Chamberlain joined the DeSantis marketing campaign final month, and didn’t face the identical media scrutiny as Hochman. However like Hochman, he’s been an influential voice within the Trump-era populist proper, and a part of the dialog about which candidate — Trump or DeSantis — is best positioned to make use of government energy to battle the left.
In March 2019, Chamberlain purchased Human Occasions, a once-influential conservative journal that had struggled for relevance on-line. As writer and editor, he pushed it in a populist, pro-Trump path, including influencer Jack Posobiec as a podcaster and senior editor. Chamberlain laid out his personal rules in a Might 2019 essay for the journal, on what he known as the “wartime conservatism” essential to reverse the motion’s defeats.
“Peacetime conservatives complain that their colleagues have deserted their rules. Wartime conservatives refuse to stick to self-defeating rules,” Chamberlain wrote. “Peacetime conservatives fear about setting precedents that Democrats may exploit sooner or later. Wartime conservatives acknowledge that Democrats do unprecedented issues on a regular basis.”
Chamberlain left Human Occasions in 2021, working with the conservative Article 3 Mission and the Web Accountability Mission, the place he advocated for reforming the Communications Decency Act to remove Large Tech’s “energy to censor sure audio system utilizing arbitrarily utilized and unexplained group requirements.”
In a speech final yr on the Nationwide Conservatism Convention, Chamberlain up to date his recommendation on “wartime conservatism,” saying that the following Republican president — be it Trump or DeSantis — wanted to behave rapidly to fireplace federal staff and staffers in “impartial” companies.
“President Trump didn’t have management of the federal authorities,” he mentioned, “and if we truly wish to do something, we’ve got to convey the forms to heel.” The purpose of web reform, he added, ought to be to “get tech and the social media area again to the place it was in 2016, when President Trump used it to win.”