January 19, 2017

Real community or 'cultural totalitarianism'

There was a time when all Americans would come together celebrate Inauguration Day  -- even if their political candidate lost -- because it demonstrates over and over again the remarkably peaceful transfer of power given us by the founding fathers.    That day is no more.

Identity Politics: Our Appetite For Destruction

Community is the source of all genuine revolution — actual people working in daily, sweaty concert to achieve a good common to them all.  A man can theorize or post about the need for a worker’s collective, a revitalized downtown, or a parish picnic until his typing fingers grow calloused. Only a living group of people with the will to act can give his ideas flesh. This is hardly a novel claim, but we need reminding. Action does not come from the government, “movements,” or radical ideas. Action comes from us.

An alien visitor to the Western world would assume that we are living in a golden age of community.  The word is so ubiquitous, one trips over it on the way to lunch. Our political leaders address the black community, the Christian community, the gay community, the transgender community, and the farming community with alarming rapidity. We refer to “the Twitter community” or “the Facebook community.” Online writers are encouraged to foster “community” in their comboxes.

If the identity-politician means anything by community, it can’t be much more than “group” or “sample” or “population.” It is the abstract consideration of a diverse people under the sign of some common trait. This would be nothing more than the misuse of a word, except the community-that-means-population is said with the same glow and power as one might refer to a community that lives, loves, and dies together. Identity-politics tries to milk the unity of a neighborhood from the dubious cow of “population.” It’s no wonder the milk goes sour so easily, and the energy of most identity-groups goes into in-fighting about who’s in and who’s out.

Glenn Reynolds: Irrational fear of fellow countrymen is spreading among America's ruling class.

How crazy has the reaction to Trump’s impending presidency gotten? So crazy that Democratic operatives are scared of plumbers...Ned Resnikoff, a “senior editor” at the  liberal website ThinkProgress, wrote on Facebook that he’d called a plumber to fix a clogged drain. The plumber showed up, did the job and left, but Resnikoff was left shaken, though with a functioning drain. Wrote Resnikoff, “He was a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional. But he was also a middle-aged white man with a Southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news.” ....When it was all over, Resnikoff reported that he was “rattled” at the thought that a Trump supporter might have been in his home. “I couldn’t shake the sense of potential danger.”

Roger Scruton coined the term “oikophobia” (from the Greed oikos for “home”) to describe the fear of one’s fellow countrymen.

Alexander Maistrovoy calls the The Comedy of Terrors: Western Progressive Thinking Against Nature and Man

After Trump’s win, a huge part of enlightened America was plunged into mourning. Students were crying, teachers canceled lectures to calm them down, “hotlines” started working to help desperate people.  What brought American students to such despair? They are unlikely to be able to explain it, but it’s a very dangerous syndrome of mass insanity. It’s a symptom of the fact that the cultural totalitarianism of the West is far more effective than the Soviet political totalitarianism, and much more deadly and poisonous. It suppressed the will, consciousness and emotions of people — the Soviet party members didn’t achieve that.

Soviet totalitarianism not only failed to suppress basic instincts, but did not even try to do this. A man seeing a girl subjected to sexual harassment would stand up for her if he could. A situation similar to the one that happened in Cologne last year was unthinkable in Moscow or St. Petersburg.  It was absolutely unthinkable that political officials in the USSR would justify rapists and accuse their victims on the grounds of immodesty. It was inconceivable that the Politburo members would welcome the mockery of their own children and protect rapists, as happens regularly in Western Europe.  I can’t imagine that a Soviet court would justify the rape of a child, as was the case in Austria; or care about the future of migrants who mocked and raped a child, as happened in Sweden. Authorities in Sweden decided not to deport Afghan migrants who committed a gang rape of a boy, because it was not safe in Afghanistan.
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No one dared to reject the great culture because it was created by “Dead White European Males” (DWEM).  None of the Soviet Communists would have said what  George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”  Nobody could think of replacing the picture of Shakespeare with the picture of Audre Lorde, an African American writer, civil rights activist and self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” as students at the University of Pennsylvania did.
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The Soviet regime was atheist and suppressed religion. Well!  However, it suppressed all religions, without exception. It didn’t mock Judaism and Christianity while at same time glorifying one single religion — Islam.  It didn’t ban the study of Voltaire, Holbach and David Hume because they had despised and rejected Islam as a primitive, patriarchal and aggressive religion. No one invited a crowd of strong, aggressive, sexually unsatisfied migrants to the country only because they were Muslims.

The Church suffered from persecution in the Soviet Union. But nevertheless, it remained the Church, not Sodom and Gomorrah. Priests and rabbis didn’t walk hand in hand, didn’t call for homosexual marriages, and didn’t elect a lesbian pastor or rabbi just because of her sexual preferences.
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Cultural totalitarianism succeeded much more. It turned people into sterile zombies, brainwashed them, perverted the minds of men and women, and subdued the intellectuals who have responsibility for the future of their people.

I feel sorry for those young people who cried after Trump’s  win. But I am even more sorry for the nations whose progressive students will eventually become the elite of their societies. I am afraid we will return to the Middle Ages with a quasi-religious cult, where a “progressive” Inquisition will rule.
Posted by Jill Fallon at January 19, 2017 8:19 PM | Permalink