Monday, January 07, 2019

Carlson-Nomics Refined, And New Populism

Thaddeus McCotter reminds us that while Carlson has a piece of the puzzle (and Shapiro is looking at the puzzle sideways), there are far better solutions, but not in sound-bites.  And McCotter also reminds us of what the New Populism is really all about.

In what does the current debate instruct us that aforementioned works haven’t already? The predatory economy Carlson describes is not market capitalism; it is the “business-government model” of crony capitalism long ago defined and decried by Belloc and Chesterton.

Its remedy was found in the “German Miracle” outlined in Röpke’s A Humane Economy. One would also know from Burke, Kirk, and Buckley that, since the French Revolution, it is not greed but ideologythe Enemies of the Permanent Things’ lust to desecrate all you hold dear in order to remold humanity according to their own insidious whimsthat has caused most suffering and consumed the most innocent lives.
The ideologies!  If it opposes Permanent Things, it will make you suffer.

...From Nisbet we learned how The Quest for Community that is based upon faith, family, community, and country has been impaired and imperiled by unrestrained government’s willful, deliberate, and premeditated destruction of mediating social institutions....
"Intermediating institutions" include the several States, municipalities, churches, social clubs, and most important, the family, which has been systematically attacked in the Black community by The Welfare and the demolition of well-paying industrial low- to mid-scale employment.

As to the New Populism:

 ....Traditionally, populism has demanded the government control private institutions that have an unfair, largely unaccountable power over the public. Today, however, while the traditional strain for government control remains in the progressive/democratic-socialist wing of the Democratic Party, a new strain emerged in its embryonic state back in 2008: the Tea Party....

Jump started by the Wall Street bailout and revved up by Obamacare, these new populists were essentially different from traditional populists in that the Tea Party’s goal was not to have government start doing things for them, but rather to have government stop doing things to them. Simply, it’s the difference between “Occupy Wall Street!” and “Don’t Tread on Me!”...
Yes, indeed.  We have had far too much of Gummint "help," thankyouverymuch.  Or as Kirk told us,

“The enlightened conservative does not believe that the end or aim of life is competition; or success; or enjoyment; or longevity; or power; or possessions. He [or she] believes, instead, that the object of life is Love.”

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