People are finally figuring out what governments are all about, and that’s cause for optimism. From Karen Kwiatkowski at lewrockwell.com:
Not to state the obvious, but some really wonderful things are happening. Of course, they always are, but I’m referring to the specific category of state decline and the rise of real liberty. Although an arguably perverse practice, to truly understand the state, we should analyze and assess the varied excreta produced by the state’s parasympathetic nervous system.
Of all the ways of understanding the “deep state,” this system, responsible for the tears, sweat, noctural emissions and diarrhea of the complex network comprising the state organism, is one of the best and most revealing.
The modern American is no longer shocked at national discussions and routine public examinations of bum wiping, sexual activities of all types, and the odiferous human body and what to do about it. Boobus Americanus is downright fascinated by the subject and seeks ever more detail. This fact alone bodes well for the ongoing examination of the very demented US body politic and is Reason Number 1 for optimism going into 2019.
The parasympathetic system works along with the fight or flight sympathetic system. Once we start looking at the latter, predictions are off the table, and it won’t be all sunshine and roses. Once the state realizes undeniably that it is collapsing, soon to be trampled by the horde, dissolved in the acid of public opinion and its entire resource base eliminated, the fight or flight reactions will be massive and harmful to anyone in its way. As with all fight or flight reactions, the energy will be quickly dissipated, the event short-lived, and the reset much as a clear new dawn after a stormy night.
I’m more interested in the parasympathetic state system and a great example of it arrived in my inbox today. It came from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. One immediately realizes that this is a US think tank, advising US Government policy, revolving doors and all, over the past 100 years. Founded in 1914, its mission was to make war obsolete. Conveniently, this occurred shortly after the creation of the Federal Reserve, with a mission to make cash available to the federal government for wars that couldn’t be funded, or sold to the American people, in any other way. Perhaps I exaggerate, but certainly Rothbard did not.
This newsletter from the Carnegie Council featured an article about the collapse of “the narrative” on global engagement. Much like the difference between consensual sex and rape, the use of the term “engagement” here may have different meaning to different people. Many on the receiving end of typical USG engagement in the past century saw their countries, and sometimes their wives and children, horrifically raped and stolen from rather than offered a diamond ring and a promise of true love. Participants in US military activities over the past 100 years concur.
The Carnegie Report, entitled “Misconnecting with the US Public: Narrative Collapse and US Foreign Policy” is fascinating reading for those interested in the dripping snot of state. To sum it up, the Council reveals that all of a sudden, the 2016 election cycle, in both primaries and the election itself, revealed a strange fact. Average people don’t like war, they don’t like their money being taken by force and wasted on war, and when their politicians screw them over and over again by repeatedly giving them war and waste despite promising not to, they eventually, like good herd animals, begin to move away, become less conciliatory to their masters, fail to listen as attentively, and ultimately fail to obey.
This I believe is Reason Number 2 for optimism going into 2019. Not so much that the dank, daft, dense Carnegie Council has discovered the obvious, but that they were stupidly willing to publish their discovery as some sort of “one if by land and two if by sea” warning to the rest of the parasympathetic system.
The report recommends that to resonate with voters (you know, that tiny percentage of American residents who show up to vote, and then have their “choice” prevail!) the parasympathetic state system — the cerebellum of the Deep State, that seeping, smelly, nervous day-to-day, “feed and breed” system that sustains the monster — should make no changes, but simply convey a new message.
That message is this: If only the brainiacs and government bosses would acknowledge the recent mistakes that have led to skepticism on the part of the U.S. public towards American global engagement and propose reform rather than rejection, things would get better. And they should try to listen more, and to engage the polity in a more interactive way, so that it may see the benefits of continued US foreign policy choices.
I’ve made recent mistakes, I get why you’re skeptical, really I’ll change, please don’t reject me, I promise to listen more and order you around less…all spoken like a very bad boyfriend to the long-suffering girlfriend who is finally done. Like this woman, the American people really do get it – and the only logical response to the Carnegie Council must be “Are you insane?”
More people get their news from the Babylon Bee than the Carnegie Council for Ethics – but the result may be the same. The literal language is so obviously betrayed by known and observed reality it becomes chuckle-worthy, even hilarious. Laughing at the state – whether at its reptilian self or its more conscious systems – can be risky. My Reason Number 3 for optimism? 2019 will be a year filled with a growing number of people who smile at daily state self-deception, frustration, and hypocrisy, share memes and jokes about its ever-steaming pile of excreta, and laugh out loud at its public “feed and breed” gyrations. Can’t wait!