Like the man says… “battle lines are being drawn”. But, over what? Why? And what’s really behind it?
I have been laughed at in the past for pointing out the Czarist/Menshevik/Bolshevik parallels of the past and present. And, upon further reflection, I may have been missing a piece of the revolutionary puzzle when analyzing the current situation. Let me attempt to correct that here.
Emperor Zero (my pet name for our previous POTUS) allowed an awful lot of malignant stars to line up during his 8 year reign. From being completely silent on the country’s increasing social and racial unrest, to maligning certain segments of American culture and population, to economic policies that left growth stagnant, to his UN-centric worldview, to his opening the refugee and “immigration” flood gates, to his deliberate lack of military maintenance, to a limp-wristed foreign policy, he left a diminished country to his successor. He essentially gathered all the explosive kindling he could find and left it dry and ready to combust with the least amount of provocation.
Enter Trump. Direct, to the point, and on a mission to fulfill the campaign promises that elevated him the status of President. He has spent his first two weeks in office doing what needs to be done, maybe in an overtly, inartful way (this of course can be debated if you look past the surface and understand a bit about A-type, win-driven personality with an influential dose of Machiavellian strategy), to correct what was about to be the USA’s death spiral and to avoid what would otherwise be a final and spectacular, fiery end of the world as we know it. There is a collapse coming, if you didn’t know, and we were on a sure collision course for it. Any way you look at it though, Trump and his actions have been a very real ignition source applied to the kindling his predecessor left in his wake.
Then you have the denizens of the “swamp”. The legislators, the media, and the career bureaucrats. To continue the revolutionary parallels, you have the Mensheviks (legislators on the “right”), the Bolsheviks (legislators on the “left”), the media “useful idiots” (to use Lenin’s terminology), and the various bureaucratic “Deep State” types aligned with one faction or another of the political spectrum… All these forces are acting in one way or another as the fuel and accelerant for our budding societal blaze.
All the above are easily visible and analogous to well-known revolutionary history. What’s more difficult to pin down historically, though, is the protestors/rioters. That actually is a bit better hidden by time and poor historical education. Boys and girls, let’s have a talk about Nihilism.
For about 20 years, starting in 1860 (during the Civil War/War of Secession/War of Northern Aggression and Reconstruction era of the United States) there was a revolution taking place in Russia. Not “the” Russian Revolution per se but, a revolution none the less. This was still Czarist Russia and prior to the introduction of Marxism and Socialism to the socio-econo-political landscape in Russia. This revolution was not nearly as “refined” and focused a move as the failed 1905 Russian Revolution or the more successful 1917 February and October Revolutions of the Mensheviks and Bolsheviks respectively. 1860 marked a loosely organized, undisciplined youth movement born of a newfound freedom under Czar Alexander II.
Alexander II was a reformer. Assuming the throne in 1855, his personal mission was to negotiate a peace deal with the power players in Europe and to “free the peasants” of Russia. This freeing of the peasantry resulted in a class of “independent communal proprietors” colloquially known as the “New People” with rights far exceeding any other European peasantry of the time. Alexander II also implemented significant reforms in the military, judiciary and in terms of local self-governance.
The new-found emancipation of the New People gave them the rights to discuss and protest the practices of the past and a healthy disregard for conventional, traditional, Russian standards, customs, and cultural norms. The impressionable youth of the time took to dressing in provocative and flamboyant ways and were notably “unwashed” in appearance due to a rather ascetic lifestyle born of the freedom to do what they wanted coupled with a lack of resources and money to do better. Everything social and authoritative was questioned and rebelled against. The youth smoked, they didn’t wash, they wore blue tinted glasses, they spoke in profanity and highly vulgar language, they pushed for the emancipation of women in the workplace, academia, and in terms of sexual freedom… Is any of this sounding familiar?
Literature was the popular culture medium of the era and the most popular literature was focused on the issues of perceived oppression resulting from the relative poverty of the New People. They had freedom but they had no means. Frustrated and vulnerable to suggestion the New People were infiltrated by radical, militant groups who formed secret societies and, as a result, they agitated, protested and eventually, it all boiled over into riots and wholesale violence. The New People were being steered into lashing out at circumstances beyond their control, set in motion by a well-meaning government that had given them rights but had not prepared them for them for the harsh realities of independent adulthood. Because of the unrest, Alexander II’s government had no choice but to crack down and attempt to restore order… resulting in a new sort of perceived oppression that was met with more of the same social response. This is the perpetual story of the rise in socialistic economic thought and the subsequent rise of totalitarian governmental response.
This questioning of all authority, coupled with the freedom to do it, economics that didn’t support it, and the instigation of secret, radical elements like “Land and Freedom” became the Nihilist Movement. You have to understand that the current situation with the contemporary Black Lives Matter, Anti-Facist, Angry Vaginas, and any number of other movements are completely analog to the Nihilist Movement. Yes, there are factors that are different, there is no such thing as a perfect historical allegory. As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
The Nihilist Movement and the resultant governmental crack down set the stage for the later Russian Revolutions and the totalitarianism that followed a la the United Soviet Socialist Republics. Given all that you’ve read above, let’s give that some consideration against the backdrop of contemporary US reality.
We are currently experiencing our own Nihilist Movement. Let’s call them the “Neo-Nihilists”. They are the under-educated, over-privileged, youth of our nation. They are impressionable, have lots of freedom, don’t like rules or adults, are unemployed in a struggling/failing economy yet want to possess what they perceive as an adult level of material affluence, and are unwilling to accept any responsibility for their actions or failures. Things are not going the way that they’d like so, under the protection of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, they protest. Which, on the face of it, is fine. But, their movements have been infiltrated by violent, militant radicals… ranging from the Antifa Black Bloc to Muhammedan terror cells. And, their strings are being pulled via tacit permission from embedded government factions such as the afore mentioned Mensheviks and Bolsheviks who are two sides of the same coin simply jockeying for position in the New World Order (I didn’t make that up… George HW Bush publicly started it and John McCain recently confirmed it…). Further, the useful idiots in the press are simply fanning the flames by framing events in slanted ways and through blatant lies. In the end, what might be a peaceful protest against a perceived wrong turns violent via a movement populated by well-meaning but impressionable folks turned militant. The Neo-Nihilists have allowed themselves to become an insurgency. A terror group opposed to the very rights and freedoms they pay lip service to by violently suppressing any thought that is contrary to the thoughts they are being fed by their puppet masters. How sustainable do you think that movement is?
On the other side of the equation, we have a new Presidential Administration that is desperately attempting to turn the tide of an impending national, if not global, economic collapse and submission to a particularly virile, barbaric strain of theocratic authoritarianism. Think what you want about all religions being equal but, Islam is not a “religion of peace”. A cursory glance at history and scripture will tell you that. Our new administration understands that to correct things quickly enough to avoid the inevitable, we have to move fast and maybe more aggressively than we are comfortable with. And, one of the obstacles/distractions to that aggressive correction is the violence being perpetrated in the name of protest. This will lead to violent governmental response. Both domestically and internationally. It is inevitable. And, unfortunately, it is going to be necessary if we’d like the USA and western culture to survive into the next century.
The reality is that Nihilism, allowed to progress to its natural conclusion, is Anarchy. Anarchy is a form of vacuum. And, as per Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Human nature is such that if there is a void of leadership and rules, someone will step in and impose them. I, for one, would prefer to simply abide by the cultural norms (the devil we know) based on Natural Law and Enlightenment Thinking that made this country great instead of allowing it all to collapse around us and to have a totalitarian unknown (the devil we don’t) take the reins.
Trump will be unpleasant at times. He’ll be brash and abrasive. But, we’ve seen what meek and spineless, “Hope and Change” achieved. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump and his full-throated America First world-view is the only way to American longevity and prosperity. I’m convinced he loves his country. He means to get results and to wrest control of our country back from those who would plunder our wealth for their own twisted agendae. It will get worse before it gets better. But, that’s our fault for allowing liberty to slip through our hands by being over-permissive and passive about things that might chafe at times but are necessary to ordered, free society.
Finally, I think of it in terms of this… If the left stops fighting, it will be the end of the current violence. If the patriot stops fighting, it will be the end of the USA as we know it. And, while Trump/we have enemies, and we’ll make more… show me a man without enemies and I’ll show you a man who’s never stood for shit. The Neo-Nihilist cancer can’t be allowed to metastasize further. This is our last chance to mount our counter-insurgency. It’s going to get bloody… and, I’m OK with that if it means that we get to keep our country.