THE list of organisations withdrawing from CBI Scotland over its stance [opposing] the [Scottish independence] referendum grew yesterday, with two more universities among those quitting.Scotland will vote soon on whether to leave the UK. A friend in Edinburgh tells me that it's all over but the vote counting. The periphery is, for better or worse, poised to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with the sassenach.
They're joined by Catalonia:
Catalonia’s president has vowed to press ahead with a fiercely contentious referendum on independence from Spain, warning that he now saw little chance of a negotiated settlement with Madrid that could tackle the region’s economic and political grievances...And the restive populations of Wales, Brittany, and Northern Italy watch with increasing impatience. Belgium looks fair to break apart within a decade, as the unnatural marriage of french speaking Walloons and dutch speaking Flemings continue to keep that national government vapor locked.
Europe, for all its grandiose centralizing plans to counterbalance the American hyperpuissance is falling apart before our eyes. Devolution is the game. Here, we call that secession. The path to that end is not (quite) inevitable, but is where the smart money is betting already in Edinburgh. Soon it will be betting that way in Dallas.
I first broached this topic four years ago:
Kings of [Dark Ages Britain] were Ring Givers, as described in Beowulf and echoed in J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Simon Schama writes about how the system worked in his A History Of Britain:And so it is today. The modern Kings - David Cameron, Barack Obama, M. van Rampouy - are failing because they struggle to be Ring Givers. Europe has led the charge down this blind alley, and so are running out of rings faster than here in the Colonies, but the plain fact is that Scotland and Catalonia wouldn't even be considering striking out on their own if the political establishment could buy them off. The used to be able to do this, for the last two decades. Now an enormous and enormously expensive bureaucracy in London and Strassbourg has consumed the surplus while tamping down economic growth with stifling regulation. We've see on these shores where that leads.
Their political power rested on the spoils of war and on the unwritten custom of the clan. The blood feud and the inhumation of bodies were standard practice among them. This does not mean, however, that the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms were places of sub-human brutality and ignorance, perpetuated by thugs in helmets. War was not a sport; it was a system. Its plunder was the glue of loyalty, binding noble warriors and their men to the king. It was the land, held in return for military service, that fed their bellies; it was the honour that fed their pride; and it was the jewels that pandered to their vanity. It was everything.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
The European centralizing experiment is collapsing. You'll watch it happen this year. Sic transit gloria mundi, and good riddance to bad rubbish. And so to our shores, and the inevitable collapse of the Washington centralizing bureaucracy.
Inevitable is the proper term, and this isn't just me being long on sunshine and kittens. Barack Obama is without doubt the most European US President in history. His use of power is straight out of the playbook of the European "Elite". They're running into massive resistance in Europe and Obama is running into it here on these shores:
“I am about ready,” [Texas Attorney] General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”In a more prosperous day, Washington would have just bought him off. But they can't now, any more than David Cameron can buy off the Scottish politicians or Señor Rajoy Brey can buy off the Catalan politicians. There's no money left. It's all been spent on the coalition that supported each of these leaders ascent to power - the notorious "Stimulus" program was essentially a Trillion dollar payoff to Obama's allies, and he certainly would have not been reelected without that.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, “This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country ...And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.”
But that's all spent now. And to the Dark Ages reference above, plunder is the glue of loyalty. In that post I predicted the current conundrum for the leaders of the Western world:
The modern Regulatory State has a more subtle (and less brutal) method of getting plunder, but at its heart the system is the same: politics is still about feeding bellies, vanity, and pride. Regulations need Regulators, which gives ample opportunity for patronage. New regulations can be crafted with the help of powerful allies, which gives ample opportunity to flatter egos and let them show their followers that they too can deliver results. Plunder must be distributed, even it it takes the form of intellectual booty.What I missed in that post is the bureaucracy as the natural ally of the centralizing power. The bureaucracy has shown itself to be the creature of the centralizers, with the IRS and the BATF as the poster children for intrusive politization of the organs of the government. And they have been well rewarded for it as 7 of the 10 richest counties in the US are in the Washington DC area.
The Regulatory State has led us, step by step, vanity project by vanity project to a massive bubble of Sovereign Debt. Like someone who refinanced their house to take a vacation, the industrialized world is facing a crisis caused by a dynamic that Rædwald understood: the need for rulers to cater to their supporter's money, pride, and vanity.
But power exists to be used, and the bureaus are either slipping beyond Obama's control - running on the autopilot which is the Iron Law - or it's all part of the plan to subjugate the hinterlands. In any event, it's not working as a self-organized Nevada militia stared down the BLM and the states become increasingly restless. This means that smart State politicians see a way to get ahead by getting tough with Washington. Increasingly, it pays to flip the bird to the king.
The Center cannot hold, because a wildly expensive bureaucracy is stifling the Periphery. The Periphery doesn't like it. The cost of the people who keep the Center in power makes it impossible to buy off enough politicians to defuse the Periphery's unrest. It's a dialectic in action.
The natives are restless, and are increasingly so.
And so the smart politics is increasingly one of defiance to the Center. We shall see it later this year in Edinburgh and Barcelona. We will see is to a lesser - but growing - extent in Austin and Pierre. But the trajectory is locked because Obama needs every scrap of his base for this (and the next) election cycle. He'll double down because he has to. That will be throwing gasoline on the fire. And it won't be enough now, as it wasn't in the Dark Ages:
As is the centralizing bubble. In the end, Washington DC will collapse because there is no alternative. There's no plausible scenario where the growth in power and control over the States is sustainable. Things that can't continue don't. I believe that the Class Warfare in this Cold Civil War have so weakened the bands that have bound together the Red and Blue States that the easiest solution will be a split. The Blue States will get Washington, and its bureaucracy, and its cost.War was not a sport; it was a system. Its plunder was the glue of loyalty, binding noble warriors and their men to the king. It was the land, held in return for military service, that fed their bellies; it was the honour that fed their pride; and it was the jewels that pandered to their vanity. It was everything.To keep a large kingdom's fighting men in booty, you had to fight a lot. You also had to fight smart - a king that loses a lot of battles loses his men's loyalty and ultimately his life. The chronicles tell us that the Merovingian boy king Sigebert wept in his saddle as his army was routed. That's what led to the Mayors of the Palace becoming the war leaders and Ring Givers, and that led to the replacement of the Merovingians by the Carolingians. You might say that the Merovingian bubble burst.
I don't expect that they will ultimately enjoy that.
Bootnote: if you believe that the two political parties are but the two wings of the same bird of prey, then this suggests that President Romney will see this same dynamic continue in 2017 ...