Upper Division White Guilt

Shelby Steele’s “The Exhaustion of American Liberalism” makes the argument that “white guilt is not actual guilt.” Nor is it “angst over injustices suffered by others.”

Instead, Steele says white guilt is “the terror of being stigmatized with America’s old bigotries – racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.”

To be stigmatized as a fellow traveler with any of these bigotries is to be utterly stripped of moral authority and made into a pariah. The terror of this, of having “no name in the street” as the Bible puts it, pressures whites to act guiltily even when they feel no actual guilt. White guilt is a mock guilt, a pretense of real guilt, a shallow etiquette of empathy, pity and regret.

The good news is that you can be inoculated against it just by being a liberal. All you have to do – for instance – is be on your local diversity committee, or vote for Barack Obama.

“I had to vote for Obama,” a rock-ribbed Republican said to me. “I couldn’t tell my grandson that I didn’t vote for the first black president.”

For this man liberalism was a moral vaccine that immunized him against stigmatization.

Pretty painless stuff, really, but sufficient for the short term. The bad news? You’ll need a booster shot if you want your white guilt to be less an abnormal condition, and more a disease.

Enter the annual White Privilege Conference: a moral vaccine clinic where you can also get academic credit. This is Upper Division White Guilt.

Participants at the WPC may obtain either Continuing Education Credits/Clock Hours, or Academic Credit (High school students, undergraduate and graduate students may earn 1-3 hours of academic credit at either the undergraduate or graduate level).

To get this credit, you will need to “engage in active participation in the conference” and “submit a formal session log that lists the title of the presenter, the tittle of the sessions(s), and the time length of each session.”

But that’s not all. “Attendees must submit a reflection paper” and “examine your own personal development and lessons learned.”

Has you own understanding of the issues facing youth changed. (sic) Has your understanding of you own life experiences changed in any ways? (sic) What has been most personally meaningful and transformative in you training? (sic) What did you learn about yourself?

And that’s just for starters, because Upper Division White Guilt is more than just the fear of being stigmatized. As Steele writes, “It is also the heart and soul of contemporary liberalism.”

This liberalism is the politics given to us by white guilt, and it shares white guilt’s central corruption. It is not real liberalism, in the classic sense. It is a mock liberalism. Freedom is not its raison d’être; moral authority is.

But you’re going to the WPC, so you’re covered. Because the WPC is not only a clinic, it’s also a seminary that “strives to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformation.”

In other words, the WPC is not just inoculating you, but selling you moral authority. Which is borne out by the the testimonials of students and chaperones, who sound like converted heathens prepared to open their own mission.

“I went into my first conference as a very unaware college student and came out of it a completely different person” … “The depth and intensity of this experience was exceptional” … “the unique environment of immersion and the intentional support and reflection built into the conference … has truly been a life changing experience for our students” … “The students talked about how the conference opened an awareness within them that they had not felt before” … “WPC is thoughtful, emotional, spiritual, reflective, beautiful, community oriented, engaging” … “I’ve watched as [students] have brought their lessons back to their institutions, becoming models of leadership for diversity”

And yet, it cannot be a seminary, for there is no religious instruction, per se. And attendees are not students, either, because everyone is “asked” to abide by the Community Agreement. This makes them “community members” who “create a learning community” and “share responsibility for holding ourselves accountable.”

The event takes place over five days (WPC 17 was Wednesday through Sunday). WPC 18 will be in Kansas City at the downtown Marriott – complete with the spiritual, community-oriented, life-changing immersion of past events; exhibits and vendors; volunteers and chaperones.

Which sounds like a camp. A “reeducation camp.”

The Black Book of Communism describes such camps in 20th century China, where – only 51 short years ago – the “student” was “required to study the correct thoughts of the Party and to reform his own faulty thinking.”

But even Mao never imagined a voluntary five-day school where students who feel no actual guilt would pay to be injected with angst and graduate with the moral authority to terrorize the rest of us with mock guilt until we, too, are pariahs so utterly stripped that we are willing to pay for a seat at the White Privilege Conference.

Only a white, privileged, Western communist could have come up with that.

In Which I Agree with the White Supremacist Vaginarchy that the Future is Nasty

Donald Trump is not the first “pseudo-modern” American president, and he won’t be the last. Because what pseudo-modern Americans really want is the “People’s Choice President.” Voting “should” be as easy — and mindless — as texting “Yes” or “No” to a political poll streamed to their “smartphone.”

In philosophical terms, says Alan Kirby, “the culture we have now fetishises the recipient of the text to the degree that they become a partial or whole author of it. Optimists may see this as the democratisation of culture; pessimists will point to the excruciating banality and vacuity of the cultural products thereby generated. … By definition, pseudo-modern cultural products cannot and do not exist unless the individual intervenes physically in them.”

Thus are The People both elevated to the pinnacle of importance and reduced to utter banality. Radio listeners can influence radio playlists in real time, television audiences can vote TV show cast members off the island, and protesters can be applauded as they take over the microphone at political rallies.

Politicians are only too happy to give us what we want; indeed, that is what they’ve always done. But pseudo-modern voters have made it extraordinarily easy for politicians to portray themselves as a “blank slate” — upon which voters draw whatever they desire. Barack Obama proudly admitted this; it was one of his greatest achievements.

“I serve as a blank screen,” Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope, “on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

While Obama merely proved that Progressives don’t care if their emperor has no clothes, what The Donald proved is that politicians no longer need a party or the press. All politicians need now is The People to physically intervene, and all the “authors” of a political campaign need to do is pretend to abolish themselves — “for the people.”

It is no coincidence that Barack Obama, in his farewell address, and Donald Trump, in his inaugural, both made the same appeal.

“I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours,” said the man famous for being a community organizer.

“Everyone is listening to you now,” said the man famous for singlehandedly making America great again.

In some ways, all this empowerment of We The People is “for position only” (to use a term from my days in the printing industry) — a cheap, low-resolution, facsimile of the real artwork that is replaced by the experts at the printing plant before public distribution. Another analogy comes from the Obama Administration itself, which wrote the Affordable Care Act in a way that “treated” the “stupidity of the American voter” to prevent the infection of stupidity from spreading any further.

In other ways, the empowerment is good. The gatekeepers in The Media have lost much (if not all) of their power. The Progressive coalition — long kept by politicians in separate subcritical masses called identity groups (to prevent premature detonation) — has finally reached its long-sought “critical mass” only to result in what was always going to happen: fission. If the recent Women’s March against “government taking our rights” proved anything, it’s that Progressives have finally discovered government can be too big and too powerful; and that being a “woman” or a “minority” is no longer enough. After the march, transgender women (aka men) excoriated cis-pussied white women (aka the white supremacist vaginarchy) for the “oppressive message” that a “vagina is essential to womanhood.”

Across the pond, counter-culture pop icon Brian Eno has “anger at myself for not realising what was going on” with Brexit and now Trump. “I thought that all those Ukip people and those National Fronty people were in a little bubble. Then I thought: ‘Fuck, it was us, we were in the bubble, we didn’t notice it.’ There was a revolution brewing and we didn’t spot it because we didn’t make it. We expected we were going to be the revolution.”

Back here in California, a Progressive scientist has inexplicably declared the end of the “post-post-truth world” and a Progressive legislature has demanded “civic online reasoning” in high school curricula — even as Progressive scientists and legislators insist that men without vaginas can still be women and that “fake news” is damaging the very foundation of our democracy.

“Fortunately,” says the pseudo-modern scientist, “here in California citizens have many avenues for engaging directly with scientists to discuss issues such as climate change …”

I don’t know if Brexit and Trump constitute a revolution, as Eno says they do. Perhaps they are just the outward manifestations of the pseudo-modern revolution that “occurred” — as Alan Kirby says — “somewhere in the late 1990s or early 2000s.”

What I do know is that, in this brave new world, history is meaningless. All that matters is Forward, and whether we can “lean into” our “impactful lives” — where we have The Power to vote Hillary off the island and get Trump in return.

Unification Through Abandonment Rage

“When Barack Obama spoke to the nation on the subject of race in March 2008, he directed our attention to the need for a new politics that could embrace a vision of hope and unity. … Obama grants Blacks and all Americans their justified feelings of abandonment by their country.” – An excerpt from “Barack Obama’s Call to Restore Ethics in Politics” which was excerpted from a longer essay in the volume Communication Ethics and Crisis which was excerpted from the forthcoming volume The Fall of the American Republic.

How’s that working out so far? I may write an essay consisting entirely of direct quotes from His Highness Barack I and select sycophants, circa 2008.

Progressivisms

Some speech is hateful, so this is hate speech. Not all Christians are good, so Christianity is evil. Not all Muslims are terrorists, so Islam is peace. Not all men are rapists, so we live in a rape culture. Some immigrant men come from an actual rape culture, so we call them youths or orphans. Some women choose to raise their children to be suicide bombers, so women who oppose abortion are anti-choice. Some people believe motherhood is the most important work, so conservatives believe that the only job allowed for women is motherhood. Unmarried women who have multiple children but no high school diploma or job are proud single moms, so educated married women with husbands and children are bourgeois enemies of working families. Conservatives have families who feed off the poor, so Conservatism is destructive. All Progressives are conservationists, so taxing and spending is conservation. Paying taxes is patriotic, so only traitors complain about taxation by corrupt representatives. 3% of the population pays 52% of income taxes, so only racists notice that 13% of the population commit 85% of inter-racial crime. Tens of millions of people stop looking for work, so they are not unemployed. Not all employed citizens save for retirement, so those who do must pay for those who don’t. Employed Americans support law enforcement and safe communities, so people who burn down their neighborhoods and shoot police are freedom fighters. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, so Progressives love poor people. American taxes make people on welfare wealthier than 99% of the world’s poor, so the 1% hate the poor. Americans hate the poor, so Western techno-democracies emit the most CO2 pollution. Every living mammal exhales CO2, so humans are parasites. Parasites love electric cars that get their rechargeable batteries from strip-mined precious metals, so the coal industry must die. Coal miners bitterly cling to their guns and religion, so they are anti-progress. Anti-progress families don’t care about women, so there are more men than women in science and technology. There are more women in college than men, so colleges are sexist and women need safe spaces. Colleges prepare students who are thoughtful, well-informed, and resilient, so college students feel invalidated as they protest distressing viewpoints and retreat to safe spaces. College trustees entertain presentations on bullying by faculty and staff, so some professors file First Amendment lawsuits against journalists. Most journalists are bipartisan, so Donald Trump didn’t pay taxes in 1996 and is unfit for the White House. The New York Times didn’t pay taxes in 2014, so it’s a corporation that uses smart power. Hillary Clinton used smart power in her Russian uranium negotiations, so journalists support Hillary Clinton for the White House. The Clinton Foundation took money from foreign dictators, so Hillary hit her head and her staff took the Fifth. Hillary is running for president, so voting is imperative for working families. Some people can’t get a state ID card, so voter fraud doesn’t exist. Some people vote 12 times in one election, so voter ID is racist. I’m a white person of Viking ancestry who is voting for Donald Trump, so I’m a white slaver. Everyone’s ancestors are guilty, so who do you owe?

‘A society of emasculated liars is easy to control’

Some of our fellow humans are hysterically celebrating  Hillary Clinton as “one of America’s most honest politicians” and a “world first” as a “transgender man gives birth to his own baby.”

Of course, Hillary is no such thing, and a female got impregnated by male sperm in the usual way. But all this lying is by design. Leftists have conditioned people to believe anything, and then tell all their friends. The goal is humiliation, because, as Theodore Dalrymple said, “A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”