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Confessions of a Misanthropic Curmudgeon

As there are ages of cultural renaissance and enlightenment, so are there, on the critical evidence of history, ages of cultural sterility and degeneration.

Today’s mass youth Rock/Rap culture, with its consecration of the trivial, the sexually perverse, and the infantile, is characterized by the debasement and corruption of language.

In his book, The Second Sin, Thomas Szasz observes:

‘To concepts like suicide, homicide, and genocide, we should add ‘semanticide’ – the murder of language. The deliberate (or quasi-deliberate) misuse of language through hidden metaphor and professional mystification breaks the basic contract between people, namely the tacit agreement on the proper use of words. Thus it is that the ‘great’ philosophers and politicians whose aim was to control man, from Rousseau to Stalin and Hitler, have preached and practiced semanticide; whereas those who have tried to set man free to be his own master, from Emerson to Kraus and Orwell, have preached and practiced respect for language.’

Social Media and the Internet, hailed by some as visionary tools of liberation and empowerment, are the new digital Platonic caves of false reality and noble lies. They are the vehicles where vulgar manipulation of a generation formed linguistically around the primitivism of tribal Rock music by atavistic poseurs and the monotonous dirge of Rap by nihilistic gangsters, will not be a difficult generation to enslave politically, socially and culturally.

We have seen endless examples of willfully ignorant cybervultures leading thuggish illiterates rioting, looting and murdering mobs via Facebook and Twitter. Historically there has been a symbiotic correlation relationship between agent provocateur groups, infiltration by police informers, and the counter-terrorism forces of the deep state. The repressive security state has molded and used such witting (or unwitting) terrorist pawns or drones in covert activities to create a “strategy of tension” to instill fear and consolidate repressive power and control which would enhance strident calls for more intense police repression and clandestine surveillance of its subject general population. With countless decades of real-world experience and clinical research, masters of psychological warfare and mind control, expert manipulators and programmers of cult-like behavior, recruit those alienated arrested development post-adolescents and anti-social disillusioned vicarious thrill seekers who fit a susceptible psychological profile matrix and who relish vandalism, violence and destruction as a means of striking out at a world beyond the control of their misshapened lives. An ideological construct of direct action “anarchism” or “propaganda by the deed” is put forth as a purported justification for their aberrant thug-like terrorist behavior.

For five decades my mentor in political and culture matters has been the magnificent Albert Jay Nock, while Nock himself turned to the high Tory essayist Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy as his seminal guide.

But Nock and Arnold did not always see eye-to-eye.

Arnold, as a second generation educational bureaucrat, believed that in order to move his sterile Victorian culture towards ‘sweetness and light,’ the defining civilizational appreciation of the best cultural achievements that the West had produced, a vast network of state-sponsored schools must be created to educate the ‘barbarians,’ ‘philistines,’ and ‘populace,’ (his famous labels for the aristocracy, the middle class, and the toiling masses of his day).

Nock was adamantly opposed to this compulsory imposition of coercive egalitarianism and regimentation. He believed (gleefully standing Karl Marx upon his head) the much-heralded ‘universal literacy’ of the statists would bring further immiseration of Arnold’s ‘populace,’ while lowering the cultural common denominator of the hapless bourgeoisie and the predatory ‘barbarians.’

‘As a state-controlled enterprise maintained by taxation, virtually a part of the civil service (like organized Christianity in England and in certain European countries) the system had become an association de propaganda fide for the extreme of a hidebound nationalism and of a superstitious servile reverence for a sacrosanct State. In another view one saw it functioning as a sort of sanhedrim, a leveling agency, prescribing uniform modes of thought, belief, conduct, social deportment, diet, recreation, hygiene; and as an inquisitional body for the enforcement of these prescriptions, for nosing out heresies and irregularities and suppressing them. In still another view one saw it functioning as a trade-union body, intent on maintaining and augmenting a set of vested interests; and one noticed that in this capacity it occasionally took shape as an extremely well-disciplined and powerful pressure group. ‘(The Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, pages 263-264)

In this day of the triumph of the Idiocracy, Nock has the last haughty and disdainful laugh at the naiveté of Arnold and the progressive educational reformers who followed in his wake.

In the Arts, the modernist and postmodernist projects are exhausted. No more tiresome Épater la bourgeoisie (Shock the middle classes). The avant-garde novelty of Rimbaud, Klimt, Schoenberg, Joyce, Dada, Ligeti, Pollock, Sartre, and Mapplethorpe has degenerated into boorish louts such as Greta Van Fleet, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West.

Yet in a measured bow towards the underclass lumpenproletariat, mainstream media moguls market this filth as the authentic, spontaneous outpouring from “the streets.” But then, so is dog excrement.

Good music should be an elevating celebration of the human spirit. It is an affirmation of life, of the richness and texture of being.

Much contemporary literature and music is an unintelligible exercise in the pathetic and the phallic performed by “trousered apes” (to use Duncan William’s excellent descriptive title from his now woefully archaic exposition on related cultural and literary subject matters.)

Weaken, corrupt, dissolve the cohesive authority of language in a society and the rest follows rather easily – a life nasty, brutish, meaningless; an existence void of beauty or purpose.

I have spent my lifetime surveying the endless nihilistic parade of savage wars, genocides, butchery, atrocities, persecutions, massacres, pogroms, insurrections, and slaughter. Today we are deluged daily with yet another senseless array of mindless acts of individualized cruelty and criminal barbarism in the media. People have become desensitized, complaisant, and compliant to the banality of tyranny and repression.

Progressives have always insisted upon rule by an elitist professional class of credentialed experts removed from the populist majority of everyday Americans, who they regarded as “deplorables,” “white trash,” or “the unwashed masses.”

Eugenics is at the epicenter of implementation of a corporatist Social Credit economy (based upon the Chinese Communist model) with centralized political control in an elite totalitarian technocratic entity, with all pervasive mass surveillance by facial recognition databases and coercive regimentation. These invasive actions are running parallel with the transition to a cashless society with all financial transactions monitored through digitalized biometric identification using such technologies as fingerprints, hand geometry and retina scanning — ultimately a microchip electronic device implanted subcutaneously (subdermally).

Today the heroic battle is against identity politics and racial biological collectivism, of conformist cancel culture by the totalitarian leftwing destroyers of Western civilization and its basis in Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment principles — the declared enemies of freedom of speech, the rule of law, the integrity of biological science, the two person nuclear family of male and female, personal sovereignty and self-defense, individual human rights and civil liberties, and the capitalist free market economy.

Perhaps this old misanthropic curmudgeon could be tragically wrong in my baneful prognostications, but I seriously doubt I am.

The True Face of the Left Revealed, by Charles Burris

The Left’s Final Objective Is Subversion of Western Civilization, by Vasko Kohlmayer

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7:34 am on August 8, 2022