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Is anyone else worried that the damage America suffered this year might be fatal? It’s been known for at least ten years that the early 2020s will, shall we say, be marked by political instability. Multiple crises are projected to explode simultaneously (or near enough): a demographic crisis, an “elite overproduction” crisis (our elite class is simply too big), and a fiscal crisis. In addition, many of us expect these crises will spark an additional ethnic crisis.
The populist conservative strategy to deal with all of this was to engineer a really good economy and try to split off part of the black working class from the progressive left (even a small number of black defectors would totally destroy the Democratic Party’s “demographic advantage”). Such a coalition would be powerful enough to finally stop the games that elites have been playing with immigration and trade policy, greatly lessening the risk of a civil war breaking out.
The idea that this strategy might fail is frankly frightening. If you think the BLM protests are bad, think again; things can get so much worse. We could easily see an ethnic death spiral, where poor whites come to believe elites want to ethnically cleanse them with trade and immigration policies, Hispanics think white people want to turn them into serfs to pay for Social Security and Medicare, white progressives finally realize that black people are culturally Southern, anti-Semitism returns in a really big way, and in general all hell breaks loose. And while all of this is happening the aforementioned crisis of elite overproduction sparks a massive wave of domestic terrorism as downwardly mobile elites lash out in the way elites have done throughout history: by organizing violence.
I just don’t know what to make of all of this. It’s a frightening situation.Published in