This is true of every society we have ever been able to observe. Fashion, strangely enough, is a vital part of this.

It is not something invented by the capitalists to keep us in thrall. Nor is it mere vanity to want to look good or anything.

Observe any group of teenagers arguing over the latest sneakers — or if you prefer a different example, the latest dance band or movie — and the point is always relative social status.

Those who have the new, the more expensive, have higher status. This is not something about fashion, it is something about people.

In more technical terms new clothes, or fashionable ones, are not about clothes at all, they are a proxy for the thing really being attained which is that social status.

31 thoughts on “Elsewhere”

  1. Tommorows POS Po-lice Bill will give you 10 years for organising a demo that causes “serious annoyance” or 12 months for being there. That way instead of just adding insult to injury by giving a good hiding to prayer vigil attendees upset that a costumed thug committed a murder, they can be jailed for 12 months as well.

    Of course BlueLabour-sucking bag-carrying mugs like Theo don’t go to demos–they only need to talk to CCHQ trash to get 100% ignored. Note also that that POS Bogus Johnson will be doing dick about the SNP abolishing free speech north of the border. Except perhaps copying it down here to add in with his internet snooping.

    A police state being created before our very eyes and with the full approval of the vax/virus cowardly scum that infest the UK now.

    But Bogus can afford nice clothes–and if the taxpayer cant shell out for Woko Ohno’s decorating bills well the fees of BlueLabour mugs like Theo are a ready source of cash.

  2. Anyone who’s seen the way people adopt the most fashionable views on climate change, gender studies, the loathsomeness of the white race etc can have no doubt at all about the power of fashion.

  3. Oh, Mr Ecks…

    ’… prayer vigil attendees upset that a costumed thug committed a murder…’

    It was Rent-A-Mob. It’s always Rent-A-Mob who move in and cause trouble then skip away when the authorities step in to try to prevent trouble. Why would genuine ‘prayer vigil’ attendees be shouting ‘No justice, no peace, f**k the police!’..?

    I’m not saying it’s not the irony of ironies that Cressida Dick might be brought low by a bunch of feminists deciding ‘No’ doesn’t mean no after all, but what were the police to do? Stand by?

  4. “In more technical terms new clothes, or fashionable ones, are not about clothes at all, they are a proxy for the thing really being attained which is that social status.”

    In other words Jordan Peterson is right………being human is all about hierarchies.

  5. Even if what you say were true Julia and I do not believe it was ALL Marxist trash–who is our bigger foe? Bogus Johnson and his ruinous tyrannical gang or the usual Marxist trash–with whom Bogus is increasingly in alignment with anyway? Such as the Greenfreak show and creating a proto-marxistic tyranny ready for the scum of Labour to take over if they ever get the chance.

    So even if they were ALL marx-hags they have given arrogant Plod scum a black eye and likewise Johnson. You take happy accidents where you can find them. It might have some effect on halting their police bill shite.

    The Police don’t need to stand by. They can fuck off to virus freak Hell and stew there screaming for all eternity. You of all people should have seen enough to know they are the nothing but states creatures. That was obvious BEFORE the last 12 months lit up in neon what scum they now are. Dixon of Dock Green has–to paraphrase the words of a Chicom scumbag–“been buried so deep he doesn’t even stink”.

  6. ’… You of all people should have seen enough to know they are the nothing but states creatures.’

    Well, when you’re burgled, feel free to call Antifa instead of them, then.

  7. “Well, when you’re burgled, feel free to call Antifa instead of them, then.”

    They are just as likely to come out.

  8. Taxpayers pay the filth to do a job, the filth choose to look after themselves first, their political masters second and bully people over ‘hate crimes’ third. Any benefit the general public gets from funding the filth is an entirely unintended consequence. If I was burgled, I’d report it to the police, not in the slightest expectation that the useless tossers would catch the culprits, but so that I’d get a case number to give to my insurers.

  9. The police have gone unpriced for too long.

    P.S. In Scotland the Scotnatz abolished all the separate police forces and centralised them into just the one. Proto-fascist, I’d say.

  10. oops, not “unpriced” but “unpoliced”. Though maybe …

    Anyhoo, an edit function would be welcome. More welcome than your site’s new trick of not preserving my name and address in the relevant boxes.

  11. Anti -lockdown protesters – mostly old or middle aged types the police will pile into ‘cos they know they won’t fight back and our brave boys in blue won’t get hurt.
    Sarah Vigil – mostly women who the police will pile into ‘cos they know they won’t fight back and our brave boys in blue won’t get hurt.
    BLM protesters – mostly younger types who the police will DEFINITELY NOT pile into ‘cos they know they will fight back and our brave boys in blue might get hurt.

  12. JuliaM:

    Do they still respond to burglaries? Do they investigate, or just give you a number to give to your insurance company?

  13. Julia,
    Out in the sticks, maybe, but in London calling the police when you’ve be burgled will just get you a crime number for the insurance. Also, calling the police when you have been asaulted in the street will get you a warning that your attacker might press charges against you. I wish I was making that up but it happened to a close friend of mine. They still care about murder, so I suppose that’s something to be grateful for.

  14. @ArthurTeacake: I still think there are a lot who are happier catching a burglar than harassing a pair of elderly ladies sitting on a bench in the park. It’s just that the latter inevitably gets the press.

    It’s not my intention to say we shouldn’t criticise them when they deserve it. It’s just to recognise that they are not the enemy.

  15. I think they have made themselves the enemy of ordinary, freedom loving people, and that was before COVID-19.

  16. On the topic of fashion. At my age, the only brand I’m loyal to is Peter Alexander sleepwear. Their silky sleep shorts are really comfortable and well suited to a warm climate. These days I spend a lot more time in my PJs.

  17. @Julia

    JuliaM

    Looking forward (not) to a whole day of holier-than-thou politicians who very solemnly voted to make the vigil/protest (and it was a bit of both, regardless of whatever anyone claims) into a criminal offence, expressing shock and dismay that the police treated it as a criminal offence.

    Also re the police getting it in the neck for their “manhandling” of people they arrest, excessive force etc. If they’re trying to arrest someone who actively doesn’t want to be arrested, how is it ever going to look pretty? It’s definitely possible to do an objectively bad job of it (don’t repeatedly smash their face with a baton, don’t spend several minutes obstructing their airways…) but even done “well”, it’s going to look forceful in a split-second photograph.

    Funny how politicians feel the need to praise the police as “heroes” one minute, then set them up to fail and take a dump on them from great height whenever that’s more politically expedient. I’m sure the police could have done a more “sensitive” job of handling things – sending women police officers rather than men would have made the optics a bit better – but when people suggest the police should have applied some political nous and figured this group were “politically approved”, ie should be allowed to criminally protest in peace, that strikes me as dangerous.

    If politicians think it’s outrageous the police enforce the laws they passed and indeed regularly publicly defend, they ought to consider whether their own passing of the law was equally “outrageous” for having this potential, even natural, consequence. Of course politicians are most outraged when the movement the law was enforced against is one they agreed or sympathised with – or at least couldn’t afford to be seen to disagree with – but if they suggest police enforcement should be selectively biased through that same political prism, to me that’s even more outrageous.

  18. It’s just to recognise that they are not the enemy.

    Sorry, I think you’re wrong here and they are most definitely the enemy. When it comes down to “them” and “us”, the pigs are always going to come down on the side of “them”.

    Frankly nowadays, I wouldn’t piss on a copper if he was on fire.

  19. @MBE: ’ I’m sure the police could have done a more “sensitive” job of handling things…’

    Just seen photos of a small vigil on Twitter where that happened – actual vigil-observers, socially distanced, police standing around observing and not interfering.

    The difference? No Rent-A-Mob present and those present observing the rules.

    It also turns out the ginger haired woman who is fast becoming the face of the event as police kneel on her is…an actress.

    YCMIU

  20. Yes –they are the enemy Julia.

    Who else is enforcing Johnson’s edicts?

    There may be a few “Good Germans” amongst them –but good Germans who obey Hitler’s orders until its over and then declare themselves aren’t all that good. How many are Plods are giving up their nice wages and pensions to resign in protest over what is going on? A tiny number if any. Even if bashing peaceful protests rubs ’em up the wrong way they aren’t refusing as Italian /French and other world Plod have done.

    Ending up in front of Jesus (literally or metaphorically–your choice) and telling him about what you wanted to do against evil but didn’t have the guts for is not a Get-out-of-Hell-free ticket. So I believe anyway.

    If your Dad was a copper or something I’m sorry but I think you are living in a vanished past.

  21. This is one occasion when the Rent-A-Mob– probably quite against their marxistic intent–have done us a favour by showing what is happening under Bogus Johnson. Our danger of real tyranny and police-state evil is from Bogus Blojob –not Rent A Mob idiots. We should worry about the real and growing danger of state tyranny and not nitwit agitators who usually achieve little. But this time have lucked into something that helps the rest of us without doing them much good.

    And even outside of London Plod does F-all about burglary and haven’t done for years.

    The link below is from a “Modern Bartitsu” utube channel (a very good channel if you want to defend yourself by a variety of means) where the bloke recounts an attack on two old disabled people–his Mam one-and the Police’s performance. As well as some good tips for defence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WBqmvI-6ig

  22. @JuliaM:

    I think you are mistaken. They are the enemy. Specifically, the enforcement arm of our closest and most powerful enemy.

    Sure, there’d be public order problems if they were suddenly disbanded, but such trouble would be better dealt with by people working for us, rather than people we pay to work against us.

  23. What does anyone expect from a force headed up by a killer? It was the ultimate disdain for the public when the incompetent, self-serving bitch, Cressida Dick was appointed. She should have been languishing in prison without a pension.

  24. Bloke in North Dorset

    Someone summed it up nicely on Twatter:

    “ The important lesson is: violence works. In a peaceful society, the ability to deploy violence at scale and implicitly threaten the officers of the state with mortal peril works. You get things “peaceful protesters” don’t.”

  25. “You get so much more with a nice word and a large gang of violent young people than with a nice word”. A Capone. Allegedly.

  26. BiND,
    I think it is more to do with the side. The coppers, in their new, wokist incarnation, are sympathetic to ER and BLM so they have been happy to accommodate them and take a knee. They are more than willing, however, to brutalise those, peaceful or otherwise, who have the temerity to object to having their basic rights trashed by the police’s masters in the government.

  27. ““ The important lesson is: violence works. In a peaceful society, the ability to deploy violence at scale and implicitly threaten the officers of the state with mortal peril works. You get things “peaceful protesters” don’t.””

    Look where it got the IRA. Into government in NI and perilously close to it in the Republic.

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