Damon Linker’s has a new take on the Atlanta shooting that focuses on the real issue it has revealed instead of the contrived “white supremacy” narrative.
“We have so many mass shootings in this country, and so much gun violence in general, that those who come to a sweeping conclusion on the basis of any one massacre are playing a fool’s game.
Yet the facts wrapped up with Tuesday’s rampage at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area nonetheless raise disturbing questions about relations between the sexes in the contemporary United States — and in particular about the complex and ominous interaction of loneliness and rage inside a certain subset of American men. …
Marriage rates have been falling for years. Men and women are both unhappy with the dating scene. There are numerous reasons for both trends. But one of them is the country’s growing political divide. Joe Biden won women by 15 points in 2020 while Donald Trump won men by 8 points. …
If anything, the second American Mind essay (presumably authored by a woman writing under the pseudonym Peachy Keenan) displays even greater contempt for the attitudes and outlook of young women in America today. Taking its cue from poll data showing 1-in-6 young adult (18-23) Generation Z women identifying as LGBTQ, with 72 percent of those claiming to be bisexual, the essay claims that calling oneself bi gives now gives one “extra social points” and “elevated social status as a protected class.”
This incident shows exactly why the culture war is needed.
In the late 20th century, previous generations of Americans broke with centuries of tradition and changed all sorts of things about this country without thinking through the long term consequences.
Here is a short list:
- Modernism went mainstream in the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s
- Birth control and legalized abortion
- Divorce on demand
- Hardcore pornography available on the internet
- Mass legal and illegal immigration from Third World countries
- Political correctness and later wokeness
- The repression of whiteness in the name of “anti-racism”
- Civil Rights
- Anti-racism becoming synonymous with morality
- Denial of the existence of racial differences and later differences between the sexes
- ATHEISM (the loss of traditional religion)
- The replacement of traditional morality with the -isms and -phobias
- Neoliberalism (open borders/free trade/deregulation/low taxes)
- Gay marriage and trans in more recent years but flowing from this culture
Those are just some of the examples of “progress” that come immediately to mind. The culture has changed more radically in the last 50 years than it has in the last 2,000 years.
Did anyone give any thought to the long term consequences of these massive social and economic changes? It seems to me that the assumption was that it would just all work out in the end. But what if it doesn’t end up working out for most people? What happens then?
Consider what has happened here: the professional class in this country has by and large lost their religion and forgotten what morality itself used to be and has rejected and dismissed the vast majority of people who live in the middle of the country as hopelessly bigoted and backward. We don’t have a culture, economy or political order that is working for most people in this country anymore.
We have a bloated, insular and isolated coastal elite that only wants to hear its own voice. When men and women can’t form stable families and fertile partnerships anymore (just look at those numbers for Gen Z), this is not a small problem. This is a flashing red siren that major trouble is ahead.
Enlightened people would look at this shooting in Atlanta along with the other recent incel rage shootings like the one in Tallahassee and trace it back to our toxic culture. They would ask themselves things like how do we fix this problem. We can’t do that though because asking the right questions about our social order would lead to accusations of various -isms and -phobias which could be a career death sentence.
These grievances don’t go away though. They only get worse. There is no room to talk about these grievances in the “mainstream.” So the conversation is driven underground. That’s how you get these rage shooters like Robert Long or the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger. More people drown in self pity and just kill themselves rather than harm others. It all “circles back” to social liberalism.