John Robson’s piece in the National Post today comes closer than a lot of other articles lately about trying to understand how a Donald Trump has arisen in the US. He comes pretty close to explaining it, but maybe doesn’t go far enough.
It’s funny because when I read John Robson’s piece, I wondered if he listened to the latest Ricochet podcast.
In the episode they interview Charles Murray, who has been pointing out for a long time that whites have been disintegrating socially for a long time. He’s very pessimistic about the future; he thinks that fully 1/3 of the American population is beyond reclamation socially and has collapsed because of the prevalence of divorce, children born out of wedlock, the lack of civic-mindedness and respect for rule-of-law, amongst other things. Unfortunately, I think he is probably right.
Murray also hates Trump for the reason I’m going to start using; conservativism is as much about the importance of character as it is about some set of policies, and Trump is a despicable character. We’ve discussed this before in this blog, that one cannot champion economic liberty without also championing social conservative values and the rugged character traits those values support; if you remove government from people’s lives, what fills the vacuum? The growth of government has been a response to the growing infantilization of our culture. You can’t have a small government, low tax regime if the people are psychologically incapable of caring for themselves, their families and their local communities. It’s like spitting in the wind, it will never stick.
And how do kids behave when they don’t get their way? They act up. They throw temper tantrums. They start losing jobs and feeling left behind they become abusive and blame others, like, say Mexicans. They call other kids names like “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted” as does Trump. Kids like to see that, their leaders acting like a kid, it’s amusing to them. Because they aren’t serious. Kids can be quite cruel and psychotic.
You can throw in for good measure the feminization of our culture; Beta-males like Justin Trudeau are paraded around like some ideal kind of “caring” leader, so much so that even “conservative” leaders like Patrick Brown are in a desperate race to demonstrate their EQ and how emotionally linked they are to issues such as climate change , Syrian refugees and gay rights. So here comes an “Alpha” male, Donald Trump and his aggressive straight-shooter behavior triggers some primal longing in a lot of men to see that kind of leader, John Wayne rebooted and galloping to the rescue from all the panty waists that seem to run the show and insist on safe-rooms on college campuses.
And finally you sit at home and you watch the John Olivers and Jon Stewarts of the world tell you that your views on life? They’re wrong. Not just wrong, but sexist, racist and ignorant. You pick up the paper, watch CNN and they say you’re “angry” and “confused”. You get pummeled with subliminal and overt messaging that says these ideas and notions that you have when you read about gunmen in San Bernadino and see your jobs being shipped overseas to a “communist” country and hear Hollywood stars berate you from the decks of their yachts about your per capita consumption of energy… you get hit with this over and over and it breeds a real resentment to the status quo.
So Trump is pretty easy to explain, he’s a creation of 50 years of leftist culture left unchecked; a broken family culture, a culture that encourages dependence and immaturity, a dismissal of the need and usefulness of “men” and traditional male character traits and constant barrage of leftist condescension for opposing viewpoints. Congratulations to all the progressives out there, you reap what you sow.