We’re living in interesting times. The left finds themselves unable to indulge in their preferred habit of arguing that Western civilization is
- Inherently oppressive/racist/misogynistic/etc. etc
- Doesn’t exist
- Has no distinguishing characteristics of its own/is just a container for other cultures
- Is just copied/stolen from other cultures
- Didn’t improve the lives of those from non-European cultures that it conquered, replaced, or influenced
Or that non Western cultures are morally superior, or had their superior acomplishments written out of Western historical records.
Instead, the left finds themselves having to defend the west as vehemently as the most “euro-centric” and “jingoistic” “racists” who they would have railed against just 2 to 5 years ago. That is because the smart ones on the left are waking up to the reality that, without Western civilization they will have no traditions or standards to support their furious masochism, because by non-Western standards, their ideology is so clearly absurd and pathological. They are starting to realize that only non-lefties have been defending Western civilization for the past few decades, and thus are, quite appropriately, considering the tradition their own.
With Trump in Poland calling for a “defence of Western civilization”, and with the lefties condemning, a few of their less brain-dead compatriots are only starting to realize that something doesn’t seem to add up. If Western civilization is as evil as they have said it was, and with the non Marxists (who are also evil btw) claiming the tradition, what exactly is left for the left? Without those evil pale males who were divorced from the glorious future intersectional future imagined by the left and their “hey hey, ho ho, Western civ has got to go”, how exactly do they defend their arguments about individual human rights, or “historical injustice”? Since such concepts only make sense in the world view created by pale male Westerners, and with so many alternative non-Western views growing in prominence, the left is starting to realize that without being able to refer to and extract reasoning from the only cultural tradition that legitimizes its universal moralising pretences, there will be no way to justify their seemingly “universal” ideology and it will crumble as non-Western traditions rise. The only ones left will be those who rightly observed their Western cultural underpinnings, defended, and thus increasingly own them. Those who are not critical theory, intersectional, cultural Marxists. Having “deconstructed” their traditions away, the Western left is (almost) facing a crisis of identity.
Enter Jason Willick of the Washington Post, and his rhetorically refined effort to claim the Western mantle for the ideology that has been systematically denigrating and dismantling it for half a century. Disturbed by his allies' completely unsurprising reflex to condemn any verbal or physical defence of the West, along with condemning its most influential modern advocate and patron the arch-demon Trump, he urges his rabble to turn tale and run right back into the arms of those racist, mysoginistic white men being glorified by the arch-demon. That’s right, rather than a cultural Marxist screed contending once more that Western civilization is the most oppressive, racist, violent cultural tradition to ever exist, Mr. Willick’s piece reads like the early alt-lite of a decade ago on the unique virtues of the West and the need to protect and advance them.
Realizing that the evil west, whose ideological and deep-cultural precepts cultural Marxists took for granted, is about to be entirely taken by those evil racists who have defended its cultural matrix for half a century, and that this will leave leftists with nothing but pathological vacuity and no culturally primed Western esprit-du-corps to receive and comprehend the semantic content of their ideology, they are starting to panic. They are forced against their most natural impulse to defend the Western tradition, because the other side is about to claim it entirely, and the smart lefties know that, without it, they are nothing but raving lunatics who no other culture would naturally tolerate outside the Western paradigm. This has only happened because so many on the right have risen up to point out the self-defeating and indefensible leftist dogmas, like critical theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, privilege theory, etc. etc. for what they are. Juvenile, pathological, a-historical and lazy rhetorical contortions. Cthulu is swimming right for a change, if only temporarily. That, my friends, is the power of the Overton Window.
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