I’m very busy this week — some of you might have noticed 😉 — and while I have guest posts I haven’t even opened my email since Monday and because last week was crazy (though not as crazy as this one) I haven’t even OPENED any of the guest posts. So, if you sent something you haven’t been rejected. I just haven’t got to it.
I should be back home tomorrow and back to normal routine (now actually with more normal — long story — on Monday.)
Till then please excuse somewhat haphazard posting at strange hours, and often in a rush. I know it’s the last thing you need right now, when you are feeling isolated and besieged. And yet it’s unavoidable right now, and we knew it was going to be like this since December (though not which exact week.)
I know, because a lot of you are my friends or are with me in mailing lists and groups, that you’re feeling like we’re losing this battle, or outright defeated.
Let me assure you that you’re not.
The left is and has always been — even in their governmental incarnations, such as the USSR — good at agit prop (Agitation and propaganda.) One of the things they’re really good at is giving the appearance everyone agrees with them and everyone wants what they want.
Part of this is that they’re good at turning leftist insanity into a positional good. They’ve made themselves look cool and smart — which is amazing for an ideology that always leads to brutish rule of the dumbest and most power hungry bullies and always ends in starvation and mass graves — which you can do when you own establishment news, education and entertainment for a century. So a lot of people MOUTH their idiocy without even examining the words they’re saying, just to “look good.” It’s been amazing to see so many intellectuals support the rioters until their own ox is gored.
Also their ownership of education has taught a lot of brainless young to mouth stuff they were taught, not aware it’s all lies. Kindly, if you are responsible for one or more of those, keep them out of the fun happy riots, and tell them to keep their traps shut. If I’m right this will turn on a dime. The professional agitators are smart enough to escape fast, but those brainless young might get killed. Tell them the life they save might be their own and that they’re “safer at home.” And away from the keyboard.
But in the end? The rioters and their hardcore mouth pieces are not even 20% of America, and the police taking a knee…. well, the police is on the police’s side. Maybe this will finally put paid to the myth of the heroic, always selfless policeman. But what you can be absolutely sure of is that a lot of those taking a knee are doing it and feeling really, really angry. Which means, btw, that the people who claim police was targeting them is ensuring they REALLY will. Only harder, and faster. Which is terrible, since most people who will bear the brunt of this ARE NOT GUILTY OF THE RIOTS.
Still, this will all shake out when it becomes obvious it’s failing, that it’s not bringing about the glorious revolution. This is in fact OWS 2.0. It’s part of the reality in the left’s heads (but not outside them) that everyone is groaning and suffering under oppression in America, and if they astroturf protests or cosplay revolution, 90% of the people will join in, having taken the clue. They never understand why this doesn’t happen, and never question their assumption that everyone is waiting for the revolution.
When it becomes obvious this too will fail, they’ll switch to something else. Given what the left is today, it will probably be surreal and bizarre. More on that later.
But in the end we win, they lose, because they’re responding too and trying to influence people and events that exist only in their own heads.
2004, when it seemed that the left was everywhere, an older friend in Heinlein fandom told me “Nah, they’re losing. You can always tell the left is losing because they get louder and louder.”
So, remember that.
And if you remember nothing else of this post, remember this: What you’re seeing is not the coming apart of America. What you’re seeing is the dropping of the masks. Since the 70s at least all the institutions now failing have been corrupt, all the classes of people declaring their allegiance to revolution were already Marxist, and your own government was acting against you on many fronts.
Would you rather be ignorant and continue aiding the destruction of America by believing the enemies are friends? Or would you rather SEE CLEARLY?
(I believe we’re living in a bad novel. It’s the only explanation for what is coming out in 2020….)
Don’t curse their sudden, yet inevitable betrayal. Instead be aware of who they really are and also that people and movements who are strong don’t work at silencing the opposition and amplifying their screaming to seem like there’s more of them.
This is their ghost dance. Keep calm. And be not afraid.