Are There Culturally Conservative Socialists? 1

Uh, see the history of the 20th century. I once had a student who had grown up in Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania. I asked her what the Communists of her adolescence would have made of the Antifa or intersectional left. She very casually and seriously replied that the former would have been shot and the latter would have been sent to a labor camp for promoting degeneracy.

Has Cancel Culture Gone TOO FAR? Open Letter Signed by Chomsky, JK Rowling Goes Viral 1

A quasi-SJW makes his case. The main problem that I have with his arguments is that he seems to imply that all non-leftist thought is by definition illegitimate and/or the equivalent of fascism. Although I agree with his point that right-wingers are often only in favor of free speech when out of power, kind of like leftists, ironically. The Left always becomes the Right once in power. It’s not a coincidence that the more powerful the Left has become, the less concerned the Left has been about free speech issues. This becomes obvious when you compare the US Left of today with that of the 1960s and 1970s.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Identity Politics And Its Tribal Branches Reply

Historically, the main sources of conflict other than economics and statecraft have been religion and ethno-tribal identity. In modernity, religion eventually gave way to ideology as the primary mode of thinking, in late modernity ethno-tribal identity is giving way to social identity. For example, LGBTQs essentially have the same status as an ethnic group or religion, even though they are neither. A more complex and diverse society generates an increasing number of identities, as the emergence of polyamorists, transracials, transables, otherkins, incels, etc. indicates. In the USA, the once-dominant/hegemonic WASP identity is now a cultural minority as well, and all of the different forms of identity label “reactionary” are now essentially just another kind of minority group in terms of political/cultural/social identity.

Fetishists of historic Americana, Protestant evangelicals, Confederate nostalgists, and white supremacists are increasingly just another subculture like football fans, Mormons, medieval cosplayers, or the Crips. Instead of having a society with a dominant/hegemonic culture, we are increasingly developing a society of microcultures, albeit one that is dominated by an imperial state that functions as an administrative apparatus in order to maintain an economic oligarchy. A realistic political strategy for North America should be based on the idea that today’s culture wars are merely a passing phase, and that the future of North America will be a collection of an infinite number of micro-identities under a Roman-like imperium (but with Latin American-like levels of class disparities and civil dysfunction).

Remember the Red Guards Before You Cheer the Woke Mobs Reply

By Peter Van Burn

The American Conservative

I’m ambivalent about statues and J.K. Rowling being torn down, but terrified of the thought process behind the destruction. Decisions should never be made by mobs.  Is America on the edge of a cultural revolution?

The historical namesake and obvious parallel is the Cultural Revolution in China, which lasted from 1966 to 1976. Its stated goal was to purge capitalist and traditional elements from society, and to substitute a new way of thinking based on Mao’s own beliefs. The epic struggle for control and power waged war against anybody on the wrong side of an idea.

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The Path to Better Policing Reply

Riots work. Even the Neocon Review is now calling for police reform. Some of the proposals are predictably a bit wimpy. But it’s something.

By Robert Verbruggen

National Review

After the egregious killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the days of protests and rioting that followed, there’s a bipartisan appetite for police reform. If such reform is implemented carefully and intelligently, it could reduce crime and improve relations between police officers and the communities they serve. But if it merely undermines law enforcement, the result could be soaring crime rates and ultimately a turn back to law-and-order politics.

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Tucker: Can the left lead a country they hate? Reply

The problem that I see with Carlson’s monologue (and Trump’s speech) is that it’s the equivalent of a Roman emperor and/or propagandist proclaiming the glories of the Empire. To which the response is, “Yeah, but what about the plebians, imperial legions, and all the crucifixions, dude?” You don’t have to be an apologist for the Empire to dislike the Pol Pot wannabes on the other side of the spectrum, or to recognize the “woke” rhetoric of the new clerisy as a sham.