If only the exact and parallel analogy between the USA and our Latino threat and that of the State of Israel and their Arab threat were made clear the rising numbers of Americans proudly criticizing Israel might STFU.
There are two nations under sustained attack by an alliance of Pre-Modernists and Post-Modernists. In other words, PRE-moderns and POST-moderns are out to destroy two nations, the USA and the State of Israel.
Let us define the Modern Age before we look at its enemies. The Modern Age accounts for a tiny sliver of world history. One of the few new things under the sun is the Middle Class. The Middle Class is not merely defined by income levels. In reality it is not the middle rank between the Wealthy and the Poor. We here in America are prone to make this error.
Americans are all Middle Class!
Because we lack a history of feudalism we no more notice this fact than a fish notices the water. To understand the Middle Class we must recognize its exceptional nature.
Before the early fifteenth century (an instant ago in the long view) there were only Princes, Priests and Peasants.
The Princes were the descendents of the chiefs of the last barbarian migration into a given area. They owned almost all the tillable land. Agriculture was by far the predominant means of wealth production. Peasants or serfs worked the landlords’ lands and in return were allowed to work a certain area for themselves.
At the time the Church was the second largest landholder in Europe. The Priests acted in the same manner as the Princes in regard to their lands.
Priests and Princes also taxed the Peasants. The Prince not only made use of the Serf’s free labor he taxed his produce. He taxed his movement of his surplus to market. However there were rarely surpluses to sell or trade.
The Priests were given their tithes, and their fees for the sacraments, and of course the labor of their serfs.
The lack of significant surpluses caused the stagnation of Europe called now, “The Dark Age”.
Two forces converged around this time in Europe that started a five hundred year boom. Not surprisingly, the first is rarely thought of as a positive. That was the Black Death. In its aftermath Europe had lost more than one third of its population. Suddenly as the survivors inherited the land that had formerly fed so many more that with little effort there were now food surpluses. With surpluses available, trade increased. A surplus of beans and wheat for instance might be swapped for the surplus of another region’s wine and cotton. Money quickly rose in importance to facilitate trade. Clever traders were able to gather information regarding differential in prices for differing commodities and could apply that knowledge to buy low and sell high. However this occupation required self-control. The temptation to consume one’s own inventory especially of luxury items like wine was a risk. The complex prices throughout the trader’s networks required the maintenance of records and bookkeeping.
The second force was the invention of movable type, i.e. the Gutenberg press. Reading, previously restricted to the Priestly and Princely classes expanded.
The knowledge base of many trades grew. Just as traders acquired greater and greater financial acumen and information, so too did blacksmiths, printers, lawyers and physicians. And like the traders, these shopkeepers or professionals depended upon a clientele that had options, or competition. Unlike Priests and Princes these folks needed to be very protective of their good name. The requirement to forgo consuming one’s inventory, seen clearly in merchants is also active in other occupations.
As printing became common and less expensive, literacy soared. It soared especially in these new men, and their families. These shop-keeps, merchants, bankers, doctors, lawyers, dyers, bakers, pharmacists, goldsmiths all were empowered by literacy. Their Bibles were translated into their vernacular languages. They no longer depended upon Priests to teach them what the Bible said. They did not depend upon agriculture to create their wealth; the Princes had no claim to their surpluses. These were the first Bourgeois. This word, spat out by revolutionaries “Bourgeois”, merely arises from the fact that the early Middle Class was a creature of the cities and towns. (It is derived from the same “Burg” that is a suffix in the name of many towns, it means “town”.)
The successful Middle Class entrepreneurs developed all the traits we identify with the “Protestant work ethic”. It is an unfortunate name, which would be better termed the Middle Class Ethic. The traits can be listed as: thrift, sobriety, seriousness, honesty and responsibility. It valued reading and education, and frowned upon the Princely excesses of horseracing, the hunt, gambling, drinking and sexual promiscuity.
The Nobility was disgusted to discover that some Middle Class men had more wealth than they. And even more furious were they to have to come hat-in-hand for loans to maintain their lifestyle and wars.
The Priests also felt anger against these upstarts. Reading the Bible their parishioners were struck by how overly complicated and corrupted the Churches had become.
The Protestant Reformation was both cause and effect of these trends. There developed simmering battle lines in Britain. There were two poles and many shades in between. For the sake of length the two poles were Cavalier and Roundhead. The former were the Old Guard. One may picture the England of jousts, fox hunts, horse races, Maypoles, Christmas revelry and much debauchery, i.e. Merry Old England. The “Roundheads” were the “nouveau riche”. They were the capitalists with the Middle Class Ethic described above.
Here is a key point. As British society was more and more polarized the peasants were co-opted to the Cavalier side. The High Church, with its “Smells & Bells” and retention of traditions derived from the folk paganism of the remote past, kept the loyalty of the Peasantry. The Princes and Priests used the masses to attack the Middle Class.
This is important in the peopling of America. For the moment it should be considered that Jamestown was never a healthy growth center of America. The original Jamestown immigrants were far more connected to the late medieval period than to this budding new world. Their portraits and fashions seem more similar to Spanish Conquistadors. And their demographics were the same: namely second or third sons of noble families in search of gold and treasure. They hoped to return to Merry Old England with wealth. Also significant was the near absence of women, since there was zero interest in establishing a new life in this New World.
Therefore, though Jamestown has primacy of place, it is truly to Plymouth Rock that one looks for the true founding of America. Some Puritans decided that Merry Old England was beyond purifying. These became the Pilgrims. Everything the Jamestown settlers were, the Pilgrims were the opposite. These were families coming to the New World to establish a new life devoid of Princes, Priests and Peasants. They were highly literate. They were students of Hebrew and the Old Testament. They likened themselves concretely not even analogously to the Israelites coming into their Promised Land.
The British Civil War finally went hot. The upshot is that the Puritans/ Roundheads won. King Charles lost his head and for a brief period England was a Republic! It was then like a heart pumping out this time Cavaliers. Refugees of Merry Old England however now with their wives and children sought refuge in the New World. This second wave of immigration into Tidewater Virginia was a true migration and not a profit seeking enterprise. The ancestors of Washington, Madison, Jefferson etc were among its number. Their society developed to resemble Merry Old England rather than New England. Nevertheless once here in America, titles, or names meant nothing. Nature is always a meritocracy. So even if originally these Virginians were Cavalier, necessity molded them into a less aristocratic society than that from which they came.
America was founded by men without titles, without any pre-existing social order. These were all Middle Class.
The only exception to the pure Middle Class nature of America was in the antebellum South. It required a second Civil War between the middle class/capitalist north, and the aristocratic slave-labor exploiters of the south.
WE ARE OF THE MODERN AGE. Rule of law, formal Constitutions, liberty, property rights are the attributes of the Modern Age.
THEY HAVE NEVER FORGIVEN US OUR INDEPENDENCE. America the only nation created consciously by for and of the Middle Class has been a thorn in the side of the Old World since independence.
The Modern Age is under assault.
There is an alliance of Pre-Moderns and Post-Moderns.
Who are Pre-Moderns? In regard to America there are three Pre-Modern groups of concern.
1. There is a growing anti-Capitalist movement within the Tea Party that is populist. However this is tiny and unimportant compared to the Leftist anti-capitalist movement. (It is unimportant in regard to American politics, only. See below.) American Pre-modernism has regressed to the tribal-level of organization. These folks are the Jew-hating, “brave fighters” against the “Global Zionist-Conspiracy”.
2. The Hispanic Peasantry is being imported in order for the Elites to use them against the Middle Class. These folks are illiterate, used to corruption, ignorant of the rule of law and hungry. They will be used as shock troops and voters.
- Why are we allowing Muslims to immigrate here in their millions? I know I was not asked. Like the Latin culture, Muslim values are alien to America. We share no common philosophical, or cultural heritage with either of these groups. The oppression of women, their chronic state of war against all non-Muslims places them in a Pre-Modern turdworld.
These are the academic elite. They are politicized to the point of totalitarianism. They have taken on the role of the Priests and Princes of Europe’s middle ages. They correctly understand that the key to the Middle Class is our access to the ownership of our own means of production. They have moved in myriad ways but one goal is always discernable. Like guns only more so, they see allowing the production of wealth to be in the hands of private citizens as giving us too much power. They do not want to make the same mistake that the Princes and Priests made viz. the Middle Class. Recall, the Middle Class emerged by creating its own means of wealth production INDEPENDENT of the landowners. They mean to destroy those people who created this nation and who benefited it, and were benefitted by it. “Who are you to own the goose that lays golden eggs?” They do not even want the goose. They just don’t want anyone having golden eggs.
The Marxists, the Climate Thugs, the enablers of the Hispanic Migration, the people who seem to be deliberately destroying America, are indeed acting to destroy us! We ARE the Modern Age.
Parallels between the State of Israel and the USA:
Both nations are treated as enemies of the World Community. Only the US has the ability to return to a Fortress America and lack for nothing except perhaps excess luxury.
The lesson learned by the failure of the USSR is that no single nation can become Communist so long as large areas of private property exist. Capital like water cannot be stopped from finding its outlet to the sea. So long as America remains free, our economy alone can hold as much capital as escapes from a socialist world. The USA must cease being Free, or cease being independent. Both avenues are being pursued.
Both nations face restive pre-modern peoples at their borders and within their territory.
In both cases the primitives argue, “they did not cross the border, the border crossed them”.
Yes the USA conquered northern Mexico in the Mexican War.
Yes the Israelis conquered the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria in the Six Day War of 1967.
But what was the demographic reality at the time back in the time of Texas settlement by Americans, and of the region of the Middle East between the “river and the sea”?
In both cases the land was nearly empty. The Hispanic ideal has always been urban. The descendents of Conquistadors were satisfied with the wealth created by their serfs in the Central Valley. Ferocious Indians populated the north of the country. At this time the Indians had gained control of horses and these horse-warriors were able to stand up to most Mexican troops. The few Mexicans that settled in the north, in California, New Mexico and Arizona were atypical. Even today in northern Mexico the locals are considered fiercely independent. Just recently armed Mexican ranchers threw out all the criminal cartels operating in their region. These few hearty Mexicans ran isolated ranches in what is now the US Southwest. The Mexican Government forced all commerce to use only ports under more control of Mexico City: Vera Cruz, Tampico etc.
As Americans began entering Tejas, the Mexican central government was glad to have a new tax base. But as they increased in numbers they were less willing to be ruled from distant Mexico City. There began an independence movement of Anglos AND Mexicans of El Norte. There were several Mexicans killed in the Alamo! The Mexican People of El Norte were far more similar to Anglos than they were to ruling class in their Distrito Federal.
After the Mexican War the several states carved out of the Mexican north began to attract Anglos. Modern agricultural techniques brought more settlers. Dam projects created verdant valleys of irrigated orchards fruits vegetables of all kinds. This economic boom attracted impoverished Mexicans from the south. These were NOT the descendents of the original Mexican population of El Norte.
The advent of electricity and air conditioning allowed for the massive surge in population of cities like LA, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, San Antonia etc etc. This again attracted uneducated labor from Mexico. So many that today many make the La Raza claim that “we did not cross the border, the border crossed us”. That is a lie.
Compare this to Israel and the Arabs. There is an exact analogy between that situation and America’s!
Mark Twain wrote of the dusty backwater of the Ottoman Empire that was Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Jews from Europe began to trickle back in the 19th century equipped with modern farming techniques, and the middle class work ethic. Where a few impoverished Jews and Arabs stagnated for a millennium, a modern wealthy nation was built. They created drainage systems to create cropland in former swamps. They dug irrigation systems to make green the formerly brown desert. They created an economy that attracted Arab laborers, much as the development of the American Southwest attracted Hispanics. No, the Arabs did not build it. No, the border did not cross them: they crossed it.
American patriots who criticize Israeli policies should reflect on the deep similarities between our modern national histories.