value proposition America presents: it contains the only people in the world who are willing to argue for liberty and common sense. In doing so, they argue on everyone else’s behalf.
This country has succumbed to the worst forms of extremism already. From root to shoot, we have a society centred around the most egregious worship of government. We have a health service which is treated as a national religion, complete with its own clerics and system of indulgences. It was already in 2012 that people here learned to rate their bureaucratic, bloated, negligent health administrator as “the best British invention.” Forget the steam engine, or penicillin, or the World Wide Web. Ever since, we have raised the NHS and its emissaries to the status of papal infallibility. This is despite the fact that it constantly lies to us about who has died from the Covid virus; it lies about how much money it needs to get through the year; and it lies about how much work its staff has to undertake to tackle what is by all metrics a flu. Nevertheless, each of us were told by our state broadcast service to clap for the NHS and its workers; to physically stand outside and clap on our street once a week for a gang of liars. And people took part gladly, spurred on by the collaborationist BBC. Unlike any news network in America, the BBC benefits from the façade of impartiality. It is a prestige brand which has stood the test of time, identified all around the world for its objectivity and “fair play.” So we thought. Their mission statement these days is to serve the bidding of the government, spreading fear and disinformation to keep people under the thumb of the British public health establishment. Its presenters speak rabidly about “cases” while completely ignoring hospitalisations and deaths. They blindly present the statistics without a jot of journalistic inquiry as to their provenance. And they benefit from an audience who cannot fathom its capacity to lie.
It is no wonder that our population can be coerced and cajoled into going along with what is undoubtedly extreme. Keeping people in their homes; forcing students to wear dirty face masks in schools; shutting down small businesses; telling people that returning to their way of life is dependent on them putting an experimental vaccine into their bodies – none of this could ever be classed as moderate. Our leaders are guided by the policies of behavioural scientists, people whose roles are to keep us pliant rather than healthy. Despite its obvious health harms, we are told to wear the surgical mask as a symbol of willing submission, of perverse “solidarity.” This is psychological warfare on par with Maoist China. Meanwhile, those in the know enrich themselves through government contracts, receiving deluges of taxpayer money to buy new houses and cars and private islands. And that’s only the enrichment we know. I shudder to fathom the payoffs from Big Pharma. So much for moderation.
Sadly, all this is not a strictly British phenomenon. This is one of the first moments in human history where Western countries have acted wholly in lockstep with each other in terms of domestic policy; coordinated by the edicts of international organisations. From New Zealand in the Pacific to Finland on the Baltic, people have undergone the same cycle of propaganda-fear-lockdown.
But there was only one people out there who mounted significant resistance, only one group across the entire world who managed to create an institutionalised pushback to the global coordination. It was Red America. American conservatism was uniquely suited to a situation like this. It combined scepticism of government overreach and international organisation with a common-sense instinct towards preserving the economy. Thanks to the system of federalism, governors DeSantis and Noem and Abbott were able to let people live their lives and keep draconian measures away from the state legislature. No one in the Western world has scrutinised its public health “experts” as intently as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has exposed Dr Anthony Fauci’s lies expertly and publicly. The right-wing commentariat (Carlson, Ingraham et al) are reliable bulwarks against the insanity of lockdown, making impassioned speeches virtually every evening. I do not write this to merely praise American conservatives. I point all this out to demonstrate that these people, who live thousands of miles away, have ultimately benefitted our own country, all by sticking to their own principles. The global Covid response is a unique phenomenon, where the same measures being applied in York are just as stringently applied in New York. So, therefore, any intellectual resistance to measures in New York is just as applicable to those in York. Our country therefore benefits from the propagation of common sense thought from the United States over social media, YouTube and more underground avenues. If anything, Red America’s existence helps returns us to the moderation we used to champion. Liberty is not an extreme position; it used to be the birth-right of all Britons.
Sure, the United States suffers from coastal elite degeneracy, obesity, and a whole spate of problems tied to modernity. But it is unique because it contains an army of people who are vocal enough to capture the whole world’s attention, and keep them on the right path. Not that they are ever thanked for it. They are constantly attacked in their own country for being bigoted, or idiotic. But at key turning points in history, they are the ones who understand what’s really going on. Since birth they have been trained to doubt the edicts of those in power. In an increasingly centralised world, this training has proven invaluable as power only becomes greater and greater. This is not an ode to America as a whole – but to Red Americans.
My argument is not to detract from Britain in the slightest. It is only because I know of our potential that I write this. On this 4th of July, remember that those rebels fought to have the rights of Englishmen; completing the project begun in 1688. Remember that a significant population of Americans is fighting on your side, despite being lambasted and marginalised in their establishment media. Remember that today’s “British moderation” is a mirage promoted by the powers that be, and by their most loyal opposition. Everyone loves to hate Americans until the proverbial hits the fan. At that point, they have a tendency of sorting things out.