Category Archives: Culture

How cultural Marxism created the Alt-Right

The old never really understand the young, especially in times when the paradigm is changing. The old looked on with dismay during the nineteen-sixties and seventies when so many Boomers rejected traditional morality and established social roles, inaugurating the Age of Aquarius with a utopian belief in the power of universalism to overcome tribalism. For the post-war idealists, flowers of tolerance were the answer to the guns of hatred that made the twentieth century so hellish for so many.

The post-war generations came to believe that World Wars I and II were the result of authoritarian white maleness. Central European theorists such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse led the intellectual movement to convince young Westerners that this was the case and were very successful. Those ideas fuelled the New Left movement that took over the campuses and the hippie movement that took over the culture.

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The Democratic Awakening

“In Ruling the Void, Peter Mair describes a process by which political parties have retreated from public life and civil society and into the state. Plummeting membership of political parties and turnout in national elections was, he notes, a shared feature of all developed democracies at the end of the 20th century. As a result, political parties ‘have become agencies that govern – in the widest sense of the term – rather than represent. They bring order rather than give voice.’ In turn, ideology withered, and parties became absorbed into an amorphous governing class. They began competing not on the basis of ideas or interests, but on their readiness to govern.”

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A Cultural Revolution in Slow Motion

I don’t believe in grand historical conspiracies, or in designs that go on over generations. The right suffers from a bad case of “the individualists failed to organize” and the left, by now in their third generation of social dominance, are approaching the sort of behavior and IQ one saw in the last days of the Soviet Union. Or if you prefer, Marxist scientific efficiency has given us in three generations what it took the royal houses of Europe sixteen generations of inbreeding to achieve: an “elite” so profoundly dumb they couldn’t pour p*ss out a boot with instructions on both sides.

Which is why I don’t believe in conspiracies.

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Convert, Pay, or Die

Convert, pay, or die is the set of choices Islam offers infidels. Coincidentally, this is also what today’s progressives and the Democratic Party offer nonbelievers, climate “deniers,” white males, heterosexuals, patriots, blue-collar workers, farmers, miners, people without a college degree, the religiously devout, Republicans, and everybody else choosing not to buy into the party’s version of what America is and what the nation owes both its citizens and the world.

Our country has collectively “slipped into madness.” Hatred in the name of diversity and political unity has become a goal in itself – and it is ascendant in modern culture, all compelled by leftist ideology.

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Nations Lacking Foreign Rivals Inevitably Tear Themselves Apart

This is the year the bottom dropped out. This is is the year our politics became a true bloodsport; war by other means.

You can just feel it.

If America’s right and left did not have politics, they would be killing each other. It will, one day, likely come to that regardless.

The Other Side is now completely, totally 100% unacceptable.

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Cool Detachment

Looks like a Manson family member at a parole hearing. Give me Paglia any day.

I still haven’t memorized my cell phone number, or my husband’s. I don’t remember the year my mother or father died, let alone the month and day. I can’t remember my wedding anniversary, either.

However, I’ve never forgotten that, sometime between the release of Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), Woody Allen was the subject of a cover story in either Newsweek or Time in which—while musing bitterly about random, pointless suffering—he put in that cultural critic Susan Sontag’s cancer diagnosis “must have been particularly devastating for a woman of her sensibility.”

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The Ivory Tower Man: Why Academia Hates Guns

There is a particular strain of humanity now deeply rooted in Western culture that we can refer to as the Ivory Tower Man. This individual is the product of an entire cultural philosophy. He is the result of several generations that have faced no immediate danger or challenge to life itself; he is the spawn of the Nanny State. The Ivory Tower Man is found throughout all current age groups and academia is especially rife with this character.

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“Sheeple” is now a Merriam-Webster word, BUT …

If Hill had won US 2016, would that have been the honoured word? We are informed via Mashable that it’s a new Merriam-Webster word for 2016:

If you’ve spent any time online, you know that “sheeple” is the word you use when you want to yell at an otherwise undefined group of people. It is the insult the blogging masses use to call someone a “dummy following a person or ideology without knowing why they’re following said person or ideology.” More.

As a rule, the Cool never vilifies the rest of us more honestly and earnestly than when we are acting to protect ourselves from the worst damage they can do.

See also: Mark Steyn on the doomed hillbilly

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No, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is Not ‘Unexpectedly Timely’

We are all necessarily prisoners of our own place and time, and thus, I was in my youth necessarily a fan of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” I read it; I discussed it very earnestly with like-minded friends; I copied author Margaret Atwood’s muted style and dystopian preoccupations in my own, less competent fiction.

But that youth has fled, alas; it has been two decades since I last waxed indignant about the drinking age, or picked up my copy of the book. Even that copy — paperback, dogeared and waterstained and threatening to come apart at the spine — has been left behind somewhere, presumably the same place I lost my velvet chokers and my Suzanne Vega CDs.

However, a new television show has been made out of the book, and is attracting rave reviews, less for its acting, script, or stunning visuals than for its “unexpectedly timely” message.

Nonsense.


According to the fever swamp left we have been living “The Handmaid’s Tale” since every Republican president.

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SNL couldn’t really joke re Obama

He is their Jesus. And those are Big Shoes to Fill.

From Christian Toto at Hollywood in Toto:

Comedian Jay Pharoah’s impression of President Barack Obama was spot on. Too bad so few people noticed.

Pharoah opened up about his time on the venerable sketch series during an April 13 chat on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” show. The comedian got fired from “SNL” in August, but his Obama character got his pink slip much earlier.

“For the last year and a half they did no Obama sketches at all. They just were like, ‘oh, we don’t know what to do…’ I said, ‘just let me do my characters and we’ll be fine.’ They didn’t wanna do that,” Pharoah said.

“SNL” became increasingly progressive during the Obama years. Few sketches skewered the first black president. The show’s writers ignored Obama’s considerable ego, his lofty pronouncements nor the fallout from the 2013 PolitiFact Lie of the Year – “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.” More.

Pharaoh’d hoped his 30 million views on YouTube would save him. They didn’t. One does not mock SJW Jesus.

Reality check: The inability to mock their own will be their undoing unless they can shut down alternative forms of entertainment. Watch for purse-lipped concern about “vicious, bitter” sendups of SJWs, virtue signallers, and other poseurs that “diminish our fragile national discourse.”

See also: Marvel! Readers tire of partisan comics

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Progressives go after art eventually too

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Marvel! Readers tire of partisan comics

From Christian Toto at Hollywood in Toto:

The Marvel universe has embraced diversity with a passion. And it doesn’t simply mean a glut of new characters who better represent the culture’s ethnic and gender diversity. The comic book company radically transformed its most beloved stars.

Iron Man is now a black teenage girl. Thor is a woman. Captain America is black. Ms. Marvel is a Muslim teenage girl.

And then there’s the company’s partisan storytelling, Last year, Marvel tweaked the classic villain Modok to look and sound like Donald Trump. A recent “Captain America” story cast anti-immigration foes as the villains. More.

It was a huge hit with everyone but the readers.  As Marvel’s VP of Sales David Gabriel recently whiffled,

What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.

Reality check: We believe it even if he doesn’t. Readers’ tastes hadn’t changed at all. The company was being pressured by Correctness thugs, and the thugs are not the market.

This helps us see why political correctness eventually requires government control even of trivial media. Just think, lots of jobs for junior jackboots once they graduate from assaulting the profs with whom they disagree.

Note: Comment of the week, below: Wonder Woman and Rogue were actual characters, not props for Social Justice. If the clowns running Marvel can’t tell the difference, there’s no hope for them.

See also: Progressives go after art eventually too

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The Danger of Ayn Rand

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I didn’t know the difference between National Review and The New Republic. (By all means, write your own joke…) I was groping for guidance, as I always had, in the written word, but my knowledge of lofty (and, I hoped, helpful) American political journals was restricted to Woody Allen’s line in Annie Hall that “Dissent and Commentary had merged and formed Dysentery.”

After getting properly oriented, I became curious about the evolution of U.S. conservative and libertarian publications, and basically inhaled George H. Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. Nash’s classic introduced me to what I think of as “the old, weird, other America,” that of The Freeman and Albert Jay Nock, anti-Communist folk music and Isabel Paterson.

 

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