Most of the great captains of war have used this trick in one form or
another (#ReadaBook), and the same more or less holds true for
politics. The candidate who wins will be the one able to bring forces
onto the field that his opponent had not been expecting.
This, perhaps more than anything, is the main strength of Donald
Trump. He can match his opponents on most events and issues without
stretching himself too much, but, when he needs to, he can always pull a
little something extra out of the hat.
The fracas over Trump’s recent comments about the possibility of a
temporary suspension of non-citizen Muslims entering the United States
(a rather mild and tame idea in the circumstances) demonstrates this.
When President Carter last did something similar back in the 1970s,
it wasn’t even done to protect American lives but just to punish Iran,
whereas now Muslim migration, as demonstrated by numerous examples, is
inextricably tied up with people dying from jihadist attacks.
After Trump made his statement, the enemy – in this case his cuckish
rivals in the Republican Party, the mass media, and the Left – launched
what looked like a withering blast of criticism, even rolling their
biggest cannons, the ones that can shoot Hitler comparisons day and
night, all the way down the hill to blast away at Trump’s frontline from
a close distance.
The only problem was that they were wildly overreacting and
effectively spending all their force on what was just a skirmish line by
Trump. After they had used up their ammunition, winded their horses,
and got their ranks in a terrible muddle, Trump’s reserve battalions
rolled down on them, as one opinion poll after another revealed that
most Republicans and even most Americans were in complete agreement with
Trump’s implicitly Islamophobic but nonetheless mild and reasonable
This was not so much a tribute to Trump’s genius as a condemnation of
the stupidity of his opponents, who, like extremely bad generals,
seemed to have something of a blind spot when it comes to Trump’s
forces. The old adage about fighting a new war with the tactics of the
last war seemed rather apt.
But why are these opponents – people like Jeb Bush, Fox News, those
on the Democrat side, and the occasional exotic like that Saudi Prince –
miscalculating the depths of Trump’s reserves? The reason is simple. It
is because Trump is bringing onto the field forces that were supposedly
killed or disbanded long ago.
In the great push for the “middle ground” and the various ethnic
groups that has characterized the last three or four decades, a large
portion of the electorate has been left behind. This can be referred to
as the Great White majority.
Jeb Bush has rightly been called a “low energy guy” by Trump, but the
reason that insult hurts and then comes back and hurts some more is
because much of the electorate, especially that part of it that the
Republicans should have been relying on to dominate American politics,
has been de-energised by a slate of candidates that offers them nothing
but growing degradation, impoverishment, and marginalization.
The White working class, remember them? The White lower middle class,
remember them too? These are the two groups that have been most
overlooked in recent years. Count them as one – the Great
Disenfranchised. As both parties continued to take their votes for
granted so they continued to lose interest in those parties, but with no
other options. Trump, whatever he ultimately turns out to be, has changed all that.
A recent Wall Street Journal article
revealed that “Fifty-five percent of [Trump’s] supporters are white
working class, compared with 35% for the rest of the Republican field
and only 32% for Mr. Carson.”
One suspects that there are also a great number of reluctant White
working class Democrat voters who would also leap at the chance of
voting for Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee, especially if, as
expected, Hillary Clinton is selected.
But how can we really get a grip on what is going on? Marxism helps. In Marxist theory there is the concept of the “Reserve Army of Labor,” which,
in essence, means that the power of the ruling class is strengthened
when there is a surplus of unemployed and underemployed. In a political
sense, labour is unable to organize and make demands, as it can readily
be undercut by “scab” labor. This is also said to be one of the reasons
capital constantly favors mass immigration.
Of course things are more complex than they were in Marx’s day.
Technology is a factor, as well as the public-private economy created by
Keynsianism with its need for social dysfunction and client groups, but
the idea – in its essentials – still largely holds up, and is why
capital still favours mass immigration.
The really interesting point, however, is that in order to create
this kind of economic effect in a society that is technically
democratic, you have to effectively disenfranchise a large part of the
electorate in some way. Because, after all, why would an electorate actively vote for something so detrimental to their interests?
The way this is done, of course, is through employing passive
power, through using a corrupt two-party system beholden to a donor and
media class, who are of course intimately connected, and who routinely
choose candidates that normal White American voters just find “samey”
and uninspiring – Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Al Gore, the
Bushes, the Clintons, etc. While Obama was, at least for ethnics and
SWPL moral signallers, an exciting candidate, for normal Whites he
offered almost nothing and has delivered even less.
The key to this unholy system is that the surplus labour
power of the economic underclass (the unemployed, the illegal
immigrants, those in phony affirmative action jobs, etc.) is balanced by
the surplus electoral power of the disemployed political
underclass, namely White majority voters turned off or confused by the
system into voting for trivialities. This is the true way to interpret
the switch, since the 1960s, of former Democrat-voting Whites to a
Republican Party that does nothing for their basic interests.
This political underclass is supposed to lie quiescent and be
forgotten as the tyranny of global America goes about its dark work.
These are the political dead who are not supposed to stir.
But just as the reserve army of labour can be called into active
production when necessary, as in a wartime situation or boom, so the
reserve army of politics can also be mobilized – but only if the right maverick politician comes along, someone like Trump.
When dead armies rise to renew the fight, as they have been doing in
every Trump stump meeting and opinion poll for months now, them the
enemy may find themselves baffled by the sudden appearance of unexpected
reserves on his flank. The Napoleonic wars were never quite as exciting