“Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.”
— Bertolt Brecht, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, 1941 e.v.
“As soon as you put men together, they somehow sink, corporatively, below the level of the worst of the individuals composing it.”
— Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears, 1954 e.v.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The following, hopefully brief essay will begin and end Peter Pendragon’s coverage of the 2016 e.v. American election for president. Next month, that is, November 2016 e.v., the election will be over, a new president elected for our fair republic, and the public and media can then get back to their usual distraction-filled lives focused on transitory scandals, natural disasters, and general existential angst at the state of humanity in the early 21st century. But here we are, with two candidates who have inspired more loathing, distrust, and dread than any in our contemporary history. Hillary Clinton represents, at her most basic level, the betrayal of progressive ideas and idealism to a moderate corporate ethos, a kind of compassionate trickle-down politics, with the end result being that we have a somewhat slower stream of piss hitting our heads than the torrent to be expected from modern conservatism. Donald Trump, on the other hand, now wildly careering into his own personal Gotterdammerung after innumerable vulgarities, obscenities, and insults to the American people (particularly women) have been brought to light by a media addicted to his toxic persona, is an entirely different political animal. A recent convert to conservatism, a billionaire real estate gadfly more adept at branding than in creating real business success, Trump saw a golden opportunity in the Republican party to pander to the most aggrieved voters in their enraged base with economic faux-populism, racism, xenophobia, sexism and, ironically, class resentment, prompting them to revolt on an increasingly isolated GOP establishment and enable him to seize the nomination for himself.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, the election was tightening, with Democrats in a frantic panic, concerned that their default savior Hillary Clinton might not be able to defeat Trump’s brutal charisma; now, however, he is a political disaster waiting to happen, with Republican politicians on all sides revoking their support and urging him to step down, something they know, we all know, he simply cannot do. He will sit this one out at his personal Fuhrerbunker at Trump Tower, lose gloriously, probably taking down innumerable GOP candidates in down ballot races with him, then blame the media afterwards and capitalize on his failure to again rebrand himself. So we have all been conned, like every student at Trump University thinking they were going to benefit from his unique business “expertise”, but instead found themselves in massive debt. The GOP will most likely have to face demographic reality and create a new, exploitative paradigm, one that can cater to the greed and naked self-interest of voters of every race, creed, and sexual orientation, with their anti-Trump Mormon coalition taking up the mantle of religious conservatism from the shattered remnants of Christian evangelicalism. And what of our new Madam President, Hillary Clinton? She will have a far worse fate, I think — that of governing a country of newly socialist millennials on her left, and a fatally wounded, reactionary conservatism on her right, both sides most likely blaming her for our national predicament. All of us will come to miss the erudite, careful, and optimistic tone of Barack Obama, and the quiet grace with which he and his family faced the angry American id these long eight years — I miss him already. And, again, our nation will, citizen to citizen, progressive and liberal, have to look ourselves in the mirror and admit that we finally need to grow the hell up, or remain in permanent cultural adolescence.
“You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.”
— Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal, 1987 e.v.
Love is the law, love under will.