Codevilla is one of my favorite political writers going all the way back to the prehistory of the 2015 darkness. I haven’t even finished reading this lengthy essay but I look forward to weighing his opinions against my own. I’m sure it will be dark and pessimistic. Good. I need something to curb my unbridled enthusiasm.
I skipped all the hoopla last week and after Kyl was named interim Senate replacement I figured I didn’t have to bother McCaining at all. But Angelo Codevilla wrote an article over at American Greatness and I find his stuff almost always exceptional. Well, it hit the right note for me so I’ll point to this one to anyone who is looking for a succinct summary of the whole McCain travesty. RIP.
Professor Codevilla must be reading my Trump vs … parodies. But I like it and endorse President Trump to at least put the first item into action. Just don’t wait until Labor Day. Do it now.
A couple of day ago I linked to a post on American Greatness by Angelo Codevilla https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/13/living-with-politics-as-war/ . I’d like to elaborate a little what I think is interesting about this article. Vox Day has often said (and I paraphrase) that the Alt-Right (or Dissident Right or whatever else you call it) will have arrived when the normies have shifted so far to the right that their views can only be distinguished from the Alt-Right by tactics and not by what they believe are the facts on the ground.
Well, I think I’m seeing that happen in real time. Codevilla is a mainstream academic figure and not an Alt-Right provocateur. Reading his description of where the country now is and what to do about it is to realize that the idea of going back to a consensus society is effectively dead. The only question between the normal traditionalists and the Alt-Right is whether we just set up separate shops under the nominally United States or fight a civil war to establish borders between enemy states. That is remarkable. It should be disquieting for me but it isn’t. I still think it will be a bloodless divorce but either way I think we should get on with it.
Codevilla goes through the various arenas where Leftist coercion is the most egregious (schools and colleges, corporate blackmail and de-platforming) and suggests that federal coercion will be less effective than it was formerly and that state legislatures may ignore federal precepts and just go their own way as they have lately on drug enforcement. Whether he is correct about the federal government giving up on some of its control of local behavior isn’t clear to me but I do think that push back from the right is likely to increase in strength in the future.
So Vox is fond of saying, and I quote, “The Alt-Right is inevitable.” Depending on how you want to define the Alt-Right we may be seeing proof of his statement. And if that means the vast majority of non-leftists waking up to the necessity of casting off the oppression of the Left then I am 100% on-board. Long live the Revolution. Off with their heads (or at least throw the bums out).
I always like Codevilla’s stuff.
Peterson is part of the Claremont Institute and they seem to be the most perceptive pundits out there.
“Eight years ago, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla called it the “Ruling Class,” a popular thesis which he turned into a book (The Ruling Class) and used deftly to explain the 2016 election and its aftermath. Michael Anton, in perhaps the most significant essay of the election, called it the “Davoisie oligarchy,” or the “Davos class” and recently coined the word the “oligogues” to describe the majority of elites in their camp that flatter and support them.”
Peterson hits all the high points and identifies what is really going on. The deep state is rejecting the people’s choice for President because he is an outsider and because they think they can.
Definitely a good read.
Pick of the Day from American Greatness – Apocalypse Ciao – Italy’s Trump Election by Angelo Codevilla
As all of my long term readers know Angelo Codevilla is one of my favorite conservative scholars. I enjoyed this recent post on Italy’s election. And I had to chuckle when I read this description of the Five Star Movement’s “slogan”:
“The big winner of the night, however, was the “Five Star” movement. This most obviously Trumpian outfit, which expresses the voters’ anger at the establishment, won 33 percent. Its slogan, “Vaffanculo!” none too subtly invites establishmentarians to attempt monogenesis.”
Now as any Brooklyn Italian kid knew back in my day that word would get you slapped in the face and sent to the Church Confessional if your mother heard you say it. But it is exactly the correct sentiment for the globalist dictators destroying Italy and every other country in the First World. It’s a quick read and will bring you up to date with yet another populist echo of the Trump heard round the world.
American Greatness Pick of the Day – Angelo Codevilla’s “CAn the First Amendment Protect Us from the Ruling Class?
Well written analysis of how the First Amendment is being attacked and why. His discussion of social media is good but I want to go a step farther. If Google and Facebook are already in bed with the FBI and the CIA then they are already a utility and need to be held to the same First Amendment requirements government is constrained by.
The good folks at American Greatness have gone temporarily insane and published an article by an anonymous troll calling himself “photog.” Said troll claims to run a website called Orion’s Cold Fire and for his theme chose “Defining the Space Between Never-Trump and the Alt-Right.” The article is overheated and borderline psychotic but I’ll leave it to you to judge the merits of the argument, such as it is.
Excuse me. I have the inexplicable desire to shoot off some fireworks in the yard. Life is good.
Since my readers don’t always stop by every day I figured I’d paste this poll on each post for a while to see what folks call themselves. This is the post the poll came from Who Are We?
… And that got me thinking. Who are the people who read my blog? I thought it might be fun to see what the cross-section looked like. If you feel like saying what you believe in, feel free to leave a comment and/or pick a label from the poll below. I think it might be interesting.