Karl Marx was wrong about a lot of things — economics, human nature — but he was right about alienation:
The theoretic basis of alienation, within the capitalist mode of production, is that the worker invariably loses the ability to determine life and destiny, when deprived of the right to think (conceive) of themselves as the director of their own actions; to determine the character of said actions; to define relationships with other people; and to own those items of value from goods and services, produced by their own labour. Although the worker is an autonomous, self-realized human being, as an economic entity, this worker is directed to goals and diverted to activities that are dictated by the bourgeoisie, who own the means of production, in order to extract from the worker the maximum amount of surplus value, in the course of business competition among industrialists.
Ignore the pseudo-economic jargon; the bolded phrase is the key. Doesn’t that perfectly describe cultural life in 21st century America?
The entire cultural apparatus — all media, all education, K-thru-PhD — is dedicated to the Postmodern proposition that everything is a social construction. And yet, nobody can ever point to a “society” that’s doing the “construction.” That probably seems wrong, as the edutainment media complex blames everything on White Males. But ask yourself: Do you personally know any white males — or anybody else for that matter — who has any of the powers ascribed to these fearsome creatures? Sure, sure, Soros, the Koch Brothers, pick your devil, but again: do you personally know them? Unless you’re in the “private jet for a ski weekend in the Swiss Alps” set, I bet you don’t (and if you are, what are you doing here?). The richest, most powerful guy you know, I’m willing to wager, is effectively as powerless as you yourself are. The Patriarch, for lack of a better term, is a myth — and everybody knows it.
Hence, alienation. Which is more psychologically damaging, being told that you are a powerless pawn in the hands of an omnipotent elite… or being told that you are that elite, even as you see your supposed slaves voting you out of your job, your house, your country? Either way, it’s no good. Especially combined with that last part: deprived of the right to determine the character of their actions, and define their relationships with other people. From Kindergarten, white kids are told that the character of all their actions is negative, and they relate to all others as exploiters. Non-white kids are told that the character of their actions is “noble savage,” and they relate to whites as exploited. That’s effectively the only thing you need to know to go all the way through a PhD; instilling that one lesson is the entire point of the American educational system, and they’re really good at it (h/t House of Eratosthenes).
It’s not psychologically sustainable. Everyone needs something to believe in, as a wise man once said. Hence the proliferation of weird sexual fetishes that become entire lifestyles: BDSM, furries, etc. Or minor lifestyle fluff, that in normal times would hardly rise to the level of hobbies, becoming central parts of someone’s identity. Fantasy football was a $70 billion dollar industry back in 2013… which, if I recall correctly, was Obama’s fifth straight “recovery summer,” i.e. the depths of the most serious depression since WWII. Any guesses how much money grown men spend on anime, comic books, online gaming…? And that doesn’t count porn, a $97 billion industry in its own right. That’s just money, mind you — how many hours do you think all of that takes? I’m not knocking anime, fantasy football, or porn. I’m just asking you to consider how many hours of your life are taken up by those things — watching them, thinking about them, planning for them, discussing them. There’s a large and growing segment of White America, I’m pretty sure, for which, if watching porn or online gaming were a job, their employers would be required to provide them an Obamacare plan. That’s not good, but what other choice is there? They’re not allowed to know anything about their culture, except that whatever it is, it’s evil. So they have to make up their own…. and fight constant rearguard actions even then, as there’s no activity so obscure and pointless that the Left can’t politicize it.
Speaking of the Left, they suffer from this, too. Worse, in fact — Wrongfans having Wrongfun isn’t a conservative preoccupation, after all. DC people and Marvel people have strong opinions, I’m sure, but I don’t think they set out to ruin each others’ lives and families for holding the heretical opinion that Thor is better than Batman or whatever. Lefties feel more alienated than anyone, which is why they’re so hysterical about everything — it’s nearly impossible to get the virtue signal through the noise.
Under those conditions, “all inside the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State” sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?Loading Likes...