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by Christopher Chantrill
September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am
SEE WHAT A couple of beheadings will do? It looks like the soccer moms of 1996 that became the security moms of 2004 that became the Walmart moms of 2012 have confirmed the Duke of Mantua’s complaint: “La donna è mobile.” The fickle little minxes have taken one look at the ISIS beheadings and all of a sudden the ISIS moms have put the president at 37% approval.
Now the girls are back to asking the president “Is is safe?” And the president is having to pretend to make war on the Islamists.
So that’s all right.
But it makes you yearn for a strategic mind like Mitt Romney, who could actually think a couple moves ahead in the game of international chess.
To think strategically you need a world view, a theory about the world, something that takes the random data of the world and makes it into a pattern, because we humans are programmed to interpret everything into a pattern.
But what if your world view is wrong? That is the hit on the Obama era, once we get away from the president’s disinterest in coalition building. The president’s world view doesn’t fit the facts, not on “soft power,” not on growing the economy, not on race relations. The consequence is that he keeps doing stupid stuff.
Here’s a better idea. We should understand the turmoil in the world as the desperation of people that have not yet made the leap from tribal collectivism to responsible individualism. When people sense that their world is ending they first pretend it isn’t happening; then when disaster strikes they lash out in impotent fury. They even boo Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
That is how Spengler, David P. Goldman, looks at the Middle East. It is the humiliation, the utter irrelevance of the Middle East, that drives its young men to mayhem.
Eric Hoffer wrote that “Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death.” Nor was primitive man any different. Young men attacked the neighboring village in a dawn raid, killed the men and took the women and children into slavery.
Notice that our lefty friends have a similar adage. They say that capitalism has no compassion; it accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is bankruptcy and unemployment. That’s why we need universal health insurance and the government must spend 30 percent of GDP on social programs.
In fact, bankruptcy is modern compassion in action. It extinguishes debt that in the old days would be inherited from your parents and bequeathed to your children down to the last generation. These days the feckless are cunning enough to buy a car before declaring bankruptcy and wiping out their unsecured credit card debt.
The Marxists like to tell us that capitalism sprang upon the working class like an economic tiger. But there is another way to tell the modern story. In the Reformation rebellious sons threw off the chains of the patriarchy. They replaced the omnipotent tribal father with the fatherhood of God, and the blood family with the congregation of the church family. Then their grandsons replaced the mutual-aid pact of blood brotherhood with the the brotherhood of fraternal associations: Masons, Oddfellows, Elk and Moose. They replaced the brotherly bonds of the warrior culture with road-warrior culture; they replaced the blood of the dawn raid with the bloodless corporate raid.
Were they geniuses, connecting our old instincts to non-lethal receptors, or what?
It was the evil genius of Marx to sidetrack this organic transformation of blood family into metaphorical family. He interpreted the primal scream of peasants hurled out of feudal collectivism into industrial individualism as injustice. The workers were oppressed therefore the educated class should have political power to end oppression. Then the cultural Marxists applied the concept to everyone except white males.
The problem with the Marxian ideas is that they return humans to the old days of real oppression and real collective tribalism. They sneer at the faux civil wars between Google and Apple and reignite the real wars of black against white and rich against poor and us against them. They confirm the pre-moderns in their tribalism.
Don’t do stupid stuff, says the Obama White House. But that is meaningless without a coherent and serviceable world view. So Obama’s defective world view, compounded by his preference for golf over coalition building has dashed the millennial hopes of this generation of progressives, because his politics-with-everything political correctness world view inspired by Adorno and Marcuse does not improve lives in the real world.
Here’s an idea for the Obamanoids: when you hear the primal scream of the folks still imprisoned in pre-modern collective hell, don’t call stupid plays out of a 160-year-old Marxist playbook.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300â€“301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America