Got My Pitchfork: Or Caleb’s Populist Revolt
W. H. Chellis
Caleb Stegall has been busy of late. In a Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News, Caleb published this excellent piece entitled Populism Now!
“When the oldest sources of order â€“ which are at root religious â€“ are abandoned along with their traditions and taboos, the resulting void of meaning is by necessity filled with some ideology promising one form or another of perfect happiness in the here and now. And these systems of self-salvation creep not toward liberation, but toward total control.
Populism in its progressive form is not immune from this utopian yearning, which must always end in disaster. So our neopopulist moment ought to be approached with sober awareness that an angry mob is probably worse than a corrupt bureaucrat. The same bureaucrat who has harnessed the anger of the mob with progressive dreams is far more terrible than both.
What is called for is an anti-progressive populism; an anti-movement movement; a return to what is near, known and particular. What is called for is what I think of as regional populism. Its first political task will be to rediscover the ways citizens of the old American republic used to think and talk.”
Do check it out and enjoy.