Our Betters and Vogons

We Deplorables just won’t get in line and follow the dictates from Our Betters. In 2016, we rebelled and vote in Brexit and elected Donald Trump. Now, we’ve messed with the stock market via L’Affaire GameStop.

Our Betters’ reactions to our various rebellious activities remind me of some characters from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—the Vogons.

They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn’t even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders – signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is to stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry at you.

There are similarities, and there are differences. For example, the poetry (and a staggering majority of other art) being published by Our Betters today isn’t very good, and Our Betters would mostly rather virtue signal than actually get their hands dirty. And as for bureaucracy, it’s Our Betters who make up the Deep State and almost all of Big Tech. The Vogons scream, “Resistance is useless,” at their prisoners. Our Betters shutdown our social media accounts.

The principal difference I see is that the Vogons aren’t actually evil. I’m not sure that can be said for a significant group among Our Betters.

BTW, resistance isn’t useless. The four years of the Trump Administration provide some real benefits such as lower unemployment, real growth in wages, and a cohort to judges who believe in following the law. The GameStop stock deals turned the tables on some Wall Street insiders, doing to them what they believed they had the right to do to retail investors. I’ve got no idea what the next act of rebellion will be, but it will come.

Stay tuned.

Who Did What?

Yesterday in DC was a mess. While it appears that most of the folks participating in the various Stop the Steal gatherings were well-behaved and peaceful, there were exceptions, most notably at the Capitol. Who were the people rioting at the Capitol?

It’s been suggested that the whole thing was a false flag operation designed to turn public opinion against the Stop the Steal demonstrations. While it’s possible that there were leftwing provocateurs in the crowd, it seems that most of the rioters at the Capitol weren’t leftists. I’ve seen the suggestion that they were Alex Jones fans. That may be closer to an accurate description.

I suspect that a substantial number of frustrated Deplorables have looked at the rules that have been applied to Antifa and BLM and have decided that those they should act out under those same rules. The Old Rules required a decent respect for public order and the common good. The New Rules are about grabbing and holding on to power by any means necessary.

Yesterday’s riot reminded me of this scene from the movie Network

That’s from 1976, a low point during the Watergate/Oil Embargo/Stagflation era. Since then, things got worse and then got better but are now worse again for many Americans. It’s not hard to imagine someone making that speech in 2020.

[Mixed metaphor alert!]

The Left has uncorked several bottles over the past four years, and some rather evil genies are now on the loose. As a result, Our Betters are going have to deal with the corollary of Murphy’s Law that says once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. I wish I were wrong.

Losing Their Grip

Our Betters were surprised in 2016 when all those Deplorables voted the wrong way. They don’t seem to understand that it was their multiple failures to keep up their end of the American social contract that led to the 2016 revolt. While they may have executed a tactically successful counterstrike in 2020, I don’t believe they’ve put the strategic assets in place to properly regain and sustain their control.The analogy to the end of the Europeans’ control of their African and Asian colonies is useful, if inexact. The Europeans were tired after the war, and they were split by significant internal divisions. Their internal struggles made them less able to maintain control of their overseas possessions. I suspect that similar internal struggles on the Left will impede their elites attempts to restore their vision of normalcy. The turf wars between BLM and more mainstream democrats or between the Squad and the old guard in Congress (or the TERF war between the feminists and the LGBTQs) will sap the Left’s ability to enforce their will on increasingly rebellious Deplorables.

2021 is going to be interesting. And very, very ugly.