Culture War casualties

Our tight bro BCE gets a harsh lesson on what life in Amerika v2.0 is REALLY all about.

So, I resigned this A.M.  Got word through Ye Olde Grapevine that they were going to come after me hammer and tongs. Seems I really pissed off a senior manager by calling out his subordinate’s malfeasance. Last time I looked I was -supposed- to be making sure that the people who are supposed to be at work actually are and that if they’re NOT, writing up said individuals. Until they get termed for not showing up. And timesheet fraud, last time I looked? Yeah…..

Well I guess calling out lying and timecard fraud gets you accused of being a ‘raysacyst’ when the person yer calling out happens to be the ‘approved amount of melanin’ as opposed to my Whypeepo self. That whole ‘white culture’ of honesty and integrity seems to be inappropriate now.

They aren’t just inappropriate, they’re actively proscribed whenever they work to the disadvantage or discomfort of an officially-approved Entitled Victim class.

THIS is why we’re circling the drain.

Indeed it is. One of the reasons, at any rate. There are others. And I don’t mean just a handful of ’em, either.

The willful and intentional slaughter of the norms and mores of the most basic rules of life have resulted in the death of America. I mean how foolish of me to think that De’yonte or Shaniqua should be ‘on time’ at the appointed place of duty, ready to work? How thoughtless of me to say that Nevasaydee should NOT take a hour and a half long lunch? Nevermind the two other times she took 45 minute lunches? That she missed a metric ton of training?

Any wonder why we’re on a precipice of collapse?

None whatsoever. In fact, collapse is the only possible outcome once a culture is as far gone in folly and degeneracy as this one. Any society that abandons proven-effective standards and mores which maintain stability, order, and a generalized trust that the system is at least somewhat fair and competent (or is trying to be, most of the time) is a society with no future.

Strange as it may seem, there’s a broader point to be made here, one with global and historical implications well beyond America’s plunge into the deep end of the affirmative-action cesspool and the dismal consequences for BCE. The success of a decades-long campaign to replace common sense, self-discipline, and the Christianity-based moral code underpinning Western Civ entire since its inception with nonsensical, contradictory Leftist shibboleths and psychobabble is the harbinger of ultimate doom. Eric Raymond’s brilliant 2005 post on Soviet memetic warfare and what he dubbed “Suicidalism” in the West confirms that the above-mentioned 3R (ruin-rubble-and-replace) crusade against bedrock American ideals and norms was neither happenstance nor coincidence.

The most important weapons of al-Qaeda and the rest of the Islamist terror network are the suicide bomber and the suicide thinker. The suicide bomber is typically a Muslim fanatic whose mission it is to spread terror; the suicide thinker is typically a Western academic or journalist or politician whose mission it is to destroy the West’s will to resist not just terrorism but any ideological challenge at all.

But al-Qaeda didn’t create the ugly streak of nihilism and self-loathing that afflicts too many Western intellectuals. Nor, I believe, is it a natural development. It was brought to us by Department V of the KGB, which was charged during the Cold War with conducting memetic warfare that would destroy the will of the West’s intelligentsia to resist a Communist takeover. This they did with such magnificent effect that the infection outlasted the Soviet Union
itself and remains a pervasive disease of contemporary Western intellectual life.

These ideas travel under many labels: postmodernism, nihilism, multiculturalism, Third-World-ism, pacifism, “political correctness” to name just a few. It is time to recognize them for what they are, and call them by their right name: suicidalism.

Trace any of these back far enough (e.g. to the period between 1930 and 1950 when Department V was at its most effective) and you’ll find a Stalinist at the bottom.

Stalinist agitprop created Western suicidalism by successfully building on the Christian idea that self-sacrifice (and even self-loathing) are the primary indicators of virtue. In this way of thinking, when we surrender our well-being to others we store up grace in Heaven that is far more important than the momentary discomfort of submitting to criminals, predatory governments, and terrorists.

I think it’s important to understand that, although suicidalism builds on some pre-existing pathologies of Western culture, it is not a native or natural development. It is an infection that evildoers and their dupes created and then spread as part of a war against the West; their goal was totalitarian control, and part of their method was to talk the West into slitting its own throat.

Eric’s follow-up was equally brilliant, and prescribes a possible remedy.

The first step to recovery is understanding the problem. Knowing that suicidalist memes were launched at us as war weapons by the espionage apparatus of the most evil despotism in human history is in itself liberating. Liberating, too, it is to realize that the Noam Chomskys and Michael Moores and Robert Fisks of the world (and their thousands of lesser imitators in faculty lounges everywhere) are not brave transgressive forward-thinkers but pathetic memebots running the program of a dead tyrant.

Brittingham and other have worried that postmodern leftism may yet win. If so, the victory would be short-lived. One of the clearest lessons of recent times (exemplified not just by kaffiyeh-wearing western leftists but by Hamas’s recent clobbering of al-Fatah in the first Palestinian elections) is that po-mo leftism is weaker than liberal individualism in one important respect; it has only the weakest defenses against absolutist fervor. Brittingham tellingly notes po-mo philosopher Richard Rorty’s realization that when the babble of conflicting tribal narratives collapses in exhaustion, the only thing left is the will to power.

Again, this is by design. Lenin and Stalin wanted classical-liberal individualism replaced with something less able to resist totalitarianism, not more. Volk-Marxist fantasy and postmodern nihilism served their purposes; the emergence of an adhesive counter-ideology would not have. Thus, the Chomskys and Moores and Fisks are running a program carefully designed to dead-end at nothing.

Religions are good at filling that kind of nothing. Accordingly, if transnational progressivism actually succeeds in smothering liberal individualism, its reward will be to be put to the sword by some flavor of jihadi. Whether the eventual winners are Muslims or Mormons, the future is not going to look like the fuzzy multicultural ecotopia of modern left fantasy. The death of that dream is being written in European banlieus by angry Muslim youths under the light of burning cars.

I remain more optimistic than this. I think there is still an excellent chance that the West can recover from suicidalism without going through a fevered fascist episode and waging a genocidal war. But to do so, we have to do more than recognize Stalin’s memes; we have to reject them. We have to eject postmodern leftism from our universities, transnational progressivism from our politics, and volk-Marxism from our media.

The process won’t be pretty. But I fear that if the rest of us don’t hound the po-mo Left and its useful idiots out of public life with attack and ridicule and shunning, the hard Right will sooner or later get the power to do it by means that include a lot of killing. I don’t want to live in that future, and I don’t think any of my readers do, either. If we want to save a liberal, tolerant civilization for our children, we’d better get to work.

You CF Lifers might recognize that passage; I’ve linked and excerpted this essay several times over the years, starting way back when it was originally published. It’s dismaying that it remains every bit as timely and relevant now as it was when it was written. I corresponded with Eric regularly in those bygone days, and can tell you that Eric’s abhorrence of violence and killing above was heartfelt and sincere. Sadly, the failure to take appropriate action then means that the only hope of saving ourselves now is via the dreadful measures Eric anticipated with such horror. Myself, I’ve come to suspect that it was ever thus, and ever will be—that, as Jefferson said, the Tree of Liberty cannot long be sustained without the regular application of its natural manure.

The cudgel BCE just got whapped upside the haid with was actually the end-product of something bigger than mere government-mandated racial discrimination in the workplace—bigger, and much, much worse.

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HazHap

Very good links and post. The west may have “won” the Cold War with the Soviets, but it seems likely the west was mortally wounded in the process. Maybe something will survive, or some fragments can be salvaged. But I don’t see any way to avoid literal megadeaths at this point, and quite possibly gigadeaths. There is no peaceful, easy way to purge the poisons.

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