As the Biden team has taken the media announcement of his president-elect status as their green light, the team itself takes shape. It looks exactly like one would expect a DNC imposed administration would resemble. There are pieces of the war party (some in heels and skirts), long time lobbyists and private-public weasels and then woke talking but 1% hugging resistance figures. Reports flow from the media that the DC aristocracy is back in business.
First order of business is to address systemic racism. Other reports are that Title IX education initiatives will be re-imposed. As far as foreign policy, the little reports from Syria have re-emerged, Brazil may become climate outlaws and we have to work better with China. They really are going to try to recalibrate it all to 2013. Sorry Bernie Bros, best bet at anything coming your way is some form of student debt forgiveness, which is already being water down. Enjoy some we ended racism stickers for your efforts removing the Orange Man.
That the word aristocracy was used in a Washington Post headline was really enlightening. Our American political system has been centralizing for nearly a century. The genius behind our commie cadre was that there was no central figure to rebel against. The murky bureaucracy, supported now by a massive, private professional managerial class, has firm control. How do you rebel against that distributed conspiracy? It is difficult, but they are setting the groundwork to make it easier.
We do not have strongman, authoritarian rule with a well defined leader. We have an aristocracy of the credentialed using woke beliefs to accrue power to themselves and defend large corporate cartels (in some instances monopolies). This aristocracy is running into a problem of a limited number of sinecures and seats, so the competition is fierce. This makes adherence to the woke ideology even more important. What is unacceptable has changed quickly, and will continue to change as these individuals fight for spots within the aristocracy.
By making the us-them split so pronounced, they also clearly mark who is an outsider. This makes defection a lot easier. Even if one would not defect, at least now one sees what team they are a member of and how there is no crossing over. Every institution becomes converged and skin-suited to operate for woke goals. What was previously a strength (not knowing who to attack) now becomes easy as every institution now is a target. Assembling a team of support for efforts or to coordinate attacks becomes easier because the split of who is on what team is much easier. It makes going on offense easier.
What this crowd lacks is someone of power to play as the high. Remember the opponents are an aristocracy. The low are the non-woke and by the rules of ideology, non-progressive whites. They need an individual in power, preferably at the federal executive level, who will align with them to attack the aristocracy that is entrenched in all of these institutions. All of these institutions located within their states are subject to boards, commissions, councils and other regulatory systems to operate. That individual would also need to create ways for them to accrue money, status and power outside of these institutions.
Governors can do this within their states. They would be wise to attack their public university systems, private universities that receive state funds, k-12 school curriculums and corporations that receive state contracts. States can squeeze public universities on freezing tuition, target the different scapegoating education programs they offer, tax endowments for small student debt reform programs, and to fight the demand side of credentialization, force employers to show that degrees are required for the job. The steady attack on anyone not funding education can be brushed aside by re-allocating money to the tech schools that create blue and grey collar workers. There might be reduced demand for grievance power point presentations, but tool cutter-grinders are needed.
Once this connection is put out there between a central figure exercising power and the new low (non-woke and non-self-loathing whites), the ability to pull in defectors and attack the identified woke, entrenched power nodes increases. Even better is if the woke that holds power takes these attempts to court. They win in court, and reveal even more openly who rules and how unaccountable they are. The whole system of progressive dominance relies on anyone with power denying they have power, and all of them remaining clothed in faux neutrality. Forcing them to go to these lengths to maintain their grip on privileges and unaccountability opens up the doorway to far more drastic solutions. It also identifies them out in the open as the small minority that they are.
Doubters of this should consider what happened to the GOP in 2015-2016. Their pundit class and network of operators had expunged enough people that the removed became a critical mass for coordination and efforts to fight the decision makers. They had built a chummy firm, but one that excluded many talented individuals (employees) and was not responsive to the base (customers). What was needed was an individual Schelling Point and avatar for the excluded segment’s desires.
Expanding this to the national or federal level, the same clique of woke foreign policy interventionists, who make sure economic cartels hit their earnings per share, will be laid bare. We all know who they are, but the mainstream is just waking up to this now. As they reduce the number of seats for those inside the club, that will leave many more talented people outside the circle. The goo-goos of a century ago were high minded idealist but faced a similar situation. A dose of cynicism, a dash of street-fighting edge and an easy way to identify the problem and define our side should make this fight winnable. The problem with centralization and consolidation is at some point, a cabal makes the clique so small that those in power’s wholesale replacement becomes easier than any attempt at reform.