Monthly Archives: May 2021

The Persistence of Herrenvolk Democracy: You Bet It’s about Race

Wikipedia helpfully informs us that

Herrenvolk democracy is a system of government in which only the majority ethnic group participates in government, while minority groups are disenfranchised. … This elitist form of government is typically employed by the majority group as a way to maintain control and power within the system, and typically coincides with the false pretense of egalitarianism. There is a prevailing view that as people of the majority gain freedomliberty, and egalitarian principles are advanced, the minority is repressed and prevented from being involved in the government.

We read endlessly of the 75 percent or so of people who call themselves Republicans and who have turned their back on democracy.

This is fundamentally wrong. These folks have not changed at all in their views about democracy. Not for the last century. Not for the last two centuries.

What they have always wanted is a herrenvolk democracy. Until very recently, they have had a herrenvolk democracy. And now their herrenvolk democracy is slipping away.

And a violent, insurrectionist reaction is historically inevitable. Historically inevitable, even if Donald J. Trump had perished in his crib.

The Line in the Sand

In his first inaugural address, George Wallace drew a line in the sand and threw down his gauntlet against the forces of tyranny. “Tyranny” meaning the legal requirement to treat Black people equally.

Today, we are once again drawing a line in the sand. And—given the historical inevitability described above—drawing a line in the sand is a very, very good thing. It’s the best thing that could happen, under the circumstances.

On one side of the line: everyone willing to share our country with all its citizens. The folks who–when push comes to shove, and push has by God come to shave–cast their lot with real democracy, not herrenvolk democracy. 

On the other side of the line: everyone willing to revolt to try to preserve herrenvolk democracy, or at least to hold the coats of the insurrectionists.

Thankfully, They’re Drawing it for Us

Our side would need to be about drawing that line in the sand.

Except that the other side is doing that for us, so we don’t have to.

Today’s developments in Texas are a nice step forward.

 

 

Satan Freezes as Snowstorm Rages Through Hell

Pretty Much Always in Error, Pretty Much Never in Doubt

It is apparently a cold day down in hell, because I am recommending this piece from smarmy, mostly incorrect, Bill Kristol:

William Kristol, Towards A Real Democratic Majority: Three theses in search of political entrepreneurship.

The piece is short, and I’ll let you read Kristol’s three theses for yourself, if you wish. The gist is that the Republican Party is irretrievably authoritarian, and there is no reasonable prospect for a centrist third party.

Accordingly, to save democracy, and for other good reasons as well, the Democratic Party needs to expand its tent to let in anti-Trump former Republicans, even if they will object to many aspects of the progressive agenda.

For a season, there needs to be one-party government—with room for a variety of views within the one party.

The party of democracy, not the party of autocracy.

 

Trumped Republicans, Indeed

A few days ago, talking head Jim VandeHei of Axios made a point on the Teevee that I hadn’t focused on before. His point related to the contrasting strategies and perceptions of House Republican leadership and Senate Republican leadership. Over in the House, he allowed, the leadership and the majority of the members have decided to exalt Trump and let him lead them to victory in 2022. But over in the Senate, they just hope desperately that Trump will go away and they can go back to blabbing about the Democrats and their Marxist agenda. As far as I can tell, VandeHei is right in his diagnosis of Republican thinking.

I also call your attention to Jennifer Rubin’s thoughts on todays Ipsos poll.

Here are my thoughts.

One. We should begin by adding a few points to the Trumpy side of things, because we are now confident that Trumpy folks are less likely to talk to pollsters than non-Trumpy folks.

Second. The poll claims to show that 55 percent of all Americans think the election was fair, while 25 percent think it was rigged. 55 and 25 add to 80. So, that would mean that 20 percent of the country is out to lunch. Sounds about right to me.

Third. It isn’t surprising that, if 56 percent of Republicans think that the election results came from “illegal voting and election rigging,” then 53 percent would also believe Trump is “the True President.”

But, if only 25 percent of Republicans say the election was fair, then why do 47 percent of them say that Biden is the True President? Maybe a lot of them are just confused, or maybe a lot of them are just pulling our legs—a possibility which Ms. Rubin emphasizes. Or maybe a lot of them have bought into the voter fraud claims but are unwilling to abandon the processes of the constitutional republic that led to Biden’s inauguration—the voter certifications in the various states, the court challenges, etc.  

Four. The House Republicans want to exalt Trump, which means that the 2022 election will be a referendum on whether our constitutional republic will endure.

The Senate Republicans want Trump to go away. But Trump will not go away, nor will he cease and desist from the Big Lie, or from urging the overthrow of the Republic. The Senate Republicans would like to make the 2022 election something other than a referendum on whether the constitutional republic will endure. But they will not succeed.

And a related point: in 2022 Trump authoritarians like asshole Jody Hice will be trying to take over the machinery of election watching, so that can throw away Democratic votes.

And in some places, Trump authoritarians will have control of voting machinery at the county level, and we pretty much know what they will do.

Five. Yes, yes, yes. Overall, Republican attitudes and delusions as shown in the polls are a terrible, very bad, no good thing.

Six. But, from what we know today, we can predict that a clear choice to overturn or not to overturn the constitutional republic will engender a major internal struggle within the Republican base.