“We continue to define ourselves as ‘anti-totalitarian,’ ‘anti-fascist,’ ‘anti-racist,’ and ‘anti-nationalist.’ I call the atmosphere of opinion that sustains these ‘anti’ imperatives the ‘post-war consensus.'”
R. R. Reno
Return of the Strong Gods; Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West — p. xi
I don’t agree with Reno that the post-war consensus was EVER anti-totalitarian. We have lived, in this country, with creeping Totalitarianism ever since 1916. If there was anti-totalitarianism it was only anti-totalitarian against any whiff of Fascist Totalitarianism. Communist totalitarianism has been perfectly acceptable. We don’t recognize what we have lived under as creeping Communist totalitarianism since we have ourselves become increasingly Communist with each passing generation.
On the rest of these I do agree that the post wars powers did identify as anti-fascist, anti-racist, and anti-nationalist but only as those words were defined in a Communist Internationalist Cosmopolitanistic paradigm. This definitional stranglehold has insured that we would become increasing totalitarian in our politics and culture.
And now as some of us seek to loosen the grip of the post-war consensus those who have regulated themselves to the post-war anti-Christ consensus delight in labeling us as “Anti-Christ.”
However, as sure as water runs downhill the post-war consensus cannot last. What is labeled as fascist will be set free again to be seen as the patriotism it always was. What is labeled as “racist” will be set free again to be seen as the love of kith and kin it always was. What is labeled as “Nationalist” will be set free again to be seen as the love of place that it always was.
The post-war consensus is dying and if it will not die peacefully it will die with all the violence it was birthed with.