Today people will do anything they can to avoid thinking. Especially when it comes to that unseemly feeling many of them have when they watch the news. The latest atrocities become background noise, it’s the static of our way of life.
To the extent that they think at all, it is usually about “things” and almost never does it go to the roots of their problems. To your average NPR-listening liberal, the events in Orlando just provided more fodder for their belief that we need to end “gun culture” and ban “assault weapons”. To them, it also serves as another teachable moment about how “this is not real Islam”, or that “Islam is a religion of peace” or some other shining shibboleth of the moment.
President Obama typified this view when he said:
We have to counter extremism, but we also have to make sure that it's not easy for somebody who decides they want to harm people in this country to be able to obtain weapons to get at them…One of the biggest challenges we are going to have is this kind of propaganda and perversions of Islam that you see generated on the internet, and the capacity for that to seep into the minds of troubled individuals or weak individuals, and seeing them motivated them
At this point, he might as well just leave the teleprompter running and phone in the rest of his presidency from a golf course.
“Movement” conservatives in their way are no better. For them, it provides another example to rail about the importance of the second amendment and concealed carry. Anytime a mass shooting occurs I can almost hear the email pitches being feverishly typed at the NRA headquarters on their latest mission to squeeze every last dime out of anyone, anywhere who made the mistake of giving them their email address.
Then there’s Trump.
He alone gets to the real, and the visceral of our situation. That there is something alien about Islamic terrorism on American soil, and that at its root the problem isn’t things, but people. A people who come here because it’s a shopping mall now instead of a country.
Omar Mateen in many ways is the poster child for our broken immigration system. A second generation immigrant who, if anything, practiced a reverse assimilation. Alienated by a hollow American society he turned to the Koran, and the Islamic state like so many other disaffected Muslims in this, the early stages of the colonization of the West.
Horrific as his actions were, in many ways they serve the purposes of our managerial elite.
The left used to talk about a “surplus repression” that kept people in line. The fear of being fired, the need to pay a mortgage, or even finding actualization outside of some grand social struggle. This was all well and good when the managerial state could provide the goods, the much vaunted “Affluent State” of the so-called American Century.
Today, though, our(and I mean White’s) economic prospects are much diminished. Our people are opting out in higher and higher rates, and there is a real desperation in the air. In fact, it almost feels revolutionary.
But, what it can’t give in butter, our managerial state gives back in anarcho-tyranny. These actions, if they are by an Islamist like Mateen or a so-called “Neo-Confederate” like Dylann Roof are just “surplus violence” for the system.
No crisis ever goes to waste.
There is always a call to “combat extremism”, but it never ends up addressing any fundamental issue. Ultimately it will just mean more restrictions on law-abiding Whites, and more lectures about the importance of “diversity” to our strength.
The system needs an enemy to legitimize itself. They’ll use any excuse to reinvigorate the hollow lies that lie at the foundation of it. Here’s President Obama again:
So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.
Our fundamental values, equality, indeed.
So they’ll use this atrocity like they’ve used every other one in the past. To try to rally around the flag and attempt to necromance the dead letters they live by.
For us, it’s another reminder of why we fight. That there can be another future, and it’s ours to build. At least once our enemies get off the dancefloor.