Who Are You? Who Do You Want To Be?

I was on a Skype group, and some guy interjected with some racial stuff. I was put off. It wasn’t exactly the place for it, and it didn’t seem appropriate. Truthfully I realized that I think discussing racial stuff is low-class. To talk about it is to show you are not the right kind of person, and in fact a loser. Nobody wants to be a loser.

I consider myself a very independent, non-conformist person, a radical idol-breaker even. I was highly conditioned with all kinds of liberal stuff as a kid. Should I not be free of that? And yet even I am uncomfortable with racial talk out of a well-defined context. What genius, to make people afraid to speak and think just as a matter of status.

I have been watching “Mad Men” on DVD. It’s a soap opera, and some parts are a bit dull, but I guess what’s interesting is the continuing theme of how phony everybody is. Everybody is pretending to be something other than what they are. They don’t even try particularly hard to connect it to the image-selling of advertising.

Maureen Dowd gets into a new book about Obama talking about his reinvention as a black American politician. Obama was one thing, but he wanted to be something else- something cooler, that would make him more power and money. Who the hell doesn’t? What decent, red-blooded American doesn’t want to be like the people on TV, with their clothes, cars and other stuff? It’s noted Obama liked to read Hemingway. Hemingway was the ultimate phony image-maker, a favorite of wimpy literary types looking for macho authenticity.

Communism is leftism as a religion; European social democracy is leftism as a political philosophy. American social democracy is leftism as a consumer product. The idea sold by marketing is that the product brings with it not only a new identity, but a new reality.

It worked incredibly well for Obama; it got him elected President of the US, an accomplishment that while it never occurs without great luck, requires great political vision as well. The only problem was that he was left like the Robert Redford character at the end of “The Candidate”, asking “What do we do now?” It worked incredibly poorly for the voters of the US; they were supposed to have acquired a new identity as cool progressives with a hip black friend and a new political and economic reality of a calm genius who would fix everything.

It is said that the happiest day you have with a boat is the day you buy it and the day you sell it. People buy the dream and image of boat ownership, and find the expense and hassle of maintaining and operating a boat to be something else.

Reality can’t be bought, acquired or adopted, it just is. Image is not a substitute for it.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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18 Responses to Who Are You? Who Do You Want To Be?

  1. The unique thing that happened in the last century is that the same exact people run EVERYTHING. Politics, media, industry. You may have notice, as I have, that culture for the past 20 years especially has been growing alarmingly homogenous. There does not even seem to be room for any meaningful rebellion any longer. When White kids want to rebel they do so against the straw man of ‘White Priviledge’. I don’t even know what that is. The right to get a fair shake I would imagine, but I do not know for sure. I see lots of black privilege and Jewish priviledge but only the specter of “White Priviledge” is criticized.
    I agree, it’s seen as low brow and trashy to speak out about anything else, even if every word is spot on.

  2. Heil Hizzle Mein Nizzle says:

    Honestly, the Left would have preferred a more establishment character like Hillary, in general. Obama could not be trusted 100% on certain issues like Israel, and despite their faith in him, some probably also knew in their hearts they would be victims of racial retribution from SCOTUS and DOJ. They didn’t care though, because the liberals felt terrorized and humiliated by Bush (not his actual policies) but Bush the symbol and Bush the War-Monger. And they in turn wanted to terrorize and humiliate, on a daily basis, any American with enough red blood or balls to still possess some ethno-nationalist sentiment, someone who felt affronted by the incongruousness of a black man in the White House.

  3. Ryu says:

    I don’t like it, but I sometimes feel as you do. It is gauche to talk about race. I feel that this attitude comes from Mother Culture, hollywood or the powers that be and I inherited it somehow. This has hindered me in meeting other WNs IRL. That and constant infiltration by the ATF and FBI.

    But in the near future, next 20 years, the only whites who have the skills to survive are the racial aware ones. Everyone else is a target for Trayvon, Juan, and Mohammed.

    WN or multiculturalist? So I may have to look a little creepy or gauche to achieve a higher goal. In a way, it’s a good test. Everyone wants to be special and a bit rebellious. There is no more taboo subject than race in the world today. The racist is just below the pedophile or racist.

  4. PA says:

    Communism is leftism as a religion; European social democracy is leftism as a political philosophy. American social democracy is leftism as a consumer product.

    This is very interesting. From my perspective of (a) having lived in a Communist country, (b) havng been friends with a number of correct-thinking western Europeans in my late 20s, and (c), living in America now and pasing for SWPL… your characterization is spot-on.

    Here is the question: which of the three — religion, political philosophy, or consumer product — is least durable?

    Ryu: at least one approach is the Roissy model: the rightie as alpha. And oblique on race.

  5. PA says:

    It’s interesting, isn’t it. Some religions endure centuries, and thrive under persecution. As it turns out, Communism is not one of those religions.

    Still, my question above was sort of leading. If the leftist religion fell so utterly, there surely must also be something… impermanent about leftism in its incarnations as “political philosophy” and “consumer product.”

    • A political philosophy should live or die on its merits. Social democracy as a political philosophy has maintained credibility largely by other alternatives were dangerous and proved unworkable and illegitimate. A consumer product will endure as long as it satisfies its customers. By that measure, the oldest consumer products- carbonated beverages like Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper- are over 100 years old and older than any political philosophy now in place. When will people tire of it, and look for something new?

      Communism and what we call “capitalism”- actually social democracy with substantial private control- promise fundamentally the same thing- that a professional class of managers will run the government and economy and provide widespread prosperity. How much longer this will last for social democracy is another tough question, but it doesn’t look good.

  6. spandrell says:

    That’s a pretty brilliant way of putting it.

    What’s with your linking antifa sites? You’re deconstructing leftism or reconstructing it?

  7. formerly no name says:

    Those Spanish sites look nationalist to me.

  8. spandrell says:

    My bad, the anarchist logos and other weird imagery confused me.

    • I looked again, to be sure I hadn’t missed something. Red and black are anarchist colors in the US (like on the first or second Rage Against the Machine album, I think) but nationalist colors in Europe.

  9. Aaronovitch says:

    I’m not so much a xenophobe as I am an autochthonophile.

  10. asdf says:

    Mad Men got way more explicit in the advertising to character arc links in season 5.

  11. My theory is that very few people, if any, really like discussing race, especially in this day and age, because to bring it up at all you have to dance around the impossibility of getting along together, even if you want to.

    I’m reminded of Charlie Rose’s interview with Charles Murray, shortly after publication of the Bell Curve, where they both looked depressed.

    • It’s like the well kept secret everybody knows.
      I agree it would be just plain rude to even bring up if people weren’t ending up dead because of all this warm, fuzzy P.C. garbage!

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