Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What is George Soros' Game?

There are still a number of things in this world that I don't get. So I have a trigger in my mind looking for explanations.

For instance, I have been wondering about Karl Marx's famous phrase from Das Kapital.
A mass of free proletarians was hurled on the labour market by the breaking-up of the bands of feudal retainers, who, as Sir James Steuart well says, “everywhere uselessly filled house and castle.”
What was going on, I wondered? Then I got the answer. The absolute monarchs were disarming the nobles, ending their private armies. So the nobles "hurled" the peasants off their lands. If the peasants couldn't be used as soldiers, who needed them?

One of my questions is: What does George Soros want? Why is he funneling money at the Democratic Party in the US? In the American Thinker today editor Thomas Lifson calls Soros "a brilliant mastermind, the closest thing to a real-life Bond villain in human history." Soros is trying to influence the election of district attorneys.

I am willing to judge Soros a mastermind as a speculator and investor, but I doubt if he is a political mastermind. Actually, he seems merely to be pouring money into the global elite's program for global, supranational governance. And the central drive in that program is to delegimitize nationalism and the nation state.

I get this. I understand that the global elite is trying to save us from ourselves, we poor deluded rubes, from the evils of aggressive nationalism, and trying to substitute rule by a wise and educated global elite that knows what's what and what is good for us.

So the global elite is building supranational institutions like the European Union to undermine the nation state and fostering sub-national identities to undermining nationalism and national identity, substituting race and ethnic and gender identity for national identity.

The supranational project is foundering because, in the words of British anti-immigration politician Enoch Powell, he of the Rivers of Blood speech, the EU could not work because there was no European demos, no European people.

Powell was arguing that a wise and providential elite needs to foster a popular identity that matches up with the political identity. If you are going to have a nation state, then you need to create a national myth that creates loyalty in the people to the nation. If you are going to have a supranational state then you need to teach the people to love the supranational identity.

How do you do that? You start a war. That's how Bismarck unified the German peoples into a single nation state. That's how the patriots of 1776 created the American identity, by making war on the Brits.

Our leaders and betters understand this perfectly when it comes to their sub-national race and gender politics. You gin up wars on women, police wars on young blacks, evil Christian wars on gays and you inspire young mixed-race quarterbacks to snub the national anthem.

And Soros is in the middle of all this, with his support for Black Lives Matter. His strategy seems to be to support anything that weakens the nation state. This is because, for him, coming to adulthood as a Hungarian Jew in the mid 1940s, aggressive nationalism is the worst thing ever.

Only I'd say that aggressive progressivism, aka the Soviet Union, Maoist China, Pol Pot, is worse by an order of magnitude.

Personally, I think this is all a dreadful mistake. It is a mistake to push supranational states until you have a supranational demos. And I don't just mean the educated elite. You have to get the ordinary people identifying as Europeans if you want to have a European state. Problem is that the only way this worked in the past is to have a war.

It is also a mistake to weaken the national identity with race and gender and localist identity politics. The global elite thinks that its support of race and gender identity politics is a cunning way to dislodge the nation state. But I think that they are mistaken. I think that the race and gender identity politics will lead in the end to civil war, because at some point the wise and accomplished ruling class will lose control of its identity groups.

I don't think that George Soros, brilliant mastermind, has really thought this deeply about things. He just thinks as his globalist clique pals think, that they must stop the slide to fascism.

But fascism arose out of the chaos and governmental ineptitude in the years after World War I, in response to the first big failure of the educated and wise European elite. It is a conceit to imagine that today's educated and wise elite is any better than the elite of a century ago. Governments and ruling classes always blunder from one disaster to another, because they really don't have a clue what they are doing; they only think they do.

It is pretty obvious, to me, that today's ruling class is blundering into a new disaster, right now. That's because, like all humans, the ruling class doesn't have a clue. That's why we have religion, to persuade ourselves that we really do understand life, the universe, and everything.

Only we don't. We don't understand life, the universe, and everything, and we probably never will.

And that includes George Soros.

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