I had a phone call this morning, A recorded pseudo-voice told me: “Your internet access will be terminated today. To fix the problem, please press 1.” And I hung up. So if I don’t manage to publish this post, you’ll know why. Or rather, you won’t know why.
This is what life is like these days. Whenever the phone rings, it’s somebody trying to get me to do something with my computer, or trying to sell me a few cases of Fine Wine. It’s almost become pointless to answer the phone at all.
I’m not the only one. A lot of conservative websites seem to be being closed down (not that I’ll ever be a conservative). I was reading yesterday that Paul Joseph Watson had all his videos deleted by YouTube (although there seem to be a lot of them still there). Alex Jones’ Infowars is another website threatened with extinction (according to him), but always seems to be still there. Michael Savage, who is banned from visiting Britain, says that he’s under attack as well, but he’s still there too. And Google and Amazon and Facebook and Twitter all seem to be torn with internal dissent, although they’re all still there too. And the Mueller investigation has got Paul Manafort, Trump’s one-time campaign manager, behind bars. And his lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well. It’s all gone crazy.
Yesterday I read something that I found deeply alarming, and rather chilling. I don’t know exactly where I read it, but I think I saw it on some video, and I’ll try to find the link [this one, 39 minutes in]. Here it is:
John Brennan is an ex-director of the CIA. He’s one of America’s top spooks. Assuming that this is a genuine tweet by him, in response to Donald Trump, he’s telling his allies and friends around the world that Trump is a temporary aberration, and normal service will be resumed (when Trump is removed).
I don’t think I’ve ever seen better evidence for what many people are describing as a civil war that’s going on in the USA. And it’s one that’s Spy Vs. Spy (just like in Mad magazine). It’s a war between one bunch of US spooks and another bunch of US spooks, with helpful contributions from British spooks and Russian spooks as well.
And nobody knows who’s on whose side. In the link above, Michael Savage is telling Trump that his new lawyer, ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, is working for the other side.
About the only thing that’s clear about this internecine conflict is that neither side has a decisive advantage. They’re both about equally powerful. For if Trump had a decisive advantage, we’d be seeing the likes of Brennan and Mueller being arrested. And if Brennan and Mueller had a decisive advantage, we’d be seeing Trump removed from office. And we’re seeing neither. So the civil war is still being fought.
It’s a conflict that broke out when the wrong guy won the last presidential election, and half of America has never been able to accept that fact (including John Brennan above).
And it’s a conflict between globalists and localists/patriots/nationalists, or between progressives and conservatives. I sometimes wonder if it’s simply a conflict between idealistic, progressive, pot smokers and realistic, conservative, tobacco smokers. For the globalists are out to remake the whole world in every possible way, abolishing borders, abolishing nations, abolishing ethnic and sexual identities, abolishing almost everything. And as far as I can see, most of the world’s political class are revolutionary globalists. The EU is a globalist political entity in which borders and nations have been being abolished, and millions of African migrants shipped in to shatter European national identities. And more or less the entire EU political class consists of idealistic globalists.
But most ordinary people everywhere are realists and conservatives. Most Americans are conservatives. And most Britons. And most people in any nation you care to mention. Or most adults. Because idealism is a largely youthful mental disorder. The idealists are all dreamers. And dreams bear little relation to reality.
I used to be rather idealistic when I was about 20. But it wore off after the age of about 30. And I’ve become more and more of a realist the older I’ve got. I’m interested not so much in how life could be, but how life actually is. I want to understand the world, not change it. I don’t see how anyone can change the world if they don’t understand it. I don’t see how anyone can fix a broken engine if they don’t know how engines work. And I increasingly think that us humans hardly know anything about anything. Not just in psychology or sociology or politics or economics or ethics, but also in physics and chemistry and mathematics as well. We think we know everything, when actually we know next to nothing. We think we’re Masters of the Universe, when actually we’re its slaves.
I’m no utopian. I have no plans for anyone. And I don’t want anyone having plans for me. Because whatever their plans for me might be, I don’t think they’re ever going to work. That’s the trouble with idealism: it never works. It always gets shipwrecked on reality, because it’s always trying to achieve the impossible.
Anyway, the global civil war that’s currently being fought out seems to be between dreamy idealists in search of an utopian ideal world, and hard-nosed realists who are trying to conserve an imperfect existing order. And I’m on the side of the realists. And John Brennan seems to be on the side of the idealists. If nothing else, he mentions American ideals in his tweet.