My favorite dissident has what I think is a fascinating discussion of what happens when an empire, e.g. the Soviet Union or the Romans starts to die. He discusses the transition from central rule to oligarchs. I think he makes some truly excellent points. We may already be quite a ways along the process. And he shows how differences in circumstances can lead to different outcomes. A good read.
No one enjoys bashing the likes of Kevin Williamson and David French more than the ZMan. I always remember fondly his description of an apocryphal event where a Massachusetts state trooper was beating a libertarian somewhere in western Mass. and the ZMan and a number of passing motorists stopped to help the policeman in his useful and pleasurable civic duty.
I can’t remember if it was a pod cast or a column but I do remember it was sometime around Thanksgiving. I think it w as an homage (in a way) to the Alice’s Restaurant story.
Well, he has a column about the self-loathing trolls that carry water for the cloud people over at National Review or wherever they’re holed up now. And it is full of venom and scorn for these pathetic relics of a bygone era when many on the Right still thought of them as friends. As usual, very entertaining if you like cruel mockery which, of course, I do.
Back when the COVID nonsense first started happening the ZMan warned that shutting down a tremendously complex system like the US economy was unbelievably dangerous. Now he’s been born out by the shortages, price increases and general instability in the American economy. His discussion is very worthwhile reading in my opinion. On a personal note, Camera Girl returned today from the supermarket visibly upset by the empty shelves and runaway price increases. For that alone I could see Dementia Joe tried for treason.
I’ve been washing venetian blinds all morning and am still only half done! I’ve calculated that there are 450 individual slats to clean by hand one at a time. Camera Girl is a harsh mistress. Pardon my absence. I will catch up as soon as I am released from bondage.
As a quick note I listened to ZMan’s Friday podcast and it was on “The Book of Five Rings.” The book’s author was a 17th century Japanese swordsman named Miyamoto Musashi. The book is ostensibly on the strategy of sword fighting but is actually a meditation on the philosophy of living in the real world. I thought his podcast was extremely interesting and I’ll have to read book soon. I wish the podcast was much longer it took my mind off the drudgery I am enduring.
ZMan summarizes the progression of misinformation and outright lies that continues to be the government’s response to an ugly reality. His conclusion is accurate. The whole thing has been handled badly and is now just an unnecessary government intrusion into the lives and livelihood of its citizens.
I suspect the FBI has swatted the ZMan, spirited him away to an underground, under-volcano lair for torture and replaced him with a robotic imposter. How else to explain this post where he more or less declares that J. D. Vance might just not be an establishment fink. Be still my beating heart.
Well, good for the ZMan. Being a protege of Peter Thiel I imagine Vance is a very smart guy who has one foot in the cloud world but with still one foot dragging wistfully on the dirt side. Let’s call him an ally for now.
ZMan walks us through the institutions that have burned through their social trust and then finishes by saying that the American Empire will soon have its collapse like the Soviet Union.
I think he makes a lot of good points. But it’s not clear to me that any systemic collapse is likely to happen anytime soon. And the reason for that is a collapse doesn’t occur until some external event intrudes. So, when will that happen? Well, it could happen tomorrow or it could be a decade. Now, I don’t think it will be a decade, in fact I could see something happening within three or four years but I wouldn’t even think of saying it’s going to happen on such and such a day. I think a good trick would be to try to guess what the external triggering event is likely to be. An easy guess is a financial collapse. The result of some kind of stagflation or very high unemployment might be enough to destabilize the political situation. But if we are talking about a societal collapse like the Soviet collapse it would be important to know what the US military would do in the case of essentially an insurrection. And that will completely depend on who is in the military at the time.
It’s fun to imagine a scenario that will end the Left’s hold on power. But trying to predict its occurrence against a calendar is maybe too difficult to try at this time.
ZMan reviews the two rather important upcoming Supreme Court cases on abortion restrictions and gun rights that are expected to be decided this Fall. The Mississippi case is reviewing the constitutionality of a 15 week maximum on the age of the unborn child before abortion becomes illegal. The gun case has to do with the New York law that makes it impossible for a gun owner to transport his legal gun out side of his home.
The ZMan is of the opinion that the Supreme Court will fold to left-wing pressure in both cases. He thinks the threat of packing the court is sufficient to get the Roberts court to cringe in fear and do as they’re told by their masters. He’s probably right. Roberts is a coward and a fool. He’s already proved that.
But the real question is the one that is implied by the assumed result of the decisions. Will Mississippi or some other state that has put restrictions on abortion tell the federal government no? It would be crossing the Rubicon. Once a state tells the federal government, “No,” a lot of things could happen up to and including the feds arresting legislators and governors.
Will it happen? Right now I’m not sure. I don’t know enough about the men who run these states. Are they ready for the eventuality? Have they come up with another intermediate action that will provide a similar result?
Of course it’s easy for me to talk about important people throwing down against the most powerful human organization on the face of the earth as if it were just two men fighting over who gets a parking spot for his car. Messing with Washington is very consequential. The last time anyone tried was during the Civil Rights era and Washington came out on top. Serious individuals would only cross the line if they had a very strong idea about how they could win that fight.
But we’ll all learn something important this Fall. First off we’ll find out how cowardly and traitorous the Supreme Court really is when it crawls on its belly. Next we’ll find out if any state has the strength to tell the feds to screw. That’s something worth knowing.
If you’re interested why the Left not only tolerates obviously insane ideas and movements but actually brings them front and center the ZMan will explain it to you. He quotes Voltaire who said “Whoever can make you accept absurdity can make you commit injustice.” Allowing parents to sexually mutilate their children to prove we believe in transgenderism is the clearest example of this. We have reached the point where utter madness is presented as merciful kindness to the afflicted. 1984 had the scene where the torturer in chief is presented as a priestly, kindly figure inflicting horrific punishment for the heretic’s own good. We are there.
On Mondays the ZMan has his usual post and also puts up a post on Taki’s Magazine. Today both of them are very worthwhile. On his site he discourses on the analogy of prison life to our current environment and how freedom of choice has been banished from the public square by a pseudo-religion.
On Taki’s he compare the current American political regime with the Soviet era and likens trying to figure out what the Left will do next with how Kremlinologists in the West of that era tried to read the tea leaves by the Brezhnev’s expression during filmed ceremonies and pontificating on what it meant.
I enjoyed both posts quite a bit. The ZMan is on his game this morning. A good start to the week.