Milbank hypothesis on “legitimate political discourse” is flawed

No, Milbank does not get it right. “Legitimate political discourse” is not a synonym for speech.

To begin with, children are property and have no rights. Secondly, “legitimate” means “according to law,” a category that covers lethal injection, the termination of parental rights, the physical discipline of school children and used to include slavery. “Political” means the use of power to coerce, usually the populace, via deprivation and triangulation to, in this case, derail a course of action (discourse). This is consistent with the fact that the “targets” were not physically injured during the delivery of the message to Congress.

While both major factions are nominally dedicated to informally (illegitimately) representing the people, who govern, they have no legitimate function, albeit authorized as subsidiaries of states. The participants in the factions are the source of the effort to pervert the flow of power from the people to the agents of the state.

What is on the agenda now is to secure a foothold in the electoral process for the major factions since alternative factions (Workers Party, Libertarians, Progressives, We the People of Southeast Georgia, Greens) are knocking on the doors. Partisans of the major factions are desperate not to be discarded.

The results in Georgia in 2020 were determined by self-designated Democrats (not promoted by party operatives) Libertarians and nominal Republicans who refused to vote, abstained from voting for President in the general and stayed home during the run-off. Neither the press nor the major factions have an interest in having these fact made public because it augurs the end of bipartisanship.