This is going to end badly. Very, very badly. And the water is going to get very choppy.
To everyone who is old enough and those of us who aren’t but who have read about the sixties and particularly those of us who have followed the glorification and idolization of what was a Soviet agit prop operation using stupid American middle class kids, this is starting to feel like one of those bad remakes.
Mostly because it is.
Older son was born in the last year of the echo boom and for our sins we raised him in a hippie mountain town, and then in an urban area inhabited by college professors. We didn’t pick areas for the politics but for walkability (this one is the first house not in that criteria) because if I don’t have a reason to walk I don’t, and then I start getting ill.
This means I was exposed at school functions to more “we totes were at Woodstock” and “Come the revolution” types than I ever want to see in one place again. All about ten years older than us. (Something happened there, because younger son, about 4 years younger was in a class where we were CONSISTENTLY the oldest parents by about 10 years. I know we spawned late thanks to infertility. But I don’t know when my generation had kids. Maybe they all married and had kids early? We did the first.)
And these kids came and played at my house, and I heard their talk. It is not an exaggeration to say they were raised with the idea that revolution and protest, “resistance” and (incoherently) government work is the highest good. I suspect that J. K. Rowling was raised that way too, from the fact that the only things she could think of for her characters to aspire to were government work.
Now they’ve been wound to a fever pitch by losing the election in 2016. You see, their idiot parents and their idiot teachers, usually one and the same, have raised them with the idea that history comes with an arrow, and their beliefs and ideas are what the future will approve of and glorify. Which is mental on many levels, the most important one being that their beliefs and ideas have no future. They do have a past, a miserable one of failure and oppression and mass graves from the USSR to China, from East Germany to Cuba, from North Korea to Venezuela.
But the kiddies don’t know that. They know that America is evil and unjust because it broke their parents’ and teachers blood-red wagon. It’s “capitalist” and “Capitalism kills” (because homeless, and drug addicts and stuff) and it must be torn down so the great new future comes. It must also be overwhelmed by brown and black immigrants, because those have automatic moral virtue, written in their genes.
Orangemanbad won and is derailing the train of ruin and invasion by illiterate hordes that will bring about the glorious future, so orangemanbad must be destroyed at all costs. Even if it means that the kiddies destroy their own country and their own society to do it. We deserve it, or orangemanbad wouldn’t be president. And besides America is the most racist country ever and the most patriarchal. (Those burkas? Safe spaces. The ridiculous racism of Chinese? doesn’t exist. The casual racism of Europeans? Well, the kiddies never even heard it.)
Which brings us to what is going on. Besides the fact that a lot of it is pre-planned, financed and pre-prepared by leftist agents who need a distraction before their kleptocratic malfeasance comes out into the public. The kiddies are willing joining into destruction and tearing down because a) they have no clue what destroying the economy would do to them personally. The only economics they know is Marxian cargo cult, and they’ve never been hungry a day — or an hour — in their lives. b) In many ways they are engaging in a ghost dance, a doing of actions they’ve been told are merit-bearing in order to bring about the future they’ve been told was inevitable and which now is in doubt. c) this is not in any way rational and sane. It’s a cult facing the tumbling down of their most cherished beliefs and what they do to hold on to them has nothing to do with real life.
Which brings us to Vanilla ISIS and its depredations. These are NOT — in case you’re someone who only gets news from CNN and BELIEVES it — peaceful protesters. (In other news, sorry guys, but there is no Easter Bunny and Santa Claus as you heard of him, is also not real.)
Why do I say this won’t end well? Because it never does. Cults last stands never end well. Normally they end in suicide by the cult, but along the line they often do untold damage and destroy innocent people and lives.
Are we pitched into the Khaki and is what emerges completely different? I don’t know. And I don’t think anyone does. It depends on how quickly this crazy gets put down, or whether we continue into even stupider sh*t after. I’m frankly a little worried about what they do for an encore. What we’re seeing is people being dumped from their blog hosting (and I mean blogs I read, so no, not evilbad unless anything to the right of Lenin is) and a friend has got permanently booted from Facebook for posting — not political at all, but this is what they told him — about the SpaceX launch. So we know some of the new offensive looks just like the old offensive “If we stop them posting things that disagree with us, their opinions disappear.” We’re dealing with people who think covering their ears changes the world.
A friend says that if they’re following the Recreate 68 playbook, it will be car bombings and assassinations. Of course this crew is profoundly incompetent, so who knows what THAT play will turn into.
Hold on to the side of the boat, and stay away from/be ready to defend from Vanilla ISIS. (Yes I stole the moniker, but it’s so perfect it MUST become a thing. Antifa was always named by opposites. They are in fact Vanilla ISIS.) Mostly? Stay away from them while they burn out. This riot gambit is such bad optics they’re already trying to deflect and claim it’s someone else doing it.
So the question is what comes next. And how supremely stupid it turns out to be.
It’s going to be rough for a little while, but be not afraid: in the end we win, they lose.