Sohrab Ahmari (Persian Muslim converted to Catholic Conservative and Culture Wars Hawk), in the Spectator, argues that the nation-wide BLM outbreak of hysteria is not so much a Revolution, as it is a reactionary putsch.
America is not in the middle of a revolution â€” it is a reactionary putsch. About four years ago, the sort of people who had acquired position and influence as a result of globalisation were turfed out of power for the first time in decades. They watched in horror as voters across the world chose Brexit, Donald Trump and other populist and conservative–nationalist options.
This deposition explains the storm of unrest battering American cities from coast to coast and making waves in Europe as well. The stormâ€™s ferocity â€” the looting, the mobs, the mass lawlessness, the zealous iconoclasm, the deranged slogans like #DefundPolice â€” terrifies ordinary Americans. Many conservatives, especially, believe they are facing a revolution targeting the very foundations of American order.
But when national institutions bow (or kneel) to the street fightersâ€™ demands, it should tell us that something else is going on. We arenâ€™t dealing with a Maoist or Marxist revolt, even if some protagonists spout hard-leftish rhetoric. Rather, whatâ€™s playing out is a counter-revolution of the neoliberal class â€” academe, media, large corporations, â€˜expertsâ€™, Big Tech â€” against the nationalist revolution launched in 2016. The supposed insurgents and the elites are marching in the streets together, taking the knee together.
They do not seek a radically new arrangement, but a return to the pre-Trump, pre-Brexit status quo ante which was working out very well for them. It was, of course, working out less well for the working class of all races, who bore the brunt of their preferred policy mix: open borders, free trade without limits, an aggressive cultural liberalism that corroded tradition and community, technocratic â€˜global governanceâ€™ that neutered democracy and politics as such. …
Does anyone seriously believe the American establishment â€” Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the trustees of Ivy League universities, the major sports leagues, even Brooks Brothers, for Godâ€™s sake â€” would sign on to a movement that genuinely threatened its material interests?