You say you want a revolution, well, you know…
A couple years back I talked about a kind of bloodless civil war happening in the US, the idea being that a logistical reshuffling could bring back into the national discussion federalist principles and arguments.
It was an offhanded comment made in the course of a longer post, but it was nevertheless carefully extracted and excerpted by, among others, Hilzoy and Mona, to argue that I had called for a bloody civil war in the US — rather than what was quite clearly something more along the lines of a libertarian reshuffling of the electoral map by way of likeminded people situating themselves in close proximity, thereby creating self-selected majorities.
On the micro level, of course, this happens all the time; on a much larger level, it is not likely to happen — but as I say, it was a throwaway line in a much longer piece, one for which I was hectored by OUTRAGED leftists pretending to be libertarians.
— All of which I bring up as a prelude to what an actual call for insurrection looks like. From Larisa Alexandrova, writing at the HuffPo:
As I see it now, we have but two options and I have long alluded to hoping against hope that one of these options would not be the only one left to a peaceful people. The first and frankly most preferable option is for Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the members of this latest Business Plot.
No time needs to be wasted on hearings as we already now have in writing, formally as presented to Congress, the intentions of this administration to nullify Congressional powers permanently, to alter Judicial powers permanently, and to openly steal public funds using as blackmail the total collapse of the US economy if these powers are not handed over. You do see how this is blackmail, do you not? You do see how this is a manufactured crisis precisely designed to be used as blackmail, do you not?
The other option, the one I have long prayed we would never need to even consider, is a total revolution. But, If Congress won’t act in its own self-defense, in the defense of democracy, in defense of us – the people who have elected them to protect us from this very danger – then what is left for us to do? I don’t want to see it come down to this, but I fear that it will.
Beyond the surreal prospect of having Harry Shearer charging into a Wal-Mart with a rifle and bayonet, stabbing overweight, shabbily dressed housewives right through their economy sized bags of barbecue pork rinds, what I take away from such proclamations is a reinforcement of the idea that, to the progressive mind, those in their herd really are the only ones fit to govern — and that one more electoral loss means it’s time to rid ourselves of this pesky democratic republic and just smash the whole system so we can replace it with a system where those fit to rule have been bred that way, that we as a country be forced to recognize that the useful fictions we’ve been telling ourselves about citizen leaders will only suffice so long as it remains theoretical. For people to actually begin believing such nonsense — for them to vote in the wrong types of people and presume that progressives will simply accept that outcome — is simply too much to bear.
What the progressives want is a type of non-filial aristocracy — an aristocracy of region and school and manner and argot. Once established, this ruling class will act in the interests of all — at least, in the interests of all as those interests are defined by that ruling elite.
Voting, democracy… messy encumberances that keep those fit to lead from leading, all because too many US citizens are too stupid to vote in their own best interests. As decided upon by those who would rather the rubes not vote at all if they aren’t going to vote the “right” way. Hence the outrage when certain “types” wander off the liberal plantation.
This is the face of progressive fascism. Which for all its high-sounding political importance is, at heart, nothing more than temper tantrums being thrown by those who aren’t quite as clever as they’ve always been taught to believe.
Sad, really. But then, such is the burden of being an elite in this country. STOP HATING US BECAUSE WE’RE BETTER THAN YOU!
(h/t Confederate Yankee, who has more)
And yes, the “it was just a lament” argument. Evidently, somebody forgot to tell Larisa that despite the academy’s best efforts, “conservatives” are still able to study language, argument, interpretation theory, etc. — and that, without much effort, I’m able see through the hamfisted rhetorical maneuverings of gossamer poseurs like her just as sure as if she were Kate Moss during an astral projection.
Lucky for her, today is Sunday, when the slopeheads turn to football and friends and family, and leave the “lamenting” to others over the inevitability of a revolution they really hope to God they we’ll never see but alas it is looking ever more likely and oh Christ how awful but but but sometimes that’s just how things go and in the long run for all the devastation and sadness perhaps we’ll look back upon these horrific days of carnage from the comfort of our socialist Utopia and recognize that for as awful a period as that was in our glorious country of purple mountain’s majesty when brother shot brother and sister stabbed sister in the neck with knitting needles at least something worthwhile came out of it an America that has lived up to its promises of freedom and equality…but at what cost? At what cost…?
Supply your own dashes in between words and you get the idea.
If Larisa and her fellow travelers were half as clever and talented as they imagined themselves to be, we’d all be wearing big fur hats and standing in line for potatoes and toilet paper.
The fact that she has a readership and can make a living posting her deranged and disjointed “laments” suggests to her there’s still hope that the paradigm might yet shift, and that she will be among the elect. Can’t blame her for that, really.
Public school curricula on the other hand, well…