May 19, 2022

Victor Davis Hanson, eminent classicist, provides this warning to Americans in the lead of his most recent article at Epoch Times, updated May 16:

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Americans are now entering uncharted, revolutionary territory.  They may witness things over the next five months that once would have seemed unimaginable.

It may prove in this momentous decade that the American Empire falls.  But take heart, because the fall of the empire — aren’t all empires finally a bundle of conceits destined to collapse? — may lead to the revival of the American Republic.

The visions of empire and republic are as starkly different as George Washington and the founders were from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.  Much of what constitutes the “American Empire” is a product of progressive doctrine.  It was about domestic imperialism perhaps far more than American global dominance.  Restoring the republic should be welcomed by citizens dedicated to our nation’s founding principles.

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We’re reaching a culmination.  The left’s decades-long march through America’s institutions succeeded.  They control government, corporations, health care, sciences, media, arts and entertainment, education, nonprofits, sports…right down to the Boy and Girl Scouts.  They seek to consolidate their control in a handful of larger institutions (government and corporations, principally).  An American “reset” is a precursor to a global reset, per the lunatic vision of Klaus Schwab and his acolytes. 

(As an aside, pray tell, what is it with Germany that it periodically spawns apocalyptic and/or messianic figures like Marx, Nietzsche, Hitler, and now this dangerous utopian, Klaus Schwab?)

If you’re feeling surrounded, don’t.  There are many more of us than them.  The unbelievable major serial failures of the Biden administration (who bats zero?) are waking up a broader slice of the public — waking them up through mounting costs (inflation and energy), uncertainties (crime and the border), and flagrant attempts in schools to sexually debauch our kids (Biden’s handlers support this effort), among other wanton offenses.

The progressive worldview, as translated through governance and cultural dictates, is collapsing.  Progressivism is daily revealing itself as, yes, power-hungry, incompetent, ineffective, but also dark.  The end of empire isn’t likely to finish with a whimper.  It’ll be calamitous, confrontational, and just plain nasty.  The elites won’t go gentle into that good night.  They’ve far too much riding on outcomes.

As Professor Hanson concludes in his article:

When revolutionaries undermine the system, earn the antipathy of the people, and face looming disaster at the polls, it is then that they prove the most dangerous — as we shall see over the next few months.