Ruth Ginsburg attacks Trump. Weeks ago Trump was bombed from outer space for suggesting that a judge presiding over the Trump University case might have it out for him. Well, in either his capacity as a real estate developer or as president, he could find himself in a situation where Ginsburg, who clearly has it out for him, would be able to act on that.
My point isn’t to reveal as myth the idea of isonomy in practice, or even, increasingly, in the abstract. Another justice, Clarence Thomas, has pointed out that died some time ago. Richard Posner’s advice for those in the legal profession–that they not spend even mere “seconds” studying the US constitution–is vocationally solid. Of course Trump’s judge, Gonzalo Curiel, will put his finger–and anything else he can grab with heavy hand–on the scale. Ginsburg will too if she’s given the chance. This is a corollary to what the late Lee Kwan Yew famously observed about mulitracial democracies.
Parenthetically, the point isn’t to chide Trump for dropping the subject, either. I’d rather him win the election than die fighting this battle. He’s already slayed a thousand untruths. Now he needs to win the war.
The point is to realize that the universal principle Trump is supposed to adhere to isn’t adhered to by any of his opponents. He’s been nuked by the sitting president, the Pope, now the supreme court. All these branches of the Cathedral expect to be protected by clerical immunity. They won’t be held to the same expectations Trump will be be held to. It doesn’t matter that they’re all punching down from positions of power that exceed his (at least for now). The direction of the punch doesn’t matter. Who? Whom? are the only things that do.
If the heathens abandon unrequited principle in favor of their own interests, the Cathedral will be in serious trouble. Its very edifice is dangerously exposed to Alt Right sappers. Besides these unrequited principles, what argument is there against Vox Day’s idea of an American state opening itself up to settlement by whites, exclusively? It won’t work? Doubtful. As Vox notes, the number of people who’d move to said state would be staggering. Anyway, that’s beside the point. What does it have to do with making the option available?
The only thing that keeps the option–and countless others like it–from being practically discussed and considered is our predilection for and deference to principle, to WEIRDO morality, to pathological altruism.
Shorn of that, we turn to our own interests. We do what non-Europeans have always done. We discard the Kantian categorical imperative. We act instead on nothing more than what benefits ourselves and our posterity.