First, there is the indispensable Stave Sailor, talking about one of my favorite moments in cultural transformation, the rise of the Ramones. My first car was a 1973 Capri with an 8 track player that I couldn’t afford to replace. I owned only two 8 track tapes, “Get the Knack”, and “The Ramones”. I listened to them so much I wore them out.
The Carter era was an era of compliance, when the world had gone stale. The debates were all top down, from experts competing to make the rules for everyone else. The Ramones were bottom up. They were the real cultural rebellion. Steve is right, when Johnny, Joey, DeeDee and Tommie showed up, it changed everything. It made it OK to be fucked up. It made it OK to think the world had gone to shit. It was diesel fumes, black coffee and nicotine, in a land of incense, stale flowers, and failed good intentions. It was just what American culture needed. Steve says the same about Trump and I believe him. He’s fighting the culture war that the right has been notoriously absent from.
It’s easy to see this in Jonah Goldberg’s piece today. He can almost see it himself. He says: “There’s often much to recommend slowing revolutionary change to the pace of incrementalism. Still, politically, this has always put traditional conservatives at a disadvantage, because it implies they don’t change the direction, just the speed. That is why the philosopher Friedrich Hayek rejected the conservative label, saying the “fate of conservatism [is] to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing.”
He may be right, but as can be seen by the failure of conservatism, it isn’t enough. To control the direction, you have to fight on the cultural front. You need to scream triggers and hate speech into the faces of all the little snowflakes, and make them embarrassed to be acting so stupidly. You need to be more like Milo and less like Jonah Goldberg. KW once called Milo a Cretin. Joey and Johnny made being Cretin cool.
Deep discussions about Strauss and Hayek don’t change minds today. We need to keep it simple. We don’t need erudite composition and arrangement of the message, we need three chords played badly, and lyrics about beating on the brat. We need to do it with the subtlety of baseball bat.
Gavin McGinnes is just such a pitch hitter, and his brat of choice today is ‘the horror’, Lena Dunham.
Gavin McGinnes is just such a pitch hitter, and his brat of choice today is ‘the horror’, Lena Dunham.In my opinion, a perfect target. She’s as unattractive a woman as can be, down to her core. And it’s that shallow vapid core that Gavin wails on. Everything is wrong with her and wrong with us for idolizing her. Not me and you of course, but the culture at large.
We need more rudeness. We need more insults. We need more testosterone, and less frontal cortex. Jonah and KW call those things a problem with Trump, but it isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. That’s what we need to be selling. (Google the title of this piece when you can turn your speakers on.)