During the run up to the 2016 election I got into a lot of arguments on Facebook because of my inability (her supporters saw it as “refusal”) to support Clinton. Because I’d supported Sanders during the primaries, it was assumed I was shunning Clinton because she wasn’t a progressive. That was not the reason (I’m not a “progressive”). But I was never able to get across what my reason was. For one thing, I was working on my manuscript, Street Song, and exhausted from it. I didn’t have the energy to take on explaining a point of view that was so distant from what most other people were and are thinking. I kept saying at the time that I would eventually offer up a fuller explanation. This is it.
Prior to the election my biggest political concern was the decades-long push by the corporations and corporate-owned politicians to sew up their power through various international trade agreements, which locked in various evils. To me, this was our greatest threat. Nothing else came close. The issue was exemplified by the EU’s insistence in 2015 on punishing Greece over its finances. Greece was not to be Greece anymore; it was to be a cog in the globalist economic machine—nothing more. The globalists seemed on the verge of completing implementation of commercial monoculture. This was an end-result of the so-called Age of Enlightenment philosophies, which I’ve been going on about at some length in this blog. The Enlightenment philosophers pushed the idea of a global culture that would be based on economic development. While there were ideas of individual liberty attached to the original movement, the movement was based entirely in rational, speculative thought, There is nothing within the realm of rationality that guarantees any kind of freedom, which always requires a strenuous disciplining of the ego. Tyranny is always the result of undisciplined egotists. The ultimate aim of the globalist movement, as represented by the Clintons, the Bushes, Obama, Merkel, and most other mainstream politicians on the world stage, was material progress, power, and control. I was adamantly opposed to all this. (For the record, I did not recognize Obama as being a member at first, and I was dismayed to see soon after he became president that he was.)
As I say, I am not a progressive, but I almost always take the same side that progressives do. But the progressive movement evolves out of the Western Enlightenment ideas, and many, if not most, progressives are hostile toward a spiritual understanding of reality. They recognize only the material plane and scientific understanding of it. My understanding is that Spirit is the basis of all reality. I don’t believe in the Big Guy in the Sky. I believe in the Void, which doesn’t have a “personality,” but does have infinite intelligence. I have a problem with progressives who pooh pooh this, and it’s rampant. Regardless, during the run up to the conventions I liked Bernie Sanders. I went to see him speak, and he was down to earth and said stuff that no one else was willing to say. It became quite clear that the Democratic Party establishment had decided in advance that, regardless of anything that happened, Sanders was not going to be the nominee. I was already opposed to the Clintons on grounds of their commitment to globalist monoculture. So, when Hillary Clinton got the nomination, I could not support her. I never had any doubt that she was going to win, though. The Republicans nominating Trump seemed like a ridiculous mistake that guaranteed the collapse of the party. While I knew that much of the country had slipped into a kind of insanity, I didn’t see the breadth of it yet.
During the last months of 2016, I started having arguments with people over my inability to support Clinton. People kept pushing the idea that she was the lesser of two evils, and that I had become, in effect, a Trump supporter. The people who were pounding me over the head with the lesser-of-two-evils rhetoric were supporters of Enlightenment ideas, whether they consciously thought of themselves as such or not. Many of the progressives I knew who supported her were describing life to me as a constant advance and retreat up the Enlightenment ladder. If we’re smart, we’ll eventually have our chance to make progress toward the good. But seeing the Enlightenment as in a state of collapse, that argument was meaningless to me. Every time I suggested that Western Civilization itself is falling, someone would ridicule me. To most, that idea still sounds preposterous. But Trump’s victory makes it quite clear that things are seriously amiss.
So now, while the supporters of the traditional enlightenment ideas have the presidency back, as well as a slight edge in Congress, the globalist agenda is stalled. The struggle with what Trump embodies is not over—not by a long shot. I’ll get into all this in part 2. If anybody wonders why I believe that the Western Enlightenment ideas are failing, I ask that you read my previous posts here on that subject. I don’t want to spend time repeating what I’ve already said. If you have a question about something I haven’t addressed, or if you disagree with something I have said, you’re welcome to make a comment. (And yes, I did vote for Biden this time.)