in this century, Left-Liberalism came to Americans preaching the
alluring gospel of Liberation from Guilt. Americans, they boldly
proclaimed, are repressed, inhibited, guilt-ridden for giving in
to their natural desires and impulses. We come to preach you a joyous
removal of guilt, hammered into you by repressed ministers and priests.
We preach hedonism, the end of guilt, following your desires, and
to put it in a common rebarbative phrase of the 1960s Sexual Revolution:
"if it moves, fondle it." Sex, furthermore, is "only a drink of
water," natural and harmless.
The era of guiltlessness under our Left-Liberal culture lasted,
as I remember, about six months. Now, the entire culture is characterized
by massive collective guilt, and if anyone fails to give due public
lip-service to a long list of solemnly avowed guilts, he is literally
driven from public life. Guilt is everywhere, all-pervasive, and
brought to us by the same scoundrels who once promised us easy liberation.
A brief rundown: guilt for centuries of slavery, guilt for the oppression
and rape of women, guilt for the Holocaust, guilt for the existence
of the handicapped, guilt for eating and killing animals, guilt
for being fat, guilt for not recycling your garbage, guilt for "desecrating
Note that this guilt is never confined to the specific individuals,
say, who enslaved or murdered or raped people. (There are, I dare
say, very few enslavers left in America today say a Southern
slaveholder aged 150?) Effectiveness in inducing guilt comes precisely
because the guilt is not specific but collective, extending throughout
the world and apparently for all time.
In the old days, we reviled the Nazis for their doctrine of collective
guilt; now we embrace the same Nazi concept as a vital feature of
our ethical system. For confining guilt to specific criminals would
not do, because it would not fit with what Joe Sobran has brilliantly
called our doctrine of Accredited Victimology. Some groups are accorded
the status of Official Victims; everyone not in the Victim groups
are, therefore, criminals and Official Victimizers. The Victimizers
are expected to feel guilty about the victims, and therefore
because there is no point to guilt without a payoff to pay
through the nose in money, privileges, and "empowerment" forever
and ever without end. Amen.
There is never a way of getting out from under. And this is what
our liberators have brought us. In return for old-fashioned Christianity
and guilt about sex, they have brought us a new religion of Victimology
and of the Goddess Nature. And even sex, the last bastion of hedonism,
is no longer guilt-free; with the onslaught of "sex exploits women,"
and ravening condomania in the interest of "safe sex," it might
be better to scrap the whole thing and go back to Christian guilt.
Certainly it would be simpler and more peaceful.
As in all other aspects of our rotten culture, the only way to
save the day is to raise the banner high and engage in a frontal
and all-out onslaught against the Left Guilt-inducers. In such an
onslaught lies the only hope of taking back our lives and our culture
from these malignant pests and tyrants.