Wednesday, September 7, 2016

- Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

Taki’s Mag is hitting it out of the park today, and to those of us at a certain age, it’s an interesting offset to Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the death of conservative legend, Phyllis Schlafly.

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. 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.)


Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

Conservative Inc. has gotten so comfortable with their think tanks, publishing, and lecture circuits, they can't bear the though of "being rude". If someone gets offended a writer like Jonah Goldberg may find their next book cancelled, and their guest appearance on some political round table show cancelled (see Pat Buchanan as an example. This is a bad thing for those who pay their bills through punditry.

So we have a political movement shackled by the desire to be polite and as a result, come off as a bunch of effete pompous wimps. Nobody respects a wimp. People will support a bad-ass though. Trump comes off as one to those who are not of the deep thinking variety (which is most of America, regardless of race).

I maintain that Trump will get about 15% of the black vote (mostly men) just because he comes off as a brazen leader.

MikeCLT said...

I invite you to read this take down of Conservatism Inc. in the Claremont Review of Books.

A sample:

"More to the point, what has conservatism achieved lately? In the last 20 years? The answer—which appears to be “nothing”—might seem to lend credence to the plea that “our ideas haven’t been tried.” Except that the same conservatives who generate those ideas are in charge of selling them to the broader public. If their ideas “haven’t been tried,” who is ultimately at fault? The whole enterprise of Conservatism, Inc., reeks of failure. Its sole recent and ongoing success is its own self-preservation. Conservative intellectuals never tire of praising “entrepreneurs” and “creative destruction.” Dare to fail! they exhort businessmen. Let the market decide! Except, um, not with respect to us. Or is their true market not the political arena, but the fundraising circuit?

Only three questions matter. First, how bad are things really? Second, what do we do right now? Third, what should we do for the long term?"