This doesn’t refer to my battle with flu from hell, (I’m okay, sort of, except still running a low grade fever — to be fair I get that from auto-immune attacks too. Don’t ask — and very, very tired) and ow it interrupted my writing and projected writing. This has something to do with it in that when I get sick and can’t get well in a timely manner, I always feel like a) I’m doing something wrong b)get angry at myself for not getting well already. This fits larger patterns where things don’t behave as “expected.”
I made a comment at one point that what is causing the left’s extreme panic-tantrum is the fact the machine broke. Brad Torgersen used this for a facebook post, and crazy comments ensued. At any rate I don’t remember exactly what I said anymore, but it went something like this: the left fed the right coins into the machine — the fundraising for Hillary was astonishing — and pulled all the right levers, from a press more than fully in the tank (to the point of getting the debate questions ahead of time to the Hillary campaign and also of BURYING her many scandals, including Benghazi, the financial shenanigans of the Clinton foundation, and the crazy server-in-the-bathroom stupidity), to celebrity endorsements, to more or less helping the Republicans select the candidate the democrats thought least likely to win against Hillary. Fraud to the extent it exists (It did in massive galloping amounts in the precinct I watched in 12.
The polls, cooked or not, were no more cooked than in 2012, and they showed a blow out. EVERYTHING WAS GOING SO WELL.
And then the machine broke. Instead of the planned, prepared, pushed Hillary presidency it delivered Trump.
Right now, from pussy hats to riots, the left is reacting like teenagers who did everything right and for whom the vending machine failed to deliver what they purchased. So they’re screaming, and trying to push the machine and slamming it against the wall, trying to get it to dispense the treat they bought.
Their reaction is understandable — no, really — but it’s also become so unhinged I’m afraid they’ll bring the machine down on top of themselves.
And yet, yes, it’s understandable. You see, humans are creature of habit and creatures of narrative. The Left has known — and admitted — for very long that the media slant gave them an extra ten percent of electoral advantage. They know that doing what they did always worked in the past. FURTHER the narrative, because progressivism is a splinter church of communism which is a full on religious belief with tales of a primitive communitarian Eden, and its counterpart tales of a perfect communist future where the state isn’t even needed to assure form each according to his ability and to each according to his need, believes in an arrow of history and believes the future always moves in their direction. It falls from their lips and pens in the unconsidered way of a subconscious belief: “the right side of history” “The side of the future” etc.
After 2012, having achieved the election of arguably the most leftist President ever (well, in living memory. There is a reason he kept identifying with FDR) they thought the future was now theirs, and within striking distance. When they keep saying Hillary is the most qualified candidate EVER, they are right. They don’t care about her little snaffus like Benghazi because that doesn’t matter to them. What mattered was her impeccable authoritarian and progressive credentials. They thought she was a slam dunk and would solidify the results of the long march into the (in their opinion) utopian socialist regime of their dreams, making a defanged US into a sort of Europe-light, which in turn would not “take” so much of the world’s wealth (remember these people have no more idea of wealth creation than they do of flying unassisted) and make the whole world richer, and because war comes from economic deprivation (go with it. Yeah, I know, but it’s what they believe) there would be world piece and mercy abounding.
This they thought was Hillary’s mandate and what was within striking distance. And instead they get a president who puts the brakes on the taking of unvetted refugees (note the left didn’t mind Obama’s 6 month moratorium or call it a “Muslim ban” — it wasn’t anymore than Trump’s is — because they knew Obama was on their side, so he must be right.) They get a president who has a mandate to dismantle the crazy golem of Obamacare. They get a president who is moving to reduce regulations on US industry and commerce, thereby unleashing us to become richer (you must remember they think this happens by stealing and oppressing from other countries.)
It’s no wonder they’re losing their minds, though it’s still insane that they are talking about Trump taking women’s rights (I’d like one of them to tell me which rights he’s taken!) and it’s bizarre to call someone who is reducing regulation “fascist.” (They must believe fascism happens UNLESS a boot steps on the human face forever. I have no idea what to do with such complete misunderstanding of human nature and human history. None.)
The thing is what is happening to the left is coming for all of us. I’ve had it hit me before, about five years ago, in my profession. Our political disruption, and the fact that “doing the right things” no longer works is a reflection of catastrophic technological change, i.e. change that moves so fast it destroys entire industries and ways of life. Even when that change is for the better — and it largely has been — it leaves people feeling lost and confused.
Humans don’t adapt well to rapid change, and humans have trouble coming up with relatives to replace the ones they grew up with.
So the insanity you see in politics, in writing, in entertainment (music!) and in journalism, and which is starting to hit education (and would already have save for the MILLIONS governments have pumped into it the last decade, which weirdly have delayed the impact of new tech BUT also made it more inevitable education as we know it will fall, just as the push model for publishing made it more lucrative for a bout a decade, but also helped distance publishing decisions from what people actually bought and therefore opened the door to the impact of indie.) and I suspect a lot of other fields, some of which don’t even know it.
Yes I know we wanted flying cars and colonies on the moon. We don’t have that — yet. Who knows? — but we got instant communication and trade of knowledge and knowledge-work around the world and relatively cheap transportation. We also got the ability for any individual anywhere, with relatively small investment, to reach any number of individuals all over the world. It’s far more subtle, but perhaps more revolutionary than flying cars or colonies on the moon. It’s changing the way society functioned since the late nineteenth century and gluing it back again in ways that were unimaginable even fifty years ago.
When YOUR machine breaks, when the way things always worked stops working, bafflement, panic and anger are normal. Be prepared, so instead of reacting in a destructive manner, you react rationally, thinking through what happened, and how you can take advantage of the change that is inevitably coming for you.
Let that be your narrative. Ride the wave of change to better shores. Be not afraid.