Big, LOOOONG excerpt coming up here, from an entirely brilliant article that essentially breaks down into two sections, de facto if not de jure. I’ll put the first part above the fold, then tuck the rest below so as to keep the main-page scrolling here from getting too obnoxious for y’all. Y’know, ‘cause I’m a giver like that, I am. A-HENH!
Against the Black Pill
Despite the leftist takeover of most American institutions, America is still saveable—if the right is willing to fight fire with fire.
It’s pretty easy to be optimistic about America’s prospects if you believe the tales that the conservative movement tells its donors. Or the Trump mythology. Or the Reagan hagiography.
More generally than not, though, those who know what time it is—that is, who realize just how much ground has been gained by the left in the past century and how corrupt the regime has become—tend to despair. As the kids say, they’ve been “blackpilled.” And it’s easy to see why.
What was once justly known as the land of the free and the home of the brave has devolved into an oligarchic, feminizing regime that is hostile to most of the defining elements of traditional American identity. The institutional high ground is controlled by a ruling class that is either sincerely woke and anti-American or that lacks the courage to stand up to the fanatics.
At best, our elites are just greedy—or neoliberal, to use the quaint contemporary term—and thus indifferent to America. At worst, they are woke believers hellbent on further accelerating Third World immigration, turning your kids transgender, and eradicating all dissent. What they almost never are, is unabashedly committed to constitutionalism, any kind of recognizably orthodox Christianity, liberty (on issues not related to drugs or sexuality), manliness, or any other of the features that once defined this republic. The best that can be said on their behalf is that they generally support economic growth and scientific innovation, although both are undermined by the woke erosion of standards and environmentalist neo-Luddism.
If you love America, you can still find a handful of dissident institutions that align with your beliefs (I am lucky enough to work at one)—but both the elite and mainstream institutions loudly signal that they despise your beliefs and your heritage. And they are becoming more and more brazen in wielding their power to punish dissenters and bestow special privileges upon allies.
The rule of law, the foundational pillar of American republicanism, is increasingly giving way to a two-tiered system of justice. The law (along with the media, of course) mostly turns a blind eye to the machinations of the Clintons and the Bidens, to Epstein’s pedophile network, to the millions of illegal immigrants flooding our southern border, to the homeless encampments overtaking our cities, to BLM and Antifa rioters, and to the petty and not-so-petty black criminals whom Soros-funded district attorneys refrain from prosecuting because of “antiracism.” While these allies of the regime do not operate with complete impunity, parts of the law simply do not apply to them.
The law, by contrast, comes down extra hard (and the media obsessively reports) on political dissidents who “trespassed” the Capitol on Jan. 6, citizens who defied the draconian COVID policies of the regime (unless they were protesting racial injustice), and, of course, the leading Republican contender for the presidency, his inner circle, and those who supported him in unapproved ways. Douglass Mackey was recently convicted of conspiring to deprive others of their right to vote because he tweeted unapproved memes. He faces up to 10 years in prison. The average prison sentence of the 70 BLM and Antifa rioters who have so far been found guilty is 27 months. In New York, two former lawyers, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, were sentenced to a little over a year for setting fire to an empty police car with a Molotov cocktail.
In 1994, Chronicles columnist Sam Francis coined the term “anarcho-tyranny” in the pages of this magazine to describe the now-prevalent double standard, but subsequent events have shown that his definition needs to be expanded. The tyranny—that is, the draconian enforcement of laws—applies not just to “the innocent and the law-abiding” ordinary citizen, but also to the political enemies of the regime. And the anarchy, or the nonenforcement of laws, extends beyond “serious criminals” to politically well-connected individuals and disorderly groups whose causes are blessed by the regime.
Part The First carries on from there, amounting to a pretty comprehensive rundown of all the institutions, bureaucracies, agencies, and media/entertainment edifices now controlled completely by the America Hatin’, Goosesteppin’ Left. Now, for Part the Second, which is all about how this sorry situation might be dealt with effectively.
There are still many bright spots, of course. America remains a formidably wealthy country and it is home to many of the most innovative companies in the world. No other country delivers consumer goods more efficiently. We continue to attract the most talented and ambitious people in the world (a mixed blessing, to be sure, but they would not be coming here if the country were a hellhole). And while our airports, hospitals, and schools are not as good as they once were, things for the most part still work.
How much longer this will be the case is, of course, the very question before us. America today is run by Boomers and Gen Xers who, for all their unseriousness and effeminacy, are paragons of Homeric virtue compared to millennials and Gen Zers. I tremble for my country when I reflect that the most coddled, the most mentally unstable, the most historically ignorant, the most effeminate, and the most woke generations will soon be at the helm.
In sum, things are bad and they’re probably going to get worse. We’re surrounded, the generals are compromised, and there is no cavalry coming to the rescue. And yet, despair and capitulation are unwarranted, if only because there is still a large base of patriotic and defiant citizens.
For all of the enormous inroads that the left has made in reshaping the popular consciousness, it has still not fully conquered the public’s mind. Affirmative action has been around for more than 50 years and it remains very unpopular. Despite a relentless propaganda campaign and the backing of the medical establishment, the trans agenda continues to generate considerable backlash. According to a respected federal survey, high-school boys are today twice as likely to identify as conservative than as liberal. In stand-up clubs across the country, comedians are mocking the absurd pieties of the left.
It is also imperative that the right invest considerable resources in trying to remasculinize men—young boys in particular. Red states should create all-boys schools, revamp their curriculum to emphasize the manly pursuit of excellence (more Plutarch, less Maya Angelou), promote physical fitness, get all junk food out of cafeterias, teach manual skills, and cultivate spiritedness by requiring boys to participate in martial arts and combat sports (team sports are overrated). This too is not a panacea, but I can think of no other issue that would have greater positive spillover effects since all the things that must be done to save our country require manly courage (as well as prudence and cunning).
We should also remember that the regime is nowhere near as strong as it appears. Many members of the ruling class are weak, dumb, and incompetent, and they grow more incompetent with each passing year as they double down on diversity at the expense of meritocracy. Their main propaganda arm, the media, is more despised today than probably ever in the past. The overreaction to COVID and the medical establishment’s uncritical embrace of transgenderism have done irreparable harm to the reputation of expertise.
The left has also overplayed its hand on both race and sex and considerably weakened its moral standing. Progressives used to defend nice churchgoing blacks against Klansmen and friendly gays against bigoted Christians. Today they’re defending criminals and the mutilation of children. The legitimization of pedophiles, or minor-attracted persons as they now are called, is already underway.
There are opportunities to be seized. And although the odds are not in our favor, so what? America was, after all, founded by a ragtag bunch of colonials who went to war with the most powerful army in the world. Ultimately, nothing could be more un-American than to give up on America.
Can’t remember where I first came across this beaut—it’s been sitting in an open tab waiting for me to get around to it for a week at least, probably more—so no “Via” link, a lapse for which I shamefacedly apologize. Incredible as it may seem, there’s still more yet to read of this magisterial piece. You really want to do that, every last word of it.