The identity politics industry and the unraveling of the civil society
Let’s just say it: our system has broken down. We are now held hostage by a toxic blend of mob bravado, faux-righteous indignation, and identity politics such that we’re largely impotent in the face of what is an assault on due process and duly-passed state law that is despised by both progressive anti-gun advocates and criminals (who don’t ever really worry about anti-gun laws) alike.
That our President and members of his party have not only allowed the racial demagoguery to continue, but have in fact participated in it (and intend to extend its rhetorical reach), should be a chilling reminder that — even in the most sophisticated societies, under the stewardship of the most enlightened laws — the controls we place on government are, in the end, merely words. Once an anti-foundationalist ideological movement like the progressive left has decided it no longer has to abide by legal restraints should the context arise where they are “morally bound” to “resist” laws — that is, once they declare that law is man-made and thus contingent and not binding in particular contexts of their choosing — there is nothing left but force and the will to power, which become the de facto ruling conditions of society (albeit, these will be disguised and qualified with propaganda attempts to hide their baser impulses under the rubric of “social justice” and “civil disobedience, ” etc.).
In a society truly governed by the rule of law, Congressmen and Justice Department officials would be calling for a respect of due process and reinforcing the integrity of states and local law enforcement. Instead, we have members of Congress — and members of the media, like MSNBC race pimp and host Al Sharpton — essentially trying to lead a lynch mob based around public pressure, scapegoating, rank racialist politics, and the kind of bullying typical of identity politics reinforced by the social taboos long set in place by adepts of political correctness.
What we are witnessing is truly outrageous. And it is disgusting. And it has been cheerily manufactured by those who presume to rule over us by promoting various forms of tribalism to keep as at each others’ throats.
In a new poll, 73% of Americans believe a neighborhood watch captain, who witnesses say was being beaten when he shot his assailant, should be arrested. That is, a vast majority of Americans who have no connection to the case and only a limited (and likely erroneous) knowledge of the facts — the story has been carefully crafted, on the national level, from the outset — believe a man who shot his assailant, and who the police chose not to prosecute after investigating the facts of the case, should be arrested. And he should be arrested for the “crime” of being the scapegoat in a political ploy to divide the country along racial lines as a complement to dividing it along class lines.
This country has, since the rise of the New Left, been heading toward a point of conflagration. Left progressivism and constitutional conservatism / classical liberalism cannot co-exist peacefully — just as our Constitution either provides a bulwark against the overreach of statists seeking to break through its constraints or it is, in the end, a totem, a relic, a kind of US version of the royal family: a quaint reminder of a nation’s past, but not one we’ll allow to block the grand plans and schemes our temporarily elected “leaders” have decided would be best for us.
We either fight back or we don’t. But the days of sitting quiet and hoping it all blows over are no longer a legitimate option. Because that maneuver has led to a kind of tacit complicity, and we have, as a nation, reached the tipping point where, if we don’t push back now, we will find ourselves living in democratic despotism — without the recourse of a stable set of laws to save us from the will of a political consensus born of propaganda, misinformation, intellectual laziness, and the deconstruction of every last tenet of classical liberalism institutionalized at our founding and framing.
It’s that simple.