Trust, Religion And Institutions

I like this post, especially this excerpt:

The soft, feminine authoritarianism we see in the West is a free rider. It is possible because of the inertia from the old high trust societies that came before it. If Finland faced a real crisis, one that threatened its existed, the first thing that happens is their pixie of prime minister is replaced with a serious person. The same would be true in Canada, where their gender fluid prime minister is mostly a luxury item.

Which leads me to a tangential point.  Generally speaking, if Z-man is correct, weak rulers are an indulgence during times of peace and/or prosperity in democratic societies.  Harsh times, as he indicates, call for strong leaders — Churchill in 1940, De Gaulle in 1959, Pinochet in 1973 and Reagan in 1981.  And taking Canada as an example, they have been able to elect essentially weakling prime minister pretty much forever  (e.g. Trudeau Mark I and II in the 1970s and 2010s, respectively), living as they do under the protection of the United States.  I refer to them (and that Millennial Finnish premier) as “dilettante” leaders because in good times, they are not really harmful and can play at being leaders.

Now ask yourself these two questions:

  • Is the United States in such a position of peace, prosperity and security that we can afford to indulge ourselves with a weak leader?
  • Is there a single  Democrat presidential candidate that can not be described as a dilettante leader?  To put the question into perspective:  in any negotiation with China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin or even Iran’s Khameini, would the putative Democrat president (i.e. from any of the current candidates) emerge as the victor?  Put another way:  can any of the above candidates be favorably compared to, say, a stronger Democrat president such as Harry Truman?

Every leader in the world knew who was the stronger adversary when faced with Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan.  And they all likewise knew who was the stronger when the U.S. President was Jimmy Carter — who, by the way, is an absolute colossus compared to Buttigieg, Biden, Warren and the other socialist stooges.

I also think that most Americans who don’t believe in pixie dust, unicorns and Communism understand this concept absolutely;  which, by the way, explains why Republican voters chose Trump over the other Republican candidates in 2016, and why Ted Cruz — who is not a dilettante candidate — was their second choice, albeit a distant second.

Given the current state of the world and our position in it — and thus understanding that the United States cannot really ever indulge itself with a weak president — the choice facing us in Election 2020 is quite clear.  This is no time for a boutique president — it’s never a good time for a Marxist president — and I’m pretty sure that we Americans know it.


  1. Half the country, more or less, will in fact vote for a Marxist, perhaps a weak one. I would not call would be dictator, Bloomberg, weak nor Warren. Nevertheless, all of them are Marxists some better concealed than the others and the entire policy cadre of the Democrat Party who will be appointed to 2nd and 3rd level positions is even more Marxist and more competent to boot.

    Voting for Trump is a good, if temporary, antidote and voting for other Republicans is somewhat positive. But sooner or later we are going to have a TWANLOC government again. We on the right really need to get over this “one country” thing. It no longer is and it is half populated by people who hate us and want us dead.

  2. “…..Canada, where their gender fluid prime minister is mostly a luxury item.”

    If one looks around, there’s a whole #&%@ lot in America that is “a luxury item.” When a society has sufficient largess to support frivolity, frivolity increases exponentially; such largess is supplied by productivity.

    The old 4-part saw about “hard times produce hard men, etc.” is true. We’re currently in the 4th part of the cycle where lots of success produces lots of useless crap, which comes from lots of useless people, each and every one a “luxury good.” This won’t last forever, and when it does change, the price will be exorbitant, and “due upon receipt.”

    It’s great fun to rant about the multitude of available gender options, how much of society’s productivity should be consumed in welfare payments, or what restrictions should be added to the burden of the productive; Elizabeth Warren, Pete ButtPlug, et al, may exist only because there’s enough money and spare time sloshing around inside the system to permit their fantasies.

    As today’s leading post indicates, the bill may come due in Virginia shortly after the New Year; there’s a distinct possbility that as much as we would like it contained within The Old Dominion, and resolved with intelligence and compassion, such may not be the case.

    I freely admit that I do not have an answer to the present conundrum, I only know that whatever it is I will neither enjoy it nor believe I am adequately prepared for it.

    1. Nevi, I’m not sure anyone’s adequately prepared for it. We’ve never experienced anything like the Balkans of the 1990s — the Revolutionary War was a gentleman’s conflict, by comparison — but that may be what we’re facing.

      1. I’m forced to agree; I have Selco’s book, and while it was written largely to offer suggestions for dealing with “things,” the underlying theme is terrifying.

        An aquaintance is in the food distribution biz, something of which you have expert knowledge; in a recent bottle-emptying exercise the discussion turned to “if things go full tilt crap, do you have a plan?” The answer was “no, and no one else does, either.”

        The economy is booming, but everything is being stretched to extremes, partially to accommodate the boom, and partly because running thin or zero (and, sometimes, less than zero) margins is highly profitable. I’ve seen it in my own tiny universe: It’s all working fine, but at a level of fragility that is well below the radar, and flashpoints not just abound, but are increasing.

        What so few seem to understand, especially those on the Left, is there’s no easily managed short, gentle slope in the offing – it’s a long vertical drop, and the bottom is a lot farther down and rock bestrewn than they think it is. Patience, tolerance and forgiveness has not just been nearly exhausted, they’ve been in “deficit spending” mode for a while; should the absolute limit be reached the result will be brutal, ruthless and violent beyond their ability to imagine, and will be geographically, and socially, endemic.

        I’m hoping for the best.

  3. I dunno, there’s just SOMETHING about having a President that you know won’t sell your ass to another foreign leader that makes President Trump so appealing to us Deplorables. (And so despicable to the armchair socialists that we seem to have an excess of. “Excess” being defined as “any number greater than one; we have to keep one around to serve as a Bad Example.)

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