In David Samuels’ well worth the read article in Tablet, The Codevilla Tapes, Mr. Samuels makes the following observation in his opening remarks:
Every student of history has their own theory about how and why empires fall. My theory is this: The wealth of any empire flows disproportionately to the capital, where it nourishes the growth, wealth, and power of the ruling elite. As the elite grows richer and more powerful, the gulf between the rulers and the ruled widens, until the beliefs and manners of the elite bear little connection to those of their countrymen, whom they increasingly think of as their clients or subjects. That distance creates resentment and friction, in response to which the elite takes measures to protect itself. The more wealth and power the elite controls, the more insulation it must purchase. Disastrous mistakes are hailed as victories or are made to appear to have no consequences at all, in order to protect the aura of collective infallibility that protects ruling class power and privilege.
What happens next is pretty much inevitable in every time and place—Spain, France, Great Britain, Moghul India, you name it: Freed from the laws of gravity, the elite turns from the hard work of correct strategizing and wise policymaking to the much less time-consuming and much more pleasant work of perpetuating its own privileges forever, in the course of which endeavor the ruling elite is revealed to be a bunch of idiots and perverts who spend their time prancing around half naked while setting the territories they rule on fire. The few remaining decent and competent people flee this revolting spectacle, while the elite compounds its mistakes in an orgy of failure. The empire then collapses.
It is precisely because the self appointed elites have been wrecking the country while enriching themselves at the expense of the commoners that Donald Trump was elected. Ordinary Americans have seen their dreams founded on the promise of America as it was established fade decided that it would be better to pull the Party of Government down rather than have it collapse on them. Only thus could they see any possibility of restoring their freedom.
For decades we tried to correct the system using the system’s own tools, elections, only to find that the tools were bent and broken. As soon as we passed an initiative into law it was invalidated. As soon as we elected someone that represented our values they were either co-opted or islolated and rendered powerless. When any spokesman rose to speak, or we ourselves rose to speak our minds we were attacked, deplatformed and destroyed.
Not content to silence us with speech codes, to bamboozle us with endless lies, to make us torpid with endless vapid propaganda, to weaken us with outright theft, the self appointed nomenklatura now fosters outright violence and demographic replacement. All this to drive ordinary Americans to comply with the new world order where we are their vassals and they our venerated overlords.
Ain’t gonna happen. Like it or not, regardless of what happens next, by electing Donald Trump Americans have kicked down the door to the elite’s china shop. If they could restrain themselves and return to Constitutional forms and practice not much damage would be done. My prediction is that they won’t be able to. That china shop is going to be a mess and all will suffer as a result.
Be prepared. Stock up on ammo and food. Stay away from crowds.