Catholic converts vs cradle Catholics

There’s an interesting post at A Political Refugee From the Global Village, Anthony Burgess on Catholic converts, on Catholic converts vs cradle Catholics. I’m not a Catholic so I’m not really in a position to have any kind of dogmatic opinion on this subject. I was intrigued though by the suggestion that cradle Catholics tended to react to Vatican II by shrugging their shoulders and accepting it, while Catholic converts like Evelyn Waugh saw it as an unmitigated disaster.

My instincts tell me that the Catholic converts were probably correct in this case.

Converts do seem to be generally speaking more zealous than those raised in a particular creed, whether that creed is a religion or a political ideology. Converts to communism back in the pre-World War 2 period tended to be very extreme, sometimes even to the extent of becoming Soviet spies. Were they more zealous than the so-called “red diaper” babies of the postwar period, who absorbed communism with their mother’s milk? I’m not quite sure.

Converts to cults and fads (such as veganism) are of course usually very gung-ho.

And social justice warriors are often converted to the cause at university so that might explain some of their fanaticism.

The various dissident right groups (alt-right, neo-reactionaries, whatever) are of course comprised entirely of converts, which might have interesting consequences.

Getting back to religion, perhaps one reason for the weakness of modern Christianity is that it’s just not making converts on a large scale any longer. Perhaps a religion needs the zeal of converts to keep it vital and alive?

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the rise of SJWism in eastern Europe

There’s a very interesting recent piece by Anatoly Karlin at Unz Review, Poland Will Legalize Gay Marriage Within 10 Years.

He argues that SJWism already has an almost unstoppable momentum in Poland and indeed in most of eastern Europe (but not in Russia).

I fear that he is almost certainly correct. American popular culture is a poison to which white people seem to have no resistance. And of course there are also the deliberate nation-wrecking policies of western NGOs and the western media.

American popular culture has been the biggest single factor contributing to the destruction of western Europe and of countries such as Canada and Australia. American popular culture is pure evil. All of it. It’s not just the overt SJW propaganda contained in Hollywood movies, American television, pop music, etc.. It’s more basic than that. It’s the promotion of a materialistic, hedonistic consumerist worldview.

Some social conservatives like to imagine that Poland will have some immunity to this due to the supposed strength of Polish Catholicism. Anatoly points out that the facts do not support this belief. The sad truth is that organised Christianity is now part of the problem. It is part of the globalist/SJW axis of evil. I personally incline to the view that it’s an inherent weakness in Christianity. Christianity’s universalism makes Christians particularly susceptible to the siren call of globalism, and Christianity’s basic touchy-feely obsession with the virtues of niceness makes it almost impossible for Christians to resist the lure of Social Justice.

It’s clearly much too late to save western Europe, so what can be done to save eastern Europe? Anatoly suggests that the promotion of cultural anti-Americanism is essential. I agree entirely. The problem is, how can such a thing be done?

Russia has resisted because the American desire to destroy Russian civilisation and Russian society is so painfully obvious. The Americans also intend to destroy all eastern European societies but this is not yet quite so obvious to Poles, Czechs and other eastern Europeans.

It’s probably not too late to save Australia but it soon will be. And while the promotion of cultural anti-Americanism is the only way we can save ourselves it is difficult to see any prospects of this happening.

One of the chief difficulties is of course the fact that Americans are not evil people. They are in fact quite pleasant people on the whole. American culture is however a different matter. The old American culture, the one that generations of Americans cherished, has been destroyed. Those who currently control American culture hate ordinary Americans with a burning passion. They hate the old American culture and the old American values. Ordinary Americans and the culture they cherished were the first targets of the new American elites. It’s the US cultural establishment that is the problem.

Being anti-American culture is very different from being anti-American. Being anti-American culture is necessary for survival but there’s a lot of money behind the US cultural establishment.

victimhood rankings and the Cultural Revolution

It’s interesting to see the way victimhood rankings seem to change over time. It wasn’t that long ago that women were considered to have victimhood status merely for being women. That no longer seems to be the case. And blacks seemed to be pretty comfortably ensconced at the top. Many blacks are learning that it’s no longer quite so simple.

An interesting recent case was the social media Two Minute hate unleashed against black British Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. His crime? He told his nephew that boys don’t wear princess dresses. He quickly discovered that if you offend the LGBTQwhatever lobby then being black won’t save you.

Other blacks have also discovered that being Christian cancels all your Victimhood Points.

There is also of course the ongoing war between the TERFs (trans exclusionary radical feminists) and the trans lobby, which seems likely to end in utter defeat for the TERFS.

It would be tempting to see these things as signs that the Coalition of the Fringes is breaking down. I think it’s more likely it’s the beginning of vicious internal power struggles within that coalition.

The globalists have the SJWs as their loyal foot soldiers but these foot soldiers are not disciplined revolutionary cadres. They are in many (or even most) cases people who are inherently unstable and unpredictable. A certain degree of in-fighting is inevitable and when you’re dealing with unstable people that in-fighting is likely to be quite messy and quite bloody.

The question is whether the globalists can prevent the in-fighting from spiralling out of control. The Cultural Revolution in China was stopped cold when the Communist Party had had enough of it and said it was going to be stopped. It stopped. Immediately. The Cultural Revolution in the West may be more difficult to control.

virtue signalling or status signalling?

A comment on a recent post at Vox Popoli caught my eye. It suggested that a great deal of SJW virtue signalling is actually status signalling. It’s actually a way to demonstrate that the person in question belongs to a high enough social class to be immune from the consequences of the social justice agenda.

This seems very plausible to me. I have never bought the idea that SJWs are self-hating. Maybe some of the sad male SJWs are actually self-hating but I don’t believe for one moment that female SJWs hate themselves. If they’re white they may claim to hate white people but you can be sure they don’t include themselves in the category of white people it is acceptable to hate. They hate working class and lower middle class white people certainly but they don’t hate upper-class whites (and let’s face it the true believer SJWs are overwhelmingly upper-class).

Subscribing to certain dogmas, such as man-made global warming, welcoming refugees, affirmative action, Black Lives Matter, etc, is a good way to signal your membership of the ruling class. The secret to this is that if you’re wealthy and high-status you’ll never have to suffer the consequences of your ludicrous beliefs. Ever-increasing electricity prices as a result of the global warming scam don’t affect rich people. Rich people don’t have to live in diverse neighbourhoods (and they never do). Rich people are pretty much unaffected by the social decay caused by feminism and homosexual activism.

This is something that is particularly attractive to women. Status signalling is immensely important to women. And never underestimate the enthusiasm women have for humiliating their social inferiors.

If you’re white then subscribing to unworkable SJW fantasy ideas is a powerful way to signal that you’re not one of those awful working class or lower middle class white people (and of course those white people are completely evil). SJW ideas are a kind of luxury good. Believing in them is a form of conspicuous consumption, a way of making one’s elite status clear and a wonderful way to express contempt for the lower orders.

The great thing is that it’s a socially acceptable way of saying that you’re rich and you hate poor people.