The New Right Is Beating the New Left. Everywhere.
The only things older than the Ancien Regime left are their politicians. The whole kit and kaboodle are decades past their sell by date
Notes on the Great Realignment
"As an exercise in argumentative audacity, Schoenfeld’s argument deserves some sort of award. But the truth is that the guiding spirit of Legutko’s book (and I believe the same can be said for Deneen’s) is not Herbert Marcuse but Alexis de Tocqueville, especially his analysis of “democratic despotism” which flows from what we today would call the “deep state” or the “administrative state.”
Among the epigraphs that preface his book, Legutko features a famous bit from Democracy in America that outlines this threat.
I think then that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything which ever before existed in the world. I am trying myself to choose an expression which will accurately convey the whole of the idea I have formed of it, but in vain . . . I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world. The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives. . . . Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing.
It is interesting to note that the first part of this passage also serves as an epigraph for Jacob Talmon’s classic The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy (out of print, but not, I hope, for long). Talmon makes a critical distinction between liberal and totalitarian democracies. The essential difference between the two, he writes, is in their “different attitudes to politics.” The liberal approach assumes politics to be a matter of trial and error, and regards political systems as pragmatic contrivances of human ingenuity and spontaneity. It also recognizes a variety of levels of personal and collective endeavor, which are altogether outside the sphere of politics.
By contrast, the totalitarian version of democracy is “based upon the assumption of a sole and exclusive truth in politics. It may be called political Messianism in the sense that it postulates a preordained, harmonious and perfect scheme of things, to which men are irresistibly driven, and at which they are bound to arrive.”
Communism was one form of this Messianism. The liberal consensus that Francis Fukuyama described in The End of History is another, kinder, gentler form. And it is precisely that liberalism—the increasingly bureaucratic and illiberal liberalism espoused by the administrative state—that politicians like Donald Trump, Viktor Orbán, and Jair Bolsonaro have arisen to challenge.
Talmon was on to something deep, I believe, when he identified “the paradox of freedom” as the recognition that freedom is unfree so long as it is wed to “an exclusive pattern of social existence, even if this pattern aims at the maximum of social justice and security.” The key is this: Do we take “men as they are” and look to politics to work from there? Or do we insist upon treating men “as they were meant to be, and would be, given the proper conditions”?"
Indeed, Godzilla/Nemesis Trump has come because we've reached peak leviathan state, Deep State, totalitarian bureaucratic state. The state, as it is currently understood, is not simply dysfunctional, it is non-functional. The state has become too big, too hubristic, too totalitarian to perform the basic duties it was designed to perform.
"The real battle that has been joined—and it is a battle that is forging a great political realignment—is not between virtuous progressive knights riding the steeds of liberalism, on the one hand, and the atavistic forces of untutored darkness represented by “populism,” on the other.
The real battle is between two views of liberty. One is a parochial view that affirms tradition, local affection, and the subordination of politics to the ordinary business of life. The other is more ambitious but more abstract. It seeks nothing less than to boost us all up to that plane of enlightenment from which all self-interested actions look petty, if not criminal, and through which mankind as a whole (but not alas individual men) may hope for whatever salvation secularism leavened by utilitarianism may provide.
We are still in the opening sallies of the Great Realignment. Many old alliances will be broken, many new ones formed. I expect a lot of heat, and even more smoke. I hope that there will also be at least occasional flashes of light."
At the end of this battle, the world will be changed from our international institutions to our federal agencies and how they are formed and how they function, to our states, and even to the formation and construction of our corporations and entities.
Leviathan bureaucracy has failed; it needs replacement. The industrial model is in decline and will soon be at its end; it needs replacement. Our educational institutions were designed to serve the industrial model with K-12 designed to prepare workers for industrial occupations while higher education was designed to prepare most graduates to become the managers of industry. Without the industrial model, education is adrift; it needs reformation.
We stand at the edge of a great change. Progressives want us to walk back to the old system, breathe life back into in and allow them to keep the corrupt systems and practices they have build over the decades. But this cannot work. None of our systems function and their functioning is only breaking down more over time. What we need is to do the difficult and embrace the change, accept that if we allow the change to happen organically without government direction or control, we will end up with a better more equitable, safer, and more prosperous socio-economic system.
The politicians realize this means reformation of government and the loss of the graft and corruption they have come to feed on. So they fight to keep their benefits, and we should fight to separate them from their benefits.
It is long past time to "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!"
What are the odds that the Durham investigation is for real and will bring the bad actors to justice?
Read through the angry comments Rush Limbaugh received to understand that this issue is serious. The felonies were committed by Obama's underlings. Middle America is no longer content to sit by while the big fish swim free with only a few minnows paying any price whatsoever. This time it will be the entire cabal stem to stern, top to bottom or the American middle will boil over with anger.
We see the progressives pretending to throw tantrums daily. But what they are doing is virtue and attention seeking. Their conniptions have no legs.
The frustrations of the vast Ameican middle are different. We are a mature, measured people who do not anger easily, nor are we quick to lash out. But we have limits, and if those limits are found, there will be hell to pay.
Trump and Barr need to understand that it is they who will be held accountable if the big fish are left to swim free. We know that Obama and company must be investigated and we are prepared for these investigations and the probable charges, and trials. We understand that this must happen, and we are prepared for the fact that the federal government must be reformed from the ground up to eliminate the possibility of another soft coup from within and to eliminate the potential for a revitalization of the Deep State.
If Trump and Barr do not do the dirty work, the dirty work will be done.
The letter below from Jefferson to Smith outlines what must happen if our government fails to investigate this matter. It is up to Trump and Barr to make sure we avoid this most dangerous outcome. I believe both men are up to the task and that both men want the best outcome. But I suggest going full Boy Scout on this, be prepared.
"From Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 13 November 1787
To William Stephens Smith
Paris Nov. 13. 1787.Dear Sir
I am now to acknolege the receipt of your favors of October the 4th. 8th. and 26th. In the last you apologize for your letters of introduction to Americans coming here. It is so far from needing apology on your part, that it calls for thanks on mine. I endeavor to shew civilities to all the Americans who come here, and who will give me opportunities of doing it: and it is a matter of comfort to know from a good quarter what they are, and how far I may go in my attentions to them.—Can you send me Woodmason’s bills for the two copying presses for the M. de la fayette, and the M. de Chastellux? The latter makes one article in a considerable account, of old standing, and which I cannot present for want of this article.—I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.—You ask me if any thing transpires here on the subject of S. America? Not a word. I know that there are combustible materials there, and that they wait the torch only. But this country probably will join the extinguishers.—The want of facts worth communicating to you has occasioned me to give a little loose to dissertation. We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform. Present my respects to Mrs. Smith, and be assured of the sincere esteem of Dear Sir Your friend & servant,
Letter Jefferson to Smith
Can the College Board Measure Adversity on the SAT?
This is just an attempt to retag affirmative action to allow the racist affirmative action cabal to continue its policies which injure young black people. The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action
Progressives understand this and do not care. They are virtue seeking and do not care who is injured in their quest for virtue. We should care. We should be addressing the problem of our public schools under-educating all students but especially minority students, but the Democratic Party is more interested in keeping public school unions in the fold than actually helping the young minority students who are being crushed by the current union driven system.
This is how the progressive voting plantation works. The minority students are undereducated and mostly kept on the progressive inner city plantation where they vote for Democrats, the very people who have created, maintain, and control the malign voting plantation system. To assuage their guilt, the Dems try to make it easy on better-educated blacks by lowering the bar to college entry which only injures those blacks who cannot compete at the university they are admitted into.
The sad truth is the Dems do not care about the damage these policies do to these unsuspecting young blacks.
We need to understand what Democrats are doing, and how they are hurting our youth. If we do, we will be highly inclined to stop them if we don't, we are complicit in a damaging racist scheme.
The time to choose is now, choose wisely.
The Mental Health Community Is Bracing For Eco-Anxiety Or Something
Predictable and hilarious. These people are too mockable!
Democrats Unanimous As House Passes Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports
I am fine with sport being coed. Are women? Because I can only think of one "sport" in which women compete with men, long-distance swimming, you know, like the English Channel swim.
I can't wait to see the faces of leftist sports pundits when they realize that the top woman tennis pro is ranked 700 when ranked against men. In most sport, there will be no women players.
On the upside the transgenders will run just above the women, so they too will drop off the map.
Buttigieg Backs Far-Left Idea Of Erasing Thomas Jefferson’s Name: ‘It’s The Right Thing To Do’
Of the two, Jefferson is not the name which should be erased.
Progressives are allergic to facts, so expect studies showing bag bans kill and others like it to be avoided like poison oak!
Danish EPA: Plastic Bags have Lowest Environmental Impact
The big plus is single-use plastic grocery bags don't end up giving you food poisoning and kill you as heavy reusable bags do.
Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness by Jonathan Klick, Joshua D. Wright :: SSRN
Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase."
While that should settle the argument, it won't; facts don't matter to cultists only dogma matters.
Surprise, the propagandistic Leni Riefenstahl wing of the media finds solace with the Democratic Party's militant fascists blackshirts!
Journos from Prominent News Publications Found to Have Working Relationships With Antifa
History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes!
Ronald Reagan: ‘If Fascism Ever Comes to America, It Will Come in the Name of Liberalism.’ And, so, another Reagan prediction has come true.