Iconoclast Awokening

Here at Ratburger.org, we seem to be in agreement that what the Left wants is the downfall of western civilization and a re-making of America into a Leftist totalitarian state.

If you need evidence to convince your friends that this is what the Left wants, here is a survey reported in an essay at Quillette.

“The Great Awokening and the Second American Revolution”

The author is Eric Kaufmann, is a Canadian professor:

Eric Kaufmann is professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Whiteshift: Immigration, Populism and the Future of White Majorities (Penguin/Abrams, 2019).

He hates President Trump and has internalized all the Leftist and Never lies about Trump.  Nevertheless, he has been sounding the alarm about immigration from Muslim countries and his book is about the crisis that is building from demographic trends.  He also has been writing critically about  misleading and harmful “Left-modernist social constructs.”

He surveyed attitudes in America.

Quotes from Eric Kaufmann’s article:

The iconoclasts are changing minds, and could be in a position to enact a root-and-branch reconstruction of America into something completely unrecognizable to its present-day inhabitants.

Like Red Guards with a hair-trigger sensitivity for sniffing out the bourgeois, today’s left-modernist offense archaeologists outdo each other in trying to reframe the world as racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and so on. Turning the principle of charity on its head, they insist on the most suspicious interpretation of a person’s motives when the subject matter is associated with their canonical totems of race, gender, sexuality. A Hispanic man flicking his fingers outside his truck window gets fired because this was photographed, tweeted, and spun as the “OK” white power sign. The result is an atmosphere where inter-personal trust is as low as humanly possible while discursive power flows to the accuser. The new cultural revolutionaries have constructed our emotional and conceptual reality.

…I decided, on May 7th, to ask what I thought were outlandish questions—almost to the point of inflicting a Sokal Squared-style hoax on survey respondents. The answers I received amazed me. I then repeated the exercise on June 15th, after the George Floyd killing and subsequent protests to see whether things had gotten even crazier. It turns out they have.

Here is what I asked people to agree or disagree with:

  1. Rebalance the history taught in schools until its voices and subjects reflect the demographics of the population and heritage of Native people and citizens of color.  60%
  2. Move, after public consultation, to a new American anthem that better reflects our diversity as a people.  71%
  3. Rename our cities and towns until they match the demographics of the population.  36%
  4. Rebalance the art shown in museums across the country until an analysis of content shows that it reflects the demography of the population and perspective of Native people and citizens of color.  76%
  5. Move, after an open public process, to a new name for our country that better reflects the contributions of Native Americans and our diversity as a people.  33%
  6. Rename our states until they better reflect the heritage of Native people and citizens of color.  28%
  7. Gradually replace many older public buildings with new structures that don’t perpetuate a Eurocentric order, until a more representative public space is achieved.  52%
  8. Respectfully remove the monument to four white male presidents at Mount Rushmore, as they presided over the conquest of Native people and repression of women and minorities.  44%
  9. Allow our public parks to return to their natural state, before a European sense of order was imposed upon them.  58%
  10. Move, after public consultation, to a new American flag that better reflects our diversity as a people.  32%
  11. Consider adopting a new national language, that will be forged from the immigrant and Native linguistic diversity of this country’s past.  15%
  12. Remove existing statues of white men from public spaces until the stock of statues matches the demographics of the population.  51%
  13. Gently remodel the statue of liberty to make it better reflect the diversity of America.  20%
  14. Rename our streets and neighbourhoods until they match the demographics of the population.  47%
  15. Move, after public consultation, to a new American constitution that better reflects our diversity as a people.  70%
  16. Begin changing the layout of our cities, towns, and highways, moving away from the grid system to follow the more natural trails originally used by Native people.  23%

[I put the percentages on the list above.  That is his finding for the percentage of liberals, not “Far-Left” respondents, who approve of these proposals.   The percentages for Far-Left respondents was either equal or higher in all cases, sometimes much higher.  I added these values here because I could not copy his charts at a good-enough resolution.]

[In the article he discusses trends.  Attitudes shifted to the left during the riots, at a significant level.  The bottom line on trends is that his sample, which is young and white, trended a half point more Democrat and a third of a point less Republican over the month between his surveys in May and June.]

More from Professor Kaufmann’s essay:

Today’s “woke” cultural Jacobins are acting rationally by trying to destroy the country’s traditions. Put simply, the goal of equalizing the representation of social groups clashes with the desire to maximize cultural depth. Cultural solidarity, like liberty, is in tension with the idea that groups of all kinds must have equal billing in the symbolic pantheon. Offense archaeology is the enemy of meaning-driven archaeology.

Homosexuality and atheism, for instance, are no longer the taboos they once were. The erosion of those taboos contributed to liberalism, but what happens when taboos tack in the opposite direction, toward an authoritarian censorship of critics of atheism and gay marriage, in the name of preventing “harm”? This barely perceptible change, from negative to positive liberalism, has enormous implications for human freedom. It’s in full swing because today’s dominant ideology of left-modernism has discovered that controlling social norms is the key to shifting the flock in its desired direction. The Right has been caught flat-footed, obsessed by tax cuts and foreign policy, both of which coincidentally (?) allow it to steer clear of the sacred cows of left-modernism.

Once this norm innovation is lodged in the DNA of elite institutions, government agencies, corporations and much of the media, “truths” like “systemic racism” or “speech is violence” become sacred values that cannot be questioned by evidence. Today there is still a struggle to be had, so left-modernist radicals are fighting to consolidate their grip on the ethos of institutions through advertising boycotts, Twitter mobs and internal staff activism. As under Maoism, once compromised, institutions compete to outdo each other in exemplifying left-modernism’s values.

A new cultural nationalism offers the best hope for the survival of American myth, symbol, and memory. Whether the American consciousness survives or goes the way of the Provençals depends on it.

 

The Great Awokening and the Second American Revolution

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14 thoughts on “Iconoclast Awokening”

  1. Able Lives Matter.
    White Lives Matter.
    Gifted Lives Matter.
    Citizen Lives Matter.
    Taxpayer Lives Matter.
    Homeowner Lives Matter.
    Saluting the Flag Matters.
    Heterosexual Lives Matter.
    Respecting the police Matters.
    Standing for the National Anthem Matters.
    Treating veterans with honor and medical care Matters.
    Strive for intellectual puberty…
    …then date.

    DemSoc and its militants are not about dialectic.  DemSoc and its militants are about eating you.  Their armor is your respect for the law.  Commit suicide by being the better man.

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  2. “Begin changing the layout of our cities, towns, and highways, moving away from the grid system to follow the more natural trails originally used by Native people. “

    Drive Manhattan, drive New Jersey.  The man is a gibbering idiot.

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  3. Haakon Dahl:

    Uncle Al:
    Commit suicide by being the better man.

    Your immortality is assured.

    No chance suicide is going to happen to anyone here any time soon. What are the options for the so-so man and the craven coward? (Asking for a friend.)

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  4. Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:
    Bubba, do you think the Great Awakening was the foundation for the American Revolution?

    I thought the Great Awakening wasn’t until the 1820s. Or I might be thinking of the Second Great Awakening.

    Robert, yes, you are thinking of the Second Great Awakening.   The first Great Awakening took place a century earlier.  The signature event was a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards, titled “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  Many Americans turned to the churches during the Great Awakening.  It was a time that launched a big surge in Baptist churches, which drew support away from the Church of England.  Also it was at that time that the Methodist movement got its start, which also drew support away from the Church of England.

    I don’t think this religious current so much directly fostered the American Revolution as it provided indirect support.  It made American colonials more willing to discuss matters of spiritual relevance, including willingness to take up arms in order to secure liberty from a tyrannical system.   Religious revival was just part of the background of social currents that helped the Revolution gain traction.

    I commend “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  It is a really good read.  You can see that Edwards was a demanding preacher; expecting his listeners to be engaged at a high level of literacy.  And, it has been badly mischaracterized ever since by anti-Christians and by anti-Baptist Christians.   It is worth your time.

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  5. Uncle Al:

    “Begin changing the layout of our cities, towns, and highways, moving away from the grid system to follow the more natural trails originally used by Native people. “

    Drive Manhattan, drive New Jersey.  The man is a gibbering idiot.

    His sixteen propositions were intentionally developed to be stupid, to test how much support the Left would have for stupid.  They exceeded his expectations.

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  6. MJBubba:

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:
    Bubba, do you think the Great Awakening was the foundation for the American Revolution?

    I thought the Great Awakening wasn’t until the 1820s. Or I might be thinking of the Second Great Awakening.

    Robert, yes, you are thinking of the Second Great Awakening.   The first Great Awakening took place a century earlier.  The signature event was a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards, titled “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  Many Americans turned to the churches during the Great Awakening.  It was a time that launched a big surge in Baptist churches, which drew support away from the Church of England.  Also it was at that time that the Methodist movement got its start, which also drew support away from the Church of England.

    I don’t think this religious current so much directly fostered the American Revolution as it provided indirect support.  It made American colonials more willing to discuss matters of spiritual relevance, including willingness to take up arms in order to secure liberty from a tyrannical system.   Religious revival was just part of the background of social currents that helped the Revolution gain traction.

    I commend “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  It is a really good read.  You can see that Edwards was a demanding preacher; expecting his listeners to be engaged at a high level of literacy.  And, it has been badly mischaracterized ever since by anti-Christians and by anti-Baptist Christians.   It is worth your time.

    I thought the preachers Wesley and Whitfield were more the reason for the Great Awakening. Edwards didn’t travel very far, did he?

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  7. MJBubba:

    Uncle Al:

    “Begin changing the layout of our cities, towns, and highways, moving away from the grid system to follow the more natural trails originally used by Native people. “

    Drive Manhattan, drive New Jersey.  The man is a gibbering idiot.

    His sixteen propositions were intentionally developed to be stupid, to test how much support the Left would have for stupid.  They exceeded his expectations.

    They weren’t the only ones.  But hey, when you have a handful of kooker theories and a racist murderous online persona, well, who needs literacy?

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  8. MJBubba:
    [Quoting Kauffman] “Respectfully remove the monument to four white male presidents at Mount Rushmore, as they presided over the conquest of Native people and repression of women and minorities.”

    So 44% of “liberal” and 58% of “very liberal” respondents want to dynamite Mount Rushmore?  All I can say is they’d better not mess with Sam Hill!

    Sam Hill (from “Roswell, Texas”)

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  9. 10 Centssays:

    Haakon Dahl:

    Uncle Al:
    Commit suicide by being the better man.

    Your immortality is assured.

    No chance suicide is going to happen to anyone here any time soon. What are the options for the so-so man and the craven coward? (Asking for a friend.)

    After they beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, they will be my slaves doing my farming.  Celtic priests, “A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine,” “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.”  This is likely apocryphal.

    A Ninth Century antiphony for churches, dedicated to St. Vaast or St. Medard: “Summa pia gratia nostra conservando corpora et cutodita, de gente fera Normannica nos libera, quae nostra vastat, Deus, regna,” “Our supreme and holy Grace, protecting us and ours, deliver us, God, from the savage race of Northmen which lays waste our realms.”  God is doing His hair this epoch.  In the meanwhile, while others prey, support evolution – shoot back.

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  10. 10 Cents:

    MJBubba:

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:
    Bubba, do you think the Great Awakening was the foundation for the American Revolution?

    I thought the Great Awakening wasn’t until the 1820s. Or I might be thinking of the Second Great Awakening.

    Robert, yes, you are thinking of the Second Great Awakening.   The first Great Awakening took place a century earlier.  The signature event was a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards, titled “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  Many Americans turned to the churches during the Great Awakening.  It was a time that launched a big surge in Baptist churches, which drew support away from the Church of England.  Also it was at that time that the Methodist movement got its start, which also drew support away from the Church of England.

    I don’t think this religious current so much directly fostered the American Revolution as it provided indirect support.  It made American colonials more willing to discuss matters of spiritual relevance, including willingness to take up arms in order to secure liberty from a tyrannical system.   Religious revival was just part of the background of social currents that helped the Revolution gain traction.

    I commend “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.”  It is a really good read.  You can see that Edwards was a demanding preacher; expecting his listeners to be engaged at a high level of literacy.  And, it has been badly mischaracterized ever since by anti-Christians and by anti-Baptist Christians.   It is worth your time.

    I thought the preachers Wesley and Whitfield were more the reason for the Great Awakening. Edwards didn’t travel very far, did he?

    The historical Great Awakening includes John and Charles Wesley, and Whitfield.  It was a period of general Christian revival that also saw increased worship attendance in the Church of England and also in Catholic parishes and Quaker meetings.  The rise of the Methodist movement took a decade or so to gain purchase in the American Colonies.  Whereas copies of “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” were spread far and wide in the Colonies.   I suppose it depends on how expansive a date range you want to use.

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  11. Uncle Al:

    10 Centssays:

    Haakon Dahl:

    Uncle Al:
    Commit suicide by being the better man.

    Your immortality is assured.

    No chance suicide is going to happen to anyone here any time soon. What are the options for the so-so man and the craven coward? (Asking for a friend.)

    After they beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, they will be my slaves doing my farming.  Celtic priests, “A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine,” “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.”  This is likely apocryphal.

    A Ninth Century antiphony for churches, dedicated to St. Vaast or St. Medard: “Summa pia gratia nostra conservando corpora et cutodita, de gente fera Normannica nos libera, quae nostra vastat, Deus, regna,” “Our supreme and holy Grace, protecting us and ours, deliver us, God, from the savage race of Northmen which lays waste our realms.”  God is doing His hair this epoch.  In the meanwhile, while others prey, support evolution – shoot back.

    If your murderous, racist rhetoric to this point had been about shooting *back*, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.  If you had just left me alone rather than infesting threads I start (i.e., in which my name appears) with your unwelcome, barely-human ramblings, we wouldn’t have a conversation at all.  I asked you very politely for distance, and you ignored it.  Given your obvious mental deficiencies, I won;t be surprised if you say that you didn’t see it or didn’t understand it.

    You are trash and I’ll be happy to be clear of you one way or another.

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