Note what he’s implicitly arguing here: The right “wins”, when some dysfunctional madman who seems either an overconfident autist or an actual schizo, gains political power.
The right doesn’t really want to “fix” society anymore. Because nobody really believes our problems can be fixed anymore, or at least nobody is willing to pay the price necessary to fix them.
Note what nobody wants to discuss about Argentina: Argentina elected a crazy ancap because they suffer record inflation and he promises to end their central bank and just move to using the US dollar.
They suffer record inflation, because they’re a food exporting nation that just suffered a record drought that completely ruined almost all their crops. Yields of soybeans literally just dropped in half.
Why did they suffer such a record drought? You know the answer. It’s the elephant in the room, the problem you’re not supposed to mention, even among right wing autists and schizos it makes me unpopular when I dare to point it out.
Argentina is not suffering some unusually corrupt, “woke” or incompetent government. What sets Argentina apart from other countries is that it suffers unusually harsh environmental damage to its economy. But when people see record inflation, their natural impulse is to blame poor government policies.
So when the right realizes the Argentinians elected an actual madman, someone who wants to abolish the department of infrastructure and thinks he met his dog 2000 years ago in the Colosseum and wants to force 10 year old pregnant girls to give birth, the next argument begins.
It’s the idea that government is like a kaleidoscope and if you simply shake the whole thing hard enough, a prettier picture will perhaps emerge. In reality it’s more like a car: A complex machine humans invented long ago, that keeps getting more complex. All cars get shittier as they age, for electric cars your range decreases, internal combustion engines get nosier, etc.
But if you want a car that continues to function relatively well as it ages, you will need to hire a skilled mechanic, who has no original ideas and simply does what he was taught. But that’s not human nature. Nobody with cancer wants to go see a doctor who promises him he’ll drag it out until the pain becomes unbearable. He wants a doctor who promises to cure him.
The difference between the left and the right now is that the left consists of technocrats who promise to drag our civilization’s lifespan out for as long as possible. They don’t really promise to solve the climate problem, but they will reduce emissions and then with a bit of luck you can eventually just block the sun and buy yourselves a few more decades.
Nobody really knows how the ocean will respond as it continues acidifying under those circumstances, but people don’t really want to think about this topic anyway, it makes them really uncomfortable. If they have children, it makes them both uncomfortable and guilty, so the natural inclination of most people is to just try to avoid the topic altogether.
The right on the other hand, isn’t really promising to solve problems anymore either. This began with the election of Trump and the Brexit. Everyone learned a lesson from this, the fact that a lot of people will continue voting for this sort of stuff, even after seeing that it doesn’t really substantially solve anything.
The right is promising one thing: They’ll leave you free to have fun on the way out. And I don’t want to underemphasize the value of freedom here. I’m ultimately right wing myself. But when you elect some ancap who clones his dogs or a real estate billionaire who just bullies his opponents into defeat, you’re deluding yourself if you seriously argue that these people are going to solve any of the problems you’re dealing with.
If you want an analogy, imagine you’re a bubble boy. You’re living in a bubble because you were born without an immune system. Your mom wants you to stay forever in your bubble, safely in the hospital. When you really bug her, she takes you out on a walk through the garden outside the hospital.
Your dad on the other hand asks you: “What do you want?” You tell him you want to go to the funfair. You want to step outside the bubble, step into the bumper cars and bump it against two girls who will start screaming as soon as you bump into them. Your dad tells you “well alright, just don’t tell mom”. So you go to the funfair. You wait in line like a normal kid and eventually step into the bumper cars. It’s not exactly what you were hoping for, but you had fun, even though you scratched your arm.
When you return to the hospital, you begin to develop a fever and your scratch is starting to look really ugly. Your mom berates your dad. You hear them fight outside your room in a way you’ve never heard them fight before. “FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, He’s a TEN YEAR OLD JOHN! He doesn’t understand! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!” Is what you can make your mom out yelling.
You’re put on a cocktail of antibiotics and suffer various painful injections. But eventually you develop sepsis, slip into a coma and die. Was it worth it? There is no correct answer. Everyone will have to answer that question for themselves.
I just hope you had fun.