Galaxy’s Edge is a science fiction series by Jason Anspach & Nick Cole that I quite enjoy. In the series there is a character that I guess you’d say is a “space pirate.” And when he is deciding whether to attack some ship or raid a port, he asks a particular member of his crew, “What are the odds?” And this character being some kind of mystical being immediately spits out a percentage for success. One percent or forty percent or whatever. And then later on at a different juncture, he’ll ask him again, “What are the odds” until he finally gets the odds he likes and then he strikes.
Well, that’s what I’d like. I’d like to know what are the odds of success. I mean, eventually this whole rotten system we live under will collapse just based on the plain awfulness of the people in charge and the illogic of the things they claim to believe. But when?
We’ve been seeing the very beginnings of popular discontent with the creepier, more nightmarish aspects of the current social structure. I think the transgender cause has been the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The Target and Bud Light boycotts have shown that people can finally get so sick of being gaslit about some obviously crazy idea that they will revolt against it.
And maybe this will be happening more and more. But the question remains, will it reach a critical mass and bring down the regime or will this thing go on for many years to come? I think the answer comes down to one thing, money.
Specifically, if a Tucker Carlson or an Elon Musk or PublicSq can’t make a profit providing a platform for the partisans on our side of the culture war then there won’t be any platforms. Up till now the answer has been no. The Right used to have Fox News but now they’ve capitulated. But this year Elon Musk stepped up and bought Twitter. In my opinion this was unprecedented. Musk was betting forty-four billion dollars that he could make money by providing a social media home for the ~ 50% of the American population that up until now has been marginalized by Silicon Valley.
And this enormous bet that Musk has placed seems to have inspired a few other entrepreneurs to try to capitalize on the enormously underserviced market for non-woke products and services. For instance, we’ve read how Disney’s movies and even theme parks have of late been underperforming. At the same time a movie by a Christian studio that was ignored by all the mainstream critics beat out Indiana Jones at the box office. So, there are hints and sparks of hope. Something seems to be happening.
But the ratio between what they have going for them and what is going on for our side is so large, so daunting, that I hesitate to dare to hope that the status quo could be changed. And let’s face it. We’re not hoping to destroy their side. That would be laughably absurd. All we hope for is that our side can have stuff of our own. We don’t need Disney to change. We just need a small studio that can make movies we’d pay to see. We don’t need Google and YouTube to see the light. We’d just like Twitter and Rumble to make enough advertising money to stay in business. We don’t need beer companies and department stores to cater to our ideology we just want ones that don’t rub our noses in their warped beliefs.
And so, we get back to my original question, “What are the odds?” Have we reached the point where the madness of the Left has finally alienated enough normal people that they’re willing to boycott woke companies and pay subscription fees to avoid reading straight up propaganda and buy old movies to avoid having Disney proselytize their kids into the rainbow coalition.
So have we reached that magical point? Are we 50/50? Could something really break out and alter the status quo? What do you think?