More and more, the judicial coup of December 2000, wherein the United States Supreme Court installed George W. Bush as president, is manifesting itself as THE central event of U.S. history at least since the Civil War. The Y2K coup upset every underlying assumption about our country–that the United States is a democratic republic (even if only partially so), that there exists an underlying unity among our people, that this is a politically stable nation. Old assumptions about historical figures and events are now uprooted. Abraham Lincoln appears less as the Great Emancipator than as the Great Delayer able to forestall the Confederate ascendancy by about 135 years. Progressive upheavals of the past–Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, even to a significant extent the Civil Rights Revolution, look increasingly as mere passing waves on a seascape of poverty and injustice. Much more fundamentally than is true of 9/11 (and it is impossible not to feel in one’s bones a connection between the two events), the Y2K coup marks a watershed between what was then and what is now.
Y2K reminds us that history is never, ever final. Something the 0.001% should keep in mind today.