Jesse Kelly: “This is nation-ending stuff. The people are separating from their institutions …. Once that’s gone, the clock is ticking.”
Here we go again. Returning to a theme of loss of trust institutions. I’ve been harping on that for a long time, most particularly since my Legal Insurrection post in 2017, Legal Insurrection is 9 years old, and filled with dread:
Imagine living in a repressive country in which the government blocked access to and suppressed internet content. You don’t need to move. It’s coming here but from private industry. This is, in many ways, more dangerous than government suppression of free speech because at least in the U.S. the government is subject to the First Amendment, and can be voted out of office.
I don’t know if there are any uncorrupted institutions left that matter. The education system, from public grade school through public and private higher ed, is gone. The frontal assault on free speech on campuses is the result. If you think this is just a Humanities and Social Sciences problem, stay tuned. In 3-5 years, if we’re still here, we’ll be writing about how the social justice warriors have corrupted the STEM fields. It’s happening now, it’s just not in the headlines yet.
There is a rising tide of absolutism in ideas and enforcement of ideological uniformity that is palpable….Even language as a means of communication is corrupted, with terminology manipulated and coerced to achieve political ends….
So I’m thinking through what it will mean to live without institutions.
We’ve revisited the subject via Gallup polling on trust in various institutions:
- Gallup: Trust In Institutions Hits A New Low (July 6, 2022)
- Gallup: “independents’ confidence” in mass media “is at the lowest point” ever (October 20, 2022)
- Gallup/Knight Survey: Half of Americans Believe “News Organizations Intend to Mislead Them” (February 16, 2023)
Gallup is out with another annual survey regarding trust in institutions, and there will be no surprises to anyone who reads Legal Insurrection.
Trust in the military and medical system have dropped by 4 percent since last year, though they still rate higher than most other institutions. With regard to the military, tbere’s no doubt in my mind and from our coverage the prioritization of wokeness clearly is the driving factor in loss of trust. With regard to medicine, it almost certainly is a combination of the Covid politicization of medicine and the racialization and genderization of medical treatments, particularly as to children.
From Gallup, Historically Low Faith in U.S. Institutions Continues:
Americans’ faith in major societal institutions hasn’t improved over the past year following a slump in public confidence in 2022.
Last year, Gallup recorded significant declines in public confidence in 11 of the 16 institutions it tracks annually, with the presidency and Supreme Court suffering the most. The share of Americans expressing a great deal or fair amount of confidence in these fell 15 and 11 percentage points, respectively.
Neither score recovered appreciably in the latest poll, with confidence in the court now at 27% and the presidency at 26%….
No surprisingly, there is a huge partisan divide:
Seven of the institutions measured this year earn sharply higher confidence ratings from one major party group than the other.
- The widest partisan differences are seen for the presidency (39 points) and public schools (34 points), about which Democrats are much more positive than Republicans. Democrats also express substantially more confidence than Republicans in organized labor and newspapers.
- Republicans have significantly more confidence than Democrats when it comes to the Supreme Court (28 points), the church or organized religion (24 points), and the police (20 points).
- Independents’ confidence is more similar to Democrats’ than Republicans’ when it comes to religion and the police, while it falls halfway between the two groups on the other polarizing institutions.
Gallup also has an aggregate measure of trust in all institutions, something of a temperature of distrust:
The historically depressed nature of today’s ratings is evident in the average confidence scores of nine institutions that Gallup has routinely tracked since 1979. That average fell to a new low of 26% this year. While down just one point from 2022, it is 10 points lower than in 2020.
I agree with Jesse Kelly:
This is nation-ending stuff. The people are separating from their institutions and not a single one of the institutions seem interested in earning back their trust. Even monarchies require some level of public trust. Once that’s gone, the clock is ticking.
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