On November 25 the impeccably neoconservative New York Post, which is owned by movement conservative sugar daddy Rupert Murdoch, ran a screed against the Russian government by director of global initiatives for Human Rights Watch, Minky Worden. This invective against “Russia’s Olympic Torch of Hate” is directed against the Russian state for its ban on “homosexual propaganda.” Worden complains that the right to assemble is now being curtailed for LGBT activists in a country that is scheduled to hold the Winter Olympic Games. She and the Post are also upset that “antigay broadcasts” are aired in Russia, with apparent state approval, and that the government is doing nothing to address the fears of the already marginalized bisexuals and transgendered. The clear implication is that the Olympic Games should be removed from Russia if this disregard of putative human rights persists.
Such positions are no longer uncommon in the neoconservative press, and in the drive to legalize gay marriage, the Post and such identifiably neoconservative publicists as John Podhoretz and Jonah Goldberg have made no secret of their belief that encouraging gays to marry is conducive to conservative “family values.” Since my own view for decades, which has been expressed in books and articles, is that the “conservative movement” is neither essentially conservative nor a serious opposition to the Left, perhaps I may be permitted to raise this question: How many months will it take before what is now the neocon- leftist position on gay self-expression becomes revealed truth for those who make up what Peter Brimelow has called “conservatism, incorporated”?
A few months ago, purges took place in Heritage and more recently, Intercollegiate Studies Institute affecting those who took seriously (or hung with those who did) studies showing IQ disparities among individuals and groups. The obvious thinking among those who carried out these purges is that they could mollify the Left by throwing overboard authors and workers who violated the taboo against challenging the leftist fiction of genetic cognitive equality. A question that I raised with the ISI senior vice-president, who called to sever relations with me for being on the wrong side of a delicate issue, is this: How much longer will he and his fellow-careerists purge those who are in violation of the establishment Left’s advancing ideological agenda.
The likely next thing that will be required of the “Right,” as evidence of its moderateness, is to dissociate itself from those who continue to be on the wrong side of the gay issue. Having seen how hard the neocon press is now pushing what used to be exclusively the Cultural Left’s agenda, I think my prediction for another leftist leap forward on the part of the official Right will soon be taking place. In the twinkling of an eye all the time-servers on the made-up right will be imposing gay rights litmus tests on each other. Opposing gay marriage or LGBT missionizing rights will be seen as an unacceptable position for card-carrying conservatives, comparable in wickedness to noticing the intractability of IQ differences. Needless to say, those who dare resist the new accommodation will be treated as moral lepers. Just as I was told by ISI’s senior vice president that believing in IQ differences violates “Christian values,” I expect I’ll soon be informed that ignoring the demands of the gay lobby is profoundly anti-conservative. Careerists have no shame.