Friday Quick Take: Saving America with Old Photos

Chateau Heartiste has a brilliant suggestion.  Saving America might be as simple as showing Americans old photos.

This is the world we had:

This is the world we have:

How did we get here?  And which one would you rather live in?

I’ve written about this before, at greater length.  Aesthetics is a seriously underrated part of politics.  Fascism was appealing at the polls in no small part because it looked cool and menacing.  Consider this

versus this:

Himmler is a doofy-looking guy no matter what he’s wearing (which is why I picked him for the illustration), but a doofy-looking guy in that uniform is extra-terrifying — especially if you’re better-looking, or more popular than he was in high school.

It works the other way, too:

North Korea is a nuclear-armed state with perhaps the largest per-capita army in the world, but we simply can’t take them seriously because of stuff like this.

Aesthetics matter.  “Pepe the Frog” was effective counter-propaganda because it was instantly recognizable — and because the Left lost their shit so hyperbolically — but a real movement needs to have counter-propaganda that’s both effective and appealing.  Fortunately, the Left has made it easy for us.  Take those pictures from the Fifties, caption them “it’s OK to be white,” and plaster them all over social media, then sit back and watch the fun.  Don’t reply, don’t engage in any way… until the furor subsides a bit.  Then ask them just why everyone is freaking out.  Their responses — complete with pictures of the commenters — is all the counter-propaganda you’ll ever need.

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7 thoughts on “Friday Quick Take: Saving America with Old Photos

  1. nightfly

    You don’t even have to go as far as “OK to be white”… it can be as simple as “It’s OK to be normal.” And then let them explain why that picture or the people shown are not normal.

    1. Severian

      I’d go harder on the race angle, but either way is good.

      Somebody really ought to try this stuff and let me know how it’s going. Or, you know, DON’T try this stuff and DON’T let me know how it’s going, because all of this is totally hypothetical. I disavow myself.

  2. Jay Carter

    Your photo of the Korean soldier made me think.

    Korea hasn’t been to war since July 27, 1953.

    What the hell do all those metals that he’s wearing represent?

    Good attendance? 

    1. Severian

      Same thing as they did in the Soviet Union: Loyalty to Dear Leader.

      There’s a book on the culture of the British Empire called Ornamentalism. It’s been a long time since I read it, but I remember the thesis being something like “they incorporated the natives (while keeping them in their place) through awards, titles, and other old relics of chivalry.” This was pooh-poohed by my grad school colleagues…

      …. who had obviously never traveled in the Third World. Those folks just adore medals, decorations, ribbons, gold braid; you’re nobody until you have at least five pounds of tin on your tunic. Make a guy an Honorary Knight-Commander of the Order of the Bath and he’s yours forever.

      (SJWs are kinda the same way with their degrees and “work” with nonprofits, which is why this is important).

  3. TWS

    Old pictures of Americans show a different breed. My grandkids didn’t even recognize my sister and I from the sixties. I’ve been working on an album project for the grandkids.

    I want them to see our ranch, what we used to do for fun, family times like Norman Rockwell painted and my grandmother’s camera captured. Pictures of our grandfather and his brothers showed healthy masculine men. The women were pretty and always modestly dressed.

    Maybe they might not change something now, but they can be a model for behavior and dress when they finally hit the wall.

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