I was in the hipster donut shop a couple of months ago- yes, there are hipster donut shops were I live- and there was a family in there, and some kid, maybe 12, was whining about something to his mom, are kids are inclined to do. (I never whined about anything when I was a kid, because it was made abundantly clear from an early age my personal comfort and safety were of interest to no one.)
My alarms immediately went off. The whole family was chubby suburbanites, beyond being somewhat fat they were wearing the kind of cheap clothes, t-shirts and athletic gear that suburban people who could afford better wear for some reason. They were completely out of place, and they were the kind of people you would not often see there but it was a sunny summer Sunday and they had come into the city for some reason.
Conservatives or reactionaries are supposed to be for the white salt of the earth over the decadent urbanites, but I appreciate the aesthetic revulsion the genteel have for them. I was out of the country for a few months, and then came to Orlando. I was shocked- “The US really is all badly dressed fat people and malls full of junk!” But then that was Orlando. I grew up in a white, lower middle-class and working-class suburb and I hated the people. Many of them are mean, stupid, gratuitously cruel and sadistic, obsessed with sports and pop music (which makes them highly vulnerable to manipulation by blacks) and against thinking and learning.
I was delivering pizzas once in a huge apartment complex in this area once and I was looking for the address. There was an area of picnic tables, with four young white guys sitting at one of them. They were probably drinking and drunk, although in the dark I couldn’t tell. I made a complete circle of the area, and they started shouting abuse at me. This is the mentality of these people.
Hipsters, SWPLs, urban yuppies- all these people represent a negative for society with their attitudes and the roles they play, but even with their stupid clothes and hair they are less offensive to be around than most suburban whites. Aesthetics are a big part of life. To be around attractive things is calming, relaxing and enjoyable. The suburban culture, like the black urban culture, seems focused on sucking up as much junk food produced in the Midwest and as much junk products made in China as possible.
The comparison can be pushed too far. Suburban whites can be bad people, but the are not nearly as bad as suburban and ghetto blacks. It’s easier to hate them partly because it’s OK, but also because you expect more of white people.
Mangan has discovered juggalos, fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, and is shocked and horrified. Mangan is actually from the same town I am, although I suspect he had higher social status than I did and avoided the unpleasant side of it. This town, while on the low edge of respectability, was nothing like the kind of social environment these people come from.
Black rap is a consumer product specifically marketed by Jews to middle-class teenagers. The Insane Clown Posse are lower-class whites who operate outside of the corporate music system and market themselves directly to other lower-class whites. So nobody else is to blame. What can you say? It’s all pretty gross.
Ferdinand Bardimu makes a defense of these people, with the observation that lower-class whites, unlike lower-class blacks, are genuinely despised outcasts in America. This is all true, but if this phenomena doesn’t cast the worst light on the juggalos themselves, it certainly casts a bad light on America.
Part of the problem is indeed as Bardimu states the Calvinist economic ethic of financial success as godliness. I think this should be modified to “Puritan”, because the inland southerners are Calvinist Presbyterians, but don’t have this obsession. Our friends the Puritans again! But another big part of American culture is the idea that consumption is good and a valid end in itself. ICP is a different kind of consumer product- directly marketed outside the system- but it’s still a consumer product. Juggalos are lower-class, but they have enough money to spend to buy CDs, T-shirts, other ICP merchandise, and tickets to ICP shows. ICP sells itself as a “family” but it’s still about adopting an identity based on what you like to buy and enjoy rather than what you can do, how you behave and what you value.
The “crunchy cons” as Rod Dreher has dubbed himself and others, enjoy the urban aesthetic without wanting to adopt the liberal attitudes expected of urbanites. This is a big problem for conservatives- conservative intellectuals tend to live in the cities, or affluent liberal suburbs, and can’t help letting these attitudes infect them. It’s a normal process, but one needs to be conscious of it.
Social prejudice is a basic method of leftist social control. It’s OK to think other people are dumb and gross- a big portion of the population is dumb and gross- but don’t let that reaction be used against you.