The label “New Right” is increasingly used to lump together a disparate collection of intellectual movements and online communities, from Catholic integralists to national conservatives, techno-libertarians to MAGA populists, right-wing antitrust activists to followers of Pepe the Frog. In this sense, the label is analytically unhelpful.
On the other hand, and beyond online hyperactivity, the label underscores the youthful exuberance and passion of many of the right’s leading thinkers, activists, and elected officials, as well as the younger generation’s disaffection with—and perhaps even outright disdain for—the state of the right-of-center politics. An older generation of conservative leaders has demonstrably failed to “conserve” much of anything that is good, true, and beautiful about the American way of life. At its most serious, the New Right aims to reverse course by changing the right’s priorities.
On political economy, its agenda is more nationalist, more communitarian, and more invested in helping cultivate and advance the interests of ordinary workers, rather than those of the financial and managerial classes. The New Right inveighs against the “zombie Hayekianism” of the bipartisan Washington consensus, arguing that the neoliberal right was and is wrong to oppose protective tariffs and the use of antitrust enforcement to check corporate tyrannies.