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Grubby Little Proles

Leszek Kolakowski, in his essay collection Is God Happy?, wrote several fascinating essays on Communism vs. other forms of Socialism, such as Fascism and generic Leftism. He notes that while Communism proper attracted lots of serious intellectuals and artists, who produced some works of real merit, generic “Leftism” had few, and Fascism almost none.

He also notes the degeneration of art on the Left. I don’t want / am not qualified to get deep into the weeds of art history, but let me use an example (mine, not Kolakowski’s): Pablo Picasso vs…. oh, pick an artist, they’re all Lefties… let’s say Andy Warhol. Noting that “important” can be diametrically opposed to things like “good,” “aesthetically pleasing,” etc., we can all agree that both were important artists. Whatever else their differences, the most obvious one was:

Sincerity.

Picasso was a lifelong member of the Communist Party. He was also a sincere artist (which, again, can be miles away from “good;” I personally can’t stand Picasso’s art). Guernica is wildly overrated, and its sentiment jejune — we all agree that bombing civilians is bad, mmkay? — but at least it’s sincere. Warhol, on the other hand, never took a sincere breath in his life. Making your work superficial on purpose doesn’t absolve you from the sin of superficiality. Warhol (and Roy Lichtenstein, and the rest of the “Pop Art” crowd) gave wannabes permission to substitute “being ironic” for “having something to say,” and there’s your modern art in a nutshell. Calling a modern “artist” a poseur is like calling water wet — what could possibly be the point?

Which brings us back to Kolakowski. He notes that there are apostates aplenty from Communism, and they all seem compelled to write big long books full of critical self-examination. Cheering for the murder of millions would do that, one supposes… except that, as Kolakowski says, you can’t find one single ex-Leftist doing it. Hell, is there such a thing as an ex-Leftist, as opposed to an ex-Communist? Kolakowski couldn’t find one (as of 1995, I think), and I can’t think of one either. Every former radical I’m aware of was just that — a radical, a card-carrying Communist or at least a virulent fellow-traveler, e.g. David Horowitz. We probably all have heard of someone waking up one day (say, after 9/11) realizing that the Democratic Party they’d been knee-jerk voting for all their lives was out to lunch, but do you know of any True Believers seeing the light?

Or, to put it another way, what do you think would make this gal

come around? Anything? Is it possible? They say a conservative is just a liberal who’s been mugged, but as we’ve seen all too often — and as we’re currently seeing in Minneapolis and other places — there are plenty of liberals who keep getting mugged, over and over and over again, and remain liberals. How is that possible?

Kolakowski suggested an answer (though he didn’t follow up on it). In a glorious metaphor, he said that Communists were hawks, but Leftists were just irritated butterflies. Let’s give those murderous bastards their due: Commies got their hands dirty. Communists were under no illusions about the souls they were trying to save. Indeed, their fanatical willingness, even eagerness, to kill can be explained no other way — there are certain folks who are incorrigible; incorrigibles will always stand between us and Utopia; therefore, incorrigibiles must be eliminated.

That’s one hell of a realization to have about yourself: That you’re willing to kill for an idea. You might be ready to die for the Revolution, but are you willing to kill for it? Read the autobiographies of apostate Commies. They might not put it exactly that way, but that’s the crucial realization, every single time: If you’re willing to endorse Josef Stalin committing the “necessary murder,” then you ultimately must be willing to commit it yourself…. and if you’re not, then the whole intellectual edifice you’ve spent so much time and effort building must come crashing down. Such a person can’t keep lying to himself, because he’s surrounded by people who really are willing to commit the necessary murder…. or who already have.

Leftists, by contrast, were, are, and always shall be nothing more than irritated butterflies. They don’t have to leave their ivy-covered ivory towers, so they won’t. They don’t know anyone who has ever killed so much as a mouse. When it comes right down to it, they find this whole “Revolution” business to be just….so…. vulgar.

What’s life like in the Soviet Union? They neither know nor care, until the brute facts of life in the USSR are rubbed into their faces for so long that they have to acknowledge them. At which point they simply switch allegiances. Kolakowski’s essay doesn’t mention Paul Hollander’s Political Pilgrims, but they arrive at essentially the same conclusion — that instead of becoming disillusioned with Communism (Socialism, “social justice”) itself, the irritated butterflies of the Left grow disillusioned with a particular country or leader. The USSR has failed, yes, but — all together now! — “real Communism has never been tried,” so let’s put all our faith in Mao… and then Castro… and then Chavez, et cetera ad nauseam.

It’s all about maintaining the purity of the idea in the face of disappointing, vulgar, grubby reality. An honest-to-Marx Communist will come into plenty of contact with reality. A Leftist never will, because xzhey have convinced xzhemself that even the mugging they’re currently experiencing is a lofty and noble expression of authenticity. They’re willing to die for the Revolution, certainly — the urge for martyrdom has always been highly conspicuous on the Left. So long as they never feel that base, grubby, vulgar proletarian urge to defend themselves, they’ll be fine.

[Which, incidentally, explains why nationalist forms of Socialism never attracted big league artists and intellectuals. Nazism, especially, is a purely defensive ideology. I know, I know, you’ve been taught all your lives that “Nazism” is all but synonymous with “wars of conquest,” but it’s funny how strongly you’re discouraged from hearing anything Hitler et al actually said. Were you permitted to consult primary sources, you’d see that National Socialism is presented as the last, desperate hope for the preservation of the German race. And thanks to those aggressive wars, Hitler made it quite clear that there was no such thing as a cosplay Nazi — you can live a wonderfully coddled little upper-middle-class life in your gated community while sucking up to Stalin, but Hitler would make you get off the couch and fight].

“Never cheer for your own.” When you come right down to it, that’s the Leftist motto. Leftists don’t deride “sportsball,” for instance, because they’re un-athletic little dweebs who were always picked last at recess (well, ok, not only that). It’s because cheering for a team, any team, is vulgar. It’s what grubby little proles do. (That’s another way to distinguish a Communist from a Leftist, by the way. Actual Commies love sports; look at all the resources the USSR poured into the Olympics, for instance. That’s because sports are good training for war).

Is Leftism curable? Can they be made to cheer for their own? Experience suggests that the cure will be very harsh indeed… if indeed it’s possible at all.

 

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How It Ends

Let’s be honest: Diversity isn’t being Our Strength in Minneapolis because they’re mad about “racism.” They’re out Jogging because they’re bored, and when Joggers get bored, they go Jogging. Same as it ever was.

Nobody in Minnesota’s state government is to the Right of Vladimir Lenin, so naturally they went all-in on the virus hysteria. Bad enough, but look:

Virus-wise, Minnesota is surrounded by free states. Iowa and the Dakotas never had formal lockdowns. Their economies are doing pretty good. Wisconsin has an SJW governor who tried his best to go Full Retard, but the state supreme court slapped him down, and now WI, too, is well on the road to full recovery.

Minnesota, by contrast, has gone to indefinite lockdowns. Their economy is in the toilet. Their state taxes are already brutal, and getting worse. And there has finally been springlike, indeed summerlike, weather across the upper midwest.

In short, even the most zombified Scandicucks are starting to wonder — just a little!! — why the hell they’re still cowering under their beds. Do you honestly expect Joggers, with their 75-average IQs and minuscule future time awareness, to not Jog under those circumstances?

And that’s how it ends, y’all. In states where they went Full Retard, virus-wise, everyone has been living like a Jogger. Nowhere to go, nothing to do but watch tv and wait for government handouts. This has been going on for months, and if the SJWs in the state houses have their way, it’ll be going on for months — maybe years! — longer.

Eventually, non-Joggers are going to start Jogging, because hey, why not? It’s something to do that’ll finally get them out of the house for a while. And who’s going to stop them? Their “parents”? Their “teachers”? The police?

“Letting your downtown burn once or twice a generation” is just the price you pay for being Goodwhite. For the SJWs in the state houses, it’s a feature, not a bug, since they run the “recovery” and can shovel yet more taxpayer money at their harebrained schemes. But when the suburbs start to burn? When Chad and Stacey are out there liberating Game Boys from Target with Dontrelle and Mo’nesha? Chad and Stacey have already had a taste of this in places like Portland… and they really seem to like it. How long before they start giving it a shot in the lily-white ‘burbs of Minneapolis?

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Quick Take 5/29

As Diversity continues to be Our Strength in Minneapolis (coming soon to a downtown near you!), one does start to feel almost sorry for the Democratic Party. They must be soiling their Depends right now.

I almost wish I hadn’t purged the RC archives, because now you’ll have to trust me: I had the race riots pegged for August, when the Dems will host their convention in possibly the most de facto segregated city in America. It’s not even June yet.

I know the Media’s tiny little reptile minds can’t grasp this, but in the hopes that there are still a few quasi-grownups in the DNC who remain intermittently capable of rational thought, I’ll offer this in the spirit of bipartisan unity:

You’re blaming this all on Trump, of course, but after four years of blaming every conceivable thing on him, everyone who can be convinced, already is. You’ve blamed everything from viruses to weather to variations in the Earth’s magnetic field on Trump. By 2020, it is simply no longer possible to be neutral about Donald J. Trump. Can’t be done. The other day on tv I saw some scrunt of a “journalist” proclaiming that she’d vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them. (I’d put “even” in front of “if,” but the way the Left is these days, I’m not so sure that’s a bug, not a feature). Nice of y’all to finally admit it, of course, but that’s not the point. The point is:

Thanks to exactly that kind of thing — y’all’s obvious willingness to do whatever it takes to elect Democrats, no matter how evil and Alzheimer-y — lots of people have come to the same conclusion re: Trump. And again, exactly this kind of thing — y’all’s obvious, flaming, fanatical partisanship — is pushing anyone who merely “leaned” Trump into the “guaranteed vote” camp.

Let’s bring it back to the Diversity currently being Our Strength in Minneapolis. As Ace of Spades put it (and credit where it’s due, that guy has really redeemed himself of late), the Media — all of them — have decided to call these folks “protesters,” rather than “rioters” or “looters,” even when they’re liberating TVs from bondage at Target and lighting the Fires of Freedom at car dealerships. And, oh yeah, they burned a fucking police station.

“Protesters” did that.

Not even the Media can spin images of the Diversity hoofing it out of Target with expensive consumer electronics as a justified response to institutional racism, though God knows they’re trying. Nor can the Media stop those images from getting out, since everyone in the world has a cell phone camera and a Facebook account and lots of the Diversity are taking to social media to brag about it. The longer this goes on, and the more cities it spreads to, the more people are going to realize that… well, that Diversity truly is Our Strength.

If there are any quasi-adults in the DNC who are capable of intermittent rational thought, please understand: That’s BAD for y’all.

Now, admittedly, Trump made a huge mistake here, threatening to call out the National Guard. He should’ve kept quiet, but since he’s psychologically incapable of doing that, he simply should’ve pointed out that this is what you get when you elect Leftists generation after generation. Hey, you idiots voted for this, now you’re fucked, have fun. Make those Farm-Labor idiots, who are airheads even by the Democratic Party’s astronomically high standards, beg POTUS to send troops.*

But whatever, that’s not going to hurt him too bad, because again, you’ve got Diversity bragging on social media about all the high-end shit they’ve liberated in the name of Social Justice. The longer this goes on, the more obvious it becomes. Oh, and let’s not forget that you’ve got Dem governors ordering their state police to go arrest barbers and whatnot for violating “social distancing” even as their downtowns go up in flames. Bad optics, gang… very bad. After being promised it for going on 20 years now, the Army finally will be greeted as liberators when they roll into what’s left of Minneapolis.

And let’s all spare a thought for Nipples Cuomo and his Mini-Me, Bill DeBolshevik, shall we? Nipples already had a tough hill to climb for that VP / replacement President slot, what with being (technically) male and all, plus the whole “sending half of New York’s grannies back into nursing homes to die of COVID” thing. But he had an outside shot… until now. Now Biden pretty much has to put Tank Abrams on the ticket. And as for DeBolshevik, holy Jeebus, can you imagine what New York’s race riots are gonna look like? Especially when that grandstanding fool orders the cops to stand down, in solidarity with the “protesters”? It’s gonna take more than the National Guard to clean up that place. (On the upside, I’ve never seen an honest-to-god combined-arms assault before. It’ll be like Red Dawn, but with the 101st Airborne instead of the Russians).

So, yeah, anyone left in the DNC who can adult for a few moments: Y’all need to get on this, fast.

 

*I know, I know, Trump has sworn an oath on the Constitution not to do that kind of thing, but the Constitution is deader than disco. Had something analogous happened in a Republican stronghold on his watch, Obama would’ve ordered Air Force tankers to douse the area in jet fuel.
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Quick Take: The Definition of Insanity

Ace of Spades links to a report that Tara Reade told her future ex-husband about Joe Biden groping her back in 1993. The testimony in question — their divorce proceedings — dates from 1996. Which proves, if nothing else, that Reade’s allegations aren’t a last-second put-up job by unhinged partisan hacks, a la Blasey-Ford.

From this, Ace concludes:

I don’t see how he continues as the nominee. I wish I could — he’s so damaged he’d be an easy win.

But it’s over.

Wasn’t it Freud who said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results?

Democrats don’t withdraw. They don’t resign. There have been two that I can think of who have been forced out in the modern era: Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Both New Yorkers, and as New York is the definition of a one-party state, there were lots of powerful Democrats with vested interests going against them. These were, effectively, palace coups, not responses to the voters’ moral outrage. After all, who the hell else were they gonna vote for? A Republican? Get outta here!

And then Trump happened, as my students would’ve written back in my teaching days, proving that even token gestures were unnecessary. Trump’s romantic resume is exotic enough to give a French politician pause. Conventional wisdom says a guy like that can’t get elected dog catcher in a Puritanical country like America… but wouldn’t you know it, Evangelicals came out as some of Trump’s strongest supporters. Plus ça change and all that, oui?

The Media, in the form of the New York Times, has already explicitly said that they won’t be investigating Reade’s allegations — unlike the flaming-hot topicality of the Kavanaugh hearings, the 2020 Presidential Race is one of the Media’s famous “local crime stories,” at least as far as the Democratic nominee is concerned.

 

Hell, the Media are degenerate enough to consider dragging their senile (alleged!) rapist across the finish line as a personal challenge, and as for the DNC, they didn’t blatantly rig the Iowa Caucuses (and the SC primaries, and Nevada, and etc.) to let their guy down now. It’s Biden or bust. They’ll simply pronounce the allegations “debunked” like they always do, and if they’re ever forced to mention it again, they’ll resort to the tried-and-true “Republicans pounce on debunked allegations.”

The only way Joe Biden isn’t the Dem nominee is if the Dems decide

a) he can’t win, AND

b) his defeat will do such damage to the brand that he has to go.

In that case, he won’t be forced out over anything so ticky-tack as a credible rape allegation. No, if that happens, Hillary’s fixers will make sure ol’ Sundown Joe has an “accident.” I mean, who hasn’t severed his carotid artery while shaving and juggling loaded revolvers?

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Random Thought 5/4/2020

I see that the new conspiracy going around this side of the Internet is that Wuhan Flu was an American bioweapon attack. How else would we have known about it back in November, these people ask, when the Chinese authorities didn’t?

Or, you know, when the Chinese authorities say they didn’t.

This is one of the key diagnostic criteria of a conspiracy theory: It assumes good faith on the part of actors who have never — not once, ever — acted in good faith.

Funny how it all comes back twice, the second time as farce (I think Snoop Doggy Dogg said that). Back in the days, it was the Radical Left who was willing to publicly swallow the USSR’s most absurd and obvious lies. Now it’s the Radical “Right” who treat Commies as paragons of probity. The goal is always the same, though: Bash America, because you’ve confused “America” with “your Daddy.”

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