Years ago, during the 2004 elections a friend (whom I now fear must be dead, as I haven’t heard from him in years, and he was in his seventies then) cheered me up by telling me that the more noise the left makes, the more they know they’re losing.
(Here I must interject that I was never a particular fan of George Bush. I voted for another guy in the primaries. I voted Libertarian in 2000. However, I am also not mentally handicapped. I could look at Kerry and see what his leadership would get us: a mess in the middle East, resurgent enemies across the world, and oh, yeah, none of our allies trusting us ever again — yes, I know, we only delayed it a bit. Shush. More on that.)
I thought he was really only saying it to make me feel better, but since then I’ve been observing things, and he’s right.
The louder they get, and the more insane they get, the more you know that they’re in trouble. This might be because John C. Wright is right and modern leftism is a way to avoid reality.
I know things are getting massively stupider seemingly by the day, with college students demanding more expensive “studies” courses, that do not prepare them for life and in fact do nothing but create resentment and a sense of being hard done by; with Russia resurgent; with race relations at the lowest point ever; with our debt mounting; with our country resembling our president, that is, the kid who went to kindergarten convinced if he was hit it was because the other kids weren’t loved enough, so that he runs after the bullies who just punched him, trying to give them hugs.
But the thing to remember, as you look at all of it, is that none of it is really real. What I mean by that, is that none of it has anything to do with the deeper movements of the world we live in. None of it has really anything to do with what we’ll call for lack of better words the tides and conflicts of history as they are at our present time.
They are noise. Mostly they’re leftist noise, because the left has seen its fantasies crash again and again, and know this is their last best chance. So they’re trying to make all their fantasies happen. Yes, they are “real” in the sense that they happen. But like Occupy Wall Street (rolls eyes) they’re not real as in “Grass roots movements.” They’re memorex. The left is manipulating the sectors it can easily manipulate, either because (due to the long march through the institutions) they’re in control, such as in academia and foreign affairs, or because they’ve convinced major portions of certain groups that nothing is ever their fault, that the world is against them, and that their only salvation is to be angry.
But this is not what the person on the street feels. Mostly it is what the media-industrial-complex pushes at us 24/7 and which will make the susceptible react.
I’m not a materialist, but I do believe that both history and the minds of people are influenced by material culture. How not? It is after all impossible for a hunter-gatherer to have time to paint the Mona Lisa, let alone have the materials and the know how. More importantly, it is impossible for a Hunter Gatherer band to grow to much above a couple dozen people. You’d strip the terrain you live in. (Those who think the invention of agriculture was a plot from the male-god worshipers against the great mother goddess are ignorant of both the requirements of human life and human nature.)
In the same way, the agricultural societies and the knowledge of illness of the middle ages had their own set maximum, and would likely (were) be fairly small societies only nominally joined into a larger one (due to lack of communications/safe roads, etc.) The Roman Empire had been larger, but at the cost of keeping a massive fighting force and a dedicated bureaucracy.
It was the industrial age of the machines when large scale production and large scale building were both necessary (to keep the increased populations fed, clothed and healthy) and possible, that gave rise to the super-state and the various fantasies of the super state as a possible harbinger of utopia, including communism, socialism and fascism. (All forms of the same insanity.)
But while large scaled proved great at creating large manufacturing concerns (provided that people wanted all of one thing, as it were) it proved truly bad at governing. Partly because industrial scale requires treating whatever you’re dealing with as “mass units” or widgets. And people treated as widgets deals to dehumanization in a giant scale.
The thing is that the tech is no longer that way. The new tech makes personal communication across the globe a snap. It is starting to make personal manufacturing possible. The tech is going to individual level, to individualization, to personalization. The way the tech is headed is industrial society without the standardization.
Yeah, the left has taken over all the institutions of learning. Much good may they do them, in a time when knowledge can be sought out and acquired more easily than ever, without going to college. Yes, they’ve taken over government: a government (ours and all in the west) which is having more and more trouble getting people to obey edicts that are, if not contradictory and confusing, as most of them are, then obsolete and strange. (What good is banning guns, when you can 3-d print a gun and this will get easier every year.) Yes, they’ve taken over the media/entertainment information complex. Only to find most of it countered/taken over by a bunch gonzo idiots(Represent! I is one!) who will work for free and in their pajamas just to poke big media’s monolithic left-view in the eye. Mark my words, the next forms of entertainment to escape their control will be movies. This might include much, much better cgi and new tech, but it will come, sometime in the next 25 years. Education is already being hit by what I’ll call “the ebook paradigm” where anyone anywhere can do better than officialdom.
We are going away from the era of big government. Big government is already dead. The show we’re being treated to is the corpse, as it twitches due to decomposition. Human society doesn’t change over time. Some rotting bits will persist a very long time, but they are just bits, and less relevant every year.
Many of the troubles we face are by groups — student grievance committees, jihadists — which can’t do anything absent the support of large, official structures. (Yes, even jihadists. Given our having a sane energy policy which exploits local reserves, they would starve in the dark pasturing their camels, which is what they did before the west made their oil wells.)
They will create lots of trouble, but if they crash the system that supports them (and honestly, that’s what they’re doing, whatever it is they THINK they’re doing) they won’t survive very long, and their only choices will be adapt or die.
We can and should build under, build over, build around.
And we should be not afraid. Yeah, the sound and fury is scary, but it signifies nothing. Yes, we have a lot of rebuilding ahead, but when have we been afraid of work.
Shoulder to the wheel, and be not afraid!
In the end we win, they lose. The only question is how painful the transition will be. Work to make it less so.