Monday, October 11, 2021

More than a whiff of late, really...

From a column titled "A Whiff of Civil War in the Air":
GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance went on Tucker Carlson’s television show and said, “Why are we allowing the companies, the foundations that are destroying this country to receive tax preferences? Why don’t we seize the assets of the Ford Foundation, tax their assets, and give it to the people who’ve had their lives destroyed by their radical open borders agenda?“

If we take Vance seriously, consider the sheer destruction of his proposal. To make it happen, you’d have to demolish the First Amendment, dramatically ramp up state power to seize private assets, and then enable distribution of those funds through pure patronage. There is no “common good” or “social justice” at the end of that process. It’s tribalism. Me and mine versus you and yours.

And if we’re not supposed to take Vance seriously, then that presents a whole set of competing problems. It represents the continued descent of our political class into what Jonah calls the “parliament of pundits”—a collection of people who exist less to set policy than to whip up anger and rage online.

It’s important to understand that there is no policy fix for malice and misinformation. There is no five-point plan for national harmony.
His book from last year, Divided We Fall, is worth a read, assuming you're not an accelerationist looking to get a chance for a more authentic sleeping-in-a-bunker experience than you can get at War Hostel Sarajevo.