The great irony of our current politics is that the very populism so decried by the ruling class is only buttressed by that very ruling class’s censoriousness and game rigging.
The Ruling Class
Our ruling class has an oligarchy, if they can keep it.
Far from being an exceptional response to an emergency, the sterile and militarized Washington, D.C. of Joe Biden’s inauguration was an effort at mass intimidation and a portent of things to come.
The prattling we hear from pundits and politicians is really about ruthless obedience to the establishment’s mandated social norms. Nothing more, nothing less.
The only chance you have to wrestle your republic back from the vile morons who have stolen it is to treat them with utter disdain, just like they treat you.
Our grandees seem too exhausted, too guilty, or too ignorant to pass on and improve the civilization they inherited for others to come.
The ruling class might be getting richer on the not-so-free market while you get poorer, but at least they stopped Trump’s “socialist calamity” of returning to you $2000 of your own money.
Ruling class rot will worsen unless it’s adequately challenged by conscientious citizens tired of being treated as second-class subjects.
Elitists like David Brooks completely lack self-awareness, engage in projection, denigrate dissent as paranoia, and pine for the primacy of an unquestioned and unchallengeable “epistemic regime.”
His assertion that “right-wing” terrorists pose the greatest terrorist threat to our country is a sop to his new paymasters and a selling out of the people who made his career.
The mostly behind-the-scenes attempt between Election Day and Inauguration Day to prevent Donald Trump from taking office the first time will go public in 2020.