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On Culture and Politics

When cultural and political institutions converge to destroy the national fabric.

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David Solway

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August 1, 2013 - 12:17 am
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In a 2009 essay in memory of Australian anti-feminist journalist Pamela Bone, titled In Name of Honour, Clive James dilates extensively on the prevalence of honor killings in Muslim culture. While castigating most Islamic nations for their backwardness and barbarousness, he is impressed to a limited degree with the efforts of Jordanian law to change the tribal mindset — Jordan is the only Muslim country attempting to deal with the issue — but wonders “if an enlightened ruling elite, and even a reformed justice system, really has much chance against the ingrained prejudices of the culture…These advocates of elementary justice,” he reiterates, “are people of influence, but they count for little against the collective dementia of the culture.” There is no doubt that, in this case as in many others, culture will frequently take precedence over political initiatives that struggle to change or modify the collection of values, usages, assumptions and beliefs that determine how a culture responds to the world. Old habits die hard, we’re told; but more often than not, and much to our chagrin, old habits live large.

Nevertheless, there are occasions when the influence of a political decision on an unsuspecting and unprepared cultural lifeworld may be perniciously decisive. In various op-eds for FreedomPress Online, Ricardo Duchesne, author of The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, has shown how Canada’s most charismatic prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, succeeded in imposing by political and administrative fiat the values of multiculturalism and mass immigration on the country, “shaping the cultural and ethnic character of Canada in recent decades.” As Duchesne points out, before multiculturalism took root, Canada was not an immigrant nation, as the cliché has it, but a European nation built by settlers and pioneers. As I see it, there is a critical difference here: pioneers create, immigrants contribute. Multiculturalism, however, which radically changed the identity of the country, was neither a creation nor a contribution; it “was an experiment imposed from above…whether Canadians wanted it or not.” Despite tensions that inevitably arose between Canada’s European majority on the one hand and the multi-ethnic brew on the other, particularly Islam, the culture eventually acquiesced in Trudeau’s vision, “captivated by an ideological experiment as radical as the communist experiments in the former Soviet Union and Communist China.” The power of politics to influence and manipulate the sensibility of a culture is, in some cases, undeniable.

Consequently, it makes some sense to say that the relation between culture and politics is both ambiguous and reciprocal, and depends to a great degree on the depth of historical memory, the longevity of social practices, the constant incubation of particular beliefs about how to organize the religious, economic and domestic life of a people, and the customary esteem or disesteem in which the political establishment is held. From the standpoint of societal ruin, what is most alarming is the calamitous ideological conjunction that occurs when a corrupt and declining culture and a totalitarian-oriented politics coincide and begin to collaborate affectively and intellectually. Such an alignment is very difficult to resist or transform since the one reinforces the other so intimately and seamlessly that what emerges is a unified entity, an impregnable imaginarium or what we might call a politiculture. This is precisely what appears to be happening in America today, where government, the academy, the legacy media, the entertainment industry and a ubiquitous left-liberal constituency — that is, the political apparatus and the major cultural institutions — have come together to form a monolithic bloc overshadowing and, in effect, controlling the life of a nation.

But the culture itself, or at any rate a significant portion of it, was already primed for indoctrination and surrender. The Gramscian march through the institutions has been enormously successful, dating from the revolutionary 1960s and culminating in a society that has put the unrealizable and delusory utopian project of equality before the democratic goods of liberty and individuality. Mitt Romney’s 47% remark may have been a political gaffe, but it was nonetheless a mathematical truth. When nearly half the nation is prepared to live via entitlements, food stamps, tax exemptions and subsidies garnished from the other productive half, it is plain that the culture has succumbed to the spirit of indolence, rapacity and outright theft, also known as “redistribution,” and is ripe for the political picking. Rather than assert its inherent dignity and demand meaningful change in social and economic policy from its elected representatives to improve their lot, such a culture will rivet the status quo of abject dependency into place as an institution in its own right and march in lockstep with its presumably compassionate leaders — who are, of course, part of the extortion racket too.

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America's central problem, which no politician or political pundit dare mention, is the same as many European countries : it is a mercenary state posing as a nation it is not. Race-replacement in the white living spaces is a process of anti-white racism involving the rule of very powerful interest groups .


Politicians like john beuhner , lindsay graham , john mccain and Chris Christie serve as the biggest stumbling block for the formation of a real Conservatism . They are just a group of another multiculti-mass-immigration, Donations Money Pay Check Conservatism Inc. RINO/ Republocrat

They are like a plague . They gush forth with all the usual fiscal conservative low tax rate / American Constitution blah blah risk free jingoism and moth eaten drivel , but are far to savvy to go anywhere the elephant in the room , which , just as in Europe is the demographic , economic , cultural and racial dispossession of the European peoples .

There is only one group of people in this country who are not allowed to do identity politics . Who are forbidden from having a political caucus , a pressure group , a media outlet , a cultural club or even a student body group to explicitly represent their interests , and that is European Americans who built the country and who are already a minority by way of birth rate .

Peter Brimlowe at VDARE has made an exhaustive study of this issue and the numbers . Check out his article archive . The Reagan amnesty , and the Bush amnesty did not result in more Hispanics voting Republican .

" Republicans should reach out to Hispanics more " is the deluded wishful thinking of a demented cabal of the modern RINO who lull themself they represent the interests of the public majority .

37 weeks ago
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I think it likely we will suffer severe economic collapse before we get too much further down the road you're talking about. All it takes is for the wheels to fall off the bus somewhere in the world and things will get really ugly. When that happens, all bets are off and we'll all start to re-calculate.
38 weeks ago
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The Gramscian march through the institutions well well along long before the '60s. When I started college in '67 in a small Southern school, all my humanities professors ranged from liberal out outright communist. The communists had been marching into the colleges for a very long time. They were firmly ensconced in the media by the '30s. When we of the '60s generation arrived at young adulthood and college, they were there waiting for us.
38 weeks ago
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They've been working their way into things since at least the '30s and maybe longer than that.
38 weeks ago
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The floodgate opened when FDR foolishly recognized the USSR and allowed them an embassy and consulates here. Our homegrown communists were quickly organized by the Comintern and Soviet intelligence.
37 weeks ago
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This.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Every generation has its tests and world shaking events and boogeyman. These are hard times but it's impossible to say if it is the worst this nation has gone through. It's bad, for sure. HOW DO WE RECOVER FROM HALF THE KIDS BEING BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK?
38 weeks ago
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The system needs to collapse. It's that simple. It will be painful, very painful, and a lot of people will likely wind up dying, but it's the only way for people to re-learn why families need two parents to support them. It's the only way for people to learn why you need to live with an immediate community that is strong and more or less self-sufficient rather than relying on a distant, omniscient Federal leviathan to provide.
38 weeks ago
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The simple bottom line is that in the world of PC, any grouping that is mostly white is suspect, and considered unable to be a "real" entity with a "real" human credibility, and therefore in need of ethnic diversity. No other ethnic group has that burden placed on them. In fact, to suggest such a thing would be considered racism. Even simpler bottom line: PC addicts are nuts.
38 weeks ago
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Our Founding Fathers were successful in their fight for freedom against the old European system of feudalism, but they could not have anticipated the self-destructive Marxist system of class struggle which also ends in a state which is indistinguishable from feudalism, where, instead of serfs lorded over by Kings and Princes we have proles lorded over by a Marxist elite.
38 weeks ago
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Actually, they did anticipate it. Franklin spoke of the future fall of America.

The Collective is nothing new. It is the normal condition of mankind, which is why poverty and misery and ignorance is also the normal condition of mankind.
38 weeks ago
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Yes, our Founding Fathers anticipated tyranny arising within us, but they could not have foreseen the Marxist method of government-managed social and economic class struggle as a means to tyranny. Since our Founders lived before the birth of Marxism they couldn't anticipate that our population, via the force of Federal Government, would become divided into two camps (proletariat vs middle class) and that a Marxist (Federal) government would take, by force, from the middle class and redistribute to the proletariat class in return for votes, after feathering their own nests of course. In the absence of a Constitution forbidding this form of confiscation and redistribution, and once the proletariat forms a majority, then the Marxists are in a position to win all elections and thus stay in power. In the end, of course, economic collapse occurs because more and more people in the middle class move over to the government-supported proletariat side, and eventually there are not enough workers to feed all the hungry mouths. So, the end-stage of all Marxist revolutions (a counter-revolution in our case) ends in a so-called "Dictatorship of the Proletariat" (code for Dictatorship of the Marxists). The end-stage of dictatorship is not a bug in the Marxist system - it is an essential feature and foreseen from the beginning.

“The proletariat [lazy, tax-eating, non-disabled, government-dependents] will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital [property] from the bourgeoisie [laboring, tax-paying middle class], to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state [Marxist Government]… Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property. You must, therefore, confess that by "individual" you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.” Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto
37 weeks ago
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This essay distills everything I've been reading and thinking about in one place. I am still at a loss though as to what I can do. The TEA party was systematically strangled in its' cradle by this administration, how do I join my voice to others who would have us return to a constitutional republic? Has any nation ever reversed course when the takers get out of hand?
38 weeks ago
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" Has any nation ever reversed course when the takers get out of hand? "

It takes a Caesar. When the people are no longer fit to govern themselves, they must no longer be allowed to try to do so. People get the kind of government they deserve. This people deserve the tyranny we are becoming as a nation. The question is only, which kind of tyrant? Do we get a generous, able Gaius Julius, or do we get kind who would stab him in the back, because he dared to upset their applecart?
38 weeks ago
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Obama won, by fraud and he is a fraud. But that the highest establishments in out culture have not rejected him, and instead embrace him, is not a good thing, a bad thing, and shows that they themselves have become frauds.
38 weeks ago
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I reject that hussein won the last election. Hussein STOLE the last election. The cases provable fraud all over the country just shows that the democrats don't even bother hiding it anymore because they know nothing will happen. And they are right. After the last election I will never step foot inside a polling place again. Why bother? I have better ways of wasting my own time.
38 weeks ago
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If you are not going to vote, are you going to fight? Or do you want Obama OFA to become the Obama "Offya" and send you a packet of pills to take in the proscribed order. If so, bye Lolly. The door is hitting you on the a$$ on your way out too.
38 weeks ago
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"... nearly half the nation is prepared to live via entitlements, food stamps, tax exemptions and subsidies garnished from the other productive half..."

And this doesn't include those who profit by government preference and intervention, including teacher union members, UAW members, other public sector union members, and more. Without their unholy deal made with votes and contributions, most of these people wouldn't be paid as much or have such job security.

The actual percentage of Americans who are remunerated at their true market value is probably somewhere around 25%. This portends disaster, as debts come due and as an already weakened true private sector becomes less competitive in the face of competition from China and elsewhere.

The only things we have going for us are 1) our status as the reserve currency, which allows the fraud to persist, and 2) the fact that nearly all other nations are also socialist.
38 weeks ago
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The Zimmerman-Martin case is a glaring example of the destructive triumvirate that creates the claw that is ripping apart the national fabric - media, left/right political division and commerce. A case such as this is first and foremost a means of generating vast amounts of money and for this reason it became the blockbusting media event that it was. It may have been high-lighted by the administration to promote hostility between factions, but those who know better than to fall into this destructive trap went along for the ride anyway. It seems there are few people nowadays willing to speak the truth - that this case was no anomaly, but an almost every day occurrence - when there is so much profit and so many opportunities for egocentric posturing to gain from letting the controversy proceed. I think there's great disappointment among the people who gained so much from it that it's over, and not with a bang, but a whimper.
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