I was exploring yesterday the idea that there was a government culture, a mainstream media culture, a medical culture, and in fact a culture or subculture inside every institution or company. And these subcultures were always changing. As new individual people with their own values and beliefs joined them, or people left them, the cultural balance was always subtly changing. I mentioned my own tiny influence, exerted for less than a year, on the internal subculture of Westminster City Council, as I quite consciously and deliberately subverted its dress codes.
I was also noting what seemed to have been a change in government culture from being reactive to being proactive. More and more, governments are not merely reacting to events, but driving events themselves. If in democracies the people command the government, recently we’ve moved much more towards a condition where the government commands the people. We have governments actively pursuing a whole range of different agendas – antismoking, anti-alcohol, anti-obesity, environmental, climate change, EU, and so on.
It’s almost as if – if you’re someone with some political agenda – you no longer bother to create a political party or movement which will attract votes, but you instead become a government employee, and use your small influence within government to change its internal culture – much in the way I did within Westminster City Council. Only you’re not trying to change dress codes, but attitudes to tobacco, alcohol, obesity, climate change, religion, and even the entire ethos of government. And once you’re inside government, you can then hire new employees who share your own values and beliefs, and thereby continue to change the culture of government, perhaps over a period of many decades.
And I increasingly believe that something like this is what has actually happened, in some cases deliberately, and in other cases quite naturally. And the net effect is that the government – and the mainstream media, and medical profession, and any other profession you care to mention – have all gradually changed into being entities quite different from what they were 20 or 30 or 40 years ago, and have become in some cases the polar opposite of what they once were. And if I were, perchance, to somehow become an employee of Westminster City Council in 2017, I would find it had a completely different culture from its culture in 1970, even though it probably still occupies the same building.
And the new culture of government seems to be: The people don’t tell us what to do – we tell them. And so the various federal or state bodies governing HUD residences in NYC have decided that smoking should be banned within them. What the people living in them might want is irrelevant – government knows best.
Nothing exemplified this attitude better than Angela Merkel’s decision to invite a million Syrian migrant/refugees to Germany. There was no consultation of the German people. She made the decision herself. Or she made the decision from within the norms of the reigning culture inside the government of which she was head. She knew best what was good for Germany, and a million refugees was just the ticket. Although from my point of view, it looked like one of the most destructive – even vandalistic – things she could have possibly done to Germany.
It’s as if we all now endure the government of vandals, who are intent upon destroying every cultural institution they can. Everything is under attack. The sovereign nation state is under attack. Christianity is under attack. Industry is under attack. White people are under attack. Males are under attack. Marriage is under attack. Language is under attack. Tobacco and alcohol are under attack. There is a full scale assault under way against every cultural norm or value. And in almost every case it is being conducted with the support and encouragement and financing of one supra-governmental or governmental or state-funded body or other.
We now have governments versus the people, rather than governments representing the people.
And when the people get the chance, as they occasionally do, to exert democratic force upon government, it is increasingly to counter or negate the actions of government. And so the Brexit vote in the UK. And the election of Donald Trump in the USA in the face of a media hurricane of abuse. And quite likely the failure of the Italian referendum, and the election of a far-right Austrian government later today. Everywhere people are turning against governments that no longer even pretend to represent the people, but who wish to destroy or replace or otherwise nullify the people. We have, throughout the Western world, almost a state of civil war between government and people.
In the USA, president-elect Donald Trump now has the opportunity to start to change the culture of government. He’s already rumoured to have sweeping change in mind for the environmentally-activist EPA and NASA. He could suppress the cultures that have grown up inside these government-funded institutions. Whether he actually will or not remains to be seen.
But everywhere people are waking up to the discovery that government is not their friend, but instead their enemy, and now consists of an army of vandals devoted to the complete destruction of everything they hold dear, whether it be the country of their birth, the plate of pizza on their table, or the cigarette between their lips.