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Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Trumpen Proletariat

Dan Henninger, deputy editorial writer of the Wall Street Journal, had a nice turn of a phrase today, "the Trumpen Proletariat."

Now Henninger is not my cup of tea. In March, he wrote, Obama "is six months away from destroying both the Republican Party and Reagan’s legacy." Republicans have not held as high a percentage of state, local and congressional seats since the 1928 election. But as they say, whatever.

The force of destruction of the national Republican Party is Donald Trump. Make no mistake, this is his party now. The shareholders gave it to him.

Still today's column is instructive:
Karl Marx, in a particularly dyspeptic moment, offered this description of what he dismissed as the lumpen proletariat:
“Alongside decayed roués with dubious means of subsistence and of dubious origin, alongside ruined and adventurous offshoots of the bourgeoisie, were vagabonds, discharged soldiers, discharged jailbirds, escaped galley slaves, swindlers, mountebanks, lazzaroni, pickpockets, tricksters, gamblers, pimps, brothel keepers, porters, literati, organ grinders, ragpickers, knife grinders, tinkers, beggars—in short, the whole indefinite, disintegrated mass, thrown hither and thither, which the French call la bohème.”
Even Donald Trump’s critics would not go so far as to suggest that his voter base consists of vagabonds, pickpockets or even, ugh, “literati.” But for the longest time, the American media saw the Trump base as an “indefinite, disintegrated mass” of mostly angry, lower-middle-class white males. The early Trump adopters often looked like bikers, with or without jobs. The Trumpen proletariat.
(Lazzaroni are the poorest of the poor in Italy.)

Now one does not get deeper into elitism in America than the Wall Street Journal, whose true readership is the CEO strata of American business. No one else matters to its publisher or its advertisers. As much as i would like to tear into Henninger ('tis what I do) I cannot find much fault with his column, and he is doing a great service to those CEOs by cutting through the carp (a reader complained recently about my use of the word crap):
Political correctness added something new to the cultural divide: moral condescension.
What has really “angered” so many more millions who now feel drawn into the Trump camp isn’t just PC itself but that its proponents show such relentless moral contempt and superiority toward everyone else. People in America can take a lot, but not that. Marx would have a field day with how progressivism’s cultural elites have reordered social classes between the right-minded and everyone else.
The moral condescension is annoying because it is so darned wrong. Our moral and intellectual superiors just gave a pass to a dumb woman who gave away national for 30 pieces of silver, and those were fairly large pieces, each worth $1 million. 

The Trumpen Proletariat fits because it is a play on words (writers amuse themselves with puns) referencing a book most of us never read, but an idea most of us carry deep in our psyche. The better thinker in the Journal crowd, Peggy Noonan (get over what she may or may not have done in 2008) defined it as the protected class versus the unprotected. However, there is no clear demarcation between these two classes. Protected people like Trump do cross over, as do Hillary supporters among the 90% who are unprotected.

However we divvy up the classes, Henninger wants CEOs to realize that you cannot attack a people for generation after generation -- and the mainly white male elites have been haranguing white male non-elites for nearly 50 years now -- without a negative reaction. As a wiser man than me and Henninger wrote 240 years ago:
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
England had its Brexit vote. We shall see if its queen will allow this.

But we parted company with that concept centuries ago. Our votes count. The Trumpen Proletariat is in the majority. Getting them to elect him is Trump's job.

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17 comments:

  1. As a discharged soldier (Honorably), knife grinder, and tinker (among many other things) I am proud to be a member of the Trumpen Proletariat. I would wager that there are a lot more of us than there are of the Honorable Mr. Henninger's ilk. We shall find out in November. - Elric

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    1. T says:

      Elric,

      I do not doubt you for a minute, but it only matters if they go to the polls and vote. History suggests that they do not (that is in presidential elections)even as the evidence of elite favoritism is more and more frequent and (Loretta Lynch, the IRS, Lois Lerner, etc. Perhaps the lack of a Hillary indictment will prove to be the straw that breaks the camel's back. We can only hope.

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  2. Trump needs to win decisively or Crooked Cankles and the Dimocrats will steal this election.

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    1. That's what all those Reagan Democrats will do.

      Put him past the margin of fraud.

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  3. "Our moral and intellectual superiors just gave a pass to a dumb woman who gave away national for 30 pieces of silver, and those were fairly large pieces, each worth $1 million."

    The old and unimproved slide-rule in the desk drawer informs me that those pieces would be over a ton each (but you may want to check my figures).

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  4. The problem with Henninger's interpretation is that Marx created the classification to describe people who would be useless in class struggle because of their inability to develop a class consciousness (18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte). I think the people he is describing know darn well what their class is and would not mind in the least bringing down their betters by a few notches.
    One thing I was thinking about today is the fact that tyrants and dictators tend to be globalists in a way. They have the same attitude toward the people in their countries as the transnational elite and in many cases run in the same social circles. And when TSHTF in their respective nations and they need to get out safely, they turn to their international friends for refuge. It's all the same club. That is not to say that one cannot be a nationalist dictator. Hitler and Stalin are good examples of that (Soviet communism was nationalist in the same way that Germany's National Socialist Party was--an attempt to have socialism in one country and to defend itself by international hegemony--they were not members of the international elite the way Idi Amin and Hugo Chavez were and Robert Mugabe is).

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  5. Henninger is not an elite in the true meaning of the word. He is what I think of as a "sniffer", a flunky, lackey who does their public talking or writing, influencing, whinging, and conveys elites contempt so they don't have to do so publicly and personally. Many extremely wealthy, mostly self made, people do not think this way while most of the tail-end of flatitious generations of great fortune inheritors who have accomplished nothing do. We have a class distinction break in this election that isn't necessarily based on current wealth but rather influence, education and connections.
    Bob

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  6. I'll let Don have Peggy Noonan, but that piece reminds me of another ragtag militia that refused to be beaten - the Continental Army.

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  7. "We shall see if its queen will allow this."

    Good thing I wasn't drinking something when I read this. Seriously? I can't imagine anyone in GB happier about this than the Queen. She got to live to see her country independent again. Does anyone really think her desire was for Britain to be a vassal of a European Empire? She's old enough to have seen that act before.

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    1. Brussels. Berlin. They both start with 'B's.

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  8. You gonna make your county great again
    You gonna make your county white again
    You gonna take back your county again
    You gonna make your country white again
    Your mouth is a toilet filled of diatribes overflowing with diarrhea tic hate
    You need a 380 in ur ass to blow the rot out of your hateful racist ass
    You gonna trick my ppl
    you talk out both sides of your mouth
    you cheat on your taxes
    you cheap on your wives
    you will cheap the American ppl
    you will always be a cheater.
    You got a squirrel in your jock strap
    You’re took fat to see your nuts you fascist bigot
    Man up but you got nada to man up you can’t see it you fat fuck
    Tally Wacker smaller than a duck
    You love jews but only your kind
    Like the wall street jews you let financially rape their own
    You’re a sycophant to these money whores
    Madoff and the Marker man they’re your friends
    New York values aka fuck America over so your kind can win
    Your spin is unhinged your mind is unhinged
    A Goldman Sacks Jew running your campaign
    America is truly screwed like they have always been by your kind
    New York values aka stealing Americas streets
    man they sure don’t make jews like jesus anymore
    America stands for everything
    America stands for all
    America stands for the world
    You stand next to a wall
    You’re going downdown u fascist pig
    You’re gonna go down
    10 feet down and no one around
    Just Satan and Hitler by themselves
    And you and no one else.
    Burning in hell
    You’re going down birther boy along with your 37%
    There won’t be a Hearst with luggage racks
    You lie bigot
    You sell PPL some pie in the sky
    You lie
    You die
    You going down dead or alive

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  9. You gonna make your county great again
    You gonna make your county white again
    You gonna take back your county again
    You gonna make your country white again
    Your mouth is a toilet filled of diatribes overflowing with diarrhea tic hate
    You need a 380 in ur ass to blow the rot out of your hateful racist ass
    You gonna trick my ppl
    you talk out both sides of your mouth
    you cheat on your taxes
    you cheap on your wives
    you will cheap the American ppl
    you will always be a cheater.
    You got a squirrel in your jock strap
    You’re took fat to see your nuts you fascist bigot
    Man up but you got nada to man up you can’t see it you fat fuck
    Tally Wacker smaller than a duck
    You love jews but only your kind
    Like the wall street jews you let financially rape their own
    You’re a sycophant to these money whores
    Madoff and the Marker man they’re your friends
    New York values aka fuck America over so your kind can win
    Your spin is unhinged your mind is unhinged
    A Goldman Sacks Jew running your campaign
    America is truly screwed like they have always been by your kind
    New York values aka stealing Americas streets
    man they sure don’t make jews like jesus anymore
    America stands for everything
    America stands for all
    America stands for the world
    You stand next to a wall
    You’re going downdown u fascist pig
    You’re gonna go down
    10 feet down and no one around
    Just Satan and Hitler by themselves
    And you and no one else.
    Burning in hell
    You’re going down birther boy along with your 37%
    There won’t be a Hearst with luggage racks
    You lie bigot
    You sell PPL some pie in the sky
    You lie
    You die
    You going down dead or alive

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    1. I bet you talk to your mother like that--afterward.

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    2. If Big D's gettin trolled by absolute morons like that unknown guy, you KNOW he's hit the big time!

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    3. Man, you ought to see a professional about that anger problem. Makes you look like a nut case.

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    4. How did this unhinged wannabe rapper stumble on a site like this?
      The war on drugs certainly had no affect on this dude.

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  10. If the Elites were smart, they'd stop their attacks on Middle America. But they aren't. Trust me. 28 years in DC. Those people are dumber than a box of rocks. And they can't effing drive either. I say, keep it up, you numb nuts, because every insult just means more votes for DJT.

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