Wednesday, August 23, 2017

President Trump Makes it Double Clear on Race

If you hadn't got the message from President Trump's first response to Charlottesville, or the second, or the third, the president made it official last night at a rally in Phoenix. The mainstream media take is that he "ranted and raged."

Trump told us don't hold with no liberal demonization and race-ification on race. He thinks we should all love each other as Americans. Whoever we are, wherever we are from. Just to be sure, he quoted liberally from his previous remarks, just so we all get the point that, on Charlottesville, the fake media has been doing all it can to find fault with him.

Of course it has.

It is becoming clear that President Trump did something strategic with his response to Charlottesville. It is almost as though he had been waiting for an opportunity to change the national rules on race.

The president's line is that both sides in Charlottesville were thugs and that we are Americans, we should love each other, and we should not give into the haters on each side.

You would think this is a narrative that all Americans could rally around, but you would be wrong. If you were listening to NPR this morning, as I did in Uber on the way to the airport, you would be listening to the morning Activism Report with the usual stuff about the eevils of Monsanto and PCPs. And you would also hear about Black Lives activists as though they were the most moderate folks in the world.

Of course, according to NPR, every left-wing extremist is the most moderate person in the world, just doing their activism as every other liberal in the land. And everyone right of center is dabbling with right-wing extremism, maybe even Fascism!

President Trump has basically declared war on that ideological line. No wonder the mainstream media is pissed off.

And really, it only makes sense. The whole point of the Trump candidacy and presidency, as I keep saying, is that ordinary middle-class whites and working-class whites have been the liberal whipping-boys for the last 40 years, and that is monstrous and unjust. On the other hand liberal whites are special, on the liberal view, because they are activists. So they are not included among the Deplorables, that we all deplore as racists, sexists, and homophobes and eevil enablers of Monsanto.

Of course, Trump is taking a risk here. The safe thing to do for Republican and conservative notables for the last 50 years, ever since the Democrats switched from white racism to black racism, is to cringe before the liberal accusation of racism and avoid getting stamped with the scarlet letter R.

Yes, it's comical how everything old is new again. Back in the day, we were all taught by our college teachers what an innocent victim Hester Prynne was, when all she did was fall in love. But now, the women in the liberal village are busily plastering other people with scarlet letters. Who could have predicted it?

Of course, liberals are bound to fight to the death on the race and fascism issue. It is their nuclear weapon, the very foundation of their ideological firepower. Without the ability to demonize ordinary Americans as racists and fascists and drive them out of the public square liberal power would deflate to nothing, If that happens liberals would have to persuade rather than demonize. And that would be too hard.

So I'm right behind President Trump as he battles to change the rules on race. As I wrote a few days ago, there are laws against discrimination of the basis of race. So I'd say that if there is a problem on race it must be because the enforcement bureaucracies are asleep on the job.

And the point is that the passage of anti-discrimination laws misses the point. The big deal about Jim Crow was that government actually passed laws mandating discrimination by race. The problem in the South was that eevil businessmen were too inclined to treat people as people, not as members of races. So there had to be a law to stop them from mixing up the races in the pursuit of profit.

If, today, the average employer is disinclined to hire young black men in baggy pants, so that their wage rate falls below that of young black men and others that do not dress like gang members, then a market opportunity arises for employers to hire such young men at a lower wage, and maybe make big profits. Maybe.

And the dirty little secret is that employers are more interested in profits than in race. That's why the South had to pass those Jim Crow laws.

So I'm all in favor of President Trump's policy of a pox on both their houses. I imagine that he is banking on some poll data that shows the average American is sick to death of watching rich-kid liberals doing their activism thing and getting fawning coverage from the mainstream media.

And here is my big prediction. I think that all the Trumpian emphasis on love and everyone coming together as Americans is going to play particularly well among women. Women really don't like young men marching and rioting in the streets. It makes them feel unsafe.

I can't imagine why.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Is This the Sixties All Over Again?

When I was a lad, I came to the United States in 1968 and of course I was a Democrat. I went to a Humphrey rally in Seattle at the old Arena in the Seattle Center.

But Nixon won.

Then, four years later I remember watching PBS as they lovingly attended George McGovern at his family's summer place right before the Democratic National Convention.

Then Nixon won 60-40.

I started to think that maybe there was something here that I didn't understand.

By 1976 I was a US citizen and I voted for President Ford.

In 1980 I attended a Republican presidential caucus out in the suburbs leaning to Bush, and was startled by the Reagan contingent, of men that looked like they were technicians of some kind.

So really, nothing has changed. We still have rich kids going to college and getting radicalized by their lefty professors, and rioting in the streets. And we still have the white working class and the ordinary middle class who want nothing to do with rich kids playing at revolution in the street.

I am talking about Black Lives Matter and Antifa. These groups are not the desperate cry of the downtrodden masses, but rich kids playing politics with other peoples' lives, as rich kids have always done down the ages, whether Harry Percy mixing it up with Prince Hal or Karl Marx issuing a fatwa against capitalism.

The question is: will the Left walk off a cliff like it did in the Sixties and Seventies? Or will it be different this time?

The answer of course is that history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes.

Let us look at it this way. Leftism is the religion of the educated classes in the West. The Sixties was an eruption of left-wing secular-religious enthusiasm that was not shared by the average American. It took two Nixon presidential wins, and two Reagan wins and one Bush win before the Democrats realized that they had to tack back to the middle, with the most talented politician of his generation, Bill Clinton.

Looking back it is pretty obvious that, once Bill Clinton was elected, the educated class started moving back left. Because it's their religion. The left demonized George W. Bush just like they demonized Richard Nixon.

Then came Barack Obama, sold as a bright young moderate African American, although we now know that we was pretty far left. I dare say that if Obama hadn't been African American his leftist policies would have led to defeat in 2012. But to oppose Obama meant that you were a racist, and so Obama won reelection, but with less of a majority that in 2008.

So now we have a Republican president reviled by the left, again, and one that the left is openly proposing to impeach, again.

So, if history rhymes, we should expect that it will take five or six presidential elections before the Democrats get the message, again.

Here's what I think. I think that the reality of modern democratic politics is bribing the electorate. Arch-conservative Lord Salisbury, Prime Minister of Britain in the late 19th century knew this, and was happy to pass a free-education bill right before an election to garner working-class votes.

But I think that the ruling class wrinkles its nose at this unpleasant smell. It would rather inhale the sweet smell of noble intent: to rescue women and minorities from exploitation; to save the planet from climate change. It would rather not think of the reality of its entitlement politics.

But really governing is just the shabby deal of bribing the electorate with their own money, and giving the scions of the ruling class cool jobs in the State Department or the EPA.

And the average voter just wants a quiet life unperturbed by wars and financial crashes.

You can see that there is a profound gulf between the agenda of the ruling class and the ordinary voter. The ruling class wants to strut and fret its hour upon the stage; the voter just wants a quiet life improved by some free stuff from the government.

Who will win out this time? Nobody knows.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Teaching Young Men NOT to Fight

The big problem of the human race, ever since the dawn of agriculture, is giving young men something else to do.

You see, in the hunter-gatherer age every young man was enrolled in the Border Patrol. When he wasn't patrolling the border he was probably making and repairing weapons.

But then came the agricultural age and a lot fewer young men were needed to patrol the border, which was now assigned to border specialists, called "marcher lords," that retained the necessary fierceness required for survival in borderlands.

But what about the rest of the men? What would they do, now that their services were only occasionally needed for warfare? The answer was simple. They would be needed for plowing. It turned out that women, who were perfectly good at most agricultural tasks, suffered miscarriages if they attempted the heavy work of plowing. And so, indeed, throughout the agricultural age, men found new roles doing the heavy and dangerous work. What a relief.

But then came the industrial age and much bigger political units, featuring the nation state. Now even fewer men were needed to be soldiers, and very few were needed for the backbreaking labor on the farm. For a while, at least, men were used in the backbreaking work of mining and work in iron smelters and steelworks. But then came the day when machines started taking over most of the heavy work from men. Now what? Perfectly simple. Men would now sit staring at computers all day building computer models rather than actual buildings and models.

But the truth is that all along, what young men really like to do is get out in the street and break a few heads, and there are always older men encouraging them in this reversion to instinct.

Here's another problem. For the last two hundred years, in the Great Enrichment, a new idea has sprung upon the world. It is that people should negotiate their differences through the price system instead of by war or by government force. But almost immediately a reactionary movement arose, that we call the Left. It argued that the peace of the price system was a sham. In fact, the left argued, revolutionary force would be needed to abolish the price system and its exploitations so that people could live in perfect harmony without the malevolent influence of prices.

No doubt. Except that the Southern racists found it necessary to write segregation laws to prevent businessmen from treating people like people on buses, and in the job market.

And where there is discrimination in the workplace, is there not an opportunity for a canny entrepreneur? Suppose that an evil software company refused to hire women software engineers? Would it not pay an entrepreneur to hire women, and pay them less because of the market marginalization of women, and make bigger profits than the companies that only hired men software engineers? Or is something else at work?

The truth is that none of us really like the results of the price system. And so we get government to rectify the situation, by force. And another truth is that men are natural warriors and rather like being called to the colors and having a nice big dust-up. The price system makes it very difficult to have regular, satisfying dust-ups.

No doubt that is why the left keeps erupting every generation onto the streets. That male fighting instinct keeps erupting in another cohort of human males. Right now we have Black Lives Matter that enacts not very peaceful protests because it doesn't like the way that the police harass young black men on the street. And we have Antifa that believes that violence is the only response to hate speech. Of course they do. There are always young men coming up that can rationalize their natural instinct for war. Only these days they say that they are fighting for peace and justice.

And there will always be new grievances. That's because the price system doesn't care. If employers are mildly prejudiced against young black men in baggy pants, then the wages for young black men in baggy pants will be a bit lower than for white young men that look like they will follow instructions. It ain't fair, but it isn't the end of the world. Then there are the little old ladies that insist on hiring only female certified nurse's assistants to look after them. What about the perfectly nice male CNAs? Distcrimination!

But after all the Sturm und Drang, there is still the problem of what to do with young men and their natural instinct to march towards the sound of the guns.

That is the basic problem of civilization: how to tame the young men from fighting and turn them to working, from military victory to market share victory.

And when our liberal ruling class turns a blind eye to the violence of left-wing activist groups that are trying to subvert the price system, or blow up minor cases of discrimination into major political conflagrations, they are turning the clock back to a more violent world.

Even as they pat each other on the back for their devotion to justice and compassion.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Trump is Doing What He Was Elected To Do

In all the left-generated outrage about Charlottesville, let us not take our eyes off the ball.

Donald Trump was nominated to be the presidential candidate of the Republican Party because he did what national Republicans had been afraid to do. He took out after the politically correct, and said things you are not allowed to say on race and sex. For that even Ted Cruz, who was running as the bad boy of the Republican Party, attacked him.

Then Nominee Trump ran against the Hillary Clinton, who represents everything about the corrupt status-quo, and beat her by running up majorities in states that the Democrats assumed were safe for them, attracting votes from the nominally Democrat white working class and other deplorables.

Given how he ran for president, his response to Charlottesville was right down the middle, blaming both sides and saying that there are good people on both sides.

One thing he did not say: even Trump dared not say it. White nationalist and neo-Nazi and KKK groups are a minor problem, because they have no support from the intellectual elite. But a racist group like Black Lives Matter is a problem, because it gets fawning coverage from the mainstream media and the intellectual elite, not to mention funding from the like of George Soros's foundations. But you will notice that the president did not call out Black Lives Matter by name.

And then there is Antifa. You will note that our liberal friends used to write about "peaceful protesters." Then when activists started attacking Trump supporters they began to write about "mostly peaceful protesters." Now they write about violence on both sides. However, do not doubt that white supremacists and KKK and neo-Nazis are the worst things in the world.

It would be funny, if it weren't so sad. Liberals condemn loser white racism yet actually encourage black racism led by rich-kid blacks. And the rank-and-file liberals go along and nod their heads to the utter incoherence of the political catch-phrases that are ladled out by their leaders and thinkers.

Look, I get it. Politics is Division. The stock-in-trade of political activists is to find issues with which to divide people, because that is how you get votes and get elected. Wealth is a hardy perennial. Class had its day for about a century. Race is as good as anything. Hey, you can even exploit the eternal battle of the sexes. Nobody ever went wrong by attacking greedy bankers and oily moneylenders. And you can get a lot of mileage out of the charge of treason and collusion with the Russians.

The whole idea of social animals is that we do not use force against the people in our community. Thus politics is always a threat against the peace within the community as we enact threats and accusations against the Other in our community during the sham fight of an election or a "peaceful protest."

The big problem in our age is not the resentful remains of the Confederate South, or the yahoos that have learned that the way to get attention is to wave swastikas around. The big problem is the reactionary movement of the left that believes race and gender politics, dividing the races and sexes, is the way to bring on a paradise on earth. Hey, I thought that the whole idea of the nation was to get beyond tribalism.

And this after 200 years of the Great Enrichment, in which the culture of surrender to the will of the market and its upstart innovators rather than to feudal barons and ideological buccaneers has increased per-capita income by 3,000 percent for everyone.

Like I say. The great achievement of civilization is to wean young men away from their instinctive love  of threat displays and border warfare and channel their energy into plowing, and latterly into work for wages and the titanic battle for market share.

But when young thugs are battling in the streets for bragging rights about Confederate monuments then something is going wrong.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yes, So Who Will Win in the Battle of Identity vs. Nation

So this week I read that Fox couldn't get Republicans to come on TV and support President Trump on Charlottesville. But I also read that Steve Bannon told a lefty journalist:
The Democrats … the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.
Meanwhile the Z-Man analyzes the globalists and their notion that when the migrants have migrated all over the world (i.e., into the West) that a global government would be staffed by the same folks that staff the UN: the "rich brats of the world’s political elite."

There also seems to be a suggestion out there that the left's attack on Confederate, and now Founders monuments, is part of some cunning plan from deep down in the liberal-Democratic nexus. The idea is that blacks believed that the Obama presidency would unload tons of loot on them, and it didn't happen. So now they are hopping mad and the Dems need to channel their rage into something.

Or it might lead blacks to give up on politics and start dying of despair, like the last lot that were betrayed by the progressive elite: the white working class.

But it does raise the question of which is better at winning the hearts and minds of the people: identity politics or nationalism?

Let the world note that the three great evil geniuses of the 20th century, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, all found the need to combine their millennial socialism with nationalism. For Hitler, it was National Socialism; for Stalin it was Socialism in one Country. And Mao stood at the Gate of the Forbidden City and apparently did not tell the Han people that "the Chinese People have stood up."

But these were practical men, who would do anything to seize power and then keep it. The theoreticians of the left have always been opposed to the nation state, believing in a single paradise on Earth without boundaries and nations. And so they have always been working on undermining the notion and the fact of the nation by organizing people into sub-national groups: class, race, gender; or supranational groups like the UN and the EU.

On both cases, note that the same people will get to be the rulers.

My idea is that this war on the nation is the most foolish thing in the world, and I like to say that the world-be global ruling class took exactly the wrong lesson from all the nationalism and the fascism of the 1920s and 1930s.

My point is that, despite the stupid World War I, the inflations of the 1920s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the suffering peoples of the west were successfully rallied to support and fight for their nations. The German workers, perhaps the most radicalized of any by the socialist wave, all rallied to Germany and fought for the Fatherland, twice. The British working class that had gone on a General Strike in the 1920s nevertheless rallied to Britain in World War II. In the US all  the divisions of the 1930s were healed and everyone rallied to fight for victory over the Nazis and the Japs. I have a 12-CD set of World War II songs put out by Tin Pan Alley, all singing the praises of the war.

Yet after World War II the global elite decided "never again." The people cannot be trusted not to be fascists, they decided, so we must step in and neutralize the fascist bug.

Actually, what the first half of the century proved was that, no matter how badly they were governed, and how badly the ruling class screwed up, the people could still be rallied and unified to support and fight for their nations.

It is clear from President Trump's actions, and from the words of Steve Bannon, that the president is trying to rally the people once again to the notion of nation. And that the rest of the ruling class is opposed to the idea.

Are Trump and Bannon right? Or is the rest of the ruling class? I don't know. All I know is that "nation" is a very powerful idea.

Maybe it is too powerful for some people, and that is why they want to knock it down.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump Puts a Stake in the Ground on Race

Whoever said that the mainstream media were good for nothing? Their lefty frenzy over the Saturday Charlottesville riot has forced President Trump to clarify his position on the race question.

On Saturday, President Trump issued a statement that blamed "many sides" for the riot. He then proceeded to stake out a position that we are all Americans etc.

But the liberals in the media didn't like that, and neither did the old GOP establishment, like Attorney General Sessions and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). What all  these people demanded was a condemnation of white racism. OK, so on Monday Trump gave it to them, and they didn't like it.

But then, on Tuesday, at a press conference in Trump Tower about his infrastructure initiatives, Trump made it clear that he blames both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Meanwhile Mitt Romney tweeted a condemnation of the white nationalists.

OK. So Trump didn't call out Black Lives Matter as black racists, and he didn't call out the Antifa as fascists by any other name. But he has made it perfectly clear where he stands. He stands in the middle and condemns racists and rioters of both the left and the right.

So let me return to Trump's remarks that I posted on Monday.
Above all else we must remember this truth: no matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we're proud of our country, we're proud of who we are. So we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. 
My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other, ideally we have to love each other.
Do you see what the president (or Stephen Miller or Steve Bannon or whoever) is doing? He is doing the only thing that can stave off a ruinous white identity politics. He is saying: enough off all this division and hate; we are Americans; we are a nation. We must restore the bonds of trust and loyalty. We must cherish our history and our future together.

We must come back together as a nation.

And the extremists of both sides are to blame.

Frankly, if you are a racist, sexist homophobe like me you have been waiting 40 years for a Republican to have the guts to say this. But for 40 years Republicans and conservatives have been afraid, afraid of the accusation of racism and automatic conviction from which there is no appeal.

Now comes Trump, and he has made his position clear. He stands right in the middle, an American president for Americans. Can he succeed? Can he tempt the victims out of their identity ghettos, and get all of us to stand together on the glorious fruited plain of America and Americanism?

Nobody knows. But here are a couple of points.

First, Trump may be doing himself a favor by getting into a pissing match with the CEOs that have been resigning from his manufacturing council over the Charlottesville flap. If Trump has a weak spot, it is the suspicion that Trump, the billionaire, is probably in bed with the CEOs and the rest of the billionaires.

Second, Trump may be doing himself a favor with women. Women do not like street riots, any more than they understand hunting and the crunch of beef in football. Women do not settle their arguments with fists, their dirty work by naming and shaming. And women understand that when rioters are in the streets women are particularly vulnerable.

But the basic point is that Trump has done what no other Republican has dared to do. He has plunged his hand into the radioactive bath of race. Time will tell whether he will live to tell the tale.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Left's Syllabus of Errors: Postmodernism

A typical critique of postmodernism from the right is that it flies in the face of "logic, reason, and objective truth." The idea that everything is relative, a "narrative," is offensive to those of us that adhere to traditional ideas of politics and culture.

On the contrary, the postmodernists are exactly right that there is no objective truth, and that everything is a narrative, and usually a narrative for power.

Presumably ever since mankind began to be self-conscious we have searched for the truth and the meaning of life, the universe and everything. And in every religion, every culture, every philosophy, every political program, we think we have found it.

But our present astonishing civilization is built on the realization, that began, let us say, with Descartes, that "we don't know." Descartes thought he had solved the problem with "I think, therefore I am." But he didn't.

To me, the central insight is that of Kant, who argued -- using reason and logic -- that we cannot know "things-in-themselves" but only sense impressions. When you "see" an object out there, according to post-Kantian theory, you are interpreting in your brain the response of the rods and cones in your eyes that were irritated by lots of quanta of electromagnetic radiation, photons that were transmitted from the surface of the object and then processed and concentrated by the lens in your eye. So what is really real in all that?

Probably there is something really real out there, but my interpretation of Kant is that we should be really careful before we announce that, here, finally, is the final word on that object out there. In my view the whole success of modern science from relativity -- hey, space and time are relative -- to quantum mechanics -- hey, the basic unit of the universe is a probability -- is based on the narrative that we are not observing things-in-themselves but only sense impressions processed by our brains.

On this view, relativity is a "narrative," but it is a really good narrative, and if you believe it is true you can launch GPS satellites into orbit that let you use a map app on your smartphone and get where you want to go.

On this view, capitalism is also a "narrative," and a really good narrative. Following the narrative we humans have increased per-capita income by 30 times, 3,000 percent, in the 200 years of the Great Enrichment. There has been nothing like it, ever.

On this view, socialism is a "narrative," and a really bad one. Following its narrative socialist leaders have plunged their peoples again and again into poverty, famine, and death. See the Soviet Union, Maoist China, and now Venezuela.

In other words, everyone has a narrative. The question is, does it work? Here's Shakespeare's Harry
GLENDOWER: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

HOTSPUR: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?
Now, the narrative of the postmodernists is that under the rule of the patriarchy white males have accumulated "white privilege" that has harmed and marginalized everyone else, from white women to "people of color" to LGBT sexual minorities. The postmodernists offer a range of government policies that they argue will rectify the marginalization and injustice suffered by these victims of the patriarchy. One of their central policies is to us government power to rectify "under-representation." It is argued, for instance, that white and Asian men are over-represented in Silicon Valley tech companies, and that the tech companies should make a special effort to hire women and non-Asian minorities to redress the balance.

The narrative of the postmodernists is that the fact that some 80 percent of tech company employees are white or Asian men is an injustice, and that government force should be used to redress it. But what about a counter-narrative? There are, you might argue, a lot of innocent reasons why white and Asian men might dominate tech employment, but you are not allowed to raise those questions, as the defenestration of Google employee James Damore demonstrated.

So, on the one hand we have a narrative that says, in effect, that we should let the white and Asian male nerds do their thing in Tech-land and not get too exercised about the gender and race statistics, although certainly it would be nice for all walks of life to participate in the tech experience, and there is plenty of room to disagree.

On the other hand we have a narrative that says that any gender or racial imbalance in the workplace is an injustice that must be rectified by government power and you are not allowed to disagree.

Since all narratives are relative and a narrative for power, you figure out which narrative you would like to live under.

So what does this all mean?

In my view, it all makes sense if you regard the left as a reactionary movement that believes that political power and government force are the means to create a just and peaceful world. This used to be true before the industrial revolution when food was life and the only way to survive in the world was to find land on which you could grow food and defend your land against all comers.

Today, all that has changed. Today it doesn't matter who owns the food-growing land. All that matters is that food is available to buy and sell on the market. All that matters is that everything is available to buy and sell on the market, because then there is no need to use force.

But if the world doesn't need so much political power and force, what happens to people that are interested in power? Perfectly simple. They start looking in dark corners for occasions where force is the only answer. Back in the 19th century Marx decided that force was the only answer to the inevitable immiseration of the workers under capitalism. But in fact the workers thrived under capitalism. Then came the Frankfurt School and postmodernism and decided that women and blacks and colonized peoples were horribly exploited and marginalized. So the white patriarchs gave women the vote and got out of imperialism, and gave civil rights to blacks and other racial and sexual minorities. So what's the problem?

The problem is that some people still believe, after all the evidence of the last 200 years, that force is the answer. On my narrative, they are dead wrong.

My narrative is that, while government force and political power are still needed, because there are still people that worship power and want to dominate other men, there is only a very narrow area where political power and government force are beneficial. That's because in the market system, anyone suffering under exploitation and marginalization can quit and go down the street and get a job somewhere else.

And Marx's basic prophecy turned out to be wrong. He thought that the new industrial era would replace the lord's domination of the peasantry with the bourgeoisie's domination of the workers. But he was wrong, and for a curious reason. It turned out that the bourgeoisie was not that interested in power. It was more interested in building businesses in transportation, energy, electricity, manufacturing, computers, and the internet. Hey, let's go to Mars, say the billionaires.

But some people are still interested in power, and they worship it. Instead of the bourgeoisie bidding for political power we got a New Class of educated youth that wanted power and that developed a narrative to justify it.

I would say that wherever this New Class has obtained power it has rained misery and division upon ordinary people, because of one simple fact. We humans are social animals, and we thrive by minimizing the need for force. The whole point of social animals is reducing the need for force. Any narrative that wants to increase the use of force is going against the fundamental proposition of social animals, to reduce the use of force among "us."

Let us tell a story.

In the story of humanity, initially hunter-gatherers, the range of social cooperation was small, just an extended family. Every male was involved in defending the territory by force and the result was that 500 people per 100,000 died a violent death each year. But then humans invented agriculture. Now the size of the territory was much bigger and only marcher lords and their retainers were needed to defend the territory. A lot more people could engage in the social cooperation of growing food and building temples and pyramids and cathedrals. The annual violent death rate dropped to 50 people per 100,000 population. But then humans invented manufacturing and global trade and steam transportation and on and on. Now only a small professional army was needed to defend the borders, and a navy to patrol the sea lanes, and nearly everyone could work in the market system in peace. The annual violent death rate dropped to 5 people per 100,000 population. Oh, and the per capita income grew by 30 times in 200 years.

On this narrative the progressive left is a vile and evil band of troublemakers, picking at the few remaining scabs of injustice in a society that is otherwise astonishingly just and peaceful.

It is up to us to rise up and send them packing.