Perhaps, formally, The Republic ended when the Supreme Court refused to hear Texas vs Pennsylvania, but that was a bit anti-climactic. Here is the work of the “ballot wizards of the Midwest” being called contemporaneously.
Sam Faddis, on November fifth, suggested to Take To The Streets. Let Them Know You See Them. Let Them Know They Will Not Steal This Election From The American People. He also summarises the preparation and execution quite well.
Michael Anton in “Let’s Take Stock of Where We Are” read the situation as it would be quite well and does suggest that the system will have suffered a fatal blow.
Theoretically, it’s possible that a system designed to be gamed and abused won’t be. But a party concerned about the integrity of the system wouldn’t expend so much effort making it easier to rig elections; it would do the opposite.
Far from seeing any effort to explain, all I see is an enlivened and merciless push to ram through the results while censoring and slandering anyone who asks questions or points out irregularities. Either they don’t have explanations, or they don’t care what we think. Or both.
There is something to be said—from the point of view of the powerful—for just ramming things through and explaining nothing. It’s a clear demonstration of who’s boss. It demoralizes the other side. And it’s nearly certain to change the system permanently in ways that benefit the ruling class for as long as they can keep it going.
That may well work in securing the White House this time. But if they just ram this through without explaining what really happened, then the legitimacy not just of our electoral system but of our entire government will have suffered an extreme, and possibly fatal, blow.
Historical now, the incidents at The Evergreen State College have become iconic enough to inspire phrases such as “The Evergreening of America”.
Perhaps the use of a Zombie horde by a bureaucrat to gain full control of an institution also resembles other, much more important, events.
Benjamin Boyce was a student at Evergreen at the time and has documented the whole saga quite extensively.
Another Soviet comparison by David Mikics at Tablet:
Stalin’s most celebrated victims were themselves used to humiliation and self-abasement. As Robert Conquest writes in his indispensable book The Great Terror, “Their surrender was not a single and exceptional act in their careers, but the culmination of a whole series of submissions to the Party that they knew to be ‘objectively’ false.” Conquest tells of a former member of the Soviet Supreme Court who was informed by an interrogator, “Well, the Party demands that you, as a Bolshevik, confess that you are an English spy.” The man responded: “If the Party demands it, I confess.”
It is hard to imagine that the authors of the present confessions know anything to be ‘objectively’ false.
“Our harassment training makes clear that what matters is how an act makes the victims feel,” wrote the Times staffers. Even if McNeil “didn’t act maliciously or with hateful intent,” they added, that doesn’t matter, since “intent is irrelevant.”
Another difference. In the good old days intent mattered, it was the star of the show both as sincere sacrifice to the party and as the falsity to confess to. In the Zombie version without brains intent can play no role.
James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian explain how Zombies will eat your brains:
James Lindsay, in particular, has become an authority on the academic foundation of Zombie brain consumption (New Discourses).
The ACLU has suffered a significant loss of cortex: The ACLU must fight for liberty, not social justice, The Disintegration of the ACLU.
And then thinks better of the latter:
Curtis Yarvin reflects on the state of things soon after the ballot wizardry.
Ultimately, I am glad Trump lost, because Trump was more than just a liar—he was a lie. As soon as he accepted the fraud that he was actually in charge of the government, he became complicit in a fraud against his own supporters. They could never understand why he didn’t “do something” about this, that, or the other thing.
He could have told them why; he could have even worked to change that. He was given the choice between looking and feeling important, and realizing and revealing that he wasn’t important. He chose as he did. Given that he did, his defeat at the hands of the ballot wizards of the Midwest may have been legal injustice—but it was divine justice.
Time publishes an article that seems to be someone letting us know that they know that we know, and that they don’t care that we know. Or perhaps to let others that don’t know know just what they want them to know rather than have information lead them to know what they don’t want them to know.
The Time article: https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/