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“[I]f the old Emperor had been surreptitiously smothered; that same crowd in a moment would have hailed their new Augustus. They shed their sense of responsibility long ago, when they lost their votes, and the bribes; the mob that used to grant power, high office, the legions, everything, curtails its desires, and reveals its anxiety for two things only, bread and circuses.” — Juvenal, Satire X: the Vanity of Human Wishes
If I told you that Joe Biden has shown more vision and courage in advancing the leftist agenda than FDR, McGovern, Clinton, and Obama, would that shock you?
The American Dream has always been a thorn in the side of career statist politicians. Politicians have little power to make an economy grow faster but lots of power to screw it up. When the vast majority of citizens take responsibility for their own lives and derive sustenance and wealth accumulation from their efforts freely joined with others, they are likely to expect accountability, transparency, integrity, and competence from those who govern — and limit the scope of their governing power — all of which must be really annoying for the ruling class.
Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by visionaries like Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin, the emerging new American political class sought to reduce the freedoms required for self-reliance and replace all that with new forms of dependency. But it never reached the critical mass the left sought and needed. George McGovern was the last major figure to propose an outright income guarantee. Nixon greatly expanded social welfare expenditures, but that annoying middle class (a) resented the certainty of higher taxes to pay for it and (b) resented supporting some who were simply freeloaders and imposed political limits.
In the 1980s, with Republicans in the White House and the ever-annoying middle-class politically ascendant, Democrats pushed for mandated benefits — making employers provide what was politically impossible for statist politicians to do, but that was “progress” on an unsatisfyingly small scale. A stealth campaign was underway to seize control of education, corporations, and culture, forms of control that elections would never have given them. No one dreamed of how successful that campaign would eventually be. But despite the seizure of every major cultural institution and many board rooms, the free-market lovers, the middle class, and pro-private ownership types have remained firmly in the way. They even smuggled Trump into the White House without approval.
It turns out that FDR, McGovern, Clinton, and Obama lacked the vision of Joe Biden. The solution to that damn middle class was not to persuade or bludgeon them but (a) to first undercut and bypass them by taking away every supporting institution that then (b) replace them outright with a flood of almost entirely dependent persons without skills, education, experience of freedom, or the cultural background to cherish (increasingly old-fashioned) American notions of limited government and self-reliance. Open the borders, destroy public education, spend lavishly without (immediately) taxing the self-reliant, and thus establish a new dependent, unfree majority that will stop demanding competence, accountability, and integrity. And (c) for the coup de grace, circle back from the cultural conquest of the universities and all bureaucratized entities to persuade successful young women that self-reliance is simply too risky and that loss of freedoms is a small price to pay for (the illusion of) security and guarantees — and for saving the planet and not letting mean people win.
That normal working men are demonized as haters, clingers, racists, insurrectionists, sexists, etc., is born of the enemy’s perception of the last bastion of potential resistance to the imposition of The Vision. The mindset that believes that the Proud Boys were a mortal threat, that SWAT teams need to go to the homes of pro-lifers, that misgendering pronouns is a crime but looting is not, and that anyone who noticed the extensive irregularities of the 2020 election should be jailed for insurrection is now cognitively dominant even if demonstrably nuts.
Conservatives chuckled when “sanctuary cities” mayors screamed about the cost of mass illegal immigration and we enjoyed the finger-pointing about who is at fault and who pays what. But the apparent conflict is pure kabuki. The “solution,” if you listen to Schumer and the White House, is work permits and de facto citizenship to provide eligibility for direct aid. Oddly enough, deportation or any other action that might discourage further influx is not discussed. Shocker, eh?
Undercut, destroy, and then end the political majority of the normals with an imported wave. Hail, Caesar! And soon, all that nonsense about democracy and being a republic will be like some weird dream. More importantly, any accountability for the permanent ruling class will evaporate. In the years to come, a few marginal nutballs will talk about restoring the republic but be powerless to do so–and probably be arrested.
So, will history hail Joe Robinette Augustus, visionary?Published in