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U.S. civil war: The globalist elites vs. the deplorables (Video)

U.S. civil war: The globalist elites vs. the deplorables (Video)

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss The Civil War on America’s Horizonand how Trump and his critics despise each other…now all that is needed is a spark to turn a cultural divide into a much deeper and more dangerous internal conflict.

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Authored by William S. Smith for The American Conservative:


An uneasiness has overtaken the body politic. There is a sense that a terrible clash is about to occur. The establishment’s contempt for Donald Trump, and their machinations to remove him, are validated by the president’s intemperate counterattacks and the glee that his supporters take in his barbs. These two groups do not simply disagree; they consider each other to be illegitimate and unconstitutional outlaws.

It is true that Trump’s behavior is not befitting his office and that a certain decorum and dignity in the White House is not only desirable but essential. Democracy is no different from any other form of government in that the political order is shaped by the character and example of its leaders.

However, there are also many reasons for Trump supporters to despise the establishment: endless wars in which the brunt of casualties are borne by those from Trump country, grotesque public debt generated by vote buying, a two-tiered educational system that ensures income inequality, pervasive government surveillance, open and lawless borders, and on and on. Our elites bring to mind the French aristocracy under Louis XVI, feigning formality yet, behind the scenes at least, corrupt, incompetent, and ruthless.

Ultimately what is most disconcerting is that the divisiveness is not just about Trump: it’s deeply rooted in two diametrically opposed civic religions. America is no longer one country. These two groups view their national story through different symbolic mythologies.

Since the 1960s, America’s leaders have been educated through an immersion in the culturally radical and postmodernist narratives that dominate the curricula of our best universities. It has become a primary goal of higher education to sensitize the future establishment to issues of race, gender, and class, and to raise awareness of global challenges such as climate change. Elite education is no longer designed to hand down a common cultural tradition and to serve as an intergenerational transmission belt for the American and Western heritage. In elite institutions, it is taught instead that America is a great obstacle to the empowerment of oppressed minorities and the central driver of global crises. A core teaching in the humanities and social sciences is that the Western heritage represents a monstrous oppression myth conjured up by dead European white men, which, of course, has its political expression in the identity politics of the Democratic Party.

Trump and his supporters loathe this narrative. The delight that they take in his boorish and even thuggish attacks derives from their belief that the elites are responsible for the systematic destruction of the true American civil religion. They believe that the establishment has taken a knee against its own country. Trump supporters, on the other hand, unabashedly embrace traditional American historiography and seek to elevate it by “making America great again.” Globalism and multiculturalism, and their concomitant political correctness, are viewed quite simply as insidious and unpatriotic, an attempt to bleach away the collective memory of the American story.

Trump understands the worldview of his base and capitalizes on it by attacking NFL “kneelers,” the liberal “fake news” media, and those who refuse to say “Merry Christmas.” At the same time, he loudly rallies around traditional symbols of American authority such as the flag, the police, and the military. Fox News, in fact, has built an entire business model around inflaming a segment of the public over perceived slights towards traditional American symbols.

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While the elites have deliberately cut themselves off from their civilizational inheritance because they view it as unworthy, Trump supporters do not feel estranged from national and religious symbols and traditions. Most never attended an elite university, have never read Derrida, and have no desire to deconstruct the customs they love. The elites and Trumpites live in different moral universes, and their unrelenting political warfare derives from both groups’ understanding that power flows to those whose narratives retain legitimacy and validity. These battles are so worrisome because they are existential, not simply political.

This will not end well, I fear. Goodwill and moderation exist on neither side. It may be that a civil war looms on the horizon. All that’s required now is a spark because every cultural accelerant is now in place. That spark could come from the Mueller investigation, which is viewed by Trump and his supporters as a brazen attempt at a coup d’état by a thoroughly corrupt intelligence community and legal establishment. Impeachment over payments to paramours, for example, will be viewed as a phony pretext for the lawless removal of a duly elected president.

Given the intemperance of Trump and the viciousness of his opponents, compromise seems unlikely. Most of the American media will blame any conflagration on Trump, and certainly he will deserve some of the fault. But American elites are the revolutionary children of the ’60s and ’70s, proud despoilers of their country’s history and tradition. Now comes the counter-revolution, led by a gargoyle promising to defend the old cathedral. When postmodern radicals lecture him about the need to temper his attacks, a Trump supporter might retort the same way that a rebellious royalist did to the new Jacobin government in 1793: “You accuse us of overturning our patrie by rebellion, but it is you, who, subverting all principles of the religious and political order, were the first to proclaim that insurrection is the most sacred of duties.”

William S. Smith is research fellow and managing director at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at The Catholic University of America.

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While I completely agree with the assessment of the hypocrisy of the left, all of the elements listed by the author that Trump supporters detest, except for limiting immigration, Trump supports: “there are also many reasons for Trump supporters to despise the establishment: endless wars in which the brunt of casualties are borne by those from Trump country, grotesque public debt generated by vote buying, a two-tiered educational system that ensures income inequality, pervasive government surveillance, open and lawless borders…” The irrationality of giving those reasons to support Trump is evident. The reason that the edifice is collapsing is that… Read more »

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douglas blais

you call the center right the left you piece of shit for trump and clintons donors

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

These videos are absolutely first rate. Thanks guys.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

We need a spark to light the bonfire of the vanities

Irene Eckert
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As much as I do appreciate your work in the name of political realism and world peace, and I listen to almost all the videos you put out, and of course to all Cross Talks and more, I have to object sincerely to one aspect. Peter Lavelle has a lot of insight into burning political issues of the day, so has Alex Christoforous., but their picture of 20th century history of socialism is limited, as it is unfortunately the case with the Russian mainstream Storia. The Russians are masters of diplomacy, they are – together with (socialist run!) China and… Read more »

douglas blais
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douglas blais

deplorable’s are pro globalist they hate the idea of taxing globalists or socialist banking

douglas blais
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douglas blais

deplorable’s gave George soros a big fat tax break so this is as bad as cnn or fox news

john vieira
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Religion, especially Christianity has been under siege in the west for over 40 years…not so insidiously either…and justifiably so in some instances…the net result is that a majority of decent people are tarred and feathered with the scoundrels…and as with everything else the corrupt mainstream media are relentless in their denigration. These purveyors of half truths and straight out lies are as responsible for the great divide as the innuendo of Obama/Clinton which they immediately twisted to defame Trump throughout the “campaign”, carried on into their attempts to derail the inauguration and now to impeach/swing the “Congressionals”…

John Nolan
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John Nolan

Quite accurate John. What is required is for we, the citizens, to demand the nationalization of the banking system, closure of the FED, and, in the path to sanity, close down all privately owned media outlets, cnn, nbc, xyz, etc., to free our mind of negative, divisive, destructive social conditioning. Christianity, in most part, has become nothing more than a gigantic swindle, a money grabbing machine, whilst failing to provide any evidence to support their false doctrines and religious indoctrination. There is only one Church, it is non denominational, all the rest are man made personal interpretations of Scripture, applying… Read more »

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