On Reckless Exuberance, by Karen Kwiatkowski

In America’s rubber-room, zero-risk culture, there’s a lot to be said for reckless exuberance. From Karen Kwiatkowski at lewrockwell.com:

A big reason people enjoy Trump is because he seems to “have no filter.” He appears to be saying what he actually thinks, based on what he thinks he knows, regardless of the consequences. He’s kind of like a guy who tells the truth. We certainly can’t be sure, it’s unexpected in a modern President, but it’s definitely delightful.

For this, he is demonized as a liar, a fraud, an incompetent, the ultimate inappropriate man by the left progressive state media. On the right, strange code talkers like Q-Anon emerged early on to interpret this new method of communicating. Four-D chess, the mystics explain. Trump is a master, driving his opponents to derangement, and his supporters to delirium.

For all of this Trump focus, as the election looms closer, an anti-government crowd is expanding. A fundamental tear in the fabric of faith-in-government has been ripped open by Trump himself, and by pressures that go far beyond anything Trump as person or President can imagine or control.  This growing crowd, around the world and in the United States, is made up of those who are leaning into an understanding of class analysis – not the Marxist kind, but a more humanitarian and honest approach, explaining where the state actually fits into our shared modern misery.

The first eight months of 2020 shined a light on Karl Marx’s 19th century prejudices, which were actually against labor, in the sense of hard work and productive enterprise for the betterment of oneself and one’s family.  Marx was a perennially unemployed narcissist, dependent upon and simultaneously resentful of the charity of relatives and friends.  Better to create a system of a living wage delinked from actual labor value, a universal basic income by disconnected from productivity or merit, capital disassociated from market forces, and money and social status all directed by central planning intellectuals. Never worry that contempt for your benefactor might someday extend to the central state itself.

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