Twinkie on how rather than weakening European Jewry, the Nazis inadvertently strengthened them after their brutal trial by fire:
The Third Reich was the one that ushered in the Age of the Jews by making them the greatest of the historical victims and making it impossible for anyone to ever criticize, let alone persecute, them. If there were ever a contest for the most incompetent, venal, and counterproductive leadership force in history, the Nazis are in the running. Their leader died cowardly blaming the Germans as an unworthy people, despite the heroic and Herculean courage and perseverance the latter showed in war in spite of the titanic forces arrayed against them.
People I’d call ‘the alternative set’ back then were kind of in opposition to the majority ‘normies’. The alternative set had Chomsky and Orwell in their library, the normies aspired to nothing more than a POLO Ralph Lauren shirt and a sports car.
Now, the two positions have flipped. The ‘normies’ are falling all over themselves to virtue signal progressive BLM and tranny mantras in the workplace, while the ‘alt’ people (in private) embrace the Bell Curve and dismiss trannies as people in need of mental health counseling.
dfordoom on how Boomers didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since at least as long as they were turning through childhood:
There’s nothing wrong or irrational in thinking that it would be better to go back to the world of the 1980s. It was a better and more sane world.
Boomers weren’t the ones who made the decisions that destroyed Norman Rockwell’s America. Those decisions were made by the Silent Generation, and by the generation before the Silent Generation.
Boomers didn’t invent liberalism. They also didn’t start the Sexual Revolution. That was started by the Silent Generation. Boomers didn’t invent the contraceptive pill. Boomers didn’t invent the drug culture. The drug culture was starting to emerge during the late 50s. It was accelerated dramatically by the Vietnam War. And Boomers didn’t start the Vietnam War. Boomers weren’t the ones who were responsible for mass immigration – those decisions were made by the Greatest Generation and the Silent Generation. Boomers weren’t the ones who started pushing the homosexual agenda – that was the Silent Generation as well.
Boomers had no decisive influence on the culture until the 80s. The 80s was a period of sanity compared to today but the seeds of destruction were sown in the 1950s and the 1960s.
And none of the crucial decisions that changed our civilisation beyond all recognition were made by ordinary people. They were made by politicians and bureaucrats and academics and (even more especially) by corporate types in the boardrooms of giant corporations.
And dfordoom again on how crucial social media was to ushering in the Great Awokening:
If you look at the cultural landscape of the 60s, 70s and 80s and the social and sexual mores of those decades the situation wasn’t so awful.
Crime was a problem but that was mostly due to drugs and social liberals may have a point when they argue that prohibition of drugs made the problem much much worse than it needed to be.
Those were “live and let live” decades. If you wanted to get married and have kids that was fine. If you didn’t want to do that, that was fine as well. If homosexuals wanted to live their lifestyle nobody cared too much as long as it wasn’t shoved into their faces. If you wanted to be monogamous that was fine. If you didn’t want to be monogamous that was fine.
Things didn’t start to get bad until social media came along. There had been political correctness as far back as the 70s but it was strongly resisted and it was possible to ignore it. Social media changed all that. Social media made it possible for political correctness to be enforced. Social media made it possible for people’s lives to be destroyed for offences against political correctness. Social media handed the Thought Police the weapon they needed to enforce rigid social conformity.
Most older people (those born before the 80s) would probably like to return to the “live and let live” atmosphere of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Moderate social and cultural liberalism without the Thought Police and the Woke Police and the SJW Police.
I don’t think that what older people would like to see is so unreasonable.
The problem is that social media makes it impossible to return to a Live And Let Live world.
V. K. Ovelund on how, in concert with the state, mega corporations leverage moral hazard, regulatory capture, and scale to bankrupt their small business competitors ahead of buying their shells at fire sale prices:
Here is what happens: [i] Goldman Sachs does something dastardly; [ii] angry citizens react by demanding restraints on abusive corporations; [iii] the legislature responds with anti-business action that punishes your local auto repair shop; [iv] the auto repair shop lays off one employee and hikes its prices by 10 percent; and [v] Goldman Sachs profits.
Occupy Wall Street arose in reaction to Goldman president Barack Obama facilitating the very financial rapacity he ran on combating gave rise to an organic populist left that in an alternative universe might have paired up with the populist right tea party to challenge the neo-liberal establishment. Instead, the establishment responded by turning the Wokeism dial up to 11 and in so doing watched the prospect of some sort of solidarity among the 99% dashed on the rocks of intersectionality.
This predates Trump. Wikileaks revealed how before he’d been sworn in for the start of his first term, Obama was wrapping neo-liberal corporatism in POC packaging. A 2008 email from then Citigroup executive Mike Froman to Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama:
Following up on your conversations with John over the weekend, attached are two documents: —
A list of African American, Latino and Asian American candidates, divided between Cabinet/Deputy and Under/Assistant/Deputy Assistant Sectetary levels, as well as lists of senior Native Americans, Arab/Muslim Americans and Disabled Americans.
We have longer lists, but these are candidates whose names have been recommended by a number of sources for senior level jobs in a potential Administration. — A list of women, similarly divided between candidates for Cabinet/Deputy and other senior level positions.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
The perspicacious nebulafox takes the same view as this blogger on the chances of the GOPe reasserting itself in the post-Trump era:
The coming GOP “civil war” is going to be stillborn: nobody outside their donors wants what the tricorn hat crowd is selling, and Trump has shown that merely showing the promise of something-anything-different is a one way ticket to the nomination, no matter how bizarre or ridiculous you otherwise are.
In 2016, despite–or more accurately, because–unified GOPe opposition to his candidacy, Trump dominated the Republican primaries. Only Ted Cruz came within a mile of him, and Cruz was himself a thorn in the GOPe’s side. The anti-establishment vote in the 2016 Republican primaries pushed 80%. When the corporate media tried to prop up Lincoln Log challengers to primary Trump in 2020, they were humiliated even worse than Evan McMullin was in 2016. There is simply no base of electoral support for the Cheney/Romney/Bush wing of the Republican party anymore. Neoconnery is headed for the dustbin of history, it’s remnant being absorbed into the increasingly dominant corporatist wing of the Democrat party.
To complete the literary twinkie, Twinkie on what should be obvious but nonetheless bears repeating:
Although most Americans are repelled by the hard racist stuff (“It’s always the Jews!” or “white ethno-state!”), they are in the main sympathetic to much of what dissident rightists advocate (dismantling affirmative action, limiting immigration, critiquing and combating anti-white racism, reversing the valorization of blacks – the list goes on).
Why then won’t this broad agreement translate to substantive following? First, the hard racist stuff is hard to swallow for most people – enough Americans have family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, relatives, and other people they care about who are of a difference race and won’t tolerate people who call for some harsh measures against them (what I call the “gas oven” talk or the “day of the rope” talk). Even among blacks, who are statistically much more obsessed about their own race on average, most are opposed to harming whites (even if they incorrectly blame whites for their problems). And blacks are not even the majority or plurality of nonwhites in this country anymore and there are millions of whites whose kinship and social network is enmeshed with Asians and Hispanics.
A good rule of thumb is if the UR commentariat balks at it, it has a snowball’s chance in hell of selling to the broader public.