The 10 Extremist New Rules That Are Changing America

The 10 Extremist New Rules That Are Changing America. By Victor Davis Hanson.

1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.

Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. …

2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions, and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law. …

Selective enforcement and catch all laws have made a mockery of equality before the law. The Chinese taught the world how to perfect that system.

3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily—if at all—by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. …

The left have always been obsessed by race, and they are into discrimination again. It’s a great distraction from the oligarchic control of the new upper class.

4) The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.

Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the “founders” than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.

The oligarchic elite want the new deplorables to compete with the old deplorables, as a distraction and to keep their wages low.

5) Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote. …

Which, just coincidentally, makes it easier for the side that cheats the most.

6) Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism, and homophobia. …

8) McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.

Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act, or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke. …

10) Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter are the new gospels.

Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

Those with all the money and power have coalesced into an oligarchy of common interests and shared policy at the tip of society. The next 5 or 10% of society on the wealth ladder are mainly professionals employed to serve the oligarchy, hoping to join the wealthy elite by having the right opinions. Some of the rest are favored mascots of the moment, or mendicants, and so support the oligarchy at the ballot box. Some of the rest are still fooled by the propaganda or are distracted by issues like race — they haven’t really caught on yet to the new state of affairs. The rest of us can go to hell.