Who is like unto the Beast, and who can make war with it?
September 13, 2015 § 14 Comments
Republican democracy and the intramural conflicts between left and right liberals have produced a system with tremendous immunity to genuine political/constitutional crisis. The former ritualistically garners and reinforces the personal assent of the bulk of the population to the legitimacy of the liberal governing consensus. The latter produces regular political faux-conflict-for-show which keeps the Overton window narrow, with just enough room for self-styled outsiders who think they are rebelling against the system but in reality are simply doubling down on its most basic commitments.
Real technological advances keep large enough numbers of people fed, sheltered, and pacified. Fake technological advances (e.g. in medicine) provide a way for authority to pacify potential troublemakers with stupefying drugs while pretending that they are not exercising authority and that the stupefying, health-destroying drugs are actually for the good of the “patient.” This nihilistic self-stupefication has been so successful that a large portion of society agitates for the legalization of their own favored stupefying drugs, mainly so they can get them cheaper and without always having to seek out permission slips from authority (“prescriptions” from “doctors”).
Many self-sustaining mechanisms have evolved, and many ways of dealing with undesirables and heretics without threat to the system’s self-justification; even though – and in fact because – the liberalism which justifies the system is rationally incoherent. The system is built on lies, but they are subtle and mutually reinforcing lies; and it has many different ways of dealing with heretics who see through more than the first superficial layers of lies.
I predict at least 50 more years of longevity in the current system, and would not be surprised by 500 years. We’ll all be long dead before anything new and sustainable replaces political liberalism – whether that replacement is some other configuration of lies, or a Catholic Christian society.