Florence King, the venerable misanthrope at National Review, penned an excellent summary of the current state of affairs in America for the November 17th issue. She was writing before the election, mind you, so what she had to say seems even more poignant now (subscription required):
…Conservatives are incensed by the idea of American socialism but I think we have skipped it in favor of bigger and better despair. America will never be a socialist country per se because we are already globalists-in-training and will be full-fledged ones in the not-too-distant future. At the moment, we are undergoing some kind of 21st-century sociopolitical sea change, comparable to the transference stage in psychoanalysis that leaves people the same, but different.
Globalism is socialism without borders whereby the world’s moneymen practice unfettered capitalism among themselves while majority populations, lulled into brain death by the good life under the socialistic governments set up to keep them quiet, convince themselves that they live in capitalist countries. Not only do they get the “capitalist” part wrong, they get the “country” part wrong, too. Globalist Man doesn’t live in a country, he lives in what Teddy Roosevelt called a “polyglot boardinghouse.” This is how socialism and globalism differ. Socialism leaves conspicuous nationality alone, often because it’s good for the tourist trade. Globalism, on the other hand, cannot succeed unless people become foreigners in their own land. This is what is happening to “real” Americans in “real” America: Expatriation in situ is the enemy within, and it’s us.
Expatriation in situ is a fact. We are turning into our own foreigners, and it’s not pleasant to witness.