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Who’s in denial? Part II

Who’s in denial about our current cultural and political state of collapse?

Most everybody. Millions of ordinary people who think bad times are always temporary are in denial. Oligarchs and plutocrats who believe we ordinary people are eternally tractable and malleable are in denial. Intellectuals who believe increasing quantities of fashionable nonsense are in denial. Politicians and their handlers who believe they can rule by fiat without consequences are in denial. Fools who imagine “the science” is a religion and that dissent from any statement by a high priest government-approved scientist is heresy are in denial.

I’ve been in denial about the true depth of our circumstances and about how truly evil (and insane) our new totalitarians are. I venture to say every one of us is in denial about something pertinent to freedom’s future. Even the best of us have blind spots, no matter how much we pride ourselves on having clear heads and open eyes.

Anyone who doesn’t see that we’re in deep, deep trouble must be very carefully NOT looking. Yet even the most clear-headed can’t see the future.

And by “future” I don’t mean a year or 10 years or a century from now (though that, too). I mean what might happen tomorrow. Or what’s happening today that we just haven’t found out about yet.


The two most striking things about our ongoing catastrophe are a) the speed with which we’re supposed to adopt various imposed “new normals” and b) that those doing the imposing act as if their latest nouvelle folie or violation of freedom is simply another day at the office.

For example: We learned just a little over a week ago that the Biden administration plans to send COVID vaccine missionaries from door-to-door (but it’s okay because they’re “community volunteers”). Weird enough.

But when Commentariat member Granny dropped the news on my last post that the Bidonistas are also engaged in trying to prevent our own friends and relatives from sending us private, legal text messages, my first thought was, “Somebody’s been peeking at those crazy conspiracy sites again.”

Of course, her claim about that most intimate form of censorship turned out to be absolutely true. (“Today COVID; tomorrow, your political memes.”) It was yet another case of being insufficiently paranoid. Or as friend and sometime co-blogger Silver reminds, “It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.”

And they are, they are.

Tampering with our private communications is the sort of STASI-wish-list item that would once have generated a huge outcry — in virtually every corner of the media, in Congress, among political activists of all stripes, among the intelligentsia, everywhere. This would have been worse than Watergate, grounds for impeachment, an act quickly forbidden by the legislature or the Supreme Court.

And what do we hear instead? Crickets. Only a few die-hard civil libertarians even give a damn.

But who can blame those who yawn and go on with life? Yesterday no doubt brought some equally shocking, horrifying, or scandalous news. Tomorrow will bring more word of the ridiculous, the invasive, the totalitarian, the impossible. Some days we might get hit with two or three or four such outrages. Which one do you adopt as your cause when by tomorrow morning five more equally outrage-worthy acts will have fallen to your attention?

This is not apathy. This is not even the famous “outrage fatigue.” This is a sign of fatal decline. People know either that they can’t do a damn thing against the onrushing absurdities and evils or that they’ll try to accomplish something and be trapped forever in a game of Whack-A-Mole.

It’s chilling, as well, when you remember Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

I’ll update Voltaire for our times: “Those who believe absurdities and force silence upon doubters, ensure atrocities.”


Good people are famously slow to perceive real evil. Famously slow to react radically (in the original meaning of striking at the root of a problem) once they realize conventional solutions no longer avail them. Once pushed to the wall good people can be famously more dangerous than their would-be masters acknowledge. Still, we’re slow — often tragically slow. We act only after the thing we love is already lost or crumbling.

That’s particularly true when we understand that virtually everything we read or hear is a lie, a distortion, a manipulation, or a sheer display of moonbattery. We realize we’ve been disenfranchised. Self-appointed (or dubiously elected) political and cultural leaders can get away with any damn thing they please. And they’re all rushing to do their dirty deeds as fast as they can, before we can catch on to what they’re doing, let alone react. So far, this tactic seems to be working in their favor.

But then, sometimes rapid shifts toward evil or insanity work to the advantage of We the Deplorables, as well.


Last episode, I drew from T.H. Breen’s book, American Insurgents, American Patriots, with emphasis on how the 1774 Intolerable Acts mobilized American colonists.

But the Intolerable Acts (plus other happenings between the colonies and their British overlords that year) didn’t just mobilize the colonists. Though the Intolerable Acts mobilized them in spades, as we shall see, the rapid imposition of injustice also focused them.

The colonists had been abused by and evading the wishes of “their own” government for a long time. They’d become a nation of rebels, smugglers, tax evaders, and more.

British outrages — usually having to be imported across the Atlantic before taking effect — didn’t arrive in mailboxes multiple times daily, as ours do. But British edicts and British enforcement still gave the colonists a lot of issues to deal with. Not Whack-A-Mole, but still plenty to occupy increasingly frustrated, angry minds. The Declaration of Independence lists a host of abuses.

The Intolerable Acts boiled all those issues down into one terrifying but elegantly simple one: free Americans vs. British overlords.

Breen details two fronts in the sudden war-in-the-making that followed passage of the Intolerable Acts. One, mentioned last time, involved mostly respectable farmers and tradesmen bringing such sheer force of numbers against isolated and terrified “Mandamus Counselors” (officials appointed by the Crown to replace local government in New England) that the chosen counselors rushed to surrender their new offices.

The other radicalizing front involved … you won’t guess unless you already know … charity.

The British thought they’d starve Boston into submission by closing its port until the upstart townspeople paid for all that tea they’d drenched in their harbor. Wrong. From the beginning, Bostonians were worried, but surprisingly cheerful and attitudinal about their plight. Quickly, prominent Bostonians set up a Committee of Donations and created new ways to employ the unemployed. Individuals and communities across the colonies contributed hugely — flocks of sheep, shiploads of grain, money, barrels of rum, you name it, to pay the re-employed workers.

In so doing, the donors spoke with each other about their shared values. They agreed explicitly and en masse that Boston was suffering for everyone’s liberty, not just being paid back for the misdeeds of a few Tea Partiers. Thus the colonies became united and radicalized before the colonials ever fired a shot.

While all this quiet mobilization was going on, and just as the common people of the colonies had pushed their “leaders” into meeting in Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress that September, a rumor spread that the British had bombarded Boston, possibly even leveled the town. The rumor was baseless. But as it spread, individuals and small groups of men from around the colonies strapped on their weaponry. They took the provisions prepared by their tearful but resolute wives, mothers, and daughters. Spontaneously, without planning, mostly without commanders, without logistics, and without orders, they headed out to relieve or avenge Boston.

The most carefully researched and responsible estimates place their numbers between 30,000 and 50,000. Out of a population of only a bit over two million.

These would-be defenders of Boston never fired a shot. But (note well, usurpers of free speech), the “fake news” and “misinformation” about Boston’s fate played a major role in setting Americans on the path to freedom.

The Intolerable Acts proved that the British government neither understood nor cared one whit about America’s interests, but only about its own power. The process of working together to feed and support besieged Boston showed Americans that their shared interests outweighed their many differences. The spontaneous mobilization of tens of thousands of militiamen, without any formal call to arms, could not be ignored.

The more conservative “leaders” of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia were originally inclined to negotiate with the British. When they realized how ready the common people were to fight and die for each other and for liberty, the leaders themselves became radicalized. They were then willing to provoke and defy the king and his government — and they did.

The Intolerable Acts and their aftermath revealed that Americans didn’t need negotiations or compromises with the British. It became a waste of effort to try to smooth out every small and large difference — especially with a powerful foreign party that looked down its regal nose at the colonial Deplorables.

What was needed was a break-up.

All this came about because clueless, arrogant British overlords moved too far, too fast.


Hm. Is all this sounding a bit familiar? Is history not repeating, but ringingly rhyming?

Well, our cultural and political elite are certainly moving too far, too fast (and foolishly, as well). We can’t effectively fight every new outrage or idiocy they perpetrate.

But we do face the question: When does this become intolerable?

Could dramatic, hopeful change come to us, here and now through the ceaseless overreach of those who wish to rule us? Could it happen tomorrow or next week or next month? Is it brewing this very day, in some action that will shock but not surprise us when it’s finally revealed? Would we rise to such an occasion if one presented itself?

I don’t know. But there are signs, some surprisingly hopeful. Although millions still cower, afraid to speak, too passive or too uncertain how to act, other ordinary and extraordinary people are outing themselves as friends of freedom — or at least friends of sound common sense and defiance.

A gentle Hindu writes a breakup letter to society

Parents, roused by the threat to their children, rise up against school boards across the land or take up homeschooling in record numbers.

A musician leaves a successful band to freely speak his mind and writes his hope that a quiet revolution is under way.

A post warns about the persistent hammer of history about the million “hammer taps” that broke down the Soviet Union and are now striking at the the American body politic.

If this poll can even remotely be believed, the U.S. has at least two regions quivering at the brink of secession.

People in even the most respectable places are beginning to refer to our (so-far cold) second civil war. Unlike the first, this one would genuinely be a civil war — though the real battle wouldn’t be for control of government, but culture. (Well, aren’t they usually that, anyhow?)

You’ve probably seen the viral Twitter thread by MartyrMade (Darryl Cooper). It summed up the entire case for anger over not only the 2020 elections, but our long, slow disenfranchisement as citizens and as human beings. Although he says he’s showing the thinking of Boomer Trump supporters, plenty of others say his thread speaks for them, too.

Here’s a non-Twiterpated version of the brilliant thread courtesy of Vanderleun. And here’s a link to Cooper’s podcasts.

The elite have “eaten out our substance” for decades and workers are beginning to demand their own back.

Sure, these are small signs. Definitely people are still fighting separate battles. Unity, we have very little. But there’s a push running through these efforts to tell people they’re not alone, that civilized dissent, individualism, or traditional beliefs aren’t thoughtcrimes. That our values aren’t “extremism” or “white supremacy” or “domestic terrorism.” That yes, free speech is a core value of freedom, and we have a right and even a duty to call nonsense nonsense and to shout that our intellectual and political emperors are naked when, in fact, they are not only butt-naked but freakishly unattractive specimens of humankind when stripped of their elite trappings.


None of this dawning courage and common sense yet rises to the level of “shooting the bastards.” I don’t know if it ever will or ever should. But I’m rising out of my previous denial.

How much clearer does it have to get that our very own cluelessly arrogant elite have no good intentions toward us? The (acting) president of the U.S. has already threatened us with nuclear retaliation if we dare fight tyranny with mere small arms. How many government officials or public intellectuals have openly declared their wishes to see We the Deplorables dead, either through race war or through starvation if we don’t comply with their will? We have already seen they’re not only willing to rip apart our most basic rights, but to do so as if their worst violations are simply business as usual, the ordinary and expected actions of government.

Yep, that’s some serious “rhyming” going on there.

No, I still don’t want to see a shooting war. But I no longer believe we’re not on the brink of one.

And another thing I’m pretty sure of. Even though there are a lot of ways that we’re not like the American colonists and our dilemmas are different and harder than theirs, in one crucial way we are and will be like them.

Whether shooting war or opportunity for peaceable, Soviet-style downfall, when the day comes to shake off all delusions, to stop being in denial about the nature of our opponents, and to act on our clear-eyed understanding of the nature of totalitarian reality, we’ll do it.

We’ll do it faster, more accurately, and more definitively than the elite and the oligarchs ever will.

They are too invested in looking down upon us and in viewing themselves with preening satisfaction. They will realize we’re a force to be reckoned only when it’s too late — for them.


  1. Granny
    Granny July 20, 2021 3:55 am

    Bravo. Bravo.

    The absolute last thing I ever want to do is pick up a weapon in self-defense, because, as is said, “after the first one, the rest are free”. A horrifying path.

    I wonder sometimes if the Bidenistas are purposefully kicking mud in our faces, hoping to “start something”. There may be some truth to that, but from what I’ve seen it appears to be their unbridled arrogance. They know better than us. I think the word is “hubris”.

    But also, my latest outrage was seeing two trans or gay or whatever men trying to “chest feed” an infant. Why isn’t all of society snatching the poor innocent baby from their arms? Some of the biggest YouTube channels are men putting on women’s makeup. So yes, it’s a culture war too. There’s a sickness in our society beyond what I could ever imagine.

    Our collective outrage, if it puts thoughts to action, will be uncontrollable. I thought, this week, “this is how/why the Salem witch trials happened”. This is how/why the French were screaming “off with her head”. Basically, this is how/why things get out of control. But, be in control, we must. Our larger enemies, one being China, are salivating at our imminent collapse. We cannot let that happen. We must stand, together and strong. We must be thoughtful, self-controlled, as we excise the rottenness.

    Whew, again, too long. You bring it out of me Claire!

  2. Jeff2
    Jeff2 July 20, 2021 5:20 am

    I learned in 1995 that the cellular system was being prepped to become a spy service for the goverment. I went from mid 2015 to early 2019 with no cell phone, and did not miss it, though I had been electronically connected since 1985 by first portable IMTS phones and pagers. I only re-entered the communications fray when on a long trip, my car broke down in a remote area, and I had no way let anyone know my status.

    Last year I had heard of SMS messages being censored if they contained certain links. I could not replicate this with my phone, but I didn’t doubt it very much. My current phone sits as a wifi hotspot for my internet access. There is no other way to get to this page (and others I enjoy reading). But I do very little else with it. I often leave it at home if I go out. I take it to work but leave it at my desk or sometimes in my truck. I no longer care for the electronic leash and if I could afford to not be informed of things that are changing very quickly, I would again abandon it. But Ifeel I need that information link, even if everything on it is suspect.

    I still believe the good outnumber the evil. That the government will not be able to summon the numbers needed to complete their takeover. Too many are awkening. Too many are questioning why they are fighting over insignificant differences. The lies and propaganda are being exposed and protests against the goverment are growing in other countries. America is way behind that curve, but at some point it will catch up like and stretched rubber band, or break. Or both.

    I don’t think we ever have to shoot the bastards, except in self defense. All that is required is for people to stop obeying. I see that happening more and more in my county and state. People have had enough and are simply ignoring government edicts.

    Take care all, and we will get through this. In the end I don’t see government succeding in unfying anyone under them. They have provoked and lied to too many groups.

    Love and Light to all…


  3. Saigon in Afghanistan
    Saigon in Afghanistan July 20, 2021 5:39 am

    The Taliban isn’t in denial.

  4. Trotsky's Icepick
    Trotsky's Icepick July 20, 2021 5:42 am

    Yuri Bezmenov called it demoralization.
    Now that the Long March is complete it is all about the humiliation.
    Example: drag queen story hour.

  5. Foot in the Forest
    Foot in the Forest July 20, 2021 7:03 am

    I also do not want a violent future. That said will you wait until you are told to get in the box car for the ride to a fun camp? What will be your breaking point? Will you act or submit. The results of the 2020 election where a dementia patient who never left his basement to campaign got 12 million more votes than our very popular first black president should be all you need to understand that you now live in an oligarchic dictatorship. I am not by nature a violent person but have lately taken to posting how I truly feel about politics in general in our oligarchy. VOTE: 308 & FREEDOM. It will not matter in the future if you are not interested in the ongoing Fundamental Transformation of America, It is interested in you. It will not stop unless we stop it and there is no way that does not involve bloodshed.

  6. Mike in Canada
    Mike in Canada July 20, 2021 7:08 am

    Soon, the only light left will be that which we shine upon each other. George Ure at Urban Survival wrote in 2004 that ‘secrets revealed’ would become a dominant theme going forward, especially once the 2012 thing was past.
    Looks like he was spot on (thanks, Cliff & Igor!!!!)
    As daily our outrages mount, as we observe the ratchet to ever tighten, and as the time winds down, we come ever closer to the precipice. And that is what it truly is, in the sense that going over it is a one-way move; there is no coming back from that choice. The finality of it is one of the things making it so very difficult to discern the proper moment to make that leap; flipping that switch will unleash something that will evade control almost immediately.
    I fear for my children, and I wonder how to explain these things once they are old enough to question that which they see around them.
    I fear much more, though, the consequences of inaction. Since the left seems unwilling to take ‘no’ for the answer, then it remains only for the catalyst to encroach…
    My own government has become so clownish, so mockingly foolish, that taking anything it says or does seriously is a difficult task. Canada is sufficiently large and devoid of large population centres that it remains possible to create distance between oneself that which annoys one. This we have done. The maaaaaagic of the internet, however (until they tap the kill switch), does shorten that separation somewhat. Nothing is free, in many senses.

    We shall continue to observe and make ready our fortunes and sacred honour.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Ms Wolfe.

  7. Joel
    Joel July 20, 2021 8:16 am

    I must differ with you on one tangential point, Ms. Wolfe… 😉

    they are … freakishly unattractive specimens of humankind when stripped of their elite trappings.

    I have noticed that they tend to be freakishly unattractive even when fully clothed. The thought of most of them naked makes my gorge rise.

  8. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 20, 2021 8:39 am

    Well said Claire.

    In the beginning of the US of A IMHO it wasn’t the leaders that lead the people but the people who lead the leaders as you have concluded.

    What pushed the people to lead?

    Methinks freedom is about choices. Tyranny tries to only allow their choices to be made however as we witness more and more people today are not making the choices that tyranny mandates thus freedom becomes stronger and tyranny weaker. Do you think tyranny will recognize its weakness? Even if it does I’m predicting that it’s doubles/triples etc etc down. And freedom will only become even more stronger.

    That is the answer to the question. Tyranny will make us decide to either be free or its slave. This will not be about the mob or the majority but about each individual as it was in the beginning of the US of A. Sure I’m predicting many will take the easy road of compliance to tyranny but IMHO there will be enough to choose freedom to make a difference.

    Things may happen quickly but surely will feel like an eternity.

  9. Bob
    Bob July 20, 2021 9:30 am

    A good read, but mostly preaching to the choir. Most of the Colonists who were true Patriots (and not all of them were) were united. Today, we have too many vested interests only interested in what’s in it for them. Don’t believe me, check out the results of the last several elections.

    The true patriot politicians either don’t have the money, or don’t have enough public support to make a difference.

  10. Noah Body
    Noah Body July 20, 2021 12:13 pm

    Re: believing absurdities. They tell us, with a straight face, that there was no flu last year, because masks and social distancing worked to stop the spread of the flu viruses. But such measures are so ineffective against the coronavirus that they want us all to get the COVID experimental gene therapy “vaccines.”

    What obviously happened was the flu cases were counted as COVID cases (along with other things, like dying in a motorcycle accident).

  11. Toirdhealbheach Beucail
    Toirdhealbheach Beucail July 20, 2021 6:32 pm

    The issue Our Political Betters do not grasp is their belief that people will stay in the system because they are “invested” in the system. The more they continue to drive a narrative of “We know better and we will act completely on your behalf”, the more they drive investment out of the system. The letters and articles you post are an example of this.

    If this continues on long enough, there may still be a hollow shell of what was called The United States of America, but it will be inhabited by people that passively or inactively support it. An event will happen, something where at that moment Our Political Betters will cry out for unity, only to find a vast indifference and silence, followed by a crash as their society, which to them seemed crystal adamantine, was revealed to be ordinary glass.

    The rest of us, of course, will be building the next one.

  12. […] Okay, enough with the excerptin’. As with Part the First, Claire takes a deep dive into American history to help shape her argument, but this time out she throws some of the less-well-known and seldom-discussed aspects of that era into the mix. It’s all solid stuff, a genuine, all-caps MUST READ. Hie thee thither. […]

  13. Emmel
    Emmel July 20, 2021 9:25 pm

    Once the shooting starts no one is going to want to “miss out”. There’s a lot of pent up rage out there.

  14. John Wilder
    John Wilder July 20, 2021 9:39 pm

    Ahhh, Claire, you’re a guiding light for so many, and you blazed a path for others to follow.

    Thank you.

  15. Top Det
    Top Det July 21, 2021 7:36 am

    Well said, Claire, very well said. I’ve been praying it won’t come to putting rounds down range, but things are looking less and less that that will be an option. I concur with Emmel, first round fired and the game will be afoot…
    Rally round Old Glory!
    Prayer. Lots and lots of prayer.

  16. Bill
    Bill July 21, 2021 9:52 pm

    I’m not even past the first paragraph and you have given us a new acronym. GAS = Government Approved Scientist. Example: Dr. Fauxchi? He’s a GAS.

    Now I will go and read the rest.

  17. Biba
    Biba July 25, 2021 9:01 am

    We Cannot Comply Our Way Out of Tyranny…

  18. Brian_E
    Brian_E July 27, 2021 3:10 pm

    The question is rarely as simple as:
    “Are you paranoid?”

    Most often, the proper question is:
    “Are you paranoid enough?”

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