Prolification of the Judiciary
There was a time when elites sought to set an example for the hoi polloi, abstaining from common behavior. Now, they happily adopt lowbrow, prole communication styles and references. We once had jurists like Mansfield and Blackstone. Now we have twits like Kagan who quote Stan Lee like Kierkegaard in their legal decisions.
Elusiveness of the “Bigger Picture”
For the majority of people, it’s a simpler matter to view the components of a problem as discrete ones, examining each issue in isolation without considering how each piece is interrelated. The average person is likelier to see a problem and latch onto it, believing that they’ve grasped the whole thing. Usually the issue is much more extensive than they could ever comprehend.
This article is a prime example. It’s a good article, and worth the read. The author correctly identifies the logical inconsistency between the Left’s canonization of Caitlyn Jenner and its denigration of Rachel Dolezal. However, his first error is accepting the premise that such attributes as sex and race are learned or constructed rather than inherent:
But gender is no less culturally constructed than race. If Talusan were a little more curious anthropologically than precocious, she might have noticed that the relation between sex type and gender roles has varied wildly over the history and range of our species.
Nothing could be more false. Sex roles are remarkably similar across cultures. There is a biological component to race. The acceptance of the false premise that “gender is no less culturally constructed than race” serves to handicap his entire argument from the outset because it renders him incapable of rendering a full throated rejection of the “trans” issue. The author also successfully identifies identity politics as a problem, but he fails to identify the way in which it is all linked and to what end.
[R]ace politics is not an alternative to class politics; it is a class politics, the politics of the left-wing of neoliberalism. It is the expression and active agency of a political order and moral economy in which capitalist market forces are treated as unassailable nature. An integral element of that moral economy is displacement of the critique of the invidious outcomes produced by capitalist class power onto equally naturalized categories of ascriptive identity that sort us into groups supposedly defined by what we essentially are rather than what we do.
Again, false. The preservation of “capitalist class power” is not the end to which divisive identity politics is applied. The elites intend to use identity politics (or identitarianism, as he terms it) not to preserve the current capitalist (the corporatist/fascist, really) system. What they want is to create an oligarchical collectivist system that is totalitarian in nature but that enshrines and perpetuates their control over the masses. In the author’s rush to defend socialism however, he misapprehends this. He also misses that the entire complex is corrupt. Every facet of the current dispensation is beyond redemption. Transgenderism & identity politics is just the tip of the iceberg. The social, political, medical, scientific, journalistic, and artistic realms are all in cahoots with each other, collaborating to lull the public into complacency with propaganda and narrative.
When Life Imitates Art, Art Becomes Redundant
The other day, I found myself wondering what had become of Lady Gaga. I looked at a few of her videos from the middle of her career, and marveled at how successful she’d become by peddling her unique brand of demonic arthouse degeneracy.
Then it struck me: Lady Gaga isn’t on the scene now because she’s irrelevant now. When she first arrived on the scene, her grotesque aesthetic was mystifying artistic in its bizarre way. Now, the quotidian is far more bizarre than anything Gaga could have cooked up even in the depths of a cocaine fueled stupor. In 2009, her crazy mind was the limit. In 2015, she now has to compete with a reality that has more shock value than her zaniest set.