I used to think that the fraying of American society was due to the elites letting down on their responsibilities as elites. For instance, rich people used to discourage divorce through the law and through public morality. The rich, of course, could afford to get divorced, but they did not promote it. Divorce was seen a failure for a man, which is why FDR stuck with his lesbian wife, rather than divorce her. It was a burden elites were expected to bear in order maintain order amongst the lower classes.
The 1960’s is when things changed. Elites not only stopped enforcing the old codes, they actively promoted every sort of deviancy they practiced in private. Divorce was now a moral imperative of a liberated woman. Black men were encouraged to take drugs, abandon their families and live like animals in the streets. The resulting anarchy was both predictable and sudden. Whole cities collapsed as the poor went bonkers and the middle-classes fled in terror.
I never throught of it as intentional. It just seemed to me that it was the confluence of two trends in America. One is the spread of Frankfurt School philosophy that has enraptured the intellectual class of America. The people in charge swapped out Christianity for Cultural Marxism, as their organizing creed. The other trend was a rapid advance in the nation’s material wealth following the war. America was suddenly crazy rich and like lottery winners, we indulged in all our worst fantasies.
I was at the market today, my Sunday ritual. I do my shopping at the rich man’s grocer, rather than the stores serving the ghetto. I cook my own meals and therefore prefer fresh meats and produce. Ghetto Lion, for example, has mostly prepared foods that are popular with ghetto dwellers. Anyway, at the checkout, a dough-faced fat girl with a pin in her nose address me with “wassup.”
I’m led to believe that the pin in her nose signals her availability to black men. Almost always, the pram-faced girls in the ghetto have caramel colored kids, along with the nose pin. Perhaps it is a coincidence. Her sing-songy language told me she was a ghetto girl. White people talking black always sound odd to me. It’s like hearing a Chinese guy speak Spanish. There’s something unnatural about it. I speak some ghetto so we got along fine enough as she rang up my purchases.
it got me thinking about how it is this lower-class white girl has decided to adopt this way of life. We’re told that racism is for the lower classes. Only rubes engage in it. All decent people avoid ever saying or doing anything that could offend a black person. It’s fair to say it is a national obsession. Yet, the greatest mixing of race in America occurs in the ghetto, not the country club. The poor have become truly multicultural.
I used to think that the collapse of the working class into an underclass was mostly due to the welfare state and maybe just general degeneracy. Thinking about pram-face on the way home, I think the poor are no different today than in another era. They are aping what they see the rich and famous do on TV. In another era. lace curtain Irish aped the ways of the Brahman class. That meant putting on airs and acting like the rich people they saw in their community. There was a pulling up by the upper classes.
Today, the elites preach one thing, but live another. On television they preach about the evils of racism and the need to worship black culture. In private life they live like a blend of Victorians and the Ku Klux Klan. In public they rail about Ferguson. In private they engage in ethnic cleansing to make NYC and San Fran whites only enclaves for liberal elites. The lower classes never see the reality, just the show, and they act accordingly.
This being the 50 anniversary of yet another Civil Rights event, the NYTimes has been sending out hundreds of tweets about it. Obama has made a trip to Selma Alabama, a once thriving community now decimated after the Civil Rights Movement. Millionaire former soldier, Colin Powell, is on television moaning about racism on TV this weekend, despite never having experienced meaningful prejudice in his life. If you are the 85 IQ checkout girl at my market, you can be forgiven for thinking that worshiping black people is what the beautiful people do.
We’re all hypocrites, of course, but not all hypocrites are the same. The private prude that preaches public lasciviousness, is consciously doing harm. The public scold who engages in private vice harms only himself. Post-reality America is society run by the former. A ruling elite that makes war on that which allows it be an elite has a short future.