I know almost everyone here — this blog being full of people who know history and how societies work — has been frozen in horror watching as a deep field of liberty-loving candidates is getting reduced to one old narcissist who frankly has always, for sixty eight years, supported the most big-government, socialist ideas he could find.
I’m here to tell you this is not the end. It’s not the end because of what America is and who Americans are.
Unfortunately yes, it is a type of American that is rendering us vulnerable to Trump: the celebrity loving, reality-show-watching type. I have to shrug my shoulders because I know celebrities exist only because now and then I’m trapped on a checkout line and read the headlines of magazines. (Other things I read include the back of products I don’t intend to buy, and in desperation, when nothing else is available, instruction manuals for machines I don’t own. It’s an addiction.)
However they’re not the only ones, or even the primary type of American. They are by and large the type that still relies on the mass communications/mass entertainment.
And the times they are achanging. And they’re coming to be more the times that are tilted towards people like us: the goats, the outliers, those who don’t fit, the odds.
America — trust me on this — has a higher proportion of odds than just about anywhere else on Earth. I’d say for sure than anywhere else on Earth, but I know there are back of beyond places in Australia — Hello Flinders Island! — that are about like that too. We’re the people whose ancestors were thrown out of or left every decent place on the face of the Earth. We don’t listen well, we don’t sit still, and we’re always thinking of something that destroys the pretty narratives of our betters. We have caused Barrack Obama to retreat into a fantasy world. We are called ungovernable by every leftist president ever.
And we have created a technology that is going that way. If I were just a few miles North of where I am, I wouldn’t need to stand in line and read about celebrities and go “Who? What?” because groceries deliver there. And I already order most other things on line. this doesn’t lead to anomy or isolation. For one I now have “office mates” who happen to live all over the world, but with whom I trade “good morning. Never enough coffee, he? How is the project coming?” just like normal persons in normal offices. For another because of course I still choose to go out, to museums, classes, restaurants. It’s just that I’m not forced to spend so much time in things that are not fun for me. (I shop like a guy. No, seriously. Shopping is a mission to find what is the right size and vaguely the right color and run out with it in victory.)
More importantly, we’re creating a technology that is eliminating the “mass” element from a lot of intellectual property/communication: news, books, music. Because producers can sell directly to customers, we can have a small fan base and still make a great deal of money.
And that change is coming for other things too, from education to movies. It’s already to some extent in manufacturing, and it will get more so.
To an extent socialism grew as “Mass” industrialization grew. It was a response to a world in which anything worth doing was worth doing in vast, organized enterprises.
Technology is bringing back individual effort, individual taste, individual opportunity.
Unfortunately culture always lags the physical world. Because humans are not created to adapt instantly and painlessly. It didn’t use to be that the world changed so much that we must change in less than a few generations. In other words, the world we’ve created is too fast for us old apes to keep up.
Usually a change of technology of the magnitude we’re experiencing, demands revolution and blood before it stabilizes again and better. The last big one was the French revolution, though echoes of it still go on around the world today.
I’m not saying this won’t happen. I sense… things I don’t like ahead.
And yet, this is not the end.
It’s much harder to end a civilization than most people imagine. Yes, Rome fell, but in a way it didn’t, and bits of it limped on for centuries. Remember, those monkey brains?
And we’re still American. We’re still ungovernable. Trump might ruin the idea of a conservative movement in America. Certainly if he can get elected, the GOP establishment could be forgiven for thinking they needed to run to the left MORE and find even more outrageously leftist candidates, indistinguishable from the dems except for about a quarter of their utterances.
But he can’t eliminate us. And he can’t make the electorate exactly the same as in Europe, where socialism is a given. Yeah, yeah, importing a new electorate. Look, that 12 million number was always grossly exaggerated and if my neighborhood is representative (and the news form Mexico don’t lie) a good 2/3 have gone back. Even the Children’s Crusade amounted to a few hundred thousand. A drop in the American bucket. I’m not saying they don’t matter, mind. I’m not even cruising for an amnesty. I think Reagan’s was a mistake (though he couldn’t have known it. We know it.) I think we need to enforce our laws. (I also think a wall along that large a border is unlikely if not impossible, in engineering and cost terms. Just patrols would be cheaper.)
We’re still us. Trump can’t make us not-us. And Hillary and Bernie certainly can’t make us not us. I’m laying a bet right now that if either of them gets elected we’ll hear the “ungovernable. Too big to be governed” whine within three months.
We are the people who will not sit down, won’t put up with crap.
In a way the choices we’re being presented this election are the result of people not wanting their world to change too much, and wanting to take us back to some imaginary safe place. They think this place is the fifties, but I think even the inconveniences of the eighties would freak them out.
And this is where we come to the nub of the matter.
We’ve lived very well, very long. Yeah, that means we’ve bred a whole lot of morons who think the ceiling will stay up when you remove the walls. But those same morons are very sensitive to discomfort and hardship. And will tantrum like nobody’s business and demand their metaphorical MTV the minute we’re dragged even slightly away from the technological forefront.
Some people want to drag us back, to stop technology. They’re scared.
I understand this in the vile progs, a regressive movement whose golden age was circa 1930. But that’s not us. Certainly not the majority of Americans, and never the liberty lovers among us.
We believed in freedom and individualism back in the dark days of collective action and mass technology. How much more should we believe in it now that the tech and the way things go work is going our way?
Be the change. Dance in the stream of chaos.
If they think they can stop the technology and the freedom, the individuality and the belief in American ideals, they have another thing coming.
We must as of now work as hard as we can for that change, for that individuality, for that freedom.
It’s going to get hard enough because we don’t live in a vacuum and the rest of the world is hurting more than we are, because when our engine stalls, they slide back. We might yet lose a city. And wars will break out, that might present us with a butcher’s bill.
It is for them and for us that we must not give up, we must not despair, and we must NEVER endorse these creatures who want to drag us back to a century that never existed.
Yeah, yeah, the Donald will try to silence blogs (well, he doesn’t like being criticized and is quite terribly thin skinned. He’ll try to control the net. He’ll try to make us a mass nation again, with a mass megaphone leading us all.)
We will not do it. We will not endure it. The day after they install curtails on our electronic freedom, three guys with circuits will come up with something better. We will not stop.
The world needs us, and the future comes from America.
Illegitimi non carborundum! Be free and give them hell.