Certain things appear to be true. The world is moving to the right. Corporations are winning. Wealthy people will continue to add to their wealth. Wealthy people will determine who is in power in nations. The number of Muslims will continue to grow. The number of Christians will continue to fall. The number of white people in the world is on the decline. The left is moving farther left but is also fractured.
How much do white men want to win? How much does the Christian church want to win? How much does power wish to keep white people separate from “others”? How much do corporations want to keep the fossil fuel gravy train intact? Can wealthy white folks hold on to power for the foreseeable future? How will they hold on to it? Will they hold on at all cost? If the next age is not an industrial age how will wealth be generated? How could America stay number one?
I have been reading Shadow Network by Anne Nelson which recounts the lengths the Fundamentalists (White Evangelicals) have gone to in order to keep America as they would like it to be, white, Christian, male-dominated and a capitalist empire. They organized, they met, they congregated, they plotted, they planned in-depth ways to reach the voters they wanted to reach, to get out the vote. Since the voters they needed to appeal to were Republicans, alliances grew between the Republican Party , the Evangelicals, the corporatists, especially the Koch brothers and the DeVos family who became big donors to the movement. Until Trump these behind the scenes organizations multiplied and grew tentacles that reached between organizations and into our government (at first in the House, but now in the Senate). Democrats have no similar apparatus to equal what we find on the right; either secretive or transparent. Democrats seem to be arriving very late to this party/government takeover. Democrats must impeach but it is likely to be too little and too late.
But what Republicans do not accept is that the world will most likely move inexorably onward regardless of what will eventually prove to be the puny efforts of a dying breed of men. It is not that it is any easier for people who are used to their entitlement to accept the changes that are coming than it is for these men clinging to their power. We white folks won’t find it easy to be in the minority. We worry that Christianity will be swallowed up by the Muslim faith and that it will be, as Bill Mahar says, all “new rules” that look like they could drastically curtail our freedoms. But we are just the masses. We will cope somehow.
What the Republicans also refuse to see barreling down on us is climate change, the destruction of our oceans, so necessary to our continued existence, the melting of the poles which changes the environmental equation exponentially and in ways we can’t predict. They talk of the Millennium and the Rapture, as if they are preparing for the end times. However they seem to plan to survive the end times. They are building their survivalist fiefdoms in out-of-the-way places.
But what if they are just pretending to ignore climate change while secretly hoping that it will kill millions or billions of souls all around the world, a sort of population reboot? If people can put forward the belief that helping people hurts them, that white people really are superior to all others, that they deserve to be wealthy, and that their wealth proves that God loves them above all others, would it be totally outside the realm of possibility to suppose they are trying to hurry along the decimation of the planet? Would it just, to them, represent Earth 2.0?
The attitude of entitlement these people exude, the contempt with which they treat anyone who disagrees with them or who tries to alter their current path, suggests some knowledge the rest of us are not privy to. Perhaps this is just what white privilege looks like, but they do plan to somehow survive the enormous cultural changes arrayed against them so you have to wonder if they have a grand plan or if they are just clueless. They may not have won the world for democracy but they have certainly won the world in favor of Capitalism. Perhaps they think that is their ace-in-the-hole. And if all else fails there is always the Rapture, to which only white Christians are obviously invited.
To me if looks like the right will not get to enjoy its victory for long. What bugs us on the left is that we could be preparing for these changes, trying to soften the impact of change, working together to meet the changes that are inevitably coming, have already arrived; but we are left gawping at it all as at an inescapable tsunami. That is the true source of our feelings of hopelessness.
(Inspiration for my thoughts was also offered by material supplied by Angus Walker at tremr.com)
PS – Russians are white and Christian, sort of – just saying. This could explain all the Republicans canoodling with Russia.
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