Or, how I learned to stop worrying and embrace bolshevism.
Marxist theory says it’s historically inevitable that the Proletariat will eventually rise up and overthrow class society. Lenin’s great insight was that the Proletariat will never achieve the necessary “revolutionary consciousness” to do this on their own. Thus the need for a “vanguard party” of professional revolutionaries who will instill that consciousness in the masses as it leads them. That insight, utter ruthlessness, and Satan’s own luck propelled him to the dictatorship of what would become the world’s only other space-faring superpower.
Naturally we “conservatives” (or whatever we are these days) reject this talk of “the masses.” They’re not an inert blob of fungible nobodies, to be acted upon by Their Betters. They are our fellow citizens, and representative government depends on their vote counting just as much as yours, or mine, or Lenin’s…..
Except that representative government also rests on legitimacy. That’s what the whole “social contract” deal was about back in high school civics (back when high schools taught real subjects). We, the citizens, exchange certain of our natural rights for the protection of the state. That exchange gives the state’s acts legitimacy…. IF the state fulfils its part of the contract. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” Thomas Jefferson supposedly said*, and it’s that vigilance which makes sure the contract stays valid. An informed and engaged citizenry by its nature constantly reaffirms the social contract, which constantly re-legitimizes the government. Through our vigilance we know the state is acting on our behalf and in accordance with our will.
But that no longer applies. It can’t. Look at any one of Hillary Clinton’s scandals. See how deep the rabbit hole goes. See how many people are involved, friends and supposed enemies alike. Given that both political parties, the vast majority of Wall Street, and all of academia and the media are colluding, there’s simply no way the citizenry can plausibly claim to be in any way, shape, or manner informed about the actions of their government. Were it not for some Russian-backed shit-stirrers and some truly Romanov-esque hubristic incompetence, we’d never have heard about any of this. Hillary would be cruising to victory and doing finger flexibility exercises to hold off the Parkinson’s tremors long enough to push The Button.
In a representative republic, where there is no consent of the governed, there is no legitimacy. As the governed cannot possibly consent….
Lenin was right. Without a dedicated revolutionary vanguard, the masses can’t hope to effect meaningful change. The only question is, is Trump that vanguard? We’d better hope so.