Mike Huckabee warns that if Trump’s legal problems prevent him from winning in 2024, “it is going to be the last American election that will be decided by ballots rather than bullets.” https://t.co/ktwb4fyANo pic.twitter.com/0msd1gvD8i— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) September 6, 2023
Editor’s Note: It has been quite a decade … Huck becoming HAC, Joe Six Pack storming the Capitol on 1/6, the “Big Green Tractor” guy becoming the “Try That In a Small Town” singer, Donald Trump running for president on terminating the Constitution, etc.
In the lore of the White Nationalist movement, there will come a time in the future when the current system will “collapse” in a violent apocalypse. Various figures in the movement like William Pierce and Harold Covington spent decades speculating about “The Collapse” in fictional novels.
There is an entire wing of the White Nationalist movement which is organized around preparing for “The Collapse” which frustratingly never came. Accelerationist mass shooters like Dylann Roof have lashed out in a conscious attempt to ratchet up racial polarization to bring on “The Collapse.” As The Derb once famously said several years ago, if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. We all agree that current trends cannot continue indefinitely. At some point, social breakdown will stop.
Is that going to happen in our lifetimes?
Are we still centuries away from “The Collapse”?
I’m putting “The Collapse” in quotation marks because the subject elicits a fair amount of eye rolling. I have been watching people talk about “The Collapse” for twenty years. It is an article of faith. Nothing ever happens. We have all seen the system rocked by riots, recessions, mass shootings, etc.
If we look back through our own history though, we can identify at least three or four previous “collapses” or moments of discontinuity. The American Revolution (1776-1789) was a “collapse” that destroyed the previous order and created a new one. The Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877) was our second “collapse.” It destroyed the White Republic that was created by the Founders and replaced it with Abraham Lincoln’s Proposition Nation. Finally, the Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945) was our third “collapse,” which replaced the previous elite and regime with the Global American Empire.
In a “collapse,” the existing regime and its elites are torn down and replaced, usually in wartime against a foreign or domestic enemy. The civil order liquifies. Taboos erode. Norms dissolve. Some great national threat (Tories, Confederates, the Nazis) is identified and vanquished. Maybe it takes a revolution, a civil war, an economic depression or a foreign war, but the result is the same. The country redefines itself for the next several generations and eventually stability is restored and we pretend “the Republic” survived and is continuous with the regime that was established by the Founding Fathers. It is not an earth shattering end of the world or civilization ending apocalypse so much as it is about twenty years of tumult.
It takes about 75 to 80 years on average to see a “collapse.” It is something that only happens once in a long lifetime. Halley’s Comet, for example, will return in 2061. I was 5-years-old when it last visited in 1986. My eldest son will see Halley’s Comet when he is 46-years-old.
The point is, what has it been? Twenty years? Forty years? That is not really a long period of time when you think about it. If “The Collapse” happened on our time scale, we would be living in a country like Somalia. There is a much longer periodicity to our American “collapses.”
We are due for “The Collapse.”
Isn’t it remarkable how it arrived right on schedule? We been have been living through “The Collapse” since at least 2020 and probably 2016. The existing order – whether it is politics, culture, economics or geopolitics – is obviously dying. You could say the fighting has already started in Ukraine. Japan invaded Manchuria about a decade before Pearl Harbor. The fighting didn’t begin in our last “collapse” for over a decade. By that point, the Great Depression had vanquished the Republicans.
“The Collapse” isn’t a deus ex machina that magically solves all our problems where we win and they lose. Needless to say, things aren’t looking good for the Right at the moment. Trump is facing nearly 1,000 years in prison. Most of his supporters are still living in denial of the severity of the situation. They still believe he is going to win the 2024 election and all this is going away. Every day seems to bring fresh evidence that the roller coaster of tumult which is the hallmark of previous “collapses” has arrived.
As a diagnosis though, yes.
We have entered one of these periods of history. This is very different from saying … this is awesome and exactly what we need because we are going to inevitably win. No, this is going to be very bad and likely to last for a while and before it is over it will likely throw our lives into chaos.
As for the prediction that our people wouldn’t begin to “wake up” until “The Collapse,” can we now say that was true?
Note: “The Collapse” has its own music. The public mood has has changed from what it was twenty years ago or even was ten years ago.