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Liberals Have, Also, Irreversibly Lost the War for Ideological Supremacy

November 7, 2019 17 comments

Some readers might have noticed that one commentator on this blog likes to dutifully regurgitate establishment democrat talking points. According to him, anybody who does not agree with the “official version of events” is part of some Russian disinformation campaign or stupid. While I started writing this post to comment on that mindset, it quickly became obvious that it was just one manifestation of a much bigger problem. So let me help you connect the dots by highlighting other manifestations of the same problem. Have you noticed that, within the past 5-10 years, liberals (rather than CONservatives) have become obsessed with censoring anyone with whom they disagree. Ever wonder why that change occurred and why within that particular timespan?

How did we reach the point where LIEbrals, rather than dumbfuck CONservatives, are obsessed with performing overt and fake displays of public morality. Why did LIEbrals become the thin-skinned snowflakes they used to justifiably accuse Conservatives of being. Why are LIEbrals obsessing over “ideological purity” like the CONservatives they used to mock? To understand how this change occurred, we have to first understand why CONservatives were once obsessed with censorship, ideological purity and displays of public morality. The short version is the supporters of dying ideologies will always try to delay the inevitable end through appeals to censorship, increasingly ridiculous displays of ideological fidelity and obsession with purity.

CONservatism entered its terminal phase sometime in the mid 1980s and has been effectively dead since 2006-2008. While there are many reasons for its demise, most come down to some version of the ideology failing to provide its believers and potential recruits what they wanted. In other words, CONservatism failed once it became obvious that the ideology was fundamentally fraudulent and unable to address the real needs for majority of its followers. So why is LIEbralism also failing and why is the speed so much higher than for CONservatism? To better understand this peculiar fact, we have to first talk about what both ideologies are really about. Yes.. neither ideology is what its ardent supporters claim them to be.

The thing is.. CONservatism in the west after WW1 was never about retaining traditional mores and worldviews. It was a logical framework, aka scam, to justify the power of rich people and corporations over everybody else. CONservatives were never interested in preserving traditions or guaranteeing socio-economic stability. Those were just buzzwords they invoked for conning, often willingly, stupid losers with delusions of becoming filthy rich. That is why, among western countries, modern CONservatism was strongest in post-WW2 USA. CONservative support of social issues such as racial apartheid, prayers in schools, anti-abortion stances etc was therefore always about appealing to white trash stupid enough to care about such useless bullshit.

While the last COnservative resurgence (during 1980s) in the west died out in Europe by the late 1990s, it persisted in North America for a few years longer. CONservatism in this country was publicly discredited largely due to a series of spectacular and costly failures during and by the Bush43 administration- from the failed occupation of Iraq to Global Financial Crisis of 2008. But what about the recent resurgence of right-wing parties across Europe- some might wonder. See.. the thing is, right-wing populism and proto-fascism is not CONservatism, even though there is a small degree of ideological overlap. Now let us get back to how CONservatives handled their slow-motion demise during the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.

Some of you might be old enough to remember that, during the 1980s and 1990s, there was a renewed attempt to ban pornography, “violent” video games and push for “traditional” values. They also did other tone-deaf and stupid stuff such as ignore the HIV crisis, tried to to stop the movement for gay rights and censor network TV when everyone was buying satellite TV dishes. By then, all the genies they feared were already out of their metaphorical bottles. CONservatism was increasingly seen as the ideology of stupid, old and out-of-touch losers. It did not help that modern LIEbralism, aka NeoLIEberalism, was now the default ideological choice of rich assholes who wanted to appear “hip”. The many public failures of Bush43 presidency were the final nails in the coffin of CONservatism. That is why Trump was able to defeat every last establishment CONservative in the 2016 republican primary, and with ease.

But what does any of this have to do with the ongoing failure of LIEbralism? As it turns out, a whole fucking lot! The thing is.. LIEbralism, was never about opposing CONservatism or doing any of the other things it pretended to care about. LIEbralism, at it core is the ideological sibling of CONservatism, albeit one that tries to portray itself as more the enlightened among the two. That is why LIEbralism is perfectly fine with everything problematic about CONservatism, except the parts that make them look unenlightened. That is why LIEbrals and corporations will support LGBTQ parades while simultaneously paying their employees starvation wages and denying them healthcare. Similarly LIEbrals love to masturbate to the sound of “woke” labels such as “Latinx” rather than treat real Hispanic people as equal human beings.

This is also why LIEbrals love to celebrate a deeply problematic Neo-LIEbral such as Obama even though he started five more wars in Africa and a couple more in middle-east, was responsible for millions of Hispanics to be deported and millions of black people losing their homes in aftermath of housing bubble. But.. but.. didn’t he pose for photos with a few old black women and children in the Oval Office and give empty inspirational-sounding speeches? See.. LIEbrals differentiate themselves from CONservatives by where they studied, what they wear and eat, how they speak and other superficial stuff. They so because, in every aspect which matters, they are no different from CONservatives. The former just try to be better at scamming people than the latter.

So why, then, did this group who appeared to have prevailed over CONservatives by the mid 2000s get so thin-skinned about “mean people” and “dissenters” so quickly after their supposed victory? Some of you might believe that this had something to do with being the only game in town. The realty is much more complex. As mentioned earlier, LIEbrals and CONservatives are simply two faces of the same group of people and all those “culture wars” were largely for the purposes of distraction and entertainment for the masses. But why did this fake show last for multiple decades? Well.. it comes down to two main reasons. Firstly, for the first 3-4 decades after WW2 the west was the most affluent part of the world and most people who live in societies that seem to be doing OK don’t ask inconvenient questions.

The second reason follows from the first. Societies experiencing continuously rising standards of living and expectations tend to focus on superficial issues and controversies while simultaneously ignoring deeper and more systemic challenges. There is a reason that the post-WW2 american society was dominated by “culture wars” rather than anything deeper such as changing the shitty underlying system. The show went until the combined effects of deindustrialization, neoliberalism and financialization of the economy and society at could no longer be papered over or ignored. But why would that cause the public image of LIEbralism and trust in its institutions to implode much faster than CONservatism?

Well.. it comes down to an undesired, but predictable, result of the collapse of CONservatism. Long story short, after its public collapse in 2006-2008, LIEbralism was the only game left in town. Now LIEbrals could no longer blame their inability to do the ‘right thing’ on resistance from CONservatives. Unfortunately this was also the time when the post-WW2 economic western economic ‘miracle’ started to implode in a very public manner. Turns out that LIEbrals has no real solutions to problems of their own creation other than imposing more austerity, pushing for fiscal CONservatism, spouting bullshit about lifelong education and basically anything other than tackle the problems plaguing most people in their countries. There is a reason why right-wing populist leaders and movements exploded in popularity across western countries after 2010.

The LIEbral reaction to these developments has been highly counterproductive, to say the least. For starters, they doubled and tripled down on empty bullshit such as identity and racial politics, “environmentalism” and celebrity culture aka stuff most people do not even pretend to care about. But what they did next was especially dumb, even by their standards. See.. these idiots had the bright idea that lecturing and trying to shame people into not talking about their real problems was a winner. And they tried really hard to pull the shit off by using their domination of certain institutions to amplify their message, which had the unfortunate (but also predictable) effect of deep-sixing any residual public trust and credibility. The election of Trump in 2016 was the final straw and seems to have broken their mind.

It seems that LIEbrals now firmly believe that nothing short of overt censorship, trying to stifle the speech of their opponents and pretty much anything other than admitting that their ideology was also a scam is the way “forward”. They do not want to believe that the previous state of affairs is dead, discredited and cannot be restored. Since this post is already a bit over 1500 words, this is a good time to wrap it up. Will likely post a followup based on reader comments.

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Renegade Cut

September 29, 2019 11 comments

A few months ago, I came across yet another interesting channel, known as Renegade Cut, which uses movies and TV shows to analyse philosophical ideas and ideologies. While I don’t agree with everything on that channel, some of the content makes sense and is thought-provoking. Here are two clips which many of you might find particularly interesting.

Clip #1: Saturday Neoliberalism This one uses short clips from SNL (the “comedy” show) over multiple decades to show how all of the so-called “subversive” comedy in neoliberal countries such as USA was, and is, always about commercial considerations than being truly subversive or standing up to power and money. It explains why shows such as SNL loved HRC in 2016 while dumping on Bernie and has hated Trump since his election. The explanation also holds for all those other “celebrities” who expose supposedly LIEbral causes.

Clip #2: Frank Grimes – The Cult of Work The second one uses the famous character of Frank Grimes in “The Simpsons’ to show how CONservatives view the world around them. It provides some very interesting insight into why those losers fetishize “work” and who they scapegoat for everything wrong with the world. To make a long story short, CONservatives willingly suffer from multiple delusions including the one where they will all attain salvation, also known as becoming rich.There is a reason, I have always found CONservatives a bit more detestable than LIEbrals.

What do you think? Comments?

Western ‘Leftists’ are Only Slightly Less Despicable than CONservatives

May 5, 2019 9 comments

Regular readers are well aware of my utter dislike, contempt and hatred for all CONservatives- regardless of their race and social class. The world would be a far better place if all of them and their progeny ceased on exist, one fine day. Many of you are also aware that I am no fan of so-called ‘liberals’ or as I like to call them, LIEbrals- because they are basically CONservatives who expouse socially progressive-sounding causes largely because they are a bit ashamed of being perceived as knuckle-draggers. In other words, LIEbrals are CONservatives who are not retarded and exhibit a basic level of self-consciousness, if only to project themselves as more “deserving” of their station in life. LIEbrals = we are better than southern and flyover state white-trash.

Let me now talk about the other group who I detest- though not with the intensity reserved for CONservatives and LIEbrals. I am talking about western ‘Leftists’ aka the losers with more self-conciousness than LIEbrals and CONservatives. But why dislike people that are kinda better than either LIEbrals and CONservatives. Aren’t they an improvement of some sort or at least a change in the right direction? Well.. they are, but it is not enough. See.. white people in early 20th century USA were ‘better’ than their counterparts from 300 or even 100 years prior. Unlike their predecessors, they did not bury women for witchcraft, openly practice slavery, enthusiastically support genocide of native people and were on threshold of extending voting rights to women.

However they still strongly believed in their alleged “racial superiority”, put considerable effort into immiserating black and other non-white people, did many nauseating things in support of maintaining racial purity, were the inspiration for Hitler and his Nazis and were otherwise a fairly loathsome bunch of people. Some of you might say that we should judge them by the standards of their era rather than contemporary ones. Fair enough.. but then shouldn’t we also judge Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan by the standards of first half of 20th century- which was a pretty dismal time in human history with all those other genocides, two world wars, inter-war conflicts, forced population exchanges etc. My point is, you have to draw the line somewhere.

So what do I despise about western ‘Leftists’? How are my views on them similar or different from those about LIEbrals and CONservatives? Well.. for starters, my feelings towards western ‘Leftists’ are rooted in dislike and contempt rather than hatred. Which is another way of saying that my major beef with them is about how they think, behave and see the world rather than their broader goals. So I am perfectly fine with legal equality irrespective of race and sex, socialism and wealth redistribution, decentralization and preventing public and private rent-seekers, progressive income and wealth tax-funded healthcare and education, non-corporate controlled universal basic income, legalization of drugs and prostitution, right to choose etc

At this point, some of you might throw up your hands and say “so why do you despise western ‘Leftists’ if you support the majority of their stated goals?”. Well.. keep reading.

1] The biggest problem with western ‘Leftists” today concerns their real identity and motivations. Contemporary western “leftists” are, by and large, careerist petite bourgeoisie. Almost every single prominent western ‘Leftist’ today seems to be somebody with multiple degrees in the liberal arts who spends an inordinate amount of effort trying to convince others that they alone are morally upright and virtuous.When is the last time you met a prominent western ‘Leftist’ who actually performed work which did not involve writing clever-sounding articles, books or indulging in scholarly-sounding pontification. Leftism was once a movement of the working classes, you know.. people who work to make a living. Today it is mostly a movement of weaselly apple-polishers trying to use ideology to advance their own career.

2] The current crop of western ‘Leftists’ (at least well-known ones) are almost exclusively derived from the professional upper-middle or aspiring middle class. They have no interest in problems of people from other.. should we say.. more ‘icky’ classes. They would rather protest for the right of transgender men to use female restrooms than bother with concrete proposals to eliminate racial discrimination in healthcare, housing and the so-called ‘criminal justice’ system. They believe that gender equality is achieved when more white women are hired in armed forces so that they can go half-way around the world to kill some more brown people. For them, a just immigration system is one which allows enough poor and desperate people into the country so they can then hire those same people at low wages to clean houses and take care of their kids.

3] It gets worse. There is, you see, a considerable overlap between LIEbrals and western ‘Leftists’. Indeed, one of the easiest way for a LIEbral to elevate his or her social standing today (at least in their mind) is by supporting allegedly progressive causes- but only fashionable ones. So dressing your 6-year old non-stereotypical male child as a girl because ‘she’ could be trans is the socially appropriate way of showing one’s “wokeness”. However these same people will do nothing beyond pay some lip service for issues such as children without adequate healthcare, housing or food- because those things are associated with ‘icky’ people. They will donate some cheap toys to a charity around Christmas rather than ask why such ‘charity’ is necessary.

4] Western ‘Leftists’ are overwhelmingly white and the few minorities in their ranks are there for the grift.. I mean career advancement. Face it, nowadays you cannot have a self-congratulatory award ceremony or banquets where people give each other prizes for “empowering” each other without a few non-white faces. Look at how far we have come.. a corporation which extorts many thousands of desperate people while awarding billions to its upper management has finally hired a Black, Asian or Indian CEO? And he or she is also gay.. how “woke”! What about those tens of thousands extorted people. Well.. it is all due to the “free market” and we cannot do anything about it. And remember.. everything can be “fixed” with neoliberal wonkery and “data science”.

5] One of the most amusing, and telling, aspect of the contemporary western ‘Leftist’ mindset is how easily they stop supporting a cause when systematically abused and victimized people resort to a little violence. According to these ‘Leftists’ a group of black people protesting systemic abuse and occasional murder by white cops become unworthy if they break even a single shop window. Did I mention how strongly these ‘Leftists’ believe in “gun control” or how they insist everyone should respect “authority” and “experts”. Or how they masturbate over shitty Tesla electric cars, the latest puff-piece about “machine learning” or “artificial intelligence”.. basically anything that is seen as fashionable and “woke” enough. In other words, western “Leftism” = performance art.

6] Western ‘Leftists’ never stop giving useless or bad advice to non-white people and people in non-white countries- who find it darkly comic. These ‘Leftists’ want everyone else to give up their lifestyle and conveniences for the “environment” and to prevent “climate change” but are loath to change anything significant about their own lifestyle. And remember, you are a ‘heretic’ and ‘denier’ if you doubt the veracity of this central sacrament of their secular apocalyptic cult. Of course, they could just come out and admit that they are racist and part of a declining and rapidly diminishing race. But as we all know, western ‘Leftists’ are all post-racial, totally non-patronizing group of very “diverse”, “woke” and “highly educated” people- who can never make a mistake and give awesome TEDx presentations.

In summary, much of what passes for ‘Leftism’ in the west today is reformulated LIEbralism with new buzzwords and more performance art. Ironically, this does not fool anybody outside their group. And now you know why I find them despicable and repulsive, though somewhat less so than generic LIEbrals and CONservatives.

What do you think? Comments?