Many years ago, I researched the question of why the United States and the West had taken such a disastrous turn in the mid-20th century. I was surprised to learn that the triumph of the Civil Rights Movement was closely related to the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The United States and its NATO allies were fighting with the Soviets for the allegiance of the Third World at the time. Cold Warriors like Presidents Eisenhower and JFK supported desegregation mainly for geopolitical reasons.
The state of the black population in the United States was a staple of Soviet propaganda. It was used to embarrass the West by portraying Americans as racist hypocrites who failed to live up to their own values at home. The Soviets also believed black disaffection was a major source of weakness for their adversary. The Soviet line was that communism, not liberalism, would bring about true equality for non-Whites. This is why the State Department threw its support behind desegregation in both the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the pathbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1957.
There is a compelling case to be made that the Cold War was a necessary, but not sufficient condition for the triumph of anti-racism and desegregation in the United States. In other words, civil rights has long been bound up with geopolitics in ways that most people don’t realize, particularly in our relations with Russia.
— Erik Boielle (@Erik_Boielle) January 9, 2017
Fastforward to 2017: the West’s liberal elite is signaling it wants to start a Second Cold War, but Russia and the United States have switched sides in the conflict. Now, it is the United States and the West which groans underneath the yoke of Cultural Marxism, and Russia which stands for freedom. The West’s liberal elite has declared war on the indigenous White population and has lost its legitimacy as a result. Non-Whites and sexual deviants are the privileged caste at the top of the West’s social justice hierarchy. Meanwhile, the disaffected White working class has become the equivalent of India’s Untouchables caste.
Makes a lot of sense, right? In the 1960s, blacks made up only around 10 percent of the American population. America was at the peak of its power, prestige and influence. American institutions were perceived as legitimate by the White working class which was, and remains, the largest demographic group in the country. It was relatively easy for the American elite to portray communism as a dangerous, godless, foreign ideology. The disparate conservative factions could unite in opposition to the Soviet Union.
Now, we have the ridiculous spectacle of a discredited and widely loathed elite beating the war drums and trying to lead a population it despises into a conflict with Russia it doesn’t want. Instead of uniting against Russia, conservatives have splintered and partisan polarization has wrecked the old bipartisan consensus. In Western Europe, the oppression of the White working class by the smug liberal elite is even worse and non-Whites are a smaller percentage of the total population.
We’re arguably in the last days of the Second Cold War. The conflict was over before it began. Liberalism is losing the Second Cold War because it lost touch with White people. Trump’s victory illustrates that all Russia had to do to emerge victorious in the conflict was expose America’s out of touch liberal elite and rouse the disaffected White majority against it. That’s what Russia aims to do in Europe in 2017.
Note: As America’s racial and cultural demographics continue to change while its political center of gravity collapses, this will be an issue long after Trump is gone.