Saturday, April 3, 2021

New Rules for a New America

Our culture is rapidly being revolutionized. Out with the old and in with the new. This has been happening for decades now, but it is currently taking over whatever portions of America it had left alone in the past.

According to Victor Davis Hanson, we are now living according to a different set of rules, or else, a different set of principles. (via Maggie’s Farm) Dare we say that they closely resemble Orwellian double speak.

For all the whining and wailing about our democracy, these new precepts are being imposed by an intellectual elite, by tech oligarchs, by corporate PR honchos and by the radical wing of the Democratic party. No one voted for it, and that is what makes it democratic. Got it?

So, in regard to the last post, the first new principle is that money has no intrinsic value. It is just fiat, created out of nothing, to be spent with wild abandon. This infantilizes the population, allowing them to think that Mama and Papa are going to foot the bill. It is the triumph of consumerism, produced by people who inveigh against consumerism.

Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.

While you are at it, forget the rule of law. The laws do not apply equally to everyone. Immigrants are not subject to the laws. Now are rioters and leftist insurrectionists.

Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions, and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.

We now live in a country where different people play by different rules. We must discard the rule of law as a racist relic:

Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily — if at all — by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

In a nice touch Hanson explains that we do not require illegal migrants to obey the law. The reason-- they are not part of the white supremacist cabal that produced a nation suffering from inequity.

The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.

Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America.

And then there is thought reform, cancel culture and what Hanson aptly calls the Twitter Reign of Terror. You thought that you were free to speak your mind and to think what you will. You were wrong, bunky. The ministry of truth will determine what is true and what is false. It will tell you what you are allowed to say and what you are not allowed to say.

McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.

Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act, or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.

Nicely said.

1 comment:

nishdoogedacht said...

Consider how things have changed--to the extent that Joe Biden, who was hounded out of the 1988 presidential race when it was revealed that he had plagiarized his life story from that of British Labour party leader Neil Kinnock, now sits in the White House in a far more demented state.