The Z-Man posits that the ideologies can differ but the “true believer” is what gives them their strength and their frightening ferocity and consequences.
“The only person I have read, other than myself, who bothered to contemplate the mindset of the typical Nazi, Bolshevik or Progressive was Eric Hoffer. His classic book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, is the field guide to understanding the mind of the political zealot. Over the years I have referenced it many times, when posting about the American Left. Hoffer’s book is not the definitive work, more of a skeleton key to unlock a mode of analysis. It is a starting point in thinking about the Left.”
Very interesting read.
The Cancer of Fanaticism
In my first post on this subject I addressed the necessity of protecting traditional Christians from being harassed by the LGBTQ mafia. After taking care of that problem, the next freedom of speech issue that needs to be handled is the gatekeeping that the social media companies have been doing that denies access to people of whose politics the gatekeepers do not approve. Either single-handedly or by forming a cartel, companies such as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook have the ability to effectively shut out of the electronic town square anyone that they disapprove of. In the modern age these social media sites are de facto, the only means of free speech in the digital world. And since they act as essentially monopolies they must be treated as such by the federal government.
Currently, Twitter will allow (exclusively) left leaning users to contact the left-leaning “Trust and Safety” Commissariat, to fink on someone they dislike and this will get the wheels in motion to eliminate this wrong thinker. The process may take one or several steps but the eventual outcome will be the removal of the offender from the Twitterverse. Facebook and Youtube have similar set-ups with equally Orwellian titles that allow the Left to exclude the Right from these social media sites. Since these sites benefit from the virtual monopolies that they have they must be regulated as such by the government to prevent them from discriminating against those they dislike.
On the commerce side there are money transfer services like PayPal and Stripe that also have formed cartel like arrangements that conspire to demonetize anyone whose politics they disapprove of. Added to this are the crowdfunding companies that have recently begun doing the same. And these sites are presently the critical locations for doing business on the web. Without them companies and individuals are shut out of e-commerce almost completely. The Left knows this and is using it as a bludgeon to force conformity by anyone who wants to do business on-line.
The good news is that laws already exist to combat this kind of market place manipulation. The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are specifically empowered to monitor and enforce anti-trust and unfair trade practices laws. Currently the Justice Department is in the hands of the enemy and is probably incapable of performing its duty with respect to protecting the rights of non-leftist citizens. However, after the mid-terms it may well be that President Trump will be firing the Attorney General, his Deputy and every other swamp creature currently inhabiting it. If that does occur I hope one of the earlier actions of this cleansed department is investigating and punishing these various on-line perpetrators of malfeasance and leveling the playing field in the on-line environment.
It’s entirely possible that none of these issues would rise to the level of a Supreme Court case. But if it does we have the correct court to enforce these cases. With these cases covered I believe we will have provided the people on the right with the on-line environment they need to thrive. Otherwise these strong-arm tactics by the left will increasingly hamper and weaken us.
So many aspects of life under the leftist regime are unpleasant that sometimes it’s difficult to decide what should be fixed first. I think this is part of what leads to the apocalyptic mindset when the Right thinks of how all this will have to be resolved. Back in September the ZMan had a podcast that looked at the current state of the Bill of Rights in America. http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=14969
He makes a pretty compelling case that even though theoretically we still have freedoms of speech and religion and the right to bear arms all of these have been hamstrung through the efforts of courts, state governments, bureaucrats and even corporations that want to tell you how to live.
And that has been in the back of my mind ever since. And now that Brett Kavanaugh has been added to the Supreme Court I think it’s clear what the first priority should be. It’s time to restore the Bill of Rights. It’s time to take a stand against the Courts and States that have criminalized traditional beliefs and practices. And the most egregious example is the gay marriage bamboozle. It’s time for the Supreme Court to tell the Blue States that normal people don’t have to pretend that gay marriage is something they need to celebrate. We can leave the question of the constitutionality of protecting the right to gay marriage for another day but it’s obvious to any reasonable man that eschewing any involvement with it is squarely under the jurisdiction of the Freedom of Religion aspect of the First Amendment. Not being a lawyer, I’m not exactly sure what the best way to provide blanket protection for this. I would guess that a decision from the Supreme Court recognizing the tenets of traditional marriage as protected under the First Amendment should do it. Then if any of the states disobey the ruling the President can send the National Guard in and follow up with some kind of federal oversight to ensure that it sticks.
In addition to the cake bakers and photographers this will also aid the religious organizations, schools and social agencies. For instance, Catholic Adoption agencies have been put out of business because states like Massachusetts prosecuted them for refusing adoption to homosexuals. Now, it may already be too late for some organizations like the Boy Scouts. They seem to have folded. But new organizations can step forward to fill the gap. So, these protections will benefit many parts of traditional life. And in the aggregate, they will make life more tolerable for traditional individuals in America. In fact, what they will allow is the ability for normal people to separate from the progressives in the aspects of life that are most important to people, namely their most strongly held beliefs.
So, this is the first and most critically needed change that the Right needs enacted. There are plenty of other areas where push back against the progressives is needed and I will address these subsequently but without a doubt, this one is first.
Whether you agree with all, some or none of what TheZMan writes, I don’t think you can doubt his analytical ability. In this article he paints a pretty convincing case for the current American power structure being basically a bunch of interlocking old boy networks stretching across industry, academia, media and the government bureaucracies. Now that’s hardly an original concept but what he stresses is that the pettiness and parochial nature of the mindset allows us to understand how for instance, the Swamp’s attack on Trump works. It’s Frasier at the FBI meeting up on the Vineyard with his old prep school buddy Chad at the New York Times to plant a story about Russian collusion by this gauche upstart Trump. It’s Everett at the EPA calling up fellow Yalie, Chaz at MIT’s Climate Institute to schedule a symposium announcing the latest “Climate Change Doomsday Milestone” and by the way, “let’s get together for a last weekend in the Hamptons.” Looking at it in that context, allows us to see how the bureaucracy can thrive whether the President is W or Obama. As long as you play ball with them and allow them their prerogatives they’ll play ball with you and even work to destroy your enemies, well, as long as they’re the wrong kind of people, of course.
Reading this makes it a little easier to understand how it all works but is the play forcing them to play ball with us while slowly draining the swamp or just nuking the swamp. I’m not sure what it would be like to have two million unemployed WASPs whose only job skills are manipulating bureaucratic power for fun and profit but I think I’m starting to warm to the idea. Everyone who works in the cold-blooded world of modern-day mid-level corporate life knows that every day you will be challenged with proving to the company that they actually need your services. Can you imagine if Muffy or Chad were suddenly looking for work on their own merits? Of course, their cousins heading up the Fortune 500 companies they’ll be applying to would like to help them out but it’s just that without the clout of their former positions in government there really isn’t a quid pro quo there. And with so many of these swamp dwellers cut loose all at once there just aren’t enough feather-bedding opportunities to go around. My gosh they might have to start out in the stock room. Oh, but wait there is no stock room anymore it’s been outsourced to Amazon and Fedex. Sorry.
Seriously, none of this stuff is surprising. It’s as old as the priestly class in Sumer. People form hierarchies and use them to feather their own nests. But at a certain point the parasitic load overwhelms the vitality of the host and either a vermifuge is administered or the host dies. Draining the swamp is another way of saying worming the United States. It can be done. But it takes a courageous mean bastard to do it right. I think Trump could be that.
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.
In a recent post, Why is the New Right Successful? I ended by saying, “Donald Trump is our Northern Star and we will follow him as long as he can withstand the onslaught. If he falls then we’ll be waiting for the spark to ignite the powder keg. Because it’s long been primed.” It was interesting to read Z-Man’s latest post entitled “Waiting For The Spark.” I guess it’s getting kind of unanimous that both sides are getting ready for the dust up. And which side is readiest for the consequences? Disrupting a relatively comfortable life is not the easiest thing in the world to do. But either way everyone seems to sense that something’s gotta give. Hope it’s them and not us.
Coming at it from the original concept of Italian Fascism he looks at how private and government entities are making an end-run around the American Constitution to control everything in our lives for our own good. Very thought provoking.
The Corporatist Enterprise
Now the ZMan is a well known libertarian basher but his podcast was actually very measured and extremely thoughtful. He touched on a number of issues and made a lot of sense.
Everybody talks revolution but ZMan is talking about how you get the population to follow you there. The 1-2 punch is to delegitimize the current regime to capture the moral high ground then build your own counter culture to take advantage of the moral vacuum. That sounds right. My take is that because allows anti-white racism and openly allows a flood of illegal immigrants to disenfranchise the existing citizenry it is shown to be either imcompetent or traitorous and therefore illegitimate. And I see the way that the Overton Window has been shifting, especially in the last year or so. I think this is the way things will happen. I highly recommend this post.
In the first part of this post I was looking at the contention that a majority-minority United States would devolve into a Lebanon style multi-ethnic state where one of the tribes would dominate the other groups by threat of force. I don’t see this as necessarily inevitable. Switzerland is an example of a multi-ethnic state that doesn’t involve coercive means. I said I would discuss what things would need to be done to avoid the erasure of the America we know.
I think the biggest problem currently plaguing modern-day America is that a divisive ideology has been allowed to infest schools, colleges and other institutions. This ideology is leftism and it is inherently anti-American propaganda. It attacks all facets of traditional life. And piece by piece it has been allowed to assume the role of normalcy. And always by some twisted logic, justice and kindness are used as the excuse for injustice and oppression. So, to improve the lot of minorities and women, white men must be discriminated against by means of affirmative action. And to make sexually confused people not feel uncomfortable a wedding baker has to either be coerced into pretending he believes in same sex marriage or bankrupted and driven out of business. Confronting these things is the obvious and effective way to put a stop to the primary effects of this poisonous ideology. But it’s just as important to oppose the propaganda and proselytizing efforts that are taking place in schools and corporations. And that will require national, local and individual action. President Trump has taken the first action by appointing conservative judges to the federal courts and specifically the Supreme Court. Once these judges begin removing constitutional protection behind some of these programs like “same sex marriage” the States can make laws to eliminate some of these egregious court overreaches. And once those laws are in place local groups like PTAs and school districts can start eliminating the impact these programs have on children. At the college level it will be necessary to concentrate on the State and local colleges. The Ivy League and lesser private colleges are very heavily infested with leftists and will probably have to be avoided until they either change or go broke.
It goes without saying that some States like East and West Coast blue states will resist any reversal of these policies. It would be unrealistic to believe that just a few years will be needed to change this situation. I assume the only way for blue state residents to avoid the leftist regimes they live under would be to move to red states.
As for the demographic shift to a majority minority population, I would say that many local areas with overwhelming minority populations will go the same route as Boston did with the Irish and New York did with Eastern European Jews. People will vote in their own kind. But if this fails to bring the American Dream, they will vote for someone else who will. People coming to America are looking for the peace and prosperity they’ve heard about. If a Chinese immigrant living in the Research Triangle in North Carolina has a choice to vote for a white pro-business republican or a Chinese Occupy Wall Street socialist I think the republican has a pretty good chance of winning the vote. And if it’s a choice between a white republican and a black democrat from the inner city then I don’t think the black democrat has a chance. As for the impoverished third world refugees currently flooding the country and clogging up the welfare rolls, they need to be ejected. The simplest way to do that is cut off the social services and enforce the laws targeting employers of illegal immigrants. And in general, social benefits need to be eliminated even for legal immigrants. And finally, even legal immigration needs to be curtailed down to a trickle.
If all these ideas were pursued, it would go a long way to stabilizing this country and give us enough time to acculturate the current flood of immigrants. Will it happen? Hard to say. But it will only happen if people demand it. If we just sit back or vote in the same tired hacks, the Bushes and the Romneys, then the America we know will be replaced by a leftist nightmare where everything we believed in has been destroyed. Trump has made a good start. It’s up to all of us to keep the momentum going.