The greatest, or most commonly raised, objection to the “Flight 93 Election” piece by the inimitable Decius seems to be that he is too pessimistic. In fact, they said precisely what he said they would: things aren’t so bad! No need to panic, or even to question the way we think about politics! So it would seem to be unwise to out-pessimize Decius, who has penned the best political essay of the election cycle. And yet, here I am. In one respect, I think the situation is more dire than he allows.
In his original essay, Decius said that if Trump loses, we face a set of options:
“The possibilities would seem to be: Caesarism, secession/crack-up, collapse, or managerial Davoisie liberalism as far as the eye can see … which, since nothing human lasts forever, at some point will give way to one of the other three. Oh, and, I suppose, for those who like to pour a tall one and dream big, a second American Revolution that restores Constitutionalism, limited government, and a 28% top marginal rate.”
And again, in his response to his critics, he wrote of the managerial Davoisie liberalism option:
“Keep in mind, this is the best case scenario. Which leaves open the larger questions raised in the prior essay that gave so many the vapors: how long could that possibly last? And what follows when it ends? The #NeverTrumpers don’t even attempt to answer the second because their implicit answer to the first is: forever. Who knew they were all closet Hegelians? Yet I’m called nuts for raising doubts.”
I don’t think history has ended, and it’s true that, most likely, nothing lasts forever. (In some ways, history seems to have restarted in this election cycle.) Eventually, I assume, the world will end. But I fear that the consequences of a permanent global managerial oligarchy are more fearsome than Decius allows. He is trying to make the best case: allow me to, briefly, make the worst.
The logical outcome of global open borders is that all nations become the same. Not everything gets taken to its logical conclusion, of course. But a borderless world is a borderless world. The mass migrations into Europe and the United States currently taking place show no signs of stopping on their own, and it isn’t as if the Third World is going to run out of migrants any time soon. The UN predicts that the population of Africa alone will quintuple to 4 billion in the next 80 years while Europe flatlines around 700 million.
But of course, it isn’t really a borderless world. While Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Ryan lobby for more immigration and amnesty, they build walls around their own homes. There will always be borders: but eventually, they will only exist for the Davoisie.
The answer Decius might give to this is, sure, but eventually the people will rise up and overthrow the managerial elite. And sure, let’s say a large enough group of them did. What of the vast resources of science and technology at the fingertips of those who rule us? Will they allow themselves to be overthrown? Will they allow the global system to go down because a few hicks decide that it matters that the difference between us and them is that “We live here”? To put it more simply, what becomes of the “deplorable” Americans who object to the new America, who are deemed “irredeemable?”
In his Thoughts and Adventures, Churchill warned of the “nightmares” to come “if Civilization cannot take itself in hand and turn its back on those Cities of Destruction and Enslavement to which Science holds the keys.” The scientific elite and the political elite of our world now work hand in hand – knowingly or not – to create a world slum where the only suburbs are the ones they live in. My question for Decius is this: are you sure this can’t last forever, or what may as well be forever?
There is, of course, a message for my dear conservative friends here, the ones who think they can hide from what is to come: they will not leave you alone. You cannot retreat into your Christian enclaves, your small towns, your gated communities. The Clinton Justice Department will find your cloister to be insufficiently diverse and your pulpits filled with hate speech. The arm of the Davoisie will reach you even there. No matter where you run, the world will follow you.