A Great Idea – UPDATED

This is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time.  Of course, it could never work in America — the parasite class, both inside and outside government, is simply too large to ever implement it — but in less ridiculous polities than ours it might just work.

Maybe some municipalities could try it.

UPDATE:  This started as a reply to Nate Winchester, but needs to go on the main page.

Nate forwards a link from Bayou Renaissance Man, who makes excellent points about “Basic Income.”  I agree with them all.  Problem is, his objections assume that we still live in a republic.  We don’t, and we haven’t, for at least 150 years.

Once you accept the basic premisis of managerialism — that residents of a nation are problems to be managed, rather than participating citizens — you’ve abandoned democracy.  You can’t be both a citizen and a subject.  They’re opposites.  It’s unpossible.

28228-Thats-Unpossible-Ralph-wiggum-PcuIThe United States made its choice 150 years ago.  Thanks to the Pension Act, Union Army veterans got to vote on how much they’d be compensated for their disabilites, as well as what counted as a “disability” in the first place. As Union vets were the largest recognizable voting bloc in the Gilded Age, the easiest way to buy votes was to expand the pension laws… which government after government did, right up to the turn of the 20th century

We’ve been trying to square the citizen/subject circle ever since, and failing.  Every welfare program faces the same fundamental contradiction — you’re letting people vote on how much the government should pay them.

Note that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Great Britian’s 1834 Poor Law disenfranchised those who took public assistance.  If you want to be a ward of the state, you don’t get a say in how the state is run.  The inmates don’t get to vote on the asylum’s policies.  If, at any time, you wanted / were able to try your luck in the labor market again, you got your vote back.

In a rational polity — or even one less ridiculous than ours, like Finland — this would be part of the national discussion on citizenship.  We don’t let H1-B visa holders vote, even though — we’re routinely informed — their labor is so vital for the American economy.  We assume they’d form blocs and rig things in their favor, as they have only short-term personal interests in American politics.  They have no reason to take the long view, so they won’t.

Government assistance can — and should — work the same way.  We’ll never do it, of course, but since Trump et al are forcing us to at least kinda sorta nibble around the edges of the national question, we should at least bring this up as a live option.  Time was, we understood that rights entail corresponding duties — fail to discharge the one, lose the other.  If “welfare is a right” — as we’re so often told by Our Betters, the Liberal — then it’s the wefare recipient’s duty to bow out of elections.

And be honest: How many of you are truly bothered by the idea of a Welfare Queen as such?  Anyone with any experience of life knows that there are certain people who are just going to be parasites  They won’t work, and they’re going to go to the dogs no matter what incentives you hold out, or penalties you threaten.  Think of Huck Finn’s dad.  Those people are the bedrock on which the managerial state is built.  I for one don’t have a problem with paying taxes to get them a basic food ration.  It’s only when they get to team up and vote on how much to tax me that I get irate.

Finland is a Scandinavian country, so they don’t have such a…. diverse…. parasite class as we do.  So $900 a month or whatever will probably work for them.  And, logically, they’re willing to tolerate the natural Darwinian end of the incorrigible few who will spend all their allowance on booze and hookers.  Americans won’t do that either, but, again, be honest: If we could keep ghetto dysfunction in the ghetto by means of a food ration, some disposable cash, and Hamsterdam, wouldn’t you take that deal?  They don’t get to vote, and they get stomped by the cops if they bring their shit out of the ‘hood… and, of course, they get both the franchise and a get-out-of-a-cop-stomping card if they choose to leave their old ways behind.  Americans have no idea what goes on in the inner cities anyway.  Gang violence and ODs don’t bother us, because thanks to the Goodthinkers in the media, we don’t have to see them.  Again, in a rational polity a place like Detroit would be a burning national shame.  Fred Reed has written a zillion words on this topic; go take a gander.

And yeah, I’m well aware that this is “not who we are,” “not our values,” etc.  But look: I’m a historian.  We havent’ been who we are, or true to our values, since the War of Northern Aggression.  Disenfranchsing welfare recipients is, yes, cruel, awful, and of course racist.  But it’s also the only way to resolve the citizen / subject dilemma.  Agree to be managed, and take the consequences — again, I’d be happy to pay my taxes for this, and I suspect that you would to (be honest!).  Finland is giving it a whirl.  If they succeed… well, given what’s coming down the pike when the next financial bubble bursts, we need to at least think it over.

In Defense of Fascism

Before we begin (1): This is one of those long, MEGO political philosophy posts.

Before we begin (2): Read this.

It’s a piece from a wonderful site called The Last Psychiatrist, whose archives are just filled with goodness (though TLP himself seems to have passed on).  It begins with the story of Keisha, a 27 year old woman who considers herself “retired” because she’s On Disability.  Most of the rest of the post details our — society’s — complicity in this farce:

The economy was a Ferrari and now it’s only a Honda, but either way, not much time for absences and no time at all for Keisha’s learning curve.  Keisha isn’t just unemployed, she is completely unemployable.   We can argue whether auto plants should pay $20/hr or $50/hr, but for certain there is no market for unskilled labor at all….The jobs employers would be willing to take a gamble on are jobs that pay too little for it to be worth her showing up at all.  Hence SSI [=”being On Disability”].

Also:

For fun, let me point that that another 10% of the unemployed in America are relabeled as “incarcerated”, so total you have a real rate of 15-20% unemployment, and this does not include the unemployable who have been relabeled as “military personnel” thanks to two endless wars, or those who manage ten hours a week at the Buy-n-Large who are relabeled as employed and thus are of no consequence;  all of which is good because if the unemployment rate printed higher than “9%” the credit rating of the US would have to fall to C-.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the main problems Fascism is designed to solve.

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Fascists accept Marx’s fundamental premise, that society is composed of three mutually hostile classes.  That’s why “Nazi” is short for “National Socialism.”  The difference is, while Marx thought this class antagonism would inexorably lead to international proletarian revolution, Mussolini et al thought it could be channeled — and eventually eliminated — by restructuring the institutions of one particular society.  Hence, National Socialism.

To the Marxist, our labor is all any of us really has.  Which is why Marxism became Marxism-Leninism after the Russian Revolution.  Lenin had a civil war to win and a country to run, and soon enough he realized that the Keishas of the world will never be generals or surgeons or factory managers.  It took him a little longer to realize that intellectuals make poor factory hands — early post-revolutionary Russia is filled with morbid stories of university faculties turned out as “shock workers” — but he eventually did.  And in typical commie fashion, he churned out a zillion pages of “theory” justifying why Communism looks just like Capitalism when you actually put it into practice, except nobody gets paid and nothing works.

Fascism skips all the squid ink and accepts the fundamental reality that people are different.  This is one of the main sources of Fascism’s appeal.  Unlike Marxists, who believe that the Proletariat is capable of all things (under the leadership of Marxists, of course), Fascists realize that there’s generally a reason for people falling where they do on the socioeconomic spectrum.  No amount of community college classes on Dialectical Materialism is ever going to make Keisha employable in a modern economy.  Keisha will always be “unskilled labor,” because she is [pick one: genetically, historically, congenitally] incapable of ever acquiring an economically useful skill.

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Fascism also recognizes that Keisha is always with us.  Liberals and/or schoolchildren please take note: This is why George W. Bush wasn’t a Fascist.  Unlike Bush, Fascists realize that it’s mathematically impossible for everyone to be above average.  No matter how exotic and specialized the economy gets, there will always be someone who can’t keep up.  Something must be done for Keisha.

A truly capitalist society, like the one Rachel Maddow fans think America is, would simply let Keisha starve in the gutter.  On the other hand, there’s plenty of work at a living wage for her in People’s Heavy Tractor Manufactory #202 in Krasnoyarsk… and all she has to do is give up her land, her family, her people, and her traditions.  Become a faceless prole, interchangeable with all the others all over the globe, or starve — those are Keisha’s options.

And who’s to say that they won’t be your options someday soon, if the Communist revolution succeeds, or the Capitalists find someone to do your job cheaper?

National Socialism solves all that.  Keisha gets a decent job at a decent wage.  She gets the pride of working for a living, not a soul-crushing handout.  Meanwhile, her employer gets a willing employee.  True, his profits won’t be quite as large, but he, too, has his pride. He’s contributing to national success in a direct, highly visible way, since most jobs that could employ a Keisha — McDonald’s, let’s say, to stick with TLP’s example — are locally owned.  Indeed, the only people we harm by stopping outsourcing, offshoring, and automation are the very biggest Capitalists, i.e. the very same bastards who brought us here in the first place.

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If you accept Marx’s view of life, then — if life is, at bottom, just economics — then Fascism is not only a viable alternative, it’s the best alternative.  For Fascists, State, Economy, Society, and Culture are synonyms — they’re three different descriptions of the same thing.  As Man is an economic animal, Society is the economic organization of human groups.  Culture is the expression of that economic organization, and the State provides its security.  Thus, the Fascist will preserve Culture by rejiggering Society and the Economy via the State.  The vast numbers of poor are helped, only a few of the super-rich are harmed… and they’re all internationalist parasites anyway.

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These aren’t my personal views, of course.  Fascism terrifies me.  But… can you find the flaws in this post?  Because a whole lot of people would be nodding along with every single word… and that number is growing by leaps and bounds, every day.  If you want have have any hope of heading American Fascism off, you’d better start digging.

Colors, Flags, Slogans, Armbands

Most of the media misread Trump because they’re stupid, but even the smarter bloggers out there really don’t realize that he’s not a politician.*  Trumpism may be parasitic on the comatose near-corpse of the Republican Party, and he may have to go through the motions of party politics, but Trump’s bid for the Presidency isn’t a campaign — it’s a mass movement, and he’s a movement-builder.

To be fair, Trump himself might not realize it.  I’m still not entirely sure he’s serious about winning.  But assuming he is, and assuming he’s got some sense of himself as a movement leader, not a politician, I’d advise the following:

Embrace the loyalty pledge.  Remember that ridiculous furor a month or so back, when all the other GOP candidates kept harassing him to sign the loyalty oath?  Aside from cracking a few Catch-22 type jokes, I didn’t think much of it at the time.  It seemed like the kind of stupid, flailing gesture the GOP is addicted to — a sort of in-house version of their patented Failure Theater — and I thought Trump was just humoring them because he really doesn’t care about the Party machine.

Maybe he was… or maybe he was stupid like a fox.  Either way, it’s a golden opportunity, especially now that certain insidery types are talking about a third party run by a Cuckstablishment type.  Trump can play this one to the rafters — he’s the only one in the whole damn race to have given his word and stuck by it.  Nobody else had to sign the Great Loyalty Oath, and surprise surprise, they’re setting up to sell him out.  Loyalty is a yuuuuge virtue among the proles — it’s all they’ve got left.

Get a loyalty oath of his own.  Building on that, I’d drum up a catchy slogan — “Honoring American Values” or some such — and urge all his supporters to publicly take an oath to do the same.  Have them sign an online petition, say, and reward them for doing it.  His website could feature the True American(tm) of the Week who signed the pledge, and he could hand out lapel pins that say “I took the pledge!” or something.  And speaking of pins…

Get an official campaign color.  Armbands are a bit on the nose at this point, but there’s nothing wrong with asking people to wear certain colors.  Liberals do this kind of thing all the time — cf. the NFL wearing that ridiculous pink gear every October.  I’d advise against white — again, a bit on the nose right now — but since conservatives are “red” right now, I’d jump all over that.  Wear something bright red at every appearance, and encourage all supporters to wear as much red as possible at all times.  Once that takes off…

Yep, go with the armbands.  Or, at least, some very visible lapel pins or, better yet, some patches that can be ironed on to ballcaps and / or hunting vests.  Trump’s support right now is almost entirely among the proletariat, and they don’t do political bumper stickers (“NRA life member” stickers, sure).  Bumper stickers, besides being too conventional, are almost entirely an upper-middle class thing — they’re tribal signifiers for the SUV crowd, which is why liberals love them.

The point is to emphasize the movement, not the campaign.  Regular politicians do bumper stickers; they’re genteel displays of political virtue.  Trump is brash and irreverent; so too should his movement be.  The type of person who rushed to buy a Confederate flag after Charleston is exactly the kind of person who’s going to vote for Trump, and he’s got to make them even more visible.  The Establishment — by which I mean the Dempublican Party — is scared absolutely shitless at the thought of the proles developing some class consciousness.  Make Trumpista armbands loud and proud, and pretty soon you’ve got a working-class version of the pantywaist college kid’s Che shirt — a cheap accessory that stands for generic “rebellion.”

D, if you’re reading this… I got a million more.  And I work cheap.  Call me.

 

*They sneer at his lack of government experience, of course, and what they perceive as his lack of political acumen….but this attitude assumes he’s a still typical — just very bad — politician.

Fuhrerprinzip

It occurs to me that “”””progressives””” did America’s future fuhrer a solid by abandoning Dialectical Materialism.

Lefties always attribute their desires to some gassy nebulous Other.  Why they do this is above my pay grade, but it’s a psychological tic we’ve all observed. They want it, but they can’t come right out and say “I want this; give it to me.”  They have to pretend that the Constitution, or Social Justice, or whatever, requires it.

They do this even when saying “I want this; give it to me” would not only get them what they want, but would be the path of least resistance.  Nothing would be easier, for instance, than the Hugo TruFans simply renaming the tropy the Social Justice Award for Excellence in SJW Propaganda.  They get everything they want, the Puppies get everything they want, and nobody has to break their brain frantically organizing to stymie a campaign that OMG srlsly u guys doesn’t even matter at all.

Even leftie dictators do it — the Kim Jong-uns of the world routinely subject their slaves to “elections.”

Worse yet, the Other is always at one remove.  Again, the psychology of this is beyond me, but the upshot is that personal responsibility is nowhere to be found.  It’s always “the People” or something.  It’s not as if Kim (just to stick with a theme) couldn’t say “fuck it, I want a seventeenth palace” and the whole country’d hop to it. But no; even he makes up some bullshit about how a seventeenth palace is the truest instantiation of the Juche Idea.

Our Betters, the liberals, are the same way.  Everybody knows Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are America’s ruling quinqumvirate — when’s the last time anyone has wondered how they’ll vote on anything? — but nobody admits it.  The Supreme Gals are the guaranteed Liberal vote on every issue, but you’ll never get any liberal — themselves most definitely included — to admit it.  It’s not “Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg want;” it’s all penumbras and emanations.

Time was, any and all “progressive” policies could be laid at the feet of Dialectical Materialism.  That was the supposedly scientific Other that justified any and all deceit, treachery, and/or cognitive dissonance.  It went from Marx to Dialectial Materialism to the Party to the Vozhd, so even Stalin and Mao weren’t ultimately responsible for the horrible shit they did — it was History, comrade.

But now that’s gone.  And without that, you’re left with, say, Society… which is really “society,” which is really just a collection of individuals, with all their faults and foibles and petty bullshit.  You see this with any “society” of liberals — they all know they can’t trust one another, because none of them has principles.  So the first thing that happens when more than two liberals walk into a room is… they start organizing committees and passing bylaws.  The better to fuck you over with, of course, but don’t blame me, comrade — I’m just following orders.

At some point, someone’s going to come up with a mom-and-baseball-and-apple-pie version of the fuhrerprinzip — it’s so because I say it’s so.  Might make right.  And a million people are going to flock to that guy.  A hundred million more will really, really want to resist that guy… but how can they?  Society, after all, has spoken.

 

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Watch

You know what I’d do if I were trying to prime the American public for takeover by a white supremacist fascist movement?

I’d do something like this.

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” [Former NYC mayor Rudy] Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

Yup.  “The police are bad, the police are racist.”  And the alternative to the “bad, racist” police, as Ace notes, is dead civilians.  Lots of them, since the “wartime” rules of engagement effectively halve the number of emergencies the NYPD can respond to.

Ergo:  You want peace?  You want law and order?  You want to be able to walk safely down the street at night?  You want to have better than a 50/50 shot at a police response when you call 911?

Vote for the guys who vow to keep the coloreds in their place.

The phrase that pays is: “If I’m going to be accused of it, I want to be guilty of it.”  There’s a tipping point approaching — when enough people act on that sentiment, you’re going to see some real racism.

It will be horrible, but it’ll be your own damn fault, liberals.

Gleichschaltung Watch: The Washington Redskins

ESPN reports:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

Much like Our Betters, the liberals, are always willing and eager to hear different viewpoints provided they are exactly the same as theirs, so Our Masters in Washington are staunch defenders of free speech.  Here in Weimar America, you’re absolutely free to say whatever you like… if you’re willing to get crushed financially for expressing an Unapproved Thought.

Gleichschaltung.  Learn it, know it, live it.

A New Category: Gleichschaltung Watch

Because it sure looks like we’re gonna need it.

From Weasel Zippers, via Jeff Goldstein.

US Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point” asks banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don’t like. Banks are then told they must “choke off” those customers’ access to financial services, shutting down their accounts. The secretive operation began in 2013.

Well, there you have it.  As I’ve said so many, many times, It Can’t Happen Here, so there’s nothing to worry about.  Trust our benevolent overlords.

If Hillary! doesn’t like “all within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” as a 2016 campaign slogan, might I suggest this one?