I get an e-mail whenever Curtis Yarvin writes a post in his Substack; Gray Mirror. Now Yarvin is a lunatic but an engaging and clever lunatic. His answer to all of the ills of our society is always the same; install a king. So, I’m always a little daunted when I consider reading his posts, not least of all because they are usually between five and ten thousand words long. Yikes! Luckily this one was on the low end of that range.
It was a gentle chiding of Richard Hanania for becoming a moderate. I guess Hanania was being attacked in the media for being an alt-right partisan in his younger days. Well, who wasn’t? Anyway, after a few thousand words to ridicule the concept of classical liberalism Yarvin gets down to his bottom line. Any and all progress against the woke left is hopeless because the oligarchy protects it and the only way to get rid of the oligarchy is with a king.
So, because our representative democracy has been hijacked by an oligarchy, according to him we should welcome a dictator. And you wonder, how did that work out for the Romans? Julius Caesar and Augustus were pretty good. But after that, what a nightmare. How do you keep the king from being a madman or an incompetent? Yarvin has this idea that it would be like some kind of CEO for the country and there would be a board of directors who could hire and fire the king.
But I’m guessing that stuffing that board would be like stuffing the Supreme Court. And truth be told the board would be the oligarchs and they would just choose one of their oligarchi-est oligarchs to run their show. And how in hell do you get something like this started? No, there is no way out that way.
What seems to be the case is that we are heading for a crisis. The old system and the way that it works is reaching a breaking point. Those in charge seem to have a plan to permanently make the voting system just a rubber stamp for their regime. And at the same time, they want to change the class system in this country from a middle-class dominant model to a feudal system with the peasants working for the oligarchs. And to be totally honest it sure looks like they’re way ahead getting their plan done. A big chunk of the millennials and zoomers have serf written all over them.
But the best laid plans of oligarchs and serfs oft time go to hell in the real world. I still think it’s too soon to just throw in the towel. The demolition of the American economy is preceding at such a breakneck pace that it is somewhat possible that a popular revolt might miraculously sweep the Democrats completely out of power long enough to allow actual representatives of the people to make drastic reforms and restore our interests.
After reading about the FBI gunning down that old guy in Provo, Utah I’m not feeling so chipper today. I know the radical nature of the killing should help to delegitimize the institutions like the FBI. And it probably does. The man as described was obviously no threat to anyone.
“Neighbors who spoke with the Deseret News described Robertson as a markedly different person than what he portrayed online. One person called him a “teddy bear” known for his woodworking who would sit in the same seat at church every Sunday; another said he was barely mobile, weighed nearly 300 pounds and was unable to walk without a cane. He would drive to church, despite it only being about 200 yards from his home, because he had so much trouble moving around.
Neighbors also described a harrowing scene, with dozens of agents converging on the Provo house, rifles drawn and hiding behind bulletproof shields as flash bangs exploded.
“I just can’t believe that this man warranted that kind of response,” said Travis Clark, who lived up the street from Robertson.”
It makes me sick to think that the FBI has become a secret police agency, no different from the Stasi and the KGB. In fact, worse than those organizations. At least the KGB wouldn’t have allowed BLM and Antifa to burn down their own cities. But maybe it will be this kind of gestapo tactics that convinces a solid majority of the American people that our “leaders” are really our overlords now and need to be replaced with something better.
Maybe, maybe not.
Tough day to be optimistic.