Kanye Exposes Liberals and Progressives as the New Reactionaries
When Kanye West again declared himself a Trump supporter on Twitter, going so far as to publish a photo of his POTUS-autographed MAGA hat, literally millions of Americans immediately got the vapors. (Either that or the Twitter gestapo got their revenge -- unless the sudden disappearance of huge numbers of the rapper's followers is merely an "inconsistency"?)
Many declared West had “gone off the deep end,” gone crazy, although the man was demonstrably more brilliant and more creative than 99.9% of his decriers.
That these same people are the most slavish and pathetic conformists is the least of this. What these attacks on Kanye demonstrate in bold face is what has lurked beneath the surface for a long time -- liberals and progressives are the reactionaries of our time.
It is also a further demonstration of a near complete lack of intellectual curiosity or emotional imagination, an inability to grasp the "remote" possibility that a highly intelligent black man could possibly think differently from them. Something must be wrong with him. (Could anything possibly be wrong with them? Nah!)
But why reactionaries?
When I was a young fellow traveler with the New Left (circa 1965), it was the worst accusation you could make. A reactionary was someone who was living in the past, taking us backwards, what the Trotskyites called the Stalinists -- and vice-versa.
Back then, a group of people, Tom Hayden and others, anxious to breathe new life into a Marxist ideology seriously tarnished by Stalin's supposedly-accidental"excesses," promulgated, in the Port Huron Statement, a socialism "with a human face."
It was propaganda, of course, aimed at themselves as much as others, but this Generation of 1968 product was remarkably successful, beyond their wildest dreams, I would guess. Over the decades and into today, they were able to infiltrate just about every aspect of our culture, creating an atmosphere where -- in nearly every aspect of our society -- nothing was good as is or even relatively satisfactory. Therefore, the fight must always go on. Perpetually.
And at the heart of this fight -- as if to differentiate from the Stalinists -- was the idea of race. We were naturally imperialists and racists. We were born that way. That accusation would be primary, even though the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964 and such discrimination made illegal.
That meant things like the civil rights movement would always have to go on as they were because, in Marxist parlance, "the struggle continues." (La lucha continua, etc.) And on and on until this day.
People like Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton now are no different from what they were then -- only richer. But they're still fighting, still tilting agains racist and sexist windmills, even if they're not there. And if they are not there, then they will manufacture them, so they are able to fight them.