The Age Of Ugly

In the fullness of time, the robot historians sifting through the remains of this age will point to the 1970’s as the time when the American empire took a fateful turn. The 1960’s get all the blame for the cultural collapse of America and the West, but that’s not really fair nor is it accurate. Lots of terrible ideas were born in the 60’s, but terrible ideas like the Civil Rights movement started in the 50’s. Women’s rights started in the 20’s. It was the 1970’s when all of these terrible ideas came together to wash away the West.

Look at the disco era, as portrayed by the movie Saturday Night Fever. You have all the things that define this era. There is the reckless personal behavior, the pointlessness of the character’s lives and the denigration of bourgeois values. The main character is basically a bum who works in a hardware store so he can make enough money to party with other degenerates. He treats his girlfriend so poorly, she eventually becomes a whore that his buddies pass around, so she can stay in the group.

Everything about the movie, like the lifestyle it portrayed, was degenerate. The disco era was basically just an effort to take the underground homosexual scene in New York City and vomit it onto Middle America. It largely worked too. While the 1960’s saw bourgeois America stagger, it was the 1970’s when the cultural revolution hit the working and lower classes. All the rules that gave structure to the lower ranks were obliterated. The result was the birth of the white underclass and a drug culture that is still with us.

Again, the terrible ideas that found there way into the lower class in the 70’s were not products of the time. Just as the hippy culture was a result of the beatnik phenomenon, which was an outgrowth of the jazz age, the 70’s were a consequence. The difference though is that the cultural changes that rocketed through the middle and upper classes could be absorbed to a great degree. Money and class provide for a greater margin of error. Rich people can afford sex, drugs and rock and roll.

That’s the real crime of the post-war cultural revolution. The people at the top actually benefited from it, as they were no longer morally responsible for setting a good example and looking after society. They were suddenly free to be indifferent. The upper middle-class could inoculate itself from most of the damage, mostly by moving into enclaves where their kids would not be exposed to the consequences. The proliferation of private schools for the upper middle-classes started in the 1970’s for a reason.

It is the middle and lower classes that have paid the price for what happened in the post war years. To a great degree, middle class America has always been an extension of the working class. The smart and resourceful kids of the working class could make it into office jobs, rather than working in blue collar fields. At the same time, if the children of middle-class people slipped up and fell into the working class, the climb back up was not that far and only required a little help. The gap between middle and the rest was small.

The cultural revolution decimated the working classes, creating a white underclass. The gap between there and the middle-class is now enormous. If the child of school teachers makes mistakes and falls out of the middle class, it’s as if he has fallen down a well. The climb back out of the underclass is enormous. One unmentioned reason for the shrinking white middle-class is the floor underneath them has collapsed. This not only makes them vulnerable, it has made them powerless as a political force.

Another consequence of the cultural revolution was the segregation of the classes, both physically and cognitively. The ruling elites, freed from any moral duty to look out for their inferiors were now entirely divorced from them. The upper-middle, which always looks up for its aesthetic and cultural cues, has now cultivated a hatred of the lower ranks, as part of what defines their class. Those rules, enforced by the upper classes, that provided structure to the lower classes, also provided a connection between the classes.

The physical ugliness of the 1970’s, as presented in the movie Saturday Night Fever, was a glimpse of the spiritual degeneracy to come. The pointless self-indulgence of the characters, their reckless disregard for one another, their families and communities, all of it was waiting for the country as a whole. The physical ugliness of the age has been cleansed by the sterile aesthetic of Silicon Valley, but the spiritual ugliness of the cultural revolution remains. Glass and stainless steel cannot mask it.

That ugliness is what is fueling the populist movements. In Europe and America, the natives, physically and culturally divorced from their rulers, are now looking for alternative sources of authority. The people are recoiling at the ugly world created for them by their rulers, so the slow search for new rulers has begun. No one thinks about it quite like that yet, but in time, that corner will be turned. We’ll move from reform to the idea of starting fresh and leaving the ugliness of left-wing radicalism behind.

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bpromethiusb
bpromethiusb
1 year ago

bravo, i’ve had the same noticings for a long time. the only thing missing is the 60s-70s slide accelerated with the divisions cast in concrete by the unholy vietnam war. no one could remain indifferent. i’m a kid from a military family, and the questions i had seeing cronkite lie daily, seeing kent state, made a division in our family that we’ve only been able to heal lately.

thekrustykurmudgeon
1 year ago

I think the 1970s were a very chill decade. The peace and love sanctimony of the 60s was gone and people actually started looking at the united states through a mature lens. The “we can do anything” attitude of the 60s was replaced by “america is fallible and we are in an era of limits” attitude.

The music of the 70s also had a more introspective and you could say humility to it. Instead of “Get Together” by the youngbloods you had stuff like “From the Beginning” by ELP.

Walt
Member
Reply to  thekrustykurmudgeon
1 year ago

Yet the best bands America could produce in the 70s were CCR, The Eagles and Kiss. I think this backs up Z’s point.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

There is this parallel universe of modern pop music, which is what country has turned into. Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and so on. Not really country by any traditional measure, but it’s white boy music and they do sing it with regional accents. It fills the radio airwaves away from the big cities. The Eagles/Jackson Browne/Warren Zevon sound could be seen as a bit of a precursor to that sort of thing.

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

At a guess, all the “country” artists you mention probably wouldn’t know Hank Snow from Hank Aaron. The decay of country music is just another indication that we’re fkd, as a people and as a nation.

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

The sound of country music in recent decades has expanded to include elements from almost all the other music genres. One of my neighbors occasionally cranks up some country music and I have to say I like his taste (he’s a good singer too, when he sings along). I don’t know who the artists are, will ask him one day at the right moment, but it does not sound at all like the old Hank Williams I knew as proper country music growing up. My impression is that country music became big-money music when they sort of revived the genre,… Read more »

Shane
Shane
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

She’s probably an sjw’s but credit where it’s due Gillian Welsh is pretty good. Back Baby is the
Family or friends get together song in the background. He’ll of a chorous ‘peaches in the summer time apples in the fall’

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Walt
1 year ago

Your observation backs up shit. A goatherd in eastern Turkey knows more about music than you do.

Malicious Moniker
Malicious Moniker
Reply to  Walt
1 year ago

Hunh. Zappa. Steely Dan. Van Halen. Allman Bros, Climax Blues Band, Return to Forever. Pat Metheny Group, Weather Report. Heart (rock or acoustic), Journey (pre or post Perry), Grand Funk, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Outlaws (Florida) or what the hell, Outlaws (Texas) Skynyrd, 2nd Chapter of Acts (believe it!) Phil Keagy, Boston, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Buckingham-Nicks et al. Jackson Brown-Warren Zevon mentioned elsewhere, Marti Jones and her husband, Talking Heads, Chicago, Alice Cooper, Mahavishnu Orchestra (formed in NY, lots of Americans), The Cars, Dan Fogelberg, Rikki Lee Jones, Stanley Jordan, ZZ Top, CSNY et al. (partially Canadian and English, but… Read more »

Gemjunior
Gemjunior
Reply to  Walt
1 year ago

The Eagles and CCR don’t belong in the same class as Kiss though. They are American Classics, whereas KISS was a cartoonish, dress-up show with some admittedly catchy toons – something my whole seventh grade class were caught up with. I don’t think anyone was really digging CCR or the Eagles, but now I could definitely listen to them. KISS – maybe one song….

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  thekrustykurmudgeon
1 year ago

I think this ‘decade’ broad-brush is a meaningless way of looking at the past. Especially if our criterion is the thought-world of popular music. The “cock-rockers” Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Ted Nugent, et al, were hardly introspective. Meanwhile, back in the 60s, there was little ‘peace and love’ in the music of Bob Dylan – he was roiling up trouble with his often bitter and divisive “vibe”. CSNY’s “Ohio” is on the bridge between one decade and another. By chronology a 70s song, it bares the fangs of all those “peace and love” miscreants at Woodstock, inviting young people (not themselves)… Read more »

thekrustykurmudgeon
Reply to  pimpkin\'s nephew
1 year ago

well what I mean is that you had a new sort of music in the 70s that was super relaxing but it wasn’t as bubblegum pop as the fifth dimension or the mamas and the papas. Think Firefall, Jefferson Starship, Paul Davis, Al Stewart etc.

Random Dude on the Internet
Random Dude on the Internet
Reply to  thekrustykurmudgeon
1 year ago

Counterpoint: Sid and Marty Krofft

BestGuest
BestGuest
1 year ago

Funny you should mention it. I’ve made a point recently of watching films that I was too young to see when they were playing in the Cinema. Cabaret? I get that the performances were good, but every character except for the rich girl and the crowd at the beer-garden were loathsome degenerates. SNF? Same thing, I’m not a city person anyway, but some of the outer-borough culture was just dispiriting. Of course I am from that much maligned Puritan stock, so maybe it’s genetic? Best wishes to all who post here this Christmas. Especially, you, Mr. Z!

Dr. Mabuse
Dr. Mabuse
Reply to  BestGuest
1 year ago

That’s why Star Wars was like suddenly opening a window in a room filled with carbon monoxide. It was CLEAN. A clean story about clean things – heroism, bravery, self-sacrifice, idealism. And it was beautiful. We were choking to death on moping glumness, and Star Wars told us that wasn’t all there was to life.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

And “American Grafitti”, also George Lucas, which was a rather sad movie, but it ennobled the old early ’60s small town high school social habits of what we now call dirt people. The movie memorialized the breaking out of unsupervised teenaged risk taking of all sorts, all basically in the name of getting laid, or at least in getting to third base. All that stuff was a gateway to the ’60s and ’70s, so Lucas basically bracketed both ends of it all. The front end as mostly reality, and the back end as outright fantasy.

BestGuest
BestGuest
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

That’s on my list. I have seen the TV show.

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  BestGuest
1 year ago

BestGuest, don’t get your hopes up. (Sorry, Dutch.)

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

Ursula, the movie hasn’t aged well. But in the drecky ’70s, it touched a nerve. What was supposed to be inspirational and touching is really just sad, because the dead-endedness of the characters’ lives and the small-time anarchy of their behavior turned out to be exactly what the boomers ran from, without really running to anything else that had meaning. Note how the movie’s characters seem to have no families, no human relationships other than with each other, and no identifiable ethos. Those are dirt people stripped of the family, community, church, and history parts of their culture. They are… Read more »

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

Dutch, Well, you’ve put way more meaning in that unwatchable film than I ever got from it! Thank you! I tried to watch it several times over the years but never could get in to it — it’s just so shallow, empty but with lovely shots of old classic cars and vintage clothing. Money for production, but nothing for the brain. That film made me think Lucas should stick with Sci-Fi.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

“Money for production, but nothing for the brain.”

Welcome to Hollywood.

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

“American Graffiti’ is one of the those cultural productions that belong with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ as one of the V-2s that landed on our world in the 1970s.

calsdad
calsdad
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

The best movie I’ve ever seen that seems to get things “right” about 70’s high school age kids – is “Dazed and Confused”. I got out of HS in 82, and this movie is set a few years earlier and in a different part of the country (things do change as the years roll by and are different area to area and even town to town) – but overall it definitely rings pretty accurate overall based on my experiences back then.

BestGuest
BestGuest
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

Star Wars was the last film that I remember seeing with my entire family. Mum, Dad, siblings.

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Dr. Mabuse
1 year ago

A year before ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Does this damage the theme of Z man’s post?

I don’t think so. Lucas – that billionaire bastard – saw there was money in promoting ‘Debby Boone’ attitudes, but that they had no place here, on Earth, where we actually live.

Cartoons are what people do when demoted to the status of children. The Japanese lead the way here.

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  BestGuest
1 year ago

Cabaret is just soft porn dressed up as art and culture. Garbage.

calsdad
calsdad
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

I think you’re looking at it the wrong way. I’ve never seen the movie – but the Weimar Republic era – especially in Berlin, was supposedly full of all forms of debauchery. This is one of those little historical nuggets that everybody conveniently forgets – especially when they’re trying to sell you on the funding for the next Holocaust museum. But just like how there’s a definite presence of people of Jewish extraction in the modern day porn industry – much of the social craziness in Weimar Berlin – had a heavy presence of Jews. The Nazis didn’t just make… Read more »

Shane
Shane
1 year ago

Great essay Z. There’s a lot to think about. One thing I find unusual on this side of the Atlantic is how Eastern Europe and Russia seem to have innoculated themselves against the poz. Does Economic marxism make you immune to the cultural variant?

dad29
Reply to  Shane
1 year ago

I would speculate that the difference is wealth. We have a LOT of it spreading through the middle class and even lower-middle; the eastern Euros/Russkis do not. BTW, I think that ‘wealth’ thing also explains the drop in church attendance here since the ’50’s.

Hubbard
Hubbard
1 year ago

Interesting. I know that Derb loved SNF. Yet the Z man loathes it. It’s odd when two writers I respect so much disagree so deeply. Guess I need to make time and watch that movie already . . .

https://www.johnderbyshire.com/Reviews/Considerations/saturdaynightfever.html

DraveckysHumerus
DraveckysHumerus
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

You grab the arms, I’ll take the legs and together we’ll pitch them down. We have a lot in common apparently.

On a cheerier note, Merry Christmas. Thank you for the many gifts you’ve shared here, Z.

Murray
Murray
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Saturday Night Fever is a great, if depressing movie. It’s actually a tragedy, though I admit I’m not sure if that’s what the filmmakers intended. SNF chronicles the cultural decline that Zman describes. Travolta’s character Tony Manero is the last generation of the old white working-class urban neighborhoods. His Italian parents are observant Catholics, and for them, a lifetime job in a paint shop would probaby have been a decent way to make a living, start a family, etc. But Tony, along with his failed seminarian brother and friends, has been corrupted by the cultural upheaval of the 70s. Being… Read more »

Ganderson
Ganderson
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I taught at a private school in New York in the 80’s, and was shocked by the prevalence of divorce and other indicators of social disfunction. I remember thinking at the time how the rich could insulate themselves from the results of these bad decisions- but the poor not so much. Anthony Daniels’ observation that we now have a society in which the rich ape the manners of the lower orders rather than the other way around seems apt. I know there’s not a lot of love for the Civil Rights movement on this site (justifiably, I think) but when… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

A lot of interesting perspectives here, especially from us Gen Xers. We came of age in the 70s and 80s and got to see the consequences of adults selfishly throwing the rules that had maintained civilization so they could act like children. Luckily, the area that I grew up in was somewhat behind the times. Most families still went to church (mine didn’t) and most parent stayed married (mine didn’t). The kids impacted by the cultural decline remained surrounded intact families, so we saw up close how much better it was, how to act and what it took to maintain… Read more »

Whitney
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

Read pretty much any book by Theodore Dalrymple about the underclass in Britain. Same things happening here and it’s a horror show

Range Front Fault
Range Front Fault
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Know a few mine shafts near Belmont, Nevada!

Robert the Wise
Robert the Wise
Reply to  Range Front Fault
1 year ago

Forget mine shafts! Hang them up by their heels like Mussolini!

BestGuest
BestGuest
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Many of us did. Or even if we didn’t we grew up with our parents’ sensibilities. Thanks for opening up Z-man. We’re all in this together (as the guys at Possum Lodge used to say.)

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Z. It wasn’t them that did this to us. It was us. We did it to ourselves. Everything in life right up to and including slavery – is a choice. I grew up in a wealthy prog family and saw the same things you did. When I saw them and refused to shut up about it, I got banished into the void. Once I was gone the family left behind started going after each other. One thing I noticed about them as their family disintegrated is that none of it was ever THEIR fault. It’s always the man’s fault because… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

Assigning blame is difficult. If you leave the keys in your car and someone steals it, who is at fault? Similarly, whites, especially in an affluent society, have a predisposition towards pathological compassion. If an outside group who controls all narratives manipulates that predisposition, who is at fault for what ensues? I say both.

calsdad
calsdad
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

LOL. Are you seriously confused as to who is at fault when somebody gets into a vehicle *that is not theirs* and drives off with it? If so – then you’re an almost perfect example of how badly the poz corruption has seeped into the minds of people. I’ve seen the term “high trust society” thrown around quite a bit in right wing circles when talking about how the wheels have come off because of immigration and the seepage of “black culture” into all levels of society. Well when people somehow think that there is even a debate to be… Read more »

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

My father said the same thing back in the eighties. He knew the lower class whites would be eviscerated by the drug and sex culture. And my father was not an educated man…merely a very observant one.

Pinochet
Pinochet
1 year ago

Why did the upper middle class develop a hatred for the white middle and lower classes? Is it merely a coincidence that during this same time period, a certain insular, tribal ethnic group largely took over the American cultural and political elite? Whites respond very strongly to social pressures, and if their path to upward mobility is explicit anti-White ideology, you’ll start to see exactly this phenomena.

David_Wright
Member
Reply to  Pinochet
1 year ago

Hopefully commenter SebastianX from the other days post response will help. So good, I saved it: Middle class insecurity is what fuels the anti-white working class ire of the New Class of non-elites. By using the term “elite,” a word used in this context only in late-stage sociology, you’re making things worse. Elite means the best or top-shelf, period. Our problem is that we do not have an elite but a class of mediocre usurpers who have their positions precisely because they are NOT elite. No, they are insecure, aspirational Americans who are petrified of their won class status. That… Read more »

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  David_Wright
1 year ago

David_Wright, re. our garbage elite: “An ordinary person still maintains some cultural traditions; it is almost impossible to find a “pure proletarian”. But the modern capitalist elites, who have no aristocratism in their senses, are greedy for power, position and comfort. At the same time, more and more marginal types began to penetrate into the “new elite”, people not from peripheral groups, but from minority groups — ethnic, cultural, religious (often sectarians) and sexual — became dominant among them. It is this perverted rabble, according to Christopher Lasch, that forms the basis of the modern globalist elite, which destroys the… Read more »

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

They are referred to in some circles as “the new class”. They were primarily the creature of the wealthy media class which arose post WWII. This media class pushed a very radical agenda which included all the things we saw become law in the 1960s, and then burst into public view during the seventies cultural revolution. During the seventies and eighties, this “new class” came to prominence as a result of media class political promotion (affirmative action) and government employment. They were primarily black, but included other minorities. They practically became wealthy overnight. The New Class got not only instant… Read more »

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

The fruits of Mr. Flowerman’s media campaign purposefully undertaken in the 1940’s to turn white people against whites and make whites embrace and even prefer peoples of color. A spectacular success. This short two-part article describes this massive mass-media endeavor.

“Modify the standards of the in-group”: On Jews and Mass Communications — Part One of Two
https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2018/09/23/modify-the-standards-of-the-in-group-on-jews-and-mass-communications-part-one-of-two/

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Pinochet
1 year ago

Dear Mr. Pinochet,

Been meaning to ask you, When will you start giving helicopter rides? We’re all getting anxious out here, waiting. Start with Mueller, perhaps.

Pinochet
Pinochet
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

Boat rides to the Levant first, helicopter rides later.

Random Dude on the Internet
Random Dude on the Internet
Reply to  Pinochet
1 year ago

Then the boats capsize somewhere in the Atlantic…in Minecraft

Nathan
Nathan
Reply to  Pinochet
1 year ago

Then “mistake” the ships for enemy vessels and send in the fighter jets.

Random Dude on the Internet
Random Dude on the Internet
Reply to  Pinochet
1 year ago

Noblesse oblige is for gentiles. Our new (((masters))) have no such compunctions. There are coincidences and there are cohencidences. I have the pleasure of knowing several anti-white families and couples. Most of them are utterly disconnected from the white working class. They grew up wealthy, they went to private schools, private universities, and landed good jobs that were created entirely due to nepotism. They’ve never had to wonder if they could make rent or dealing with a family member who is slipping into an opiate addiction and doesn’t have $10,000 a month to send them to a rehab facility that… Read more »

Carl B.
Carl B.
1 year ago

“We’ll move from reform to the idea of starting fresh and leaving the ugliness of left-wing radicalism behind.”

We’ll move only after buckets of blood have been shed. Same as it ever was.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Carl B.
1 year ago

The Media Class are not going to leave quietly.

gwood
Member
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

I disagree. Modern suppressors are surprisingly efficient, if you go subsonic.

Random Dude on the Internet
Random Dude on the Internet
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

Ackchually, they seem to be doing exactly that. A lot of media outlets, most of them awful, have either closed down or have been doing significant amounts of layoffs. Many of these disposable and interchangeable anti-white clickbait journalists are lost in the ether. Some of them probably turn into “freelance writers” between their Starbucks and Lyft gigs. Others probably swallow their pride and work for a local rag somewhere, dealing with the dirt people/untermenschen. If you want to have fun with them, tell them to learn how to code when they get their pink slip. I guess that advice only… Read more »

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Random Dude on the Internet
1 year ago

Corporate media is concentrated in the hands of an elite few. The money and influence they wield is simply awesome. They can easily afford to lose some ground. But they won’t go away without a fight. Now that they understand that the internet is where their enemies reside, you can expect far more activity on their part than what you’ve seen recently. This thing is just getting started.

Varsicule
Varsicule
1 year ago

The older I get the more I believe the sexual revolution was the United States’ greatest catastrophe (so far).

johnmark7
johnmark7
Reply to  Varsicule
1 year ago

Yup. The birth control pill let untold demons out of their cages. You night say it was Pandora’s Box (pun intended) opened wide again.

Hoagie
Hoagie
Reply to  Varsicule
1 year ago

Nope. Giving women the vote.

Nathan
Nathan
Reply to  Varsicule
1 year ago

Uncle Pat called the pill “the suicide pill of the West.”

miforest
Member
Reply to  Varsicule
1 year ago

yes

Dutch
Dutch
1 year ago

I am a car guy with garages full of the things. The ’70s were the worst cars imaginable, the styling, the add-on pollution controls and bumpers, the cheap plastics. Oddly, I am attracted to the things, and I have personally pegged ’73-’74 as the changeover to automotive oblivion. Strangely, the mid-late ’70s cars have a lot of interest at the Saturday morning coffee klatches, as fewer are around and everyone looking at them has hellacious stories to tell… The mid-late ’70s stuff was horrible, but it was what was forced onto everyone. The British and American stuff was the worst,… Read more »

Nicholas Digger, Sr.
Nicholas Digger, Sr.
1 year ago

Z-Man,

Another one out of the park!

“We’ll move from reform to the idea of starting fresh and leaving the ugliness of left-wing radicalism behind.”

And the cycle will begin again…

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Traditional white America understood viscerally that the promotion of disco was an attempt to supplant them culturally with homosexuals/blacks. “Sweet Home Alabama” was replaced by “Shake Your Groove Thing.”

This understanding was expressed in a huge “Disco sucks!” movement that culminated in the “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1979 (search Wiki).

“White Sox officials had hoped for a crowd of 20,000, about 5,000 more than usual. Instead, at least 50,000 packed the stadium. After Dahl blew up the collected records, thousands of fans stormed the field and remained there until dispersed by riot police.”

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

A Midwest reaction to something L.A./San Fancisco/NYC that was being forced upon them. The clouds/dirts thing before we could easily identify it as such.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

I feel compelled to add that I like lots of disco. We fight the fire while we feed the flames.

The unrelenting promotion of disco to an initially hostile middle America was mirrored by the promotion of rap/hip hop starting in the 1990s.

johnmark7
johnmark7
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

I liked dancing, and disco did make dancing fun again like it was in the early 60s with Motown.

Robert the Wise
Robert the Wise
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

And who promoted rap/hip hop on MTV?
I’ll give you one guess.

Gravity Denier
Gravity Denier
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Traditional white America understood viscerally that the promotion of disco was an attempt to culturally supplant them with homosexuals/blacks. And didn’t the attempt work. Today’s popular culture is almost completely pozzed. The hipster vibe is the unholier-than-thou, snarky attitude of homos’ “camp” that makes fun of real emotions felt by straight people. As for blacks — deliver me. In shopping malls stores play hip-hop loud enough to be heard several doors away, and the offenders aren’t just merchants of teenage kit. The upper-middle class Valhalla, Trader Joe’s, incentivizes shoppers to spend more by pumping the air with shouting negroes. This… Read more »

Lance_E
Member
1 year ago

This isn’t just a class issue. Economic and social mobility are worst in crowded, urbanized areas. Probably a combination of diversity, overpopulation, and crumbling infrastructure.

It probably sounds counterintuitive to a lot of whites, but if you’re struggling to move up in the world, one of the best things you can do is move OUT of the city.

hooodathunkit
hooodathunkit
1 year ago

Schools for the upper classes’ children were abundant ‘before the change’, but for the most part were (male) military academies with stress on self-discipline, cooperation and team dynamics, respect for tradition, etc etc. All on top of a top-flight, classical liberal education. Women’s ‘finishing schools’ had similar aims with different emphasis.

Most of these folded in reaction to the 60s-70s anti-war movement and their educational core died in the era of “do your own thang”.

BestGuest
BestGuest
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

To this day, that ‘s true. Now the Catholic and private schools are actively recruiting minorities (1). We’ll see what happens.
((1) “minorities” are now the foreign adoptees of the Boomers with their trophy wives.))

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
Reply to  BestGuest
1 year ago

A private/”independent day school” that my family has been involved with for nearly a century has recently hired Diversity Directors, one for each of the three campuses. Our annual giving to this institution will reflect our opinion of this reality shortly!

Juri
Juri
1 year ago

Disco is very good example how 4th gen warfare works. If you only listen, it is good, When you watch it, you want vomit. Then your minds get confused. Ears give your brain one signal, eyes give your brain another signal. In the aviation, this is called spacial disorientation. This effect caused many crashes, pilots do not understand, do they fly up or down.

Kapper
Kapper
Reply to  Juri
1 year ago

Yes. The Village People’s video to their song “YMCA” was partially shot outside the Ramrod, New York City’s most infamous Gay bar at the time. That one nightclub likely was more responsible for the spread of AIDS than anywhere else in America by the end of the 70s.
“Young man, there’s a place you can go…” hint hint it wasn’t the YMCA.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Kapper
1 year ago

I recall, at the time, that the Village People, gays dressed as manly workers, was the most in your face “up yours, straight people” thing I had ever seen. Then, seeing elementary school kids doing the YMCA dance, in organized fashion in school sponsored music and dance shows, really put the cultural writing on the wall. We have been going downhill for a long time.

tz1
Member
1 year ago

The unappreciated genius of Ayn Rand was to include everywhere the asthetic as the first indicaions of cancer.
The benign tumor of disco became Rap. Note how popular Schoenberg’s atonality was in 1930;s Germany.
Beauty is the canary in the coal mine.
I can;t recall a single article of Rothbard (or Hoppe, Woods, Murphy, Block) on the Aesthetic.

Beauty is upstream from the good which is upstream from the Truth.

Ugly is the first sign of some severe and potentially terminal sickness.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  tz1
1 year ago

“Beauty is upstream from the good which is upstream from the Truth.” Well said. I found myself hurrying through Walmart the other day, behind two White girls (late teens/early 20s?). Both had blue hair, were grossly obese, and were wearing pajama bottoms. One had on some sort of top that almost completely exposed her bra, barely visible amongst the rolls of fat on her back. I was both repulsed and fascinated. What could possibly drive someone to this ugliness and self negation? My family was hardly close or storybook-version loving, but it was functional enough – and I was/am strong… Read more »

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

These are fruits of the great experimental Zionist petri dish, known as the U.S.A. Products of our 24/7 taught-and-reinforced feminism and toxic anti-men and anti-Truth/Goodness/Beauty mentality. A celebration of turning our backs to our Creator and His teachings.

Epaminondas
Member
1 year ago

And don’t forget that pornography was also unleashed on the public on a never-before-seen scale during the seventies. It has really become toxic.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

It makes me furious that the Supreme Court accepted that pornography is protected by the 1A, as if the Founders fought so that sexual depravity could be freely available. It’s so obviously false. I wonder what organizations advanced those arguments.

A.B. Prosper
A.B. Prosper
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

I’m not into porn and tend to avoid it being a bit of a prude. However its not false and is very good jurisprudence The 1st amendment reads thusly Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Porn is protected as speech and the press unless you want to argue that photos are neither speech nor the press, In addition the 9th which… Read more »

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  A.B. Prosper
1 year ago

Your response assumes the Historic American Nation lacks common sense. And that is nonsense.

A.B. Prosper
A.B. Prosper
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

Like common sense gun control or common sense emergency search powers ? F the Constitution is that what you mean ? The document either means something or it does not and while it been common practice for people to make shit up, its still wrong whether its denying guns to freedmen or telling people what they can drink or read In any case the H.A.N. never existed in my lifetime (Gen X here) though the US as White nation still existed till around 2000 Those old nostrums simply are no longer valid Also as for porn specifically. The reduction in… Read more »

Tax Slave
1 year ago

You want ugly? Just look at what passes for “fashionable” these days.
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Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

I think I just felt my testicles retracting into my body at the sight of that. The second one that you just added, as well.

Rod1963
Rod1963
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

Burn them all, burn this spawn of satan.

Steve
Steve
Member
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

One transgender woman and one woman who is not a former first lady.

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

Gross! That ugly ape-browed, fat-assed, bow-legged gorilla. And the white guy is not much better, feeling a Mad Max vibe.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

Once seen, a thing cannot be unseen.

Mcleod
Mcleod
1 year ago

I was talking to the old man about working class vs white collar. I have some nephews and nieces (the old man’s oldest grandkids) beginning their college / training. The boys have the brains for college STEM, particularly the family business, engineering, but not the stamina. They HATE the prerequisite course work, and can’t keep their mouth shut. How to you make an A in differentials and an F in U.S. History. Easy, “I got sick of listening to her mouth, so I stopped going to class”. The girl, of course is eating it up like slop in a hog… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Mcleod
1 year ago

I do a lot of work settling estates and directing the inheritances to the next generation. It is always 50/50, even within families. It goes to four kids, and two will save it while the other two will spend it all in a year, every time. I suspect the horror stories you hear about people quickly blowing their lottery winnings reflect about 50% of that population pool as well. I don’t know how much is hardwired and how much is socialization, but it is interesting how siblings almost always go in opposite directions. Maybe hardwired with randomization of how it… Read more »

Rod1963
Rod1963
Reply to  Mcleod
1 year ago

The guys in the trades were never taught home-economics and money management which should be mandatory in trade school. So when the money comes rushing in, they go stupid. Some learn the hard way and some never do. But the same can be applied to STEM workers as well. I used to buy, repair and sell salvaged autos and make decent money as side job while working for the DoD. Yet I had more money in my bank account and in my wallet than senior engineers Look at the Google, FB engineers, they make six figures yet most live like… Read more »

David_Wright
Member
Reply to  Mcleod
1 year ago

I know may of these trades people and you are truly way off. Possibly near you but nothing from my experience.

BTP
Member
1 year ago

Belloc observed – in the way back – that the rich benefit from chaos. The rich have resources, including usually being smarter than average, that others don’t have. Importantly, they can solve problems through their own & borrowed resources. Everybody else needs the benefits of the cultural solutions to help them solve their problems. They don’t have five generations of stable families and their families’ expectations about how to live and their families’ ability to provide social and job help; they need broader cultural rules. The evil genius of our age is that it has liberated the rich from their… Read more »

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
1 year ago

This hits close to the heart, Z man, as one who graduated from high school the year that ‘Saturday Night Fever’ hit the theaters. A year or two later we were subjected to the film version of ‘Grease’ – again with Travolta – degrading our adolescent sweetheart Olivia Newton-John as a sex whore. It was an era that put the full-press on decency, even the idea of decency. That said, I’m glad I grew up then. People still said what they thought, and goodness knows I got an earful of this thought from people who had lived in stark times.… Read more »

Dale Peterson
Dale Peterson
1 year ago

Since we are talking about the 70’s, what is Z’s (and other people’s) take on Apocolypse Now?

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Dale Peterson
1 year ago

‘Apocalypse Now’ is almost certainly the 2nd best movie I have never seen, right behind ‘Blade Runner’.

Ursula
Ursula
Reply to  Dale Peterson
1 year ago

Over-rated nihilistic crap. I think the bull de-capitation may have been real, adding to my disgust. I thought this was a great, meaningful film a couple decades ago. My, how things change.

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Ursula
1 year ago

Merry Christmas to Ursula and all the nice people here at the Z-blog. As to movies, I plan to watch the best film ever made in Communist China, for the 4th time, “To Live” (1994).

Robert the Wise
Robert the Wise
Reply to  pimpkin\'s nephew
1 year ago

Yes. I can’t believe that movie got made but I’m glad it did. Everyone should see “To Live.”

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Dale Peterson
1 year ago

Having talked to a couple of Vietnam combat vets about the movie on separate occasions, they were taken with the river scenes. “We were petrified, and we knew they would come after us. We just didn’t know when, how, or from which direction”. They simply wanted to get out in one piece, so the Col. Kurtz stuff was just irrelevant to them.

Rcocean
Rcocean
1 year ago

You can’t talk about the 70s without talking about busing and crime. Average people were Pissed Off that the liberal elite forced busing on everyone and blocked tough crime measures – while sending *their* elite kids to (then) lilly-white private schools and insulating themselves from crime. Eventually of course, middle class and working class whites just fled the cities to the suburbs. Which was probably the elite plan all along.

Steve
Steve
Member
1 year ago

“The upper middle-class could inoculate itself from most of the damage, mostly by moving into enclaves where their kids would not be exposed to the consequences.” The corollary to this is that when a kid fell through they were (are) disowned, or at least shunned. “The ruling elites, freed from any moral duty to look out for their inferiors were now entirely divorced from them.” And because of the above corollary, the upper classes are more comfortable with “the other” as their under class, because “the other” don’t remind them of their kith and kin that they have cast into… Read more »

Rcocean
Rcocean
1 year ago

I’d be a little skeptical about using “Saturday Night Fever” as a symptom for social decline. Most people at the time found it unintentionally funny. Travolta was thought of as a “sweat hog” from “Welcome Back Kotter” and NOT a serious actor. For the rest of the country, NYC was an alien landscape, and Hollywood was thought to be full of oddballs, leftists, and degenerates. But I agree that culturally the 70s were the pits. TV went from “Dick Van Dyke” to “One Day at a Time”. Movies went from “A man for all seasons” to “Kramer vs. Kramer”. Broadway… Read more »

Dale Peterson
Dale Peterson
Reply to  Rcocean
1 year ago

Dick Van Dyke to Dick is a Dike!

Nathan
Nathan
Reply to  Rcocean
1 year ago

The 70’s were the era of the “rural purge” from TV. The “cosmopolitan elites” in Pedowood were tired of the wholesome, rural shows of the 1960’s. They replaced them with degenerate urban-based garbage. When there was a call for a family hour they flew into a rage over muh 1A. (Public airwaves, much?) F**k (((Hollywood)))!

Boarwild
Boarwild
Reply to  Rcocean
1 year ago

About 1971, the networks canceled all the “folksy” series like “Family Affair”, “ Green Acres”, “F Troop”, “Bewitched”, “I Dream of Jeanne”, etc & replaced it with more “urban” (read “woke”) sources of entertainment: “All in the Family”, “Emergency”, “Love American Style”, “Good Times”, “Sanford & Son” etc.

It was a deliberate act.

Shane
Shane
1 year ago

To go off on a little bit of a tangent, but this essay, which is excellent, is reflective of a lot of what unites the disparate elements of the Dissedent Right, a sense of something wrong, a break in the moral fabric, a terrible ordering of society. Eunomia the Ancient Greek’s called it.To give The Spence some credit, the NPI speech on Trumps victory in 2016 touched on a lot of these topics. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=%23&ved=2ahUKEwjmj5qb27TfAhWrXRUIHUhCBb4QwqsBMAF6BAgMEAU&usg=AOvVaw0VTJzWxrN8ZFOD4xbU2nov It’s worth a view if you can dig it out, bar when he cocked it up by appealing to the Stormer crowd with the hail shit.… Read more »

Vegetius
Vegetius
1 year ago

In fairness and with a few exceptions, the 1970s were the last period in which American writers and poets produced work that was a least somewhat engaging and competent.

Carl B.
Carl B.
Reply to  Vegetius
1 year ago

The ’70’s gave us “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” a film that went completely over the heads of the conformist Left.

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Vegetius
1 year ago

After all, we went from Paul Ehrlich’s ‘The Population Bomb’ (1968) to Christopher Lasch’s ‘The Culture of Narcissism’ (1979). The 1980s still offered widely-known (what were known as “important”) books such as Allan Bloom’s ‘The Closing of the American Mind” (1987) and Paul Kennedy’s “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” (same year, if memory serves). It was an era when you could walk into any number of well-stocked bookstores and find just about anything you wanted or maybe you didn’t want but thought too cool pass up. A favorite store of mine, now gone, had everything, from the… Read more »

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  pimpkin\'s nephew
1 year ago

Human experience, to the young mind, divides into

(a) early Man, from tens of thousands of years ago, to roughly 1995;
(b) them.

Where’s the middle position? Good luck finding it.

Shane
Shane
1 year ago

I do think that our biggest problem is our elites. The contrast in the pop culture from the 70s to now is ridiculous. Compare Black American music. Now it’s basically Dindugeld, we done be oppressed up in this mofugga, think of the singers of the 60s. Sam Cooke. Look at what we have now. Twisting The night away is a great working class song. You’ve started out in the World. First job, trying to impress a girl with your first job and first car, there’s a relatable aspect to it. Anyone of us who’s grown up with moderate circumstances can… Read more »

pimpkin\'s nephew
pimpkin\'s nephew
Reply to  Shane
1 year ago

It wasn’t long ago that all normal Americans, black or white, enjoyed good music, Even now, when I feel blue on a cloudy morning, I will sometimes crank up via Jackie Wilson’s ‘Higher and Higher’. In fact I listen to it now, as I write. Bless Jackie and bless this recording.

Merry Christmas – and listen to Jackie, while you still can.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  pimpkin\'s nephew
1 year ago

Joan Osborne’s rendition of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”, done in 2002, turned out to be an elegy for Motown and for Detroit, just as things were starting to really burn down up there. It will lift you up and rip you apart, all in one.

Member
1 year ago

Saturday Night Fever also set the stage for the present dystopian world because it was a fake story made up by a Jew and used by Hollywood to push degeneracy.

https://www.eonline.com/news/35597/writer-admits-faking-saturday-night-fever-story

Vegetius
Vegetius
Reply to  My_Comment
1 year ago

Ah, yes: whenever I hear the word “gritty” I reach for my gun…

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

This post reminds me of a terrible almost 70’s movie which was saved by its happy ending.

Goiter guy FTW!

https://youtu.be/QLAYw0vM-bw

Malicious Moniker
Malicious Moniker
1 year ago

Z mentioned Lefty “morality” a few times recently and it captured my attention, the results of that morality are partially fleshed out in today’s post.

I started wondering how they hold the obvious falsehood, in the face of the consequences, in their minds. An initial idea is projection; externalizing the object of their morality onto something/someone who has no bearing on their own outcome. If I “care” about (fill in the blank) I’m a good person, whether I am personally a rotton shidtbag.

Aodh Mor MacRaynall
Aodh Mor MacRaynall
1 year ago

Some of us are already there. We are waiting for everyone else to catch up.

Insolent Commenter
Insolent Commenter
1 year ago

There was a comment on a previous article here talking about how the elites couldn’t be blamed completely, and that normal people needed to take half the blame for their own degradation. I disagreed. The whole point is that the elite leads whereas the ‘people’ cannot – being an elite is not just a title, it’s the power to influence and control regardless of whether the possessors of that power are competent or worthy of it. There’s a persistent democratic bias where by many think normal citizens have more self-determination than they do, and that they collectively make their own… Read more »

Just Another Noticer
Just Another Noticer
1 year ago

Exhibit A in support of the accelerating degeneracy of our “urban elites”: https://www.theawl.com/2012/07/the-40-year-old-reversion/
At least once each day I am reminded of Goering’s bon mot, and feel the need to unholster my pistol.

Whitney
Member
Reply to  Just Another Noticer
1 year ago

That’s foul. I actually had a client recently who had boob repair surgery or something and I saw her shortly after her and ask her how she was doing and she immediately said do you want to see them. I responded no and it’s weird that you want to show them to me. We’re both pretty surprised. She was probably surprised that I thought it was weird. These people are so removed from truth and Beauty they can’t tell the difference between right and wrong anymore.. I was surprised I said it I mean she is a client after all… Read more »

John Pate
Member
1 year ago

The past is another country, I won’t go back there again.

I was recently watching Season 4 of “Black Mirror” now run by Netflix and taking a more American slant.

It’s shot through with transhumanist download your consciousness bullshit. Science is the new religion and the modern educated elite have no idea to begin to understand what it is to be human.

“They Live” is a documentary.

Gnawbonejack
Gnawbonejack
1 year ago

I think you’re spot on here Z. Can’t wait to make that turn.

TomA
TomA
1 year ago

We can’t change the past and the idea of learning lessons from the past is a fairy tale; habits get locked in early in life and either they help you survive or not. Out of the muck, the fittest will once again arise and bring forth new skill sets necessary to survive in this modern environment of abominable affluence and it’s handmaiden of hardship extinction. It used to be that plagues could be relied upon to reset the fitness dynamic, but not anymore. Like the forest management policies that brought forth the recent California firestorm, the deadfall of societal degeneracy… Read more »

Frederick V
Frederick V
Member
1 year ago

Saturday Night Fever was a celebration of hedonism, decadence, and irresponsibility. And now we have Mamma Mia, where a woman tries to figure out which of the many guys her whore of a mom banged might be her father. Now that sounds like fun fun fun!!

Good thing we are so enlightened in this age! Wouldn’t want to be “held back” by all that stuffy Christendom stuff….

A.B. Prosper
A.B. Prosper
Reply to  Frederick V
1 year ago

Its not that hard to avoid that rot at least. Don’t watch movies or TV, problem abated.

Its not perfectly the Left has its slimy tentacles into a lot of areas but that is our job as reactionaries to create alternatives or just take up crafting, gardening or the like.

Or you could rant online , that’s fun too.

Quicksilver75
Quicksilver75
Reply to  Frederick V
1 year ago

Yeah, it does seem like the poisonous plants sown in the 50s & 60s really smothered society by the mid 70s. It was Boomers hitting their stride, helping elect Carter, then having second thoughts by 1980. Another film that captures more nuances of this is Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco”. There are reveals & hints of ascendant female hypergamy, the divorce explosion & plummeting fertility, nihilism, & atomisation. There may have been a slight slowing of 70s trends in the early 80s, but things kept right on degenerating by 1989. Any chance of a return to sanity was… Read more »

House of Pancakes
House of Pancakes
1 year ago

Look on the bright side! I just read that in Chicago, they’ve finally begun construction on the Museum of Holocaust Museums. It seems that there is such a superabundance of Holocaust Museums, we now need a museum just to document and study them all. It’s being built on public land, of course, and at taxpayer expense. Americans must never be allowed to forget that somehow, THEY are the ones eternally guilty of Holocaust.

miforest
Member
1 year ago

This article has a bit of a sad type of serendipity for me. I graduated from a rural high school in 1978. I have said that that was when the world , as i kew it at least , ended. . Before that my lower middle class blue collar friends had two married parents , went to church , had normal names , and eschewed Drugs. the hippy thing was upper middle class, not us . in 1978 pot use peaked , divorce peaked , The series of short recessions of 73 – 75,79-80, 81-82, absolutely gutted the manufacturing economy.… Read more »

UpYours
UpYours
Reply to  miforest
1 year ago

Thank Saint Ronaldus Magnus and Milton flimflamman for the shareholder value uber alles nonsense that destroyed blue collar America