“I believe history will look back on four years of this president, and all he embraces, as an aberrant moment in time.” These were the words of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in April 2019 in the official video launching his campaign for the White House. Biden fixated on casting President Donald Trump as a racially divisive figure presiding over a time of unprecedented strife and unrest in America. His campaign has since repeatedly touted as a major theme a “return to normalcy” under career politician Biden from the chaos of the Trump years.
What better way to bolster that message than by fomenting actual racial division and historic social unrest in “Trump’s America” right before the election? This seems to be the true motivating factor behind the universal establishment support for violence in the streets in the name of social justice and the shockingly authoritarian curbs on Americans’ personal lives in the battle against an alleged health pandemic hyped by medical “experts” as a lethal threat — dangerous when citizens try to go to church but shrugged off when protesters fill the streets to march against “systemic racism.”
In an excellent column for the U.K. publication The Spectator, Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor for the New York Post, labeled the corporate-backed Cultural Marxist theater running wild in America and Europe today as a “reactionary putsch” by the forces of globalism against populist uprisings represented by the election of political outsider Trump and the Brexit vote to remove England from the European Union in 2016.
“When national institutions bow (or kneel) to the street fighters’ demands, it should tell us that something else is going on. We aren’t dealing with a Maoist or Marxist revolt, even if some protagonists spout hard-leftish rhetoric. Rather, what’s playing out is a counter-revolution of the neoliberal class — academe, media, large corporations, ‘experts,’ Big Tech — against the nationalist revolution launched in 2016. The supposed insurgents and the elites are marching in the streets together, taking the knee together.”
“Does anyone seriously believe the American establishment — Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the trustees of Ivy League universities, the major sports leagues, even Brooks Brothers, for God’s sake — would sign on to a movement that genuinely threatened its material interests?” Ahmari asks. But toppled monuments and new national holidays are not the kind of change that hurts our ruling class.
“Over the past four years, every trick in the book has been used to end the ‘nightmare’ of national conservatism and populism,” Ahmari states, correctly identifying the true menace to a post-World War II “neoliberal” order that has been ceaselessly pushing globalism in all its forms at the expense of working- and middle-class citizens of what were once sovereign nation-states.
Stifling Real Change
Calling George Washington a slave-owning, colonizing white supremacist does not hurt the multinational corporate bottom line. Promoting America First trade policies that seek to boost U.S. manufacturing and protect domestic workers does. Check out this exhaustive list of well-known companies that are members of the U.S.-China Business Council. One could have a field day going through the names and reading up on their passionate declarations of loyalty to Black Lives Matter over the past month or so.
Yet the council’s president, Craig Allen, in addressing communist China’s new national security law, which is expected to lead to a harsh crackdown on Hong Kong freedom protesters, and its effect on American companies, said the following:
“I suspect that it will have an impact at the margin. But I would not expect that to be overly large. Businesses are not ideological, and businesses will go where there is security, stability, safety, and a good market. And China is a very large and important market.”
The Coronavirus social crackdowns are just as transparently artificial. Catherine Troisi, an “infectious disease epidemiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,” admitted her blatant bias in a July 6 article published in The New York Times. “I certainly condemned the anti-lockdown protests at the time, and I’m not condemning the protests now, and I struggle with that,” Troisi said. “I have a hard time articulating why that is OK.”
Not only is Troisi “not condemning” the protests, she told The Times she attended a mass rally in Houston marking the death of George Floyd. But that’s OK, because the thoroughly unscientific capricious social curbs serve a far more critical goal for the establishment. It was acknowledged very early in the process.
“But now, with many Americans shut up in their homes, or soon to be, many voters continue to say that a return to normal sounds pretty good,” Eric Lach wrote in an article on Biden in the Trump-bashing New Yorker in March, admitting that Coronavirus lockdowns would be a boon to Biden’s specific campaign messaging.
Ratcheting up the strains of racial tension and fear in America will not lead to authentic change. Quite the opposite. And that is precisely why a still-powerful establishment is doing all it can to fan the flames of these twin plagues four years after a patriotic populist sentiment swept over the nation.
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