Justin Raimondo is cheering as the mob bearing pitchforks and torches advances on the castle.
The results of the New Hampshire primary are in, and the big winner is the new populism: that mysterious pro-â€œoutsiderâ€ phenomenon that has the political class in a panic, and which no one has adequately defined â€“ including its current practitioners. …
Ideologically, what New Hampshire tells us is that the â€œcentristâ€ anti-â€œextremistâ€ political paradigm that has restricted our political perceptions â€“ and choices â€“ for lo these many years is obsolete. For months, voters have been told that someone who defines himself as a â€œdemocratic socialistâ€ could never mount a credible challenge to Queen Hillary, and that the victory of the Clinton Restorationists is inevitable. Now, however, nothing seems inevitable, as voters ignore the media and its version of the conventional wisdom, and the â€œpolitical revolutionâ€ led by Sanders seems fully capable of upending the Democratic party.
On the Republican side of the equation, itâ€™s much the same story â€“ only more so. While the Sanderistas are a movement of the â€œleft,â€ Trumpism is less easily categorized as a rightist phenomenon. On domestic economic issues, Trump is all over the place: he wants to lower the tax rate, but penalize the financial speculators: he opposes Obamacare, and wants to allow competition between insurance companies over state lines, but he also wants to take care of the indigent. He is protectionist on trade, tough on crime, and even tougher on immigration â€“ all stances one would normally associate with the paleo-conservatives. And yet when it comes to defense spending and foreign policy, on close inspection he is remarkably â€œleftâ€: he opposes a new cold war with Russia, doesnâ€™tâ€™ want us in Syria, highlights his opposition to the Iraq war, and has recently declared that he opposes hiking the military budget. He wonders aloud why we are pledged to defend both South Korea and Japan while they â€œscrew us overâ€™ on trade.
Indeed, when it comes to foreign policy he is a lot closer to Sanders than to any of his Republican rivals. And on trade policy, too, the Sanderistas and the Trumpists sound eerily alike: both movements are protests against the hollowing out of Americaâ€™s industrial capacity and the rise of paper-pushing financiers as the robber barons of a New Gilded Age. The divide between them is not so much ideological as demographic: Sanders holds the loyalty of the under-30 crowd, while Trump garners the allegiance of their parents and grandparents. What unites them is their rebellion against the political class and a system built on cronyism and perpetual warfare.
What the twin victories of these two protest movements prefigure is the rise of a new nationalism in America. Not the outward-looking aggressive militaristic nationalism of pre-World War II Europe, but the introspective insulating â€œreturn to normalcyâ€ nationalism of prewar America: wary of foreign adventurism, almost exclusively concerned with bread-and-butter issues, resentful of a â€œmeritocracyâ€ that rewards anything but genuine merit, and in search of a lost greatness they may never have experienced but only heard about. …
The political and corporate elites that have ruled, unchallenged, since the end of World War II, and whose perspective is globalist, imperialist, and mercantilist, is facing a serious insurrection: the peasants with pitchforks are gathering in the shadow of the high castle, their torches illuminating the twilight of the West. Whether they succeed in penetrating the fortress and violating the inner sanctum matters less than the destructive effects of the battle itself. Does our ruling class have the will to fight and win? Weâ€™ll have the answer shortly.
Yes, it’s all lots of fun, and a revolt against the American pseudo-intellectual, urban community of fashion establishment is long overdue, but neither a geriatric hippie communist nor an egomanaical vulgarian is a leader fit to be entrusted with power. If you don’t like the current frozen economy, just go elect Comrade Bernie or Smoot-and-Hawley Donald and see what you get.
Hat tip to Bird Dog.