America at the Point of No Return, by Glenn Ellmers, a review of Michael Anton’s new book, The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return.
Our country seems to be coming apart. Even if President Trump wins reelection in November, it will mean — at best — a few extra years of breathing space in order to . . . do what exactly? Well, forestall for a while a tyranny of vindictive leftism unleashing its pent-up anger and aggression. That’s not meaningless. But one of the sobering things Anton shows is just how bad our condition is, and how difficult it will be to restore any semblance of constitutional government.
The liberal oligarchy has created a very nice lifestyle . . . for itself, while impoverishing and endangering the rest of us. They’ve made a nice meal all right, but they are eating it all themselves; and even flaunting that fact. This, in one sense, may be their worst harm: poisoning the civic friendship that was once the heart of America’s peace, prosperity, and freedom.
None of this is a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention. “Our elites,” Anton observes devastatingly, “love themselves but hate their country.”
So goes California, so goes the US, then the rest of the West:
Anton [described] how the Left has mau-maued California (his case study) over the last 50 years. Liberal Democrats turned a near-paradise into a dirty, congested, dangerous “anarcho-tyranny.” This latter term, which Anton borrows from the late Sam Francis, refers to the new feudalism created by our leftist oligarchy. On the one hand, zealous and almost arbitrary prosecution of the “laws” is imposed on the many, while the ruling class gets to do pretty much whatever it wants.
So what happens next, when the current system gives way, as it must soon if current trends continue?
Anton describes the credo of our leftist oligarchy as “liberation from all restraints, sneering disdain for tradition and Christianity, contempt and hatred for America and its history, recasting of whites as the archvillains of their country’s story.”
That’s great for virtue-signaling, but not so good for maintaining a stable, functioning nation. It’s hard to see how the elites can sustain their wealth and privilege while destroying the conditions of a productive economy.
Assuming something has to give, Anton lays out a variety of possible scenarios. These are fascinating and hard to summarize, but include ongoing, low-intensity conflict between blue-America power centers and red-America resistors, Caesarism (“something between monarchy and tyranny”), or a major calamity that really breaks the nation apart into a multitude of city-states.
To avoid these outcomes, Anton lays out a plan for what might be done during a second Trump term — a long-shot plan that Anton pretty clearly sees as wishful thinking, even if Trump wins. Thus, he does not end the book by rallying his readers to that fight. Instead, he concludes by speculating about a more or less peaceful geographic separation and reshuffling of red and blue populations, but notes somberly that this would require “an act of statesmanship on the grandest scale since the Civil War.”
Could current trends be reversed?
Many people who vote liberal and parrot politically correct slogans have no real commitment to the ruling class agenda. They are just being trendy, imitating the popular opinions they hear from famous actors, athletes, and musicians. ,,,
I don’t want to overstate this. Our culture is more degraded in almost every way since the 1980s. I only mean to point out that popular opinion — like politics in general — is changeable, and can change again in sudden and unexpected ways.
The UK left abandoned Corbynism and stamped out antisemitism within the Labor Party after their election defeat last year. Their current leader, Keir Starmer, sounds almost patriotic and conservative on occasion.
Could the US left abandon its extremism if they get an electoral drubbing? Or are they all in, and must pursue identity politics and demographic replacement to the bitter end, come what may?