A topic I keep returning to is how the new fads sweeping our elites are like primitive rituals rather than old time ideology. The Marxists really thought their economic policies would result in plenty. On paper at least, their plans made some sense. The new stuff is all mystery and magic. If people chant certain things at certain times or places, then something magical will happen. There is no attempt to create a logic that connects the dots or explains the logic. They just believe.
That is what lies behind the critical race theory business. Read through it and you see there is no plan of action or set of standards to be met. There is no list of things that need to be done or not done. It is a blend of graduate school jargon and feminized encounter sessions. If everyone sits in the room and hears the gibberish from the lecturer, somehow the fog of racism will lift. Or maybe it will never lift, and the struggle will continue forever. No one knows or thinks about it.
Antiracism, like Nth-wave feminism, has become primal screams, bursts of uncontrolled emotion and mysterious rituals. It is what Jacques Derrida labeled hauntology, the persistence of elements from the past, as in the manner of a ghost. In the case of antiracism, it is the ghosts of slavery, colonialism, discrimination, the mean look from the white girl in fifth grade that haunt the minds of the present. Antiracism has become a battle with the past, that by definition can never end.
It is why none of it makes sense. Antiracism is a mystery cult. The insiders have learned the language and those who refuse to learn the language are the outsiders, the bad people stuck in the white supremacist mindset. That is the appeal of antiracism for the white people joining it. It is grace on the cheap. Learn some catchphrases, attend a seminar, and show some enthusiasm. The prize is you get a black person to bless you and bestow forgiveness. It is the prefect bourgeois religion.
Hauntology is a useful term here because Derrida coined it in response to Fukuyama’s these in the End of History. The old Left could never accept that Marxism was a dead end, so they have had to conjure a way to keep the faith alive. Something similar happened with race in America at the end of the Cold War. For all practical purposes, racism ended in the 1980’s. That left the anti-racist with nowhere to go, so they conjured the spirit of racism as a specter that now haunts the present.
Sweep away the jargon, however, and you are left with oogily-boogily. We have people running around claiming that an organization is haunted by white supremacy and the cure is a ritual to purge the evil spirits of racism. We have the equivalent of a witch hunt for white supremacist. Instead of cavorting with Old Scratch, they secretly commune with the spirit of bad uncle. The only thing missing is spectra evidence, but that will no doubt be presented in the future trials of heretics.
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This Week’s Show
- 00:00: Opening
- 02:00: The Haunted Past
- 22:00: The Pale Shadow
- 37:00: The Legacy Of Slavery
- 47:00: Biological Denialism (Be Like Me)
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