Now I've got your attention I think the right in the US are becoming, ideologically speaking, a spent force still moving on momentum but running on empty. The things that sustained right wing politics have traditionally been the American Empire (manifest destiny, anti-communism and neo-con dogma) and free market economics (laissez-faire and neoliberalism). The first died in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan the second has been in trouble for some time. For many on the American right differing versions of free market thinking has long been thought of as a basic panacea to all economic ills. Even slave owner’s support laissez-faire economics and as part of their ‘nation building’ the no-cons wanted to impose neoliberalism on the Iraqis. But even some supporters of neoliberalism have begun to notice its deficiencies and inch closer to those that have long been in opposition to it. So the question is have these big ideas that have long held the right together lost (or are losing) their cohesive powers and with it the ability to hold the right together. It does seem rather fractious these days, the Republican Party seems to have been hi-jacked by a cult of personality that seems rather isolationist and protectionist in its outlook. Many moderate Republicans have been repulsed and seemed to be followed by old school conservatives while those to the further right seem to feel more at home. I might not have agreed with what seemed to be the two ideological pillars of the US right but they were dynamic and held a vision of the future whoever misinformed and flawed that was. But what is the rights vision now, many seem to be looking to the past of turning back the clock to when ‘America was great’ that is the very opposite of forward looking and when such talk comes from the further right worrying and even racist. The economic vision seems even more confused with many Trump supporters seemingly opposed to neoliberal philosophy while voting for those that push (at least some) of that agenda. I heard one saying they were for the free market and protectionism in the same sentence without seeming to see the contradiction in any way. They seem to want a nationalistic neoliberalism with protections for themselves and the free market for others. That isn’t a vision for the future it is a mess. Ok I don’t think the right is going away but if it wasn’t for a 18th century squire electoral system and some dubious electoral practices would it even be the force it is today?