DESPITE my disinterest in the Republican National Convention I did get to hear most of the speeches of Peter Thiel, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump in Cleveland on July 21, 2016.
I listened through my particular virtual noise canceling device, which says that, once government has got past protecting us from enemies foreign and domestic, it is tempting us with things we shouldn't have. So most of what poltical speakers say is nothing less than the voice of Satan.
Peter Thiel asked why we are stuck in the middle of fake culture wars while also speaking about how government could once do science and software. As in go to the moon. Well, we know why. Our liberal friends are running the culture war to stamp out all the dangerous sects and cults that oppose their cultural hegemony. These chaps that insist on the separation of church and state are determined to unite the state with their secular church of political correctness and silence all other voices. The culture war is not fake; it is real and deadly serious.
Ivanka Trump spoke to try and neutralize the "war on women" meme that Democrats have used so successfully in recent years. She worried about the fact that while single women earn about the same as men, married women with children earn much less. As if career and working and earning money is the most important thing in the world for women. Barbara Bush said it many years ago: at the end of your life you don't wish that you had spent more time at the office. We make men have careers because it is much better than having them do what comes naturally, which is rape and pillage and brawl in the streets. We've decided that women need careers because well-born women have always needed a way to differentiate themselves from ordinary baby machines. Used to be they differentiated themselves by doing nothing except sitting and sewing. Now they differentiate themselves by worrying about work/life balance.
Donald Trump showed that he has completely blown away the old Republican Party of gentlemanly conservatism. Gone is the old triad of social conservatism, economic conservatism, and national security conservatism. In its stead is a populist conservatism to "make it like it was." Except that the 1950s era of "good jobs at good wages" for high-school graduates that just stepped down the street to the unionized manufacturing corporation for a lifetime job is gone forever. But the fault is not the global corporations. The wicked globalist corporations that are shipping jobs to the Third World are just taking care of business. They know that a corporation can never stand still; it must always be preparing for the future. Today's profitable product is tomorrow's sad loser. And so it goes.
Politicians like Trump and Clinton can muck around a bit with the market; they can make things a bit more difficult for the Chinese, and harass illegal immigrants and people over-staying their visas, and reduce legal immigration, but they'd better not try too hard, or they will make a bigger mess than we started with. As in mortgage subsidies that ended up hurting the very people, women and minorities, that they were designed to help.
President Coolidge that that 90 percent of the people coming into his office were asking for things they shouldn't. They still are.
The Trump and Brexit phenomena tell us that something is wrong. The average person isn't doing so well. I say that is because of everything from the sexual revolution to education to family formation to the taxation and regulation of labor to the government's regulatory distortions. So we should unwind just about everything we have done politically in the last century except the civil rights acts of the 1960s.
But that won't happen because every market distortion and every government program has its powerful supporters. That's why nothing changes until the economy hits the wall, and probably not even then.
But there is this. All government is injustice, particularly for those on the receiving end of government force. Usually the ruling class and its supporters have no clue that their self-dealing is causing rage and frustration out among the boo-boisie. Until all of a sudden the boo-boisie just can't take it any more.
Is 2016 a year in which the people decide they just can't take it any more? Don't hold your breath.
I just had another epiphany. The first one this year was to realize that the liberal turn in the 1960s to race and gender politics had an unanticipated consequence. After the turn the white working class would be the poster boys for white racism. That's what Archie Bunker was all about in All in the Family. This nobody living in a small home in Queens became the poster boy for racism, sexism, ...
FOR some reason, I can't get excited enough about the Republican National Convention to watch it. Perhaps it's because I am going to observe my 70th birthday at the end of the month. Or maybe it's because much bigger things are afoot than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I wrote some disparaging words about the failures of the "administrative faction of the ruling class" at American Thinker ...
WHEN you think about it, it is remarkable how much of politics is the Blame Game. In the 2000s liberals liked to blame George W. Bush for everything, although his Iraq policy was the consensus ruling-class "regime-change" policy. Now conservatives are blaming Barack Obama for everything, even though liberals are confident that the problem is that conservatives opposed everything that Obama ...
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A New Manifesto
A spectre is haunting the liberal elitethe spectre of conservatism.
The Crisis of the Administrative State
It wasnt supposed to be like this.
Government and the Technology of Power
If you scratch a social reformer, you will likely discover a plan for more government.
Business, Slavery, and Trust
Business is all about trust and relationship.
Humanity's Big Problem: Freebooters and Freeloaders
The modern welfare state encourages freeloaders.
The Bonds of Faith
No society known to anthropology or history lacked religion.
A Critique of Social Mechanics
The problem with human society reduced to system.
The Paradox of Individualism
Is individualism the gospel of selfishness or something else?
From Multitude to Civil Society
The larger the government, the smaller the society.
The Answer is Civil Society
In between the separated powers.
The Greater Separation of Powers
If you want to limit power then you must limit power.
Conservatism Three by Three
Conservatism, political, economics, and cultural.
The Culture of Involvement
Imagining lives without the welfare state
The Poor Without the Welfare State
Can the poor thrive without the welfare state?
The Middle Class Without The Welfare State
How would the middle class live without all those middle-class entitlements?
Liberals and the Welfare State
Liberals, the ruling class of the administrative welfare state.
From Freeloaders to Free Givers
The path to the future lies through moral movements.
The Real Meaning of Society
Broadening the horizon of cooperation in the last best hope of man on earth.
Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education
Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system
James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor
James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls
E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in
Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century
F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law
Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract
John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.
David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century
David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state
Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again
David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China
Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation
Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state
David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world
After a year of President Obama most Americans understand that the nation is on the wrong track. But how do we find the right track? Americans knew thirty years ago that liberalism was a busted flush. Yet Reaganism and Bushism seemed to be less than the best answer.
But where can we turn? Where are the thinkers and activists of the old days? Where do we find the best ideas? And how do we persuade our present ruling class to loosen its grip on power so that we can move the locomotive of state back onto the right track?
With all of our problems it seems like the worst of times.
In fact, this is the best of times. Under the radar a generation of great thinkers have been figuring out what went wrong and conjuring up visions of a better future. This book, "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" is an introduction to their ideas, and to the great future that awaits an America willing to respond to their call.
Although this book is addressed to all Americans, conservative, moderate, and liberal, and looks to a nation that transcends our present partisan divide, I must tell you that liberals will have the most difficulty with the book. The reason is simple. I am asking liberals to give up a lot of the power they have amassed in the last century. But we are all Americans, and we must all give up something for the sake of the greater good.
I am Christopher Chantrill and I am writing this book in full view. I'll be blogging on the process and the ideas, and I'll be asking you, dear readers, to help. Read the blog. Read the articles as they come out on American Thinker and ponder over the draft chapters here on this site.
Then send me your reactions, your thoughts, and your comments. You will help more than you know.
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity