What Next? – Part 1

Fred Watson, Jr provides an interesting meditation on what comes next for the GOP at The American Sun. In Regime Problems he reflects on the Democrats’ dilemma regarding whether or not to use the moment to really crush the Republicans or to retain the party as a sort of loyal opposition.

Keeping the GOP alive creates another problem as well. We could call this the Bolsonaro moment. Right wing Brazilians in the mid-’10s thought that no matter how bad the regime ruled, there would never be a route to win again. Bolsonaro showed up in a crisis moment. If the GOP is allowed to live, that infrastructure is there to be used and deployed to elect someone like Trump but wiser to the game. America will become like Latin American republics where there are neolib administrations, socialist administrations, and then after those terms wreck the nation, the caudillo emerges to clean it up and restart the cycle.

Except the left has shown their hand. No next caudillo would take power and not go much further than Trump ever dreamed of going. It would not be an all talk or tweet Boomer. This is why democracy is done. It is too dangerous to the regime.

And:

Maybe… securely in power, the left will govern well now knowing they never have to worry about an election again. Maybe… the left will rule with extreme anger against the natives and fumble every challenge.

The regime does have to rule well. All indications are that they will not. All indications are they will make half the nation untouchable. They will be unchallengeable due to their hold on the levers of powers and their lock on procedures, which will be managed by their trained administrators passing their implicit and explicit loyalty oaths. They will make it overt who owns the results. Forcing them to shed their camouflage, this now makes them an identifiable bloc to replace.

Overall, an interesting read as we watch the hammer drop!

I Think I Need a Mental Health Day…

In my last post of 2020 I said:

As 2020 draws to a close we might be forgiven for thinking “thank God!” if there was any real prospect that things will be fundamentally better in 2021. Of course, however, there is not… Instead, learning from the enormous naivete of which I was obviously guilty as 2019 closed one year ago, I will try to be ready for anything.

Now, a week into 2021, I can’t say that I was ready for all of this.

The screaming bad faith of the Democrats, the corporate media, the left and so many others is so maddening that I think I just need to check out for a day or so. I will leave all of the obvious comments, including comparisons to the Reichstag fire, to more articulate others and instead prepare myself for the hard rain that is certainly coming.

From Anna Khachiyan

Feminists, like all progressive activists, are essentially taking credit for cultural battles that have already been settled in advance by economic forces outside of their control. In this sense, the progressives of today are the real reactionaries inasmuch as their utopianism is actually a kind of nihilism.

Anna Khachiyan of Red Scare fame may play a fool on her podcast some of the time but she is absolutely not one. Have a look at this interview.

Ending 2020

As 2020 draws to a close we might be forgiven for thinking “thank God!” if there was any real prospect that things will be fundamentally better in 2021. Of course, however, there is not, but, also of course, I try not to mean this in a “non-struggle” sort of way. Instead, learning from the enormous naivete of which I was obviously guilty as 2019 closed one year ago, I will try to be ready for anything.