Smoking bans are very pushy. Browbeating antismoking messages on tobacco packs are also very pushy. Public Health is pushy.
Political correctness is very pushy, Environmentalists are pushy. Global warming alarmists are pushy. Greenpeace is pushy. Plastic straw bans are pushy. Plastic bag bans are pushy.
The European Union is pushy. Mass migration is pushy.
The “progressive” left is pushy. They’re always pushing for the utopia that’s always just one last push away.
And they all get pushier and pushier, They get pushier when there’s no pushback, and they start to think that all they have to do to get their way is push harder and harder.
But the harder they push, the more they ensure pushback.
And there’s always pushback. Pushback starts with the first push. Those bullied and browbeaten smokers who nevertheless carry on smoking are pushing back in a small way. Simply lighting a single cigarette is pushing back in a tiny way. It’s a small act of defiance.
Pouring yourself a whisky is also a small act of defiance in the face of mounting prohibitionism. Eating a chocolate chip cookie is a small act of defiance in the face of diet fascism. Eating another one is a further act of defiance.
People get sick of being pushed around. In Europe people are getting sick of being pushed around by arrogant, pushy, EU bureaucrats and by an arrogant, pushy, European political class, particularly when they’re all getting pushier and pushier. They push back.
And all the pushes and shoves add up. In sum they induce a pushback against almost everything pushy.
Brexit was pushback. The election of Donald Trump was pushback: he’s a pushback president, a counterpunching president who invites attack so that he can hit back (he’d lose if people stopped attacking him), speaking for millions of people who are sick and tired of being pushed around.
The rise of nationalism (if that is the right word for it) all over Europe is pushback by people who are tired of being pushed around. If the strongest pushback is coming from Eastern Europe, it’s because people there spent their whole lives being pushed around by arrogant, pushy, communist regimes, in ways that Western Europeans didn’t. And in Eastern Europe the people know that pushback succeeds. They pushed back successfully against arrogant, pushy, communist regimes, and now they’re pushing back against an arrogant, pushy, European political class. The fate of the EU will likely be the same fate as that of the old communist regimes in Eastern Europe, as support for it gradually dissolves as it becomes ever more pushy.
Even the Swedes are beginning to push back.
All that’s needed to bring pushback is lots of pushy people. And these days there are lots of pushy people everywhere. Antifa is a pushy bunch of people, who go around beating up people who disagree with them. Beating people up is extreme pushiness. And whenever people see such pushiness, they push back. In this respect Antifa are their own worst enemies. And so are all those celebrities who call for the assassination of Donald Trump, because assassination is even pushier than beating. Every time they call for him to be murdered or toppled or impeached, they ensure that a few more people will vote for him.
There are midterm elections coming up in the USA. And arrogant, pushy, Democrat politicians are expecting to win seats in a Blue Wave. But I’m hoping that the American people’s pushback (which is part of a mounting global pushback against globalist pushiness) will instead deliver a Red Wave of new Republican seats. For the response of pushy Democrats seems to be one of getting even pushier and more radical and progressive, and so generating yet more pushback.
We’re seeing a slowly mounting pushback against pushiness of every kind. It ceases to be a pushback against particular forms of pushiness, and becomes a pushback against all forms of pushiness. So when sugar gets banned from restaurant tables (a form of pushiness) you go and vote to leave the EU (another form of pushiness). You react to one form of pushiness by pushing back at another form of pushiness.
And as the pushback gets stronger and stronger, eventually it will overcome the pushers. But because pushback is simply the mirror image of push, then if the pushback becomes too strong, people will start getting as sick of pushback as they were of push.