Thursday, June 5, 2014

Universal Suffrage

Before I forget, this very perceptive quote by John Derbyshire comes from his latest piece HERE at Takimag. It's all about China, actually, and what direction it goes in while we go another, and I recommend it to you. But I want to riff on the quote. Note that he says may have been. And for that matter, it was universal only for White males, and not for all of them. And as such, it worked fairly well. We were a pretty homogeneous nation-state at the time, with no minorities to speak of voting for their own interests to the detriment of the nation as a whole. The first really big change in that was the enfranchisement of the newly-freed slaves, who were enfranchised for no purpose other than to make the Republican Party dominant forever, and it almost worked. Since that time, Blacks have always voted as a block, not really so much in their own interest, but in the interest of the political party that guaranteed them whatever it was they were persuaded that they needed. When reconstruction ended, that went away, and returned again when LBJ made them a whole new set of guarantees, and it of course continues to the present. That broke the dam, and since then, everybody votes in the interest of his own group, and the fate of the nation is of little importance to them. That's because we're no longer a nation, but a multicultural empire, and actual democracy is impossible. The only people voting, or trying to vote, in the interest of the country are some cranky old White guys like me.

So we're not, as so many people on the left and right like to say, a fascist country now. If you look at actual fascist countries in the past, they were nationalistic and devoted to the welfare of their own people, and to opposition to Marxism. Our government is hardly nationalistic, but rather imperialistic in its original sense. It also clearly has little interest in the welfare of its people, but is obsessed with the welfare of foreign countries, like Afghanistan through Zimbabwe, and especially concerned with the well-being of foreigners who want to immigrate here, legally and illegally, and to hell with actual Americans. What we seem to have is what Spengler called "Caesarism," wherein a charismatic emperor loots the productive class to buy bread and circuses for the nonproductive, and wages imperialist wars everywhere to help kill off the sons of the productive class, and keep the military busy so it won't overthrow him.

This universal suffrage thing, if it's limited to native males of a mature age, can work in a homogenous nation that has a universally-accepted civic ethics. We haven't had either one for decades. So it works only as the basis of Caesarism. We're Rome now, like it or not.
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Quibcag: The illustration is Honoka Mutsu, from "Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3" (特例措置団体ステラ女学院高等科C3部

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