My original title for this post was, “#MartialLaw; #MilitaryRule“. And this first paragraph would be “(spoiler alert)”. But this term, #Khakocracy, almost sums up the next phase in the experiment called #America.
Researching the idea(s), I found the title term to be too inexact for what the near future portends. I base my expectations on current, mostly singular, events. Individual actions, scattered about, that with a little more coordination could cause the governing powers to clamp down on life as we’ve known it in the good ol’ USofA.
#Resist is the present banner the self-called disenfranchised currently wrap themselves in. It’s an easy catch-all for both mainstream and far left groups to use, implying solidarity with like minded individuals that are protesting singular topics (that have no shared ground to speak from, and may in fact be against their fellow liberal protesters.)
After importing vast numbers of articles, tweets, talking head views, and the #MSM reports; the protests are borderline #anarchy. Forty years ago, the reports against the governing body would have listed body and arrest counts. The ‘lawful’ powers and their hired guns would make banal statements about bringing calm and order. And the majority of protesters would return to their workaday lives, perhaps smugly believing their efforts made a difference.
That was then. Now, authorities fear using force – they do not want to be labeled fascists and saddled with the ghosts of the past. This provides the present protesters with an opening to #pushtheenvelope, regarding how outrageous their behavior can become. I should note that the far right also participate in violent behavior. Extremism from both edges, encouraging and taunting each other – and the middle ground, can only go so far before the appointed forces (police, military, and paramilitary*) are forced to react, ala #KentState.
* #paramilitary includes groups as large as the #CIA & #FBI, and as small as a neighborhood watch captain.
The un-problem, as it were, is that there is no central figurehead to rally around, for either side. Movements succeed when there is a consensus, and has leadership gathered together with a focal group or person. The election of 2016 had that; albeit with two (or more) questionable choices for each side’s leader. I’m reminded of the character Cyrus from the cult movie ‘#TheWarriors’. But in that movie, he almost convinces all the gangs to join together. Instead, he gets picked-off (assassinated) by a rival gang leader. That was one of the things that bothered me about the movie. Luther, the character who shoots Cyrus is later seen on the phone to an unknown person. Also, the police are already in position to arrest everyone (but are woefully unprepared to do so). Hmm. Inside job?
Thus the conundrum. A movement requires a focal point. This point cannot simply be an idea / ideal. Just like #changemanagement in business/government, it requires a champion that has the power or authority to oversee the change. So, at this time, there’s two sets of opposing ideals at play. Neither set has distinctive leadership. Lots of pretenders to the throne, but no one that the great unwashed masses gravitate to. Why?
Perhaps because we-the-people are totally fed up with lies, half-lies, and continuos misdirection. We could be handed a solid gold brick from Fort Knox, half of the people wouldn’t take it, because of our solidified mistrust of everything. Historically, you would trust your family, friends, and neighbors. The safe, secure zone around what you know expands exponentially with their (diluted) input. Your knowledge base to make decisions grows inversely to the risk you accept using diluted knowledge.
Expansion continues onward to the ruling elite. Depending on the position you occupy on the socioeconomic ladder, there could be few or many levels of dilution. Now consider the amount of knowledge dilution applied to the leadership. #Kakocracy.