The ism suffix particle most often indicates a faith, or a similarly faith-based system of beliefs. There are a few exceptions – bruxism, for instance, is dentists’ term for habitual grinding of the teeth, and a neologism is just a newly coined word – but the rule is usually reliable.
Recently, we’ve had discussions about scientism versus actual science. Scientism, to be specific, is a de facto worship of men who call themselves scientists, whether or not they really are. We are told not to argue with them, as if they were a priesthood dispensing a revelation. But scientism has nothing whatsoever in common with science, which is a process of open inquiry, inference, prediction, and experimentation. It’s doubtful these discussions have changed many minds. My lexical approach isn’t likely to change many, either – what could, in these days of absolute polarization? – but it’s what I do.
In keeping with the above approach to this important contemporary foofaurauw, I’d like to introduce for your consideration and possible rhetorical exploitation the coinage democratism, which I shall define as the worship of numbers presented to us as the results of honest elections. Thou shalt not question the election tallies! cry the apostles of democratism. They are a sacred gift, the fruits of our priceless inheritance of democracy! In this manner they shout down any Americans who doubt that the 2020 elections were conducted according to the applicable laws. The creed of democratism displaces the legally codified procedure of electoral balloting that’s usually albeit inaccurately called democracy.
Note how nicely democratism conduces to the interests of the Ruling Class. What’s that? You claim we don’t have a Ruling Class? But then, why was it felonious lese majeste that Americans assembled in Washington to protest an election they sincerely believe was stolen from them? What makes it akin to treason to argue that there cannot be eighty-one million living American citizens who would vote to install as president a senile and demonstrably sick old man who has fantasized his entire history, continues to repeat thoroughly debunked lies, can’t complete three sentences in a row, has difficulty reading from a teleprompter, and spent nearly the whole of the campaign season hiding in his basement?
Both scientism and democratism have been harnessed to the cart of statism: the worship of political power and those who wield it. They’ve proved extraordinarily strong draft animals. In combination with the engine of propaganda and deceit we call the media, they’ve all but completed the subjugation of what was once the freest, most prosperous, and most secure nation ever to have existed.
Seems like November 2000 was just yesterday, doesn’t it, Gentle Reader?
The very folks who screamed and raved and ceaselessly agitated to overturn the 2000 presidential election results are unanimous today about how the election is over and done and certified by the states and the Senate, so we should all “move on.” That includes a fair number of pundits considered right-of-center. While some advance arguments that have a little substance, most are simply trying to protect their rice bowls. As our English cousins might say, they’ve “done a corner” in democratism. When We the People demand that the many clear evidences of massive election fraud be properly investigated, it threatens to upset their applecarts. Impugn the integrity of those who turn the electoral wheels? Risk the ire of the regime by questioning its legitimacy? What would they do without their media perches, their access to politicians and Deep State officials, their welcome in the Georgetown cocktail party circuit? Sell used cars?
The scientism promoted by the acolytes of Faucism plays into this rather nicely. Hey, there was a pandemic in progress! We had to go to voting by mail! There was no alternative! You didn’t want everyone to get sick, did you? Saint Anthony has spoken! Thou shalt not question the High Priest of Covidism!
Ah, such fun. But it has been used to install a set of Usurpers at the levers of federal power. Removing their claws from those levers will be difficult at best. And until then, we must deal with their depredations, tacitly enabled and assisted by quislings and milquetoasts who call themselves Republicans.
A people who deserve to be free would not be sitting idle as this transpires. There would already be purges of Boards of Election and state governments to remove and punish the villains who made it possible. They would evict the “go along to get along” Republicans from their seats and replace them with patriots good for more than mouthing self-righteous insincerities into microphones. They would not be satisfied to chant “let’s go Brandon” at football games. Neither would they be kept down by scientistic oppressors wielding an engineered quasi-flu virus as their bludgeon.
But I’ve said all that before, to no demonstrable effect. Words on a computer screen can do very little. Anyway, I’ve emitted more than my quota. Do as you please, America. Pretend that everything will be back to normal by and by. I’ll shut up now.
(Where the Hell is that planetoid?)