23 09 11 - 19:50Insightful:
How can I make the argument that I have given up radicalism?
It is because my âradical viewsâ are becoming the conventional wisdom of White America: the federal government is hopelessly dysfunctional, it is growing ever more tyrannical, Americaâs best days are in the past, we canât afford anymore foreign wars to spread democracy, the mainstream media is the propaganda arm of the liberal establishment, White people live under intolerable racial double standards.
There is nothing that can possibly be done to appease black people, we need to dismantle the welfare state and get rid of affirmative action, racial differences are intractable, âanti-racismâ is based on pseudoscience, White people are the victims of black-on-white violent crime, globalization has destroyed the American economy, free trade has eroded the American working class, the SPLC is an illegitimate organization, Newsweek is an illegitimate magazine. - OD
I think it's even simpler than this: people are turning against liberalism, which is "subsidized egalitarianism."
The idea of equality caused multiculturalism, class warfare, enforced equality and many other triggers for vast social problems.
People want to dial back the moral state and make government functional in a limited mode again. Stop trying to save the world, government. Stop telling us what is right -- we know, by our own lights and those of our religions, philosophies and traditions.
We no longer want the Great Ideological Crusade of the 1960s. It failed. It failed on 9/11, it failed in the flash mobs, it failed in the UK riots, and it's going to fail as the EU and USA go bankrupt on their steady diet of entitlements, diversity, government bureaucracy, sex education, anti-drug propaganda and other Nanny State programs.
We took a wrong turn; let's retrace our steps and try again.