The old church at Glencoe, Scotland
Palestine in the time of Christ
C.S. Hammond & Co. Publishers , 1916.
If you read De Tocqueville and Montaigne, you will note that they focus on the eternal power struggle that exists between an alliance of royalty and commoners against nobles, which may be generalized to include modern equivalents: the elite and the dispossessed against the middle class.
I don’t know whether you follow the current news or not, dear reader, but Black Lives Matter has been slagged by their masters as they defected from the party line in their refusal to adopt the vax narrative. Plague Vaccines are not popular in the black community as a matter of statistics – they apparently don’t trust kindly old Uncle Sam. Naturally, the media will not report on situations such as that. In a New York Minute BLM fell into the memory hole oblivion from their perch of power as the most influential social movement in the nation, able to force national sports teams and international corporations to bow the knee; and able to compel mobs and lawmakers to tear down monuments and erect others, rename streets, and paint murals in honor of their gangland pantheon of victimology. Let’s look at the situation and end at BLM rather than the other way around so we’re better able to understand the specifics.
Political factions in the USA form a uniparty which only play-acts at mutual opposition; (which is why I left the Republican Party) globalist multinational corporations and social media oligarchs cooperate with ‘Occupy Wall Street’ rioters and socialist revolutionaries to protest their own businesses and banks; their intellectuals both pretend to be ‘woke’ to a secret knowledge unshared by others, the truth that there is no truth; meanwhile, their secular press supports, defends, and applauds the enormities of Mohammedan holy war; the racist anti-racists are BLM; the brownshirt anti-fascists are Antifas; the feminists LQBTWFT&c are puritanical in their demands that the ‘male gaze’ never light upon immodestly dressed women, and that models and actresses are ugly, actresses are called actors, while at the same time applauding all sexual perversions a sick soul can invent so that schoolchildren may be groomed at taxpayer expense for pederasty by sodomites.
The harlot queen riding the back of this many-headed many-crowned beast is, of course, the Fake News, whom none can question without being banned from social media, corporate boardrooms and school board meetings.
As mentioned above, the philosophy of Montaigne and Bertrand de Jouvenel predicts an eternal power struggle of the elite power of society, in any society, to maintain and expand itself, in one of two forms: the first is by combining with the lower ranks against the middle, and second by combining with the middle against the lower.
Let’s call the first alliance whig, old slang for horsethief; and the second tory, a word meaning highwayman. Those who regard American politics as being inherently more dignified should reflect that the traditional symbols for our political parties, the Jackass, and the Elephant were selected by political cartoonists as images of a stubborn fool and a clumsy if warlike behemoth. The parties embraced the iconography with unrestrained joy.
With the loss of prestige of the monarchy, modern history holds many examples of the lower aiding the middle against the elite. In one rare case, this was done to establish a republic (USA); in all other cases, this was done to establish despotic regimes juntas, socialist unions, or Napoleonic empires falsely called republics, and falsely ruled in the name of the people. The elite of the ancient regimes, with trivial exceptions, have been consigned to history. Over time the sad result has been that the uppermost of the middle becomes a new elite.
This new elite, at least in the United States, has a mercantile character rather than military, and like the mandarins of old, its membership is based on education and attachment, not a right of birth. The new elite are men sporting silk top hats rather than gold coronets, and consists of figures of wealth and fame, robber barons promising well-paying work, newspaper moguls mesmerizing millions, or demagogues promising equality, revenge, and utopia.
In a free market, by their decisions of buying and selling, the commoners retain a communal control over wages and prices, but the eternal (and sometimes merited) enmity of the commons against their rich employers and benefactors, eternally invites regulation, hence regulatory capture. Well-meant and ill-conceived attempts to hinder monopoly, create a monopoly.
Thus, in America, hoisted aloft by liberal and populist rhetoric promising New Deals and Great Societies, Free Trade and Fair Trade and the Progressive Taxation to benefit the commoners, the elite becomes entrenched and unchallengeable.
The “semi-socialist” or “regulated” economy by definition malinvests goods and services since regulation by fiat takes resources away from priorities where the consumers collectively would have preferred, and into priorities serving social or political ends, either high-minded or venal. I do not write here about laws to enforce contracts or deter fraud or negligence. I mean wage and price controls, and specific regulation of hour and working conditions, outputs manufactured, resources used.
This malinvestment creates artificial scarcity and artificial waste, and the natural marketplace incentives to deter waste and alleviate scarcity require additional regulations in order to correct.
Abandoning counterproductive policy means Caesar decreasing his own power and asking his pet intellectuals to abandon their deep-rooted demonic hatred of the free market. This hatred has no source and no point. It seems nigh-ubiquitous and darkens and cripples the souls of all scholars, pundits, and bookish men.
However, this hatred, whatever its source, is immensely useful to Caesar, for it allows him to set his pet intellectuals to fill newspapers and schoolyards and convince the common man that the rich are his enemies. It also allows Caesar to commit incest with the rich, form permanent alliances of mutual bribery and mutual coercion, as the manufacturers combine and possess the institutions meant to police them. Since the same families haunt the board of directors of these corporations as sit in the halls of power either as lawmakers or lobbyists.
The upstarts and startups, the middle class, and small businessmen are the silenced victims of this corrupt system since the plutocrats sculpt the regulations to suit themselves, run the newspapers, and donate to the candidate coffers of their creatures and relatives. Even if a rogue politician is elected to high office by some hiccough of unexpected popularity or self-funding, the permanent civil service, CIA and FBI and military and all the apparatus if the “Deep State” will arrange, by hook or crook, to hinder, cripple, undermine, frighten, or impeach him. If worse comes to worst, there is always voter fraud.
Thus we reach the modern situation, where the whigs and tories, horsethieves and highwaymen, normally and naturally at odds, have found such accommodation with each other, that they have become a new thing, a globalist of the New World Order, who rules and reigns in the name of the people, but without their consultation or consent.
The demonic hatred of the scholar toward the tradesman is based on a falsehood, for it necessitates mischaracterizing each failure of Caesar’s counterproductive policies to be due to the malice of sabotage, wreckers, or the greed of businessmen, or some other farfetched scapegoat. Since no normal man of normal moral character would be driven to break laws merely in order to impoverish the poor or deprive them of necessities, the scapegoat must be accused of diabolical cruelty and evil, a lack of humanity, or an absence of patriotism.
Other despised or disenfranchised groups, such as gangsters, minorities, immigrants, or penniless student intellectuals and agitators can be gathered almost at will, and suddenly presented with publicity and funding to work evil upon whatever scapegoat is fashionable to blame that season, real or imaginary. The witch hunters can always find patriarchy, a cabal of capitalists, or systemic white racism, or traces of global warming, which the eyes of ordinary mortals cannot detect, and the control of the public discourse allows the establishment to humiliate and silence any child who claims not to see the emperor’s new clothing, or the persecute and ban the speech of anyone unconvinced by Chicken Little’s latest fashion in hysteria.
The whole apparatus of power is based on falsehood and betrayal, because the gangsters or minorities, once induced to riot, are discarded with shocking swiftness once proven no longer useful. Witness the sudden fall of Black Lives Matter.
The elite are not themselves anarchists nor perverts nor socialists nor jihadists, but they shower money, attention, and applause on any of these groups and any of their spokesmen as convenient.
The groups may or may not attempt to bite the hand that feeds them, but in either case, it does not matter. The elite are immune from what such attack dogs can do. Their riots damage the middle class, the Christian, the suburban family man, and most of all the Church and the social norms that spring from the Western tradition and Church teaching. It was not the mansion of the Bush dynasty nor the Kennedy nor the Clinton, nor was it Pederasty Island nor Marthas Vineyard that went up in flames, nor any New York publisher nor Hollywood panderer. Instead, minority-owned small businesses and franchisees, a Starbucks, a Wendys, or local bars or car dealerships were destroyed, to the tune of two and three million dollars locally, more than that nationwide.
Any laws and regulations promulgated to appease the mob, are, of course, counterproductive (see results of defunding the police, federalizing education, or expanding welfare programs), and, of course, increase the power of the Elite while further weakening and demoralizing the Middle Class.
And thus ends the sermonette.