If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; …
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, …If — (Rudyard Kipling, 1895)
The world is hypnotized deeply. Living in a dimly-lit room walled by mirrors, they think they see the world. They re-post and “like” the few thoughts permitted on Facebook and Twitter, and think themselves clever to do so.
Millennia ago, Plato described that mindlessness memorably as the allegory of the cave, in his otherwise evil book Republic. More recently, that story was rendered into film as “The Truman Show”, and also more violently as “The Matrix”.
Rebels who think for themselves are a menace to the hive. Obedience is preferred, not merely by the rulers, but also by the subjects, who merely want to be comfortable. Freedom is not just a luxury, but actually a threat. Evidence is not proof, but rather a threat.
We are being denied our right to communicate freely. We are being denied our right to a fair election. We are being denied our right to be heard in court. We are being denied our right to be heard in public.
This does not end well. Let us consider the paths forward.
First, we should agree that the Republican party is dead, along with its affiliated “conservative” institutions in the media and think-tanks. In the future, no politician deserves our vote if that person will not confirm that he or she would have voted to challenge the 2020 presidential electors from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. And no media show deserves our patronage if it features another interview with Lindsey Graham promising that this time – I really mean it! – THIS time he will get to the bottom of it. Unleash the kraken!
The details of a new party platform – say the American Party – need detailed discussion in future columns. Some brief points would include:
- national voter ID;
- completion of the border wall;
- national e-Verify for employment;
- dramatic slowing of immigration, including a complete stop from certain areas;
- vouchers for parents of all K-12 students;
- four-year terms for senators;
- balanced budget and line-item veto;
- 20-year lifetime limit as a civilian federal employee, whether civil service, politician, or judge.
It is very doubtful that patriots will ever win another election, however. The left will ensure that all 22 million illegal aliens get amnesty and voter registration; that DC and Puerto Rico become states, with four new Democrat senators; and that multiple new justices are added to the Supreme Court.
Many say civil war is inevitable. Anyone who questions this received wisdom is accused of not having enough testosterone, or perhaps not enough cortisol. But no hallucinogen is powerful enough to change the fact that the left controls ALL aspects of society relating to command, control, communication, and intelligence: GAMETEBB (government, academia, media, entertainment, technological elite, big business). No blustering braggart on the internet has shown yet the ability to lead an insurgency.
That leaves us with secession. Consider again the political map of the states from an earlier column, updated to reflect the Georgia senate runoff.
The core conservative area is the north central region, the upper plains states and the upper mountain west. Many of these hardcore conservative states could not be bothered to join the Texas lawsuit against voter fraud, nor could they be bothered to object to fraudulent electors. This has puzzled me greatly. What hope is there for America if even its most conservative region blithely accepts a stolen election?
I believe the answer is in their great distance from the troublesome coastal urban areas. These sparsely populated states do not feel greatly bothered by the social engineering coming out of Washington; they can afford to ignore Washington to some extent. I don’t think this idyll will survive the coming Harris-ANTIFA-BLM-AOC presidency. At some point, this region may eagerly embrace the vision of James Wesley Rawles as an American Redoubt: https://survivalblog.com/redoubt/
Until then, I think the best models for the survival of Western civilization are those of Jews and Christians under persecution. Christians were persecuted for three centuries in the Roman Empire until the conversion of Constantine. Jews survived exile for nineteen centuries by an intense devotion to learning.
I have been surprised to discover how many of the great classics of Western literature have been turned into reasonably good movies, which may entertain children and young adults. The next step is suggested by an Orthodox rabbi with whom I once studied, advertising one of his Torah classes: “You’ve seen the movie” (Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments), “now read the book!”
I am looking casually at a certain online education platform I like very much. I am thinking about uploading content when the school year ends. This would be my small subversive contribution to ensuring the survival of Western civilization, the greatest civilization in human history.