Friday, June 26, 2020

the past must be destroyed

Many on the Right seem to be assuming that the current efforts to tear down statues of Dead White Guys are motivated by anti-white hatred. I’m no at all sure that that is what is really going on. For one thing the most enthusiastic statue-topplers seem to be young whites.

I think the real hatred is aimed at the past. One thing I've noticed about the politically correct/Woke crowd is their extreme hostility to the past. The past is seen as something that is incredibly threatening and frightening because to younger people it's so inexplicable. How could people in the past not have realised that homosexuality is awesome? How could they not have realised that Girls Can Do Anything? How could those people in the past have thought that being a slut was wrong? Those people must have been evil.

What we're seeing is Year Zero stuff. Destroy the past. The past was evil. Destroy everything old. 

The obsession with Dead White Guys is really a symptom of a fear and horror of everything that happened before the 1990s. In fact even the 1990s was pretty evil. The Enlightenment began with the election of Obama.

Attacking the beliefs, values, institutions and culture of the past has alway been popular with would-be revolutionaries (the Woke crowd are actually not revolutionaries but useful idiots of the ruing class but they think they’re revolutionaries). In fact even in the ancient world it was common enough for what we now call regime change to be accompanied by attacks on everything associated with the previous regime/dynasty. Destroying statues was by no means unheard of. In fact it’s a traditional method of letting the old regime know that it’s now powerless.

The current wave of statue-toppling seems to be a case of one mostly white ideological group attacking the symbols of a rival mostly white ideological group.

Also bear in mind that the Great Awokening is a Children's Revolution. When I say children, many of these children are now in their thirties but they're still children. Mom and Dad are so evil and stupid they think men can't have babies! They think women can't have penises! Mom and Dad need to be sent to be re-educated.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

why elections don’t matter

I’m thinking I should perhaps amplify and clarify some of the points made I my previous post why the Left wants Trump to win.

First off, I wasn’t talking about the Democratic Party (I’m sure they’d like to beat Trump or at least most of them would). I was talking abut the Cultural Left (or the Social Justice Left if you prefer) in a much broader sense, and in particular about the more extreme elements in the Cultural Left/Social Justice Left. The Social Justice Left really doesn’t care about elections and this is something that the Right (and social conservatives even more so) has persistently failed to understand.

The Social Justice Left sees elections as largely irrelevant. They do not believe in the power of the ballot box (which is something the Right clings to desperately). The Social Justice Left believes that if you change the culture, and control the culture, political power will eventually follow. But in the short to medium term it’s cultural power that is the big prize, not political power as such. They believe that politics is downstream from culture.

Their method has been to infiltrate cultural institutions (media, the universities, schools) to gain cultural power, and to apply pressure (by means other than the ballot box) on politicians, bureaucrats, businesses and cultural institutions in order to achieve their goals. In the United States they have also used the courts. They can do this because they have so much power in the universities that they can ensure that graduates of law schools are thoroughly steeped in their Social Justice ideology.

They can do these things regardless of which party is in office.

The Cultural Revolution began in the 1960s. At that stage the cutting edge of the Cultural Revolution was represented by Second Wave feminism, Gay Liberation, Black Power and the push to overturn censorship (whether government censorship or in the case of Hollywood industry censorship). These movements really established themselves during the Nixon and Ford Administrations. The fact that there was a Republican in the White House was a matter of no concern whatsoever. The election of the Conservative Party in Britain in 1970 was also a matter of no concern. In Australia the election of a conservative government in 1975 was similarly irrelevant to them.

As the Cultural Revolution continued to gather steam the elections of right-wing governments in Britain under Thatcher, in the U.S. under Reagan and (slightly later under John Howard in Australia) presented no obstacles. The power of the Social Justice Left grew steadily and inexorably. In the 21st century the Social Justice Left has actually made even more progress under right-wing governments.

Of course one of the reasons for all this is that right-wing governments have been so obsessed with economic issues that the Social Justice Left can rely on them to offer little or no opposition to their social and cultural agendas. This has allowed the Social Justice Left to prosper under such governments.

The Social Justice Left wants us to think that they passionately hate people like Trump but having someone to hate is too valuable a commodity to give up.

Monday, June 22, 2020

why the Left wants Trump to win

It seems obvious to a lot of people on the political Right that that the recent wave of protests is anti-Trump and there are those who believe it’s part of a plot to prevent Trump’s re-election. I’m inclined to think that it’s not as simple as that, for several reasons.

Firstly, the election of Trump was in many ways a godsend for the Cultural Left. It energised their supporters to an extraordinary degree. It gave them a focus. If Trump loses in November that focus will be lost. Trump has been a kind of Emmanuel Goldstein for the Cultural Left. They need him. It’s a great advantage for any political movement to have a clearly defined enemy. For the Nazis it was the Jews. For the old school communists it was the capitalist exploiters. For the old school trade-unionist Left it was the Bosses. For feminism it was the patriarchy. For old-style fascists in the 1920s and ’30s it was the communists. Having those clearly defined enemies provided much of the energy for those movements. That’s why feminists still carry on about a patriarchy that doesn’t exist. Trump is an ideal enemy and a perfect symbol.

If Trump loses that clearly defined enemy no longer exists. How are they going to get hordes of protestors into the streets when Trump is no longer there? But if Trump wins that focus will be strengthened. They will announce that the re-election of Trump is illegitimate and is proof that they were right about the dangers of fascism. This will provide the opportunity for protests on an even larger scale. This will have the effect of strengthening the power of the leaders of antifa and BLM and the Cultural Left as a whole.

Secondly, elections don’t really mean that much to the Cultural Left. They increased their power under Thatcher and Reagan. They made immense gains under the Tory governments of David Cameron and Theresa May. In Australia they made gains under the supposedly conservative Tony Abbott government. And they have made extraordinary gains under Trump, gains beyond anything they could have hoped for.

You have to remember that Trump is a social liberal. There’s not the slightest danger that he will actually undo any of the Cultural Revolution. A Trump victory would pose no threat to the Cultural Left’s agenda but would offer them many opportunities. In fact a Trump victory will accelerate the Cultural Revolution.

The ideal result from the point of view of the Cultural Left would be for Trump to lose the popular vote again but eke out a narrow victory in the Electoral College. Then they can start organising protests that will dwarf anything we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

OK, it’s just a theory, but to me it sounds plausible that these protestors might be desperately hoping for Trump to win. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

computer updates and alcohol

This is basically a test post of the new Blogger interface. Which so far seems to be a lot more fiddly than the old one. It's enough to drive a man to drink.

"I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted." - W. C. Fields

"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake." - W. C. Fields

"Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer." - W. C. Fields

"I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." - W. C. Fields

"Reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol." - W. C. Fields

"A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her." - W. C. Fields

Sunday, June 14, 2020

quotes of the day, 15 June 2020

"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead." - Leo Rosten

"We see things as we are, not as they are." - Leo Rosten

“If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” - Genghis Khan

“If you're afraid - don't do it, - if you're doing it - don't be afraid!” - Genghis Khan

“Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.” - Genghis Khan

Friday, June 12, 2020

the politics of humiliation

So what is going on at the moment with the protests? Is it, as some on the Right think, an attempted colour revolution? Is it a dastardly communist plot? Is it a plot by the Democrats to steal the election from Trump? Is it a globalist plot?

Personally I don’t think it’s any of those things. Most of the conspiracy theory explanation don’t make any sense. The protests are if anything harming globalism. They’re too half-assed and disorganised to be any kind of revolution. The protests are being backed by big business so there’s certainly no communist plot. And they will hurt Biden’s chances rather than Trump’s. In fact I can’t really think of any sinister shadowy conspiratorial group that is likely to be benefit. Even the neocons, who really do organise revolutions, won’t benefit - the protests are a distraction from their plans for war with Iran, war with Russia, war with China or war with anyone else with who happens to be their current Existential Enemy of the Week.

My feeling is that they’re partly a result of the trend towards emotionalism and hysteria that has been happening in the West since 1945, and especially in the United States (a trend which is probably an inevitable result of mass media, democracy and too much education in nonsense disciplines and pseudoscience).

And, more particularly, they’re about the exercise of power and the expression of hatred. The Woke (or the Cultural Left if you like) have got beyond waging a Culture War. They won the Culture War twenty years ago. They are now at the stage, as Genghis Khan is reputed to have put it, of crushing their enemies, seeing them fall at their feet, taking their horses and goods and hearing the lamentation of their women. This is all about humiliating a defeated enemy.

It’s not about politics. The young whites (including the antifa loons) taking to the streets are not actually political at all. They have no desire for political change. The Cultural Left is financed by big business and big business does not want a political revolution. They talk about hating fascism but fascism is just a generic term for anyone they dislike. They talk about hating whites but they don’t. They love rich whites (who provide them with money) and they love upper middle class whites (because they’re either upper middle class whites themselves for they’re lower middle class whites hoping to join the upper middle class). The whites that they hate are working-class whites, poor whites and rural whites and they hate them because they’re working-class, poor or rural. So it’s not about race.

It’s an irrational hatred. They hate older people (basically they hate anyone over 35) and they hate anyone who doesn’t share their hysterical emotion-driven entire irrational faith in Wokeness.

It may also be that, as Anatoly Karlin has suggested, we’re witnessing a generational coup within liberalism with old-school liberals being purged and replaced by young Woke liberals.

It’s all about the politics of pure power and the politics of humiliation. And much of the Woke hatred is being directed at older liberals (J.K. Rowling being their latest target).

Sunday, June 7, 2020

charisma and men of destiny

One of the consequence of democracy and mass media is that you often end up with charismatic political leaders - leaders whose success in gaining and retaining power is based almost entirely on their charisma. Mass media is probably the main factor here - in the 20th century both democratic leaders and dictators tended to be charismatic. In fact in the 20th century if you wanted to be a dictator if was fairly essential to have an ability to make use of, and to manipulate, mass media.

Whether charismatic political leaders are a good thing is another matter. We’ve had our share in Australia. Whitlam, Hawke and Keating come to mind. They’re leaders who have their admirers but on balance as leaders they were mixed blessings to say the least.

In Britain Wilson, Thatcher, Tony Blair and Boris Johnson seem like obvious examples. Again in practice they’ve been leaders whose legacies have been a mixed bag (of course we don’t yet know what Boris Johnson’s political legacy will be). In the US JFK, Reagan, Bill Clinton, Obama and Trump have had plenty of charisma.

A side-effect of all this is that you’re likely to get leaders who either see themselves or are seen by others as Men of Destiny. Charismatic leaders and Men of Destiny are not necessarily one and the same thing (I don’t think anyone would describe Bill Clinton as a Man of Destiny) but there is a substantial overlap.

Looking at the track record of Men of Destiny over the past hundred years I’m not at all sure that I want any more of that particular breed. I think there’s a lot to be said for having quietly competent leaders although I must admit I can’t think of too many examples of recent western political leaders who could be described as competent, quiet or otherwise.

Democracy produces leaders who are good at getting elected rather than being good at governing.

Maybe the 21st century will produce a bumper crop of both charismatic leaders and Men of Destiny. I certainly hope not, but I fear that it will be so.