In news that may not be news to many, The Journal of American Greatness has returned as, simply, American Greatness. JAG’s reincarnation includes an expanded stable of contributing authors, though I suspect we will be hearing less from Decius Publius Mus in its pages since his identity has recently been revealed. He is Michael Anton.
‘On Feb. 2, the Weekly Standard outed Anton as the man who published a series of essays under the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus during the presidential campaign. These pieces of writing drew upon Anton’s experience analyzing political philosophy in peer-reviewed journals and, even before his identity was known, made him stand out as one of the few authors making an intellectual argument for Trump. Some consider him a key architect of the emerging ideology of Trump. Anton even claims credit for coining the term “Trumpism.” Although there are other, earlier citations, he certainly popularized and helped define it.’
Decius is now a national security advisor to President Trump. Suffice it to say, Mr. Anton’s employment prospects were not impaired by his outing, as he had feared. But that is thanks only to our good fortune at the results of the November election. Here is how the JAG “Who Are We” page described its position before Donald J. Trump won the election.
‘WHO ARE WE?
Who are you?
You mean in the Samuel Huntington sense? We are American patriots aghast at the stupidity and corruption of American politics, particularly in the Republican Party, and above all in what passes for the “conservative” intellectual movement.
No, literally—who are you guys?
None of your damned business.
Why won’t you tell us?
Because the times are so corrupt that simply stating certain truths is enough to make one unemployable for life.
That’s a bit dramatic, isn’t it?
Ask Brendan Eich.
Do you really support Trump?
We support Trumpism, defined as secure borders, economic nationalism, interests-based foreign policy, and above all judging every government action through a single lens: does this help or harm Americans? For now, the principal vehicle of Trumpism is Trump.
Is this journal pro-Trump or anti-conservative?
So you admit that Trump is not conservative?
That Trump is not “conservative” in the conventional sense defined by pundits, we regard as a feature, not a bug. Trump, or at least Trumpism, is more conservative in the decisive sense of actually seeking to conserve the American nation and what is good about it and within it.’
In any case, we do not expect to see much from Decius Publius Mus in the pages of American Greatness. He will be busy with other things, he will have other outlets vying to publish his insights, and he no longer needs to write anonymously. In short, the situation is no longer as dire for those who dared to support Trump as JAG had originally described. Even Brendan Eich is once again gainfully employed, not that he ever endorsed Trump.
So, for those who remain interested in the Journal of American Greatness, bookmark the page — American Greatness.