There are Marxists in America who are undoubtedly quietly cheering an unholy convocation of destructive forces. We are experiencing an infantilization of young adults, a decline in religiosity, and an expansion of federal involvement in all areas of society topped off with the worst economic “recovery” in the history of recoveries. This unholy alliance of societal discord seems a perfect overlay of the communist sonnet of violent revolution. As Bill Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” In this staging, the players are a helpless underclass, a corrupt class of rich, fat-cat capitalist banksters, “income inequality” and a lack of “social justice”. In their minds, this is a perfect scenario for the final defeat of the capitalist American hegemony and the glorious global triumph of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Maybe – but then maybe not.
There is no argument about the decline in religiosity, that the federal government continues to grow and consolidate power and that our economy is experiencing a “recovery” that for many, does not qualify as one – these are all matters of polling and statistical reality. What can only be predicted is the impact on society that the infantilizing of adults will have.
Obama’s policy strategies are the equivalent of scorched earth – if he can’t have it the way he wants it, nobody will have it. If economic growth can’t come as a result of “green technology”, then ye shall have no economic growth. Some people, and I include myself in that camp, think that the targeted economic neglect is actually part of his policy – since the segments of the economy that have been proven in the past to generate significant and immediate economic growth are those disliked by Democrats (fossil fuels being chief among these), instead of supporting them, they attack them through regulation or simply ignore them.
Perhaps it is in response to the total inability of the Obama administration to get any aspect of the economy moving that they attempt to create a “new normal” where humans can be considered “pre-adults” until they are 26. I was that age in 1985 – I had been married for 4 years and my wife and I had a newborn. We were both degreed, had good jobs, two cars, a home and a mortgage. My grandparents were married and in 1911, had the first of their six children – when my grandmother was 18.
This infantilization of the young adults will undoubtedly have another effect on the economy. As parents provide financial assistance to these adult children, they will start to delay contributions to their own retirement and as they retire, will drain their own retirement assets.
All of this seems to spell nothing but doom.
I was thinking about the life my grandparents had raising kids during the Depression with no Obamacare, no Social Security, no food stamps, unemployment insurance or disability when Ralph Waite’s death this past week tripped a trigger in my head. Waite continued to work in TV but he was probably the most famous for portraying John Walton, Sr., the patriarch on the long running series, “The Waltons”, a series set against a Depression era backdrop.
People often wonder why Americans aren’t out in the streets about these things like they are in the Ukraine and in Venezuela – but that isn’t our culture. We tend to internalize first, turn to our families next and then to churches and God before the protests start. The last major movement to be successful in cultural change, the civil rights movement, followed this same path.
It is possible that the revolutionary Marxist process Obama is pursuing will have an opposite effect to what is intended.
It is possible that the stress placed on society by Obama and his “transformation” could well lead to a similar process to what we saw in the Depression era, a “Waltonization” of our culture. We could well see a resurgence in the “family” – extended families living in the same household as a matter of economic necessity, a return to religion and God as people realize that man and his government does not have all the answers. If we do see these changes, then we will begin to see the same civil unrest and organized efforts for change as were evidenced during the civil rights era.
Americans of the Depression era supported the “progressive” policies of the Democrats and FDR because they were promised that those policies would forever prevent such an economic cataclysm from occurring again – that we are living in a period that is the same in all but name is proof that FDR was wrong. Modern “progressives” have more tools to hide disaster than FDR had but the people feel it. They know the truth.
The Democrat’s attempts to “fundamentally transform” America may well work – just not in the way they intended.
Good night, John Boy.