The Establishment of the Empire of Nothing is losing their shit. At least that’s the way I choose to interpret the tea leaves this morning. The organism that is the neo-liberal nexus of government, Big Tech/Big Corp, and academia is feeling an environmental threat that it cannot understand, and it is beginning to lash out.
“If you don’t ride for the Narrative, you ride for the terrorists.”
Premier Trudeau pantsed himself and the elite class he represents with his response to the trucker convoy that has occupied the Canadian capital:
The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa, who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians…who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to ensure our rights, our freedoms, our values as a country.
He of the perfect coiffure and the sensitive eyes has tried everything in the Establishment playbook to marginalize the trucker protest: brand them as Nazis and/or Russian stooges; get Big Tech to defraud donors (GoFundMe has since backtracked a bit on that plot) — everything but give them an ear as if they were, y’know, constituents or something. The blowback has been significant and has helped the convoy grow from a stunt into a full-fledged movement.
I am generally not a fan of disruptive protest, whether it’s truckers blocking bridges or BLM protesters on a Portland freeway, and when protests turn into riots, I’m out. I believe in the rule of law. But the rule of law in the West is based on fundamental principles that are increasingly being eroded:
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
It’s important to recognize that the disparate protest movements of the past year-and-a-half — here, in Canada, in Europe and in Australia — all come out of genuine frustration, to the point of despair, at a sense of voicelessness, the recognition that that legitimate grievances will never be redressed by an Establishment that manifestly plays by a different set of rules than those that they seek to impose upon the rest of us. An Establishment that has become destructive of the ends of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The would-be Ruling Class is profoundly clueless about all of this, beyond cynically attempting to draft off of populist movements and manipulate them for political gain. As Matt Taibbi writes:
There’s a Narcissistic Personality Disorder element to this, where some pols seem unable to imagine that any sane person would feel anything but admiration and respect toward them. This in turn means their detractors can’t be merely wrong, but must be abnormal or literally defective people somehow, seduced by foreign spies or driven by criminal or politically illegitimate impulses.
If the course continues, and the Establishment chooses to treat challenges to their increasingly threadbare narrative as treason, and challenges to their authority as incipient terrorism, they will merely radicalize more people, many a solid citizen among them. If you make a man an outlaw, an outlaw he will be. And when the participants in the protest movements of 2021–22 realize that they have common interests in undermining an elite that despises us — all of us — there will be a reckoning of potentially revolutionary proportions.
Because we are many, and they are few. And they can’t hang us all.