Year of the Black Swan by Christopher M. Chupik
How messed up was 2016? Let’s put it this way: Chuck Tingle getting a Hugo nomination
doesn’t even make the Top Ten of Crazy.
If 2016 were a TV show, you’d be thinking that the writers have lost their ever-loving minds in their determination to jump every shark in the ocean. Most years toddle into the world like the New Year’s Baby. 2016 exploded from the torso of its predecessor like a chestburster and soon grew into a full Xenomorph, bent on the destruction of all human life. Mostly, celebrities.
Not all deaths were tragic losses, though. Fidel Castro’s oft-delayed departure from this world finally happened, the dictator leaving behind a legacy of misery and economic ruin best exemplified when the vehicle transporting his earthly remains broke down during the funeral procession.
Along with the deaths, the progressive status quo has been dealt a number of crippling blows.
The same people who mocked Mitt Romney for stating the obvious about Russia four years
ago are now freaking out and seeing Russian conspiracies everywhere. The “permanent
Democratic majority” which left-wing pundits once openly hoped for perished in a mere eight years, destroyed by a perfect storm of angry voters, a bad economy, a backlash against the far Left, and Clinton’s general unlikability. The EU, which once appeared to be the future of Europe, is now in serious trouble with Brexit and nationalist rumblings across the Continent.
And of course, President Trump. It’s entirely possible that by the time this blog is posted,
something else will have happened. It’s been that kind of year. Even though I remain skeptical of Trump, at least I have the solace of knowing that the Clintons are finished. Probably. I do expect an attempt to push Chelsea Clinton as the Great Left Hope in a few year’s time, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Mind you, it worked here in Canada, where our current PM is a photogenic mediocrity who was elected solely on the strength of his family name, so who knows?
So, what can we learn from this amazing and terrible year?
The most important thing is that ordinary people are sick to death of the status quo. They’re also sick of being lectured by the elites. Nothing outside of politics shows this better than the controversy over Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot.
When you’re remaking a classic, there’s always a lot of hurdles to clear. When the trailer
debuted, it was met with an almighty “Meh”. The problem was a muddled concept and an
agonizingly unfunny trailer that did nothing to address the concerns people had about
rebooting a beloved classic. But how did the studio respond?
By accusing all their critics of being motivated by misogyny, of course. And the media,
always ready to create a “controversy” that props up their narratives, followed suit and pretty soon every media outlet was telling us what evil woman-haters we were for not finding the trailer funny. This was the dominant narrative week after week, until finally the movie debuted to oddly uniform good reviews which all managed to suspiciously strike the same note of “Suck it, trolls!”
But the movie itself? One of the year’s biggest flops. And all those who championed the film at it’s release? Oddly quiet. Nobody will be quoting from this Ghostbusters thirty years down the line. Hell, nobody’s quoting from it now.
Did Hollywood learn anything from this disaster? Well, as of the writing of this post, they’re going do a Barbie movie . . . starring Amy Schumer, so no.
I should have realized from this controversy and its aftermath that the election was going to go badly for Clinton, but I still thought that the media had just enough power and influence remaining to force her down the voter’s throats. I was wrong, and I wasn’t the only one. The old power structures are failing fast. They can write the narratives, spread them across all their media outlets, but fewer and fewer people are buying into them.
As we saw with GamerGate and Sad Puppies, insults directed against people voicing their
concerns don’t work. When you dismiss large numbers of people with blanket condemnations, when you treat their concerns with contempt and mockery, you turn those people into enemies.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is as much true in human
relations as it is in physics. The Left’s unhealthy obsession with race has spawned an equally perverse counter-reaction: the white nationalist wing of the alt-right. Now this is a topic and movement too complex to be dealt with here in full. Suffice it to say, some of the alt-right definitely are racists. I have had personal encounters online, as I did when I tweeted about Holodomor Remembrance Day and got re-tweeted by a bunch of white nationalist anti-Semites trying to use the event to promote their vile creed. Others don’t seem to be obsessed with race at all.
By cheapening the accusation of racism by hysterical overuse, the Left robbed their greatestweapon of all its power. When you accuse people of racism for objecting to Obama’s healthcare bill, somewhere a shark has been jumped. “Racist” has become a bad joke and it’s become hard to tell anymore if a person has been accused of it because they really do promote race-hatred or because they disagreed with a liberal. Words used to have meaning. Take that meaning away, and you have intellectual chaos.
Sarah talked a while back about how Marxism was entering its final phase. That may be thecase, but don’t expect it to be easy. Make no mistake: it will get uglier before it gets better.
No movement which has enjoyed decades of unchallenged power gives up that power without a struggle. We’re already seeing the beginnings of it now: the post-election riots, the various attempts to game the Electoral College to appoint Clinton in place of Trump which, as of the day I sent this to Sarah, failed hilariously. Expect insanity, threats and violence in 2017 and beyond. I fear it’s going to be the early ‘70s on crazy pills. Buckle up.
Things are an unholy mess at the moment, but in a way, it’s good that things have taken such an unpredictable turn. The future is wide open. With the failure of the Clinton Dynasty we’re in uncharted waters.
Will Trump be the disaster his detractors say? Maybe. Will he be worse than Clinton would have been? No idea. Will he suddenly turn into the greatest president ever?
Unlikely, but I could be wrong. Please, prove me wrong.
The Left had a plan for the future. That plan is now ashes. So now we have to find our way
through a future our media didn’t prepare us for. But maybe that’s good. Certainty is the path to stagnation and extinction. Have we made good choices or bad ones? Time will tell. But at least our choices still matter.