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Somehow Christoper Lasch gets all the attention, but the great Economist Joseph Schumpeter (best known for his theory of entrepreneurial "creative destruction") gets no love.
Schumpeter argued that the class struggle that would come to define Western Civilization would not be between capitalists and the proletariat, but rather between two factions of the bourgeoisie. There was the old middle class, who were involved with buying, selling and manufacturing physical things, and the "new class," who earned their living by manipulating "symbolic knowledge."
This is exactly what we see playing out now in the Anglosphere. I try not to hate, but when I fall into hatred, it's not directed so much at the lumpenproletariat of bandits and sexual degenerates who make life increasingly dangerous and disgusting in American cities, but the smug "elites" who deploy them as their foot soldiers to keep the old bourgeoisie fearful and demoralized under the current regime of anarcho-tyranny. Which means - by the way - that the state will not protect you, but will deploy all the force at its command to keep you from protecting yourself.
The "new class" outdo their French compatriots during the end of the Ancien Regime in 1790 in hatred and contempt for the 90% of their countryman who do not enjoy aristocratic privilege, which in 1790 France literally meant different treatment under the law. If you want to see a summary of how that worked, read the first 50 pages of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."
The only thing that has really held back the backlash in this country is that we are so wealthy. When the next recession comes, the counter movement is going to be fearsome. At this point, I can't imagine myself getting too upset at the excesses that will occur as society moves back toward some semblance of peace and justice. The COVID tyrants, the journalistic lickspittles of The Regime, the members of our Coastal Aristocracy, the Deep State vermin that congregate around Washington DC, the partisan lawyers and judges who have created the American Gulag, I don't care what happens to them. The worse the better.
It's been decades since I've seen any real justice occur in this country or in my personal life, and anything that cannot continue forever will not continue forever.
So far, our would-be feudal overlords have succeeded by being somewhat invisible. Until recently discussion of this distinct class of globalist elites would be dismissed as conspiracy. But they are now increasingly visible to everyone.
Ireland is just small, so the degeneration of their elites is happening more quickly than bigger countries. Flooding the country with immigrants who are unsuited to the culture is one example of their contempt. We are all peasants to them.
But the Irish situation is a microcosm of all Western states. The UK, Canada, the USA. The same globalist elites run them all. But as we now see in Ireland they are in fact incompetent. Their days are numbered.
Be it Ireland, the United States, and many parts of Western Europe, and here in Canada, the story is the same regarding this elite class who hate their own citizens. Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a perfect case in point. His treatment of the Freedom Convoy made is abudantly clear that not only does he hate his own citizens, he fears them. Fears them so much that he invoked the equivilant of Marshal Law on the entire country because he feared and hated them so much. In the aftermath we have two of the Convoy's leaders on trial -- a trial that has gone on far to long -- for their role in organizing a peaceful protest on government overreach on COVID mandates. There are also four men in Alberta who have been in custody -- without trial for coming up on two years -- for protesting the government in support of the Convoy. They are called the Coutts Four and considered Canada's political prisoners. Of course another members of this elite class are our very own mainstream media -- who trashed the Convoy and have not given this miscarriage of justice in Albeta not a single line in a newspaper or a single second of airtime.
“We are increasingly governed like occupied countries” perfectly sums up the moment.
I don’t recognize my own country anymore.
We are Ireland; most just don’t realize it yet.
The elite do hate their fellow citizens, but it’s even worse than that. They take pleasure in hurting people. Part of the elite support for the massive illegal migration is that it upsets ordinary citizens as well as putting their physical and financial security at risk. It is also why the elites haughtily support transgenderism. It hurts families. As Chris notes, they project their hatred and sadism for ordinary Americans onto ordinary Americans. That’s why Michael Hayden sees no difference between an Islamist terrorist and a “deplorable.” However, how are the J6 prosecutors and judges, terrorizing citizens (pre-trial detention for nonviolent offenses, terrible conditions, Re-education, 100% conviction rate) for their support for Trump any different from Hamas terrorists showing a young child video of his parents being murdered? In each case, it serves no purpose other than to cause pain.
Great piece, Chris. You should check out a recent interview with Marc Andreesen where he discusses the historical cycle in political systems: monarchy, tyranny, democracy, oligarchy, anarchy. America, and most of the world, is now ruled by an oligarchical, self-appointed, self-replicating elite class. Andreesen observed that the ruling oligarchic elite recruits high-capacity and high-achieving members with the aim of preventing the formation of a new elite that can displace them. So the behavior of our ruling elite, and the absolute disgust they have for the people under them, is no surprise and nothing new. It’s a self-preservation mechanism. We are living under the boot of a minority of disconnected people who associate with each other and live in a world where they are not subject to the consequences of their ideas. Andreesen observed that the elites have the power, the ability to perpetuate their status and prestige, and to set the narrative that legitimizes their rule. If (when) people rise up, the result is anarchy, and society collapses. What is happening in Ireland is just the amuse-bouche. Andreesen believes the antidote is a counter-elite that unifies people around a fundamental principle of liberty (spiritual, intellectual, etc). Which is exactly what terrifies people like Leo Varadkar, Justin Trudeau and their American counterparts, because it delegitimizes them and strips them of power. Andreesen’s vision of a noble counter-elite might be the “happy ending,” but that requires freedom of speech, freedom to disassociate from controlling institutions and form new ones, etc. The Michael Haydens of the world hate that idea, so unfortunately we will continue along the historical pattern. The next step in the cycle isn’t good for anyone.
Chris, you are fast becoming my favorite pundit. I just like the way you outline an issue, dissect it, and wrap it up in a way that even those of us who are not rocket scientists can understand. And you do it in less than 5 minutes. Thanks for consistently making sense out of nonsense.
How many of the elites are smart enough to run a farm? Would you hire one to fix your car? Of the four boxes of the bill of rights; the ballot box, the jury box, the soap box and the cartridge box, the first three can be just swept away over night. The last is real and physical. The late Angelo Codevilla wrote an excellent article on the ruling class in 2010.
Intolerable, indeed. Their one-way hatred and contempt metastasizes with the support of the State, while our revulsion for their evil will soon be made illegal.
No difference at all? On the left, a handgun, for defense. On the right, war weapon, for warring. The "General" needs to go back to his plebe year at Annapolis.
I hate Social Justice....is that hate speech? (I remember getting a laugh a few years back from a comment by one of my favourite journos at a time when enviro-virtue-signalling was at its zenith. 'I hate The Environment' she said.)
They are occupiers! And we are all occupied. The occupiers are: fascist socialist globalists and their globalist agendas.
He's not entirely wrong, both women are displaying good trigger discipline.
Honestly, I'm slighty more concerned about the "Administration" sign and the company culture.
The lady with the Bible would have to show her passport to be allowed into the EU, and on her own dime.
The creature with the words of Mahomet in hand could stroll across any border without any papers, and would be given free housing, and be allowed to bring her entire extended family here eventually, free of charge, and would be handed a free apartment, free money and free everything.
The Kalergi-Coudenhove plan in action.
You know those old white Christian ladies are committing at least 0.01% of the murders in this country, so you should be terrified that they're walking among us.
The NSA data center in Utah is huge. Most likely they are storing a whole lot more than just metadata. I would think that there is another data center just like it somewhere else because you don't build just one of these and put all your eggs in one basket.