When it comes to political chess, it doesn’t matter how good your strategy is if the other side manages to collect all the powerful, important pieces.
Do you ever feel as if you’re living in a giant metaphysical chess game? Right now, I’m struggling to find patterns and connections in America that make any sense to me. I think the problem for me is that we are experiencing a vast ideological clash in which two competing realities are fighting it out for national supremacy. Moreover, not only do these ideologies not overlap, they cannot exist in the same space at the same time. They are the ideological equivalent of the common sense observation that, in the ordinary physical world (no advanced physics or metaphysics here, please), two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. If the cat wants the dog bed, the dog is dispossessed.
In many ways, we are living through a battle to the death pitting the American against the French Revolution. Back in the 18th century, the American Revolution sought to replace the tyranny of the monarchy with the freedom of the individual; the French Revolution sought to replace the tyranny of the monarchy with the tyranny of “the people.” It’s a giant chess game, with the winner controlling the board for generations.
Those of us who call ourselves conservative (or classically liberal or libertarian) are still fighting the American revolution, in that we want maximum individual liberty, with the state existing to facilitate, rather than to destroy, that liberty. Arrayed against us are those who are battling hard to replace our somewhat repressive government with a highly repressive government.
Conservatives are fighting their battles in traditional venues (polite Tea Party protests and respectable vote-casting) while the Leftists are fighting their battles in the institutions (taking over government, taking over academics, taking over media, etc.). The battle is asymmetrical because we don’t have common venues. Like chess, rather than defeating your enemy face to face, fighting it out to bloody death within a single square, the player with the most pieces wins. If they take the government (as in the Deep State), the universities (as in creating an ideologically brainwashed leadership class), and the media (leaving no voice for competing ideas), does it matter if we bring 1,000,000 to a polite street protest or even win in the polls. They’ve won the most important pieces. We may have the pawns, but they have enough control over the board to say “checkmate.” [Read more…]