It’s hard to say where this mood of protest will go, but one place it will not be going is “away” (though the trendy ninnies will as soon as it gets cold outside). The reason the protest and sense of deep disquiet will not go away is much the same as the reason the prolife movement has not gone away: because a serious injustice is being done and our consciences rankle at it. Our ruling classes, both political and economic, are continuing to loot, calling themselves “job creators” to hold us hostage, and yet not actually creating any jobs. We are, quite simply, far worse off than we were ten years ago, particularly, the middle class. The scam of apologists for the super-rich blaming the people they loot can only continue for so long before an increasingly miserable population, thwarted at every turn from reform, starts contemplating revolt. When a slob like the CEO of Gannett, Craig Dubow, is rewarded with $37 million retirement for his achievement of driving their stock from $72 to $10 and tons of their employees into the unemployment line, such stories can only be borne so many times before people stop flinching when somebody calls them a communist for saying, “That’s evil.” Keep calling them communists long enough and not giving an inch on the obvious need for reform and you will make them communists in fact. That would be very, very bad. The American Revolution is the miraculous fluke in history. Most revolutions tend to look more like the French, Russian and Chinese revolutions or the Nazi revolt against Weimar. Trusting that we will land on our feet should a real revolution happen is like throwing a precious vase out the window and hoping that it will miraculously reshape itself into a wonderful new set of dishware when it hits the ground.
JFK, a rich guy who heralded from an era in which the rich still had a sense of noblesse oblige, said it well: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
And, of course, the Prophet Chesterton is always prescient:
“An enormous amount of modern ingenuity is expended on finding defences for the indefensible conduct of the powerful. ”
“Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.”
“In practice the great difference between the mediaeval ethics and ours is that ours concentrate attention on the sins which are the sins of the ignorant, and practically deny that the sins which are the sins of the educated are sins at all.”
Caelum et Terra has some ideas on how things need not go the way that brainless revolutionaries recycling disastrous leftist nostrums think they should, but rather with reforms that are, mirabile dictu, modeled on actual Church teaching.
Or we can let numbskulls like this run the show: