Antigravity jack boots
September 3, 2016 § 53 Comments
Normal, well adjusted people are trapped by the way liberalism structures our political reality.
If we attempt to take the demand that the exercise of political authority is justified by pursuit of liberty too seriously we end up raving anarchists in a padded cell. At the same time, when reality’s failure to conform to liberal expectations becomes acute there is an inexorable tendency to read whole populations of people out of the human race: to try to re-create the green swath of livable community but make it just for white people, just for 99-percenter workers, just for horny consenting adults, or what have you. Everyone else becomes less than human.
The options of becoming a raving anarchist, stalinist, or nazi are understandably unappealing to well adjusted people. Despite their loyalty to political liberalism — and the hidden mass violence concomitant to that loyalty — normal people aren’t usually enthusiastic about mass internment camps, mass deportations of political undesirables, gulags, concentration camps, industrial scale murder of the inconvenient, and the like. If the only escape from the gravity well is to put on antigravity jack boots and start firing up the ovens and cutting off the food supply of undesirables, it is going to take some seriously violent confrontations with reality to get ordinary well adjusted people to sign up. This certainly can happen; but when the only way folks can perceive to prevent it is to double down on liberal principles there will be significant numbers of people who prefer that approach. Normal people don’t want to become sociopaths, and will resist anything that seems to box them into becoming sociopaths.
I’ll leave it to folks to make up their own minds how this is playing out in contemporary politics. But if things get really ugly in the coming decades, don’t say I didn’t warn you. By the nature of things, as the gravitational force of liberalism compresses our reality ever tighter we get closer to both the sodomy singularity and the Final Solution at the same time. It isn’t that we move in one direction or the other as much as that the black hole continues to compress all of the human matter inside the event horizon into an ever more confined space.
A bleak picture, I know. But I have also already mentioned the critical difference between political liberalism and gravity. Political liberalism derives any force that it has from human commitment to it: from our belief in the justness of liberal principles or our willingness to invoke liberty, equal rights, and the like as justification for political acts. Any power liberalism has is power which we have willingly given over to it.
Folks who claim that repentance is not a practical solution are themselves living an illusion; a very ironic illusion, a fantasy in which they role play as hard nosed realists.
In reality, repentance is the only solution; practical or otherwise.
 Or equality, or government by consent of the governed, or democratic values, or any of the various expressions of the same underlying incoherent principle.