This post is along the same lines as my ideas about the need for a new fraternal organization.
Without a doubt the isolation is one of the biggest penalties we are paying for allowing leftists to destroy our society. Reading this reinforces my belief that starting something new is the way forward.
Z-Man provides a good primer on the Paleocons. Very interesting. And I heard him use one of my favorite of his expressions “Never Trump Clown Car.”
He’s got an update on the Brexit, Yellow Vest, Italy’s Anti-Immigration and Anti EU Actions and Venezuela’s Meltdown. Pretty interesting stuff.
I was listening to the Z-Man’s Friday morning podcast this morning. It’s on the Ancient Greeks and since that is something that I’m more than somewhat steeped in it was quite a lot of fun to listen to. Lots of good comparisons between Ancient Athens and the United States. What was topical was at minute 56 of the podcast he mentions that broadcast that Tucker Carlson did recently. I linked to it a couple of days ago and said it sounded like Tucker was running for President. What the Z-Man said was that it sounded like Carlson was reading aloud some of the dissident right posts that he and the other writers have been putting out for six or more years.
What this reminds me of is Vox Day’s constant refrain that “the Alt-Right is inevitable.” Well, I don’t know if the Alt-Right or the Dissident Right’s agenda is inevitable but what seems to inevitable is that a very good chunk of the American Nation is waking up to the fact that they’ve been putting their faith in men who really couldn’t care less if they lived or died. In fact, it appears they’d prefer it if we just up and died as quickly as possible. Call it the shifting Overton window or the red-pilling of the normies or whatever you like but if a Cloud Dweller like Tucker Carlson is coming around to the nitty gritty of where we’re headed then it won’t be long before even the most brain-dead denizen of Squaresville, USA will be waking up to the realization that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney do not mean them well.
What I’m curious about is what will be the next big step change. In the same way as Blue States practice civil disobedience such as Sanctuary Cities, will Red States start protecting their citizens against national policies that they object to? For instance, if companies like Master Card and Google continue de-platforming conservatives could state attorneys general begin legal proceedings against these companies to force them to relent? Maybe they’ll prosecute the local universities that indoctrinate kids and strip them of their legal rights.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s next. But it does appear that dissident ideas are getting mainstreamed at least to some extent. Reading about the Baltimore lawyer who is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center and attempting to have their tax-free status revoked for using illegal tactics to get him fired from the Baltimore City government sounds like maybe a first step to addressing the radical de-platforming. Hearing this week that Master Card may be joining forces with the crowd-funding companies to deny access to e-commerce to conservatives sounds like some kind of Maoist or Stalinist internal exile tactic. At lest in the gulag they fed you once in a while. In our cashless society, denial of access to a credit card is tantamount to being an exile from modern life.
And this all points to the paradox of how I feel about the current situation. A few years ago, I didn’t know just how bad it really was but I was almost in depression because I couldn’t understand why we kept losing when we seemed to have the upper hand. Now I realize just how bad it is and that most of our “leaders” aren’t really trying to help us and yet I’m actually strangely optimistic. I feel like knowing the problem makes it possible for me to take some actions and improve how I live my life.
Will the unrest on the right reach critical mass? It’s hard to say but I’m interested to see what Tucker Carlson ends up doing in the next year or two. He’s a popular journalist and could do a lot to persuade people. Stay tuned.
How can you top “Industrial Rumpswabbery” as a post title? It cannot be done. And the contents are just as enjoyable. The Z-Man analyzes how we got from the horribly biased reporting of thirty years ago to our present state where the journalists are just lunatics who’ve escaped from some Ivy League holding pen.
It really simplifies the chore of deciding which main stream news sources to ignore, all of them.
It’s a thoughtful essay.
The Age Of Ugly
At the end he says:
“That ugliness is what is fueling the populist movements. In Europe and America, the natives, physically and culturally divorced from their rulers, are now looking for alternative sources of authority. The people are recoiling at the ugly world created for them by their rulers, so the slow search for new rulers has begun. No one thinks about it quite like that yet, but in time, that corner will be turned. We’ll move from reform to the idea of starting fresh and leaving the ugliness of left-wing radicalism behind.”
That idea of searching for new rulers resonates with me. But I think the people who have had enough are going to have to do a lot more than wait for new rulers. We’re going to have to decide what the new agenda will be and won’t be.
The Z-Man, in addition to possessing the Voice of Saruman, does an excellent job of chronicling the evolution of political theory. Even for anyone who considers himself an accomplished student of political science this podcast is worth listening to. And the ending brings things right up to the present age of identity politics, social justice hysteria and right wing reaction. Highly recommended.
And believe it or not it kind of makes sense. Can we trade in USA.1.0 for USA.2.0? Stay tuned and see I guess.
The Z-Man does what he does so well, disembowels the hopeless pay check conservatives at the likes of the National Review. A pleasant Memorial read. But also a little sad. I used to think those guys were on our side for real.
The Dull Man’s Burden
The ZMan walks us through his memory of how we got from a country with a civil Left/Right dialog to the 24/7/365 drive-by guerilla warfare that is “dialog” in today’s America. Well it brings to mind for me Thucydides’ description of the Corcyrean Civil /war and its bloody aftermath. But honestly, I think the only reason that the left was ever civil was that they were out of power. Once the Clintons got their claws on power it was game over for civility.
Prince Rupert’s Revenge