The strange cult of personality that emerged around Ronald Reagan is a phenomenon of passing interest. For the Left, he was literally not just Hitler, but Satan (seriously); for the so-called Conservatives, he was some kind of American emanation of the Divine. The difference is one of perspective; as Emile Durkheim observed, Satan is a type of God. I, however, not only reject Reagan’s Divinity however conceived, but question whether or not he deserves to be thought of as a Great Man with the singular power and agency needed to work great good or visit terrible evil, and thus worthy of either a positive or negative cult of personality à la Stalin.
I think a corollary of Moldbug’s principle that Leftist protests are merely the public rites of an already-accomplished triumph is that the controlled Conservative opposition is itself occasionally permitted and encouraged to make a big triumphalist show of ostentatiously snatching, from the political dinner-table, some scraps that the Left no longer really wants; the Left of course complains hysterically as a matter of principle and strategy, but has in fact already long lost truly serious interest and moved on to something else.
We were supposed to believe that Reagan was some kind of Messiah (or, according to Leftist rhetoric, Satan) who heroically delivered (tricked and stole) the Nation from the Left. By doing what exactly? By not capitulating to the Soviet or further socializing the economic means of production. But by the 80s the Left had long since abandoned Soviet Communism in favour of cultural Marxism, and was no longer interested in doing the things that Reagan putatively “stopped” them from doing; and, for the things they were interested in doing (e.g. fighting AIDS, which meant promoting the libertine Cultural Marxist agenda), the Republicans under Reagan and his immediate successor and former vice-President, Bush Sr. not only gave them every possible assistance, but did so notwithstanding that “social conservatives” were a formidable bloc in the Republican Party without which Reagan would never have been elected. It’s worth noting that even the memory of the Moral Majority has since then, and in high Stalinist style, been totally stricken from the cuckservative historical record of the Glorious Reagan Revolution and its Stalinist cult of personality. This cult, with its associated revisionist history, is perhaps the only thing which a PR spokesman like Reagan can possibly have in common with a true world-historic actor and Great Man like Stalin.