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.

Exposing Rot

There’s a post by Ben Weingarten over at American Greatness about what he sees as Trump’s Greatest Achievement: Trump has exposed the  rot and corruption that pervades the American system.

For four years, President Trump has achieved major victories in the face of this opposition, making the country richer and stronger than it was when he assumed office.

But his greatest achievement has been boldly and courageously standing up to this wounded bear of a ruling class, which has now shown America its true face. Americans’ eyes are now irrevocably open to what has become of their country, and what must be overcome to take it back.

President Trump’s predecessors—Truman on the bureaucracy, or Eisenhower on the military-industrial complex, or Nixon on the corrupted media—scratched the surface of the challenges we face. But none exposed it so openly, and in such breadth and depth.

If the history is written by the ultimate victors—and the house almost always wins—it may well be that this entire story is missed. Certainly, it will be misrepresented, warped, and glossed over in the most outrageous of ways. It will probably be censored too.

Nevertheless, we must write it: For posterity, and for our fellow countrymen, in the here and now, more motivated than ever before to reclaim this land we love.

As Andrew Breitbart noted, politics is downstream from culture, and over the last six or so decades, the credentialed middle class has become more disconnected from the bulk of American society and began to view themselves as superior to the deplorables whose lives they rule by virtue of their positions in the bureaucracy, the media, and certain privileged professions.

Charles Murray pointed out in his book Coming Apart that as Our Betters led American society away from such virtues as marriage, industriousness, religiosity, and honesty, they still held on to some of those virtues themselves. College educated folks are now significantly more likely to marry and stay married, raising children in intact families, than are the population as whole. They work hard, often administrating or enabling the welfare state. They tend to have a religious focus for their lives—if not a traditional religion, then some marxist replacement. But they have given up on the epistemological underpinnings of Western logic, so they often view Truth as malleable, making consistently honest behavior unlikely if not impossible.

Trump pulled the bandage off the scab. Will we properly treat the wound?

BTW, the link above will take you to Amazon’s listing for Coming Apart. As an Amazon Associate, I can earn from qualifying purchases.

Civic Responsibility: A Suggestion

I’ve noted that a great many of our Betters, especially those who live in gated communities, are making statements in support of defunding the police. Now, it’s likely that many cities such as Los Angeles will be suffering severe losses of revenue because of business failures caused by the Wuhan virus shutdown, and those jurisdictions may have to make real cuts in public services, including their police departments.

Our Betters could render a real public service by offering to forgo police services in their neighborhoods. That would permit a smaller, less expensive force to cover the remainder of the jurisdiction. Our Betters could rely on their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves, or they could expand the private security services they already employ, providing jobs for laid-off cops.

I Told You They Wouldn’t Like Their New Rules

And it’s obvious that Our Betters have no intention of being held to them. The mayor of Chicago ordered salons closed and then got her hair cut. The governor of Michigan signed  an order requiring social distancing as a dozen or so people crowded around her. The mayor of New York … oh, don’t let me get started on New York.

And now the supporters of #MeToo say they believe Tara Reade, but will vote for Joe Biden anyway. And Joe Biden is promising to rescind new Title IX rules requiring due process for those accused of sexual harassment while his supporters proclaim that he is entitled to due process himself.

It’s time to apply a couple of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Our Betters need to live by same Rules they wish to impose on us, and we should be merciless in our mockery of their duplicity.

UPDATE—Glenn Reynolds writes over at Instapundit that “[e]lites today are too arrogant and entitled to compromise with those they see as beneath them.”