Slightly strange

But still, Greer makes two fundamental errors. The first is in believing that the left’s victory for the young arises from a determined manipulation of academia, media, and cultural spaces, rather than a mostly organic reaction to the horrific conservative policy and politics.

So what was that long march through the institutions all about then?

16 thoughts on “Slightly strange”

  1. I reckon they’re underestimating it as a generational fashion cycle. Maybe such ideas do get baked in for a whole generation despite erosion of years and experience. However the next generation, what are they going to react against?

  2. In the 1980s I became a Thatcherite as a reaction against the Marxist orthodoxy of my schoolteachers and Univ lecturers. I would sit in class and lectures and hear my colleagues drone on about class consciousness and think to myself “Get with the Revolution, guys.”

  3. The author is almost as deranged as Spud and certainly just as sure of his self-worth

    In this age of dull-witted Fox News propaganda, Q-adjacent conspiracy nonsense, and sophomorically glib Quillette contrarianism, it’s not easy to find truly thoughtful conservative writing on American politics.

    In fact it is very easy to find conservative writing on American politics that is enormously more insightful than this paranoid rant. What is there to say about the ineffable stupidity on display here?

    They have watched their elders fail utterly to address the climate crisis that threatens to destroy human civilization while using their voting power to elect first George W. Bush and then Donald Trump of all people

    The whole article is written like this – not a single argument in sight, just a parade of insults about people who don’t take the fashionable “causes” of the day seriously. A trait very common amongst lefties

  4. “using their voting power to elect first George W. Bush and then Donald Trump of all people”

    Yeah, and then using their photocopiers to elect Joe Biden.

    And, of course, the racist bastards elected Obama.

  5. Amongst the raft of facts that seem to have escaped the author is the ritualistic 8 year alternation (with a couple of exceptions) of heroic Dem and evil Rep administrations. Facts never matter for the progressive idiocracy

  6. Otto- yep, similar 90s. But, thankfully most pupils just not that into politics per se, in fact the guy who won our school mock election , ran for the PAGAN party a la dragnet. Pretty much you could run on the same ticket in a modern wokeparty without the /s.

  7. “I reckon they’re underestimating it as a generational fashion cycle. Maybe such ideas do get baked in for a whole generation despite erosion of years and experience. However the next generation, what are they going to react against?”
    They already are. It’s called ‘Woke’
    But there may be only so far you can go in that direction. Trouble with that is, the next swing could be in the other direction. Black uniforms & jackboots could be back in fashion.

  8. BiS. and that’s precisely the reason to fight on principled grounds , free speech, free association, unmolested jury trial overseen by a blindfolded justitia because they serve equally well against t’other.

  9. It’s hard for the left to take over what is active, serious stuff, because they’re competing with serious moderates and righties who can outcompete them.

    So the institutions that the left takes over are institutions that are on their way out. The ambitious people aren’t going into it. They’ve found a new place that is going to wipe out the old. Like the BBC is now overrun with programmes about Muslim Lesbian Trannies, but the kids are watching YouTube and Netflix. The clergy got taken over by lefty vicars because it stopped being a good career. Theatre is agit-prop leftism because anyone with talent went into cinema. Video game journalism is purple haired feminists writing woke articles because no-one cares about video game journalism. The average rating on Steam is as useful.

  10. @Hallowed Be
    “BiS. and that’s precisely the reason to fight on principled grounds , free speech, free association, unmolested jury trial overseen by a blindfolded justitia because they serve equally well against t’other.”
    You’ll lose. Have been for decades with those tactics. Didn’t you notice? Unprincipled & dirty wins every time.

  11. Surreptitious Evil

    You’ll lose. Have been for decades with those tactics.

    Fight because of principles.

    Unprincipled & dirty wins every time.

    Fight to utterly defeat the enemy.

    The eastern one: “What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.”

    The western one: “For political and social as well as for military reasons the preferred way of bringing about victory was the shortest, most direct way, and that meant using all possible force.”

  12. Principals are something you can afford when your enemy lies defeated at your feet. Best kept in your backpack along with a change of socks. If it comes to lightening the load, keep the socks.

  13. So this horrific conservatism, is it like micro aggressions, only the enlightened ones can see it?

  14. well possibly, but you know if they’re going out the window anyway it’s much of a muchness who wins to me.

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