“Spotlight on sexual harassment moves victims to break silence”
“Women Drawing the Line”
“The Evolving Concept of Sexual Harassment”
Thousands and thousands of headlines like these appeared in newspapers across the country — back in 1991. Spare us the self-righteousness, millennials.
Just as every new generation thinks it discovered sex, refusing to wonder how they came kicking and screaming into the world, apparently the new thing is for every generation to think it discovered sexual harassment.
Robert Ménard, the “populist” mayor of Béziers in France, has been told by a court to permanently remove a nativity scene from city hall, but Ménard has vowed that “We will never yield on our culture!”
All around us, we are seeing the cultural lights of Western civilisation flickering, if not being dimmed or even switched off altogether. Whereas the Age of Enlightenment was a period in which intellectual and philosophical thought and reason flourished, three centuries later we appear to be heading down an increasingly gloomier path into a foreboding future.
Running through a list of Enlightenment values is a depressing experience, as we realise that today’s post-modern, neo-Marxist so-called ‘progressive’ culture, laced as it is with a dash of Mohammedan medievalism, appears hell-bent on achieving the precise opposite of those original values. Instead of tolerance, we have the frightening intolerance of GetUp!, Antifa, modern ‘feminazis’, the LGBTIQ fundamentalists, leftist students, teachers, and media and their bizarre pandering to the ‘sensitivities’ of Islam. Instead of individual liberty we have the suffocating control of bloated government bureaucracies and stifling political correctness. Instead of fraternity, we have ‘diversity’ and the demonising of the white ‘patriarchy’. Instead of the scientific method and reductionism, we have climate change’s sinister quartet of ‘sacrifice’, ‘belief’, fake data and alarmism. Instead of biology, we have ‘gender fluidity’. Instead of reason we have ‘feelings’ and ‘compassion’.
What has changed in the 20th century is that right-wing people are more difficult to spot. This is because the new conservatives tend to mask themselves as ‘progressives’, ‘liberals’ or ‘left-wing’. Observe this perverse, paradoxical switch: from campus to Corbynista to Guardian newspaper columnist, it is the ostensible left that is now the most intolerant, humourless, miserable, pessimistic, censorious, puritanical, finger-wagging, backward-looking, prole-hating lot these days. The modern left are the new reactionaries.
Dr. Paglia has been warning about the decline and corruption of the modern humanities for decades, and she is a serious critic of the postmodern ethos that currently dominates much of academia. Although she is a committed equity feminist, she firmly opposes the victim/oppressor narrative that dominates much of modern American and British feminism.
In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover (among other topics) the pernicious influence of the French intellectuals of the 1970’s on the American academy, the symbolic utility of religious tradition, the tendency toward intellectual conformity and linguistic camouflage among university careerists, the under-utilization of Carl Jung and his student, Erich Neumann, in literary criticism and the study of the humanities, and the demolition of the traditional roles and identity of men and women in the West.
While the Left harps on superficial, immutable qualities, such as skin color, the more important aspect of their much-touted “diversity” is that of thought. But as we see in Hollywood and academia, the comedic talk show circuit is a monolithic bunch; all members fully subscribing to leftist ideology in every respect.
Ross Douthat is mistaking the new American cultural revolution for a mere culture war. In a New York Times column under the headline “Trump’s Empty Culture War,” Douthat accuses the president of engaging in the bad kind of culture war, in which “attitudinizing, tribalism, and worse-case fear-mongering float around unmoored . . . without a single issue being clarified or potentially resolved.”
On the contrary, the fight Trump has joined is not a culture war but a cultural revolution.
A book by California sociologist Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, “The sum of small things”, reveals why everybody wants to join the liberal bubble. She tries to decipher who the “new yuppies” are, a category in which the scholar places different professional figures such as the producers of HBO series, the employees of non-governmental organizations, the screenwriters, the journalists, the university administrators, the Silicon Valley engineers and the attorneys.
Elegant people, between the ages of 40 and 50, with physically fit and attractive bodies, who read the New Yorker and discuss “inequality” and “justice”. It is they who make up the new “cultural elite” and they are winning the debate in the public opinion about immigration, terrorism and Islam.
Donald Trump is the antithesis of this class.
When left and right finally agree on something, watch out: The unthinkable becomes normal.
So it is with changing attitudes toward Silicon Valley.
It’s not at all clear that the free people of the world are still willing to make the choices—let alone the requisite sacrifices—to protect our rights and liberties.
In a recent speech to the United Nations, President Donald Trump mixed his praise of the United States’ capacity to do good with a warning. “We have it in our power,” he said, “should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.”
Unfortunately, it’s not at all clear that the free people of the world are still willing to make the choices—let alone the requisite sacrifices—to achieve those universally admired goals.
Social media exploded this weekend after President Trump, at a rally in Alabama, urged NFL owners to “fire” players who refuse to stand for the national anthem before games. He later exhorted fans to boycott the league until players stopped “disrespecting Flag and Country.” NFL running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy called Trump an “asshole,” and NBA superstar LeBron James called the president a “bum.” After Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said that he was considering not attending an event at the White House, Trump disinvited the whole team.
I have often written about the current dismaying trajectory of the American Jewish community. With some three quarters of them identifying with the universalist, left-wing mindset, both in religious and secular life, they are positioning themselves on the wrong side of the war of civilisation being waged against the west from within while their children are progressing from indifference towards Israel to outright hostility. So much is the common source of much anguished discussion amongst those who care about this decline.
An astute and moving article in The American Spectator takes this one stage further. Dov Fischer, an adjunct professor of law and American orthodox rabbi, writes that a huge change is under way amongst American Jews analagous to the way the southern Democrats turned into Republican voters. It took them a century but, eventually repelled by the Democratic party, they did it.
See also…The dismaying trajectory of the American Jewish community
A new season begins, and fans are wondering about more than just What Happened last Sunday.
Television ratings declined, last season, for the National Football League’s games. This came as a shock to the Lords of the NFL. Ratings are not supposed to decline. The NFL’s ratings never decline. This is a law of nature. The popularity of football is always on the increase even as its presence spreads, with games now being played in London and Mexico City, with other venues under consideration. Football is expanding and inevitable.
So how, then, to account the falloff in the ratings?
And you have to see this to believe it- Trainwreck: ESPN’s Attempt at Diversity on Monday Night Football Goes Horribly Wrong
An online game reviewer lets fly the ‘N-word’ over chat while playing a video game and all hell breaks loose. Now the game manufacturer wants to prevent “Pewdiepie” from ever playing his company’s games in a public forum.
Yeah, right, jerk-off!
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EDIT: 4chan is offended at the video game company and the autists on /pol/ vow revenge.