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21st Century Schizoid Man

May 20th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Culture

Billy Beck writes,

We are now in the fait accompli of American socialist revolution. Most peoples’ ignorance of history doesn’t allow them to really grasp how rapidly this is happening now, but this wheel is turning like never before.

I have no illusions that I can change any of it, but I am beginning to see new inspiration — if we can call it that, but it’s more like desperation — toward better work on the blog.

I suspect a lot of bloggers on the individual rights/free market side have had similar thoughts. We are at an important moment in history. Speaking out seems more urgently needed, and yet one has moments of doubt and despair. Does blogging matter?

Whether it matters or not, I only do it because I enjoy it. If blogging ever came to feel like a “duty” to me, I’d lose interest. I like to have a soapbox to stand on and shout about the news of the day. If I didn’t have this platform, I’d probably be driving my friends and family crazy lecturing them about Obama. (Since most of them are liberals, they’re breathing a sigh of relief right now that this blog keeps me out of their hair.)

Will blogging change the world? Yes, but in a movement, it’s hard to tell the effect of one small blog. Thousands of voices reinforce and strengthen one another.

Where did the Tea Party protests come from? Was there a controlling authority? They came about because many people thought the same about Obama’s onslaught on our liberty. As Victor Hugo said, there is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

Neil Young has a great new song out, which says, “Just singing a song won’t change the world.” (Love that em7-am7 chord progression.) One song won’t change the world, and neither will one blog, but a lot of them together might.

Or we might fail to stop America’s descent into dictatorship. Our opponents are serious about power. They don’t play by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. If their quest for power requires they hit below the belt, then they do it. Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.

Right now the left is riding higher than it has ever been. And the more power they get, the more they want. They have tasted it now. Obama has shown them a glimpse of the promised land of socialism; now they will push even harder to get there. They will not go down without a fight. Inside the velvet glove of altruism and egalitarianism is the iron fist of force. If they think the internet needs to be shut up, they will find some way to do it or go down fighting to do it.

They are serious about power. Are we serious about liberty? The conservatives are not — they have a history of compromise and collapse. But what about the rest of us?

Ultimately, our opponents have the guns of the state on their side. As Obama said, “I won.” As a student and teacher of Alinsky’s ideas, Obama understands power. Everything he does is about gaining and keeping it. How far will he go? What will stop him from using his power to destroy the opposition? Right now he does not need to “go to the mattresses.” But what if it looked like the welfare state might be rolled back? What would the statists do?

I could be wrong, but somehow I don’t see things playing out in a calm and orderly fashion. I think the future will be full of strife, with possible violence and social unrest. It will get crazy. Whatever happens, the world we knew in the 20th century is over.

(The title of this post is an old song by a classic rock band, King Crimson.)

UPDATE: Slight revision.

UPDATE II: Changed Tea Bag to Tea Party. I unthinkingly wrote the sophomoric term that the leftists use to demean the protests. Mockery and intimidation are pretty much all they have.

9 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike

    I blog for similar reasons in most respects. Indeed, I don’t see how we’re going to avert societal and/or economic collapse; what we’re hoping to do is lay the groundwork for the process of surviving that ordeal. Argentina has been down this road, and recently. People think “That can’t happen to America.” Well, Argentina isn’t exactly Zimbabwe. It won’t have to stretch for the U.S. to be just as susceptible.

    At some point, the same people who sneered at me for refusing to give money to the bums on Mill Avenue are going to be knocking on my front gate, decked out in rags, speaking from an empty mouth and extending an empty hand while all of Arizona is dust around us. My reply will be a shuck-shuck sound that will end that particular social argument once and for all.

    I just hope I encounter (or create, through spreading interest in Objectivism and liberty) enough like-minded individuals that every night won’t become a death watch. Voluntary associations of neighbors will become a life-saving staple of the new social order.

  • John

    Hi –

    Welcome aboard: I run the blog with the name in the title, and came across yours when I got a google alert.

    The peace dividend, if there ever was one, is long gone and we are entering a new period of deliberate strife and an agonizing return of Chicago Politics, with all the corruption and repression which that includes…

    We can all do our parts and keep the spirit alive…things will change, they always do: the reactionaries we call the Democratic party won’t survive. They’ll do damage, but they won’t survive.

  • C.T.

    Minor point: I don’t think you should refer to them as the Tea “Bag” protests. That’s an insult, to my knowledge (a rather vulgar one, and so it’s not surprising that it is enthusiastically employed by Leftists like John Stewart and Keith Olbermann). They are Tea “Party” protests. And I want to add, for the record, that I think a new third party, if one is ever created, should be called The Tea Party.

  • Myrhaf

    Thanks for the correction, C.T. You are absolutely right that Tea Bag is from the detractors. My mistake.

  • Harold

    Yeah, I kind of chuckled when reading that. Nothing wrong with oral, but C.T. is right. It was used to diminish the protest. Nothing new from the left-wingers though.

  • Jim May

    I am positioning myself to enter the fray, as a blogger, writer, whatever… because I want to fight. It’s not really about whether I think I can win, though I do think I have a shot. I simply can’t sit by and watch it all go… I am the sort who will fight knowing full well I’m doomed. I’m psychologically incapable of surrender.

    I won’t speak for Billy, but I would guess that he’s in a similar situation… because he still speaks of being motivated to blog even though, by all indications, he is resigned to “the Endarkenment” as he calls it. And he seems to be more active all over the Net than I am.

  • Rory David Hodgson

    Where’s that Hugo quote from?

  • Harold

    From Wikiquote:

    Translations offered here:

  • Billy Beck

    I don’t enjoy this. I never have. I was driven to it.

    I would much rather that none of you had ever had to have heard of me. I would have lived my life in productive peace, but these times are just not like that.

    Jim: yes. That’s about the size of it.