On psychology

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It seems self-evident to me, but apparently not to many people, as the correlation between the decline of the West and the pervasive influence of the psychological establishment is seldom discussed. Christianity is blamed far more often, despite the fact that it has been a central part of Western culture for centuries, whereas psychology’s rise seems to coincide with the decline of our society, and also the subverting and weakening of Christianity.Coincidence?

The subject certainly deserves to be noticed and examined more widely.

[Quote from Wrath of Gnon]

Dwindling and vanishing?

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The above was a comment posted on Vox Day’s blog, in response to an earlier comment.

I seem to remember that in the earlier incarnation of this blog, someone took exception to the term ‘Vanishing American’, on the grounds that it was pessimistic or fatalistic. I certainly hope I haven’t given that impression in using that term. I chose it (as many people know) because it referenced not only our precarious status in our country of birth, and also as a reminder of what happened to those who were originally called ‘the vanishing American’, that is, American Indians. No doubt they haven’t vanished altogether, as so many lefties who want to lay a “genocide” charge against Whites imply, but they were outnumbered and marginalized and (to some extent) ‘lost’ by outmarrying.

In the earlier days of this blog I think I focused more on trying to remind our folk of  heritage and history, to try to revive a sense of knowing who we are, where we came from, and of the need for regaining confidence in ourselves in this dark age. I’ve gotten away from that somewhat, maybe sensing that the mood has shifted away from respecting tradition and the past.

So in using the term ‘vanishing’ I think the sense, on this blog, always was ‘vanishing — if if we don’t face up to our predicament and do everything possible to reverse it. There are so many doomsayers and defeatists online (and in real life, depending on where you are) that it’s absolutely self-destructive to give way to that thinking.

I have to say, honestly, I have more pessimistic moods in recent years than I did in 2006, and maybe I have grown more cynical but my aim is always to be cautiously optimistic. Pessimism is not helpful to anyone, including the pessimist.

‘Hinduphobia’

A Free Republic poster links to an article from a news source in India, reporting that Hindu activists in America are demanding an apology from CNN. CNN’s crime? Hinduphobia.

To thinking Americans, CNN is synonymous with left-wing, anti-White and pro-multicultural content, at which it outdoes just about all the other purveyors of ‘news’ and commentary. So it’s hard to imagine that they would be anti-Hindu.

And just what did CNN do that was ‘Hinduphobic’? They had a series called ‘Believer’, in which correspondent Reza Aslan focused on Hindu religious figures and practices. The article does not seem to mention this specifically, but I would guess that the Hindu activists objected to a depiction of a guru and his followers who were shown eating human brains. Reza Aslan, the CNN reporter, apparently also consumed some of this unappealing meal, under coercion, some said.

So is it ‘xenophobic’, or more specifically ‘Hinduphobic’ to be shocked or repelled by a spectacle like that? We will have become a jaded people for sure if we can no longer be horrified at the thought of cannibalism, much less by the sight of it.

CNN displayed very bad judgement in showing that clip, even if they had displayed a warning before any such ‘graphic’ scene. What could have been their purpose in showing it? I doubt very much that they wanted to stir up antipathy towards Hindus, as dedicated as they are to the ‘all cultures/races are equal’ dogma. So what motive was there in showing it?

CNN’s faithful audience are no doubt mostly of a like mind. So I doubt that they would react to these scenes with disgust or shock or ‘phobias’ toward Hindus. Many leftists are very familiar with the various manifestations of the Hindu religion and culture. There are pictures online of some sort of Hindu cult members eating charred human bodies they pulled out of the Ganges. So this kind of thing is not completely unknown.

Are the Hindu activists defending cannibalism in an oblique way, here, or do they just object to having anyone shine a spotlight on it? That is, are they blaming the messenger?

I doubt, though, that most Americans, hearing of this controversy, would respond by hating Hindus; in fact we have become a very jaded and tolerant people for the most part, hardly blinking at this kind of thing, whereas once upon a time, cannibalism and other such gruesome things evoked real shock and horror among civilized Westerners. But we are a post-Christian people, unfortunately, and Hollywood has helped to desensitize us to all sorts of once-unthinkable things.

And we do seem to have become, overall, very accepting of this diversity which has been thrust on us, as you can see from some of the Freepers’ comments about how they prefer Hindus to some varieties of ‘diversity.’ The usual line is that ‘at least they’re not Muslims’ or some variation of that. Every ethnicity, Hindus included, has its defenders and advocates among White Americans. But how many White Americans are willing to defend their own?

 

 

 

Foretold in 1932

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The above is from a book by Communist Party USA Chairman William Z. Foster. The book was titled Towards Soviet America, published in 1932. The writer goes on to describe what the Communist Party planned for America, and for the most part the predictions came true. The feminist movement was part of the agenda, along with the ‘sexual revolution’ which supposedly would ‘free’ women, and allow them a less inhibited sex life, while on the racial front, Foster said that all laws against interracial marriage would be abolished, with racial amalgamation being the goal. Overthrowing traditional attitudes took a few decades to accomplish from the time Foster wrote this book, but they did succeed in making interrracial unions legal. Likewise with their destruction of traditional sexual morality, and they succeeded probably beyond their wildest imaginations there.

However, either Foster was lying or just inaccurate in his predictions about other matters, as when he says that the media will be ‘taken over by the government’ (well, that was probably accomplished as the media appear to be an arm of the leftist establishment) but he further says that the media would then be ‘cleansed of their present trash of sex, crime, sensationalism, and general babbitry‘. On the contrary, the leftist triumph has meant ever more ‘trash of sex, crime, and sensationalism’; they revel in this kind of thing. They have sold it as ‘liberation’ and the ultimate freedom.

Foster seems not to have mentioned one of the fruits of the ‘sexual revolution’, namely the ‘gay rights’ agenda. Did Foster and his generation foresee this part of their plan, or was it just an inevitable result of their destruction of traditional Christian morality and their enshrining ‘personal freedom’ and individual autonomy as a great good?

 

Female supremacism

After seeing so many ‘International Women’s Day’ stories and memes, I’ve decided that I will refer to ‘feminists’ as female supremacists from now on. For decades, ever since this ‘Women’s Day’ thing has been happening, feminists have becoming ever more strident about their attitude of ‘female superiority.’ So if people who are pro-White, or who believe in nations for White people, are ‘White supremacists’ as the anti-Whites say, then surely the ‘supremacist’ label applies to feminists. They constantly crow about how women are superior to men in various ways, and they openly say that women should rule. There’s a meme going around showing a little girl wearing a t-shirt saying ‘The Future Is Female.’ Imagine if the word ‘Female’ were changed to ‘White.’ What a howl there would be about that, but women get away with that kind of rhetoric, as do non-whites.

Feminists have always railed against the idea that God is male, and we’ve seen this ‘witty saying’: ”When God made man, She was only joking.” So asserting that ‘God’ is female is just fine, while saying God is male is shockingly misogynist.

Feminists don’t see — or do they just not care? — that they are inspiring hatred from many men because of the shrillness of their rhetoric and because of their increasingly obnoxious behavior. The sad thing is that women who are not feminists have to reap what the feminist fanatics have sown.

The other sad thing is that many women on the right have been infected with the loathsome attitudes of feminists. I’ve noticed that online on ‘right-wing’ blogs or forums, where supposedly right-wing women take offense at some comment and go into feminist warrior mode, just like lefties. There are even ‘conservative’ men who defend feminist ideas and who, just like SJWs, take offense on behalf of women if somebody says something anti-feminist or anti-egalitarian.

Feminism has invaded the ‘right’ in various ways, and much of it is unconscious I’m afraid. Because feminism, like the rest of the left’s causes, has gone so far off the rails, people on the right have to be more vigilant, being careful not to let it insinuate itself into our way of thinking.  Egalitarianism is so taken-for-granted that we have to be on our guard against it. It may ‘sound good’ but the devil’s whispers sounded good back in Genesis 3, apparently, and we are forever paying the price.

 

No sympathy

Only the most brain-dead of the lefties could still genuinely feel sympathy for the ‘refugees’ after hearing of behavior like this.

“A riot broke out at a refugee centre in Germany after a group of migrants smashed up their accommodations with iron bars over the lack of phone signal.”

And this isn’t the first time such a thing has happened over the most trivial causes.Supposedly these ‘refugees’ fled their countries, fearing for their lives. If that were true, they would be grateful for safety and a roof over their heads. They would not be wreaking havoc over the lack of Nutella or the lack of a phone signal.

It’s impossible for any sane person to sympathize with anyone who has such an attitude of entitlement and such lack of impulse control when frustrated. They are worse than spoiled children and the coddling they receive from do-gooders and the rogue governments of Europe has incited them to be even more violent and demanding.

 

The vanishing White vocal tradition

There’s been discussion about “cultural appropriation” on the part of White people, with the implication being that Whites “steal” from the culture of the vibrant enrichers — why? The insinuation, sometimes expressed openly, is that White people have no culture of their own, at least, not any worth mentioning. Whites, then, are compelled to steal from the ‘rich’ cultures and ways of the nonwhite peoples, or else they do so maliciously in order to take credit for it. This is just a variation of the Farrakhan-style Afrocentrism which says that Whites ‘stole’ all the African knowledge and learning, thus leaving them with none.

However, Whites are in fact ‘appropriating’ many aspects of black culture, such as the ongoing adoption of black slang (most of our new slang words and phrases seem to have black origins, going back some decades), via White youth culture, which is especially fond of adopting black fads and fashions.

Besides slang there is the example of the black singing style, which seems to have become near-universal amongst younger White pop singers. Examples are legion; I am sure some of you know of more examples than I do, given that I don’t watch TV or listen to radio except for a few stations. However we don’t have to be au courant with the latest pop music (rap, hip-hop, etc.) to look for illustrations. We could go back some decades, to people like Michael Bolton — yes, I know, it’s (((Michael Bolton))), or Taylor Dayne. Or let’s go back to the 1960s, with the Rolling Stones. I remember sort of cringing when listening to Mick Jagger’s ‘vocals’, on songs like ”You Can Make it If You Try‘, where he spoke some of the lyrics, emulating Gene Allison, the black singer who first had a hit with that song. Back then I was far from racially conscious, but Jagger’s style made me want to give him a news flash: that he was White, not black.

Recently a family member and I were talking about how all of today’s White pop singers seem to emulate the black ‘soul’ vocal style, which seems to center around ‘trilling’, bending the notes beyond all recognition, and veering far from the real melody of the song to ‘improvise.’ The emphasis is on exaggerated shows of emotion, with much groaning and moaning, and straining, as if in pain. Yes, I realize that’s part of the intention; it’s been known as ‘soul’ music at least since the 60s, and the claim was that only black people had this vaguely-defined quality called ‘soul’, because of their unique heritage of ‘slavery, Jim Crow’ and the rest, whereas White people are soulless as well as, well, colorless.

Unfortunately White people think they can acquire “soul” via their adulation for black people, it seems. Salvation, for White liberals, is not via grace (through faith in Jesus Christ), but via blacks. Cambria Will Not Yield uses the term worship in this context and it seems he’s not far off.

As it stands, it’s getting harder and harder to find a White singer, especially young White popular singer who does not mimic the black style. Julian Lee, via Counter Currents, wrote a very thorough piece about this trend, and being more versed in music than I am, he expressed it very well. If you are interested in music and White musical traditions it’s well worth reading.

Incidentally, in the piece by Julian Lee, check out the photo of Beyonce; it will take you back to the days when she was still black. It seems the cultural appropriation goes both ways, what with nonwhites ‘appropriating’ the White phenotype, with blonde hair weaves or dye jobs, and skin-bleaching, plus colored contacts.

One black tradition that’s been attempted by Whites is the strange practice of ‘scat-singing’ or more accurately, just ‘scatting.’ Ever since I was a child I found ‘scatting’ to be rather embarrassing when a White tries it. I recently learned I’m not the only one. On the quirky British comedy series, The Mighty Boosh, one of the characters has a strong reaction to ‘scatting’

Oh, scat! Out of all the aspects of jazz, scat has got to be the worst, the main offender.
– You don’t know what it is, do you?

– Not really, but when it comes on, I go red.

Let me demonstrate to you a little bit of the power of jazz scat singing.
Jooby-do-bop, voo-voo-voo-voo, va Bow-voo-doo-boo-boo, bap-a-doo-ju-ju, jooby-do-boo Do-do-do-do, ba! Ba-ba-bow, ju-ba-ba-bow

Oh, I’ve got to get away from you. You’re a freak.
I can feel myself going red.”

It also makes mego red‘. It’s just unseemly somehow. It’s the vocal equivalent of a White person in blackface. It sounds as silly as blackface looks.

Even country music, for a long time the lone bastion of White musicians and musical styles, is succumbing to the influence of blacks, and this is very much intentional on the part of the music moguls, I’m sure. Going back some years now, country musicians have performed songs promoting multiculturalism and universalism, and Brad Paisley, with such a song, unintentionally drew accusations of racism. Sorry, but I have to laugh. But even White country singers are adopting black styles of singing, including using black back-up singers. Can’t have a White style of music, now, can we? That would be racist.

Meanwhile, even ‘folk music’, which at times has been more artificial than grassroots in style, is succumbing, and no surprise, as many ‘folk’ or traditional musicians from Europe and this country are dedicated multiculturalists. This baffles me. Musicians like the Breton icon, Alan Stivell, apparently love the traditions of their folk — yet they incorporate ‘world music’, that is, Third world music, into their work. I just don’t see how loving something, supposedly preserving tradition, allows for adulterating it and blending it with utterly alien influences. We’ve all heard the cliche that ‘music is the universal language’, and it sounds good, but is it really true? I’ve listened to many styles of music from varied cultures, and they may all be interesting in their way. However many sound discordant and unpleasant to my ear, and the music which is from our Western European traditions resonates the best with me, and really speaks to my spirit. I think this is true of most people, if they were honest.

East or West, home is best. I believe the statement that music expresses the soul of a  people, and each people has a unique musical expression, not reproducible by outsiders. Outsiders may ape and mimic something that is not theirs, but the spirit is not there; others’ music is a foreign language and we can’t speak it without a telling ‘accent’ though we try.

Is there any hope of us recovering our own musical and especially vocal styles? I wonder. Not without some reclamation of our self-respect as a people.

 

Clever coinages

The commenters at Steve Sailer’s blog are somewhat of a mixed bag. Most of the comments there are intelligent and sound, although a few of the people, apparently longtime readers, mystifyingly, still don’t seem to ‘get it’ when it comes to race and HBD. Then again, that’s true on a number of other politically incorrect/race realist/racially aware blogs. Why that is, I am not sure, but that’s another story.

Lately I’ve seen some clever and witty turns of phrase in the comments at Sailer’s blog, such as ‘Tragic Dirt.’ I gather that would be the opposite of ‘Magic Dirt’, which, as we know, transforms immigrants into model citizens of ‘their’ new country, simply by their act of standing on the soil. So ‘Tragic Dirt’ would be the explanation for why these immigrants can never prosper in their homelands; the soil has some deleterious quality that ensures their failure in their own land, or their lack of development.

I suppose it would be akin to the old theory of the ‘miasma’, back in the Victorian era, when supposed noxious vapors in certain places accounted for all kinds of bad things.

But the theory of environmental causes for a people’s lack of advancement, a la ‘Tragic Dirt’ sort of makes me think of Jared Diamond’s belief system.

One more coinage I came across at Sailer’s blog, from a commenter: a reference to ‘Cloven Hoof-Kalergi‘ for ‘Coudenhove-Kalergi.’ I’d say that’s apt.

Work on the wall? El Paso will penalize you

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

For one West Texas city, the proposition may be simple: Take a contract to work on Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico and give up any work with the city.

An El Paso city councilman is pushing the idea of prohibiting the city from awarding any kind of contract to a vendor or company working on the proposed wall. The issue will come up Tuesday during a regular meeting of the council.”

Given that El Paso, and much of South Texas along the Rio Grande, are de facto parts of Mexico, (at least demographically), this is not too surprising. I would have guessed that most of the city council of El Paso would be of Mexican origin — but it turns out I was wrong; there are a few non-Latino names on the list of council members. (Scroll down the page to see the El Paso Council members’ names).

However the councilman who proposed this idea of punishing companies working on the border wall is not Anglo, unsurprisingly, despite the ambiguous name. Read the bio here. It’s getting to be boringly predictable, seeing who is who.

Anyway, if the majority of the people of El Paso agree with this, identifying more with the mojados, there’s an easy solution: just build the wall north of El Paso, and let El Paso be part of the state of Chihuahua rather than the state of Texas. How could they object to that?

The ‘preppy’ totalitarians

The story about Charles Murray and his speech at Middlebury College in Vermont is being discussed around the Internet. The fact that a (typically leftist) professor at that college was also assaulted by the ‘student’ thugs adds a twist to it. Surely she is ‘one of their own’, having the correct politics and the kinds of views which are the only kind these apostles of ‘tolerance’ will tolerate.

One thing I’ve noted in the various online comments on the incidents: many are referring to the ‘preppy’ character of the school and the student body, as if it adds to the shocking nature to imagine WASP-y, wealthy students behaving this way. No doubt some of the worst of the ‘social justice’ brownshirts are White students from wealthy homes in the supposedly very White Northeast. But just look at the photo in the linked article; that audience does not look ‘hideously White’ nor very ‘preppy.’ It does not look all that different from the mixed crowd at the community college in the college town near me. So I looked up the demographics of the student body. For a start,  the student body contains only 4% Vermonters. Students come from 42 states, plus the District of Corruption Columbia. They come from no less than 40 countries.

So the student body does not reflect the demographics of the setting, of rural Vermont or New England, or even much of America, come to that.

One other factor: not all the students at that college need be wealthy, considering the prevalence of financial aid. And if diversity is mandatory and of the utmost importance (as these colleges all say it is), then by all means be generous to students without the money to pay the high tuition, but with the requisite amount of ‘vibrancy’, to entice them to come and enrich the diversity-deficient Whites.

If the students of that University are overwhelmingly indoctrinated leftists, as it appears they are, is this because it is in liberal New England, or is that just the nature of college campuses all over America now? I have acquaintances who sent their child to Christian schools (in a non-diverse community) K-12, at considerable expense, and then to one of the most conservative (supposedly) Christian colleges. That college turned their child into a raving SJW in very short order. So it’s everywhere now.

The people who put much stock in Colin Woodward’s conjectures about the ‘nations’ of America place the blame on the old Puritans for the liberalism of New England. In this case, it seems as though the diversity that has been visited on New England since at least the mid-19th century is still having its effect, and the presence of all the ‘diversity’ at Middlebury in 2017 has its effect too. When you introduce outsiders into what has been a homogeneous culture, you make people more self-conscious about the opinions of those ‘Others’ and soon free speech is not so free; we can’t offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. Diversity=death to free discourse and honesty.