I write the day after the “epic” events of the Kavanaugh He said, She said. United States Senators minutely scrutinized a page from a high school yearbook to (supposedly) judge a man’s fitness to be a Supreme Court justice. We learned about the hippocampus, as if we were a bunch of community college freshpersons.
I didn’t watch the so-called “hearing,” saw some clips later in the day. Looked at Twitter some. It seems to me all is proceeding exactly as laid out by Mencius Moldbug and the summary in Land’s The Dark Enlightenment.
“Democracy” in the United States has reached its limits, and the same for much of the rest of the world. In Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and many other places “democracy” has not or very soon will not produce the “correct” result of Progressive Left Globalism in power, so “democracy” will have to be massaged, or kicked in the face, to ensure that it does. In the United States an important election is coming in a month, and I fully expect the Left Progressives to control some or all of the legislative branch of the national government. Indeed, such an outcome is to be welcomed. Some friends like to say the best thing about Donald Trump is that every morning is a day without Hillary as President, but the election of Mrs. Clinton would have precipitated a number of inevitabilities more quickly and perhaps less painfully; the proverbial band-aid being ripped off. Yesterday was an indication of the shape of things to come. The Kavanaugh docudrama was the next phase of the Spanish-American Civil War.
America’s internal war of 1861-65 was a relatively clear cut conflict, geographically. North v. South, United States v. Confederacy, with a few unclear and messy situations out west and in the “Border States.” In general, each side knew who the enemy was, and where they were.
Contrast this with the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.
Ahem. Most Americans have a very cursory sense of the history of the Spanish Civil War…no, wait. Most Americans have a very cursory sense of history. A good many of them don’t know there was a Spanish Civil War at all. Many of the ones who do, know only that evil Nazis bombed some place and Picasso painted it, and that’s all, folks. 2018 Harvard graduates may, possibly, know that it happened and the Bad Guys won, whoever they were. The Good Guys were obviously the side that Stalin supported.
Very obviously, these are the good guys:
So anyway, this isn’t a history lesson; the Spanish Civil War was nasty, brutish and long, much like the American Civil War, except the Americans didn’t generally torture priests, rape nuns and brutally murder civilians. Or try to execute Christ.
Read this book, or one of several other good general accounts, for background:
The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas.
Here’s another map, county voting in the 2016 US Presidential election:
(Alaska should be mostly red, don’t know what kind of conspiracy this is to make it gray. The Gray Enlightenment, anyone?)
A new American Civil War would be much worse than Spain, 1936–as you can see from that map, geographically it would be the islands of big cities, state capitals and college towns with a smattering of black-majority rural areas and a few outliers… v. Everyone Else.
Kurt Schlichter has written some well-reviewed novels about how this might play out, but I haven’t read them. Kurt’s a smart guy, but I doubt even these works portray just how awful a new American shooting war would be.
Thankfully, I don’t think we’re going to have one. I favor the idea that we’ll reach America 3.0 without major bloodshed. It ain’t going to be a game of hopscotch, though. I don’t doubt the Left is going to blow something up in an effort to keep the power the judiciary handed them (undemocratically!) over the last 45 or 83 years.
The Spanish-American Civil War 2018-? will mostly be fought in Infospace, as it has been for some time. I Ching Hexagram 23 comes to the fore:
Nine at the top means: There is a large fruit still uneaten. The superior man receives a carriage. The house of the inferior man is split apart.
Here the splitting apart reaches its end. When misfortune has spent itself, better times return. The seed of the good remains, and it is just when the fruit falls to the ground that food sprouts anew from its seed. The superior man again attains influence and effectiveness. He is supported by public opinion as if in a carriage. But the inferior man’s wickedness is visited upon himself. His house is split apart. A law of nature is at work here. Evil is not destructive to the good alone but inevitably destroys itself as well. For evil, which lives solely by negation, cannot continue to exist on its own strength alone. The inferior man himself fares best when held under control by a superior man.
The ugliness of September 27, 2018 was merely a necessary step along the spiral that always returns to an endpoint, but at a higher level.
Just remember, No One ever said it was only gonna be Semi-Tough.