We’ll start at the beginning, with the Telegraph asking if the west can reinvent itself in time to meet what’s coming.
It’s a question I’ve asked here myself, but they’re asking it the wrong way. It’s not the west, by and large, that has lost civilizational confidence. What it has lost are elites that are on its side. Anywhere, in any country, you find the people quite sure they’re better than any other people in the world. This is stupid, wrongheaded and absolutely right.
Humans are tribal creatures, and who should they identify with but their own tribe? It is easier to negotiate relationships between tribes and try to find what’s best in an imperfect world than to make humans non tribal. But our leaders don’t get that, and even when the “tribe” is mostly a consensual one of belief, our elites think this must be broken up in various ways, so as not to let the people on the street think they’re better.
Apparently the labor party in England engineered mass immigration so as to “rub conservative noses in diversity” — because in their minds these “conservatives” are those of the nineteenth century who believed color of skin was a marker and not those of the twentieth century trying to keep a culture in which women aren’t treated as chattel. The difference between — and here we chance wording, because the British system is different but these underlying groups are the same — vile progs and sane people who live in the sane world, is that sane people would never encourage more Rotherhams in order to rub the vile progs nose in it.
Which is why the west is losing the narrative, and its elites are in the end completely cut off from reality, free to do things like tell the rubes there is a human-life-threatening crisis which they ignore in their every-day behavior.
I’ve in the past posited that our culture went into a tail spin in the aftermath of WWI. I read somewhere, this week, and can’t find it now that this too might not be exactly true. That it might be the narrative of world war I. I will confess that it was always a little odd how the narrative went and how nationalism was to blame for everything. Perhaps even then, the narrative was being shaped in favor of an “internationalist” view by those vile progs who thought that communism was the answer.
We can’t know because — due to the mass-industrial mode of communication that still remains from the 20th century, and due to the fact that this has been taken over long ago by vile progs, it’s entirely possible everything we ever “knew” from academic history to journalism is a lie. Some days I feel like we’re stuck in the soviet union, where the future is known (and ever bleaker) but the past keeps changing.
Because most humans are tribal, they want to have a cohesive narrative, and since the narrative is provided by the elites, it seems like all of the west has lost its nerve. But there are some signs at least that the people aren’t buying it.
Which is good, because the elites have gone howling mad. Apparently it’s not just my impression that any airport-related industry goes out of its way to hire people who might be presumed to possibly have a grudge against the US, from Chinese people who can barely speak English, to Russian people ditto, to of course any Arab/Muslim they can get to apply. I’ve told myself surely they screen these people. Surely I’m just being prejudiced. No one would be crazy enough to hire these people without serious screening. Apparently these are just things I tell myself to go to sleep at night.
And apparently our elites really, really, really are lost in narrativium. For instance, it is a surprise to them that Isis isn’t amenable to outreach. They think it’s a great idea to name public centers after the man who doesn’t have a plan to deal with Isis and who frankly seems to hate the guts of the country he leads, and only reverse themselves when there’s “public outrage”. They thought that putting a sector under control of the government would lower costs. They think they can end wars by fiat. They think that because the enemy is nutty we shouldn’t fight it, or something.
At this time, and in this place, the strange thing is not that a governor talks about the threats coming over the unsecured border which the elites have opened (I guess to rub our noses in diversity? — something the smart idiots being educated at our colleges STILL think it’s a prime priority.) The strange thing is that our president is “passionate” in his certainty that the enemy doesn’t want to kill us. This is not a problem of people who live in the real world, where if someone is armed and says they want to kill you and shows that they’re willing to kill you by beheading those of you they can get hold of, you should believe them.
It’s time to wake up. This pervasive lullaby the elites have been playing since WWI which tells us that the cause of WWI was not different needs and aspirations, and each group of people striving to better themselves according to the way humans are humans, but it was the fault of “nationalism” and a belief in G-d and whatever else the elites despise this week, must stop.
It’s time to wake up or be killed as you sleep. Remember, WWI not only might have been far more complex than the elites taught you (I bet it was. Real history is messy) but also the reason it was such an abattoir was THEIR elites belief in how a war should be fought, despite new technology that made those methods just a way to kill people faster and in greater numbers while solving nothing.
The truth is the stories the elites told you were always a load of bull. They’re desperate to establish themselves as better than you and utterly confident in their own abilities, even though everything they know of life is a narrative of a narrative of a narrative. It turns out humans are in the end very much human, and every progressive society reverts to theocratic paganism, where the “dear leader” becomes a living or (after death) ancestral god: the Castros, the Kim’s, and apparently now that world class clusterf*ck, Chavez. Because the man who took a civilized country to a total inability to buy beg or steal toilet paper is totally someone whose ghost can dispense favors. And hey, aren’t socialists/communists supposed to be atheist?
The elites can tell themselves these stories because they’re insulated. Also, being selected mostly on compliance with the program and ancestry (mostly because their parents were elite, though of course our current affliction was chosen because he tans interestingly) they aren’t nearly as smart as they’ve been told they are. And at some level, I think they know it.
It’s time for the rest of us to start the alarm clock. It’s time to stop discounting people just because they don’t fit the credentialism which picks mostly for ideology. This means, yes, respect indie writers, read to blogs, and maybe consider politicians who didn’t go to “the best universities” or to university at all.
In a world where the past keeps changing, all an “excellent education” signals is an ability to either be gullible or double think.
That we can’t afford. Stop the lullaby. Read, think, create, make yourself heard. For a century we could afford to let our elites go emo and wallow in their own self-blame and the hatred of their own nations. We were that rich and that insulated. And there were enough even in the elites that retained a modicum of sanity.
That safety margin is gone. It’s time to wake up. The question, it turns out, is not whether the future is queer. The question is whether the future is medieval.