Metternich’s assessment of Napoleon I was the best there ever was.
His initially dismissive assessment of Napoleon III was off the mark – ‘Bonapartism without Bonaparte is false‘. But even when he wrong (to be sure, a rare event), Metternich’s thinking often was on the right track; most impressively, his views contain lessons that can be applied to a surprising number of use cases from any time period.
Charlottesville is just such a use case where the old Master provided the elements to conjur a proper political analysis.
As it turned out France under Napoleon III was Bonapartism with a Bonaparte.
But his point applies to any national leader well enough that his wrong application of that statement to Napoleon III may still be generalized into this correct scientific statement –
- Bonapartism requires a Bonaparte.
Now, the quality of political debate in Metternich’s era had not disintegrated to the point where it was necessary to point out that viable Bonapartism required implementation in France. But I do not yet have such an advantage, at least not until the Hamiltonian jackboot has completed its inevitable takeover of the United States, achieved world domination in the name of freedom and Democracy.
In the meantime circumstances demand we add a regional constraint to Metternich’s general political equation. Thus –
- Bonapartism requires a Bonaparte in France.
Show me the head of state and I can show you whether or not the equation is balanced – Maduroism really is in keeping with “Bolivarianism requires a Bolivar in the Andes“.
The problem, this still leaves Venezuela with Bolivarianism, and Bolivarianism leads to a wasteland with or without a real Bolivar. But that is another article.
Then there is the inexhaustible perpetual memetic motion machine known as Adolf Hitler.
As often happens when the too-famous Adolf is brought up at least one side (usually all sides) is not talking about actual Hitlerism but strawman Hitlerism bearing no resemblance to the genuine article.
Real Hitlerism with Hitler in Germany was a viable political movement. And, even for the Germans, probably a one time experiment that got carried away with itself that will not be repeated again.
Charlottesville did not involve Hitlerism in any form.
Hitlerism without Hitler is LARP Nazism; a counterfeit, fool’s gold Nazism with no more hope of achieving serious political power than #NeverTrump. If this conclusion were ever under any cloud of doubt to the rational observer the fiasco that just befell the LARP Nazis lifts it.
LARP Nazis have three strikes against them – their Hitlerism is not Nazism (Hitler was a German racial supremacist, not a “white nationalist”, who would have killed an extra 100 million Slavs if he had won), they have no Hitler, and even if they were adhering to real Nazism with a real Hitler they are implementing it in the wrong country.
Three strikes means LARP Nazism is a political nullity that should be treated as a non-player on the political field.
This brings me to the other toxic variable in this most ridiculous of events, the Progressives.
Logically they should dismiss LARP Nazism, but they do not because they see in it political yarn to spin into gold.
For them the perceived advantages of turning this minor event (only somewhat more significant than a deadly rock concert riot) into a second Barbarossa are multiple.
Their egos need the surge they feel by picturing themselves as heroic anti-Nazis without the substantial risks that came with fighting real Nazis.
In the absence of a real Hitler, a fake Hitler to fight is enough to splash the Progressive’s overactive (if limited) neurons with a pleasing dose of crack.
But, like all drug highs, the exhilaration of political crack is fleeting.
After the hangover is shaken off the real work is tying this event to Trump no matter how ludicrous are the connecting dots on the chalkboard to getting post-Hitler swastikas to equal Trump.
This spurious connection is also a drug-fueled hallucination. It is also self-defeating for the same reasons – Trumpism is neither Hitlerism with Hitler nor Hitlerism without Hitler.
Only if Trump is actually a real Hitler (I’ll be generous enough to humor this hypothetical by not pointing out he serves as head of state of the wrong country) will the tag stick.
Trump clearly isn’t, but the Left will overplay this exaggerated incident anyway by not letting the matter go long after the public tunes out the argument.
My advice is to let them beat this dead Panzer because their drug fueled hallucination leads them nowhere out of the political desert they’ve wandered into.