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Hell

What the effort to nullify the past (disparaged as patriarchy and embodied in the figure of the dead white male) achieves is the replacement of culture by fashion.

When fashion rules so does perversion because the flaunting of perversion is the quickest way to establish uncommonness. This should explain why contemporary elites, who unlike the aristocrats of old do not inherit their distinction but must perforce affect a simulation of it, are such eager enlistees in the war against reality that is “progressive” thought.

The ravages of devaluing and demonizing the past, however, extend further.

When the present is everything, one exists only in the moment and only to the degree that one can gain the attention of the moment. To fail to do so is existential nullification, a fate worse than death.

The terror of being overlooked by the present drives both social media “addiction” and acts of random mass violence. Underlying both phenomena is a desperate striving for the attention of a capricious, overpowering, monstrously present present from which no distance is possible. That is what the dismantling of patriarchy really means: total subjection to the obscene vagaries of the present and the powerful, without the slightest hope of redemption. In the bad, old patriarchal days, they used to call this condition hell, but we emancipated postmoderns are bereft of even the means to name it.

Somnolence of the Woke

The post-’60s transformation of the Western left into a liberal avant-garde allied with the worst, most debasing tendencies of capital has had as its logical outcome the transformation of working class resistance against capitalism into working class resistance against liberalism. Today, whatever is of any intellectual interest emanates from this anti-liberal awakening.

Meantime, in a galaxy far, far away, “woke” liberal academia is stuck in a somnolent time warp, still dutifully engaged in deconstructive projects that are the intellectual equivalent of pulverizing piles of rubble into piles of finer rubble, bravely tilting at a phantom white patriarchy, demolishing canons kept alive only in the minds of those who want to abuse them and completely blind to the fact that its “transgressions” are affirmations of ruling-class self-exemption from reality.

Ninny Regime

The vacating of patriarchy has played out as mass psychosis. Every inherited norm is exposed as discardable convention, only to be replaced by something more flagrantly arbitrary. Thus the project of modernity turns out to be a thoroughgoing unlearning, an expunging, of the accumulated heuristic knowledge of past generations. And the outcome, a race of ninnies.