The slick cityboy carpetbagger goes to the small town and tells the working men there that he is going to improve their lives, make them better, make them richer, they just have to do this that and the other thing that ends up enriching the carpetbagger and ruining the proles. The slick communist intellectual brings his carpetbag to the small town and tells the farmers that he is there to improve their lot, that he is one of them, that all they have to do is kill the kulak who is oppressing them and the worker’s paradise will be actualized. Then the commie official ends up running the farm from Moscow, running it terribly, and millions of people starve to death.
The reactionary speaks to small town workers (through the internet of course, he doesn’t actually go into a flyover state) and tells him how moral and noble they are, he speaks of his own noblesse oblige, how he wants to help them and uplift them and make them better men…
Don’t do it guys. Don’t fall into the trap. The results will be the same as above. Reaction may have good intentions towards the lower classes. So did Pol Pot. The only thing that can be done for proles is to leave them alone. Just ask them. Prole political expression boils down to “leave me alone”. “Don’t tread on me” is the single most effective meme libertarianism has ever produced. But the libertarian is stupid, because the nerd libertarian from the city tells the prole that the cops and the local church are oppressing him, but proles like the cops and like the army and like their church. This does not compute in the libertarian system, and thus libertarians never win elections.
The prole does not think that the cops and the church are treading on him, because they are not treading on him, except to the extent that they have to impose the official religion of Washington, to the extent that the cops have to reluctantly knock on the door with a fat evil State U social worker in tow to investigate a “home environment” complaint made at the kid’s school. Proles like to cheer on their country, and like to put on uniforms and fight for their country. When the government invites in a bunch of guatemalans who are obviously taking jobs and committing crimes, that is not leaving the proles alone. It is quite the opposite, and the libertarian does not understand that.
If you actually believe that proles are hardy, manly people who can take care of their own, leave them alone, and they will take care of themselves. The prole-elite alliance, the high-low alliance, is very simple. The elite tells the prole quite truthfully that there are people who want to kill him and take his stuff and tell him how he should raise his kids, far away and organized such that a farmer with a gun cannot defend against it, and that the army and the cops will take care of it. Which is why proles like the cops and the army and eagerly participate in them, and why they hate gangs and bureaucracy.
Current underclass degeneracy is the result of attempts to uplift the proles. Underclass men are heroin addicts and underclass women slutty because of EBT cards, because of social workers, because a prole man cannot give his son a whuppin’ for being a little delinquent and can’t keep his daughter locked up when she wants to go to Mike-the-29-year-old-unemployed-drug-dealer’s party without the cops knocking on his door. Prole men smoke weed and play call of duty all night after work because they don’t have wives and can’t imagine that they have good chances of getting them anytime soon. Revealed preference shows that prole fathers will whup their misbehaving sons and lock up their misbehaving daughters, and if you left proles alone to act the way they act when left alone, the underclass degeneracy problem is solved in less than a generation.
Telling coal miners that you are going to teach them to code is carpetbagging, telling them that you’re going to sign a trade deal and a tax law that lets the mine owner make a profit on mining and selling coal, and put everyone back to work, is proper elite-prole relations. Trump gets it, and libertarians don’t. Drug-testing every prole, or distributing narcan, is carpetbagging. Liquidating the cartels is not.
Every good government, everywhere and everywhen, practices good government when it is looking up, when it is absorbed with threats to its security and stability, when it is focused on defeating enemies, and not looking downward in an attempt to meddle in the lives of common folk, no matter its intentions for doing so. It is not a matter of ideology, it is a matter of practical governance. When the nobility genuinely does not give a shit about the peasants, the peasants tend to do pretty well. The problem is when the state falls prey to the priestly systematizing instinct of “let me fix you”, the idea that human welfare can be improved via central planning, which plagued and brought down even otherwise reactionary states.