A view of life and commercial real estate from Newark and Licking County, Ohio
Friday, June 2, 2017
All one has to do is look around, and read.....
....a bit of history, to realize that the veneer of civilization is fairly thin. Societal cohesion, once lost, is not an easy thing to peaceably re-create. Martin Gurri offers an interesting essay on the subject, but leaves us all to draw our own conclusions and find our own solutions. He begins this way:
Three years ago I remarked that the public was engaged in a messy divorce from the elites who run the great institutions of the industrial age. That bit of scandal is by now notorious. The elites, with more to lose, have come to regard the intrusive public as little better than a barbarian horde. They know that a complex society can’t be managed without expertise, and long to return to a past in which the expert’s dictates went unquestioned. Their watchword is “resistance,” but their dream is reaction.
The public, however, has so far proved irresistible, and the breach appears irreconcilable. Established institutions, the political process, the economy, “the system,” all look to the public suspiciously like a lottery rigged in favor of the perpetual winners: a class of insiders who manage to be both self-righteous and self-serving, arrogant and failed. The terms of the divorce would send the lot of them packing. This attitude is being called “populism” – a fraught word, rarely used by the populists themselves, connoting a politics of anger and negation played out on a minimalist ideological stage. You can have populists of the right, like Donald Trump, or of the left, like Bernie Sanders. What brings them together is a determination to do away with the present order of things, and an indifference to what comes after.