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Sunday, 12 March 2017

How Intellectual Élitism Divided America Since the Vietnam War

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It’s a problem that America must address and soon. In a Constitutionally classless society like the USA, intellectual snobbery/élitism is often a default form of pervasive bigotry allowed to permeate society. People more notice other forms of monetary and racial discrimination; so, they come under more frequent criticism. Unlike modern Britain, pre-1917 Russia, or pre-Revolutionary France, the USA’s foundation was on an ideology of classlessness. However, here’s an inherent contradiction. The human world, like the animal world, both consciously and unconsciously ranks things. Primitive societies rank people by their usefulness. Such societies value the strong are over the weak amongst men and the fertile over the infertile amongst women. Feudal societies tended to make things easier by dictating one’s worth by birthright. One can say the same of the Hindu caste system, only with an added spiritual component. However, in a society like America, one can make up the rules of snobbery as one goes along.

During the US Civil War, people had to grapple with racial snobbery, something which in parts of the USA lasted in a formal sense into the 1960s. During the so-called Gilded Age of the late 19th century, wealth was a go-to form of snobbery, although the Federal Income tax and later, the Great Depression, tended to mitigate the public display of such attitudes by the early 20th century. However, since the time of the Vietnam War, intellectual snobbery became the defining movement in all-American snobbery. The 1960s was an era when most Americans had decent economic living standards and it was an era where southern segregation ended, white kids listened to black music, and America’s external might appeared to be strong.

In spite of this, the Vietnam War helped solidify a plague upon American society that exists to this day. During the war, the draft brought many young American men into the armed forces. One of the more common ways to avoid serving in Vietnam was going to a college or university, for being a student exempted one from the draft in essence. Because of this, there was a supposedly equal society where those outside the university environment died in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia whilst college-educated young men partook in the pleasures of the affluent American 1960s. Although Richard Nixon ended the use of drafted soldiers in 1973, America has yet to recover from the ingrained intellectual snobbery born of the Vietnam draft.

Because all societies, including communist ones, have various types of snobbery, it often requires a new snobbery to replace the old. Because many of today’s wealthy in the West prefer to make money and not spend it, the idea of Gatsby style snobbery looks set to remain in a bygone age. Because black and white culture is increasingly integrated, it’s hard to think that a white kid listening to primarily black hip-hop music would be conspicuously racist. Yet, intellectual snobbery remains. Not only this, it’s actively cultivated by the liberal élite. Rather than concealing their snobbery like a wealthy man driving a cheap car or a racist pretending to be neutral on the subject they actively promote it.

Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” was a crucial example of this as was Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills. One sees this snobbery everywhere from the liberal British comedian Dom Joly ridiculing conservative social-media users who don’t use spell-check to US commentators like Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert who continually deride Trump voters as “stupid rednecks”, as though their votes don’t count because of the baseless assumption that they aren’t highly educated. Even if all Trump voters were poorly educated, why should this matter? Modern democracy is about people having representation in exchange for taxation. In the 20th century, the franchise broadened to include all adult citizens except the criminal. It isn’t about how intelligent, how rich, how white, how black, how female, or how tall one is. Furthermore, an elongated and expensive education is no substitute for common sense, psychological maturity, and experience in the real world.

When the war ended in 1975, many Vietnam veterans came to resent the war and oppose much of what it did to society. In this sense, Vietnam veterans adopted the same “opposition with hindsight” attitude to the war as the rest of America. Yet ultimately, the liberal movement didn’t attract many of these men. In many cases, however, the conservative movement of the post-Vietnam era did. The veterans couldn’t relate to the college-educated snobs who wrote hippy rock songs about the war while smoking pot and impregnating the local women, while they, the draftees, were in Southeast Asia being shot at from the trees. Even though many of these college/university students were anti-war, their daily realities were far removed from the men who actually fought the war. Many of the soldiers felt that many college-educated individuals in the anti-war movement condescended towards them, and not even attempt to understand, let alone relate to them. This is why many of these men voted for the hawkish Ronald Reagan in his landslide victory of 1984. Where Reagan’s liberal Democratic opponent Walter Mondale was unintentionally condescending, Reagan was a masterful communicator who had a way of making people feel included irrespective of their status in society. Until the liberal élitists learn this, they may be out of power for a long time. The liberals did as good a job at losing as Trump did at winning. Liberal élitism remains a key reason for both.

10 March 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

http://theduran.com/intellectual-elitism-dividing-america-since-vietnam-war-video/

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Monday, 2 May 2016

2 May 2016. 30 April was Vietnam’s Victory Day… 41 Years Since They Defeated the American Aggressors

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On 30 April, Vietnam celebrated the 41st anniversary of their victory over the American aggression in Southeast Asia. Do note well how the hubristical Anglos shy away from talking about their defeats in Korea and Vietnam… and their looming defeats in Afghanistan and Libya (not to mention their failed projects using puppet clients in Georgia, the Ukraine, and Syria). The USA has never been a “hyperpower”… it isn’t the “strongest nation on Earth”. It merely spends the most on its military… much of it wasted in political corruption (the worst in the world) or frittered away in pointless conflicts in Southwest Asia and North Africa… theatres of little importance to American national security.

The USA hasn’t faced peer opponents since Korea… do recall that the USSR and the PRC achieved their objective (restoring the status quo ante), whilst the USA lost horribly (it attempted to take over the entire Korean peninsula and failed). Do have a care with the Trump Chumps, the HillyBillys, the Beltway Commandos, and rightwing pundits like Rod Dreher… they live in a Cloud-Cuckoo Land divorced from reality. They want to “make America great again”… do note that other parties do have other ideas on that… and that “greatness” involves the shedding of your kids’ blood, not theirs (their kids would be safe in college… yours would be liable for the draft). All candidates are warmongers save for Bernie… do vote accordingly…

Have a care, the times aren’t good…

BMD

Thursday, 28 November 2013

28 November 2013. Why Does The Right Distort Our REAL History?

00 Lend-Lease Posters 01. USSR. 28.11.13

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00 Lend-Lease Posters 01. USSR. Our Northern Neighbour. 28.11.13

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00 Lend-Lease Posters 01. USSR. Russian War Relief. 28.11.13

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00 Lend-Lease Posters 01. USSR. United We Will Win. 28.11.13

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One of the most disturbing aspects of the last thirty, “deregulated“, years has been the mendacious and blatant distortion of history by the right. Of course, the most blatant abusers are Fox (Non-) News and Rush Limbaugh, but the rightwing publicity machine, along with “Evangelical” propaganda, also played their roles in this dirty little game. In many ways, it continues the failed 1950s McCarthyite scam… but with collusion from the government. Many things allowed today under “deregulation” were rightfully unlawful and criminal prior to 1981. Yes, kids… most of the crapitalist nonsense tactics allowed in the contemporary USA were ILLEGAL prior to Slobberin’ Ronnie. The Republican Party deteriorated to the point were it nominated an open tax cheat (with MILIONS in offshore accounts) and draft dodger (his corporate daddy bought him a dodgy “clergy” deferment during the Vietnam War) as its presidential candidate. That is, it nominated not only a non-patriot, it nominated an anti-patriot. Wet Willy Romney incarnates Marx’s dictum, “Capital has no homeland”. That is, “Capital despises patriotism, family ties, and hometown loyalties”.

 Look at the above posters from World War II. At that time, the USA had a semi-socialist government. That allowed the USA to mobilise its resources efficiently… it allowed the USA to outproduce the Axis all on its own. In short, socialism not only works, it works wonderfully. Mind you, had the USA had a full socialist system, the miracle of production would’ve been GREATER. Don’t listen to rightwing rubbish that socialism is a “failed system”… the fall of the USSR had nothing to do with that, it succumbed to a coup carried out by a bunch of nutters… it had nothing to do with socialism per se. Gorbachyov gambled… and lost. Nevertheless, his gamble had nothing to do with socialism itself, it was a failed attempt to overhaul the USSR‘s governmental apparatus, which is entirely different.

Understand this… the USA of today isn’t the USA of World War II. It’s degenerated into a kleptocracy run by corporate interests. We’re no longer the “Land of the Free”… Bush saw to that with PRISM, black sites, Guantánamo, and the TSA. We’re no longer the country that moves and lights the world (in the industrial sense)… selfish oligarchs gutted our industry, sent it abroad (in search of cheap labour), and put their added profits in offshore banks, refusing to invest in this country. In short, the platform of the Republican Party is nothing but rapine for the sake of the One Percent… an enterprise that’s not only criminal to the bone (for it WAS illegal prior to 1981), but also sinful and immoral (according to both Pope Francisco and HH).  Note well that some Orthodox clergy support the Republican Party and “bless” its immoral criminal programme. They’re modern chernosotentsy… they’re the same sorts who brought down the persecution on the Church in the homeland (God DOES see and judge).

It’s time to go back to the future and end our dalliance with evil. Trust me, the enabling of crapitalism in the West is a far worse thing than abortion is… it’s far worse than ANY moral problem out there. You see, if we don’t tackle greed, we don’t tackle sin at all. Greed is the root of all evil… if we forget that, we forget EVERYTHING that Our Lord Christ taught us. Think on that…

BMD 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

12 November 2013. A Smile from the Russian Web… Putin vs Obama… VVP Over BHO

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I saw this little number on the Russian web. I support the Prez, as I realise what the alternative is. Do you want a Republican corporatist state? I don’t… and neither do most other people. After all, most folks have wised up to the Republican desire to gut Social Security and Medicare, and ramp up regressive taxes on working people (which includes most managers) so that the One Percent can pay their country club dues, buy their crappy McMansions, and sock the remainder in offshore accounts in the Caymans (they certainly don’t intend to invest it in the USA to create American jobs). Such people are criminals, and we must treat them as such. After all, Wet Willy Romney is a major tax evader and was a cowardly draft dodger in the Vietnam War (his corporate daddy bought him a bogus “clergy” deferment). He symbolises the New GOP… grasping, greedy, a bully, but cowardly at heart.

However, this is a good belly-laugh, and it illustrates why VVP won the tug o’ war over Syria. Ease on down the road, Vova!

BMD

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