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The Social Justice Warrior as Nascent Totalitarian

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Memetic discourse is historically unique, but there is a striking similarity between Social Justice Warrior (SJW) discourse and the totalitarian discourse of past eras. Political rhetoric in totalitarian societies is narrow and circular; everything that is said is just a reiteration of what’s already been said. Any original or nuanced thought in a totalitarian society is crushed or weeded out. Everyone must stick to the approved talking points and stay within the confines of the narrow and limiting ideology that has been bequeathed to them. Everyone has a “captive mind.”

Also, as with totalitarian ideologies of the past, within SJW memetic discourse there is a condemned group of people who are mercilessly and relentlessly attacked and blamed for society’s problems. The Communists and the Nazis both had their condemned groups. Whites serve this role in SJW ideology: everything wrong with society can ultimately be attributed to whites, particularly heterosexual whites, and most particularly male heterosexual whites.

White SJWs are compromised by their genetics, and they will be continuously monitored for ideological compliance. White SJWs are also required to show the proper level of subordination and humility toward the dominant victim groups. Even the most radical, orthodox SJW will be periodically subjected to some form of internal criticism and re-education – intersectional “struggle sessions” – if he or she is white.

As in Stalin’s Russia, SJWs have external and internal enemies. For SJWs, the external enemy – the “Other” – is conservative and moderate whites, especially if they’re male and/or heterosexual. The SJW’s internal enemies are the SJW whites, heterosexuals, and/or males who aren’t doing enough to prop up the more powerful victim groups, as well as those SJW whites, heterosexuals, and/or men who don’t flagellate and humiliate themselves enough to atone for their “privilege” and unfortunate genetic baggage.

In SJW discourse and politics, the biggest “victims” are in fact the most powerful group – they’re a sort of SJW proletariat. The most privileged victim groups are the vanguard of the SJW revolution, and they are the ultimate arbiters of SJW truth. (Think of Chairman Mao, whose humble peasant origins gave him the bona fide Communist “authenticity” he needed to rule.)

Thus, SJWism is an embryonic totalitarian movement and a fully developed totalitarian ideology. And I think it can be said that SJWism is a descendant of Communist totalitarian ideology in form, even if its specific content is somewhat different. Communism was an ideological tool that enabled some segments of society to seize power and use that power to marginalize the new Other, thus completing the cycle of transition.

Communist discourse (officially) relied almost entirely on economic arguments (though ethnic nationalism often turned out to be a more powerful force than economics in Communist societies). In SJWism, we see a tool for seizure of power that has the same form, same structure, and the same “mechanics” as Marxist-Leninism, but the content of its ideology is based more on sexual and racial identity and a hierarchy of victimhood than it is on economic class. In SJW ideology, economic class has been superseded by racial and sexual class, and class warfare has been superseded by racial, sexual, and gender warfare.

Economics still plays a role in SJW ideology, but insofar as SJWs subscribe to an economic theory, nine times out of ten they subscribe to a vague and generalized (and usually ignorant) notion of Marxism or “socialism” (“late stage capitalism” and other such buzz phrases are often bandied about), and in any event, race and gender are at the forefront of the SJW ideology, not dusty, old economic theories.

If SJWism was to become the ruling ideology in a multi-ethnic totalitarian state, I predict that ethnic nationalism would win out in the end and things would fall apart – just as happened in the Soviet Union with SJWism’s ideological ancestor, Marxist-Leninism.

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  1. Posted January 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    The most privileged victim groups are the vanguard of the SJW revolution, and they are the ultimate arbiters of SJW truth. (Think of Chairman Mao, whose humble peasant origins gave him the bona fide Communist “authenticity” he needed to rule.)

    My limited knowledge of SJWism’s internal dynamics is based largely on reading about the Women’s March. I think, though, that there’s another interesting element here worth looking at.

    While privileged victim groups are indeed “the ultimate arbiters of SJW truth,” victim groups don’t really form a vanguard in either old-school Marxism or modern SJWism, if by “vanguard” we understand the people whose activity accounts most for a movement’s successes.

    Mao could credibly claim peasant origins, but many of the party members around him could not. They were always vulnerable to accusations that their class origins tainted and compromised them. They were, nevertheless, the men who kept the Marxist (or Marxian) system working. Without them, it would have collapsed. The same was true in the Soviet Union.

    As Orwell pointed out in _1984_, successful revolutions don’t come from the bottom, so any successful Marxist revolution will have a large percentage of non-proletarians in its ranks, even though it officially regards non-proletarians as second-class at best. A Marxist revolution requires their willing participation, and the survival of the post-revolutionary government requires that they keep doing productive work for the party, while genuflecting (sincerely or not) to their proletarian superiors.

    My impression of SJWism is that a substantial part of the actual work, as opposed to the public pontificating, is done by white SJWs from middle-class backgrounds. The Women’s March tries to ensure that most of its visible leaders are nonwhite, so that the public face of SJW feminism can look “diverse”; but behind the scenes white gentile women appear to be doing the heavy lifting. It’s unlikely that the Women’s March could survive without them.

    Being white in a movement that stigmatizes whiteness must be degrading, but SJWs are strange people. They likely think that voluntary racial degradation is evidence of virtue. Middle-class Marxists serving Mao seem rational by comparison.

    NS Germany’s “other” was neither wanted nor required. The “others” of Marxism and SJWism, on the hand, are essential not only as enemies but also as willing, competent workers.

    • Charles Augustine
      Posted January 26, 2019 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      You’re absolutely right, vanguard isn’t really the right word here. I think you’re correct that the vanguard is predominantly self-loathing/guilty but intelligent and effective whites. One recent example of this that comes to mind: with the Nick Sandmann incident, my impression was that the driving force behind the hatred was white SJWs, particularly those with influence in the media/politics, etc.

      But hypothetically let’s say Kamala Harris becomes the next President. That would make the last two Dem Presidents black. And their blackness itself would be the reason for their becoming President. Doesn’t that make it seem as if they’re the vanguard—if blacks are the ones now reaching the pinnacle of SJW power due to their blackness? Or do you think it would still be the masochism and guilt of intelligent white Progressives acting as the power behind the throne?

      • Posted January 28, 2019 at 10:36 am | Permalink

        The dedicated SJWs that I have in mind don’t, I think, want to be powers behind the throne. They want instead to be selfless political workers whose labor helps advance the cause of racial others. They don’t expect to profit materially. They’re principled in that sense, just as many middle-class Marxists were principled, in the cause of the proletariat, in the first half of the last century.

        Bob Bland:

        White women need to take leadership by speaking out against all forms of hate and ensuring that we’re not just protecting ourselves. We need to check ourselves and take a seat, and we need to ensure that we’re encouraging other folks in our families and communities to do the same. We need to let people of color lead. We need to listen to them. We need to trust them.

        http://time.com/4900380/bob-bland-womens-march-charlottesville/

        The great moral task of white women, according to Bob Bland, is to check their privilege, take a seat, and follow instructions from colored leaders. They can “take leadership” by convincing everyone they know to do the same. There doesn’t seem to be much else that they’re supposed to do, except work hard in the cause of non-whites.

        That must be racial SJWism in its purest form. If a successful SJW revolution ever occurs, whites who follow such advice will form its vanguard.

  2. Benjamin
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Daily reminder: there is no such thing as ethical consumption under late capitalism

  3. Ovidiu
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    The whites are on their way of becoming the ‘scapegoat-Other’ unto which the “rainbow-coalition” of imported minorities will displace and exorcise the violence stemming form their internal (and very inter-ethnic/inter-racial/) rivalries and tensions.

    All societies need to have scapegoats. The symbolic not-us (other) who they will sacrifice (symbolically expel) periodically (in times of need/crisis) so as to vent and clam down the tensions (and the possible outbreak of anarchy, of generalized social violence) generated by their internal social conflicts. The western multicultural-diverse societies however will be in a permanent need for scapegoating their whites.

    It is really horrifying what awaits the whites, what role has been reserved for them in what were once their homelands. That of the sacrificial victim needed so as to relieve the tensions, and thus ensure the functioning, of the “diverse-multicultural society”.

    A war which will involve the whole country against a major external enemy (say China) may attenuate this dynamic as it will offer someone else to hate and thus defuse the internal tensions and ensure the social cohesion. Otherwise the present “identity-politics”, and the corresponding white/European-demonization, will only grow in the future and become the norm, the principle of functioning, of this new ‘diverse-society’. Bringing few dozens millions more new immigrants into US will speed-up this political transformation.

  4. demize!
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Whenever I hear sjw’s spout off their dialectic I can’t help but think of Orwell’s description of “Duck-Speak” from 1984. This is probably not a novel observation, but bears repeating. They spout out shibboleths without any understanding of the words or their contradictions when applied sociological. If countered with valid argumentation they simply repeat circularly. Wash, rinse repeat.
    “Duckspeak is a Newspeak term that means “to quack like a duck” (literal meaning) or “to speak without thinking”. Duckspeak can be good or “ungood” (bad) depending on who is speaking, and whether what they are saying aligns with Big Brother’s ideals.”

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