Matter of fact, we’re beginning to see this shape up in the United States now. Entirely new voting blocs are being created by a dwindling middle class turned impoverished. The need to get back into being part of middle class has voters easily duped into choosing who can “promise” the most. The United States is currently in a perpetual downward spiral of this with no end in sight. Henceforth, the parade is not over.
As readers of this column know, I’ve been fascinated lately with Gustave Le Bon’s book, The Psychology of Socialism. First published in 1898, Le Bon offered a few tentative predictions relating to our time. He said that the triumph of socialism was inevitable. But he also said that socialism wouldn’t last. The reason for socialism’s triumph can be found in the mass production of maladapted people, and in the coddling of degenerates. Subsequently, socialism’s failure would grow out of the empowerment of these same degenerates.
Curiously, Le Bon believed that the United States was particularly susceptible to what he called “the future attack of the unadapted”; more so than Europe because the causes of envy and resentment are more readily activated in American society through its political machinery. Furthermore, he explained that the United States was racially divided, and this had implications for future socialist revolutionary recruiting. He predicted that an overwhelming majority of the black population of America, due to ill treatment in the past, might be tempted to join a socialist revolution. If such a tragic divide occurred, Le Bon warned, the “Anglo-Saxons of America … will succeed in surmounting the dangers with which they are threatened; but they will do so only at the cost of a more destructive conflict than any history has recorded.”
Every American must shudder at such a prediction when considering recent events and the way race has been used in connection with socialist programs in the United States. Having made such a prediction, Le Bon backtracked by saying that sociology is yet unable to make accurate predictions about the future because it isn’t a science. But there are, he said, a few bare truths that the future must contend with. In general, he explained, “we can have very little influence on the present, because the present is the outcome of a past which can do nothing to change.” He further noted that the careful observer “is justified in saying that those nations which are on the slope of decadence will continue to descend.” The consequence of this descent is socialism and the “complete overthrow of the institutions on which our civilizations repose….” Catastrophe follows this in sequence, as a matter of course. “These are predictions of a very general kind,” he explained, “which have perhaps a little in common with those simple and eternal truths which we call platitudes.”
In other words, the rise and success of socialism follows from the increase of our decadence as night follows day. And if anyone wants to deny the decadence of the present social state, they will not be dissuaded by facts or arguments – which swirl all about them as they stand within the eye of that very storm. As for the future of socialism, Le Bon noted that “most of the Socialist aspirations are in direct contradiction with the necessities which rule the modern world, and their realization would lead us back to lower phases which society has passed through long ago.”
Full article: The Parade Is Not Over (JR Nyquist | Financial Sense Online)