Considering the American rightwing’s absorption in war and hatred of Muslims, worship of capitalism whose operatives have sent American middle class jobs abroad, and blind support of Israel, a racist country, Americans desperately need a real leftwing. All we have is a fake leftwing.
I sometimes think the last American leftist was British born Alex Cockburn, whose mother was a British aristocrat and whose father was a muckraking journalist. I knew Alex. He was a gentleman leftist, but more or less a real leftist.
Today’s leftists are into hate, not the hate of the capitalist exploiter, who most likely has bought them off, but the hate of white people, especially straight white males. The American left is into Identity Politics and Antifa. Identity Politics damns the working class as the “Trump deplorables.” The working class is no longer a favored victim group. Indeed, it is a victimizer. The official victim groups are “racial minorities,” who actually are huge majorities in the world, females, homosexuals and lesbians, and the “transgendered.” Anyone can become transgendered simply by declaring themselves to be the opposite gender from what they are.
The working class is under attack for being “white supremacists.” This is the way to shut them up, while sympathy is directed to the poor male who has declared himself transgendered into a woman and just won a woman’s sport event. Normal people (soon a crime) have criticized letting a man win a women’s sport contest, and the leftwing comes down on these normal people for being ‘transgender phobic.”
Alex Cockburn’s creation, CounterPunch, with his death has become a forum for Laura Carlsen and other such haters of white males to demonize the endangered core populations of the Western world. According to Laura, we face the “threat of rightwing terrorism.”
Laura goes on to define “white nationalist” as “Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity.” The ignorance Laura displays in these associations is astounding, but ignorance is the leading characteristic of America’s fake left
Laura goes on to define “White” as “the racism directed at all non-white peoples and nations.” Nationalism “refers to the territorial aspirations of the movement and the goal of a nation or homeland.” Is Laura talking about Israel? She wouldn’t dare.
Laura lost in her emotions goes on to find “white supremacy” and accompanying “misogyny” in a “meticulously cultivated sense of entitlement among white males. No matter the social class, wealth, physical appearance, you, young male, are entitled to women and social dominance.”
Any white male with a female boss has to wonder at Laura’s absurdity. White males with female bosses don’t get promoted. They don’t get bonuses. They are made to feel dispensable. They go to work every day scared to death that a female coworker will claim sexual harassment or a feminist boss will find fault for demotion. White male readers of this website tell me that they pretend to be homosexuals in order to avoid the stress of worrying about a paycheck.
If white males are so dominant as Laura claims, what explains this headline in The Guardian: “Top engineering university to open jobs exclusively to women.” https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/18/top-engineering-university-to-open-jobs-exclusively-to-women
No males need apply for jobs at the University of Eindhoven. Open discrimination against white males is already the policy in UK and US universities. White males, no matter how well qualified, seldom get tenure track jobs today. The reason is that traditionally these positions were filled mainly by men. Women did other important, perhaps more important, things. Consequently, there are more men than women in university positions. To correct this “gender imbalance,” white males cannot be hired.
Universities, like corporations and media, are working to “correct an implicit gender bias.” In the UK “only 41% of scientists and engineers are women.” In Germany only 33% are women. Therefore, reverse discrimination is employed to correct a fabricated gender bias in order to make the female the family provider. The fabricated attack on males ignores that the natural function of women is to raise the next generation.
In the UK and the US, and little doubt elsewhere in the Western world, universities, once centers of learning, are being destroyed in order to abide by “political correctness” and gender and racial balance. For example, the University of Nothingham had a philosophy department that had a world rank.The value of the degree to graduates was destroyed when the university put in office a chairman who drove off the white males whose scholarship had made the university notable. In the place of scholars, the department hired “quota hires,” the correct gender and race, but absent the scholarship. Consequently, the University of Nottingham Ph.D. in Philosophy lost its ranking, and the degree declined in value. All recent graduates with the degree are harmed. But women have the positions of the men who were jettisoned by the university. In the British university system, this constitutes progress.
Oxford University, formerly a member of the world’s best, has announced a policy of lowering its standards so that unqualified students can pass, thus advancing equality.
There is no way to avoid the fact that in the Western world the white male is portrayed as the enemy that must be demonized and defeated. Here is Laura’s wrap-up description of white nationalists: “toxic blend of totalitarianism, white male violence driven by collective entitlement and frustration, and manifestations of extreme racism, sexism, xenophobia and homicidal gun-adoration.”
Imagine the uproar if a white male spoke this way about a preferred minority.
Obviously, a socially dominant class could not be spoken of in this way. Yet Laura presents the white male as an absolute ruler that must be overthrown. How come only the allegedly “socially dominant” can be demonized and mistreated with hurtful words? Why isn’t the “socially dominant” class protected by hate speech prohibitions? Why do the allegedly “victim groups” have all the rights?
A leftwing that lives in such myths is totally useless.
“Beyond White Nationalism (militarist, racist, patriarchal, capitalist)” by Laura Carlsen, CounterPunch, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2019.