The Dispossessed


Neo has a post up titled Something’s going on in Europe which quotes several European source about populist movements on the other side of the Atlantic.

France and Britan—

Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places…

Norway—

America isn’t the only Western country in which too much power accrues to self-seeking bureaucrats and lobbyists who don’t give a damn what ordinary citizens think or want or need. America’s not alone in being run by politicians who, preoccupied with short-term personal gains and political prospects at the expense of the long-term national interest, pursue disastrous policies that threaten to bring down Western civilization. And America isn’t the only country whose mainstream news media spread “fake news” about all the above, whitewashing dangerous alien cultures while showing insufficient concern for our own.

France—

The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.

I believe that there’s a lesson to be drawn from history about the long-term viability of a society that focuses on an urban elite at the expense of the plebes in flyover country. It is the history of Rome. Eventually, the political balance that maintains the elite in their commanding positions will fail as their internal conflicts weaken them. We may be seeing such a struggle on the Left here in the U. S.

Trump, Brexit, and les gilet jaunes are the vanguard of flyover country’s opposition to the current order. Bernie Sanders and ¡Ocasio! She Guevara appear to represent people who want to be part of the elite, but who feel that they have been cheated by a corrupt hierarchy. There are only so many slots available for executive, managerial, and professional workers, and many young inner party wannabes are finding that they have six-figure student loans and a working-class job or no job at all. They haven’t even been able to move into the outer party.

Free stuff—tuition, medical care, whatever—will ease the current burden on the elite wannabes, but many of the elite’s policies run counter to their real world interests. The internal fights on the Left are about to get interesting.

4 thoughts on “The Dispossessed

  1. “About to”? Understatement. It will definitely get more interesting, especially as followers of the Ocasio-Cortez wing actually get jobs and pay taxes. Popcorn!

  2. “Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function.”

    The above statement more or less seems to lack consciousness of what wealth is. It isn’t money. Money is an IOU for wealth. Pretty much the whole of working society is pretty much necessary for there to be “wealth.” Working includes self-sufficient family units, no matter what the actual allocation of labor is in that unit.

    As I’ve said before, in socialist countries there are often some quite wealthy individuals in terms of money, but if they leave their house, they practically travel back in time. Every sort of service from phone to power to just the sort of goods you can buy drops several levels. Someone in the US with 1/10th of Castro’s peak wealth would enjoy a more generous life overall because no matter where they travel the quality of life would scarcely decline. In the end, be it the service technician, the gas station attendant, the janitor, the miner, or the farmer, all of it contributes to the available wealth. While the overall value of each of these services varies widely, so long as you’re paid well enough to be self-sufficient, society values that work to at least that level, and it contributes to the creation or maintenance of wealth.

    The people who invest, loan, and manage to create or protect wealth through their actions as well, don’t get me wrong. Quite often they do so to an incredible degree. Their careful management of money is valuable in the making a richer world. It is just, without all the other people out there also doing their jobs, their work becomes meaningless. I mean, if a banker loaned you a billion dollars to build a factory, and yet there wasn’t a single builder, the value of that transaction would be air. Money doesn’t do anything by itself. Wealth is past, present, and future labor. And money is just an IOU for that.

  3. I wonder if Bernie Sanders doesn’t realize that if the leftist mantra of “eat the rich” comes to fruition, that they’ll start with him first.

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