An interesting question arose from our previous comment thread.
Does the current American Right have an ideology?
I think, for most of them, it is an ideology that can't be defined.
The Right has three primary factions, ranging from capitalist/libertarian to conservative to radical Right.
They are the Wall Street corporate power players, conservative white Christians, and the Radical Right Trumpists.
There’s no binding philosophy among them. While there are some people who overlap all the factions, some have contradictory ideals, like evangelicals and libertarians. The three factions certainly don’t share the same moral and economic interests.
But they do share the Republican Party. And they share the same political opposition.
The three factions of the Right have been relatively balanced until the last few decades. The Right has shifted. The Republican Party lost control of its radical fringe, and has been transformed into the Radical Right Party of Trump.
Now the political opposition, including former Republicans, is viciously smeared and demonized. Journalists are threatened. Truth is destroyed. Insurrection has risen.
What ideology is represented now? Fascism, of course.
We know well enough how cults, fascists, and other authoritarian extremists believe their leaders without question.
Weknow the Radical Right Party of Trump is built on resentment, anger, fear, hate, racism, white nationalism, and lies.
It’s totally a fascist ideology. It isn’t new. It needed an authoritarian leader like Trump to bring it into dominance.
For several decades, the radical Right ideological foundation was built by propagandists from Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes’ FOX(R) to Limbaugh and hate radio. Theirs was a triumph of the will. Millions drank their koolade. Then came the toxic brew of social media.
The radical Right indoctrination reached critical mass. They manufactured a massive cult.
They are told stories of how good conservative patriots like themselves have been egregiously victimized by the others, often minorities. Resentment, fear, blame, anger and hate towards the others is justified. It is how they defend their safety, beliefs and freedom.
The domestic others are called liberals/leftists/commies/socialists/globalists/statists/Marxists/etc. Foreign others are darker skinned people or Muslims. And immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants are reviled dangerous others.
They are ideologically programmed by their leaders and propagandists to believe anyone who disagrees with them is a liberal/leftist/commie/socialist/globalist/statist/Marxist/etc.
It's easy. All terms apply and no distinction or definitions are required.
And it is essential that they believe all we liberal/commie/socialist/globalist/statist/Marxist/etc. type people hate America.
America, of course is best owned and run by Christian conservative white men. At least it should be. Otherwise, communism. Screeching white female idiots like Palin, Taylor-Greene, and Boebert are welcome, of course.
Reverence for wealth and the wealthy are important features of their ideology. They are told capitalism, with its so-called “free market” IS freedom. They are taught to accept corporate PR over journalism and science.
White nationalism is tolerated, and even embraced by radical Right groups like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, 3 percenters, Qanon, neo-Nazis, etc.
Finally they are indoctrinated in their Big Lies, from liberal media, to fake media, to enemy of the people.
And now it is the “stolen election”. “March to the Capitol, stop the steal, fight like hell, and take our country back!
Those radical Right groups answered the call from their leader. Thousands of Trumpists violently stormed the Capitol.
The long and lie-nurtured resentment, fear, blame, anger and hate exploded into a terrorist insurrection.
This isn’t ideology anymore. It’s more like an “Id”eology, based on lies, bigotry, white supremacy, emotional trigger words, and mob manipulation.
In a word, fascism. And the struggle against fascism never ends.
The Radical Party of Trump is about to lock itself into that designation with their not-guilty vote on the impeachment charge.
Trumpism is their baby. Trump is their master. Trump is their monster.
They fear the cult, but want their votes. Whatever will they do?
If the Republican Party is to survive, it’s up to McConnell’s gang of enablers to take it back.
If they can.
I just became aware of this 2015 film by Jen Senko.
It went from the “Powell Memo” to Murdoch and FOX(R), to Limbaugh, Alex Jones, ONN, Trump, Qanon, etc. These are examples of how America has been groomed by the Right’s propaganda machine for decades. Families and friendships have been torn apart by lies and misinformation. This documentary explores the history and effects of the Right’s brainwashing of America.
The Brainwashing of My Dad
The truth behind the right-wing media machine that changed a father—and divided the nation
Ms Senko’s groundbreaking film examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in its daily propaganda had radicalized him. His new fanaticism rocked the very foundation of their family. She discovered that this phenomenon was occurring with alarming frequency in living rooms across America. The film reveals the consequences that this radicalized media is having on people, families, America, and the world.
THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY, CULT-REPUBLICANS AND DONALD J. TRUMP: HOW THE HECK DID WE GET HERE?
As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion -especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine, and The Telecommunications 'Reform' Act signed by Bill Clinton.
As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.
“Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.
This documentary shines a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and leads to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.