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Culture for the cultured and uncultured alike.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, (new this week!) The Daley Gator, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

This just in:  The World Economic Forum wants to put you in a Habitrail.  (In case you’re wondering, this is a Habitrail.)  Excerpt:

Back in 2018, the WEF told us that we would “own nothing” and be “happy”–and everything would be within 15 minutes. Why? So, you wouldn’t have to have vehicles (or the freedom those vehicles bring).

They’ve since scrubbed that video from their website, although not from their Twitter account. Elon Musk said that video gave him “the willies.”

But some have moved along further on the idea. Fast forward to the idea that was laid out during one of the WEF panels — this is what is being envisioned in 2023 for 2045 — the 5-minute city “utopia.”

You’ll live in modules, completely enclosed [so, it looks like they could keep you in, if they wanted to], everything within 5 minutes’ walk, and no cars.

Where is your private yard or your freedom? 80,000 people living within 5 minutes of each other in a pod, so you reduce the number of businesses and you only have one big store for the “catchment area” of 80,000 people? What happens to all the private businesses you just eliminated? What are these people thinking, and do they not know anything at all about humanity? The betterment of humanity gets sacrificed for the “zero-carbon” emissions and everything being controlled.

Remember what I keep saying about this kind of crap?  It’s about control – it’s always about control.  Do you think for a moment that Barack Obama will give up his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard estate to move into one of these rabbit warrens?  Think Al Gore will give up his Tennessee mansion?  Bernie Sanders, any of his three comfortable homes?  Hell no.  But you and I?  We may very well not be given the option.

No.  We may well not be given the option.  This kind of life would involve us being contained, our food and clothing rationed, our travel dictated – or eliminated.

Granted it’s easy for me to say “no thanks” to this kind of crap.  Mrs. Animal and I are comfortably ensconced in our rural Alaska home, with a safe full of guns and a freezer full of local fish and game.  I’d rather go down fighting than to live like this.  But the younger folks, who have their whole lives in front of them?  Do you think the Davos crowd, once these giant Habitrails are built, would hesitate to tell young people “move in, or your bank accounts will be frozen, your driver’s license suspended.  Move in and submit!”

I’d like to think very few younger people would let themselves be so cowed.  But I’m not very optimistic.  Look at the governments of the world overstepping on COVID-19, look at how many people meekly acquiesced, and see how far things have gone already.

Animal’s Daily Demographics News

Before we start, check out my latest over at Glibertarians.  This wraps up my current series; next week, a new and slightly more optimistic series begins.

Now then, watch this; it is a tad over an hour long, but worth every minute.

Talk about not terribly optimistic.

I can’t add anything, really, to the points Nicholas Eberstadt makes in this interview.  I have, in past posts, discussed the ongoing decline in population growth in the developed world, which will soon lead to a population decline, but in this interview we see a great discussion of many, many more likely results of this decline, and how to address the failure of modern nations to reproduce.

It’s worth watching.  Find some time in your schedule to watch the whole thing through.

Animal’s Daily West Coast Meltdown News

I’ve done quite a few posts documenting the ongoing disintegration of the once and former Golden State in general and San Francisco in particular; here’s another take on that topic, in which a former SanFran entrepreneur “translates” statements from Mayor London Breed.  Excerpt:

Technology entrepreneur Joe Lonsdale provided a “translation” of a statement from San Francisco Democratic Mayor London Breed regarding the city’s collapsing tax base and budget woes.

Lonsdale attended Stanford University and launched Palantir, a defense software company, before starting venture capital fund 8VC. The libertarian-leaning executive said he moved the company from San Francisco to Austin two years ago because the Texas metropolis is more “tolerant of ideological diversity.”

In reaction to a social media thread from Breed in which she lamented San Francisco’s difficulties in funding government operations, Lonsdale offered a “little translation” for those who cannot follow “California politician-speak.”

When Breed said that the “structure” of downtown San Francisco has “shifted,” Lonsdale translated the statement to mean “dozens of businesses have fled” because “their workers are terrified of being assaulted” by “criminals and mentally-ill homeless.” Indeed, an influx of homeless residents occurred as a $160 million program offered them shelter in local hotels: there are now 56% more homeless people in the city since the initiative began.

The homeless problem in particular is mostly due to acts of staggering stupidity on the city’s government; what you penalize you get less of and what you subsidize you get more of, and the city has been subsidizing homelessness for some time now.  Add in a climate that allows sleeping outdoors all year ’round (although, amazingly, Anchorage has it’s own homelessness problem, in spite of frequent below-zero temps in winter), the decriminalization of shoplifting and the tolerance of public drug use, urination and defecation, and you get a city that makes medieval Paris or London look clean, safe and respectable.

The part that I find baffling is that the people of San Francisco – and Los Angeles, and Chicago, and Detroit, and any number of our major cities that are slowly (and recently not so slowly) collapsing, keep voting for the same people who oversaw the collapse.  Until that changes, nothing else will.

Rule Five Climate Cult Friday

Last week, over at Issues & Insights, the I&I editorial board put forth that climate activists are in fact cult members.  They make a good argument, but there’s one bit I don’t see.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

We feel confident in saying that not a single prediction of global warming catastrophe has occurred. The alarmists know their forecasts of doom have been comically wrong. But rather than admit their errors, they point to natural events as evidence that they’re not wrong and keep warning us that the end is near.

There must be something wrong with them.

It was David Viner, a senior research scientist at the University of East Anglia’s climatic research unit, who told the Independent in 2000 that within just a few years, winter snow was going to become “a very rare and exciting event.”

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said, 22 years before snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere reached a record high.

Retired meteorologist Anthony Watts called Viner’s foolish statement “likely one of the most cited articles ever that illustrates the chutzpah and sheer hubris on display from a climate scientist who was so certain he could predict the future with certainty.”

But it is articles precisely like this that attain immortality, and which are cited again and again not just by activists but by a compliant, cult-friendly legacy media.  And yes, many of the foot soldiers of the movement exhibit many of the traits of cult followers:  A willingness to overlook conflicting data, the demonization of dissenters, and an ossified outlook that is not amenable to change for any reason.

Viner is of course only one of many climate doomsday prophets who have made forecasts that seemed more like the rantings of a mental hospital patient. Their miserable record has been covered by esteemed columnists, reputable think tanks, and occasionally the media. There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to climate change predictions.

At this point it’s fair to ask: What is the difference, if any, between the climate alarmists and the religious cults that predict the end of the world, and rather than humbly rethink their premises after their predictions fail, claim that they just got the day wrong and double down on the loco?

There is little difference, for the reasons I just cited above – on the parts of the movements’ foot soldiers.  And that clarification is key.

Our answer: The only real difference is that while the doomsday cults have no political power and are routinely skewered by the media, the climate alarmists have nearly unchallenged political clout, deep and wide institutional patronage, and the uncritical support of a press that is not merely sympathetic but actively promotes a deception agenda.

Just as a religious cult has zero tolerance for questions or critical inquiry (one of the warning signs that a group or a leader is potentially unsafe), the climate alarmist community has tried to keep its research safe from scientific scrutiny.

Another warning sign of cult activity, according to the Cult Education Institute, is “uncharacteristically stilted and seemingly programmed conversation.” This is a hallmark of climate alarmists, from researchers who keep making claims as if they’re reading from a script, to protesters who constantly repeat meaningless phrases found on the bumper sticker of a 2007 Prius. 

Again, yes – for the followers.  Those aren’t necessarily the motivations of the movement’s leaders.

The leaders of the climate cult movement, both the politicians who push for “action” and the supposed scientists who push debunked data, for sure and for certain, have other motivations.  On the part of the politicians in particular, the reason is obvious:  Graft.  The prime examples were and still are Climate Czar John Effing Kerry with his mansions, private jet and fleet of yachts.  Then you have Al Gore, one of the founders of the whole thing, and his enormous Tennessee mansion with its massive carbon footprint.  Gore banked a lot of money with his “carbon offset” scheme.

Then there are the Hollywood types, who fly off in private jets and cruise in huge private mega-yachts to attend climate conferences, in which they finger-wag at we peasants who have the temerity to defy the Holy Word by driving SUVs and pickup trucks.  Their motivation, as with pretty much their entire lives, is publicity – and it’s working for them.

The foot soldiers of the climate movement are loud, loutish and annoying.  But the leaders – many of them – wield power, and it is their agenda on which we must stay appraised.

As I’ve always said and will continue to say, I’ll believe there is a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start behaving like there’s a climate crisis.

Rule Five Shoplifting Friday

Denver’s own Mike Rosen was, for many years (including most of the thirty or so years I lived in the Denver area) the 800-pound gorilla of talk radio in the Mile High City.  I always enjoyed his show, and in fact was an in-studio guest for two hours in 2001, after Misplaced Compassion hit the market.  He’s a brilliant guy, engaging and fun to talk to, and while he’s semi-retired now he still turns to the keyboard and says what he thinks about things.  Here he explains to us how crime really does seem to pay these days.  Excerpt:

The Rite Aid pharmacy chain has announced that theft in their New York City stores has cost the company $5 million, just in the last quarter.  They’re now considering putting literally everything behind glass showcases and are even hiring off-duty police officers for security in some of their stores.  The NYPD reports that petty theft has increased 42% in the city this year while robbery is up 37% and burglary up 32%.

In other big cities governed by Democrats, crime rates are soaring thanks to progressive district attorneys, some whose election campaigns were funded by radical left-wing, America-hating billionaire George Soros.  These DA’s allow criminals charged with violent crimes awaiting trial to be released without bail on their own recognizance with the effect that too many continue to commit other crimes.  One such DA, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, was actually removed from office after a recall election in June.  This, in one of the most liberal cities in the country.  We need a lot more of that, as well as not electing such people in the first place.

A recent report from Colorado’s Common Sense Institute finds metro Denver to be among the nation’s worst venues for soaring crime rates. Colorado ranks 1st in motor  vehicle theft in the country, with multiple cases of car thieves using those stolen vehicles to commit other crimes, and then stealing yet another car to commit more crimes.  All this while they’re released on bail — or without!

Denver (and Colorado) have sure changed since I moved to that area in 1989.  Back then Colorado was still South Wyoming in most places, although Boulder was already Hippie Heaven and Denver was showing the first signs of descent into lunacy.  But it’s only gotten worse; I loved Colorado for many reasons but boy, howdy, did we ever pick a good time to leave.

Mr. Rosen continues:

A basic principle of economics and human nature is that what you punish you get less of, and what you reward you get more of. Yes, some first-time criminals can be rehabilitated and programs devoted to that can be useful. But the problem is with repeat offenders, amoral, sociopathic criminals. Crime is their business. It’s what they do for a living. Think of Whitey Bulger, the Boston mobster. Criminal-coddling policies of unrealistic, progressive social justice warriors in government include early releases from prison, reduced sentences, decriminalizing serious offenses, downgrading felonies to misdemeanors, and eliminating bail. This has made crime pay for criminals who feed on law-abiding citizens, while progressives make the thin blue line ever thinner.

In other words:  Incentives matter.

Government really only has two legitimate functions:  To prevent other people from harming me or taking my stuff.  Or, at least, to provide redress in the event someone does harm me or take my stuff – and that government should stay off my back if someone tries to harm me or take my stuff and I defend myself with force.

Government in the cities mentioned by Mr. Rosen here, as well as in most major American cities, have failed in all three of those areas.  They handle criminals with kid gloves; they provide little in the way of redress to the citizenry when appealed with the clean away at least the worst repeat offenders, and heaven help you if you exercise your right to self-defense.

So, assuming the trend continues in our major cities, one can only wonder what comes next when the municipal governments, who have primary police and prosecutory powers, continue to fail in what is one of their few legitimate duties.  At best, the citizenry takes matters into their own hands.  At worst, the thugs rule the streets.  It’s hard to see any middle ground here.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Programming note:  As I compile the Wednesday links posts throughout the previous week, and generally more or less complete them on Tuesday evening, I don’t have any comments (yet) on the elections yesterday – other than holy cow, what a cluster-fark.   But tomorrow’s post will be devoted to my thoughts on yesterday’s elections, and boy howdy, do I ever expect to have some thoughts.

I imagine plenty of other folks will have some thoughts, too, and I’ll probably comment on those as well.  Stay tuned!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Job Biden’s last hurrah.  We can hope.

And every man under the age of 122 replied with “I’ll be in my bunk.”

I’ll start believing there’s a climate crisis when the people who keep telling me there’s a climate crisis start acting like there’s a climate crisis.

President Biden shouts and sprays spit, reaches speed of 130 lies per hour.

Gee, ya think?

Those Denisovans really got around.

File this under “Yipes!”

Next, home prices start to drop. 

Frog, meet scorpion.

Why pollsters keep getting it wrong.

The obvious things that leftists don’t understand about oil.

De-industrialization may be the least bad thing happening to Europe.

Feature, not bug.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Robert Weissman is an idiot.

Donna Brazile (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And again.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont remains an idiot.

Whoever Rita Omokha is, she’s an idiot.

These idiots can’t figure out that it’s not the messaging, it’s the message.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off little runt, and an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Charles Blow (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Cas Muddle (Seriously?  That’s what you went with?) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Not exactly music today.  Although there is music in the clip below.

A while back I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Lumber Capital Log Yard, which features a family of hard-working folks running a sawmill in north-central Pennsylvania.  Now, it doesn’t hurt the channel’s popularity that the family includes three very attractive young ladies.  I don’t know as I’d choose to work around the kind of machinery shown here in shorts and a tank top, but I do appreciate the display of both good old American hard work and the Feminine Aesthetic here.

Here’s a sample.  Toss them a subscribe if you’re still on YouTube.   

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s coming down to the nitty gritty now, isn’t it?  In a little less than a week we’ll know whether we as a nation have been given a little breathing room or whether the OMG MUH DEMOCRACY crowd has more license to keep running us over a fiscal cliff.

It’s going to be interesting.  I expect by a week from today, we’ll have a pretty good bead on things, although it may be some time before us Alaskans have an idea who will be representing us in the Imperial City, thanks to the ranked-choice voting stupidity.  Maybe now that this election-season mess is over, we can look to getting shut of that stupid idea.

Now then…

On To the Links!

The Mighty Oz has spoken.

With good reason.

No shit, Sherlock.

EVs are not “zero emissions.”  Anyone who understands the Second Law of Thermodynamics knows this.

Less than a week to go now.

Wealthy African-American takes the helm at Twitter.

I love a happy ending.

DUCK!

I’m in favor of this, of course.

In this matter, “Dems and media” should go fuck themselves.

I suspect this won’t work out like they’re hoping it will.

Welcome to three weeks ago.

One week left.

Oh, fuck off.

Kari Lake is awesome.  That is all.

Nothing should stop the Supreme Court from ending affirmative action.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Ross Barkan is an idiot.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Emma Gray is an idiot.

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

Juan Williams (Repeat Offender Alert) continues his descent into idiocy.

The Atlantic’s Lee Bollinger is an idiot.

CNN’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox’s Nicole Naria is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Michael Tomasky is an idiot.

The GOP’s attacks on the Left on crimes are working because they are accurate, you idiot.

The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Boy howdy, if this ain’t all that far off from Saturday nights when I was a teenager.  Brooks & Dunn  have produced some great old country music, but I confess Hillbilly Deluxe is one of my favorites.  While it’s fun to get some boot-scootin’ boogie going on over the course of a small-town weekend, you just plain can’t beat slick pick’em up trucks.  Here, then, is the official video for that tune.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

There’s a lot to love about Alaska, but here’s one of the ones people from outside the Great Land associate with our home:

This photo was taken last Saturday, by me, from our bedroom window, at about 6:30AM.

The auroras are always amazing, but last Saturday’s were a bit above the ordinary.  From what I understand the first really good displays generally start in October (they happen in summer, but it’s too light to see them) and continue on through the dark, dark nights of winter.

Saturday morning, Mrs. Animal and I stood for half an hour, enthralled, watching as these streamers of light danced, whipped and flickered overhead.  What an amazing show.  Every day we find new reasons to be happy we are finally here in the Great Land.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Here come the tantrums.

The Sin Eater.

Now the Skwerl Mafia is sending in suicide skwerlz to disrupt the grid.  It’s nuts!

Haw haw haw!

No, Alaska is not “swinging towards the Dems.”

In a few more years, China may not even be a nation.

This is cool – first photos of a black lynx.  We have lynx around here; one got into our neighbor’s chicken coop last winter and ate a couple of prime laying hens.  No black ones, though.

Eric Swalwell (Fang Fang – CA) was unavailable for comment.

This is how you define “delusional.”

Bawk bawk.

How out-of-staters prevent Alaska drilling.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  I have very little sympathy for someone who knowingly smuggles a controlled substance into another country, especially when the other country is a totalitarian state like Russia.

This Week’s Idiots:

Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley is an idiot.

A leftist idiot predicts what a GOP majority in Congress will do.  Self-awareness rating:  Zero.

NY Mag’s Ed Kilgore is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Melissa Grant is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ryan Cooper is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice (Repeat Offender Alert) is still an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off, annoying little runt, and an idiot.

Stacy Abrams continues to beclown herself.

Mother Jones’ Pema Levy is an idiot.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is losing it.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Robert Plant is best known (deservedly) for being lead singer for Led Zeppelin, but he did release some solo work as well.  In his solo work as with Zep, he put his distinctive voice to good work.  His second album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, included the song Big Log.

It’s a different sort of tune, which in spite of featuring Plant’s distinctive vocals, didn’t carry a lot of Led Zeppelin influence.  Here, then, is the official video for that song.  Enjoy.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Food just keeps getting more expensive.  Here’s a tidbit from this story:

We asked CNN readers how inflation has impacted their eating habits, and many mentioned dining out less often, buying less meat and giving up splurges. Some said they are very worried about the future.

Food prices have spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8% in that period.

Even burgers cost more these days.

Mrs. Animal and I are, through dint of hard work, still liquid enough to enjoy our traditional Saturday afternoon luncheon at a lodge up north of here.  But their prices have increased as well, maybe even more so, as everything here that can’t be grown locally has to come up by ship or rail.  Plenty of Alaskans grow much of their own food, supplemented with local fish and game.  But most urban Americans don’t have that option.

This is something that the GOP, if they aren’t stupid, should be hammering home until November.  But note that qualifier; you’ll rarely see a group of people so adept at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

With that said…

On To the Links!

People keep correcting President Biden because he’s senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing from one moment to the next.

What happens when Dems abandon a city to crime.

I’m just going to leave this here:

The economy was booming until Democrats took over.

If so, I predict massive non-compliance.

This guy gets it.

Honestly, California has been the butt of America’s jokes for a while now.

Who is really in charge in the Imperial City?

Probably not.

Could climate lockdowns be a thing?

The red wave may be a thing in Europe, too.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Liz.

Yeah, we’ve known this for some time.

Mother Jones finds an acorn.

Probably because pollsters are blowing it again in 2022.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Herman Schwartz is an idiot.

What’s left unsaid here is that these idiots are lying to their employers, which is grounds for immediate termination.

MSNBC’s “host and super-sleuth” Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this makes it twice, in one week.  Clearly Hayes Brown is setting the standard for stupid.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

Time’s Andrew Whitehead is an idiot.

Stupid NY vs. stupid NJ.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Thomas Dolby had a few interesting tunes in the early Eighties, and managed to make some fun music videos to go along with them.  My favorite bit of his work was She Blinded Me With Science, from the 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless.  Interestingly, the video features one Magnus Alfred Pyke, OBE FRSE FRIC, as the “scientist” in the piece – and Mr. Pyke was actually a nutritional scientist and advisor to the UK government.  Pyke was criticized by some for ‘trivializing’ science by playing this role, but did it anyway.

It’s a fun song and a fun vid, anyway.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Tyranny Friday

Over at Law & Liberty the other day, authors Daniel Klein and Michael C. Munger had some things to say about a possible U.S. descent into totalitarianism.  Not surprisingly, I have some thoughts.  Excerpt:

It is tempting to think “it (tyranny) can’t happen here.” But Americans are more concerned about that than they have been in decades. In July, a CNN poll indicated that 48 percent of respondents think it is “likely” or “somewhat likely” that state actors will successfully overturn the results of a US election because their party did not win.

We, the present authors, are worried that putatively upright countries today are in danger of descending into tyranny. A tyranny—once capacities for control and despotism are constructed, in some cases including expansive government employment, dependency, and largesse—can be nearly impossible to reform. The key to the descent into tyranny, and the stability of tyranny once it is achieved, is this: Tyrants use tyranny to fortify their keep and to protect themselves against the sanctions due them for their crimes.

Calling tyranny “stable” may seem paradoxical. Tyrannies suffer from chaotic upheavals and violent paroxysms. But the state of tyranny itself is stable, like a capsized canoe. Ordered liberty is better for everyone—aside, perhaps, from the despotic faction and their affiliates. It is difficult to restore the rule of law once it is debased. Rectification would call for changes in personnel, operations, and attitudes. The relative power and privilege of the despots would disappear with rectifications. Tyrants use the tools of tyranny to protect themselves against the sanctions due them.

Does that last bit sound familiar at all?  Say, Nancy Pelosi refusing to name any details as to how she and her drunk-driving husband grew so monstrously rich while Queen Nancy was in the House of Representatives, and exempt from insider-training laws?  Or Hunter Biden’s inexplicable escapes from prosecution for any of a number of obvious, well-documented crimes?  Equal protection under the law is a dead letter in this country, and has been for some time.  Thus have the would-be tyrants used tool of tyranny to shield themselves and their corrupt relations from any consequences of their crimes.

Here’s the onion:

It is not just dystopian fiction—Orwell’s 1984, Richter’s Pictures of a Socialistic Future, Huxley’s Brave New World, Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”—that has furnished us with the image of a once-liberal civilization now capsized. Some of the great liberal writers have warned us against the very real march toward a capsized civilization, writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Hilaire Belloc, C.S. Lewis, and F.A. Hayek. May we heed their warnings. They told us that the governmentalization of social affairs is a tool of would-be despots, and that it hatches despotism even if not by design. We must bravely speak out against the governmentalization of social affairs and against the unjust sentiments and beliefs that forward it.

OK.  Speak out.  Got it.

How?

It has become apparent, over the last few years, that the time where ‘speaking out’ has likely passed.  Plenty of us are speaking – but nobody in the Imperial City is listening.  We vote, but every year it seems a few more of us lose faith in the electoral process.  As with the tax code, more and more stupid twists on the “one man, one vote” principle open more and more elections up for more and more shenanigans.  Look at our own Alaska, where ‘ranked-choice’ voting has resulted in our deep-red state being represented in the House by a liberal Democrat.

I’m getting more worried by the day as to what might happen next.  Only a couple of years ago I dismissed the possibility of major civil unrest or even a dissolution of the United States as the longest of long shots.  Since 2020, I’m beginning to change my way of thinking on that.  I see the odds as increasing, week by week, month by month.  The trigger?  If the shellacking the Left is due to take in the 2022 mid-terms doesn’t set it off, a GOP Presidential victory in 2024 very likely will.

I’d advise everyone reading these virtual pages to note those dates, look around you, and prepare accordingly.