Revolutions are like tornadoes. They all occur suddenly, often without any warning on the ground. Yet the conditions conducive for their occurrence may be quite discernible to the trained eye, visible from altitude and at a distance.
I thus give you an appalling question: Is Donald Trump bringing America to the brink of a Marxist revolution?
Consider that we have seen, on the ground in much of America — certainly in our major cities, and within our major institutions — a sea change on the ground.
Consider that we’ve seen a remarkable boldness, defiance, a confidence by the Left that now, in selected cities and states and within our major institutions (academia, the mass media, big business, even our major faiths), the Left can act openly, with impunity.
It’s not just the unparalleled defiance of presidential prerogatives rooted in the Constitution’s assignment of specific responsibilities to the Executive Branch.
It’s attempts by states to loot their own general funds to underwrite counties and cities which self-declare as sanctuary jurisdictions. New Jersey, I’m looking at you.
It’s the aggression in the cultural arena, manifesting in aggression towards all standards of normalcy. Transgender activists pushing this notion of gender fluidity — on children, no less — I’m looking at you.
It’s the sharply increased hostility to mainstream conservatives and libertarians, indeed, to all who dissent from the Left’s aggressive positions.
It’s the anecdotal reports of retaliation — in many cases, quite legal — against political dissenters ranging from economic boycotts to hiring and firing decisions.
It’s the grant of permission to conditions which make being an open conservative in certain regions and professions as economically and socially risky today as it was to be Jewish in Weimar Germany.
It’s the new arrogance with which Marxist activists — cloaked with camouflage names like “progressive” or “LGBT” or even phrases like “refugee relief” — believe they can pressure the rest of us to conform to their standards, obey their dictates and comply with their orders, under penalty of economic and reputational harm and even physical violence.
There’s been cultural change, slow Gramsci Marxist devolution, but this is different.
I talk about a shift. It’s like a break through the front lines, a break ending the stalemate of decades of trench warfare leading now to a reestablishment of new front lines. Except it could be much worse. Like tectonic plate shift, where our very geography is altered, where long stretches of relative calm are ended by epochal geologic events (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions) within the longer trend line of continental drift.
We may look wistfully at the period 1974-2008. After those decades of relative All Quiet On The Leftist Front, we could be seeing a tectonic plate shift right now.
We’ve had rumblings, tremors for years, even decades, but no doubt they’ve gotten much louder since Trump’s epic upset.
The nearsighted wonder if, and naively hope that Trump causing the Left to accelerate its work towards revolution means the Left sees its window of opportunity closing. In other words, Trump’s election means the waning of Leftism.
I also wonder if trump is causing negative energy which is feeding the beast of the left so the left actually gets stronger, bolder, etc.
I think trump is the bogeyman they can use to pressure people into accepting or effecting their agenda. Not in the future. In the present.
In other words, things have gotten a hell of a lot worse, very quickly.
Donald Trump isn’t the cause. He won’t be the effect. But he may be the spark, unintentionally, for a cataclysmic millennial shift the likes of which the entire Western world is unprepared for.