I’ve been trying to herd a blogosaurus for the last couple of days, but the darned thing is still roaming wild.
So I’m just going to toss out the raw meat for the thing along with a few related thoughts and you guys can take it from there.
I’m thinking about the importance of community in a world of globalization.
Also thinking (related) of the importance of community in a world where “our kind” are not only increasingly sneered at and looked down upon, but excluded from common discourse by Internet Powers That Be.
Three articles I read all in a row yesterday got me started:
Charles Hugh Smith on “‘Yellow Vests’ and the Downward Mobility of the Middle Class.”
Charles Hugh Smith stating that Neofeudalism is built by design into our present socio-economic system.
And Victor Davis Hanson’s “The Globalist Mindset: They Hate You.”
The point of the three is roughly similar (though each is worth a read on its own merits): The new global order by and for the elite no longer thinks it needs to share power (economic or political) with the lesser people, so increasingly the pretense of concern for the middle and working classes is falling away and the contempt of our betters is revealed.
Anybody who hopes for restoration of civil discourse on any large scale is either blowing smoke or smoking something.
Blowing smoke: Calling for order in a terrified attempt to quell the rage of the peasants.
Smoking something: They have no clue how close the peasants are to pitchfork time.
Could be both at once. The court of Louis XVI and its government ministers were probably doing both, long about 1789.
Globalism isn’t sustainable — especially as currently constituted (e.g. financialism built on debt and political pull). But like the socialism it ultimately resembles, it can do one hell of a lot of harm while it lasts, and will leave chaos in its wake when it staggers to its well-earned death.
Getting rid of it is no guarantee of replacing it with anything better.
Modern elitists find tribalism to be a handy tool. They’re perfectly happy to have useful idiots creating diversions and divisions for them. Think Twitter and F*c*b**k, as well as college campuses and the streets of “progressive” metropoli.
But I believe they fear communities. Real, real-world communities.
They probably don’t fear communities as much as they should, but surely they realize that when groups of people find and effectively support each other, they become less susceptible to the “phony tinsel” purchased by perpetual debt and more resistant to the centralized control and corruption that goes with it.
I have more to say about specific ways real-world communities could be more important than ever these days, and might come back to say it later. (This is the area where I was having the most trouble organizing my blogosaurus thoughts.)
No doubt you can count many of those ways without me. Meanwhile, I just wanted to get some of my thoughts in pixels, however random and unorganized they remain.
Before 2020 would be a good time for strategic relocation, if that’s in your plan. But now is a good time for assessing your local surroundings and strengthening bonds with those who seem likely to form strong communities. Or keeping an eye on those likely to destroy communities.
Also, as a formerly good anarchist, I hate to say it, but either find and empower a judicious, non-ego-driven leader or be prepared to take on a decision-making, organizing role yourself sometime soon.