Almost Missouri on the beta testing of the corporatist neo-liberal establishment that was the Trump presidency:
Like everything else in the Trump program, the Capitol Protest (I decline to grant the enemy framing of “riot”) was all bark and no bite, all stomping loudly and carrying a tiny twig, all striking at a king without killing him. Like everything else Trump did , it just pointed out the Establishment’s weaknesses to them without actually exploiting the openings, so now the Establishment is reinforcing all their exposed vulnerabilities so that no one more capable can ever break through.
The State of the Union will be a heavily militarized event. Trump was mocked for wanting a military parade through the capital during his term; now Joe Biden is getting a permanent one. The left used to recoil in horror at this sort of militarism. No longer.
One of the podcast series I subscribe to examines political figures from the Roman empire. Having worked through the emperors, it has circled back to examine their wives and mothers. The subtext often is that sympathy should be had for the relatively diminished amount of direct power and influence these women had on account of being women in a patriarchal society, as though only having it better than 99.99% of their contemporaries instead of better than 99.999% of their contemporaries as their husbands and sons did is a historical outrage!
The Woke touch is light and the series is a good one. It is merely a product of the broader cultural zeitgeist that sees this focus on ethnic and sexual identities rather than on class as a feature rather than a bug, as dfordoom writes:
Gender and racial equality are pushed as substitutes for actual equality. They’re intended to distract people from the fact that actual inequality is steadily increasing.
It’s not just wealth inequality that is increasing. The divides between socio-economic classes are becoming sharper and sharper. The contempt of the upper and upper middle classes for the lower classes grows steadily. The cultural and ideological gulfs between the privileged and non-privileged socio-economic classes grow ever wider.
The upper and upper middle classes consider the lower classes to be barely human.
Not unrelatedly, Intelligent Dasein on how if not outright hated by the patricians, the plebes are increasingly viewed as nothing more than grist for the mill to stave off the end of the feast for as long as they can:
A third post on the Texas energy fiasco: Texas was seconds and minutes away from a complete disaster.
If you read the article, the point made therein is that the grid operators decided to sacrifice a few million people for the “greater good” of covering up their own incompetence, because the grid was about to fail catastrophically. You may notice a common theme here with many other current events that seem to be coming to a head right about now. Let’s take a look at some.
1. Remember the “flatten the curve” nonsense, when it was decided that lockdowns and social distancing were necessary to save the healthcare system, so people were not allowed to get their necessary checkups and treatments? It is supposed to be the job of the healthcare system to help the people, not the other way around.
2. Observe how the Robinhooders just got fleeced when they tried to short-squeeze Gamestop. I wrote what happened to be a timely commentary upon this, even though it was in reference to something else: When the SHTF, they will not let you sell your stock. They will lock up your money and take it.
3. The crowning example of this ensemble is, I believe, the $18 trillion of negative-yielding debt sloshing about in the global bond markets. This is a monetary bizarro world where no rules apply and anything is possible, because standards have been turned upside down.
These separate phenomena all share the same Platonic form: It is the form of the elites literally sacrificing the proles to protect the system. It is an inversion of justice in a society that no longer serves the needs of its own members. It is like Roman proconsuls sacking their own provinces to gain the wherewithal for their political machinations back in the imperial city.
This is why the world is stuck in an irreversible decline of ever expanding debt loads, ever eroding capital base, ever diminishing social cohesion, and population collapse. The decline will not be symmetrical with the ascent. The ascent was a slow, organic growth that compounded the gains of many centuries. But at the apex everything becomes entangled in petty economic problems, the factions split off, and the heads of the hydra start biting each other. Great masses of now superfluous humanity are simply discarded or used up in pointless intrigues that even future historians won’t understand. This is the endgame, the West’s final blow-off top.
The task at hand now is to position yourself to come through that blow-off top in one piece.