Richard Fernandez had a post on Facebook in which he talked of the Canadian Truck Standoff as the beginning of a global preference cascade.
It might be. Maybe.
I’ll be honest, turning against the Marxist forms of government that have possessed (I speak advisedly) most of the countries of the world has been going on for a long time. But the powers that be, most of them Marxist and running a script, have managed to tamp down all previous outbreaks of rebellion, show them as something they were not, or just turn the cone of silence on them, until no one knew they were happening.
Of course that “hold” is weakening. The fact so many people voted for Trump (either time) despite the ongoing media blitz against him tell you there are cracks in the dam. And the Canadian truckers are a great big crack.
And one hopes. One hopes. One can’t help hoping.
Yes, preference cascades can get ugly — hello Romania! — but as ugly as they get they are possibly the lowest butcher bill we’re facing. A preference cascade would get the world off the path to crazy totalitarianism and maybe rescue the future while there’s still time. There would be — I won’t lie — a few ugly years. The crazy people have already corrupted so much of what makes an economy, let alone a society, actually work, but there is a good chance we could keep civilization and technology on the other side. And even — deep breath — our national identity. Oh, other countries would keep theirs too, but I care less for other countries even if these days I have a warm spot for truckers from Canada.
Preference cascades happen when people have been falsifying their preferences for years. They’ve in other words been lying about who they are, what they want, what they believe.
For my entire life — and again I’d like to point out I turn sixty this year — this has been necessary. One had — and many people still have to — fake being at the very least soft left, or be considered stupid, fringe and unacceptable, not to mention uncaring and evil. In both countries, while the left railed at all the “right wingers in power” or the power of the church, or the power of traditional family, everyone in control of whether you got a degree, or a job, or were considered a decent human being was either leftist, or pretending very hard to be leftist.
I broke, now going on fifteen years ago. I couldn’t take it anymore. I felt as if I were losing my soul. I could only pretend to the softest of soft left and it wasn’t enough.
To get ahead in my career, or go anywhere I had to loudly proclaim ideals that were not only wrong and repulsive, but which had put 100 million human beings in their graves. I could not do it.
I started to experience the feeling that I was self-hypnotizing into accepting these repulsive beliefs. The process is described here. (Warning the author typoes like me pre-coffee, but his ideas are brilliant.)
If you’re forced to repeat things you don’t believe in, after a while you start believing them and defending them.
For almost a century we’ve all parroted these leftist ideas, because leftists were so convinced their ideas were the way to paradise that they were willing to destroy you for dissenting. Granted, in western countries, most of the destruction is social or economic. All the same it has amused me as everyone became aware of “cancelling” because — oh, dear — it’s been going on for decades. DECADES. As in my entire life.
Now it’s changing. Here and there the dissent erupts loudly and visibly, like right now. In most cases, because the pablum you’re forced to spew is creating conditions you can no longer endure.
And it’s erupting sneakily everywhere: witness, let’s go Brandon.
Like Wretchard, I hope we’re close to the tipping point, if not already there.
And I reflect on the wisdom of Jordan Peterson: Tell the truth, or at least don’t lie.
The lies our parents were forced to tell or told to be part of the ‘smart and enlightened’ set imprisoned my generation. And led us to a state where people who actively hate civilization and western civilization particularly are in control.
Their control is weakening. When the flip comes, it will be very fast — keep your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark and have an away point retreat in case of need — and probably will take even us by surprise.
But it will be the restoration of truth. No more falsification. No more creation of a whole fake reality.
The truth isn’t perfect or seamless, and so appeals less to ‘intellectuals’ than the honeyed lie.
But you can live in truth. The lies always kill.
ADDENDUM: If you can’t tell the truth, for reasons of job, for reasons of family, for reasons of safety, I understand. I lived like that for years.
But do yourself a favor: Tell yourself the truth. Outloud. In front of the mirror. Whisper at first, if it’s too scary. Remember who you are and reclaim your soul. So you’re ready for the preference cascade.