A Blueprint for a Multiethnic Anti-Socialist Movement

Even President Trump’s opponents will likely agree that he possesses the stamina of someone 10 or 20 years younger. But at age 74, the movement Trump started is going to need new leaders to emerge within the next few years, not decades.

On the other hand, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), at age 31, is just getting started. According to Malcolm Flex, a Twitter celebrity and political prognosticator, Ocasio-Cortez is just biding her time in Congress. As he puts it, “when it comes to branding, nobody can hold a candle to AOC.” Who, in AOC’s age group, will step up to challenge her?

What Ocasio-Cortez represents, to state the obvious, is the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. These socialists are the ascendant future of that party, backed up by militant Antifa brigades in every city in America, along with donors large and small, ready to support her next move, and the one after that, and the one after that. Rather than attempting to count and classify angels on the head of an ideological pin, let’s merely describe as “anti-socialist” the leaders, and the coalition, that must form to oppose Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk.

Malcolm Flex, a 27 year old former football player with the University of Alabama, and self-described “athlete, scientist, and dad,” is a recent addition to a robust and growing brigade of right-leaning producers of online video commentary. Formerly libertarian, currently Republican, Flex recently posted a video that is a must-watch for any anti-socialist politician, strategist, and influencer in America.

His tweet accompanying this video reads “Don’t underestimate today’s political power players just because they aren’t playing the same game as you.”

Flex leads off by saying “The paradigm is switching right now and it is switching so fast.” As an example he is referring to the new power of the Twitch platform as a political influencer, stating “Twitch is a hive for young minds, for young, unshapen, very bored minds.” In particular, he is referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s recent debut appearance as a player on Twitch, an appearance that attracted over 430,000 online participants.

In a 20-minute live-streamed monologue, Flex explains how the anti-socialist movement is not recruiting the right young talent. He surveys the young players, from Chandler Crump to Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, and explains that while they are saying the right things, they lack the charisma to attract an army. He acknowledges the magnetism of the Hodge Twins, but reminds us that Keith and Kevin Hodge, at age 45, are a generation removed from the future voters who populate, for example, the Twitchosphere.

Displaying a knowledge of Twitch that should not but certainly does elude most political strategists, Flex marvels at the fact that Ocasio-Cortez used Twitch not as a broadcaster, but as a player, to build a “simp army” (look it upand don’t laugh, because they’ll all be voting in 2028). As Flex warns, Twitch’s executives have now realized they can make money with political content. What if they go in the same direction as the other big platforms and censor or deboost conservatives? Twitch is owned by Amazon, so if they do, it should come as no surprise.

One of Flex’s main points appears to be that live streaming is a paradigm-shifting technology that the Left is adopting faster than the Right. In his own words: “The technology of using Twitch, using streaming technology, AOC has been heavy on this. Watch her Instagram, she is on streaming constantly. Think about how many people she has amassed, she is always going live.”

The power of live streaming goes well beyond its initial impact, as Flex explains. 

“When you go live you can create video clips, you can create endless amounts of content that you can cut up and you can secondarily distribute,” he says. “That’s a lot of memes, that’s a lot of propaganda—when I say memes, I don’t mean the traditional meme as the joke or the funny picture, I mean the meme as the highly dense, encapsulated transmission as a vector for an idea. A meme is an idea that can virally spread from one individual to another with very low barriers because it is in a very visually stimulating package. AOC has been mimetically spreading her ideology.”

Perhaps the bigger message in Flex’s video is to return to the question of leadership and influence. Returning to the AOC phenomenon, Flex says “she is reaching out to the youth, she is not playing the same game you guys are playing. People today say she’s too far Left, but do the kids think that? Do the voters of tomorrow think that?”

Elaborating, Flex explains that “young people get older and eventually they do vote, and you know what they remember? If they’ve grown up with a politician, they have those experiences of watching them ingrained upon them, they have political loyalty, just like brand loyalty. They have hard crystalline memories ingrained, blending politics and consumerism.”

To wrap up what is arguably the most instructive 20 minutes of free, spontaneous political consulting dished out in many years for the anti-socialist Right, Flex exhorts Republicans to find and support young online talent. The right kind of talent. Dismissing the bulk of GOP efforts to reach the younger generation as “catering to spoiled, hoity toity interns,” he says “they need to start recruiting some of the young minds on social media, there are a lot of good content creators that happen to lean conservative, that if you showed them some love, if you gave them a few breadcrumbs, if you gave them a platform, if you started helping them build, they would become great players for you.”

So who are these young minds? It would be helpful, very helpful, if Malcolm Flex would let us know who he’s found. There’s got to be somebody! Here are a few possibilities: Kimberly Klacik, running for U.S. Congress in Maryland, who produced an absolutely amazing campaign ad. Or Anna Paulina Luna, running for U.S. Congress in Florida. Or for someone with an edge, Kash Lee Kelly, a rising star on social media who, with rare credibility, expresses the virtues of conservatism in his own community.

In describing the future of the anti-socialist coalition in America, Malcolm Flex gets everything right: there is a new political marketing paradigm that uses streaming to target children and teenagers, blending politics with games and style. The long-term strategic value of this is epic. Supporting young talent with online influence today can translate into emerging politicians ten years from now with millions of loyal adherents. Finding people with the credibility and charisma to reach their various communities is also critical for the Right, especially since Democrats still command the overwhelming allegiance of the nonwhite electorate.

One may hope Flex is wrong that only the young can influence the future. After all, Trump, and Reagan years earlier, were both septuagenarians with strong appeal to young Republicans. Here is a list of online anti-socialist influencers, mostly young but not exclusively so, who do not conform to Republican stereotypes:

Derrick Blackman, Jermain Botsio, Taleed Brown, Pastor Mark Burns, Anthony Cabassa, Franklin Camargo, Horace Cooper, Chandler Crump, Stacy Dash, Patricia Dickson, Jamarcus Dove Simmons, Wayne Dupree, Larry Elder, AJ Faleski, Damani Bryant Felder, Malcolm Flex, Shekina Geist, Ricky Godinez, Bryson Gray, Lynett Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, David J Harris Jr, James T Harris, Zach Hing, Keith and Kevin Hodge, Peggy Hubbard, Mind of Jamal, Emma Jimenez, Will Johnson, Kash Lee Kelly, KingFace, Kimberly Klacik, Anthony Brian Logan, Anna Paulina Luna, Jay McCaney, Jon Miller, Chadwick Moore, Andy Ngo, Mike Nificent, Antonia Okafor, Candace Owens, Star Parker, Robert Patillo, Joel Patrick, CJ Pearson, Jesse Lee Peterson, S.A. Rivera, Omar Rivero, Brandon Straka, Dr. Carol Swain, Enrique Tarrio, Brandon Tatum, Joy Villa, Allen West, Terrence K Williams, Justin Wilson.

This is an eclectic group. Some are candidates, some are commentators, some are edgy, and some are, as Flex candidly puts it, perceived as “cornballs.” Some are old, most are young, but only a few are under 30. Some are classic conservatives, some are Christian patriots, some are libertarians, and some are nationalists. They only have two things in common: none of them are white and heterosexual, and all of them are anti-socialists.

These 55 individuals, collectively, have a Twitter following of over 16 million. And of the group, a half-dozen were banned, and many others don’t make Twitter their priority platform. But how many of them are live streaming to an audience of children and teenagers? Any of them? AOC is.

Nonetheless, for every person identified here, there are hundreds more out there. The anti-socialist strategists, and their donors, need to find them. They need to find and nurture emerging influencers who are in their late teens and early 20s who have young followers. They need to build a massive farm team, from which some players will become the online titans of tomorrow.

The paradigm is changing. The Left has discovered a new avenue to America’s future voters (they already had the public schools), and they’re barging forward with purpose. AOC is already a populist titan, with half her followers still too young to vote. America’s demographics are changing. But the tech-savvy leaders who will inspire future voters online with anti-socialist ideology are out there. They just need to be found, funded, and turned loose on platforms like Twitch, captivating the voters who will swing elections in the 2030s.

About Edward Ring

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness and co-founder in 2013 of the California Policy Center.

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10 responses to “A Blueprint for a Multiethnic Anti-Socialist Movement”

  1. This Republican obsession with Socialism has passed over into the realm of psychosis.

    All that Republicans do is tag everything they don’t like as “socialist”, which is a pretty doltish thing to do considering that in 2020 private sector groups, mostly big tech monopolies – NOT the Government, are the ones behind the crackdown on free speech.

    As for Libertarianism, it’s poison. The cornerstone of Libertarianism is the exclusion of the Government from…everything, which will create a power vacuum that will be filled in by private sector entities and these entities will violate your essential freedom with impunity since they’re privately owned and therefore have the exclusive right to make their own terms of service. So libertarians don’t mind that your essential freedoms are being violated as long as the Government isn’t the violator, which proves beyond any doubt (as if it weren’t obvious enough already) that Libertarianism is just anti-Government, not pro-freedom.

    Anyway, if you want to encourage and support republican content creators, you had better give them more than just “crumbs”. Your “crumbs” and “love” don’t pay their bills. You also need to offer them protection against the cancel culture. It takes more than just a few “crumbs” and an abstract notion of “love” to build a new generation of content creators.

    As for AOC, she has the advantage of being genuine. Unlike her republican counterparts, she’s not pretending to be something she is not. I disagree with almost everything she says and thinks, but she is genuine in what she says and does. That’s why she’s so popular. Genuine people, even if they are wrong all the time, are much more likable and relatable. The GOP’s main public figures are painfully disingenuous, have lots of things to hide and they’re always uncomfortable in social situations. If republicans want to appeal to young audiences, they need to be more genuine, or should I say less hypocritical and actually believe the stuff they’re saying.

    Basically, the GOP’s strategy for appealing to younger people consists in talking and attacking Socialism all the time. Don’t expect to win elections in the future this way. Assuming Trump wins a second term, it’s going to be the last time the GOP scores any major win. When libertarians, who are professional losers, are siding with you, it’s obvious you’re losing the war.

  2. I object to the very idea of belonging to some group. What is needed is independent minded, critical thinking sovereign individuals of enlightened self interest. I don’t refer to the passive/aggressive so called “independents”, people without the courage of their convictions, who indeed have very little in the way of convictions. Those who simply want to be liked if not admired for their “thoughtfulness” are too easily influenced by trends.
    What is better, is a culture of first principle, and a fanatical disregard for what others may think of one. Groups always demand some kind of sacrifice for the good of the group. Frequently, that sacrifice involves some ideal or principle that, in the end; diminishes that individual. Government is not a good God. At best it is a necessary evil, a way for the populace to solve problems. Any idea that limits the power of others over the individual is to be lauded. Unfortunately, in an attempt at controlling the populace by those fearful of the populace itself, fear is the weapon of most often resort by governments; fear of the “other”, fear of personal failure requiring a safety net of some kind, fear of economic disasters, fear of political madmen, fear of natural disasters, fear of environmental catastrophes, the list is almost endless.
    I am extremely skeptical of the politician. Anyone who wants that job…. is deserving of skepticism.

    • If you exclude the Government, the private sector will take over. What is it that you libertarians don’t understand? Without the Government, there is nothing to stop big monopolies from usurping power.

      This idea that the Government is always evil is just a pretext under which libertarians are pushing for unrestrained drug legalization. Libertarians hate the Government not because it can be despotic and overstep its bonds, no, libertarians hate the Government simply because it won’t allow them to consume drugs behind the wheel or grow opium poppies in their back yard.

      The individual doesn’t exist outside a well governed society; for the individual to exist, order and safety are indispensable and you can’t have these things without a higher authority. You might be able to create an functional world without any Government on paper, but you don’t live on paper, you live in the real world where you need the Government.

    • I could not agree more with your post. The reason Republicans are in the state they are – atrophy – is their failure to incorporate independent thinkers. Just look what happened to Massie when he attempted to insist that Congress follow constitutional procedure? Every Republican piled on him.

      Republicans, after all, are a political party interested in power, and just like Democrats, they want as much power as they can get. I find them now at the end stage of stenosis where a handful of party bosses determine which legislation will be passed based on the party’s donors, and high dollar fundraisers in the House and Senate awarded with committee chairs. This is NOT what Washington, Madison, or Jefferson envisioned. This isn’t what any thinking person envisions when we speak of “representative constitutional governance”.

  3. Immigration must change
    White people must have a higher birth rate or they will be an oppressed minority
    Schools must change/Stop the indoctrination/De Vos has done NOTHING in this field

  4. Who has more charisma than Tucker Carlson? He is my choice.

  5. Ring, I understand your point, but I do not believe that approach will be successful. Will young people vote at some point? Having the franchise, isn’t necessarily exercising the franchise! They’ll be eligible to vote. I would wish that most eligible voters remained home. Face it, Americans are by-and-large idiots and vote dependency. Who would want that? What would happen if we happy few, we band of brothers in the other gens decided to repeal 26? Huh? Raise the voting age to 35! Suck on that Gen Z.

    Charisma cannot substitute for wisdom and prudence, and those are two concepts rarely associated with The Young. The narcissism of the streaming idjots is incessant. Do they read any books? Do they debate? Do they understand anything substantive? AOC is the perfect example of slick marketing. She’s dumber than a stump, a complete boob on display daily, but people listen to her because she’s moderately attractive and young. That is what decades of television, internet, porn, and corporatism has effected in the once-wise, (a quality not completely to the mature) American population.

  6. If Republicans really want to be a credible alternative to blue collar workers, they need to give up the anti union crusade they have pursued for many years. This is part and parcel of the globalist campaign to weaken America through its workers. Sure, government unions are poisonous, but organized labor has long been part of a functioning economy, and many blue collar workers are offended by the Republican attacks on labor. Nixon was endorsed by the Teamsters and that had a lot to do with his election. President Trump was endorsed by many labor unions this time around, but most state GOP leaders will not endorse any candidate who supports labor unions. Just as we learned in the last four years that the nonsense from neocons about tariffs always being terrible was untrue, it’s time for the GOP to grow up and reconsider how we deal with trade unions. They should not be our enemies.