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Total US elite submission to radical chic

March 25, 2012

"Til music ends. Forever. We'll dream,"

Total US elite submission to radical chic. As the world turns, the prince of this world devises new horrors for its inhabitants. Our elites and their bedazzeled followers dance to the piper’s tune. With no worries about the cost to posterity when it comes time to pay off the loans that paid the piper.

Rubin Reports » From Satire to Horror Reality Show: Radical Chic Conquers America

“Bawer’s piece is excellent. But on reading it I realized that he was thinking too small. The true contemporary parallel to the Bernstein party is not to some event of a few hundred people on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It is to all of America. […]

What could be more ironic than the use of profoundly reactionary attitudes of class snobbishness to wage a class war; to harness upper-class arrogance in the supposed service of fairness; and to disguise base self-interest as altruistic virtue?

To comprehend the true horror of the current situation, one merely needs to compare the (relatively marginal, powerless, and ridiculed) activists and hippies of the 1960s with the well-financed, media-celebrated, hegemonic radicalism of our era.

The truth is that outside of the Bernstein penthouse, to oppose the Vietnam war and to be a dissident in the 1960s — whether rightly or wrongly — took some courage. You would almost never get a fair shake in the mass media, would be called all sorts of names, and suffer social isolation or even material punishment.

Today,  asking a voter show proof of his identity is close to being declared a hate crime, the situation is the exact opposite.

Indeed, it is even worse, for two reasons.

First: the professional ethics, sense of fair play, and other factors constraining discrimination and vengeance against political dissenters that existed in the 1960s and 1970s have largely disappeared.

Second: the level of power attained by those whose ideas are in control is far more complete, and unlike their predecessors, they have neither a sense of guilt nor any sense that they might be wrong. In other words, there is less permissible political diversity today in elite institutions than there was in 1970.

These were the comparisons that shocked me as I compared those relatively innocent days when a single writer made fun of a few dozen silly rich people at a cocktail party for applauding terrorists, revolutionaries, and an ideology that would destroy America’s prosperity and democracy to today, when most mass media, academia, and even U.S. government officials are doing so.

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