or why nothing is anybody’s fault, part III.
As Marxism is Calvinism minus God, so modern “social justice” ideology is Marxism minus Marx.
Calvinism’s two fundamental tenets are:
- mankind’s total depravity, and
Only a tiny fraction of mankind is destined to be Saved; you’ll know you’re one of them if you hate the rest of humanity almost as much as you hate yourself. Since this is not a psychologically sustainable creed, even for such world-class haters as the Puritans, in practice Calvinism was endless, frantic displacement activity – the famous “Protestant work ethic.” Drop God, and Puritans become Yankees — dour, hectoring pharisees who call you a whore while they’re fucking you over to make a few bucks.
Marxism’s two fundamental tenets are exactly the same. Social classes, not God, do the predestining and the hatred gets called “revolutionary consciousness,” but it’s the same thing, with the same result — read any academic Marxist work and try to stay awake through the endless theoretical discussions of A’s version of B’s critique of C’s revision of D’s misunderstanding of the relationship between base and superstructure….
Just as 18th century science killed Calvin’s God, so 20th century history killed Marx’s. Marx’s nonsense “economics” and sub-Hegelian worship of History are so laughably wrong that hardly anyone without a second PhD can mention them with a straight face. Drop Marx, and Marxists become Social Justice Warriors — people who know xzhemselves to be on the right side of History, despite also knowing that there are no facts, only discourses. They become, in effect, nothing but power worshipers.
And that’s where it gets interesting. Marx’s disciples, e.g. Lenin, were power worshipers too, but they at least had the excuse (if that’s the word) of thinking they’d tapped into a real, existing power — the irresistible Force of History — in the same way the Puritans knew they were Saved. SJWs know there’s no History; History is, after all, the narrative unfolding of Truth. There are no facts, only discourses; and hence no Truth, only the provisional “truths” of whatever temporary coalition has the power to enforce them.
These days, of course, the SJWs still believe themselves to be that coalition. BUT: it doesn’t have to be that way, as they know best of all (not consciously, of course, but in their secret hearts). How could it be otherwise? Hence the ongoing apocalyptic freakout over the rise of Donald Trump. Trump uses language better than they do — Hillary’s campaign, it’s becoming clear, was over from the moment he uttered his famous “because you’d be in jail” quip. Trump’s coalition might well twist language in such a way that his discourse prevails.
At that point, they’d be consistent with their philosophy — Trump’s discourse triumphed; therefore Trump’s discourse is right. And so they’ll do what they always do, jump out in front of the parade and pretend to lead it by being More Radical Than Thou. And so today’s blue-haired bicurious vegan slam poet is tomorrow obergruppenfuhrer. I give it maybe three more years before they start trading in their pink pussy hats for red and black armbands.