I predicted this.
In the last podcast that I did with Richard Spencer before the 2020 election, I predicted that Trump would lose the 2020 election. I also said that the next rightwing backlash movement that would follow MAGA would be a more violent version of the Patriot movement that would dwarf what happened in the 1990s under Bill Clinton. I even said that the grifters would latch on to the next wave in an attempt to remain relevant after Trump. We even speculated about the future of Baked Alaska.
It was clear that this was coming last year. We discussed the polls that showed that Republican support for political violence was rising and had overtaken Democratic support for political violence. I was bullish on violence and said that I expected large scale civil conflict before 2025. We spent much of last summer discussing Peter Turchin’s work on historical cycles and how they resolve themselves.
“Peter Turchin, one of the world’s experts on pine beetles and possibly also on human beings, met me reluctantly this summer on the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he teaches. Like many people during the pandemic, he preferred to limit his human contact. He also doubted whether human contact would have much value anyway, when his mathematical models could already tell me everything I needed to know. …
The fate of our own society, he says, is not going to be pretty, at least in the near term. “It’s too late,” he told me as we passed Mirror Lake, which UConn’s website describes as a favorite place for students to “read, relax, or ride on the wooden swing.” The problems are deep and structural—not the type that the tedious process of democratic change can fix in time to forestall mayhem. Turchin likens America to a huge ship headed directly for an iceberg: “If you have a discussion among the crew about which way to turn, you will not turn in time, and you hit the iceberg directly.” The past 10 years or so have been discussion. That sickening crunch you now hear—steel twisting, rivets popping—is the sound of the ship hitting the iceberg. …
Elite overproduction creates counter-elites, and counter-elites look for allies among the commoners. If commoners’ living standards slip—not relative to the elites, but relative to what they had before—they accept the overtures of the counter-elites and start oiling the axles of their tumbrels. Commoners’ lives grow worse, and the few who try to pull themselves onto the elite lifeboat are pushed back into the water by those already aboard. The final trigger of impending collapse, Turchin says, tends to be state insolvency. At some point rising insecurity becomes expensive. The elites have to pacify unhappy citizens with handouts and freebies—and when these run out, they have to police dissent and oppress people. Eventually the state exhausts all short-term solutions, and what was heretofore a coherent civilization disintegrates. …”
Stepping back from the Capitol Siege and looking at the big picture, we can see that political stress and instability in the United States has been steadily growing for years now and has now reached a new high. The Capitol Siege vividly illustrated the degree to which ordinary Republicans have been radicalized. We are marching straight toward the abyss like the Blundering Generation.