Commenter Almost Missouri writes:
Almost Missouri says:
October 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm GMT • 400 Words(Edit-2601497)
I’m on board with almost all Sailerisms:
Invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world.
Strange New Respect (haven’t heard that one lately)
First Law of Female Journalism
Rape of Russia
Victory Riot, etc.
But I’ve always been skeptical of “leapfrogging loyalties”.
Not that it doesn’t address a real and important thing. It does. My objection is that it implicitly accepts part of the enemy’s frame: that the leapfroggers actually have some loyalty to those to whom they leapfrog. They do not.
In reality, what appears to be leapfrogging loyalties is just an optical illusion caused by the one-upmanship virtue signalling spirals of our mentally and morally debased elites. It leads to an unintentional game of brinkmanship where someone occasionally goes and actually does the stupid thing that everyone else was just using as a phony prop to signal with. Then something fatal happens, like hitchhiking through the Middle East in a wedding dress, or letting a couple of million hostile foreigners into your country.
As best as I can tell, Angela Merkel was not part of a sinister plot to end Europe. Remember, she had already declared multiculturalism to be a “failed policy” back in about 2012. When the first invader columns (which the media were spinning as “asylum seekers”) showed up at the borders, she had no clear plan of action. Instead, her latent cat lady id got snagged up into a virtue spiral by the fear of negative media coverage/prospect of positive media coverage. And so in a series of rash ad hoc acts, she sold her country down the river in exchange for ephemeral media plaudits.
Anyway, do I have a better term for “leapfrogging loyalties”?
Not a catchier one. “Virtue signalling overreach”? “Moral brinkmanship fails”? “Virtue auction winner’s curse“?
These lack “leapfrogging loyalties” fun alliteration, unfortunately. But I think they are more accurate.
Commenter The Last Real Calvinist replies:
I agree that ‘leapfrogging loyalties’ is not quite what’s happening. Western virtue-signalers don’t really feel ‘loyal’ to the recipients of their dubious largesse.
The Holy Other is mostly an abstraction; it’s more ‘peoples’ than actual people, i.e. individuals. That’s why it’s so natural for Our Betters to assert that there can’t be criminals or cheaters or scam artists in the caravan. The Caravan is Good, so its constituent elements — i.e. real individuals, all of them human, all of them sinners, some of them no doubt evil actors indeed — don’t really exist.
The cultural elites who buy into this worldview — i.e. ‘privileged’ westerners rescuing and redeeming the oppressed — suffer from I’ve been calling ‘Substitute Savior Syndrome’. They’re so engorged with pride in their own virtue and importance that they believe they can do the job of the real Savior.
But this is also why they pointedly don’t follow Jesus’ admonition to love their neighbors: their neighbors are real people. Skyler down the street’s got a drug problem; that’s messy and hopeless. Olivia in the next apartment dates losers and now is getting knocked around by one of them; at this point, she’s a lost cause. The boss is a white man who voted for Trump and made me work overtime; he’s literally Hitler. They’re all too difficult to love, much less save.
But as for the nice smooth uniform masses of the victims of US imperialism, globalization, racism, etc. — hey, I can cast a nice clean easy vote for open borders, make a nice clean easy donation to an NGO that does advocacy for asylum seekers, maybe even march in a nice clean easy demonstration where everybody thinks like me and pats me on the back. That’s some simple, straightforward saving that makes me feel good, but costs me little to nothing.
But don’t expect me to really get to know the victims I’m ‘saving’, and be ‘loyal’ to them. Once they’re really my neighbors — like in Rotherham, Cologne, and so many other places — well, I’ll just close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears, and hum a happy hymn of self-regard that blocks out the ugly reality. Oh, and project all my barely-suppressed fear and hate onto my real neighbors who don’t appreciate the great work I’ve done.