On this Christmas day, I find myself agreeing with the words of Lewis in his essay “What Christmas Means to Me”
Three things go by the name of Christmas. One is a religious festival. This is important and obligatory for Christians; but as it can be of no interest to anyone else, I shall naturally say no more about it here. The second (it has complex historical connections with the first, but we needn’t go into them) is a popular holiday, an occasion for merry-making and hospitality. If it were my business too have a ‘view’ on this, I should say that I much approve of merry-making. But what I approve of much more is everybody minding his own business. I see no reason why I should volunteer views as to how other people should spend their own money in their own leisure among their own friends. It is highly probable that they want my advice on such matters as little as I want theirs. But the third thing called Christmas is unfortunately everyone’s business.
I mean of course the commercial racket. The interchange of presents was a very small ingredient in the older English festivity. Mr. Pickwick took a cod with him to Dingley Dell; the reformed Scrooge ordered a turkey for his clerk; lovers sent love gifts; toys and fruit were given to children. But the idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced upon us by the shopkeepers. Neither of these circumstances is in itself a reason for condemning it. I condemn it on the following grounds.
1. It gives on the whole much more pain than pleasure. You have only to stay over Christmas with a family who seriously try to ‘keep’ it (in its third, or commercial, aspect) in order to see that the thing is a nightmare. Long before December 25th everyone is worn out — physically worn out by weeks of daily struggle in overcrowded shops, mentally worn out by the effort to remember all the right recipients and to think out suitable gifts for them. They are in no trim for merry-making; much less (if they should want to) to take part in a religious act. They look far more as if there had been a long illness in the house.
2. Most of it is involuntary. The modern rule is that anyone can force you to give him a present by sending you a quite unprovoked present of his own. It is almost a blackmail. Who has not heard the wail of despair, and indeed of resentment, when, at the last moment, just as everyone hoped that the nuisance was over for one more year, the unwanted gift from Mrs. Busy (whom we hardly remember) flops unwelcomed through the letter-box, and back to the dreadful shops one of us has to go?
3. Things are given as presents which no mortal every bought for himself — gaudy and useless gadgets, ‘novelties’ bbecause no one was ever fool enough to make their like before. Have we really no better use for materials and for human skill and time than to spend them on all this rubbish?
4. The nuisance. for after all, during the racket we still have all our ordinary and
necessary shopping to do, and the racket trebles the labour of it.
We are told that the whole dreary business must go on because it is good for trade. It is in fact merely one annual symptom of that lunatic condition of our country, and indeed of the world, in which everyone lives by persuading everyone else to buy things. I don’t know the way out. But can it really be my duty to buy and receive masses of junk every winter just to help the shopkeepers? If the worst comes to the worst I’d sooner give them money for nothing and write if off as a charity. For nothing? Why, better for nothing than for a nuisance.
When I was a kid, Christmas was always about the presents, with the anticipation of Christmas Eve night bleeding into the euphoria of sunrise on Christmas day. Christmas was effectively over by noon, once the presents had been opened and the new gadgets had been fiddled with for a few hours.
As I get older, Christmas is more and more about the religious festival, as it should be. It’s about the significance of the end of the year, the darkest days of the year illuminated by the lights, decoration and song, prompting solemn reflection and preparation for the year that is to come. It truly is a wonderful time, even if one isn’t religious, regardless of one’s personal life situation. A Merry Christmas to all indeed.
Welcome to the first installment of a weekly feature in which I will take a look at various news items, links and posts which came to my attention over the past week. They may be too small to be deserving of a full post so I’ll deal with them in a sort of rapid fire succession here. Without further ado, here are the topics covered this week:
Republican Tax bill
Is the GOPe getting in line?
Stefan Molyneux 8 hours of Christmas
Glenn Greenwald and Fake News
Ann Coulter on Immigration
Audacious Epigone on Girls and Gibs (with some ZMan sprinkled in)
Arsenal Football Club are Frustrating
Oceans 8 & Sicario 2
A Homosexual Santa
A win for Truth and Beauty: women like Tonic Masculinity
A comment on this Rational Male post does a pretty good job in outlining the changes to gender relations we’ve seen in just 3 years:
We went from No means No (which meant that if she doesn’t say no, it’s on … which pretty much is the basic human mating script) to “affirmative consent” (“may I kiss you now” … “may I lick your breast now?”, etc., per the “rules” required before any physical contact *and* at “each stage of escalation”). Very few people actually follow affirmative consent, as we know, but it’s the rule at most colleges and universities. It isn’t the legal rule for rape, in terms of determining what was “consensual”, currently, but the FI is working on that, believe me.
Now, we have the goalposts moving even further along, from “affirmative consent” to “enthusiastic consent” — which means that if her consent is even verbally expressed, but isn’t clearly enthusiastic, then it isn’t “reliable as consent” because it could be the result of “pressure”, and if the consent “was real, it would be expressed enthusiastically, because when people really are consenting to sex, they’re always enthusiastic about it”. So essentially the standard they are pushing now (and which is getting rolled out on campuses right now) is that if the girl isn’t jumping your bones and begging for your cock, it’s rape/assault. Of course, again, not the legal standard, but that doesn’t matter that much — as we can all see what is happening right now is that the legal standard is being marginalized, because people can be destroyed in our media saturated environment without any involvement of the legal system at all, and the standards that apply in that extra-legal environment are the ones that the FI wants to apply, whether the legal system applies them or not.
Recall that December 2017 is the three year anniversary of Sabrina Erderly’s Rolling Stone article about a completely non-existent rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. Fast forward three years and female-driven allegations of sexual misconduct have ushered in fresh calls to Believe Women, and Fight Patriarchy.
The difference is that this time around, there are real lives, real careers and real reputations at stake among the accused. Haven Monahan wasn’t a real person. As such, the ramifications of men losing their livelihoods and reputations the second an allegation is levied, without due process, sets a dangerous precedent. It seems as though some are starting to understand this. Cue Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe, who ruffled some feathers within the Feminist Thotocracy with the following comments the other day on her show:
It’s going to be complicated, but I think women feel that they are maligned and treated through the process and therefore they’re afraid to step forward, so we need to look at the process.
But right now any woman, can say anything, and a man’s career is ruined. Now, a lot of women can say things that are true, and careers should be ruined. But the problem is that any woman can say anything, and that’s it, it’s over. Is that how we’re running businesses now?
Taylor Swift has gotten herself into some trouble over the past year or so, not necessarily for anything she has said or done, but rather for what she hasn’t said or done. Specifically, she has not chosen to join the bevy of celebrities and social media superstars in declaring that every little thing President Trump does or says is going to result in the immediate extinction of mankind.
I was alerted to this over the last few days or so, when Swift expressed her gratitude for what was a personally fulfilling year. As you can see from that article, she was destroyed for this on Twitter, by leftists who deemed her callous for not seeing 2017 as anything but the worst year in human history, because of President Trump, and other developments which were distasteful to their leftist sensibilities.
This led me to finding out that quite a few people harbored disappointment in the pop superstar for her silence in these matters. Her recognition by Time magazine as a ’silence breaker’ in their year end review of 2017 was roasted by The Daily Beast. The same publication has put out at least three other articles (here, here and here) in the past 12 months blasting Swift for not going all in on the Social Justice Warrior warpath in the same manner as the likes of Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Ashley Judd, who have denounced the President, and for that matter any political views to the right of Mao.
So Roy Moore has seemingly lost in Alabama. This is a huge deal. I mentioned in my last post that if Moore had win, it would have been monumental as it would be a display of the waning power of the media. Thus, Moore’s defeat is significant in that the establishment, and the media in particular still holds the power to bully anyone it doesn’t like, effectively waging snap recall elections against Bad Thinkers who hold office. Expect pressure to be heaped on Trump in this regard. Decide if that is the politics you want.
But for Moore specifically, a lot of what did him in was incongruity. He touted himself as a Man of God first, and this was susceptible to attacks on this level. In a way, Franken was done similalry, having touted himself as a Man of the Equalist Diversity Tolerance God, and was proven a hypocrite. American voters hate that.
Not that we don’t need God back at the midst of American culture, but Roy Moore types are not the way to go.
I’m in transit, so I must go, leaving you with some thoughts from Libertas from RVF.
Sadly, this was as expected. Roy Moore was never the guy. Mo Brooks was. The voters chose wrong to get Brooks out. It’s as simple as that. Moore was always scummy with or without these allegations. This whole fiasco goes to show just how big a problem these “Cuckianity” people can be, as some are fond of saying.
But no more fighting the last war. This one was lost.
The Republicans need to adapt and immediately deploy a counteroffensive. The left is going to go all in on this next year. Expect any mundane interaction to suddenly be dredged up as “sexual misconduct” (a meaningless phrase legally speaking but just sounds bad, same as “collusion”). If the Republicans try to fight that battle, whether by going harder on it, or pleading how they’re good people on it, they will lose.
The Republicans instead need to maneuver to fight in another theater, with a sword and shield strategy.
The shield: America’s instinctive revulsion to witch hunts and star chambers. They need to emphasize the importance of evidence, due process, and fact finding. Deny, deny, deny. Point out the hysteria and moral panic. You already see Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham deploying this.
The sword: While fighting on the defensive in that theater, they need to turn the offensive somewhere else, an issue that’s equally or even more greatly emotionally charged, and that issue is immigration. As we just saw in New York twice in two months, this is deeply related to terrorism and safety. The Repiblicans need to run hard on building the wall, ending chain migration, stopping the diversity lottery, passing the RAISE Act, and so on. That way the Democrats can shriek all they want about “sexual misconduct,” but the Republicans can basically say they’re the party that’s gonna fight for your economic prosperity and, more importantly, not let in people that want to addict you to drugs or kill you.
With tax reform likely to be passed, the economy should look good, so the defining, emotive, and signature issue next year needs to be immigration. If they run on it, they’ll win. If they try to fight the Democrats on their chosen battleground, they will lose.
The Democrats successfully tested a very potent strategy. The Republicans need to respond accordingly, and it needs to be by going on the defensive there while going on the offensive on immigration, and no other issue.
Will they? Sadly, I have my doubts. Expect tons and tons of vague, idiotic “misconduct” accusations to come up next year – and make sure you’re very careful in your own lives. I joke that if I could today never get away with some of the the stuff I did in my approaches in 2014-15, which wasn’t exactly free from feminist hysteria. It’s gonna get a lot worse for men of all stripes.
A week from now, Alabama voters are set to go to the polls to decide who should replace Jeff Sessions as one of their Senators. The likely winner, Roy Moore, was already a controversial candidate due to the fact he holds some less than savory views about gays, and once refused to move a Ten Commandments statue from an Alabama courtroom.
The mainstream press loudly broadcasted these ‘transgressions’ so as to paint Moore as an unfit candidate. When the public remained unmoved, the Washington Post dropped an article which made allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 14 year old, along with other teenagers. These allegations have come amidst what has become a purge many a Communist dictator would be proud of. Many prominent men in various fields have been accused of sexual harassment and worse, with a mere allegation being enough for immediate termination and knee-jerk public ridicule. Initiated by the explosive Harvey Weinstein revelations, the likes of Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, John Conyers and Al Franken and more have been caught in the firestorm.
The incessant media coverage, the condemnations, the hashtags and the moralizing surrounding the spate of allegations have mostly been about one thing – power, and who wields it. At current, those flying the Social Justice Warrior flag (especially the Feminist Division), are feeling down and out. With the rise of President Trump over the last 2 years, many of the Pretty Lies they’ve espoused are now getting exposed for what they are. The cultural shift which feels afoot is troubling to them because it means the end of their cultural dominance, initiated by the Boomers decades ago. Thus, they must lash out in one desperate attempt to regain control back from the Ugly Truth Purveyors who would render their ideology obsolete for generations.
Hence the hysteria.
From a strictly legal point of view, the vast majority of the allegations we’ve witnessed are just that – allegations. They mean that an aggrieved party has come forth. Contrary to popular belief, we have a legal system in this country that declares the accused to be innocent until proven otherwise. The burden is on the accuser to provide compelling evidence in a court of law about the misdeeds in question.
It is only after such a dispute has been adjudicated in this manner that punishment can be meted out. Many of these instances involve allegations which took place years and even decades ago. This brings statutes of limitations into play, as well as the utter lack of concrete evidence which invariably would have whittled away over the years. As a result, you have a classic ‘he said/she said’ situation which leaves us in limbo legally.
It is a different matter politically. Consider this tweet from Mitt Romney:
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.
[TWEET: Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.]
This excrement is indicative of a society which is more and more willing to be ruled by the court of public opinion, where feelings supersede facts and Ugly Truths take a backseat to Pretty Lies. Those Lies, namely that Equalism, Diversity and Tolerance together form the highest collective of human virtues has been at the foundation of the current political and social establishment.
It is an establishment which was formed during the political and social upheavals of the 1960s and whose excesses are now challenged by more and more people. In the face of such backlash, establishment acolytes such as Romney have one job: preserve the status quo.
Consider the cases of Roy Moore, Al Franken and John Conyers. When the Washington Post published its original story leveling the allegations, within an hour the press had prominent members of the Republican Party on camera ready to disavow Moore and call for his resignation from the race. In the subsequent weeks, the Republicans were reported to have weighed all sorts of alternatives from having the governor of Alabama postpone the special election, to mounting a charge for a write-in candidate, to outright refusing to go through with the procedural formalities of swearing a would-be Senator-Elect Moore into the Senate.
Senator Jeff Flake, like Romney, a Never Trump Republican lieutenant, explicitly stated that if the choice was between a Democrat and Roy Moore, the Democrat was preferable. All this, simply because Roy Moore represents, or at least is perceived to represent, real opposition to the status quo. A status quo which, for completeness, consists of your name brand congressional types at the head of the GOP and the Democrats, the moneyed interests which own them, the vast bureaucracy which implements their dictate on the public, as well as a mainstream media which is their mouthpiece.
Moore, by all accounts is a Trump Republican, backed by Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former strategist and campaign manager, and the man who sees as his mission transforming the Trump doctrine of social, cultural and economic populism into political power. For this Bannon has been made a pariah, a boogeyman, with everything he touches proclaimed as toxic by a status-quo seeking establishment.
It was with this backdrop that Moore went into the September Republican Primary against Luther Strange, an establishment man supported by GOP bigwigs such as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. The Turtle lent the weight of his office, $30 million from the GOP coffers and even coerced President Trump to engage in a halfhearted campaign appearance in Alabama on behalf of Strange. It wasn’t enough, and Strange’s defeat once again highlighted the disdain the public has for the GOP establishment and establishment politics in general.
Fast forward a few weeks, and the Washington Post drops an article alleging that Roy Moore allegedly pursued sexual relations with a 14 year old, alongside other allegations that he dated 16 and 17 year olds, all while he was in his early 30s. The allegations are all roughly four decades old, corroborated only by the words of the accusers. As I mentioned before there is little in the way of legal recourse at this juncture because of how long ago this supposedly took place.
This leaves the only conceivable motive for such information to be released at that specific time, mere weeks before a pivotal election, to be political in nature. Indeed, the Washington Post article, perhaps cognizant of the fact the allegation about the 14 year old girl might be a bit weak on its own for the reasons I described above, included the other allegations about 16 and 17 year olds so as to buttress its position and paint a richer picture of Moore’s alleged creepiness. Those other allegations, while not necessarily illegal, are certainly indecent in the minds of most, allowing negative feelings about Moore to flow more naturally.
Then there is the fact that embedded in the Post article is the admission that the women in question did not seek out the Post to go public. Rather a WaPo employee, having heard rumors, went and found the women, and after multiple interviews (suggesting coercion), they gave their accounts of Moore. Mind, Roy Moore has been a public figure in Alabama politics for the better part of 40 years, prancing around the judiciary in various capacities. One wonders why these women felt no need to voice their alleged grievances for all of that time. That is until the Washington Post tracked them down, a few weeks before an election that same ‘objective’ paper is desperate for Moore to lose.
Then, we have is the aforementioned coordinated response from the Republican leadership in DC, egged on by a jubilant mainstream media which spent countless hours discussing it, and then having that jubilance morph into anger the more and more it looked that Moore wasn’t going to succumb to the pressure and drop out.
This is to say nothing of the absurd Gloria Allred yearbook stunt. The Moore episode is a textbook political hit job, similar to the one which was attempted on Moore’s apparent ideological brethren, President Trump, also conveniently a few weeks before an election. That too was replete with calls from senior Republicans for Trump to step down, salivating from the media, and even a Gloria Allred appearance.
It obviously didn’t work. And should Roy Moore win next week, it will be another watershed in the slow but certain death of the establishment. It will demonstrate once again what a waning power the media has become; no longer can it just conjure scandals targeting its political opponents, which leave those opponents sunk the instant it breaks. In today’s world, with alternative media rising on the internet, and a general distaste for the mainstream viewpoint owing to decades of deceit and partisanship, the press is having its bias and actions scrutinized like never before.
Yet in its hubris, it believes in its indomitable might just at the moment its influence is deteriorating the most. That is why we get articles like this one, also from the Washington Post, which goes to fantastic lengths to defend Senator Al Franken from allegations that he too is a serial sexual harasser. The rationale here is blatant partisanship – because Franken is a Democrat and yells loudly about feminism from time to time, his sins are of less of a problem than someone like Roy Moore (or Trump). That Franken apologized to his accuser (most likely because there was photographic evidence) also helped his cause.
The curious thing here is that unlike with Moore, the same Republicans who wanted Moore’s head on a spike a mere hour into his ordeal have not called for anything similar with Franken. At most, they have called for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, which Franken himself enthusiastically suggested. Franken was so eager to face his ‘punishment’ because he knows it is no such thing. Within the last decade or so, the Committee has, as its most stern mode of reprimand, administered letters of harsh admonishment to offending lawmakers. Representative Conyers seems headed for similar ‘censure’ in a Congressional Committee. Like Franken, Conyers was vociferously defended by his the most powerful Democrat allies, with Nancy Pelosi declaring that Conyers was an ‘icon,’ playing down the need for his removal from office.
What we have here is the establishment protecting the status quo. It is most clearly seen in the differing reactions to Moore and Franken by GOP Senators. Using McConnell as a proxy, his initial reaction to Moore was that his expulsion from the race was mandatory. With Franken, McConnell took a more deliberative tack, claiming a thorough investigation had to take place in the ethics committee. Likewise, with respect to Franken, Democratic Senator Dick Durban was deliberative in his insistence that ‘due process’ be carried out. However, Moore is afforded no such basic consideration. The status quo is circling the wagons.
The problem for the likes of McConnell is that their duplicity is becoming more and more apparent. He was willing to throw a threat to the status quo under the bus on a mere allegation, all for a pat on the head from the Editorial Boards of the New York Times or Washington Post, which might put a favorable sentence or two about the Majority Leader in one of its columns, before resuming regular bashing service in the next one. Thanks to the aforementioned alternative media, and the President’s famous Twitter account, more and more people turning away from what the Establishment advocates, simply because it is they that are advocating it.
Then there is the cultural angle, which begins with a denial of biological and sexual realities and is now ironically ending with the professional destruction of many of those who most avidly promote those Pretty Lies.
It is a biological reality that sperm is plentiful while eggs are relatively scarce, which imposes upon women the task of quality control with respect to male suitors. Incidentally it is this fact which explains why the majority of men are incredibly nervous in the mere presence of a woman he finds attractive, let alone in the midst of a simple interaction with one, to say nothing still of an attempt at intimate relations with one.
This is because, on a deep level, each sexual advance is a referendum on the suitability of the male, with a rejection rendering a verdict, albeit a temporary one, that the DNA of the male in question is not fit to remain in the human gene pool. It is utterly devastating when you think about it.
Yet there is a certain hope in the fact that it is possible for a man to control his destiny in this realm, because the threshold of ‘quality man,’ above which access to women would be granted, has more or less always been a known quantity at any given time throughout history. The crux, as it pertains to civilizational advance or decline and culture, has always been about the changing meaning of ‘quality’ as time goes on.
In speaking of civilization, it is worth remarking that in a way it is a very unnatural phenomenon. Civilization is a profound exercise in man working against nature to maintain order. It requires sustained drudgery on a daily basis, but such is the price of maintaining that thin veneer separating most from the harsh realities of nature.
On a biological level, men and women both pay an individual price for civilizational advance, the blunting of their inherent sexuality. On the female side, the price paid is that the quest to find the best sperm for her eggs cannot go on in perpetuity. That is, at some point she’ll have to pick a guy and remain loyal to him in all aspects, even if a ‘better’ man comes along later. For the men, the price is that once a woman agrees to be loyal to him, all of his provisional abilities are to be employed in service of her and any children that result from the union. These provisional abilities are displayed through competence in works which are beneficial to society. This creates a paradigm which offers men sexual access in exchange for contributing to society.
Without this ‘agreement,’ women would more than likely restrict sexual access to only the very best, most attractive males in a primal sense, sometimes regardless of their ability to contribute to society. These males, having the pick of the lot, would enjoy multiple women but have their resources spread thinly across them, if at all. The vast majority of men that would go without female attention, having no incentive to produce and contribute to society, would either trend towards becoming disinterested loafers or extremely violent. Neither outcome is beneficial for society.
The above is the explanation for the observations made by English anthropologist J.D. Unwin, whose 1934 treatise Sex and Culture studied roughly 85 civilized and uncivilized situations across 5000 years of history. His findings were that ‘social energy,’ which is to say civilization-building and enriching prowess, was directly linked to sexual restraint. He writes:
…Such, in brief but sufficient outline, were the postnuptial regulations of these vigorous societies; such were their methods of regulating the relations between the sexes. In each case they reduced their sexual opportunity to a minimum by the adoption of absolute monogamy; in each case the ensuing compulsory continence produced great social energy. The group within the society which suffered the greatest continence displayed the greatest energy, and dominated the society.
When absolute monogamy was preserved only for a short time, the energy was only expansive, but when the rigorous tradition was inherited by a number of generations the energy became productive. As soon as the institution of modified monogamy, that is, marriage and divorce by mutual consent, became part of the inherited tradition of a complete new generation, the energy, either of the whole society or of a group within the society, decreased, and then disappeared.
It is in this manner that the behaviour of these societies was controlled by their methods of regulating the relation between the sexes. In no case was sexual opportunity reduced to a minimum unless married women, and usually unmarried women also, were compelled to suffer legal and social disadvantages. The manner in which the marital and parental authorities were modified was the same in each society. In every case the same situations arose; the same sentiments were expressed; the same changes were made; the same results ensued.
The history of these societies consists of a series of monotonous repetitions; and it is difficult to decide which aspect of the story is the more significant: the lamentable lack of original thought which in each case the reformers displayed, or the amazing alacrity with which, after a period of intense compulsory continence, the human organism seizes the earliest opportunity to satisfy its innate desires in a direct or perverted manner. Sometimes a man has been heard to declare that he wishes both to enjoy the advantages of high culture and to abolish compulsory continence.
The inherent nature of the human organism, however, seems to be such that these desires are incompatible, even contradictory. The reformer may be likened to the foolish boy who desires both to keep his cake and to consume it. Any human society is free to choose either to display great energy or to enjoy sexual freedom; the evidence is that it cannot do both for more than one generation.
Thus, our current disregard of sexual mores and biological realities seems to be the latest in the long list of such periods found throughout the human story, rather than being something new.
This current iteration, the Feminist Thotocracy, was ushered in by the likes of Gloria Stienem and Helen Gurley Brown, who pushed for female independence from men, particularly financial independence. In terms of timing, it is no accident that the feminist movement really got traction in the 1960s and 1970s; this was a civilizational high long removed from the nadir that was shaped by the Great Depression and World War II. The unprecedented comfort that came from a society which was packed to the gills with consumer goods overflowing from its factories slowly led to the idea that the restraints which characterized Depression era America were no longer necessary.
It was time to stop being so square.
Thus, The Pill, ubiquitous abortion, divorce-on-a-whim and the virtues of single motherhood and promiscuity became staples of the culture, warping gender relations. A great symbol of how cultural views have been turned on its head came last week, as Prince Harry announced his engagement to a 36 year old divorced American actress, to much glee and fanfare. Some 81 years earlier, his great-grandfather’s brother, Edward VIII also wanted to marry an American divorcee past her prime. Edward, who was King at the time, was met with a stern social, political and family backlash, such that he chose to abdicate the throne rather than find another woman.
For a more detailed glimpse at what this cultural shift has wrought in the new century, consider this Vanity Fair article from 2015 about the Tinderification of Millennial dating. The interesting thing about Tinder is that it is a distillation of the precise sexual landscape which our libertine sexual reformers would prefer – instant gratification, no strings attached, pleasure-above-all hedonistic delight. Yet under the surface, the realities of male and female sex differences assert themselves. In the article both men and women feel a tinge of disappointment with the modern dating game – the women feel used and the men unchallenged. It is exactly what one who has not drunk from the chalice of Pretty Lies would expect.
The article is a must read in its entirety, but this passage in particular is of some import with respect to the conflagration of allegations put forth in recent weeks. It reads:
Men in the age of dating apps can be very cavalier, women say. One would think that having access to these nifty machines (their phones) that can summon up an abundance of no-strings-attached sex would make them feel happy, even grateful, and so inspired to be polite. But, based on interviews with more than 50 young women in New York, Indiana, and Delaware, aged 19 to 29, the opposite seems to be the case. “ ‘He drove me home in the morning.’ That’s a big deal,” said Rebecca, 21, a senior at the University of Delaware. “ ‘He kissed me good-bye.’ That shouldn’t be a big deal, but boys pull back from that because—”
“They don’t wanna give you the wrong idea,” said her classmate Kayla, 20.
Hearing story after story about the ill-mannered behavior of young women’s sex partners (“I had sex with a guy and he ignored me as I got dressed and I saw he was back on Tinder”), I wondered if there could be a parallel to Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth (1991). Wolf posited that, as women achieved more social and political power, there was more pressure on them to be “beautiful” as a means of undermining their empowerment. Is it possible that now the potentially de-stabilizing trend women are having to contend with is the lack of respect they encounter from the men with whom they have sex? Could the ready availability of sex provided by dating apps actually be making men respect women less? “Too easy,” “Too easy,” “Too easy,” I heard again and again from young men when asked if there was anything about dating apps they didn’t like.
Bring all of this up to young men, however, and they scoff. Women are just as responsible for “the shit show that dating has become,” according to one. “Romance is completely dead, and it’s the girls’ fault,” says Alex, 25, a New Yorker who works in the film industry. “They act like all they want is to have sex with you and then they yell at you for not wanting to have a relationship. How are you gonna feel romantic about a girl like that? Oh, and by the way? I met you on Tinder.”
“Women do exactly the same things guys do,” said Matt, 26, who works in a New York art gallery. “I’ve had girls sleep with me off OkCupid and then just ghost me”—that is, disappear, in a digital sense, not returning texts. “They play the game the exact same way. They have a bunch of people going at the same time—they’re fielding their options. They’re always looking for somebody better, who has a better job or more money.” A few young women admitted to me that they use dating apps as a way to get free meals. “I call it Tinder food stamps,” one said.
Even the emphasis on looks inherent in a dating game based on swiping on photos is something men complain women are just as guilty of buying into. “They say in their profiles, ‘No shirtless pictures,’ but that’s bullshit,” says Nick, the same as above. “The day I switched to a shirtless picture with my tattoos, immediately, within a few minutes, I had, like, 15 matches.”
And if women aren’t interested in being treated as sexual objects, why do they self-objectify in their profile pictures? some men ask. “There’s a lot of girls who are just like, Check me out, I’m hot, I’m wearing a bikini,” says Jason, the Brooklyn photographer, who on his OkCupid profile calls himself a “feminist.” “I don’t know if it’s my place to tell a girl she shouldn’t be flaunting her sexuality if that’s what she wants to do. But,” he adds, “some guys might take the wrong idea from it.”
Men talk about the nudes they receive from women. They show off the nudes. “Tit pics and booty pics,” said Austin, 22, a college student in Indiana. “My phone is full of ‘em.”
And what about unsolicited dick pics? “They want to see your dick,” insists Adam, 23, a male model in New York. “They get excited from it. They’re like, ‘Oh my God, you’re huge.’ ”
No woman I talked to said she had ever asked for one. And yet, “If you’re a girl who’s trying to date, it’s normal to get dick pics all the time,” said Olivia, 24, a Brandeis graduate. “It’s like we have dicks flying at us.”
There are striking parallels between the Tinderized dating market for Millennials and the world we’ve now become privy to as a result of the Weinsteins of the world, with the tales of indecent exposure and crude, explicit messaging within the halls of power rivaling that seen in the internet dating landscape. In both cases, a subset of men who found themselves possessing things women want in abundance (power, money, fame, access to those things, even just a nice physique), and used it to systematically, if crudely, extract sex from a multitude of women while investing little beyond that on any particular one of them.
These are features, not bugs of a licentious culture. More specifically, this workplace hanky panky which is now being reclassed as sexual assault was officially sanctioned by the Boomers during the President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal. The cries of ‘it’s just sex’ codified a set of relations between the genders that encouraged what the Vanity Fair article calls a ‘psychosexual obesity’ in which unlimited sexual appetites are met. For some.
Women accepted the concomitant absence of intimacy because these relations could, in theory, accrue to them the access to the financial independence, wealth and possible fame their feminist foremothers told them would be oh so empowering.
However the morning after has brought with it regret, dissatisfaction, shame and diminished self-worth as opposed to the promised exhilaration of not-needing-no-man. Studies have been conducted which show that female happiness has declined over the last four decades, in a direct inverse relationship to the rise of the Feminist Thotocracy. For young Tinderellas, their disappointment is tempered by a delusion that they still have their best years ahead of them, in which things might get better. Their older sisters, who have already been through the ringer, have no such luxury.
In either case, the discrepancies between the feminist promise of unlimited bliss and the disappointing reality had to be rectified somehow and it was done through the increased use of prescription medication among women, and the propagation of the idea that the West is a ‘rape culture.’ Both of these coping mechanisms are really an attempt at an after the fact absolution from the consequences of one’s actions.
Either her brain chemicals ‘acted up’ which necessitates drugs, or society ‘acted up’ and left women vulnerable to predation, necessitating the demonization of male sexuality and the public humiliation and ruination of any and all offenders.
Another aspect of this which is of interest concerns the fact that the vast majority of the offenders are self-described ‘male feminists,’ which is really a way to describe a beta male who loudly ingratiates himself with girls catering to their every ideological whim with the express purpose of cashing in later by getting sex. To date, no bona fide ‘players’ such as Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson or Leonardo DiCaprio have been caught up in this, despite having bed a medium sized city worth of women between them.
This speaks to the reality of the much maligned, aforementioned Trump ‘Pussy Tape’ – in which Trump was merely outlining an Ugly Truth. There is a certain class of men who can ‘grab’em by the pussy.’ Those now infamous words merely constitute a figurative phrase describing the fact that a man of a certain ‘sexyness’ can do or say things to women that less attractive men would be crucified for, provided it is done or said at just the right moment. Indeed, it is this sense of timing and execution which in part marks a man as sexually superior and thus attractive to women. What is deliberately left from any mainstream discussion of that Access Hollywood tape is the fact that Trump prefaced the pussygrab comment with the reality that when you’re famous (read: charming and attractive), they LET you do it.
The real reason that tape caused so much outrage was that the Ugly Truth was thrust so bluntly in the face of the public, with no warning. The vast majority of women hated that an aspect of their nature they would rather keep hidden was put on blast, by a man no less. (In this regard, women have exposed these things themselves by making the 50 Shades of Grey books some of the most sold in human history, but it required one to look beneath the surface to realize the Ugly Truth). Men were outraged by the tape because it confirmed to them that they could move heaven and earth in pursuit of a woman, but would still likely lose out to a well-timed wink from a charming Cad.
Unfortunately for women, common sense dictates that the sexiest 20 or 30% of males are much less visible, let alone attainable. Yet, the prescribed life plan for girls as per Feminist Thotocracy practitioners is as follows: Participate in the 4 year party known as college, having sex with lots of boys. Then graduate, shack up with a few gal pals in some coffin apartment in a big city, before spending the next 10 years or so ‘finding yourself,’ focusing on your career, while sleeping with more boys. Then, at age 35, begin thinking about settling down with Prince Charming.
This license to embark on an infinite search for the right alpha male doesn’t magically command a greater number of them to appear from the ether. In fact, it is more likely that increased promiscuity will result in increased encounters with beta types who have, through their competence in the professional world, attain power and resources which lets them attempt to lord more easily over subjective realms such as love and sex. This is particularly true in the diverse, more global metropolises.
What this may lead to is an otherwise less appealing man attempting to replicate the silky smooth maneuver he saw Don Draper do successfully on TV once, thinking that his having a fat bank account, for instance, is a direct substitute for attraction. What wasn’t realized was that it was never about the objective execution of the ‘move,’ but who was doing it.
The aggregation of put-on horror expressed at the sexual advances revealed in these allegations, ranging from the oafish and awkward to the downright deviant, mirrors that from the ‘trapped’ housewives of yesteryear, in a way. To the extent that the #metoo campaign is right and this behavior is more widespread, it is really the endgame of the voluntary realignment of culture and society which was ushered in by the Cultural Marxists.
Women have ultimately eschewed stay at home ‘drudgery’ and boring sex with Tim the Accountant, and in its stead accepted professional drudgery while stuck in a remote-locking sex office with Matt Lauer, as Harvey Weinstein jerks off into the decorative potted plants in the corner, as their inbox overflows with Charlie Rose’s intimate fantasies. At least the former scenario granted women the warmth of a stable family life from the deal, as opposed to the ruthlessness of corporate servitude. The Don Drapers and Christian Greys are very few and very far in between. It is little wonder that female happiness has been on the decline.
One of the girls in the aforementioned Vanity Fair article laments the fact that it’s the girls who have lost control in the modern hypersexual world. It seems as though the allegation furor is an attempt to wrest control away from the re-emergence of the sexual realities which were meant to have been relegated to the dustbin of history. As I remarked earlier, the vast majority of the claims we have heard to date cannot be adjudicated through legal means, and those making the claims by and large know this. The true aim, then, is to attempt to rewrite the rules of sex so as to favor women to a degree we haven’t yet seen, while retroactively assigning punishment for past offenses based on those new rules.
The aim is to create a world in which the sexual rules are unknown; that is there are no society-wide codes of conduct regarding sex and gender. Simultaneously, catastrophic societal, professional and perhaps legal punishment is to be doled out for the mere allegation of impropriety, although there is no way to know when a rule is broken until after the fact, when an accuser declares she was wronged. And of course, to prevent perpetuating a Rape Culture of oppression, the accuser should always be believed.
This is communist tyranny in its most pure form, here tinged with a bit of pink. No surprise, given feminism is little more than Cultural Marxism applied to gender relations. The goal is control, and the Masculine seeks the opposite of that. So it must be infused with soy until a suitable level of compliance is attained. It is a New Puritanism, ironically ushered in by ‘sex positive’ leftists.
In the end, the attempt to establish a FemenReich will fall short. Men will respond by cordoning themselves off from any non-professional contact with women on the job, and perhaps resort to recording all professional contacts. The Mike Pence Rule will be in full effect.
Of course women will cry foul about this too, and in so doing push men into a corner from which they were certainly react, most likely with a collective pimp hand raised in righteous indignation.
Failing this reemergence of a collective testicular fortitude, the specter of societal collapse will do the trick. As per Unwin, as degeneracy continues to proliferate, society building and society enhancing behaviors will decline, leaving the West vulnerable. And in the midst of the next society-wide panic, there will be no time for pithy concerns about ‘rape culture.’ It will most likely be the Woke Millenials, alongside their younger Generation Zyklon understudies which will shepherd society through those turbulent times. Meanwhile, what is left of the Boomers and the older Gen Xers watch their libertine ideals swept aside, universally regarded as lunacy, ironically relegating them to the exact ‘wrong side of history’ their tall tales and Pretty Lies were meant to keep them from.
The mark of a good grasp of politics circa 2017 is the understanding that the ideological battle is not between principled conservatives and social justice seeking leftists but between nationalists and globalists. In America, this ideological battle is waged by the following belligerents: the Democrats, social justice warriors, Republican establishment, the media and academia on the side of globalism; the Dissident Right, President Trump and his supporters on the side of nationalism.
The fault line was clearly on display this week, as President Trump, former presidents Obama and Bush, and Senator John McCain all made comments which spoke to the divide. Consider the following quotes:
First, President Trump, during a keynote address at the Heritage Foundation:
We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down. Now, they are trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus. What’s next? It has to be stopped; it’s heritage.
You understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve.
Senator John McCain, speaking at the Liberty Medal Ceremony in Philadelphia:
To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.
Former President George W. Bush, speaking at an event in New York City:
We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.
We have seen the return of isolationist sentiments – forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.
We should not be blind to the economic and social dislocations caused by globalization. People are hurting. They are angry. And, they are frustrated. We must hear them and help them. But we can’t wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution. One strength of free societies is their ability to adapt to economic and social disruptions.
Our identity as a nation – unlike many other nations – is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility…
This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation.
It is particularly interesting that both McCain and Bush specifically denounced ‘blood and soil’ as the determining factor of our nation, and Trump, while not necessarily making specific argument for Blood and Soil, nevertheless highlighted Christopher Columbus and his role in discovering the land which would end up becoming the United States.
It is an unmistakable fact that without the exploits of Columbus and the Europeans who followed, in particular the British, there would be no United States. The ‘high ideals and civic responsibility,’ which McCain and Bush both referenced, are a result of those exploits. Their foundations lie in the people and their culture which established the land as theirs.
According to Bush and McCain, merely embracing those ideals are the prerequisites to being American. If the Founding Fathers had taken that advice prior to the Revolution, they’d have been embracing American ideals all day long until they were blue in the face, but they would have been doing so from within the British Empire as colonials. Their mere embracing did not make them the earliest Americans. It wasn’t until, in the face of continued tyranny from the Crown, they decided to spill ‘blood’ for the sovereignty of the ‘soil’ on which they stood, that a nation was born. And it continues to the extent that their heritage is passed on from generation to generation.
Bush and McCain seem to believe that the identity of that nation known as the Unites States is not a narrowly defined Renegade Brit mentality buttressed by Greco-Roman philosophical and legal precepts. Instead it is identified more by nebulous universal ideals open to anyone and everyone.
It is here we focus on McCain and his effusive praise for those globalist ideals. His praise is founded more on the idea that America is the ‘custodian’ of these ideals, the one dominant global power. He sees America and her might as little more than a tool to be used hammering any and all disagreeable nail which happens to pop up on the world stage.
McCain’s idea of proper foreign policy for America is exemplified by his 2014 comments on the situation in Crimea. He remarked:
We are all Ukrainians in the respect that we have a sovereign nation that is again with international boundaries… that is again being taken in as part of Russia. That is not acceptable to an America that stands up for the rights of human beings. We are Georgians. And we are Ukrainians.
In a sense he is right. Owing to 75 years of globalist foreign policy, we have a situation in which the vast majority of Western Europe is essentially allied against Russia via NATO, backed by American dollars and American military might. While Ukraine is not officially a member of NATO, its adversarial stance against Russia has earned it some rhetorical sanctuary under the American tent of influence. We are all Ukrainians because if they are attacked, our alliance is attacked. To maintain the leadership McCain so values in this realm, American lives are to be sacrificed.
Many of McCain’s fellow Americans are coming to see things a bit differently, wondering why the affairs of the Ukrainians, Russians, or indeed Syrians and Iraqis necessitate Americans being sent halfway around the world to die. And they’d be right to wonder, considering that when it comes to the sovereignty of those pieces of land, half a world away, the likes of McCain and Bush are lightning fast to advocate risking American lives in their defense. Yet, when it comes to the American piece of land, we are suddenly told that the soil is not the identity of the nation. Ukrainian borders are sacred. American borders aren’t.
The media reaction to the Bush and McCain comments was instructive in the context of the globalist and nationalist ideological battle. As I outlined at the start, the GOP establishment, of which McCain and Bush are a part, is allied with the mainstream press on the side of globalism. As such, the media was in full support of Bush and McCain.
CNN in particular was gushing over McCain’s comments, declaring that everyone HAD to read his speech as though it was the latest entry into the pantheon of great American political speeches. The ever odious Chris Cillizza made the typically modern declaration that merely making a left leaning argument is the same thing as making a convincing, devastatingly thorough argument.
As for Bush, anyone with a tangential appreciation of American politics over the last decade or so understands the degree to which the 43rd president was made into a laughing stock, and the butt of jokes. Now his words are held high as though sacred.
In McCain’s case, the irony is that this is the same John McCain who was painted out by the media to be a dangerous, dark figure in 2008, owing to the same plans for global domination though endless wars which are now praised because the anti-globalist Russians are now more prominently in the crosshairs. This is the same John McCain who CNN bashed as being ‘intellectually shallow.’ This apparent mental midget is now being recast as a Titan of the Senate, a wise sage with an independent streak as per the New York Times.
Of course, the reason for the about face is that McCain once sought the Presidency and therefore found himself in opposition to Barack Obama, the media’s darling. Today, he stands against President Trump, put out as the ultimate evil according to the press.
But it is more than this. Back in 2008, the argument was not about globalism versus nationalism, but rather who among the elite was to benefit the most from the spoils of globalism, at the expense of the rest of the country. Under McCain, it would have been the military industrial complex and multinational corporations reaping the most benefit. Under Obama, it was those groups, in addition to the Media–Academia Complex, and a burgeoning Grievance Industry.
In 2016, Trump rode a wave of nationalist sentiment, fueled by the disdain the public had for distant, out of touch bureaucrats further extending their reach, and as well for their media sycophants who pathologized any and dissent to the globalist march forward.
This pathologizing was evident in Bush’s remarks, in which he castigated bigotry, which he described as ‘blasphemy’ against the ‘American creed.’ When sent through the Globalist Translator, the statement says that bigotry (defined in 2017 as the failure to acquiesce to the demands of any non-white, non-male, non-Christian, or non-heterosexual) is an affront to the deity that is Globalism. Said differently, to disseminate Ugly Truths is to commit a mortal sin. Bush’s words can then be seen as an excommunication of Trumpism from the Church of the Globalist Niceities and Political Correctness.
That said, Trump has done just fine in the wilderness. His first nine months have seen the death of TPP, a ‘free trade’ deal which would have continued in the NAFTA tradition of harming domestic industry for the benefit of foreign industry. It saw the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have had similar deleterious effects on domestic industry. It saw concrete steps taken to properly secure the border, with immigration agencies emboldened to actually do their jobs and prototypes for a border wall under construction. It saw the relative reduction in American warmongering, with Trump’s bark being much larger than his bite, to the dismay of Johm McCain. In short, vast swaths of the legacy of the Bush and Obama administrations have come undone, or are on the way to being undone.
And thus, the game has changed from an intra-squad squabble between the separate Globalist factions to a battle for all the marbles with a now vibrant opposition, represented by Trump. And as with McCain, the media has been dutiful in its praise for the likes of Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and even Mitch McConnell, to name a few. Praise, because they had unkind words either for Trump, nationalism in general, or both. These individuals, who were once considered evil by default simply because of their identification as Republicans, finally gained heralding as true statesmen in their disavowal of the current President, and nationalism.
This dynamic is to be kept in mind as one considers the media reporting on Trump and his agenda vis-à-vis congress. For example, the current narrative when it comes to the tiffs the President has had with some of the aforementioned names is that he is shooting himself in the foot because he needs these individuals to pass legislation. This was most evident during the Corker episode.
The truth is that the squabbles reveal that what I outlined at the start – that the Repbulcan party, particularly the establishment wing – is not aligned with Trump when it comes to the Globalist vs Nationalist debate. In this sense, Trump does not truly have a majority in both chambers of Congress, such that the absence of major legislation is somehow a failure. The reality is that, at least in the Senate, Trump has at most about 48 votes on any given piece of Trump proposed legislation. There are generally at least 3 moderate (globalist) Republicans who will deny Trump real headway on getting the Trump agenda through legislation.
This is why the likes of Steve Bannon have come out swinging in recent weeks, declaring war on the GOP establishment as it pertains to the 2018 midterm elections, on behalf of Trump. His pledge to run primary candidates against Republicans who are insufficiently for, or outright against the Trump, nationalist agenda has been seen as potentially damaging to the Republican party.
This analysis only makes sense to those with an inadequate understanding of the true political demarcations afoot. People like Bannon correctly understand that Republicans like Flake, Sasse and McCain might as well be Democrats, given their opposition to the fundamental changes that would be required to advance the Trump agenda. So they must be replaced by ‘Trump Republicans.’
At an impromptu joint press conference with Trump and McConnell at the beginning of the week, the former spewed the orthodoxy of the globalist establishment, which was to say that doing his job to keep a Republican majority meant putting forth candidates which could actually win in a general election Translated, this means candidates who seek to be all things to all people, who never offend, always toe the line, espousing pretty lies and condemning ugly truths.
The bottom line for McConnell is that his way is looking to be the losing way, as in truth, it has been for decades. The difference now is that the elites are finally beginning to feel the losses which before only accrued to the masses. Trump’s election to date is the largest such loss. But more are seemingly on the horizon. Jeff Flake looks to be in trouble. McConnell himself enjoys a rock bottom approval rating in Kentucky of 18%. Bob Corker, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, isn’t even going to bother running to hold on to his Senate seat next year. Luther Strange, the McConnell choice in the Alabama special election was defeated by Roy Moore, the Bannonite selection.
In Europe, the forces of nationalism have been boosted this week by an election win in Austria, and the turmoil in Spain. George Soros announced that he is committing $18 billion in fresh capital to his Open Society project. And looking to the future, Generation Z, mischievously referred to as Generation Zyklon by the right wing Internet troll brigade, is shaping up to be the most right leaning generation in decades.
All of this puts those wails made this week by the old guard of McCain, Bush and Obama in context. Their fervent defense of the tired, old order, is a testament to the desperation they must feel.
The reinforcements are necessary, because they’re losing.
After World War II the Protestant establishment dominated the high ground of American culture and politics. That establishment eventually failed. It tolerated segregation and sexism, led the nation into war in Vietnam and became stultifying.
So in the late 1960s along came a group of provocateurs like Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and the rest of the counterculture to upend the Protestant establishment. People like Hoffman were buffoons, but also masters of political theater.
They never attracted majority support for their antics, but they didn’t have to. All they had to do was provoke, offend the crew-cut crowd, generate outrage and set off a cycle that ripped apart the cultural consensus.
The late 1960s were a time of intense cultural conflict, which left a lot of wreckage in its wake. But eventually a new establishment came into being, which we will call the meritocratic establishment.
These were the tame heirs to Hoffman and Rubin. They were well educated. They cut their moral teeth on the civil rights and feminist movements. They embraced economic, social and moral individualism. They came to dominate the institutions of American society on both left and right.
Hillary Clinton is part of this more educated cohort. So are parts of the conservative establishment. If you’re reading this newspaper, you probably are, too, as am I.
This establishment, too, has had its failures. It created an economy that benefits itself and leaves everybody else out. It led America into war in Iraq and sent the working class off to fight it. It has developed its own brand of cultural snobbery. Its media, film and music industries make members of the working class feel invisible and disrespected.
So in 2016, members of the outraged working class elected their own Abbie Hoffman as president. Trump is not good at much, but he is wickedly good at sticking his thumb in the eye of the educated elites. He doesn’t have to build a new culture, or even attract a majority. He just has to tear down the old one.
That’s exactly what he’s doing.
Ignoring the Hoffman reference, this is decent analysis. And accounting for the publication he writes for, and Brooks’ own history, this becomes near stunning analysis. But there are still some glaring holes, chief of which is his use of the term ‘meritocratic establishment.’
That group, which finds its ideological foundations rooted in 1960s Postmodernism and ultimately bog standard Marxism, is better described as the ‘narcissistic’ or the ‘materialist establishment.’ Its credo is “whatever feels good is good.” Cheap trinkets from China to make our wallets feel good. Cheap sex and an increasingly pornified culture to satisfy our more base instincts. The championing of anything once frowned upon socially, so long as it boasts a constituency large enough to be exploited politically, to make us feel more socially virtuous.
Though Brooks points to ‘cultural snobbery’ and disrespect of the working class as the main failings of this Meritocratic Establishment, he fails to mention the empty factories, broken families and hyper-Balkanization of politics along identity lines, all of which have resulted in a fraying of the social and moral fabric in America. What’s more, not only have these failures not been recognized as such, but were actually touted as positive developments by this Meritocratic Establishment of which Brooks admits he is a part.
This recent article from Foreign Policy magazine, one of the more highbrow publications disseminating the views of the Meritocratic Establishment, highlights the destructive nature of the ideology it seeks to promulgate. The article concerns changes the Trump administration wish to make to US policy on accepting refugees.
The problem? The changes proposed are meant to favor candidates who are likely to assimilate into American society:
The Trump administration may now consider “certain criteria that enhance a refugee’s likelihood of successful assimilation and contribution in the United States” in addition to the humanitarian criteria that have long been the standard for refugee claims, according to the determination, which is similar to an executive order in that it has the force of law. That term, “assimilation,” is brand-new in the history of U.S. policy on refugees, and it appears in the document over and over again. Previous directives have used the word “integration,” which comes from the Latin “integrare” — “to make whole” — and implies some change on the part of society as well as those entering it. “Assimilation,” in contrast, “is kind of the erasure of cultural markers,” according to Kathleen Newland, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. “It’s important to make a distinction,” because, she said, the word “has that connotation of erasure of one thing and absorption into the mainstream culture.”
It remains unclear how exactly the administration would go about assessing refugees’ ability to assimilate. The document itself does not address this, despite claims to the contrary from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which referenced the “apparent inclusion” of an “assimilation test” in a confusing Sept. 28 press release. In fact, a close reading of the presidential determination yields no mention of a test. There is, however, an ominous undertone that seems to hint at future efforts to gauge the likelihood that asylum applicants would assimilate. “Improved assimilation of refugees and asylees will not only boost their ability to be successful in the United States, but will also secure our communities by fostering a cohesive society based upon shared civic ideals, and appreciation of our history, and an understanding of the English language,” reads one particularly troubling sentence.
Expecting new entrants to America to learn English, appreciate its history, and adopt its norms so as to maintain a cohesive society is apparently a ‘troubling’ development. Also, note the expectation is for the host culture to change to accommodate the foreigner’s culture through integration. The marked concern shown for the erasure of the foreigner’s culture once reaching American soil, to such an extent that the host culture taking measures to preserve itself can be viewed as troubling, underscores the contempt our betters have of the American Way.
Battle Lines Drawn
This set – the neoconservatives, feminists, Marxists, globalists, and others – have spent the last 40 years destroying the family by corrupting both men and women, and destroying the larger community through eroding culture, economic opportunity and economic freedom.
These developments have set the line in the sand for the culture war as it stands now. On one side stands those who recognize the deleterious effects the ‘meritocratic establishment’ has had on America (and the West as whole). On the other stands those who refuse to recognize Ugly Truths, preferring to guzzle an elixir of Pretty Lies more consistent with a desire to ‘feel good’ at any cost.
Brooks is right in that Trump has had no compunctions in taking a meat cleaver to this old postmodernist order backed by the Meritocratic Establishment. His campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, signaled as much. MAGA both implied that America as it currently stood, in all of its postmodernist-inspired squalor, was not great, which in turn implied that before America took this wrong turn she was great. Finally, it imbued the people with a directive to restore that greatness.
This was highly triggering to the Pretty Lies cohort, who hold the view that the United States before, say 1960, was the most evil place the world had ever known, apart from perhaps Nazi Germany.
This is because slavery, followed by a codified segregation once existed in the United States. Beyond this, white men controlled society, capitalism reigned supreme, Christianity was more or less practiced everywhere, the first duty of a woman was to her children and husband, and divorce, abortion, female promiscuity and homosexuality were heavily selected against via social shaming.
The racial question aside – which will stay aside in the interest of time – it was the ‘traditional’ values of Heritage America which made America great in the first place. Great enough that the generation which formed the so-called Meritocratic Establishment had been pampered by the afterglow of a Post-WWII serenity, bathed in unprecedented prosperity for the masses.
This generation, in comparison to all those who had come before, had grown up with a silver spoon in its mouth and thus thought its proverbial shit didn’t stink. The Meritocratic Establishment was the generational equivalent of every 21 year old in history, in that it thought it knew everything. The ‘antiquated’ societal norms of the past could be discarded with no adverse effects. Indeed, those norms had to be discarded because of the mere existence of social ills and injustices on the historical record. The logical extension of this is a view which holds that certain groups – whites, males, heterosexuals, Christians – can be thought of as inherently evil thanks to the fact that they were ‘in charge’ when bad things in history happened. And the more of those groups one belongs to, the more evil the individual.
This view ignores the reality that the totality of human history is basically one giant catalogue of intense suffering. The great achievement of America, and the West generally, is erecting a civilization so capable of shielding its members from the horrors of Nature, albeit superficially. The effectiveness of the job it has done in that regard can be measured in the observation that our modern comforts have led us to believe that any negative experience must be the result of some grand moral failing. The Meritocratic Establishment, then, seeks to throw the baby out with the bathwater, discarding the very societal norms underpinning that very positive achievement.
Trump’s campaign rhetoric captured what a growing number of people had been coming around to on their own, which is that perhaps a return to a more traditional manner of existence reminiscent of Heritage America was the way forward. With respect to American civics, that starts with the basics – things like the First Amendment, which Trump defended vociferously in the face of a torrent of outrage following the violence in Charlottesville.
Trump Puts A Marker Down
Few understood the real implications of Charlottesville. It was not about neo-Nazis and the KKK, but about the place of culture, history, and basic American tenets like freedom of expression in our society going forward. That the tiki torch marchers and the Nazi LARPing offended the sensibilities of some does not matter a whit. What mattered was that those individuals who took part in that Unite the Right event had the right to peacefully express those views, ultimately made in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue.
The view of our Meritocratic Establishment was that the offensive nature of the protests disqualified those protesters from expressing their views, warranting their silencing at all costs. This is patently un-American. When it was evident that the Unite the Right rally was not going to be shut down by the authorities or the courts, the media, playing its role as the voice of the Meritocratic Establishment, hyped up the event. It did so in the hope of energizing its most radical acolytes (Antifa) for a violent confrontation of the protesters, which ultimately came to fruition and cost one such ‘counter-protester’ her life.
In the aftermath, the media rationalized the violence which came from Antifa because it was done in the name of Social Justice. So when President Trump correctly denounced ALL of the violence, including that which came from the left, as un-American, he was universally criticized.
But in taking his stance, President Trump was standing with the constitution, and with basic American values. Perhaps on an unconscious level, Trump putting down a marker for the primacy of Heritage American values is what was so truly vexing to those leftists. Over the subsequent weeks, the same sort of leftist inspired violence spread to Boston, Phoenix and Berkeley, rendering Trump’s infamous ‘many sides’ comment more and more correct.
A second recent cultural issue with tangential First Amendment implications was the NFL protests of the national anthem. Trump again found himself in the middle of proceedings, after throwaway remarks he made at a rally in Alabama went viral. He had proclaimed that the protests were disrespectful to the flag, and that the public should consider boycotting games as a result
The response from the NFL was a more brazen display of protest, with many owners, some of whom were supporters of Trump, backing their players. The underlying truth of it all is that the protests are misguided. Colin Kaepernick, who began the protest last summer, expressed an explicit desire to disrespect the flag and the anthem because of his belief that the flag and anthem represents a country that oppresses minorities. Particularly with respect to police brutality.
Furthermore, by protesting on an NFL field in uniform, the players are holding a protest at work. This is disrespectful to a consumer base which paid money to watch football, not to participate in politics, just as one who ordered a steak paid money for a nice meal and not to be lectured about how “meat is murder” by his vegetarian waiter. Owing to the fact that the Meritocratic Establishment was in league ideologically with the premise of Kaepernick’s protest, and thus was a vociferous supporter of it, the NFL and its players thought it was on solid footing when it doubled down in response to Trump’s comments.
It soon discovered otherwise.
Fans booed the protesting players, burned jerseys and ripped up season tickets. Some advertisers starting pulling out, cable providers were made to offer refunds for NFL packages, and their inboxes were filled with disapproving messages. Opinion polls showed an overwhelming distaste for the protest, across all groups, including the minorities, for whom the protests were ostensibly undertaken.
When Vice President Pence walked out of an NFL game between his home state Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, after anthem protests took place, the message was sent loud and clear: this is a war, and we’re going to stand our ground and fight it properly.
The Left Self-Destructs Amid Hypocrisy
The NFL has seemingly heard the message. Jerry Jones, the most prominent owner in the NFL, came out with a directive to his players to stand for and respect the anthem, or sit on the bench. The league commissioner, Roger Goodell, released a memo which ultimately expressed a desire for the players to stand for the anthem, just weeks after issuing a similar statement backing the players’ actions in protesting.
The defeat suffered by the NFL itself is only secondary to the defeat suffered by the Meritocratic Establishment. The NFL protests were a merely a proxy of its agenda as a whole. And to have such a defeat take place in the context of professional football, which has long since supplanted baseball as America’s athletic pastime, only heightens its significance.
And all it has taken was a little bit of backbone from Trump. His unapologetic willingness to fight is a rarity amongst those who would label themselves conservatives. The reason the postmodernist left viewpoint has become so entrenched in the fabric of modern America, such that its tenets are considered to be basic, self-evident truths, is down to the right failing to walk the walk when it mattered most.
As Brooks notes, the Meritocratic Establishment spans across the political divide. For decades those who purported to champion traditional values did nothing as those values were stripped away. Stripped away to such a degree that the right of 50 year old men to share changing rooms with prepubescent girls, or, the right of adults to allow 6 year olds to be stuffed to the gills with hormones so as to forcibly change their gender have become a topics worthy of serious debate as civil rights issues. The reward for these so-called conservatives, like David Brooks, was a place in the Meritocratic Establishment accompanied with ‘prestigious’ gigs such as having a regular column in the New York Times.
The ease through which Trump and Pence have made inroads in this culture war – a few tweets here, a comment there, an executive order over there – serve to further highlight the utter ineptitude the likes of Brooks have shown over the last few decades.
That said, leftists have been doing their part in the way of recent episodes of self-destruction.
Take the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The movie producer has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape by dozens of women. The standard allegation is that he either coerced or forced aspiring models and actresses to perform sexual favors in exchange for career advancement. Some of those who rebuffed him essentially had their careers destroyed; such was his power in the industry.
In hindsight, it seems that Weinstein missed a trick. He is currently being condemned for doing things like luring women into his hotel room and trying to force them to give him a massage or to watch him take a shower. Instead, if he had decided to identify as a 12 year old girl, for example, he could have gained access to the girls locker room and forced girls to watch him shower. For that he would have been considered ‘stunning and brave’ by the deviant-worshipping left. He could have even made a movie about it and won another Oscar.
Jokes aside, the long term importance of this revolves around Weinstein’s position as the preeminent Hollywood mogul. The same Hollywood which helps cultivate the ‘cultural snobbery’ which made ‘members of the working class feel invisible and disrespected,’ as per Brooks, before turning around and shoving that disrespect down the throats of that same working class via television and movies. All of this topped off with an air of superiority suggesting that the cultural path forward went through Tinseltown.
The Weinstein episode now leaves the legitimacy of Hollywood as cultural pacesetters in tatters. It is not that before this, the remnants of Heritage America necessarily took its cues from Hollywood in any way. Many were already wise to the cesspool that it is. Indeed, the term ‘casting couch’ was already a part of the lexicon.
What’s changed, somewhat, is that the seedy nature of the business has now been put on the official record, in a big way. The public now has to ask itself whether it sees it fit to take moral directives from an industry which preys on naïve, fresh faced boys and girls, offering them a shot at fame, notoriety and riches, at the cost of the sort of personal degradation only mitigated by a downward spiral into drugs and/or depression.
Beyond this level of hypocrisy lie many others. On one level, Weinstein, and Hollywood in general, purports to be a champion of feminism. However, Hollywood looked the other way as Weinstein allegedly went on a multi-decade sexual harassment spree. Weinstein’s antics were so widely known and tolerated that they were joked about at award ceremonies and in television scripts. Yet these feminist crusaders let it go, because Weinstein gave them the money, fame and attention they so desired.
Case in point: the Weinstein-backed documentary The Hunting Ground. Anne Hendershott of the Washington Times described it thusly:
“The Hunting Ground” portrayed college campuses as places where serial sexual predators roam free to prey on unsuspecting women. Women were presented as helpless victims of evil predators who lurked in every fraternity house and campus gathering. It was disturbing. The only problem was that the film was based on a lie — none of the cases described in the film happened the way the filmmakers claimed they did. In fact, “The Hunting Ground” was so egregiously dishonest that 19 Harvard University law professors denounced the film for its dishonest portrayal of fabricated sexual violence and serial sex abuse on campus. Elizabeth Bartholet, one of the Harvard law professors speaking out about film’s errors told a reporter for Reason that the portrayal of the student-rapist in the documentary is “an amazing lie at the heart of a movie claiming to be a documentary.”
There is a special irony in Weinstein being done by such vocal accusations from actresses given his promotion of the utterly fictitious concept of a rape epidemic on college campuses. Weinstein contributed to the creation a world in which any man can be expelled from campus, or worse, at the behest of any female who felt aggrieved. Anything from saying “Hello” in the street through to a consensual sexual encounter which was later regretted could spell the downfall for an unsuspecting man. And here too, the Trump administration stands in opposition to such Clown World directives. Consider Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her removal of the Obama-era statutes which gave the rape culture hysteria a legal backbone.
Generally speaking, the court of public opinion, which in recent decades been elevated above and beyond courts of the legal variety by the left, with its preference for imparting mob justice, are now being turned inward. The irony truly runs deep.
Then there are actresses targeted by Weinstein, themselves even more vocal feminist crusaders. Often times they did nothing about the alleged incidents. It seems they were prepared to tolerate Weinstein rather than jeopardize their personal glitz, glamour and millions in the bank by exposing him sooner. As such, they put their fellow woman in danger by allowing such an alleged predator to roam free.
On a political level, Weinstein was a massive donor to Democrat politicians, as Hollywood is in general. The Clintons, Obamas, and assorted blowhards like Michael Moore had nothing but effusive praise for the man for years. However, when the scandal broke, it was met with deafening silence from DC leftists. This is relevant because these stalwarts of the Meritocratic Establishment are usually Johnny on the spot in terms of calling out any and all discretions coming from the right, always so quick to detect the coded ‘dogwhistles’ of bigotry in the language of people like President Trump.
Yet, for days after the Weinstein story broke, these elites stayed silent, frozen like deer in headlights, no doubt consulting legions of Public Relations experts in an attempt to craft the perfect statement. One that would adequately admonish Weinstein, while relegating their own multi-decade knowledge and embrace of him to the background. And, nearly a week after the fact, these statements came, all professing shock and horror at the revelation of a side Weinstein they supposedly never knew.
They aren’t fooling anyone, although their stance is understandable. After all, they still would like to remain in those self-proclaimed positions at the head of the table.
Then, there is the media itself. The mainstream media initially trod lightly on the subject as the story gathered steam. The late night television hosts all remained silent. Saturday Night Live reportedly had a Weinstein sketch ready to go, but axed it at the last moment. When asked about the soft treatment, the SNL creator remarked that it was a ‘New York thing.’
That was an interesting comment given President Trump is also native New Yorker. Apparently that New York Thing didn’t apply to him, as he has been the topic of leftist vitriol night in night out from late night hosts and comedians. By the logic of TV execs, Trump’s anti-leftist political views are a far greater evil than serial sexual harassment, because the sexual harasser at least has the correct opinions. That should tell you everything you need to know.
But in case you need a bit more, there is NBC in particular, which reportedly spiked the Ronan Farrow piece on Weinstein which took the scandal to the next level. This was the same NBC which 12 months earlier leaked the infamous Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump saying crass things about women, in a last ditch attempt to derail his campaign in the latter stages of the 2016 election.
Farrow had to turn to The New Yorker, which ended up running the exposé.
That hypocrisy from NBC introduces another aspect of this saga, one fundamental to the rift going on within the left. Farrow is a leftist, but also a millennial. This means his brand of leftism is most likely to be imbued with the primacy of intersectionality, the idea that all forms of oppression are related and form a patchwork of systemic, tightly-knit oppression.
In other words, Farrow’s leftism is less the “heeeyyyy maaaahhhnnnn women should sleep around and work 9-5 cubicle jobs just like men” advocacy of the Boomers and more the “wow, just wow, feminism is only for straight white women, I can’t even” variety.
The Brewing Civil War Within the Left
The NBCs, Hollywood execs, Clintons and Obamas of the left are all representative of the former sort, and they are slowly being overrun by the millennials and their intersectionality. This is going to set the stage for more infighting between the individual identity groups which huddle under the leftist tent. All ‘progress,’ as they define it, must occur at equal rates for all groups, simultaneously. If one group attains more ‘equality’ than another, by definition that group is oppressive, owing to their subsequent ascent up the Privilege League Table.
This sort of thinking has led to some interesting dilemmas for leftists. For example, in the wake of the passing of Hugh Hefner, leftists can’t decide whether he was force for good thanks to his promotion of sexual liberation, gays and minorities; or whether he was a force for bad thanks to Playboy being a tool for the ‘objectification of women.’
Cam Newton, a black NFL quarterback, was pilloried for being sexist in appearing to make light of a female reporter’s question at a press conference. The reporter, in turn was later forced to apologize herself when it was revealed that four years ago she had made ‘racist’ comments on Twitter.
This past week, Eminem had an anti-Trump freestyle go viral. Most leftists roared with delight, but some were wary of the fact that Eminem, a white rapper, got so much attention for his lyrics when several black rappers had seen their anti-Trump raps receive much less attention.
In another viral video from a few weeks ago, a white male Antifa member was scolded by a female non-white Antifa member for not being violent enough. According to the female, her comrades’ whiteness and maleness rendered him ‘the problem,’ and as such simply marching and chanting slogans wasn’t enough. His bewilderment was clear as she artfully explained to him that his contributions to the cause could only be measured in the number of people he punched.
Examples like these highlight the absurdity of the leftist opposition to Heritage America. The value in them acting out lies in the dissuasion of those moderate folks who may ordinarily be seduced by sweet sounding Pretty Lies, but are stopped short when confronted with the crazed behavior accompanying those views.
In the age of Trump, the hatred of the values of Heritage America which the so-called Meritocratic Establishment has spent decades advocating will continue to be met head on by a President who unapologetically stands for those values. This fortitude coming from the foremost public figure in America provides comfort for said moderates who would otherwise look the other way for fear of a leftist mob outrage.
Trump’s playbook has been pretty simple in regards to these cultural flashpoints. He primes the public, through incidents like his takes on Charlottesville and the NFL protests, to notice the hatred the postmodernist left has for America. He does so merely through holding reasonable viewpoints, placing his opposition in unenviable positions.
After Charlottesville, Trump merely stated that political violence was wrong, in all of its forms. When further pressed, he explicitly called out the Alt-Left (Antifa) in addition to some of the seedier elements on the right. This forced the leftists to own the un-American position that violence is good if it is perpetrated against an opinion it didn’t like. Then after weeks of continued Antifa violence, the Meritocratic Establishment, in the shape of both Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan, was forced to denounce Antifa, aligning itself with Trump’s original point in the process.
Doubling Down on Crazy
Once cornered, the leftists face a choice of submission or doubling down. You can bet your last dollar they will double down, because at this point we are talking about an existential threat to its position of cultural supremacy. Marxist movements can afford no defeats. There can be no heretics and non-believers among the ranks. It is why communist countries severely limit the access its population has to the outside world, for it would take very little to expose the fact that the dictatorship is full of rubbish.
It is why, despite the 50 year Long March of Progress racking up win after win, we still have a ‘long way to go,’ according to leftists. The translation is that there are still plenty out there who notice Ugly Truths and therefore are threats. Leftists cannot risk a swelling of the ranks of such people, and therefore they will fight ever harder to secure their wins and add more.
But in doing so, they will have to dial up the crazy. See Gerald McCoy, an NFL lineman who thinks that a mandate for the players to stand during the anthem would cause an ‘uproar.’
Such an uproar would only cement their defeat on the issue. The media no doubt would applaud the insolence, broadcasting it far and wide. All it would achieve, however is to expose a wider swath of the public to grown men throwing expansive tantrums on national television, for being made to show a modicum of respect for the country which made their profession possible. At that point, the underlying cultural argument made by the players will be tainted with what can only be described as a hatred for America, and as a result will be summarily disregarded by many.
As with Hollywood, the underlying cultural direction it would have us go will be tainted with the knowledge these directives come from a truly degenerate lot, and thus summarily disregarded.
This is how culture wars are won. And to think it only took an unapologetic man and his Twitter account to start shifting the tide.
Much has been made of the Republican Primary for an Alabama special election which took place this past Tuesday night between Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The reason is the amount of attention it received from higher ups in the GOP, President Trump and Mitch McConnell in particular.
The election is being held to fill the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions as he left to take on the duties of Attorney General. Both McConnell and Trump had backed Luther Strange in the primary, with the latter holding a rally in Alabama last Friday to stump for Strange. Vice President Mike Pence also held a rally for Strange in the days leading up to Tuesday.
The voters had different ideas however, and expressed them by handing Moore the victory. It wasn’t even close. This has caused a bit of a stir in the political punditry business, as your standard politial bloviator can not conceive of a situation in which a local candidate losing with the explicit support of the President, Vice President and Senate Majority Leader as anything other than a disaster.
As usual, the conventional political analysis is wrong.
By all accounts, Luther Strange was the candidate with the GOP Establishment seal of approval, while Roy Moore was the candidate which espoused a more ‘traditionalist’ mindset, which is a large element of the Make America Great Again mindset in totality. The voters preferred the latter.
The intervention of Trump undoubtedly clouds things, and there is no doubt the fact that he backed a losing horse here is a bit of a negative. But it is more than dwarfed by the big picture, which is that Trumpism is larger than Trump the man. The media has gone to great lengths to describe how ‘crazy’ Moore is, pointing out endlessly that he was kicked from the Alabama bench twice, once for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from public display, and the other time for refusing to abide by the gay marriage law of 2015. He also famously waived a gun around on stage during a speech in show of his support for the Second Amendment.
To the standard political bloviator, these things are highly problematic. To Trump voters, however, this is the exact sort of fight that DC politicians, even supposedly conservative politicians, have failed to show for a long time. For decades, traditional minded voters have watched as politician after politician promised to uphold their values, and then subsequently went on to surrender all of those values, right down to the sanctity of the girls’ bathroom.
It is the reason Trump himself won, despite being ‘unpresidential.’ To this day, this charge is leveled against him as evidence of his failure as a President. However, the fact that he is not another Bush, Obama or Clinton is his exact appeal, as ‘presidential’ has come to mean the slow but sure destruction of American heritage and values in each and every respect. May Trump continue to be ‘unpresidential.’
Similarly, someone like Moore is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the staid ‘conservatives’ like McConnell which have polluted the DC air for too long. Indeed, it was probably the association with McConnell that sunk Strange.
In the wake of Strange’s defeat, many pundits are just now asking questions about an upheaval on the right, as though 2016 didn’t happen. Their wonderment at the result suggests they are still unaware of the realignment that has taken place over the last 18 months. Politics is no longer Republicans versus Democrats vying for which side of the Uniparty coin will be face up. It is about the establishment Republicans, Democrats, their special interests and mainstream media, which collectively making up the Uniparty, against those who want to MAGA.
In Alabama, the MAGA candidate won, and in doing so defied Trump himself. This, combined with Tennessee senator Bob Corker, Uniparty denizen announcing that he would not stand for re-election in 2018, represented a YUGE night for MAGA politics. As I wrote before, it is indicative of a Trumpism which is politically viable without Trump himself leading the charge. This is the theme for the 2018 terms.
Back in 1835, Alexis De Tocqueville had this to say as part of his observations on the American press:
The spirit of the journalist in America consists in a crude, unvarnished, and unsubtle attack on the passions of his readers; he leaves principles aside to seize hold of men whom he pursues into their private lives exposing their weaknesses and defects.
Such an abuse of the powers of thought has to be deplored.
In modern America, the journalist, intellectual and celebrity classes have by and large expended great effort in conveying its distaste for American heritage and values. This was made clear to average folks in moments like Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes earlier this year, when she warned that without the boundless diversity of Hollywood, all we would have to watch were the clearly inferior ‘football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.’
Our supposed intellectual betters construct this anti-American heritage argument by first declaring America to be the world’s greatest evil, owing to her racism, bigotry and colonialism, as if she invented these things. They then follow this up by advocating for the US to be rebuilt from the ground up along the lines of equalism, diversity and multiculturalism above all else, in order to rectify these sins.
It is basic Cultural Marxism, but it garners a wide appeal because its ultimate aims are noble sounding. Its failing lies in the fact that its method for achieving these aims is highly flawed. Consider Herbert Marcuse, whose views helped form the intellectual foundation for Cultural Marxism, and his idea of what ‘tolerance’ means.
the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. In other words, today tolerance appears again as what it was in its origins, at the beginning of the modern period–a partisan goal, a subversive liberating notion and practice. Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.
Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word.
This Orwellian definition of ‘tolerance’ relies on the premise that all humans are exactly the same and thus the only explanation for differences in outcomes and quality of life must be discrimination or oppression. To fix this, the culture must be mandated to replace the dominant force with the less dominant force in order to balance the scales. In practice this means tamping down anything white, male, Christian, and heterosexual , as it has undue ‘privilege.’