Christopher Chantrill on a member of the Establishment who tried, and tried, and tried again–in vain–to tell that Establishment it was steering the ship of state into an iceberg:
They can’t admit that conservatives are right, because it destroys their politics.
E.g, Charles Murray in Losing Ground: Great Society programs didn’t work. Ignore him.
Charles Murray in The Bell Curve: modern era benefits cognitive elite and hurts low IQ people. Racist!
Charles Murray in Coming Apart: Top 25% doing fine; middle 50% so-so. Bottom 25%, men don’t work much and women don’t marry much. Ignore him.
How can they change now?
He gave them an answer predating Andrew Yang by over a decade. Instead of following his advice and instituting a UBI, they’re going to raise the federal minimum wage.
This will make things worse. A UBI lifts the bottom up. An increased minimum wage cuts the bottom off. With a UBI and the ability to earn a $10/hour wage, those at the bottom of the economic ladder have prospects for climbing up and the means to survive until they do. With no UBI and the skills commensurate with a $10/hour wage, a $15/hour minimum wage leaves those at the bottom too far down to grab the bottom rung of the economic ladder and nothing to live on.
A dissident leftist tries to offer a dissident rightist a way out of a self-isolating virtual ghetto. From dfordoom’s lips to God’s ears:
If you have a problem with someone who is Jewish you will in every case find that the person is a member of the elite, so focus your attacks on the elites. Very few people outside the far right hate Jews but almost everybody hates the elites. Almost everybody hates bankers and billionaires. Hollywood moguls, tech monopolists, elite academics, politicians, media tycoons and journalists are pretty generally despised.
So focus on attacking people for being bankers, billionaires, Hollywood moguls, tech monopolists, elite academics, politicians, media tycoons and journalists.
It’s highly likely that in most cases the reasons these people are enemies of society is that they’re bankers, billionaires, Hollywood moguls, tech monopolists, elite academics, politicians, media tycoons and journalists.
Support was higher at first because all we saw was the LARPers. Then the cop died, and footage came out of the violence.
The riot was WRONG, dammit. It was a riot. It wasn’t a damned insurrection. It was stupid. And it gave the gov’t every chance to crush dissent.
Any support of this is crazy and WRONG.
Ashli Babbit’s death was tragic, but it was the saving grace of what the Establishment is now referring to as “1/6” in a galling attempt to elevate its severity to that of 9/11. Had she not paid the ultimate price, all ambiguity about the outcome would have been wiped away. As it stands, she makes things a little more complicated:
I am going to say something wildly unpopular in my circles.
I've watched every video I can find of the Capitol Police shooting Trump supporter, Ashli Babbit.
It's a bad shooting.
3 police officers were behind her and should've stopped her themselves.
She was unarmed.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 8, 2021
The incursion into the Capitol Building was a depressingly fitting end for the Trump presidency–a theatric display that antagonized the Establishment without doing a thing to challenge its hold on power. To the contrary, both have provided pretenses for the Establishment to consolidate its grip with the support of most of the public. Kind of like 9/11 and the Patriot Act. They aren’t subtle about these things.
Unlike those who celebrated months of rioting over the summer before trying to scrub evidence of those celebrations at they clutched their pearls a few weeks ago, nebulafox is consistent:
I agree with them on the assessment of “these people were scumbag rioters who should have the book thrown at them and Trump is a pathological liar who egged them on”. Not disputing that. Might not win me a lot of fans here to say that, but there you go.
Why I go from that to “still, **** you people and the horse you rode in on” is because of three factors:
1) The Democrats and their media allies simped for, lied on the behalf of, covered up for, apologized and gaslighted for the worst riots in American history *less than a year ago*. The new President’s staffers still are providing money to bail out people responsible for that. There’s a certain point where your sheer hypocrisy is going to undermine everything you touch, even the accurate stuff. Let alone the flatly dishonest stuff, like the notion that this was an attempted coup or that Americans should not fear the corporate censorship they are embracing.
2) The sanctimony of the GOP Establishment wears extremely thin when they are busy feting the same people who launched the Iraq War as advisors for the new “domestic war on terror”, helped get us to the point of corporate control of public life as much as anybody, flat out stated that millions of Americans were not worth spending 2,000 dollars on, and were themselves happy to work with Trump for four years as long he passed their stupid tax cuts and appointed the judges they wanted. Enough with the moralism. Revival of public respect for institutions requires the institutions themselves to admit where they’ve failed and change first.
3) And no, this wasn’t a “coup attempt”: this was a bunch of obese LARPers throwing a collective tantrum and forming a lynch mob on the behalf of a narcissist who cowardly disposed of them when he was done with them, like everything else he’s touched in life. But an insurrection? A coup? As someone originally from Pakistan presumably old enough to remember military rule, I’m sure know you better than most online commentators what a real coup actually is. You know, tanks in the capital, the military hijacking radio stations, high profile disappearances, that kind of thing.
The distinction is important because this is the justification that our elites-media, economic, bureaucratic, and political-are going to use for Patriot Act 2.0, Jack Dorsey edition. At what point over the last 12 months have they demonstrated that we should trust them in… anything?
These events will be forgotten in the ensuing months. Sadly, America has become a place where mass shootings, bombings, stolen elections, Capitol stormings, and the grossest perversions of justice no longer even merit a passing yawn. I believe we are starting to enter a post-hyperrealistic age where media sensationalism has run its course and where significant events aren’t even noticed anymore. The whole point is just to amble aimlessly around and around Piccadilly Circus whether London Bridge falls down or the bombs rain down on St. Paul’s.
Perhaps in what Karl Rove allegedly referred to as the “reality-based community”, but the bipartisan war criminals assembled on the West Front to bear witness to Biden’s inauguration view that as a mere obstacle to be navigated. How many tens of thousands of people have been tortured because of John Brennan, and he has the nerve to pretend that a goofball in a goatskin walking around the Capitol Building is the worst thing America has ever done? Yes, he does. They all do.
Arclight on how the GOP, if it was serious about restoring its electoral competitiveness, could outflank the Democrats on the campaign finance issue that used to animate the party’s base before the Democrats became corporate America’s senior partner a generation ago:
A lot of donations to the parties just go to various parasitic consultants on messaging and so on, so my guess is there is a lot of fat that could be cut without really damaging the party’s prospects, so long as they have the brains to run on the issues normal people care about rather than a thinly-disguised Chamber of Commerce policy platform.
But yes, this also opens the door for the GOP to highlighting just how much money the Democrats take from huge companies while claiming to be the party of the unheard. They could be even bolder and outflank the left if they proposed a Constitutional amendment to address campaign finance, but my guess is that the Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell faction is still way too strong to contemplate anything that would turn down the spigot when it comes to the constellation of political consultants and lobby shops that employ their former aides.
With regards to the Paul Ryan faction, sure, it’d be an instance of turning a weakness into a virtue rather than anything like a genuine conviction that putting politicians on sale makes a mockery of the democratic process, but it would work.
It’s not called the Cynical Party, though. It’s called the Stupid Party. Stupid is as stupid does, so it won’t happen.
Chrisnonymous on the unsettling potential of the lockdowns transforming a long vacation into long-term unemployment:
In reality, many people are enjoying the lockdowns. They don’t have to go to work. I am in the same situation. My work has been reduced from 8+ hours 6 days a week to about 6 hours 3-4 days a week. I’m loving it for now, but of course, I know there is a price to pay in the future. Also, if my employer goes under, I’m screwed. But there are probably many people, especially in western Europe, who feel like they are simply living the European welfare state lifestyle on steroids. This is very dangerous for society as it’s unsustainable and is one of the main reasons the lockdowns need to end.
This provides an opportunity to reiterate a fear I have of a fundamental change the Covid response may have set in motion. If an employer doesn’t need an employee at the office in person and is able to function just fine interacting with that employee remotely, why does the employee need to be living in America on an American middle class salary? If the work can be outsourced across town, why can’t it be outsourced across the globe?