On the way up I listed to a recent podcast by the Zman and as a bonus it was a doubly long two hour episode that covered a wide range of ideas....
The episode deals with the areas where The Zman believes we need real reforms, from libel reform to contracts to household voting. It was all interesting stuff if you are into that and I am but it might not be everyone's cup o' tea.
While the discussion was very interesting and touched on some areas I hadn't thought much about it, it also reminded me that true reforms are impossible now and have been for most of my lifetime. Neither Trump nor Reagan were especially radical and neither accomplished much of significance other than slightly slowing down the pace of the destruction. Both of the Bush administrations were as bad as Obama and Clinton, and in the case of W did more to set the table toward wrecking the last vestiges of our civil liberties than anyone since LBJ.
Looking to the 2022 midterms, even if the Republicans achieve the big "red wave" we are assured is coming, what will they do? Maybe hold some hearings about Hunter Biden, maybe symbolically impeach Sniffy Joe, certainly pass some toothless legislation that Biden will veto by signing his name with pudding or perhaps his own feces. They won't do anything to stem the tide because most of them support what is happening, they just find it expedient to pretend they don't because of where they run for office.
There won't be any reform of the system, not without burning the current system to the ground, but the blackest of black pills when it comes to reform is that the main reason it is impossible....almost everyone in this country who can vote is really not someone who can or should be trusted with the franchise.
Despite the disaster we see unfolding all around us, most people are stubbornly, desperately trying to pretend it can be fixed. They grumble and the whine but they still Trust The System. We can get caught up in our own echo chamber and think that more people Get It than really do. They don't get it and they won't get it, not without so much more pain and suffering that it tips the whole thing over.
Most of our fellow White Americans are still sort of doing OK. There is food on the table, although it is much more expensive. The lights come on when you flip the switch. You can get gas, even though it too is far more expensive. Jobs are plentiful right now.
The truth is, almost all of them just want to be told what to do. They want a strongman of some sort, whether a literally strongman or a Federal government Uncle Sam strongman. Sure they make noises about their rights and individuality but all they really need is the illusion of self-determination. In practical terms they are fine with being told what to do. It often seems that having too much control of their lives kinda scares them.
This actually gives me some hope. While the real number is likely higher than the oft-quoted 3%, it is without question that in the American Revolutionary War most of the less than 3 million people living in the colonies were on the sidelines. The active Colonial armies were at any given time maybe 40-50 thousand men, although that doesn't count the various ways people aided them in non-combatant support roles.
Reform now will come like reform then: at the end of a gun. We will not see a mass political movement of any sort. Most people will sit on the sidelines and wait to see what happens, welcoming their new overlords whichever way it blows. We can have these discussions about reforming the system now and they are interesting but ultimately reform is going to follow blood and fire.