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Hope all my loyal readers had a pleasant mid-summer weekend.
Today I will begin with some good news. Last Friday I was contacted by Mr. Chris Jackson (Remnant contributor), who read my Donald J. Trump endorsement and asked me if I would like to contribute to the Catholics4Trump website (see here). So naturally I will take advantage of Mr. Jackson’s kind offer, in no small measure due to my professional respect for Mr. Trump, to… shall we say: help the brother out.
Concurrently, since this is a blog dedicated to the Restoration of all things in Christ, ALL being the operative word, I will continue providing analysis of how I see this process unfolding. This underlying process of Restoring all things in Christ is that which I in previous posts have termed the: NORMALIZATION PROCESS™.
Given the above, a quick review for my loyal readers and a quick crash course for my new ones as to what exactly is the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ is in order. And please excuse the wordy post. Next ones will be shorter, I promise. But I digress… The natural place to begin is with the first sentence of the Nicene Creed (Credo in Latin). When reciting/chanting/singing the Credo, we begin as follows:
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium, et invisibilium.
In English, the above translates into: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
For the sake of all discussions relating to our earthly existence, i.e. the natural order of things, understanding the above is all the theological knowledge that one really needs. The reason being that the visibilium ominium contains all the material “things” that we can identify with our senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste), while the et invisibilium are all the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.). A quick example of this above truism is the following:
When saving money for a childs college education, the physical money at the end of the process is the visibilium omnium, while the savings rate and the law of compound interest constitute the et invisibilium.
The inference that can be drawn from the above example is that IF the saving party abides by the et invisibilium, THEN he will be successful in terms of the visibilium omnium.
It is cases like the above that allow us to identify a general principle that governs human and institutional activity. On the Deus Ex Machina Blog, the general principal is known as the LEX ARMATICUS and states the following:
Those individuals and institutions that comply to the et Invisibilium, will remain a part of the Visibilium Omnium. Those that do not, will be consigned to the trash heap of history.
Given the above, the application of the LEX ARMATICUS to a given area of human activity is nothing more that which we earlier identified as the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™.
With respect to the present day occurrences of the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™, one example that we can readily observe, and the pertinent one for this post is what is called Economic Globalization. By Economic Globalization, I am referring to:
The increasing economic interdependence of national economies across the world through a rapid increase in cross-border movement of goods, service, technology, capital and people.
Naturally, aspects of Economic Globalization can be either “good” or they can be “bad”. Given that we implicitly identified our objective measuring principle for what constitutes “good” and what constitutes “bad”, we can say that those aspects of Economic Globalization that conform to the LEX ARMATICUS can be objectively considered “good” while that which do not, objectively “bad”.
One aspect of Economic Globalization that can be objectively considered “bad” is “uncontrolled migration”. Uncontrolled migration is objectively “bad” since it introduces economic displacements (disequilibria) into the indigenous economic order of society where this migration occurs. One observable effect that is caused by “uncontrolled migration” is the atrophying effect it has on that segment of the indigenous population that is considered to be the working and middle classes. The manner in which this atrophying process works is that the new migrants, having a lower cost base (lower standard of living) are able to work for lower wages than the indigenous population. This process then displaces the higher waged indigenous workers creating a growing disparity between the working/middle classes with the affluent classes, the latter taking advantage of the lower wage labor to increase their profit margins.
Proof for the above comes from two independent sources. Aside, I will use the leftist New Yorker Magazine for the “objective data points”. Back to the subject at hand. The first source is the referendum vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, i.e. the BREXIT. When analyzing why the BREXIT vote was successful and which groups voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the following is the major cause identified: (emphasis added)
In the past decade or so, Britain has taken in many thousands of immigrants from Poland, Romania, and other Eastern European countries that joined the European community after the Berlin Wall came down. In many working-class areas of the U.K., there is a lot of resentment toward these new arrivals, who are viewed as competitors for jobs and government-provided services, such as education, health care, and welfare. “A majority of people thought immigration is too large, and that leaving the E.U. would bring it down,” John Curtice, a political scientist at Strathclyde University who is also the BBC’s resident polling guru, said on-air on Thursday, as the results came in. (see here)
The reason that I find the above argument the most convincing is that it conforms to the second principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely “even neo-modernists need to eat”. What this second principle implies is that the abstract concepts of liberty, equality, fraternity are fine and dandy,… when that persons base needs are satisfied. Think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Yet when a governmental migration policy does not conform with the laws of economics – the et Invisibilium, real people suffer. To make the long story short, suffering real people vote. And in the case of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, these suffering real people voted for the UK to leave the European Union.
When observing the phenomenon that is the Donald J. Trump campaign, one can easily observe a parallel process at work. Here is the pertinent quote:
The base of the Party, the middle-aged white working class, has suffered at least as much as any demographic group because of globalization, low-wage immigrant labor, and free trade. Trump sensed the rage that flared from this pain and made it the fuel of his campaign. (see here)
Here again, if we apply the same criteria to the Trump phenomenon as we used with BREXIT, we get the same results. Those results being that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs hold. The need for food , i.e. physiological needs take precedent over even the need to be safe and secure.
Concluding, what we can infer from the above two independent examples, from among many that I could have provided, is that people act rationally. This rational behavior can be explained by the body of knowledge that humans have acquired to date through scientific means. This body of knowledge provides for us not only a most likely explanation for the phenomenon observed to date, but likewise gives us an idea of what to expect in the futures. From the evidence provided us by the observational sciences as explained above, what we can expect in the future is the continuation of the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™.
And most importantly, what the above text also provide us with is discernible and scientific evidence that Mr. Donald J. Trump in fact…
is on the right side of history.