So it has come to pass.
The white tribal authoritarianism (“WTA”) we frantically warned DC and the US political class about leers at us all 24/7.
(Note the well-known GOP individual in the 2009 piece above who embraced a Franco-type racial fascism for the US emerged as a close Steve Bannon confidant. For years we warned DC).
We explicitly traced the anti-Enlightenment, authoritarian impulses in the modern GOP for Republicans, Democrats, Independents and the hapless ‘professional’ political journalists who discovered it all only in 2016. Long time readers will be excused for their deja vu watching real life unfold in 2015-2017.
Unfortunately, water under the bridge. America of 2017 will not countenance contemporary accountability. Those who enabled (or actively encouraged) this turn of events will skate and likely prosper. Complicit venality and journalistic superficial incompetence are too widespread.
History will be less kind. (As are we, off line).
A couple of observations worth discussing now:
(i) the US status quo mindset is still its own worst enemy confronting WTA and GOP malfeasance in power;
(ii) Americans outside the WTA clique/Republican revanchist base generally lack a political philosophy to answer WTA in power;
(iii) racial tribalism replacing conventional ideologies is far more than ‘populism’;
(iv) the WTA/GOP rejection of US post-1945 liberal democratic international order is potentially the greatest strategic disaster in world history — yet US foreign policy stakeholders have atrophied to the point of political impotence; and
(v) American society is unable to self-organize beyond sub groups in an era of demotic, non-rational communications, leaving the political advantage to activated minorities.
We’ll offer thoughts on the evolving conversation to come on these specific points. Note the underlying substructure to the above is organization. A key to an effective resistance to Trump, WTA and GOP revanchism.
We don’t deny the satisfaction derived from eloquent Canadian former speech writers or the like. Neocons are usually good at AgitProp. But the time has come for practical work.