NRx Should Be Anti-Populist

As discussed earlier, NRx is almost indistinguishable from Red Pill, both of which also share many similarities to paleoconservatism. IMHO, the problem with Paleoconservatism is that, like the far-left, it tends to be populist. For the far-left, it’s ‘the prole vs. the rich, big corporations’; for the populist right, it’s ‘the prole vs. big govt., multinationals’. Paleoconservatism is also anti-federalist, which goes against the idea of an autocracy as supported by NRx. On the other hand, neoconservatism and neoliberalism, which flank the ‘radical center’, are not populist, but instead tend to be more pragmatic and utilitarian; however, they are not reactionary. For example, Clinton signing the welfare reform act of 1996 angered a lot of liberals, but was for the ‘greater good’ of society and economy. The same for George W. Bush in 2008 with the bank bailouts, which angered pretty much everyone, but in retrospect was a success and a necessity. A tax cut for the top 5% of income earners (excluding the lower and middle class) I imagine would also be unpopular with the general public, but would help the economy since the wealthiest 5% contribute disproportionately to the economy in terms of job creation, consumer spending, and innovation. Another example would be cutting special education funding and diverting the funds to gifted education, which is still neglected, but would be a much better use of public resources since the gifted tend to contribute more to the economy in terms of innovation and job creation than the dull, who are often dependent on government assistance. Another idea is eugenics, which I imagine would also be unpopular, but in the long-run would make the country smarter, hence boosting the economy and reducing entitlement spending and crime. The idea is to maximize ROI, even such policy is unpopular with the majority. Neoliberal Bryan Kaplan’s skepticism of democracy agrees with the anti-populist view that average people are ill-informed and should have as little influence as possible in the policy making process, a view that is also shared by many neoconservatives.