Our friend, Anti-Gnostic, dropped the following piece in the combox. It’s worth its own space and so has been elevated into the rafters.
Let me try and help out poor Adrean. There are two paradigms operative in the world today which I’d describe generally as “liberal” and “conservative.” The liberal hates humans but loves humanity. The conservative hates humanity but loves humans. The liberals hold all the levers of power currently. The liberal has the whole span of national (nay, global!) GDP in which to sate his urge to do good for the sake of “humanity.” The cost of 1M refugees clustered around a few urban train stations or even better, safely tucked away in camps in Eastern Europe, is conveniently socialized.
Back in the realm of humans, e.g., Hungary, the situation focuses the mind to conservative concerns very quickly. Conservatives perforce do not have the luxury of ignoring that people take up space and generate waste, and will die without food and water; or that young men are little more than cerebellums with balls; or that linguistic barriers shut off a whole host of signals on which people rely in order to empathize and respect each other. Layer on the bio-ethnic and creedal differences, and it is abundantly clear what sort of violation the liberals in government office buildings have committed.
Surely this “do-good” impulse can be sated, one would think, by care in turn for one’s family, one’s neighbors, one’s fellow parishioners, and outwards to the city and the nation. But the managerial state makes other claims on our social cohesion: college football, TV, amusement parks, DIVERSITY and TOLERANCE, the duties owed to the great and wise multi-national corporations. “Bread and circuses,” one might call all this.
This is why Trump, who wants a border fence and higher marginal tax rates on fund managers, is the conservative in the race and not an idealistic goober like Jebe Arbusto, who thinks so fondly of those anonymous, teeming brown masses in the southern latitudes and all those equally remote budding social democrats in the Middle East. By contrast, Trump’s sneering disdain for “humanity” is evident. He calls illegals “criminals” and “rapists” and says “Mexico” is sending us its worst. He’s a real estate man. He thinks in terms of property values, aesthetics, who your neighbors are. His customers are wealthy people. He doesn’t want to live in Brazil. Doesn’t want to answer to public shareholders over how many nickels and dimes he gouged out of the lumpenproles in their cell phone contracts. Make no mistake: the #cuckservative types have hijacked the conservative label. They are liberals through and through.
Thank you as always Porter for the inspiration.