Why the Right will lose
And what we can do about it
Back in November, I put out a call for the New Right/America First/Heritage movements to build a grand strategy. They don’t have one (my observation), which is why the Left is winning the culture war. The Right risks a permanent national defeat due to waning cultural influence and social power (at least due to the lack of exercise thereof). It’s the same loss of legitimacy and relevance the US Empire is facing on the world stage.
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.
See this for background:
To recap: the “long march through the institutions” is cliche but it’s true. The Left has the institutional power in the country, and it’s not by accident. They control the elements of national power: Diplomatic, Informational, Military, and Economic, also referred to as DIME. This was also true during the Trump administration, despite Executive power.
The Right’s loss of national institutions like the church, Boy Scouts, and the military shows just how effective the Left’s campaign is. The Left has a grand strategy — connect themselves to as many power centers as possible while erasing connections and eroding influence on the Right. It can’t be stated more plainly.
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I recently discovered that Robert David Steele passed away last year from COVID. Rest in peace. Steele, a former CIA operations officer, made many contributions to our understanding of intelligence, especially in open source intelligence (OSINT).
Sure, he was “out there” on some things, especially later in life. I won’t defend or denigrate those ideas, other than to say that his positive contributions outweigh everything else.
He described the “seven tribes” of what you might call national power. Getting more granular than DIME, he wrote of the following power centers:
NGOs and the Media
Civil-Sector: labor unions, religion, society
Which side — the Left or Right — controls most of these institutions? Which side wields more influence? Which side, over the past 30 years, has gained more influence and which has lost more influence?
The Right is doing well considering they have lesser institutional power. They would be doing much better if they regained control over some of these institutions. This is why a Grand Strategy is necessary. The first step is recognizing a Grand Strategy is being wieleded against you. The second step is identifying where to aim your resources. Perhaps an intelligence analyst could help.
If you’re an influencer reading this, I hope you’ll give it some thought — maybe even gather some minds to think about how this problem can be solved. I’m willing to put forward my two cents on how to win. - M.S.