am I a conservative? part two

In my previous post I talked about some of my issues with mainstream conservatism. Now I’m going to address my biggest concern of all – the issue of social conservatism.

I do very much consider myself to be a social conservative. And this is where I really come to a parting of the ways with mainstream conservatism as it exists today. Not only have mainstream conservatives surrendered on every single issue that concerns social conservatives – they actually seem to regard actual social conservatives with a mixture of embarrassment and contempt. While mainstream conservatives are prepared to go to the barricades over the issues that matter to them – tax cuts for the rich, free trade and open borders – it is obvious that they would prefer to avoid taking a stand on every single issue that matters to social conservatives.
For me social issues trump economic issues. Economic prosperity is a fine thing but if society collapses into despair, nihilism and chaos it’s not much consolation to be told that at least we have economic growth.
And our society is collapsing into despair, nihilism and chaos. 
We have reached the stage where the most precious of freedom of all is, apparently, the freedom to slaughter our unborn children. We are slaughtering them by the millions. Quite apart from the obvious moral dimension there is a social cost to this as well. To believe it’s OK to kill an unborn baby because that child might be a nuisance to its parents’ busy social life or might disrupt a woman’s career has terrifying implications that should surely be obvious to all. But mainstream conservatives have no intention of making any kind of stand on this issue.
Mainstream conservatives not only do not want to contest the issue of homosexual marriage – more often than not they actively support it. This issue has nothing to do with tolerance. Homosexuals achieved that decades ago. They don’t want their tragically unhealthy lifestyle to be tolerated – they want it to be celebrated and embraced. They want to be free to promote that lifestyle to children. Homosexual marriage is part of that agenda. But mainstream conservatives have no problem with it.
Feminism has been not only the most pernicious and dangerously deluded ideology ever dreamt up, it has also been a spectacular failure. Women have never been more unhappy, lonely and embittered than they are today. But try to find one mainstream conservative who will point out the folly and evil of feminism.
Pornography has been flooding our society for decades now. Try to find one mainstream conservative who will confront that issue.
Promiscuity is now considered to be the new normal. Long experience has demonstrated the corrosive effects of promiscuity on both the individual and society. But no mainstream conservative wants to be accused of slut-shaming. So that issue gets ignored as well.
So cowardly and treacherous are mainstream conservatives on social issues that even though I am most definitely a social conservative the very word conservative has become so devalued in my eyes that I’d prefer to be called something else. I’d rather call myself a social reactionary.

the things left unsaid

It’s often the things that are not said that are more revealing than the things that are said. This is especially true when applied to liberals.
One interesting example is environmentalists and overpopulation. Remember when greenies were obsessed with the population explosion? It was going to be worst thing ever  and it was going to kill the planet and we were all going to die. Environmentalists don’t talk very much about that subject these days. The reason in this case is obvious. To talk about overpopulation would be racist!
They’re particularly keen to avoid discussing immigration. If they did discuss it they would have to face up to one very embarrassing hatefact – if millions of people move from the Third World to the First World those people are going to have a much bigger impact on the environment. They’re going to consume a lot more electricity. They’re going to want to buy cars. A lot more fossil fuels are going to be burnt. If there was any truth to global warming then these immigrants would logically accelerate the process. 
There are two conclusions one can draw from this. Either environmentalists don’t really believe in global warming, or they’re quite happy to see the planet die as long as they are not seen to be racist.
The other interesting example of things left unsaid involves feminists and pornography. I’ve been reminded of this by a recent post at Upon Hope. Feminists have always been divided on this issue but until fairly recently there was a very significant segment of the feminist movement (in fact the dominant segment) that was bitterly opposed to pornography. They argued that pornography objectified women, encouraged violence against women, oppressed women, was an insult to women, etc etc.
These days feminists have gone strangely quiet on this issue. Which is odd. At the time when they were enthusiastically crusading against it pornography was not all that big a problem. Today it’s a very big problem indeed. It’s all-pervasive, the evidence that it causes harm is much stronger and it’s almost impossible (indeed it’s probably quite impossible) to keep such material out of the hands of children. So why has the feminist sisterhood gone strangely quiet on this topic? Have they changed their minds? Do younger feminists simply not care? Are they so driven by hatred for our civilisation that they welcome anything that will undermine that civilisation, even if it harms women in the process?
There is another possible reason. They may have backed down in the face of opposition from the LGBTQWERTY lobby (with which feminism has an uneasy relationship to say the least). Any crackdown on pornography could not in practice be confined to a crackdown on heterosexual pornography. It would have to include material involving various forms of sexual deviance. But that would be homophobic, transphobic, queerphobic and all sorts of other phobics.
And the unpleasant truth for feminists is that LGBTQWERTY “rights” trump women’s rights. Feminists are at the absolute bottom of the victim hierarchy. So the explanation might have more to do with cowardice than hypocrisy.
It’s always worth taking note of the things liberals do not say. They tend to be very revealing. They also suggest that there are major fault lines within the left-liberal establishment, fault lines that might well widen considerably at some future time.

the future of marriage equality

Roxxxy demands marriage equality now!
There’s an interesting minor kerfuffle happening in the UK on the subject of sex robots. Interesting, because it says a very great deal about the society we have become. It also says quite a bit about the liberal mindset.
A company has recently announced a new and highly advanced sex robot, Roxxxy. And a feminist academic, Dr Kathleen Richardson, wants the government to ban the robot. Now whether or not you find the whole idea of sex robots to be disturbing or even disgusting isn’t really the point. I’m not saying there might not be an argument that such robots are a bad idea, but that’s a separate issue. The issue I’m addressing is this – on what basis can liberals argue for banning them?
They can’t argue for banning them on the grounds that they’re physically dangerous. They’re not dangerous at all. They can’t argue they should be banned on the grounds that sex with robots is unnatural. Homosexuality is unnatural but liberals think we should celebrate homosexuality. They can’t argue that the robots are being exploited – you can’t exploit a machine. They could argue that such robots encourage the “objectification” of women but in that case they’d have to argue for banning pornography and prostitution, subjects on which liberals and feminists tend to hold contradictory views. They’d also have to argue for banning sex toys for women, which surely objectify men to an even more serious degree – reducing men to nothing more than a sex organ. I don’t see much likelihood of any liberal or feminist doing that.
The feminist academic has chosen to oppose the sexbots because they “reinforce traditional and damaging stereotypes of women.” But do they? And what does that even mean? She is also concerned that the sex robot “perpetuates the view that a relationship does not need to be more than simply physical.” On that basis I assume that Dr Richardson also believes the government should outlaw vibrators and casual sex?

The really big problem here is that liberals always tell us they believe in choice and autonomy. Apparently they only believe in choice and autonomy when it suits them. What could possibly be more autonomous than choosing to buy a sex robot? It’s the absolute ultimate in autonomy. 

There are other issues to consider. This sex robot is not in fact intended to be merely a sex toy. The company hopes that she “will eventually be able to learn on her own, and begin to pick-up on her owner’s likes and dislikes.” In other words she’s intended to be a companion. A combination of pet and sex toy. The ultimate aim (as outlined in David Levy’s intriguing book Love and Sex with Robots) is to create a robot with whom one can have an emotional relationship. Which of course raises the issue – will we see a campaign to legalise marriage with robots? I mean, do we believe in marriage equality or don’t we? It will be fascinating to see how liberals react to that idea. Surely only a bigot could oppose the right to marry robots. We should be free to love whomever we choose!
Please understand that I am not suggesting that any of these things are good ideas. They will however provide us with an amusing opportunity to see liberal hypocrisy in action as liberals confront the logical end point of their ideology.

the forever (culture) war

The culture war has ended in complete victory. The handful of surviving evil white cis-gendered heteronormative patriarchal males are cowering in cellars and are unlikely ever again to threaten the glorious cause of social justice. You might think that this means there will be peace at last, even if it’s the peace of conquest. You couldn’t be more wrong. The culture war will never end. The culture war must never end. In fact it’s about to be intensified.
This time the enemy will not be evil white cis-gendered heteronormative patriarchal males since as I’ve already explained they’re becoming almost impossible to find. The enemies will be far more dangerous. The cultural marxists are now turning their attentions to the Enemy Within.
Anyone familiar with the history of revolutions should not be surprised. The great purges in  the Soviet Union were not directed against czarist agents or capitalists because there weren’t any left. The purges were directed against deviationists – communists who were not sufficiently ideologically pure or who expressed any doubts as to the correctness of the party line. In Communist China the targets were both left and right deviationists and wicked capitalist roaders. The French Revolution ended in a bloodbath of revolutionaries who were unwise enough to belong to the wrong revolutionary faction. 
So given the shortage of evil white cis-gendered heteronormative patriarchal males who will be the victims of The Terror this time?
In the US it’s already clear that black Christians will be a principal target. The very existence of black Christians is a threat to The Narrative. If Christianity is evil and racist how can it be that there are blacks who want to be Christians? Those blacks are traitors – they’re no better than evil white cis-gendered heteronormative patriarchal males. They must be rooted out. They must be purged.
Heterosexual women will also be a prime target. They’re at the very bottom of the victim totem pole, which is something they’re only just starting to realise. The problem for any group being at the bottom of the victim totem pole is that when there are no other wicked oppressors available that group will be pressed into service as the new oppressor class. White middle-class heterosexual university-educated women see themselves as victims but in the eyes of groups with higher victim status they are simply outrageous examples of white privilege. 
If white feminists think that non-white women are their natural allies they need to think again. Non-white women are not interested in sexism – it’s racism that obsesses them. They will ally with non-white men against white feminists. When white middle-class heterosexual university-educated women are purged they will find themselves with no allies at all, and with pitifully few victim points to play. 
Of course the group that will be in the biggest trouble comprises those heterosexual men who convinced themselves that by proclaiming their anti-racist anti-homophobe anti-sexist pro-feminist credentials they would be safe. These self-emasculated male feminists thought they could gain honorary victim points by identifying with victim groups. They will soon discover how wrong they were. Even the tiniest deviation from political correctness will land them in deep trouble. And they will discover what the victims of the French Revolutionary Terror and the Stalinist show trials discovered – that political correctness is not just a minefield but that the mines never stay in the same place for very long. A position that seemed quite safe last week is now wicked and wrong and counter-revolutionary and grounds for being purged.
I have some sympathy for the black Christians who are often very good people. I have zero sympathy for the feminists and less than zero sympathy for the white heterosexual men who have served the cause of political correctness and are now about to find themselves in the firing line. They deserve everything they are about to get.

Joss Whedon, feminism and the politics of enforced obedience

I can’t help being incredibly entertained by the feminist furore over Joss Whedon’s new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. Radical feminists are foaming at the mouth, apparently because one of the female characters expresses regret that she can’t have children.
What makes it hysterically funny is that the oh so politically correct Whedon should find himself the target of the feminist harpies. Whedon has discovered what many of us have suspected for quite a while. The leftist ideological terror campaign is not directed against conservatives. There are too few conservatives left to matter. The real targets are liberals. The objective is to ensure that liberals understand that henceforth they will live in a constant state of fear – a fear that they’re not liberal enough. Every minor deviation from the party line will be punished relentlessly. Those deemed to be insufficiently zealous social justice warriors will be subjected to show trials by social media. Liberals will be running scared, and that’s the whole point – make people frightened enough and they’ll be easy to control. They’ll be docile and obedient.

cracks in the Leftist wall?

One of the significant factors in the success of the Left in western countries over the past half century has been that their offensive has been decentralised. In the 50s it was easy to oppose the Left because it was monolithic – the Left’s objective was socialism and its objective was obvious.

By the 1960s the monolithic Left was fragmenting. This proved to be a huge advantage for them. Instead of having a single focus their agenda was increasingly advanced by an array of single-issue pressure groups which did not openly espouse socialism. The main pressure groups centred around multi-culturalism, LGBT-xyz issues, feminism and environmentalism although there were other smaller groups as well. These groups were able to disguise their real political agendas. Rather than talking about revolution and the overthrow of capitalism they were able to persuade people that all they wanted was “fairness” or “equality” or to save trees and cute furry animals. And how could any reasonable person oppose such high-minded intentions?
The name of the game now was socialism by stealth. Instead of saying they wanted  Soviet-style centralised state control they manufactured environmental crises which apparently could only be dealt with by increased government intervention. They pretended that these measures were necessary as emergency measures to “save the planet.” Instead of openly admitting that they wanted to take control of education they justified increasing government encroachments on the grounds that all they wanted was to stop “bullying” or “oppression.” They undermined the family, not openly but by using the argument that women’s “rights” had to be protected.
This decentralised approach has been enormously successful, so successful in fact that most ordinary people still have no idea that their freedoms have been eroded and that the apparatus of a police state has been quietly and surreptitiously assembled.
The reason that conservatives have lost every single battle in the culture wars is that there has been no clear-cut enemy to fight. The culture wars have been conducted by the left by the methods of guerilla war, or 4th-generation warfare if you like. Conservatives might well have won if there had ever been an open fight but they had no answer to the Left’s methods of incremental struggle in which their ultimate objectives well always well hidden.
While this decentralisation has been the key to the Left’s success it may also provide a means by which conservatives can fight back. The fact is that the various pressure groups which comprise the modern Left are not as united as they seem to be. In many cases they are actually pursuing incompatible aims.
The most obvious case is multi-culturalism. Leftist politicians like Tony Blair thought they had pulled off a political master-stroke by importing a whole new electorate that would keep them in power forever. In fact they’ve imported a whole new electorate that is utterly hostile to many of their cherished schemes. Muslim immigrants in Britain and Hispanics in the US do not give a damn about homosexual marriage or climate change, and they are not exactly enthused about LGBT “rights” or feminism. 
Sooner or later leftist parties like the Democrats in the US or the Labor Party in Britain will realise that hanging on to the votes of the immigrants in the long term will not be as easy as they thought. What if the immigrants start voting for their own political parties, parties focused much more explicitly on their own interests and actively hostile to much of the cultural marxist agenda? The only way to prevent this might be by quietly dropping support for LGBT rights and feminism and crazy green policies. If Hispanic voters or British Muslim voters outnumber the guilt-ridden gay-friendly environmentally conscious white liberals then those parties might decide to ditch their support for policies that immigrant voters don’t like.
When that happens the LGBT and feminist and green lobbies might suddenly find their enthusiasm for multi-culturalism evaporating.

One thing that has united all leftist groups is their absolute opposition to freedom of speech. The Charlie Hebdo shootings have been an unpleasant intrusion of reality into the leftist narrative.
The agendas of other leftist pressure groups are not necessarily compatible either. There have been some amusingly vicious cat-fights between trans “women” and feminists in recent years. 
So there are a few cracks starting to appear in the leftist alliance.
At the moment multi-culturalism seems to be the issue most likely to cause these cracks to widen. Conservatives need to take advantage of this opportunity to split their opponents and to expose the hypocrisy and short-sightedness of the Left.