The Great American Hootenanny on the Ashes of Liberty
“We are led to believe that race doesn’t exist—which would imply that white people don’t exist, either—but that through some sort of socially righteous prestidigitation, white people are easy to spot and must be scapegoated for all human, animal, and plant suffering across the universe from the dawn of time. And if you think that’s a ridiculous burden to bear, that’s only because you’re a ‘white supremacist.’”-Jim Goad, from TakiMag
“Basically, the Left wants to move the U.S. to a managed-democracy situation as in the EU, with 'hate speech' laws, police harassing dissenters, no political resistance possible to mass immigration. The Republican Establishment is basically OK with this too.”-Peter Brimelow
Narcissistic Entitlement Syndrome: Occurs when people’s high self-appraisals are unrealistic and they don’t really deserve the victories and attention they crave.-Excerpted from Psychology Today
…And so the Great American Hootenanny on the ashes of liberty continues. “Give me convenience or give me death!” the Dead Kennedys album title proclaimed, but instead of being an either/or proposition, it’s become something like, “Give me convenience until the latest import from Somalia stabs me to death while screaming Allahu Akbar!” Allahu Akbar, as the skid-marks at Harvard et al. would have it, means, “I come in peace!” (pieces?).
The Leftist worldview is patently absurd. It is the refuge of the incomprehensible, the grotesque and obscene, a collectivist pack of assorted subnormals, virtue-signaling cuckolds, and sinister Soros-style globalists who (credit where credit is due) brilliantly game the unwitting coalition of various “marginalized groups” seeking to have access to power in order to abuse it. The only thing really unifying the latter group is their perceived status as The Oppressed, with the greater the perceived oppression, the greater the “reward” in a kind of perverse victim currency, a politics of revenge the primary driver of their “compassionate” world-view. The Left values the individual insofar as one can maximize their hedonistic pleasure while shirking responsibility, but group affiliation is the ultimate determinant of one’s “status” in the victim hierarchy.
If you’re looking for coherence from the Cultural Marxists, you’ll never find it. The Left, for all of their multi-cultural boilerplate, views all cultures as “equal” which in practice, to borrow from Mark Steyn, excuses you from having to know anything about them; they make the fatal assumption that everyone, barring some deep moral failing (but only if you’re white), thinks the same, that all of their prospective gardeners and servants né global brown masses want to drink from the brackish well of their joyless paradoxes—prudish materialism, secular religion, fixed sexuality but fluid genders, relativist moral absolutes. These people shred certain religious types for divining “God’s Will” in natural disasters and then turn around and blame a series of hurricanes on some kind of cosmic retribution for having a Donald Trump presidency foisted upon them.
There are very significant questions that need answering, and this snake oil form of liberalism has proven incapable of answering them. As the economy becomes increasingly specialized and cognitively-intensive, the need for unskilled labor is going to continue to decrease. Why, then, does the Party of Compassion fail to protect the most vulnerable members of society by continuing to import literally millions of people who have proven to cost the state at least a half a million dollars per person over the course of their lifetimes, not to mention depress wages and elevate crime? We are twenty trillion dollars in debt. This is historic, and it’s also completely unsustainable. I understand the virtue of compassion and as a living, breathing human, not a caricature of a conservative, I actually have a little (shocking, I know), but at what point does it become a vice? I would argue we crossed that Rubicon a long time ago, and what’s more, at least for the Saul Alinsky types, I’m not sure it ever was about compassion. For the ringleaders of the Left, that’s very obviously not the case now. For them, it’s all about power and control.
I typically defer to the libertarian worldview because it allows for maximal freedom for people to chart their own course in life with minimal external impediment. Almost without fail, government meddling results in worse cock-ups than if left to people’s own devices. There are such things as immutable truths. Death comes for us all. Gravity always wins. The government wastes your money. Human beings are inherently flawed, capable of both great virtue and great evil. We are living in a hysterical age, proof enough that “progress”—however you want to define it—comes in fits and starts, and is certainly not uni-directional.
Freedom is a truly terrifying proposition for most people. The uniqueness of the American experiment is (was?) that it gave people, in theory if not always in practice, control of their own destiny to a degree still unsurpassed on this temporal plane. Government does not dispense rights, it is meant to be the guarantor of them. This thought process has an eight hundred year history in the Anglo-American experience, and with varying degrees of success across the globe, has generally benefitted the societies it’s settled, shaped, or impacted. That said, I also happen to believe that all people have a right to self-determination, so there’s a long and much more nuanced conversation to be had here about the imperial aspect of colonialism, but one which is, to be perfectly frank, boring in its tediousness since I’ve had it so many times already, therefore I won’t get into it here. Suffice it to say a proper appraisal of both historical events and human nature leaves no one smelling like roses, but I’m also of the mind that all people have a right to self-determination.
Whether the mainstream media wants to admit it or not, we are at war. The Western world has been neutered and cowed, and little stands in the way of its cultural annihilation. We have no one to blame but ourselves for letting things get to this point, but the time has come to stand up for the core values that make Western civilization the guiding light on this planet. Freedom is the most precious gift we have, and the cost is eternal vigilance. Free speech is the fundamental right from which all others spring, and it must be protected at all costs. As our civil liberties are stripped one by one, as speech codes encroach on our ability to speak freely and openly, as economic terrorism destroys the livelihoods of all who speak out, as fundamentalist Islam snakes its way into the bosom of the civilized world, our citizens are asleep at the wheel and the Establishment has drugged them. We are driving headlong toward the multi-cultural abyss, the cliff looming, the noose tightening, and yet somehow, insanely, a substantial segment of the population believes, vis-à-vis their posturing and histrionics (which are symptoms of a potential personality disorder), that their #Resistance is actually fighting against the Establishment.
This sort of Instagram rebellion, which amounts to naught but assuming the affectations of “revolutionaries”, encourages, in fact requires, little in the way of critical thinking and even less understanding of the basics of government, history, and geopolitical realities. Furthermore, despite its superficial appearance of challenging the status quo, it is the Establishment personified. Hillary Clinton? Are you fucking kidding me? I guess nothing spells revolution like celebrity endorsements and pantsuits, but the degree of ideological conformity on the Left—and I always take great care to differentiate between Leftists and true liberals—is actually a bit terrifying in its unyielding uniformity. It’s especially pronounced among Millenials, whose “movement” is, like everything else in their extended adolescence, weak, flimsy, and superficial. Their revolution, of course, is utterly lacking in substance and ceaselessly straight-laced and dour—just like Hillary Clinton, come to think of it. The alternative patron saint, Bernie Sanduhs—he of the three vacation homes or whatever it is—believes free college and debt forgiveness are human rights. Once again, superficial, superficial, superficial. Commodities, goods and services, these are evidently as inviolable as free speech—actually more so with many of the under-30s if we’ve learned anything from Berkeley et al. Their prudish and repressive utopia is just as unappealing as the Christian fundamentalists’ they’re supposedly fighting against. As in Animal Farm, they’ve assumed the form of that which they purport to hate. They’ve become indistinguishable from the forces of censorship liberals of previous generations rightly sought to rebel against. Whereas the conservatives of yore would take the Dead Kennedys or Allen Ginsberg to court on obscenity charges and attempt to censor and silence, many of today’s conservatives—the libertarians and non-RINO types —are defending the ribald and the truly transgressive. Frankly conservative is not a great label, beyond the fact that we want to conserve important aspects of our cultural traditions, and if the Dems have taught us anything, it’s that it is vital to have a good PR team. “We”—meaning non-cucked libertarians and conservatives who value fun and freedom—are due for a re-branding.
The paradigm is shifting and the old labels carry baggage that no longer apply to many on the Right. The Republican Party in no way represents the desires of most conservatives, having at turns been co-opted by the Religious Right and their aims to de-secularize politics and the Neocons, who had John Quincy Adams rolling over in his grave. The philosophical under-pinning of the United States was founded in part on Christian principles, but the intrusion of religious doctrine has no place in jurisprudence or law-making. A Christian nation, in the context of what VDare calls the Historic American Nation, yes. A theocracy, no.
It is the preservation of the Historic American Nation and many of its traditions that must be “conserved.” This is not all about race. It is about, among many other things, importing people who are indifferent to, estranged from, or even outright hostile toward the ideas of self-government and individual liberty that must form the bedrock of this country. It is about catering to the worst instincts of humanity in a naked power grab. It is about the expansion of the state into a freedom-crushing Leviathan. It can be useful to consider human biodiversity among other causal factors to explain the development of nations and trajectory of societies and to consider certain behaviors, et cetera, but believe it or not I am fully capable of making statistical claims that represent larger patterns and while retaining the ability to make case-by-case judgements on an individual basis. This is called common sense. This is called reality (or as Pinhead described it: “The worst nightmare of all”).
The Left survives on linguistic tricks, superior marketing and PR, and control of many key “strategic positions” that shape the so-called “Culture Wars” as the media and entertainment industries and the educational system lean almost completely Left. To borrow from what’s becoming a cliché but is indeed very true, politics is downstream from culture. The Left grasps this where so many on the Right do not. Control of media and education allows for the shaping of discourse, which even extends to the language we use to discuss the issues. For example, “people of color” is simply a grammatically incorrect inversion of the now-defunct phrase “colored people.” The tag “xenophobia” is affixed to all who want to restrict immigration—no, it is not based on fear, it’s based on rationally assessing where we are as a nation and seeking to address a situation that’s gotten completely out of control. Can you rightly say you think the European Union is doing a good job of enforcing its external borders? That’s what the Left wants, and was largely getting, until Donald Trump’s election. What happens next will, in no uncertain terms, decide the fate of the United States. Unenforceable borders mean the dissolution of the country. There is a place for legitimate refugees in this country, especially under the rubric of responsible immigration, but this is an impossible conversation to have when one side refuses to differentiate between racial moralizing and legitimate national self-interest and security. Frankly, irresponsible immigration policies, like excessive entitlements, hurt far more people than they help.
The flagrant flaunting of the rule of law promotes anarchic conditions that endanger people and communities. Aiding illegal aliens is a felony, so get ready Jerry Brown, the Suede Denim Secret Police are coming for you. The mayor of Baltimore gave rioters “space” to vent their frustrations, ie-let them carry on like children and torch their own community, using the “thought process” that this would somehow vindicate their grievances. It makes no rational sense unless you look at it through the lens of the paternal infantilization of non-Asian and Jewish minorities by the Democrats (and yes, I’m aware the last three mayors of Baltimore have been black women). Honestly, the identity politics thing is getting really fucking old. Sorry Sonia Sotomoyor, but nothing about being Latina makes you inherently “better” at adjudicating (in fact, your track record suggests you shouldn’t even be on the bench, irrespective of your race). The Left is absolutely terrified of the Boogeyman of Reason. Understanding race can provide us with a rubric by which to investigate certain biological realities, but it doesn’t give you some kind of inherent virtue.
Even the most basic claims of multi-culturalism fail to stand up to scrutiny. The myth of “Cities of the World” can’t even pass the eye test—ethnic enclaves abound in just about any major city affected by immigration, and this self-segregation creates small, homogeneous parallel societies within a larger one, one that in the West is not sure what exactly it is anymore. If, as Arnold J. Toynbee once said, “Civilizations die by suicide, not by murder,” then it is entirely possible we are witnessing a reckoning, whereby the United States and the West more broadly will either live through its attempted suicide, or will collapse into another Dark Ages. It’s the sheer redundancy of the issues across Western societies that’s perhaps most damning. Gad Saad’s tentatively calling his forthcoming book The Death of the West by a Thousand Cuts, and I think that’s a very apropos title. The fact of the matter is the West is witnessing its defining characteristics erode and give way to Mediocre Generica Utopianism, Inc., its actual virtues of liberty and pluralism bastardized to suit yet another iteration of the socialist agenda. Lenin’s “Useful Idiots” are busy screaming about Privilege and Patriarchy while a tiny cabal of globalists consolidate power: nation-states out, multi-nationals in. Fans of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream generously provided by the Anglo-Dutch trans-national corporation Unilever, eat your heart out.
More on this next time…