Angelo Codevilla is one of the deep thinkers over at the Claremont Institute and I’ve been following his writings since 2016 when he and Michael Anton were sounding the alarm that the American Republic was about to be euthanized by the Clinton/Obama crime family. In this sizable (8,000+ words!) essay he comprehensively lays out his explanation of how we got where we are and what we will have to do going forward if we hope to recover some of our freedoms. He is pretty pessimistic about our chances and rightly so I think. Anyway this is a pretty deep dive and he goes over a lot of things that we all are aware of but from his own way of looking at it. I eat this stuff up. Your mileage may vary.
In an earlier post I said that Angelo Codevilla’s article was sure to be interesting and depressing. And so it is. Basically he seems to concur with the Dissident Right on the point that there is no longer any going back to one America. His thesis is that the Progressives have let the genie fully out of the bottle and the Right is now radicalized to the point that there will be an unending ratcheting up of tactics on both sides. And he does not think political victory by the Right will deter the Left. They are now in the go for broke business. And of course the most apt metaphor for this situation is the Corcyran Civil War in Thucydides. There we see class warfare unleashed to its most diabolical conclusion, complete annihilation of the hated enemy down to the last man. The only ray of sunshine allowed is if Republicans win the next few elections we’ll able to convince the Progressives to peacefully divide the country into mutually exclusive populations of us and them. So the story is bleak.
Luckily I’m an optimist. I still think we may beat the bastards. But I don’t say Mr. Codevilla can’t be right. He makes a convincing case. Well, I’m still staying up for the Mid-Terms. They should be very instructive.
It’s a very long article and there are no laughs but if you are interested in a political perspective on the Resistance and what it will spawn from a very thoughtful writer of the Right you might want to read this. If you want the Cliff Notes version I’d say start prepping for the troubles.
Our Revolution’s Logic
I think the answer is surprisingly definitive. We’ll know we’re doing enough whenever the next election is NOT described as the most important election of our lifetimes. Think about it. For the last thirty years, every single election has been described as the most important election in our lifetimes. That means the battle has been amping up every single year for that long. Every single time the Right has made headway the Left’s reaction is to redouble their efforts. And they’ve done this year in and year out for decades. And so far, it has always worked. No matter the circumstance the pressure has always eventually returned the Left to power and brought us farther down the road toward leftist bedlam.
So, the answer is we’ll know we’ve won when they become reconciled to giving ground. When their talking points revolve around some moderate increase in the conservative status quo. They have to lose hope of winning and just settle for losing slower.
And so, we can no longer try to just keep parity or just lose a little ground to them. We need to do so much damage to their cause that they don’t just get dispirited but despair. Basically, we have to do to them what they’ve been doing to us for decades. And the best way to do that is with their own method. Under normal conditions constant steady is applied to the political situation. When a setback is experienced redouble the pressure and look to retake the ground by all means necessary.
And most important, never think of the Progressives as fellow citizens. They are not. They are citizens of the world, pod people. America is just another hill for them to take for the global collective. All the things that America used to stand for, God, family, pride in country, hard work, individuality, pride in ownership, responsibility, are outdated and dangerous concepts that they reject and are working to eliminate from the world they are building. Defeating them is not an unfortunate consequence of the political process. It is an indication that we are moving the country in the right direction.
As part of the operation we need to perfect the same techniques they did. We have to use subterfuge to misdirect attention away from our true intentions and lie about the scope of what we want. In other words, we need to master the art of the slippery slope. It should be a truly enjoyable experience introducing the Left to the joys of being sucker punched. And just so they learn how to do it correctly we’ll have the Bush family put up a greatest hits collection on YouTube. After all nobody gets sucker punched better than they do.
Eventually the Left will cease to present a threat and life will return to normal and we can start acting honorably again. By my calculations the whole thing could be over in a hundred and forty years. Alright, let’s get started.