Deep State Dumps Liz Truss
Good thing or bad thing? Doesn´t matter
Where do we stand after the Brit deep state managed to dump Prime MinisterLiz Truss?
My basic line is that we are in The Autumn of the Educated Class (that’s a highly sophisticated riff off The Autumn of the Middle Ages by the Dutch Johann Huizinga). The rule of the educated class, in turn-of-20th-century progressivism, in communism, in welfare state socialism, in Great Society liberalism, in The Best and the Brightest, in top-down administration, in activism-led politics, in business regulation, in climate-change elitism, as been an unjust oppression.
Probably the rule of the educated class will be followed by the Age of the Commoner. That’s what I hope and advocate. And the best reason for that is that Commoners, the folk of the ordinary middle class, are not that interested in power. What a concept!
The educated ruling class obviously does not like the chill of autumn. Nor, I am sure, were the scions of the feudal elite, the dukes and counts of the Middle Ages of which we’ve heard tell. And it is natural for them to spray the leaders of the emerging Great Rebellion of Commoners as fascists like climate activists spraying paintings in national museums. Of course they do: they are the world’s foremost experts in the application of pejoratives.
In Britain, I would say, the Conservative Party is in the same position as the pre-Trump Republican Party. Everyone knows that the Tory Party is the party of “toffs” just as the old GOP was the party of the country club. Never mind if it was or is true.
Britain had a Commoner moment with Nigel Farage and his anti-EU UKIP Party. The Tories stole his issue and “got Brexit done.” But Boris Johnson was hardly the man to lead Britain into a Commoner era. Nor was Liz Truss. It has to be done honestly and fairly with either a reformed Conservative Party running for election on a populist platform or a rebirth of Farage’s populist nationalist party.
In the United States, you can see that Bismarck was right about God having “a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.” Because we got our Trump straight up, out of a clear blue sky, and the educated class opposition against him has done nothing but make a fool of itself with Russia Russia, the 2020 steal, and the utter chaos of the Biden administration and now the weaponization of the justice system against Republicans and pro-lifers. And it looks like we already have Trump backups in DeSantis and Kari Lake. (Really, how astonishing is that?)
But will the populist nationalist Age of the Commoner make any difference? I’d say that in order to make “real change” the leaders of the Commoner Age need to figure out how to transform the gubmint welfare state into a Commoner welfare culture. The new way would replace the way in which we look after each other from the force of government programs to the give-and-take and the generosity of ordinary people helping each other. Is that possible? I don’t know, but it would have to deal with the great social fact that “women expect to be protected.”
So the great hurdle for the leaders of the Commoner Age is going to be persuading women that the welfare state does not protect them, not as well as husbands and fathers. But for that to happen, I predict, things will have to get worse for women on the protection front.
Meanwhile the Brits have dumped only the second woman to become Prime Minister. How could they, the sexists?