For the past couple of years, I have talked a lot about containment as a key strategy of power. I defined and outlined what that entails in an article called ‘On Containment’. We used to talk about this as ‘Back to Fresh Prince’, but since I started this substack, as a step towards that general goal, we have discussed a key short-term objective as ‘Putting the Woke Away’. I first outlined what this strategy might look like last summer, in an article called
Here in America there are several factors fueling a turn against the woke by the ruling elite. During the Trump presidency, denizens of the deep state forged an alliance with the "woke" radical left to help them get rid of Trump. In doing so they gave the woke left quite a bit of headwind in terms of its ability to make a damn nuisance of itself, and many in the elite beginning to lose their patience with it. But there's more to it than just that. Nearly all the fraud perpetuated in the 2020 Presidential election came from three sources: the radical (i.e. "woke") left, the Chinese, and (in Arizona) a prominent Mexican drug cartel. The regime may have been willing to make use of such forces in rid themselves of Trump in 2020, but they really don't want to be beholden to such factions going forward. The other issue is that the regime is experiencing quite a lot of buyer's remorse when it comes to Biden, who's Presidency is being run by various cliques in the White House vying with each other for power. An even bigger problem is that there's not an easy fix for this problem. If Biden doesn't run, then Kamela Harris, the most stupid person ever to hold high office in American history (which is quite an accomplishment) becomes the leading candidate of the deep state. She's so stupid RFK would probably beat her, despite the Democratic primary being fixed on her behalf. And I suspect the regime is more afraid of RFK than they are of Trump. Which means their optimal candidate of choice right now is DeSantis. The only question is whether they can use some kind of legal rigmarole to take Trump out, because otherwise Trump will be the nominee.
Everything you had said alongside the mainstream American right now having a different perspective towards corporations instead of just ranting about tax cuts and the “free market” does seem to send a cautiously optimistic signal for the future. One of the greatest things to come out of the Trump-era was the destruction of credibility of the “expert-class” who most people simply roll their eyes at now (i.e. experts say, according to experts, etc.)
"We've passed Peak Bumsex. Here's why that's a good thing" - The Atlantic
In the moment of decision, Trump stayed in the white house while half of America was locked in their homes.
In the moment of decision, Trump let several of the nation's cities burn to the ground.
In the moment of decision, Trump chose to help and enable the "drug manufacturers" to roll out their "experimental treatment" on America and the world.
In his last test, Trump let a senile old man take his place in accordance with the results of "the most fortified election in history."
This is why the regime trusts him. He passed the last and most important test. He was offered the crown and didn't take it. Even though he knows the crown is his (he still hasn't formally conceded the election), he didn't take it, and thats what matters.
Not to mention Trump never took any serious action against his political enemies. Imagine if Bill Barr and the Trump administration did half of the things Merrick Garland and Biden's FBI do to conservatives regularly but against leftists. This is why Trump, unless he changes significantly in the next 15 months, is not a threat to the regime.
Maintaining dissident energy after a succesfull containment operation will be challenging.
I recall you saying you weren't sure why they needed white boys to die in their wars, and not use foreigners. Radlib suggested it was a bureaucratic issue: that they couldn't get security clearance. But that's not the reason. The real reason is far more obvious and far more significant.
They already tried it in Vietnam. They admitted and grouped together soldiers that failed the Army's IQ test. Unsurprisingly they were about half Black and Latino; they were hugely overrepresented. They're called McNamara's Morons. They died at three times the rate of regular soldiers. Apparently they were too loud, couldn't read maps, got lost and fired too much ammo.
War is extremely complex, even disregarding modern technology. Include modern technology and there's no. Way. In. Hell. You are going to replace your white boys with fucking Africans and South American rape babies.
Mad Mike Hoare put it best: "They don't understand espirit de corps. 'Go out and die, for what?' They don't understand it; and they don't do it."
I want in on this bet. AA is right and I want Auron to buy me a cigar also.
I have no doubt there will be an attempt to put the woke away, but how successful this will be I think is not certain. Power in the Cathedral is distributed, and many of the nodes have a fanatical devotion to the worship of sodomy and blacks. CEOs might ask their PR departments to tone it down this June, and Blair's party might shift messaging, but will the universities do the same? Will the journalists? Will Hollywood?
I'm with Auron here. And I suspect you will attempt to lower the standard of evidence in an attempt to win.
Your problem is that you think of woke more as tool than a religion. Big mistake.
Moreover, you ought to focus more on what's going on in the education system rather than just looking at the greater culture itself. Here in Canada, the education system is ramping up woke pedagogy, not shelving it away. Therefore, the worst is still to come; I'm more of a politics is downstream of education (ideas) thinker than I am a politics is downstream of culture or power one.
I would prefer to believe you, and I can think of many reasons why. But the problem is: Reason is the enemy of Woke, so it has no purchase.
Great article AA. Loving the sharp prose. I think you are right about this, and far from your worst take I think it's your very best and most relevant one. I have the same intuitive premonitions. In fact, I'm certain the Regime blundered in 2016 by counter-signalling Brexit and Trump. They were simply behind the times and didn't understand the character and greatness of this historico-political moment. They were still in Francis Fukuyuma mode and believed that history had ended, and that we were sleepwalking into a pozzed utopian bliss forevermore. 2016 was the first time, in my lifetime, where the Regime took a serious blow to its confidence, its orientation, its ideology. (Coincidentally, it was the first time in my life when I felt an active and present day pride in my country — Britain.) It was the first time the public had dared to say 'No' to the entire post-war, Boomer ideology. And it wasn't even that emphatic a 'No'. It was more a grumble than a shout. And yet it sent them into epileptic fits, into an apoplectic rage. It was both hilarious and disturbing to watch—their bizarre overreaction. If the Regime had been smart — truly 'Machiavellian' and 'Bismarckian', and not had the wool pulled over its eyes by the radical sect of wokeist and globalist fanatics — it would have registered what had happened, and immediately backed both Brexit and Trump and incorporated each into their narrative. They didn't know how to do this though. They were so shocked and blindsided by those turn of events. It hadn't dawned on them, and still hasn't dawned on them yet really, that the post-war consensus has been an overreaction to the Nationalist fanaticism of the late 19th, early 20th centuries, and that our present-day Globalist fanaticism is just as destructive and hated by the people. Their ideology has been preventing them from seeing this and they will be rushing to catch up with history in these next two decades. It's also why they are unable to interpret the Putin phenomenon as anything but a resurgent Czarism; when in fact it's merely a protest against US imperialism under the shadow of the Globalist political and financial sect. If they are smart this time, the Regime will back Trump 2024 and use him to reinvigorate classical Americanism and American Republicanism and prepare for serious future conflicts. Surely they have to see how useful Trump is, how he's been served up on a golden platter for them as a means to restore faith in the American ideology among a jaded populace; he's the only active American politician that anyone sincerely loves. The way they raged against him as a Hitler was sick and embarrassing. Surely they should see how much better he is to a decrepit old fool like Biden, whom nobody loves or even respects.
Hasn’t this entire conversation fallen for the populist delusion?
It doesn’t matter who the American POTUS is. The octopus is in power whether it is Trump, DeSantis, or Charlemagne (the actual not the anon).
Populists plan, the deep state laughs.
I like the link to the YT short
According to some, hollywood is now hiring writers to get the woke out of their series & movies.
In your chat about wokeness and where it comes from last night AA you forgot to mention the Middle Class Puritanism that has existed in Europe and America since the 15th century which I feel is extension of Wokeness. You did a video on this, ''Why the middle class is so left wing''. Ed Dutton has gone to lengths on this phenomena and so has Moldbug. I think we should take these credos more seriously. By extension we are putting ''Puritanism away'' for the moment.
My corporation did not mark IDAHOBIT day this year for the first time since about 2017.
Your last conclusion is important and as a younger person concerning. What will it be like when everyone is back asleep? All my aware life has been people preparing for woke forever, which was never gonna happen but what do we do when everything is back to one party bipartisan rule? I’m still betting the future will be more boring than it is now which is arguably the worst outcome but the inevitable one....