defending our culture

There are many things we’re not allowed to do any more. We’re not allowed to defend our borders. We’re not allowed to defend our industries. But perhaps most important of all, we’re not allowed to defend our culture.

In this instance I’m talking mostly about popular culture, although the argument also applies to so-called “high” culture as well. Popular culture has often been despised but it’s an essential ingredient of our identity as a people.
Back in the 60s and 70s leftists often talked about “cultural imperialism” but it’s a term you don’t hear very much these days. The reason you don’t hear about it very much is because it’s incredibly important. You can always assume that if a topic is forbidden it’s because it’s important.
Globalism aims at a single global market and ultimately a single global government (a totally undemocratic global government of course) but it also must lead inevitably to a single global culture. We can already see what that global culture is going to look like and it isn’t pretty. Moronic Hollywood movies, hip hop music, reality TV shows. And that global culture is going to be in all essentials an American culture. The processing of imposing American popular culture on the whole planet started a century ago but it’s become steadily more insidious and steadily more deadly. 
Most popular culture tends a little towards trashiness. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s good trash culture and there’s bad trash culture. There’s harmless trash culture and there’s harmful trash culture. Good trash culture is basically lightweight throwaway entertainment. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Personally I happen to enjoy lightweight throwaway entertainment. I can appreciate grand opera and High Renaissance art and the novels of Joseph Conrad but there are times when I just want to read a detective story, or watch a silly 1950s sci-fi B-movie, or a harmless TV cop show.
The problem is that popular culture today comes with extra added ingredients – political messages and (even more worrying) subtle and not-so-subtle social propaganda. It is more and more difficult to find pop culture that doesn’t glorify promiscuity, or sexual perversion, or push an anti-white anti-European agenda.
And that’s why the Americanisation of global popular culture is a cause for concern – modern American popular culture is stridently politically correct and pro-globalist. It also happens to be, ironically enough, strongly anti-American. It is cultural poison to Americans, and it is cultural poison to everyone else. It aims to destroy traditional American values, and it aims to destroy the traditional values of every other nation.
I don’t want this to come across as an anti-American rant. Most modern British and Australian pop culture is every bit as bad. It’s just that modern American pop culture is more dangerous because it’s so all-pervasive and it’s marketed so aggressively to the rest of the world.

I also want to make it clear that I have a great love for American popular culture of the past. There was a time when America had a genius for producing marvelous pop culture.
Australia is particularly vulnerable because we’re still comparatively speaking a young country. European settlement in North America began a couple of centuries before European settlement in Australia. By the mid-20th century Australia was just beginning to develop a recognisable and distinctive popular culture. In the 1930s Australia had a thriving film industry, making movies that were often surprisingly ambitious (such as Forty Thousand Horsemen). Much of our pop culture was heavily influenced by British and American models but it was starting to acquire an Australian flavour. That’s all gone now. What passes for Australian pop culture today is simply third-rate copies of the worst of American pop culture.
That’s what used to be called cultural imperialism and it does matter. Even European nations with their much stronger indigenous traditions are going to be powerless to resist the onslaught. Even non-European countries are going to lose their cultures. We’re heading for a globalist popular culture and we need to recognise that this is yet another aspect of the evil of globalism. It’s a way of weakening us so that we will willingly accept the entire globalist package. And that means the destruction of any sense of national, ethnic, racial or cultural identity.  

3 comments on “defending our culture

  1. John says:

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  2. Roy says:

    I have always been curious as to what happened to Australian pop culture, I remember as a child in North America that Australian pop culture was still pretty strong, more so than Canadian. We had Australian soap operas the occassional B picture and best selling writers Nevil Shute, Morris West, John Cleary, etc… and Australia-New Zealander writers dominated romance novels, etc… but then it just vanished. Just Colleen McCullough and that little arty movie boom around Peter Weir and Mel Gibson.

    In Canada, I and everyone else always associated this with the collapse of Imperial Preference. But back in those days English, and I mean from England, stuff dominated so strongly that indigenous Canadian culture was pretty weak anyway.

    In the 70s-80s American stuff dominated Canada almost completely, but then with Canadian Content it eventually developed what is probably the strongest local pop culture in the old British settler commonwealth. Canadian content is often an aesthetic attrocity and honestly does more to promote abherant social behavior than its non Canadian alternative, but it has also grown less anti-American these days than much of what is produced in the US.

    Would Australian material be any more conservative? Does that even matter? There is a lot to be said for promoting local culture.

    In the US whole regions of the country have lost whatever indigenous popular culture they once had, even groups like Mormons in Utah have experienced this.

  3. dfordoom says:

    In Canada, I and everyone else always associated this with the collapse of Imperial Preference. But back in those days English, and I mean from England, stuff dominated so strongly that indigenous Canadian culture was pretty weak anyway.

    Roy, we got a lot of English stuff as well, especially TV programs (British TV series were often more successful in Australia than they were in Britain). And we had lots of British movies on TV. I never had a real problem with that because we had a reasonable mix – some British stuff, some American stuff and some home-grown stuff.

    In the last twenty years though our culture has become totally Americanised, and it's the kind of American pop culture we're getting that I object to – hip-hop music and generally very negative stuff.

    Would Australian material be any more conservative?

    The problem there is that our film industry exists on government subsidies so the industry follows the PC line slavishly. And we have the ABC, our version of the BBC, and it's every bit as toxic as the BBC. It's the same with books – Australian writers all live on government grants. Our whole cultural landscape is very similar to that of the old Soviet Union.

    Back in the 70s there were quite a few independent film producers who were excluded from the government subsidies because they weren't considered to be respectable – they committed the ultimate sin of producing movies that actually made money. And they compounded the sin by making movies that made money internationally.

    Television was quite similar. There were independent commercial outfits making TV shows that people actually wanted to watch and they sold them successfully overseas (especially to Britain).

    There is a lot to be said for promoting local culture.

    I agree.

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