The ZMan is one of my favorite bad thinkers. Even if I disagree with his conclusions sometimes he is always entertaining and thought provoking. Here he looks at the civic nationalism of a loyal roman general and that of Kris Kobach who is running for the Senate in Kansas. A good read.
The folks on the dissident right are known for making the statement that “we aren’t going to vote our way out of this.” For that reason, it’s interesting to see the Z-Man discussing the importance of tactical flexibility with respect to political opportunities.
The gist of it is that even if you don’t think that political reform can solve all our problems it doesn’t make sense to ignore the advantages that can be obtained at the ballot box.
And this is a good sign. A lot of the time, the gloom and doom and apocalyptic language coming from the fringe is unhelpful and self-defeating. President Trump has actually made some good progress (against unbelievable headwind) in judicial appointments, business and trade policies, reining in the bureaucrats and declawing the Justice Department.
While the question of whether restoring the values of the Old America is possible under our present system is still in doubt, it doesn’t seem to me to be the time to give up. Especially since we’ve actually had some measure of success at the ballot box recently.
After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting
This is a very interesting way of looking at how life in a capitalist society impacts private life. I agree with a lot of it but where I would put extra emphasis is how women working weaponizes the situation. When women are advantaged by affirmative action to deprive men of their chance to support a family it can only exasperate the deleterious effects of untempered capitalism on family life.
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.”
22JAN2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – The Left Won’t Allow a Peaceful Separation – Christopher Roach
When American Greatness starts quoting the Z-Man by name the apocalypse can’t be far behind. The Z-Man has often made the point that the Progressives of today are the direct descendants of the “vinegar drinking scolds of New England hell bent on making sure nobody is enjoying life at all. Christopher Roach quotes a chunk of his Puritan origin argument and then amplifies his own opinion about how this will prevent a peaceful separation of the United States into separate Left and Right populations.
It’s getting harder and harder to believe that some of the predictions of the Dissident Right are not correct. The normies are waking up. The Overton Window is way over to the right.
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.
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.
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.