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There have been several times in my life (so far) when I was watching news coverage and someone said “the world will never be the same.” The first time was when I was eight, listening to coverage of Black September. The last time was… this week over Brexit. In between lie Brexit, and a dozen other “shocks to the system.”
Every time this, for me, had the “taste” of hyperbole, in varying degrees. I felt like “Oh, please, the sun will still come up tomorrow, parents will still love their children.”
The one I was most doubtful about was 9/11. Never mind that I was in shock and in horror, and I thought “Surely they’re joking. Terrorists have hit massive countries before without their collapsing.” I confess, fifteen years later, I was wrong and they were right, but not the way they meant. It wasn’t the hit that weakened us, and which makes that wound in NYC still fester. It was our fifth column, unable to process or integrate that “littles brown peoplez” are fully conscious and self-agented and that they chose to attack us, and that we must PERFORCE defend and survive. Instead, the left (mostly the left, we have some cartoon critters on the right — for the American definition of right — too.) has chosen to view 9/11 as “all our fault” and a vindication of their hatred for America and their reflexive oikophobia. THAT is still tearing us apart, has resulted in a disastrous president whose greatest qualification was his cool ethnic name, and results in the two bellends at present standing a good chance at the presidency.
Does this mean everything has changed? Well, yes and no. QUITE beyond our chattering elites, America is still America. The thing is the idiot reactions, the opposition to any form of self defense (even dogs have a right to self defense. If a dog bites a human after near-death provocation few jurisdictions will put it to death) and their inchoate need to prove how smart they are by hating their homeland is bringing about an equal and equally reflexive reaction. I think in the end America will still be America, but the backlash against the misguided visions of the progs won’t be any fun in the meanwhile. And by not being any fun I mean, we’ll lose lives. Perhaps some of people here. Perhaps mine. And in the end an America will survive that will be different from the vision of the annoying (intentional) which has been pushed on us through the unified mass media complex for well nigh 100 years. Whether it will still be the land of the free and the home of the brave… that’s up to you and me, and our children and grandchildren. The train is not stopped, but it’s markedly slowed down, the track about to be torn up. Our choice what to do next.
Which brings us to Brexit. Francis Turner wrote an excellent and well reasoned post here Brexit: How, Why and What Next? – Francis Turner. I’m not Francis, and I don’t have six hours to analyse all the implications of the Brexit nor the knowledge of Britain that comes with growing up there, as he has.
What I do have is this sort of weird sense of “what things mean in world context” and unfortunately I tend to be right. I predicted before the d*mn primary started that what we were looking at is Trump vs. Bernie. If I was wrong on the last, it wasn’t me. It was the Democrat undemocratic system. Otherwise, yep, our election cycle would be fractionally more insane. (Though picking a felon — Hillary — only not indicted because not one of the little people over a guy who spent his honeymoon in the USSR might not be counted as an improvement. Who knows?)
So I’ve been hearing a lot of bull excreta about Brexit, and first let me tell you what it’s not/doesn’t mean.
1- It doesn’t mean that US states will now start to separate. (Sigh.) This should be obvious to anyone, but apparently it isn’t. The left has had a rock hard boner for the US falling apart into several states at least since this happened to the USSR. And now and then, and always, it makes me want to hit my head against a wall, hard enough to make the wall fall down.
You see, one of these things is not like the other. You’re not comparing apples to oranges, you’re comparing apples to peacocks.
Yeah, sure, our federal government as an intrusive entity is of relative recent coinage. (RELATIVELY. It started biting off more than it could chew about 100 years ago) it overlays a land that has been used to thinking of itself as the same country for about 300 years, give or take, depending on different states. The people who moved to the new Western states were at least partially from the old states. The culture is different between the states (something that no one who hasn’t lived here and MOVED between states can fully understand. I felt ALMOST as lost during our visit to Ohio was during our visits to my parents. Almost. There are still certain underlying assumptions.) And yet, there are assumptions, attitudes, and a general way of being in the world under it all, throughout the land.
Look, it’s not that a Texan and a New Yorker have that much in common besides (sort of) language. It’s that they have more in common with which other than with anyone else in the world. So we are a nation for the reason nations exist: we are the same over-arching culture, and as much as we want to pop our sibling states one, at times (I have news for idiots: the same tensions exist even in postage-stamp size countries like Portugal whose culture is more uniform but not UNIFORM. Because uniform doesn’t happen in human populations except under pretty brutal totalitarian regimes. (And soemtimes not then.))
Now, the USSR: an unsteady alliance between ethnicities and countries historically independent, and often hating each other, forged by elites after WWII mostly to protect THEIR interests.
The EU… see above, except not after WWII. A mistake of those colossal proportions might have been conceived of after WWI, but it took them over 50 years to bring it about. You can bend reality to the illusions of the elites, but not easily or readily and it takes a LONG time.
2- Britain has turned its back on free trade.
This is where my eyes roll back in my head so far I can examine my own brain. ONLY idiots or exquisitely educated leftists (it takes a lot of education to believe that much stupid) can believe that Free trade equals Huge and overarching government with a myriad rules and regulations into things like the curvature of bananas.
The rest of us have news for you: Yes, I KNOW that your professors told you that free trade was a very dangerous thing that could only exist with regulations for EVERYTHING and thus you needed “an ever closer union” not to mention regulations on what type of clay ware was acceptable, and what wasn’t. I knew you guys were learning exactly the wrong thing about free trade and prosperity when the newly elected leftists in CO not only set about regulating POTENTIAL space travel till it squealed, but then boasted that CO would have the first spaceport “Because we already have the most regulations in place for it.” Yeah. I’m sure Texas appreciates your efforts, guys.
Free trade is free trade: the right of contract, the right of buying and selling, the right of association WITH WHOMEVER YOU WANT TO. Neither for nations nor for individuals does it require manacles on the hands that trade back and forth. In fact, those AREN’T free trade at all. They’re regulated trade. Which is sort of an opposite, here, where the rest of us DON’T live in opposite land.
Britain has reclaimed its right to make its own treaties, alliances and trades, like real countries have done throughout history. Oh, sure, I agree with Mackey that the EU are going to be vindictive little bitches and try to hurt Britain, but given the hold on reality of Brussels bureaucrats, they might actually achieve the opposite. “Ah, we’ll totally de-regulate our trades with Britain. We’ll see where that gets them.” Yeah.
3- This means that Donald Trump will win.
Okay, my eyes are somewhere under my desk. I really should keep them on a chain.
Yes, Trump’s plurality win in mostly the OPEN primaries (meaning the dems could vote for the Republican nominee they’d rather face — what idiot thought this up? –) did mean a great deal of nativist sentiment, and of working-class support, just like Brexit is said to have the same. (Said to? Well, don’t forget who is doing the support.)
However, like a paid off boxer, Trump seems to be doing his best to kiss the canvas already. (Check the May report. And no, all his “free press” doesn’t offset the lack of local GOTV organizations, which he started shutting down when he secured the nomination. TRUST me. I’ve worked GOTV for years in various elections. Many people have opinions, but without prodding just stay home. And this year, when most of us say “there isn’t a difference, more so.) And there are… other things. In the end, Trump is the elites and on their side. If you look at his debts (he won’t release his financial reports for a reason, but there’s a lot you can find online) he’s a wholly financed subsidiary of international banks. Just like Hillary, though granted with less “selling our secrets to the Russians” at least that we know of. (We used to hang traitors, before we decided to use the cruel and unusual punishment of stuffing them in mao-suits and parading them around the country.)
In fact I suspect the Trump candidacy time line went like this:
1-Hillary’s biggest contributor decided to run in the Republican party and at least make the potential nominee bleed, so Hillary would face a softened field. His vicious attacks (some of them loony tunes. See Gabriel Cruz and Kennedy) on his opponents were meant to give Hillary something to pick at in the main.
2- He found himself winning a plurality and thought he just might take it.
3- He realized that Brexit and … other things were in the works. (More on that in a minute.) Being brighter than what passes for a brain in Hillary right now (she was never that smart, even in her prime. Ambitious, scheming and ruthless, sure. BUT not that smart. Unlike Billy Jeff, she actually believed in international socialism, which takes a certain degree of moronic faith) he decided he didn’t want to be caught in the middle of that, or of the backlash when he won and governed, as he couldn’t help to govern, like the elites (given the banks who have loaned him more than he’s worth, and the contacts he has which are all left-international-socialist.) Maybe he decided he REALLY is allergic to rope and lampposts. Who knows?
4- Initiated Operation Kiss the Canvas, to cause even the limp spines of the GOP to replace him in the convention.
I’m going to add the gratuitous prediction this won’t succeed, and that he’ll be the main GOP nominee, and that he’ll be more mad at that than his never-failing supporters would be if he WERE replaced. I’m also going to predict it’s up in the air whether he’ll win or not. He would win with even minimal campaigning, but I’m not sure he’ll do it. And if he wins, we’re in for crazy of epic proportions.
What Brexit means is the first LARGE SCALE breach in the wall that the (largely national socialist) elites have erected with mass media/mass entertainment/mass art over the last century or so.
What the inimitable Sabrina Chase calls “the media-entertainment industrial complex” worked very hard, mostly by commanding the heights of power and making everyone an outsider labeled “crazy” or “fascist” or worse, if they disagreed from the consensus being built.
This was not a conspiracy precisely. It was making international socialism with all its empty promises and all its false glamour a positional good in education/arts/the media. Once they had enough deans/editors/gallery owners/government curators in their pocket (this is btw standard operation when the USSR was softening you for take over. Just FYI) they could sneer down anyone who disagreed with them, label them no-talents and bar them from publication/public notice. All they had to do was make it impossible to succeed in many professions (the latest one they conquered was tech companies, mostly through HR) without spouting their doctrine.
This is an old tactic that has been used for centuries, including in Europe in the Middle ages. No matter how many doubts you had of religion, you still had to express yourself in the language of the church if you wanted to succeed and have patronage.
It’s not conspiracy, except for a very small number, early on, and even that is not conspiracy, just absolute belief in the same (in international socialist case rather absurd) principles, steering you in the direction of keep anyone but your fellow travelers out.
This worked PARTICULARLY well through the 20th century because the communication medium of the times were uniquely centralized. To put out news even at the local level, required a considerable investment. To put out a book, ditto, and the distribution was a right bugger, as many self-published authors left with thousands of books in the garage, found out to their own chagrin.
So your chances were kiss the effigy of Marx, or be silenced.
That this has changed and continues to change I don’t need to explain. Sure, the mass media still holds a large portion of the LIVs, but… but it’s not the same. They could never run the campaign that demonized militias under Clinton now. It took them longer to demonize the tea parties, and the job was always patchy. The Tea Party suffered more from what it WAS — a leaderless organization. Yes, that was also its strength — than from anything else. Their news/books/art/narratives reach increasingly fewer people.
Which not only allows things like Brexit to happen (and I’d like to remind you that Europe is well behind us) but makes a lot more of them inevitable.
They think they learned to ride the tiger, with the masterfully orchestrated foisting of Trump as a revolt vote (yeah, yeah, they attacked him. With things calculated to strengthen his position as the protest vote’s candidate. Note that very few of his supporters ever heard that Vichy Mitchy bragged of being Trump’s golf and text partner. AND virtually none have heard of his boasts re: universal health care. Or his walking back the wall, and Arab immigration promises, or… Because THAT would actually have hurt his position as protest candidate.) They haven’t learned to ride the tiger. Trump has seen through it, hence his attempts at taking a dive (and dividing the party.)
You see, the tiger is getting stronger every day. The main mass media has less power every day.
And because the vision of the elites doesn’t work, and could only be sold while they controlled EVERY means of communication, and — what’s more — both socialism and internationalism are opening more and more cracks as the same thing that allows us mass communication also makes international actually FREE trade between individuals inevitable, the revolt will only gain force.
It will be stupid in many ways, because masses are stupid. But because the tech of the age isn’t “mass” but individual and one on one and because people in general as individuals don’t cut off their nose to spite their faces, it will settle out.
Oh, the time is past for mass immigration, that last gasp of internationalist nonsense. And for “free trade” in which most favored third world nations get all the advantages. And for “communications” in which they get to tell everyone to think like them, and punish those who dissent.
But we’re about to get real free trade and real communication, one on one, between individuals of differing nations.
This neither requires the erasure of national cultures and national identities, nor is that desirable. Given actual free trade, the most functional cultures and identities will attract the best individuals from everywhere.
NONE OF THIS requires a one-world-state (which was always the dumbest idea imaginable) nor the intervention of the elites. It is the last that is driving them crazy right now.
Because they’re NOT the elites. They’re a portion of the population indoctrinated in a doctrine that has been superseded by technological advance. Like the nobility of old, some of them will hold on, as relics, but their time of leading the world has passed.
This is not right nor left. It is the people against a few (relatively. In historical sense) individuals who think they are supposed to lead us to a “bright new future” no one but them wants. It is a case of people who drink their own ink not seeing reality.
This too shall pass, and yes, the world that emerges will be very different from where we are. How different and how free is up to us to ensure.