Quod erat demonstrandum

Quod erat demonstrandum.  Victor Davis Hanson at his best:

Why are the Western middle classes so angry.

A very clinical and accurate assessment ITHO (in TAFKAS’ humble opinion.

One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees or to avoid them altogether. Not so much the middle classes, who lacked the clout of the virtue-signaling rich and the romance of the distant poor.

In other words, elites never suffered the firsthand consequences of their own ideological fiats.

Green policies were aimed at raising fees on, and restricting the use of, carbon-based fuels. But proposed green belt-tightening among hoi polloi was not matched by a cutback in second and third homes, overseas vacations, luxury cars, private jets and high-tech appurtenances.

Read the whole thing.  It is excellent.  Including this conclusion:

In the next few years, expect more grass-roots demands for the restoration of the value of citizenship. There will be fewer middle-class apologies for patriotism and nationalism. The non-elite will become angrier about illegal immigration, demanding a return to the idea of measured, meritocratic, diverse and legal immigration.

Because elites have no answers to popular furor, the anger directed at them will only increase until they give up — or finally succeed in their grand agenda of a non-democratic, all-powerful Orwellian state.

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33 Responses to Quod erat demonstrandum

  1. stackja

    I believe the elite of the past didn’t bother people with silly ideas.

  2. A Lurker

    It will be a long time before sheep evolve into wolves.

  3. C. Paul Barreira

    In South Australia, increasingly little more than a Chinese dependency, consider it done.

  4. Squirrel

    Very relevant at present, with the RBA apparently bewildered at the failure, thus far, of our “miracle” economy to respond to the last few years of emergency cash rates with a surge in wages and a fall in unemployment and underemployment – could it possibly have anything to do with year after year of record rates of immigration…..?

  5. egg_

    Wasn’t the recent Federal Election a “referendum on CAGW” by the great unwashed?

  6. Speedbox

    It will be a long time before sheep evolve into wolves.

    And God knows we have plenty of sheep in this country.

  7. John Constantine

    Obviously our elites must buy the chicom secret police social credit score software and weaponise the public security cameras already owned in Australia by companies subservient to the peoples liberation army.

    Then arm revolutionary guard Death squads to enforce cheerful squalor upon Australia’s proles.

  8. Muddy

    John Constantine
    #3045903, posted on June 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    … Then arm revolutionary guard Death squads to enforce cheerful squalor upon Australia’s proles.

    One sniffs an opportunity for infiltration.

  9. None

    Went to the footy at Adelaide Oval the other week and had players spruiling going to China with southwestern China Airlines FFS. It is indeed true that South Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese communist party.

  10. Rococo Liberal

    My problem is that no American, including the great Hanson, really knows what ”middle class” means.
    That ruins the theory.
    Many of the Middle Class supprt the left these days. It’s not the elites who are the issue. Most of them are actually right wing. The real problem is in the middle class people fighting amongst themselves.

  11. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    It is indeed true that South Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese communist party.

    What?

  12. The elites should do well to remember the American Civil War, it too was a fight between the Republicans and the Democrats about right and wrong. Don’t think it can’t happen again and, as usual, the Democrats (or the Left in it’s totality) are always on the side of wrong.

  13. John Constantine

    It is something you owe to yourself to build an online lefty identity, so infiltrating lefty power structures and gravy troughs is open to you.

    Buy your antifa guy Fawkes mask online today.

    With true anti State fascism in your heart.

    Comrades.

  14. Lilliana

    In South Australia, increasingly little more than a Chinese dependency, consider it done.

    Went to the footy at Adelaide Oval the other week and had players spruiling going to China with southwestern China Airlines FFS. It is indeed true that South Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese communist party.

    As is Tasmania. Hobart has signs (real estate, shop fronts) in mandarin only, entire Chinese work crews, special privileges for our new masters (so much for equality). At times it hard to tell whether you in Hobart or Shanghai. As soon as the high rise get built the takeover will be complete.

    And they wonder why people are seething.

  15. RobK

    TAFKAS,
    ITHO (in TAFKAS’ humble opinion.
    Be cautious using second order acronyms it is a worrying sign of being possessed by the bureaucrats/ technocrats mind set.
    Just saying.

  16. max

    Envy never sleep:

    Original Tax Rates

    The original income tax was obviously not meant to be paid by most citizens, nor were rates high enough to significantly undermine the spirit of enterprise. For example, under this system single taxpayers today would pay no tax on any earnings up to almost $45,000 and married couples on earnings up to almost $60,000. A one percent tax rate would be in effect on incomes up to about $300,000. The top rate of 7 percent would not take hold until earnings hit almost $7.5 million.

    As for the corporate income tax, it was imposed in 1909 at a rate of one percent and included a $5,000 exemption. Again, translated into 1994 dollars, companies would face the one percent rate with an exemption of $81,967.

    Alas, people attracted to the income tax through appeals to envy soon discovered that envy knows no boundaries and never makes for good economic policy. Government rather quickly transformed the income tax from a light tax on high incomes to a heavy tax on almost all incomes.

    https://fee.org/articles/original-intent-and-the-income-tax/

  17. max

    The demography of Australia :

    Ancestry
    English 36.1%
    Australian 33.5%
    Irish 11%
    Scottish 9.3%
    Chinese 5.6%
    Italian 4.6%
    German 4.5%
    Indian 2.8%
    Greek 1.8%
    Dutch 1.6%
    Filipino 1.4%
    Vietnamese 1.4%
    Lebanese 1%

    Total Australian-born 17,650,000
    Total foreign-born 7,341,910
    England England[B] 992,000
    Mainland China Mainland China[C] 651,000
    India India 592,000
    New Zealand New Zealand 568,000
    Philippines Philippines 278,000
    Vietnam Vietnam 256,000
    South Africa South Africa 189,000
    Italy Italy 187,000
    Malaysia Malaysia 174,000
    Scotland Scotland[D] 135,000
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 134,500
    South Korea South Korea 116,120
    Germany Germany 114,580
    Greece Greece 108,830
    United States United States 108,610
    Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR[E] 100,620

    Religion
    No religion
     30.1%
    Roman Catholic
     22.6%
    Other Christian
     18.7%
    Anglican

    13.3%
    Islam

    2.6%
    Buddhism

    2.4%
    Hinduism

    1.9%
    Other
     0.8%

    English is the only language spoken in the home for close to 72.7% of the population. The next most common languages spoken at home are
    Mandarin (2.5%)
    Arabic (1.4%)
    Cantonese (1.2%)
    Vietnamese (1.2%)
    Italian (1.2%).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_Australia

  18. sfw

    All the major politicians want mass migration because they think it produces economic growth, which in a way it does, more people consume more. If there no increase in productivity with the mass migration there can be no increase in living standards or wages etc. I don’t know if our elites are too dumb to understand this, or they do and they don’t care. I lean towards the dumb explanation.

    The same people who say they understand the law of supply and demand seem to think it doesn’t apply to employment, wages and migration. If you bring in heaps of low skilled people they must drive down the wages of those low skilled citizens who have to compete for the fewer and fewer low skilled jobs. Again I ask why do our elites not see this?

    Raising the cost of living through green policies is just the elites displaying their devotion to one of the several pillars of modern elitism. They don’t care for those hurt by their quest for ideological/religious purity as long as their peers see their adherence to the creed.

  19. max

    OMG! My comment hasn’t appeared can moderator check it please, thanks.

  20. max

    All the major politicians want mass migration because they think it produces economic growth,

    some want big strong state ( Indonesia is going to invade us ).
    some know that political promises can not be paid by current population.
    some need cheaper labour.
    some need reliable and hard working labour.

  21. max

    The demography of Australia :
    English 36.1%
    Australian 33.5%
    Irish 11%
    Scottish 9.3%
    Chinese 5.6%

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_Australia

  22. max

    Total Australian-born 17,650,000
    Total foreign-born 7,341,910
    England England[B] 992,000
    Mainland China Mainland China[C] 651,000
    India India 592,000
    New Zealand New Zealand 568,000
    Philippines Philippines 278,000
    Vietnam Vietnam 256,000
    South Africa South Africa 189,000
    Italy Italy 187,000
    Malaysia Malaysia 174,000
    Scotland Scotland[D] 135,000
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 134,500
    South Korea South Korea 116,120
    Germany Germany 114,580
    Greece Greece 108,830
    United States United States 108,610
    Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR[E] 100,620

  23. Nob

    unelected bureaucrats multiplied and vastly increased their power over private citizens. The targeted middle classes lacked the resources to fight back against the royal armies of tenured regulators, planners, auditors, inspectors and adjusters who could not be fired and were never accountable.

    This is the one that bugs me the most, but gets the least comment.

    The New Licence Raj.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licence_Raj

  24. thefrollickingmole

    Nob+
    Thats the most depressing thing Ive ever read.

  25. Nob

    Mafia Raj (lit. mafia regime) refers to a criminalised nexus (or “mafia”) of government officials, elected politicians, business interests and other entities (such as law-enforcement authorities, non-governmental organisations, trade unions or criminal organisations)

    Sound familiar?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_Raj

  26. bespoke

    A Lurker
    #3045881, posted on June 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    It will be a long time before sheep evolve into wolves.

    If ever, MAFS or like minded shows are hear to stay.

  27. Jonesy

    Hire a u-haul trailer California to Texas..$1200.00US
    Hire a u-haul trailer Texas to California..$400.00US

  28. J.H.

    He has a grand mind does Mr Victor Davis Hanson.

  29. J.H.

    egg_
    #3045896, posted on June 18, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Wasn’t the recent Federal Election a “referendum on CAGW” by the great unwashed?

    ….. It certainly was. But like Brexit, it just ain’t gonna happen. Because according to the political elites and our permanent bureaucracy…. We the people know not what we do. Apparently we are only “Free” to follow their ambitions, rather than our own.

  30. CameronH

    This is an alliance between the rich elites and the ever increasing poor. The rich can avoid the extra cost and regulations and rules and the poor get subsidised so much that the cost does not apply to them either. As the poor usually also do not work then a large proportion of the new rules that affect middle class people such as the harassment from fascist organisations like the Human Rights Commission. Think also the “me too” BS, does not apply to them either.

    I also do not accept his conclusion that the elites will willingly give up their position. If you look at the US the elites in the uniparty, GOP and Democrats, the public service, and the main stream media are still trying to effect their coup against Trump and are now actively working to corrupt the voting system to get him out in 2020. This push back is also happening in Britain with the attempted derailing of Brexit and with new laws being brought in in much of Europe to criminalise the activities of the populist parties.

    I just really hope that they come to their senses before the citizens of many of these countries decide that only a shooting war will be needed for them to regain control of their democracies.

  31. Rokdoktor

    Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims – Ayn Rand

  32. Iva Right

    The silent majority, the quiet Australians as Morrison calls them, is sick and tired of being told how they must act and think. Immigration, at least the makeup of it, gender politics and the rights of sexual deviants and loss of free speech are all flash points for them. They feel like strangers in their own country and have a perception that the rights of illegals, deviants and any other weird minority group that sticks up its hand trounces their own rights! Witness the loonies that glued themselves to a road yesterday in protest to the Adani mine. They disrupted people who have jobs to go to and when prised off the road at great expense to the taxpayer were released without charge. How is that even close to right? These loonies should be heavily fined or jailed and their taxpayer funded bludge money withdrawn. This is what really pisses of the quiet Australian!

  33. Lilliana

    They feel like strangers in their own country

    Yes – I think that sums up the situation perfectly. Any wonder why there is talk of another civil war in the US. We have been betrayed for decades by ‘elites’ who think they know what is best for us. People have had enough.

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