Grand Strategy and the Elements of National Power
The New Right need strategic goals. What are they?
KEY ASSUMPTION: The New Right/America First/Heritage movements need a grand strategy. We need to start thinking like a nation-state in terms of the elements of national power and other capabilities. This starts with a grand strategy.
NOTES: The most important thing I understand about grand strategy is from John Boyd.
Grand strategy is the effort to connect yourself to as many lines of support/power centers as possible, while removing as many lines of support/power centers as possible from your adversary.
The Left has a grand strategy: obtain total authority over culture and politics by infiltrating and taking over national institutions (power centers) while degrading and destroying the institutions of the Right.
We’ve seen this happen for decades while conservative leaders have focused on cutting taxes and defending the positions the Left held a decade prior. This is why conservatism is failing and deserves to die.
One major failing of the Right is that we have no grand strategy — not that I’m aware of.
If the Right had a grand strategy, then we would have been counter-infilitrating the institutions and counter-organizing the people for as many decades as the Left has been doing this against us.
Yet if the Right did have a grand strategy — a short list of national objectives and outcomes with a plan for how to achieve them — then we at the grassroots level would be free to act tactically to achieve these strategic objectives.
By “act tactically,” I mean building soft power at the local level — not just in electoral politics. As the Left demonstrates, people are power. We saw this happen nationally in November 2016, in Virginia in 2021, and in the ongoing anti-CRT movement boiling across the country.
If you don’t understand the mission, you can’t support it. The mission surrounding electoral politics is simple: get your guy elected. Everyone can grok that and do what they can to support the mission. Yet, with the exception of Chris Rufo and a few others, I can’t think of any other national objectives that the Right is actively working towards. This is why we’re losing.
The socialist proto-insurgency has a concept called “dual power”. It’s not enough to compete in electoral politics, they also must build social movements and soft power institutions that rival the power of the government.
One part of this dual power strategy is the use of social organizations to delegitmize and disrupt the existing government and capitalist culture. Is there any such concept on the Right? If not, then why not?
Until we realize that the Left has a grand strategy and that we don’t, we will continue to lose.
Coming from a military perspective, I would suggest starting our thinking along the lines of these elements of national power: diplomatic, information, and economic. Until we can state some national objectives along these lines, we can’t act in unison to achieve them. Once we understand the grand strategy, we can all take independent and team action to achieve it.
This is why I call on thought leaders of the New Right/America First movement to develop a grand strategy. Please share this article with these folks and let’s get this conversation going:
JD Vance (@JDVance1)
Joe Kent (@joekent16jan19)
Blake Masters (@bgmasters)
Mike Cernovich (@cernovich)
Dave Reaboi (@davereaboi)
Adam Korzeniewski (@RealAdamK)
Matthew Peterson (@docMJP)
Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC)
Until next time, be well and stay out front.