Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bannon's Reading List: The Elites Suck

This is interesting.  Apparently Steve Bannon rather likes Christopher Lasch's writings.

...some time ago the CEO of Breitbart identified Lasch’s final book The Revolt of the Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy as one of the driving inspirations behind today’s populist agenda....

Lasch was no "conservative," but he understood real life's priorities.

...Select passages from the essay “Why The Left Has No Future” make Lasch’s presence on Bannon’s reading list even easier to understand. In this biting and ruthless analysis of the contemporary intellectual climate, Lasch characterizes liberal writers as mere pseudo-radical posers. They are “full of moral outrage and theoretical hot air,” he reckons, and are doomed to failure because of their inability to comprehend “religion, pro-family attitudes, and [the] ethic of personal accountability.” Rather than address the social, cultural, and economic forces that have contributed to the decline of the family, the intelligentsia prefers to change the family’s definition, a course that in Lasch’s estimation seems a little like a doctor redefining health so as to cover up the fact that he is poisoning his patients....

Then there's this, on the Elites.

...turning their back on the heartland and cultivating ties with the international market of fast-moving money, glamour, fashion, and popular culture. It is a question whether they think of themselves as Americans at all. Patriotism, certainly, does not rank very high in their hierarchy of virtues. “Multiculturalism,” on the other hand, suits them to perfection, conjuring up the agreeable image of a global bazaar in which exotic cuisines, exotic styles of dress, exotic music, exotic tribal customs can be savored indiscriminately, with no questions asked and no commitments required. The new elites are at home only in transit, en route to a high-level conference, to the grand opening of a new franchise, to an international film festival, or to an undiscovered resort....

If there were only ONE theoretical justification for the 10th Amendment, that is it.

Note, please, that The Elites come in (R) and (D) flavors.  They certainly screwed up the country under both Bushes, and achieved orbital velocity under Obozo--who, if he was not Manchurian, was complicit in fomenting what is rapidly becoming a shooting war in this country.

Lasch never advocated expelling The Elites from the country.  One wonders 'why not?'


Anonymous said...

What do you mean when you use the term "manchurian"?


Dad29 said...

As in "The Manchurian Candidate"--a novel about a candidate who was pre-programmed by his real masters.