Those who don’t learn from History are doomed to repeat it. Those who learn from history are doomed to scream like crazy people while being dragged along into the same old insanity by those who failed to learn.
Of course you can learn from history, because humans are humans as far back as we can ascertain, and probably longer that. Some of the observations on Chimpanzees make me wonder how human they are, in the good and the bad. No, not us, but so many of the mechanisms are present that it makes me wonder about all those hominins and hominids and how close they were to us.
So, for instance, utopian regimes never work, because humans in general can’t “bend” to be good all the time. Nations or crowds can decide to do this or that, and “everyone will do this.” Only it never works that way. Any regime that needs “everybody to just” will not work. And history shows that over and over and over again, in tedious detail.
But there are more lessons from history, and our Founding Fathers used those to decide we’d be a democratic republic, and how it would be set up. Some of those lessons were from Greece and Rome, but some of the structures are from British history and common law.
However it is important to realize that history doesn’t repeat. It rhymes. And it’s important to study the differences, to see what will be the same, and what will be different.
You can’t say communism took over this and that and that, and therefore it will work here.
That’s mental. That’s like saying “I can throw stone balls from the roof and they’re fine, so I should be able to throw glass balls from the roof and they’ll be fine.”
So, let’s talk some lessons from history when it comes to totalitarian take over, shall we?
First, there seems to be a hard limit on the kind of crazy Marxist regime that the idiot left wants to impose here. The hard limit is due to the fact that it can’t feed itself. Or do much of anything for itself. That’s why Marxist regimes turn military and invade everything. (Something Putin is trying to repeat, because he’s still a Marxist.)
Invading nearby more prosperous lands allows the regime to give goodies to its followers and the people who do its dirty work. But it also allows an illusion of increased prosperity which the regime needs to go on.
(I always found it funny that the soviets called us imperialist, when in fact they needed their empire to just keep going.)
How long can a communist/socialist/Marxist regime to keep going?
We don’t know. History doesn’t tell us that, because frankly the only way the bad regimes have survived is with help from other places. Mostly, alas from us. We propped up the entire cold war, to avoid a nuclear confrontation which might never have been a thing if we hadn’t propped them up.
And Venezuela is being propped up by the Junta refusing to mine oil locally. Ditto Russia, to an extent.
North Korea depends on China.
China, well, we propped up that too, which is why they thought it was worth it taking our presidency.
Look, we can learn from history, but we have to remember where we are right now.
And right now… It’s not a good time for collectivism. Heck, it’s not a good time for statism. It’s not a good time for center-out regimes.
And the bright idea China had of buying itself an American President (so called) is also a fine example of not learning from history, but to the whispers of their most insane rulers, the ones who mainlined lead and killed all the grandmothers who told stories. Because they don’t even realize we prop them up. (Consider nationalism and racism (yeah, they are racists, why?) And so they think they can take us down and be the sole power in the world.
It doesn’t work that way. I guess they can delude themselves about it a little while, like they can convince themselves that their bright and shiny African colonization schemes work. (In reality, Africa is already winning. Africa always wins. Not its people. But Africa does.)
Because if they do manage to take over the US, even for a year — bet you they won’t. And no, don’t be stupid. They’ve taken over the US administratively, but if you don’t live in one of the super blue areas, you know snooks are being cocked at their instructions. left and right pretty much — everything they have and have built everywhere else will collapse hard.
Even with the half-rule of the demi-president, which most of us are somewhere between growling at and ignoring, the world is already shaking. Because it can’t work without a mostly free America.
If America can’t feed itself, no one can feed America. Sure, we could conquer the entire clown car of them, but they wouldn’t keep us going for a week.
So– History. But here it’s different. Mostly because America is always different. And I could tell you why, but that’s a whole other post.
The other portion of history to take into account is that we’re not close to falling to the leftist bullshit. If you think we’ve already fallen, you’re a lot like them and think the wraper is the present, and would eat cat poop in a candy wrapper. They’ve taken over the institutions, the government, and a lot of our “structure.” That’s bad because we actually need some of those things. I guess we’ll find out which we need because they are actually not working at all. which is par for the course for anything the left takes over, of course.
Most of what we’re seeing is the structure flailing around trying to get something that makes the country believe in collectivism again.
And that’s the thing: We were closer to believing in top down and center out and collectivism a hundred years ago than we are now.
We really believed it in the fifties. To some extent the sixties started as a rebellion against that, but the USSR had its propaganda ore in, and it all went South and became about collectivism and drugs, and the US not being good, and–.
But the propaganda is busted. the last four years really revealed what’s in the heart of the collectivists. (They don’t like us very much.)
And unlike 100 years ago, there isn’t only easily controlled media to convey the easily controlled message.
Yes, I know they’re trying. It’s not working. It’s not working in Europe, where they control the message a lot harder.
China seems to be committing suicide city by city till you wonder if that’s what a civil war now looks like, there.
Russia… well, I’m sure Putin thinks it’s a super power.
All of these “they’re more organized than us, they’ll do better” are … not.
There’s only us. And where we’re going the collectivists can’t even imagine.
They’re going to break a bunch of things, and some of them we’ll need to rebuild. I guess we’re doing one of those “get rid of everything in your house. Now bring in only what you need” clean ups.
Right now we’re learning that a lot of the history we studied was wrong. A just-so story created by collectivists to try get their way.
So it’s dangerous to believe those books. If you’re going to read history go to original sources.
And then keep going.
Because you can learn from history, but unlike my joke quotes in the opening, you’re not condemned into ANYTHING. History doesn’t really repeat. (Unless you’re in China, apparently, but that might be a matter of the history we think we know.)
The future is unwritten. It’s up to you to write it.
And to me. And to all of us.
And I’m laying down my marker on “It’s going to suck for a little while, but then it’s going to be amazing.”
Let’s make it amazing.