I’ve been gaming stuff in my head, mostly in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. (Though I wish to brag that last night I managed FIVE hours! Whoo! [Struts])
It’s actually not unusual for me to game out stuff in my head, though usually not at the national level. More at the field/industry/individual level. Sometimes for books, sure, but more often for real life.
There are several things you have to remember when gaming out any situation in your head, particularly one as complex as the one we find ourselves into — extending at least 100 years back and probably more, and in space over a vast and very complex land — that this is not a novel. If this were a novel, the rather apocalyptic vision I had last week would be true.
In fact, the hardest thing possible is to get ourselves away from all the narrative we’ve been fed, from the cradle, some of it in the form of “real history” which wasn’t.
The left is in the grip of a very powerful narrative, for instance, which has been taught to them as history: the whole Marxist insanity of the war of the classes (there are no real “classes” in the Marxist sense, and the fact they refused to go to war is what brought us the entire insanity of the Gramscian reboot of Marxism, in which the proletariat was now supposed to be other races, and countries far away. Bah.) and the ultimate revolt and win of the “exploited.”
They were taught this complete falafel as history, and have seen it working out on screen in movies and documentaries on the various “glorious revolutions” from France to Russia (I don’t think there have been many about China, because even to us that’s just wrong.)
So they think that the upper class oppresses the masses, till the masses rise in a glorious wave and institute freedom, equality and reasonably priced love.
None of that picture is right. You have to step back A LONG LONG LONG way and squint for it to fit kind of the general movements, but none of the causes are right, and the results are not what they have been sold either.
I mean, usually revolution happens when the pressure lets up and things are getting better, and the result of anything Marxist is often worse than the oppression before, etc.
But more importantly they haven’t been taught how those glorious revolutions were sustained. Yes, yes, they think this time they’ll do it right, but the thing is that nothing about the end of a Marxist revolution is even functional, and that all of them that subsist as regimes do so only as parasites. But more on that later.
For now suffice it to say that everything the left has been doing is out of that narrative. They’ve been trying to get the right to play along with what they think is the inevitable course of history since Obama’s administration, which frankly was the beginning of the leftist movement I’ll call academic left taking over the entire party.
Obama’s understanding of society and of other human beings was that of a college freshman, which is why so many of his unguarded ideas like higher taxes being bad for the economy but good for people, or his imposition of Obama care, or his printing money in overtime — standing astride the economy hitting it in the face with money to prevent it rising — to his making it NASA’s primary mission to make the Muslims feel better about their culture, or… well, all of his faux brilliance, had the feel of a freshman late-night bull season in the dorm. “What’s wrong with you know, the war on terror, is that what we need to do is bolster their cultural confidence, you know? [inahling sound] … Man!” Or “We need more positive rights, like everyone gets a house and food and can work or not[deep inhaling suck] Pass the bong man, you’re boggarting the oxacan ditchweed!”
This movement, encompassing Obama and his entire administration, lock stock and screwed up barrel, is composed in its entirety from people who were at least upper middle class and never had to work one day at anything that mattered in their lives. As such, they really don’t know much about life or history or people, except what they’ve read in books.
Instead of thinking of words as ways to describe reality, they think of words and feelings as ways to create reality.
So Obama, as the good little red diaper baby he is, tried to create the great big revolution by inciting, financing, probably starting Occupy Wall Street. Because in his narrative-addled mind the proletariat SHOULD be rising.
And just like, oh, someone giving a broody chicken a doorknob to sit on, he got the brilliant idea that encouraging astroturf of the angry proletariat would show those idiot bitter clingers lacking his excellent Marxist education what to do. So he seeded OWS in every major city, after telling bankers he was the only thing standing between them and pitchforks.
And he waited. For the revolution that would crown him king.
Instead he got the tea parties good and hard, because the people who actually worked, did things, and made the world go round had had just about enough of his sh*t.
The thing is the left hasn’t given up on this Academic Socialism.
Because they’re so convinced the narrative is right, and why shouldn’t they be, since it pervaded everything from their first formal learning, to the movies they watch for fun, they act like a cult in danger of discomfirmation, and double down, which is how we get Occasional Cortex and the Green Nude Heel.
The thing to remember is that we too have been brought up with this narrative. We don’t view them as the oppressed or their revolution as glorious, but we expect them to win and take full control and stay in control forever.
We see 1984 as a nightmare, they see it as a training manual.
But no one growing up in this culture in the last 100 years can see it for what it is without stepping way back and taking facts into account. And what it REALLY is is impossible.
This is what I realized in the middle of the night. We say things — casually — like “all socialist regimes, absent outside intervention seem to last 70 years or so.”
What we don’t take in account is that this is true, but there’s a little publicized and absolutely necessary bit for them to last that long: there needs to be a healthy non-socialist regime that produces enough food to give them (or nominally sell them) in vast quantities; to innovate and supply them with better technology; and to at the very least refrain from destroying them, if not outright defend them.
Even the soft socialism of Europe and their less drastic version of the Green Nude Heel which the softer (headed) socialists in the US view as their beau ideal survives ONLY because the US subsidizes them MASSIVELY. And not just in defending their heads-up-butts polities. Oh, no. We subsidize them by the simple fact that we produce SO MUCH food that they can buy the surplus, again at nominal amounts. They survive because we innovate better and cheaper ways to do things. They survive because we even produce the more expensive things like entertainment that keep their populace amused. (And unfortunately teaches them to hate us as Hollywood does.)
NO socialism is possible without massive outside help, without a vastly wealthy and mostly free country to leach from. And the fact that we sustained the USSR and are sustaining socialism in Europe, while understandable in its own terms, and given what we knew and the geo politics at one time, is in the end a horrible act of evil, for which I hope we may eventually be forgiven.
But the Academic Socialists don’t understand that.
To be fair, in the long list of things they don’t understand, that one is minor and almost endearing. For instance in the covidiocy lockdowns, which were dreamed up and demanded by the class-that-would-be-rulers, we found they had no clue where food comes from; they didn’t know that food needed to be transported across the country; they had absolutely no idea that our food production is dependent on very sophisticated machine parts, so they didn’t take that into account when declaring essential businesses and services; they had absolutely no clue you can’t close a shop or a restaurant indefinitely and then just open up like it’s nothing….
In fact, in the vast number of things they don’t know, I’m having trouble finding one they DO know. The only thing they seem cognizant of is that if they lie loud enough and often enough, and tell people they need to do this FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S SAKE the American people will comply with the most absurd sh*t. So, for instance you don’t tell them that leftists are exempt from wearing masks and not having gatherings, etc.
HOWEVER they think they can do that forever, and they also think — with almost autistic fervor — that if the economy is bad, people turn against the president. And they don’t understand most of the people saw it was the left driving the lockdown. Which is why Trump got an actual landslide, which the dumb bunnies weren’t counting on. Whatever level of fraud (“the most unprecedented”) they’d planned to crown their potemkin campaign with, it rested on the idea they’d get a basic number of votes from their captives, and also that people wouldn’t go out and vote for Trump, since the economy was hurting.
Because among the many things they don’t know is how humans work. Or at least not humans who live in the real world, where you have to earn your bread through the seat of your brow. So how could they have anticipated we wouldn’t react like a computer program and respond to a certain input with a certain output? (Which suddenly explains their fascination with “models.”)
I don’t mean to rag on them, not really. They were raised very wealthy in a society and class wealthy enough to insulate them from real world consequences, so all they have to fall back on is what they were taught, which at this point is the dreams of others like them for the last 100 years.
And as I said, in some things, despite my effort to extirpate it, I find myself thinking in their memes. Because I was trained professionally in their milieu and amid them, and like anyone with a graduate degree had an extra dose of Marxism served straight up.
The only thing that saves me, to an extent, was growing up in the village where everyone, even my family, was subject to the laws of root, hog or die. And, of course, having had several moments of wakening.
My son was telling me about this — younger son — how most people on the right have had to come to their beliefs on their own, and how it usually happens either with a series of minor shocks, things that don’t fit the theory, or that should be good according to the theory, but actually turn out evil or with one major thwack wake up shock. 9/11 was that for a lot of people, and weirdly this election is having that effect on those who either aren’t straight up psychopaths, or who look outside the main sources of propaganda, even accidentally. (Which is why Twitter and Facebook are taking their censorship efforts to the next level.)
So I was gaming all this in my head, in the middle of the night, and kept coming back to: there is no way we get out of this without a butcher’s bill. None.
Best case scenario, Trump fixes the fraud, gets four more years (yes, probably the court. And stop saying Trump should be on twitter telling you what he has. Have you guys NEVER been in a court case? first thing the lawyers say is SHUT UP.) And the left goes insane. Being idiots they’ve “gamed” this in advance and decided that the next step is for blue states to secede.
Which fills me with no end of joy, since I live in one.
But the thing is, I don’t think it goes the way they think it will. Hell, given they’re not even living in the real world, that’s guaranteed. But I don’t think it goes in either of the two ways they think it will, which is either they get to play socialist republic and show the world how it’s done, or bad evil orangemanbad crushes their glorious revolution and proves that he’s evil, and then the people rises as one–
I am honestly afraid that Trump is evil enough to let it play out, as he has done so far with the left destroying their own cities. But I don’t think they realize what that means in terms of food or energy or…. Yeah. Or the fact that most of the states that are nominally blue aren’t really, and there’s some (possibly massive) amount of fraud involved. Such as in mine which only went blue after all vote by mail.
But in either case it doesn’t last.
And if G-d forbid they get power over the country it really doesn’t last. Because they have clue zero that people aren’t widgets. They will try to move us around on the board, and it won’t work.
Part of the problem is that now their ideal and model is China, and they fail to get that the Cultural revolution worked in China (I mean in terms of Mao keeping power, and the vast massacres which they dream of) because Mao was dealing with not just a disarmed population, but with people who were part for centuries of a compliant culture. And that for their cultural markers, Mao read as “new emperor. Kowtow.”
America is none of those things. Even though the Republicans suffer from abused wife syndrome, there’s a hard-headed “I’ll fix it” among those who do the actual work.
If they seize power I predict they get a year and probably less. Make no mistake, they instinctively expect SOME revolt. Which is why Biden in his “made for Hollywood faux acceptance speech” announced three new wars. This both keeps the military they know (which are only the very top, and very political officers) happy, because it makes them relevant, but also gets the armed people who might not like their dictatorial commands out of the country. They are of course forgetting the many millions of armed veterans who took an oath to the republic.
But the problem is that even in a year, as we found in 2020, they can break things that will take decades to fix.
In either case, there’s a butcher’s bill. There’s people’s who will die, in either strife or hunger, of either problems that the medical establishment suddenly lacks the resources to treat, or of cold (as someone in the snow belt, the Green Nude Heel and the idea we can just have two hours of electricity a day also fills me with joy) or of heat, or of a hundred other things that haven’t visited our society for at least 100 years.
But, and this is very important to keep in mind: We can lose, but they can’t win. Because what they want to install has never worked, ever, not even in more compliant nations and when run by people far, far smarter and more practical than the Academic Socialists.
The important thing is what comes after. If it all tips in the pot, there’s more than a trivial chance we end up with a dictator, though I expect it will be something in the mold of a Franco, seizing the reins until he can let go.
Unfortunately I don’t like dictators, even temporary ones. But it might be the best case scenario, honest. And even in that best case scenario, the restoration of the republic depends on our reclaiming the culture as fast and hard as possible. Because in Spain this didn’t happen and they came out of dictatorship only to whore themselves to the EU.
It shouldn’t be hard. The left really isn’t competent, and have wounded themselves near fataly with the covidiocy. Hollywood and trad pub are hurting, and now, in their attempts to herd us, Facebook and Twitter are in the process of committing rather public suicide.
But it is work. Long, constant work. And as hard as we can.
In all those scenarios we need to pierce through the veil of Marxist narrative, and remove it, if we want to restore and/or keep the republic
Because these promises of heaven on Earth are as corrosive as they are false.
So, even though I expect if we really drop in the pot and things really get bad I won’t have very long, given my general issues, (and it doesn’t matter. The Republic does) I think I figured out why G-d or my subconscious, or whatever you want to call it, was pushing me to write fiction as hard and as fast as possible.
If only I hadn’t been too depressed by being tied in the strands of leftist narrative.
But better later than never.
The boot — or even the Green Nude Heel — isn’t going to stomp on the human face forever. We’re going to punch it aside and break it, with substantial help from reality. And then we’re going to fix the damage.
And now I — whoo, whole five hours of sleep — am going to go write fiction.
You too go do what you can, from earnest discussions, to casual remarks to, yes, fiction and music and art.
The storm is coming, but it will pass, and if we work really hard, the Republic will abide.
Be not afraid!