The most elegant way to understand the recent spate of rioting is that part of the Federal government, using its proxies — which it supports through transfer payments in a variety of ways — is using proxies to diminish the authority of local police departments in order to replace them with units directly loyal to the Federal government.
While some may want to portray it as some sort of masterful conspiracy, it’s really more like a crazy, destructive, and transparent plot without a whole lot of mystery behind it or likely upside for all that many people.
In a recent private discussion I mentioned that it wouldn’t be all that shocking if some foreign power or another was bribing officials here and there to fan the flames — that would at least be more rational and understandable. It’d even be respectable.
It’d be something that could be more easily dealt with and deterred, perhaps, than just plain degeneration into incredibly poor quality governance.
In general, whatever your feelings about modern police — and I’ve tended to be critical of the concept — in a conflict between the local police and terror forces being used by the Federal government against small property holders — you should be siding with the people being attacked, because they’re ordinary citizens and small business owners.
Terrorizing these ordinary Americans into bankruptcy and into fleeing their cities is an evil action. The assaults and murders against ordinary people and cops are also evil, with no sane moral justification.
There’s a tendency in the way that American professors teach history that tends to regard ‘people power’ and popular movements as wonderful things — rather than precisely the sorts of movements which have bathed both Europe and Asia in the blood of tens of millions since the 18th century. Popular movements tend to create enormous destruction and chaos. Historians may rationalize after the fact that it was all in the service of something better, but careful analysis usually finds that revolutions are not, by and large, good things.
The riots are mobilizing people to use as terror forces against the civilian population in a variety of American cities. Right-thinking opinion is supposed to praise the terror campaigns against American civilians, in part because those campaigns are quite nakedly being used to usurp authority from local politicians in favor of Washington. There’s not even any ‘false flag’ there — the riots are just being nakedly instigated by the prestige press, certain political types, and various officials in the Federal government.
Taking the rhetoric of loose terror groups at face value — rather than focusing on their actions — is moronic. The pretense that terror by itself is a cleansing force is central to the left. While that pretense may seem safe and even exciting in the classroom, when brought into reality, it brings horror with it.
Isn’t this happening since the ’60s? The whole “White Flight” and “Blockbusting” thing?
What foreign power would want to desistablize Baltimore? Something I’ve heard is that the CIA was responsible for the ’68 protests in France that bought De Gaulle down.
Could be something like that, easy. At least that’d be rational.
Whatever is our ruling class up to? And by ruling class I mean all the centers of power and influence in this nation and that includes the local and national politicians, legal system, media, prog pressure groups, etc. On the one hand the ruling class militarizes the police and encourages their bullying tactics, on the other it encourages discontent among the minorities the police interact with. Turn the cops into heavily armored occupation forces and also foment riots and violence towards cops.
A couple of explanations for this incoherent behavior. There could be different factions within the ruling class that are now at odds with one another. Or there is a deliberate attempt to destabilize the cities for the purpose of imposing martial law. Perhaps they see the whole credit bubble imploding and want to get ahead of the the unrest by having martial law in place before it happens.
I also don’t believe in true “people’s movements” or “popular uprisings.” Culture is imposed from above and all “people’s movements,” have a small elite that is really pulling the strings and directing them. They cultivate discontent among the people about their conditions and then try to direct it to imposing the changes they want. Popular movements that don’t coincide with what the culturally powerful want don’t get anywhere. See the Tea Party, or any other conservative movement for the past century.
So somebody is directing this. Powerful people want this to happen. Otherwise it would be crushed, like a bug, and you’d never hear about it in the media again.
So what is our ruling class up to?
Out to lunch, corrupt, eating itself, or fleeing the country I’d guess.
Steve Johnson says
Yes, the ruling class intentionally chisels the shoulders of blacks to create chips.
No, the same ruling class isn’t also militarizing the police and “encouraging their bullying tactics” – they just choose to not stop it.
The second is a reaction. There’s no other way to police violent savages. It’s either establish that your gang is not to be fucked with or get wiped out. Even slight break downs of the “do not fuck with the police” reputation almost immediately cause cops to get shot. Hated and strong is survivable. Hated and weak means that everyone looking to make a name for himself is going to take a swipe at you.
Progressives don’t mind the conflict – in fact it works for their benefit. Cops are drawn from working class and naturally hate the progressive pet non-working class. Instead of being a dangerous force that could be rallied against progressives they’re bought off with pensions and disability scams (nothing is more demoralizing than making a man into a dishonest fraud – he can never stand up for anything again) and they gore the cape of the progs pet parasites instead of the matador of the progs themselves.