We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Excellent article. I had to think of the French sociologist, lay theologian, social critic Jacques Ellul who points out that once we create the state we assume it is normative. Then the state creates and we have to adapt. "Once the state is set up and becomes dominant, it is thought without any doubt or embarrassment that a kind of natural law has led to it, that it is in effect a normal reality. The specific historical formation that the state governs is always naturalized, and citizens all believe that the state hat they live is is natural." He goes on the explain "Work alone is not what singles out human beings. They are marked by their inventiveness, their creativity, but also by the fact that they have to adapt to their own creation." This is from his book What I Believe
The center may hold in France but it is unlikely to hold for long. The long and agonized rearguard effort to explain away the challenge posed by Brexit, Trumpism and now France as just the result of yahoos hearing themselves hog calling have been one futile exercise in self delusion. There's a hole in the bottom of the Titanic and the water has reached F Deck and now gurgling up the staircase. It's time for the passengers in first class to seriously consider they may actually actually drown before the night is out. Sneering comedy skits on the Daily Show, Full Frontal, and Last Week Tonight won't cut it any more.
The surge in support for ultra-leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon to 19% in the French presidential polls -- from just 11.4% on March 13 -- shows how dangerous the French political situation has become.
But France is different. Many American conservatives are cheering for Le Pen. So are some elements of the French Establishment, who see the National Front leader as the country's last hope to stop the creeping tide of Islam.
But if Le Pen is elected, I guarantee that her American admirers are not going to like the outcome.
Ah, the pajama-wearers to the rescue, intentionally missing that Le Pen isn't a political candidate but a cultural one. But the PJM laddies have pages to vend and the old-school left-vs-right divide their stultified readership crave will vend them yet for some time.
But if PJM is the standard, I guarantee that their American partisans are not going to like the outcome.