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Number 924, May 28, 2017

The 2016 election and its aftermath reflect
the distinction, difference, even enmity
that has grown exponentially over the past
quarter century between America’s
ruling class and the rest of the country.

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The Editor’s Notes
by Ken Holder

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Here is an essay that puts it all together:

The Cold Civil War, by Angelo M. Codevilla

In addition to explaining the problem, he has meditations on how to keep the cold war from turning into a hot war, a thing which keeps thoughful people awake at night. Found at these links:

Also in a .pdf file:

What it is all about:

America is in the throes of revolution. The 2016 election and its aftermath reflect the distinction, difference, even enmity that has grown exponentially over the past quarter century between America’s ruling class and the rest of the country. During the Civil War, President Lincoln observed that all sides “pray[ed] to the same God.” They revered, though in clashing ways, the same founders and principles. None doubted that those on the other side were responsible human beings. Today, none of that holds. Our ruling class and their clients broadly view Biblical religion as the foundation of all that is wrong with the world. According to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance.”

The government apparatus identifies with the ruling class’s interests, proclivities, and tastes, and almost unanimously with the Democratic Party. As it uses government power to press those interests, proclivities, and tastes upon the ruled, it acts as a partisan state. This party state’s political objective is to delegitimize not so much the politicians who champion the ruled from time to time, but the ruled themselves. Ever since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century and a half ago at Princeton, colleges have taught that ordinary Americans are rightly ruled by experts because they are incapable of governing themselves. Millions of graduates have identified themselves as the personifiers of expertise and believe themselves entitled to rule. Their practical definition of discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, etc., is neither more nor less than anyone’s reluctance to bow to them. It’s personal.

And that’s a wrap.

Except I was just asked to include this note: “Growing List of Advertisers Caves to Liberal Pressure, Pull Ads From Hannity’s Show” by Martin Lioll. Now, I’m not really sure who this “Hannity” person is (I don“t watch TV, I read books instead—try it sometime, it helps!), but we all know the “Liberal” (so-called) folks are obsessive-compulsive about not being disagreed with. Just one more belly-laugh thing about that Real World out there.

Okay, I do watch a few entertainment shows, Silly-Con Valley which is about a sort-of reality I was once sort-of living in, and The Americans a historical fantasy which is not very funny but interesting. Re-runs of The Mythbusters of course. I think there may be another entertainment-type show, but I can not remember what right now. No “news” of course. That stuff is mostly fantasy too, but not very amusing. More like pathetic. And causes me to suspect most of My Fellow Americans are fookin’ idiots. I do not like thinking that, and try to avoid it when I can.

Because, if most of My Fellow Americans are fookin’ idiots, I weep for the future of my grandchildren. This here little magazine is an attempt to do something constructive about that, but … well …

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