Thursday, May 5, 2016

What's Wrong With What's Wrong With The World

A while back, What's Wrong With the World decided to launch a formal start of its attack on Donald Trump. After their stern denunciation of Trump and Trump's supporters - good God, the man uses coarse language! - I had this to say:
But, it is now February 1st. Let's see how the coming weeks go in the primaries, eh? It may reveal that the would-be leaders of the Tenth Crusade have been unceremoniously demoted.
Today, I see Jeffrey S is writing an article defending the infamous National Review piece which contained this line:
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.
Gosh, Jeffrey. I can't see why anyone was incensed at this fine man's helpful advice and fair-minded analysis of the situation! Clearly he just has their best interests at heart, which isn't easy when you're dealing with a pack of racist moronic scumbags.

I'll point out more of what's wrong with Jeffrey S's argument later. But for, I just want to note this.

Jeffrey - and most of What's Wrong With the World - is defending the idea of whole communities being replaced, even destroyed, in the name of economic progress. The world marches on, and if the world decides that it shall be much more efficient without you - and with someone else - well, tough. Go learn a new trade or something, because the world has spoken.

To a degree, that's true. Which is why it's s'damn funny, in retrospect, to realize that WWWtW - indeed, 'Christian leadership' in the US in general - is being replaced and supplanted by others. Like Vox Day. And Dalrock. And, to a degree - and this one is hilarious - Donald freaking Trump.

Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but that's progress for you. You may want to contact U-Haul.


tsmethers said...

For minute there I was worried you were about go off on Chesterton.

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey S.:(to the extent Trump has any positions at all that won’t change at a moment’s notice when it is convenient for him)

OK, but how is this different from any other politician?

(I mean, good grief, this doesn't even apply to democracies only — even kings and despotic Chairmen, etc., etc. are prone to rampant opportunism!)

Anonymous said...

Even Larry Correia has gone haywire over Trump.

Which isn't shocking. Libertarians are much closer to democrats than they want to admit.

Crude said...

Larry Correia, eh? That's a shame, but Trump's election is bringing a lot of ugly things to light.

Once and for all, we've exposed that all that 'You guys in the base have to suck it up and vote for the lesser of two evils, you're a Republican by God, support the Republican!' bullshit was, in fact, bullshit. -Us- sucking it up was one thing. Them sucking it up is quite another.

More than that, they don't merely disagree with Trump supporters. They despise them. It's amazing how, to a man, the anti-Trump people just -loathe- the people who support him.

The Fez said...

As a long time National Review reader, I can honestly say that their current views on Trump and the "Trump phenomena" are myopic in the extreme. Only a few commentators, such as Victor David Hanson, write with any perspicacity whatsoever.

Further, as someone who finds Trump utterly repulsive in character and manner, I do not, now that this candidacy for president is de jure, feel the gnawing anxiety that I thought I would. I am okay with it. On finding out that Cruz lost miserably, there was no feeling of defeat.

Part of the reason I remain lucid is because, as you and others have argued, Trump will, if anything, give leftists a taste of their own medicine. You can count on him being as mendacious, as venomous, and as merciless as Hillary Clinton. It will be a show to see. And where other conservatives faint all over themselves about the disparaging nature of the post-modern political process, I see the current tumult as inevitable. You were always going to have a strong counter-cultural reaction to unfettered immigration, to the deepening corruption of our government agencies, to the chortling, mocking elites, and to the identity police (SJW's). There was a categorical failure on the part of the 'intellectual' right, also, to acknowledge that Trump supporters posses legitimate grievances; grievances that will not be salved with nuanced trade deals or a cleaner tax code.

Kevin D Williamson, once my favorite writer on NRO, has revealed shockingly bad character, especially in his naked contempt for interlocutors and the supposed 'mouth breathers' that empower Trump. His perspective is no different than other ivory tower leftists, who see these people as drug addled, impoverished, stupid, racist, deeply immoral and worst of all: uncouth.

I, and them, will be eating all of the crow. Indeed, we should now be concerned with the national crow population.