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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Naomi Wolf, on modernity and tribe


Via Vox Popoli.
Many lower-income women in Western Europe today – often single parents working pink-collar ghetto jobs that leave them exhausted and without realistic hope of advancement – can reasonably enough feel a sense of nostalgia for past values and certainties. For them, the idealized vision of an earlier age, one in which social roles were intact and women’s traditional contribution supposedly valued, can be highly compelling.

And, of course, parties that promote such a vision promise women – including those habituated to second-class status at work and the bulk of the labor at home – that they are not just faceless atoms in the postmodern mass. Rather, you, the lowly clerical worker, are a “true” Danish, Norwegian, or French woman. You are an heiress to a noble heritage, and thus not only better than the mass of immigrants, but also part of something larger and more compelling than is implied by the cog status that a multiracial, secular society offers you.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
The attraction of right-wing parties to women should be examined, not merely condemned. If a society does not offer individuals a community life that takes them beyond themselves, values only production and the bottom line, and opens itself to immigrants without asserting and cherishing what is special and valuable about Danish, Norwegian, or French culture, it is asking for trouble. For example, upholding the heritage of the Enlightenment and progressive social ideals does not require racism or pejorative treatment of other cultures; but politically correct curricula no longer even make the attempt to do so.
It seems like even Naomi Wolf is beginning to realize what an absolute hash she and her ilk have made of things. As Vox points out, where do the multi-cultists think "diversity" comes from? Shifting borders and peoples does not mean less ethnicities; it means more.

Roissy has some thoughts on this as well. "Diversity" is good for building a shallow, secular society of atomized people who are polite to each other, but it does not foster community.

10 comments:

Julian O'Dea said...

Interesting quote. Quite a good analysis. Of course, she is basically a journalist, and maybe looking for the next faux trend to write about.

lannes said...

Journalists know that any statement with "race" or "skin color" in it is an attention-grabber.

Anonymous said...

Her job these days seems to be to break gently to the base that stuff really isn't that simple, that nuance cuts a lot of ways, and that what the base has to offer is often pretty thin gruel.

Porter said...

you, the lowly clerical worker, are a “true” Danish, Norwegian, or French woman. You are an heiress to a noble heritage, and thus not only better than the mass of immigrants, but also part of something larger and more compelling than is implied by the cog status that a multiracial, secular society offers you.

This is, obviously, exactly right. Though AG, without suffering to read the piece itself, is it correct to assume that she meant the above passage disparagingly?

The Anti-Gnostic said...

You know, I actually did click thru and it's a pretty terse essay. Not sure what's going through Miz Wolf's head.

And, I also feel compelled to add, a Morroccan should feel exactly the same way about tourists or do-gooders traipsing thru her ancient and storied homelands.

"Like living in a big family house." That's how people should feel in their (in every sense) homeland. And if we've scrambled all those ties that bind thru our pathological modernity and conquest, then it's time to make amends.

How it's done, I don't know. I have some ideas but I'm sure there are better thinkers than me who can take it from there.

Porter said...

I thought the quotes around "true" Danish seemed indicative of a position that the continuity of blood and a people were contrived. Otherwise, simply true Danish would suffice as a description. But I'm assuming malice where it only exists in 99% portions.

And I agree about the Morroccan's equal claim, though I highly doubt their Dutch brigades would accede to its principled application on their choice of residence.

And that's an area we need to clarify. Our granting of principled accommodations to others is reciprocated exactly ZERO. And I, for one, am done with the exercise.

I want us to survive as a people. Once that's been secured, I'll leave it to more charitable personalities to ensure that those who would grant us nothing are granted their due.

Bert said...

The rise of UKIP support and anti-EU sentiment has the British left spooked. Couple that with an economic recovery that nobody thinks is a recovery and you have a recipe for discord.

Northern Refugee said...

http://news.yahoo.com/condoms-rebranded-south-africa-hiv-infections-rise-184810873.html;_ylt=AwrBJR_nsD1TVUAA083QtDMD

AG,

The above article is in reference to a common theme of yours: what happens when a society is completely overwhelmed by the r-selected. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, roughly 12% of the population. Despite massive public health campaigns, condom use and HIV infection are on the rise. Of course, this means:

" millions of people placed on a vast state-sponsored treatment programme."

paid for by an ever dwindling productive sector. What can you do with people that can't even be bothered to save their own lives, while demanding the latest Western technology and medicine as their birthright?

Rev. Right said...

"What can you do with people that can't even be bothered to save their own lives, while demanding the latest Western technology and medicine as their birthright?"

Just what we've been doing - spending billions on medicines and food technology for tropical regions, and sending food aid every time there's a famine in the great century long quest to produce 2 billion sub-Saharan Africans (we're almost there -one more generation). Oh, and accepting ever more refugees and immigrants into Western countries. That goes without saying.

It's just the right thing to do, right? Even though more people in dysfunctional countries will mean more suffering. Even though there is no way this demographic explosion doesn't blow back across our shores. Noble intentions that will quite likely result in problems on a horrific scale are still noble intentions.

Can you imagine the public debate premised on the position that maybe it would be more humane in the long run to find some other, more 'sustainable' outlet for our need to do good?

No, that would be racist. So proceed we must.

Contemplationist said...

But, dude! Cass Sunstein told us that bowling leagues and PTA and all that community stuff can breed NAZIS! Nazis you hear!
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-07-30/could-bowling-leagues-and-the-pta-breed-nazis-