This is an excellent column; long but worth the read.
To (grossly; IMO) summarize: Entropy is affecting and will continue to affect the Country Class, while the Ruling Class will continue to centralize order at the expense of our Liberty.
The dichotomy of the Country Class (my summary, not that of the columnist) seems to be that “leave me alone” is not an organizing principle, but if we don’t organize, we’ll never be left alone. In fact, we’ll continue to be subject to more and more progressive “order” and concomitant lack of liberty – until we have none.
In all honesty I see no solution other than revolt – and not at the ballot box – against the Ruling Class. The POSSIBILITY exists that a Trump (foreseen but not explicitly in the (2010) column) could launch a 3P ala Perot, but one doubts his willingness to stray that far from orthodoxy given his actions thus far. He doesn’t seem to grasp how deep the swamp really is…. If he could and would spend the required amount on organization, one assumes his ability to replicate Perot’s success – but at the Congressional level in the 2018 midterms (and time is short). This arguably is the only way to BEGIN to return to the Rule of Law and Constitutional governance.
… Or … we in the Red States and Counties that are the Country Class just declare independence and fight our way to liberty.
Post-Enlightenment and post-1776 – an eye-blink ago – individual liberty and self-government raised their heads, through force, for the first time in human history. They have been bowing ever-lower since 1932 (1861?) – globally. Given the corruption of welfare (nothing but vote-buying) and of Big Business, I am not at all sure how liberty can be regained absent gunfire.
Which, of course, is the reason that those who gave us liberty also gave us guns.
Sooner or later, it seems, we only will get liberty by fighting for it. Is it too late to reclaim our birthright? Is it too soon to start fighting for it?
As Adelaide said to Nathan Detroit: “it’s already too late to be ‘sooner’, and if it gets much later, soon it’ll be too late to even be ‘later’.”
Timing Is Everything
If you start shooting the bad guys early enough to make a difference, you’ll be labeled a radical crazy person. If you wait until it’s acceptable, you’ll be 80 pounds underweight, unarmed, and being loaded into a boxcar.