In the write-up portion of his Friday podcast,* Z Man muses on the
possibility certainty that the Democrats will screw Bernie Sanders over in favor of some Wall Street creature:
A lot of people moved into dissidents politics when they saw how the so-called conservatives responded to Donald Trump in the primary. Something similar could happen to Progressives when they see their party side with Wall Street to block Sanders. It’s possible the party could literally throw in with a billionaire to stop the Sander’s movement….
…it is an intriguing possibility that will offer up opportunities for dissidents. No one knows what will happen when a bunch of white Progressives get red pilled.
All due respect, but I’m pretty sure I know what happens, and so do you.
First things first. What happened to “conservatives” in 2016 was: They got knocked over the head with the realization — in retrospect, so very very fucking obvious — that the Republican Party has nothing to do with conservatism, and hasn’t for a long long time. The GOP is the Big Business Party, full stop, and Big Business has nothing to do with conservatism. Never has done. Just look at the behavior of the Robber Barons. Does J.D. Rockefeller fixing world oil prices look conservative to you? If the choice is between rule by J.D. Rockefeller and rule by J.V. Stalin, I know which one I’m picking, but just because Rockefeller is to the “right” of the Vanguard of the Proletariat doesn’t make him any kind of conservative.
Dissidents have been pointing this out for years. Big Business is actually the natural home of proselytizing Leftists, because both the impulses and methods are the same: Control of what can be done, said, and thought, enforced by restricting access to products. Just as there’s no need to rack up the expense of running a gulag when you can just cut off a dissident’s ration card, so there’s no point in agitating for state repression when you can just deny a dissident a bank account. What are they going to do, build their own Internet? Start another Wall Street in some place like Omaha? Ask the wildcatters who tried to go against Standard Oil how that worked out. J.D. drinks your milkshake.
There is effectively no conservative party in America, and again, we dissidents have been pointing this out for years. But it took the GOP backstabbing one of their own for many normal Americans to start figuring this out. “Conservatism” means “looking out for your own.” Stuff like NAFTA obviously hurts America; therefore, no conservative could possibly support NAFTA. But all non-Trump Republicans do, ergo….
Americans want to remain Americans. Trump got that, which is why he won… over the vigorous, nasty, and ongoing objections of the Republican Party.
But if actual Americans have no authentic voice in American politics, then neither do actual Progressives. The Bernie Bros had a point in 2016. The Dems really did do everything in their power to rig their primaries in favor of Hillary, and does anyone really doubt that if by some miracle Bernie had won anyway, he soon would’ve slipped in the shower and fallen on seven bullets? The Bernie Bros got with the program and grudgingly voted for Herself anyway, of course, but only by way of the same vicious binary logic of actual conservatives voting Republican — if the choice is between unbridled predatory capitalism (as they see it) and slightly less predatory crony capitalism with a few #Woke noises, they’ll very grudgingly pick the latter.
Just as there’s no real conservative party in America, there’s no real “Progressive” party either. Everyone but Bernie makes increasingly bizarre #Woke noises — e.g. Lyin’ Liz Warren vowing to let a transgender child pick her Secretary of Education — but Progressives would, it’s increasingly clear, sacrifice all that “intersectional” crap for some real reform. Single payer health care, for example. They figure — correctly, by the “logic” of their fundamental assumptions — that trannies would benefit from this, too… whereas the tranny-child-approved EdSec is an empty gesture from a bought-and-paid-for Wall Street shill.
Just as a vote for Trump was the only way for real Americans to express their deep, heartfelt desire to remain Americans, then, a vote for Bernie is the only way for real Progressives to reaffirm their Leftist faith… and like the Republicans with Trump, the Democrats are going to do their damnedest to take the Bernie option off the table.
There’s a historical analogue for this, of course. You’re not gonna like it, but you know it.
Cat Fancy was an alliance between the realists on both sides of the Left/Right divide. Every other “Right” party in Weimar openly longed for the impossible: the restoration of the Kaiser. Every other “Left” party was full of Marxists — international Socialists, which in practice meant that if they attained power, Germany would be ruled from Moscow as a Soviet province. The Left-realists wouldn’t give up their faith in scientific socialism, but they refused to knuckle under to Russians. The Right-realists wouldn’t knuckle under to Russians either, but they understood that the Kaiserreich’s glory days were gone for good. Cat Fancy threaded the needle as the only party dedicated to helping Germans, and only Germans, as Germans.
That’s what you get when you red-pill a bunch of Leftists: They join up with the red-pilled Rightists, because they all want the same thing. Pick any dissident Rightist blog. When they write about “banksters” etc., you could be forgiven for thinking they plagiarized it out of the Daily Worker circa 1924. We’re supposed to be shocked at Bernie’s people wanting to put Wall Street types in work camps, but how many of us actually have a problem with it? I’ve got several million White boys, killed in someplace unpronounceable or dead from opiate overdoses, who’d like a word with the Wolves of Wall Street.
I’ll go ahead and let my freak flag fly: the only reason I’ve got a problem with Bernie sending the Morgan Stanley boys to work camps is because it’s Bernie signing the orders. Donald Trump could give the whole lot of them helicopter rides, and I’d be the first guy signing up for the pay-per-view broadcast. And I’m a moderate. As a historian, I know what Fascism entails — the lesser of two evils is still evil. But I also understand the alternatives — the lesser of two evils is lesser.
Maybe it won’t work out that way. But I know how I’m betting.