by PAUL COLLITS – THE entire Western world has come to believe that anyone feeling offence, or claims to, has a right to call a halt to all human proceedings.
Our current global madness is marked by governments, often popularly elected, who think it’s their job to attempt to change the climate and to “eliminate” viruses they themselves created – all the while killing innocent people with abortion, euthanasia, bioweapons and gene therapy.
What passes for governance nowadays is merely performative gibberish dressed up as serious activity.
The feisty, perceptive, humorous and much reviled UK commentator Katie Hopkins has a regular channel on YouTube about Britain in which she describes it, accurately, as “bat###t bonkers” Britain.
Scarcely a day goes by without some new nutty twist to life in Old Blighty that is worthy of Hopkins’ tongue-in-cheek reportage.
One was reminded of the extent of Britain’s lunacy last week in a story from The Guardian about a tribute to the composer, the great John Barry, which felt the need for trigger warnings.
“Audiences at a new season of films at the British Film Institute in London have been cautioned the titles – including two James Bond movies – ‘will cause offence today’.
“The disclaimer warns that all the films in John Barry: Soundtracking Bond and Beyond ‘contain language, images or other content that reflect views prevalent in its time, but will cause offence today (as they did then).”
Feeling offence has been a first world problem since, well, the first world. How the entire Western world came to the conclusion that anyone feeling offence, or claiming to, or acting on behalf of someone claiming to, has a right to call a halt to human proceedings is one of life’s mysteries.
It is beyond mysterious. It is certifiable. It makes anything that crazed bats might do look decidedly sane.
The supreme irony is that it is our age endlessly described as the educated age, the rational age, the progressive age and the modern age.
The infantile idiocy of the BFI and its peers across most walks of life simply leaves one speechless. These people are merely playing at human seriousness. Batshit bonkers.
The woke revolution and its enforcement, hundreds of years after the Enlightenment supposedly delivered us rationality and the rejection of medievalism, demonstrates beyond doubt the utter poverty of the theory of human progress in any area other than plumbing.
Katie Hopkins doesn’t just confine herself to the United Kingdom. Why would she?
There is plenty of madness everywhere. All she has to do (for example) is to look across the Pond at the USA, as it enters an election year whose likely contest will involve a demented person and an incarcerated one.
It is almost as if we are all living in some new, totally weird version of The Truman Show film. Where everyone is acting a part. Who is directing it?
American libertarian Jeffrey Tucker puts it like this: “The battle of the future really is between them and us but who or what ‘them’ is remains opaque and too many of ‘us’ are still confused about what the alternative is to what is happening all around us.
For my money, pondering the “them”, the usual suspects (the Big Three) will be familiar to readers – globalist corporates and related elites, the Chinese Communist Party and the Islamists are the most prominent candidates.
Each group, in thrall to an ideology, wishes to refashion and control the world and all its people in its own way, in its own image and for its own purposes.
Each of these essentially imperialist efforts is swimming in a festy Western swamp of post-modernism in which the totally mad can be made out as “rational”, sane and justifiable.
So much of what passes for governance is nowadays merely skin-deep gibberish dressed up as purposeful activity done in our interests.
The late US political commentator Andrew Breitbart once said – and this is much quoted – that culture is upstream from politics. This explains much about our current madness.
The mad politics are only allowed to play out because the culture is already mad. Define mad? Post-modern, absent the notion of absolute truth(s), unserious, unhinged from reality, ephemeral, unfocused, missing what matters, chasing dreams, giving up on common sense as a guiding principle, engaging routinely, indeed reflexively, in “magical thinking”.
The last has been explained recently by Australian economist Henry Ergas: “If today’s zeitgeist has a defining feature, it is magical thinking, in which premonitions of disaster are combined with utopian fantasies.
Ergas also provided examples: “What surer evidence of collective madness could there be than the thousands of inner-city Lefties, having denounced Australia’s founding fathers as murderers, who now ‘pay their respects’ to past Indigenous elders who rained violence on women and kids?”
He might actually have said “batshit bonkers”. How the hell did this happen?
The clever neo-Marxist revolutionaries had a plan, as it happens. They have quietly changed the culture, one institution at a time, while encouraging everyone to keep looking at, and obsessing over, the downstream politics, as if this all mattered. It largely doesn’t.
It is theatre, now played out via social media and 24 hour cable TV. But we act as if it does matter.
The legacy media repeatedly reports the madness. The media amplifies everything going on. (And they hide stuff too, by strategic non-reportage.)
They now add a new level of reportage. They quote people no one has ever heard of spouting their ill-considered views on X/Twitter.
So, more nonsense gets piled onto the original nonsense. Layers of madness are added until the non-story seems to become real – and sane. It saves anyone thinking about reality.
Other institutions embrace the madness, thereby mainstreaming it. Normalising it. Making it seem both real and unexceptional at the same time.
The so-called intelligentsia give it all respectability and help drive changes in thinking across society as a whole. And so, the relentless propaganda rolls out and on. New values become embedded, seamlessly.
Hence we get:
- Men marrying men;
- Men becoming women;
- Half the population happily (or not) doing what the late David Graeber called “bullshit jobs”;
- Lining up in queues for COVID PCR tests that prove nothing, when we are not even ill;
- Taking the eighth jab;
- Driving all our cars off the cliff to stop the earth warming by two degrees over a century;
- Printing money we do not have to solve problems that do not exist;
- Considering terrorists as freedom fighters; and
- Everyone thinking all this is sane, normal, intelligent and “moral”.
Yes, we believe things that we know not to be true, or good or sane. And worse, we accept them. We simply sigh and look the other way.
This a societal disease. It is what post-modernism will do to you.
Change the government and you change the country, Paul Keating once said. He is only partly right, and less right now than thirty years ago.
Only revolutionary Parties like Labor change the country. The Liberals do not – and they never change it back.PC