This is a huge effortpost.
I will share it because it is thoughtful. I also like being exposed to and challenged by other perspectives.
“Here is the problem: technology is producing profound insights in the realm of politics, but the realm of politics is succumbing to deep ignorance about technology. Theorists of technology are becoming the most significant sources of political ideas; theorists of politics are becoming incapable of understanding significant technological ideas. …
The reality—the ground where political theory can re-enter our destiny—is that the American regime is a strategic resource of immeasurable and ultimately unpredictable value, even to those increasingly unready or unwilling to give their lives over to its preservation. No matter how disenchanted with our distressed regime or disillusioned with clown world, people seeking viable new social configurations for the digital age need to recognize they have a major, inescapable stake in the preservation of America’s regime. …”
I agree that a generation of Americans were bamboozled by the television.
There is no better example of this than Dokka Kang, the Civil Rights Movement and the rebuff of Rep. John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. It was immersion in the televisual age that gave us the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because the liberal establishment had total control over the narrative in an age of consolidated media. The whole point of Dokka Kang going to Birmingham and Selma was to provoke a confrontation with the diehard segs in those cities in order get the optics he wanted after his big failure in the Albany campaign. The Boomers were passive consumers of the narrative whereas with today’s youth the television just kind of sits there like a piece of furniture. Everyone is on their smartphones talking to each other and being formed in a digital environment.
As I see it, the problem with saving the American Regime is that ship has sailed. The average low-information MAGApede who has been sold on a nostalgic mirage doesn’t see his fate yet. Blompf has assured them that they are winning and remains extremely popular with Republican voters. Even if the president is reelected in 2020, which looks increasingly plausible, there is no reason to believe that anything of value will come out of his second term. Similarly, even if the Dissident Right were to back the president to a man in order to save the American Regime, there is no reason to believe that things will get better. The people who are currently in power aren’t even trying to turn the situation around. Their vision is passing another tax cut, a few more bloated military spending bills, cutting some more regulations and continuing to genuflect before Israel as the country goes down the drain.
The jig will be up in 2024 when Texas goes the way of California. When Texas goes, the American Regime goes down with it. It is worth nothing that the conservatives in power in Texas have never once tried to do anything about the situation. They have consistently chased “economic growth” for a generation. Mainstream politics is futile in California because of the demographics. Conservatives dealt the problem by abandoning California to the shitlibs on the Left Coast. The problem is that when America becomes California it won’t be possible to run away from the future anymore. The other looming crisis is automation destroying millions of middle class and working class jobs which will be well underway by 2024. There is no reason to believe that conservatives will respond to that crisis either except with free market platitudes. There is nothing anyone can do at this point to bail them out of that situation.
White America is going to be pinched by this social and economic transition – automation destroying jobs, the Baby Boomers dying off, the non-White surge in the electorate. It is probable that China will begin pushing the declining American Regime back around the world. This is the Democrat dystopia that will follow the dream of “Making America Great Again.” What happens to us then? How will all of these angry, unemployed and disenchanted people in Middle America handle such a wrenching downgrade? Do you think they will turn against the highly ethical imagineers of the electric age like Harvey Weinstein who held up as role models people like, say, Bill Cosby or Michael Jackson?
I’m just a fringe analyst and commentator. I am happy to go on being one too for the foreseeable future. We only have one life to live on earth and I don’t want to be remembered by future generations as one of the mainstream conservatives who lost America.