This blog has been, for me, a seventeen-year exploration of other people’s ideas
. If you’ve been here long, you’ll know that I use short quotes and long excerpts from other people’s writings to make the points I
write about. Like most people, I am not an “original thinker.” I try to expose myself to as much as I can, and weigh it against my experience and reason to determine truth. Then I put it down in pixels to help me get my head around it.
Over these past seventeen years (hell, over the last 25), I have slowly come to some conclusions that I’m not happy about.
Remember that last nearly 10,000-word überpost? I told you that so I could tell you this. Hopefully I won’t be as long-winded this time.
In that last essay I (hopefully) illustrated that the Progressive movement was made up of people who fervently believed in the inevitable coming Utopia promised by Marx where everyone would be equal and no one would want for anything. They were the Modernists. Religion was mysticism. Logic, reason, and Science! would take us there because Marx said so. It was logically, factually inevitable. Progressive Modernists worked hard in the early 20th Century to accelerate its arrival. Of course, their interpretations were affected by the culture at the time, so in addition to universal public education and ending child labor they also promoted segregation and eugenics, but hey! They meant well!
In earlier essays I’ve written about the public education system
and how it was initially set up by Progressive Modernists working with industrialists to create a two-tiered system designed to produce a lot of reliable industrial workers out of one path, and the people who were to manage them out of the other. For the Progressive Modernists this was just part of the path to Utopia. For the industrialists who were obviously the most fit of all it was just another part of Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest, which somehow merged with that Utopianism without conflict. It was shortly suborned to become a factory itself whose output was activists.
The Progressive Modernists zealously moved into the industries that mold culture – education, entertainment, and media – to proselytize, and by the 1940’s were firmly embedded and doing their best to crank out new adherents. By the early 1960’s they’d done their jobs well. But by the early 1960’s it was apparent that something was wrong with Marx’s philosophy.
Exposed to the real world, Marxist economies failed. Marxist governments were murderous. Marxism didn’t work anywhere it was tried. Capitalist economies were successful, and democratic governments protected individual rights not perfectly, but they weren’t committing genocide on their own people. Marx was factually, demonstrably, unmistakably wrong.
What do you do? You’ve invested 20, 30, 40, 50 years
of your life working towards giving your children or your children’s children that Utopia, and the promise is false
? This is the definition of cognitive dissonance
When someone tries to use a strategy which is dictated by their ideology, and that strategy doesn’t seem to work, then they are caught in something of a cognitive bind. If they acknowledge the failure of the strategy, then they would be forced to question their ideology. If questioning the ideology is unthinkable, then the only possible conclusion is that the strategy failed because it wasn’t executed sufficiently well. They respond by turning up the power, rather than by considering alternatives. (This is sometimes referred to as “escalation of failure”.)
Or, as I’ve put it, “Do it again, only harder!” For many of them the philosophy could not be wrong. Its promise was too beautiful to abandon. Facts? Irrelevant! Logic and reason? Meaningless! And so the Progressive Modernists became the Postmodernists: Nothing can really be proven. Everything is relative, subjective. Feelings are more important that facts. Everything has hidden meanings because of the inherent conscious and unconscious biases of their creators, you just have to deconstruct them to find those real meanings. The curtains are never just blue. Two plus two doesn’t necessarily equal four. In other words, “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.” Or, “I reject your reality and substitute my own equally valid one!” Or “That wasn’t REAL Communism!”
They turned their belief into a faith, a religion, with a garden of Eden (pre-civilization Earth), an original sin (either capitalism or slavery, depending on who you ask), a savior (Karl Marx), and a path to righteousness that would lead back to Heaven. They didn’t seem dangerous, after all they were college professors, teachers, journalists, managing editors, writers, producers, entertainers, et cetera, but they were in the driver’s seat when it came to affecting culture and they were by Marx going to proselytize.
And so they passed that irrational, dangerous faith on to the next generation, and that generation passed on an even more virulent version, and the current generation born near the turn of the 21st Century is the recipient of two generations of Progressive Postmodernist evangelism, expanded exponentially. When the Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1989, it didn’t matter to the Progressive Postmodernists. That wasn’t REAL Socialism. They’d made that decision over twenty-five years previously. Nicaragua! It was going to work there! Failure. Venezuela! THAT was going to be Real Socialism! But it failed horribly too. Nobody changed their minds. It could work HERE. It was too beautiful not to.
There were other factions. These were the Progressive Postmodernists who rather than going into journalism, education or entertainment, instead went into politics because that’s where real change could be implemented. Finally, those who did not go into any of those careers but still absorbed the catechism became the Faithful. A lot of Union organizers, a lot of everyday workers, a lot of businessmen, and recently a lot of unemployed college graduates up to their eyeballs in student loan debt. Those who rejected the teachings became The Enemy. It took less than two generations for the two major parties to stop being “the loyal opposition” and become “the other side.”
And it wasn’t that the Right went more Right (though they did slightly), it’s that the Left has been moving WAY
Author Frank Herbert wrote in his Dune novels some ideas that I think are as accurate as anything I’ve ever read:
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.
That elected group is what I will call the Politburo. These are the people who believe that they are the ones who can personally lead us to Utopia – or at least lead themselves to unlimited power by manipulating the Faithful.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. — Daniel Webster.
Men and all the other genders, too. That latter group is who ends up in charge of “Socialist” governments once the Revolution has taken place. The True Believers in the Politburo are purged to their shock, horror and amazement. The pragmatists are the ones who order the mass murders which are then carried out by their Red Guards who have been taught since birth of their own righteousness and the wickedness of their class enemies. The pragmatists are the ones who have private dachas and servants because they do the crucial and difficult
work of deciding who can do what, who needs what and when, and how much to skim off the top. The pragmatists are the ones who can see the coming collapse of the Entitlement Ponzi scheme and intend to be around to sift through the wreckage for the choice bits.
These people ran for office, won, and kept moving up, elected by other Progressive Postmodernists, their Faithful and anyone else they could convince they could benefit.
The portion that was ideologically more pure pursued the dream of eventual Utopia – in which, of course, they
would be in charge. The less ideologically pure pushed harder for that inevitable necessary Worker’s Revolution where they
could seize the reins. Both were mostly unopposed. In 1960 John F. Kennedy was their King Arthur. LBJ with his Great Society was the greatest thing to happen to Progressivism since FDR. In 1964 Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Republican National Convention, A Time for Choosing
. You should give that a listen. Nobody then apparently did. The people chose LBJ. Richard Nixon was a sterling example of the faults of Conservatism and the Republican Party. Jimmy Carter’s malaise worked greatly in their favor. They suffered a bit of a setback with the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, but George H.W. Bush wasn’t even a bump in the road. Bill Clinton was a disappointment to them. He still pushed the Progressive Postmodernist agenda, just not as far or as fast as desired. Bush 43 was a speed bump, but Barack Obama was their shining star. Utopia was just over the horizon. (I knew the end was near when Obama won his second term with a majority of the vote.) Hillary might not bring it to fruition, but she would be another Great Leap Forward.
And then Donald Trump won the election.
Already mentally fragile, the Faithful went clinically insane.
That insanity was fed and nurtured by the Politburo. The media, entertainers, and other Faithful stoked it. I’m not going to list all the examples, but you’d have had to be in a coma to have missed the last four years of increasing insanity. It’s been a positive feedback loop. Everything not explicitly Progressive Postmodernist is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum
. Why? Because Marx says that a revolution of the Proletariat
is a necessary step for the overthrow of the Bourgeoisie, but capitalism makes people comfortable and comfortable people do not revolt. Everyone must be made a victim, miserable and righteously angry. The effort over the last sixty years has been to balkanize the United States. “Strength through Diversity” has become “Tribalism.”
“Diversity” Thomas Sowell once commented, “is not strength. The ability to deal with the problems caused by diversity is. America’s ability to deal with these problems has been America’s greatest strength.” “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” has never been more apparent.
The Progressive Postmodernists have identified the Bourgeoisie as anyone not explicitly a Progressive Postmodernist, but most explicitly Caucasians and mostly males. If you are
a white Progressive Postmodernist, you’re still suspect because of your inherent racism and privilege. We’ve gone from Two Minutes Hate
to non-stop hate. The inherent contradictions in the Progressive Postmodernist platform are starting to show as they are beginning to Cancel each other
, but through it all, Donald John Trump has been the catalyst to this particular reaction.
Trump has for the last four years shrugged off every attack as if he was dressed in Teflon coated Chobham armor, but now he’s up for reelection. Another four years of Trump will further damage the advancements that the Progressive Postmodernists have made over the last thirty years. So here’s the point (finally) of this essay:
The wheels come off the train and the train comes off the track in 2021, one way or the other.
The End of America has been predicted by many people for quite some time
. The Progressive Postmodernists appear to have decided that the time is ripe. The national debt cannot be ignored forever. The projected entitlement spending is unsupportable. All their preparation of the battle space through balkanization has brought us to this point. Black Lives Matter, itself organized and run by self-proclaimed Marxists, is the hinge on which the lid is swinging, but Pandora’s Box is certainly opening. I don’t think we’re going to stop the greed, envy, hatred, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, and death that will come flooding out of it, and there most likely won’t be much around afterward to put them back in.
Here’s my prediction: The 2020 election is going to be a clusterfuck. The Left does not intend to lose, and will do everything in its power to ensure that. As I said in March, I don’t think Creepy Uncle Joe will be the nominee
, but I could be wrong. Honestly, I expect the October Surprise to be an accusation of Donald Trump carousing with Jeffery Epstein and underage girls. Why else would Ghislane Maxwell have turned up now? She might cost them a few low-profile Faithful, maybe a Politburo member or two, but if they lose, the “peaceful protests” we’ve seen recently will seem like a walk in the park. All those “defunded” demoralized police who are now terrified of doing their jobs, won’t. And the Left will discover to their horror that the police aren’t there to protect the citizens from them, but to protect them from the citizens. All those guns and all that ammunition that has been purchased since 2000? Well, when Americans get to fuckery, it will be fuckery unlike anything seen before. The question is, will that shock return them to sanity, or will it be all-out war? I wouldn’t bet on sanity. I’d bet on them doubling-down.
If the Democrats win, and they probably will since they’ll be cheating as hard as possible, they’ll take it as a mandate to really crank up the Progressive agenda, and the millions of us who haven’t swallowed that ideology will be their sworn deadly enemies. They have already weaponized the IRS and the Justice Department against Trump supporters, expect that to be cranked to 11 because the Deep State is deeply Progressive Postmodernist. There will be a breaking point. It might not be in 2021, but it won’t be long thereafter. In the mean time, our position as a World power will be greatly diminished, and other hostile nations will be taking full advantage. China will most probably annex Taiwan. Russia will take over Ukraine and as many of its other former satellites as it can. China and India may exchange nukes. Iran might nuke Israel and/or set one off in the continental U.S. And who the fuck knows what L’il Kim in North Korea is going to do? In short, the 2020 election could be the match that lights off the next World War.
Either way, the United States of America as we know it will no longer exist, and I see no way to stop it. We could have a few decades ago, but we didn’t. We didn’t realize the opposition had gone crazy. Well, Ayn Rand and a few others did, but nobody in a position to do anything listened. By the time Ronald Reagan won the Presidency I think it was already too late. He was too concentrated on defeating the Soviet Union to look into his own back yard.
As Robert Heinlein wrote some time back in the 1960’s, “The worst thing about living in the declining era of a great civilization is knowing that you are.” As on most things, he was right.
Somebody cheer me the fuck up with cat videos. At least this one was only 2,400 words.