Promise The Moon
Promise The Moon by Jeff Thomas for International Man
In the 2018 US general election, a spate of liberal candidates appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, each making dramatic promises for a more collectivist US.
Until the 2016 election, the US hadn’t seen many openly collectivist candidates since before World War II, but since the campaign that gave rise to avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialist candidates have appeared in abundance and have become “the other democrats.” They’re not only plentiful, but unapologetic in their socialist stance.
But why should this be? And, more importantly, where will it lead?
Collectivism Is the Primary Choice of the Political Class
The State always works in its own favour. The political class will always seek out greater power and wealth for themselves. Although the electorate may see politicians as elected representatives, politicians rarely see themselves in this light. They regard themselves as the keepers of the cookie jar and it’s a rare keeper indeed who doesn’t (eventually) decide to start taking cookies for himself, without the approval of the electorate. Collectivism maximizes the opportunities for raiding the cookie jar, since it places the State in charge of commerce and the holding of wealth.
Whether the State calls itself capitalist, socialist, communist or fascist, its aim will be collectivist – central control of commerce and wealth by the State.
In Prosperous Times, Collectivism Is Unlikely to Be Popular
Collectivism was first introduced in a significant way in the US by the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. It had gotten pretty far along, when it was interrupted by World War II. But then, in the post-war years, the US was in the economic catbird seat. Having supplied most of the armaments for the Allies in the early war years and insisting that they be paid in gold, by war’s end, the US held 76% of the world’s gold and could dictate trade to the rest of the world.
Accordingly, the 1950s ushered in a period of unusual prosperity. Americans responded by enjoying the last peak of capitalism in their country, one in which even the most liberal politicians were unable to sell the idea of collectivist largesse on an electorate that was already doing quite well without the promise of free stuff.
After the pinnacle year of 1959, as the boom times tapered off, liberal political wannabes again promoted collectivist concepts, and under Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” tax-hungry programmes such as Medicare and Medicaid flourished and began the renewed conversion to a collectivist America.
During Systemic Decline, Collectivism Will Always Rise in Popularity
The longer a country has existed and the more complex its government, the more likely it’ll be that the taking of cookies will become systemic and the level of purloinment will become both universal amongst all parties and irreversible. The US is well past this point and there will be no return to the “founder’s values,” no matter how much wishful thinking may exist amongst the electorate.