George Orwell was on the case of the authoritarian left.
I find the left amusing, sorry, can’t help it, they way they try to patronise people they are sure of their intellectual superiority over and they way when challenges they quickly resort to hurling around words like “bigot” and “racist” as if such terms do not lose what little power they possess when used incorrectly (bigot: one who is intolerant of any opinion difering from their own; racist: a person who believes that people of a different race are an inferior species,) is comical.
And the moral relativism is beyond a joke. “It’s OK for me to be a bigot and hate people who disagree with me, I love gays and blacks and paedophiles, I’m so much better a person than you,” their attitude seems to say. Who can forget Gordon brown showing what a bigot and total twat he is when he dismissed a working class woman as “a typical bigot” when she tried to raise the issue of immigration. And then it was made worse by his excruciating grovelling when he realised the impact his outburst had because it showed how the left wing intellectuals truly despise the people they claim to care about.
Here’s a post I wrote back in 2011 about the hypocrisy of the left. Because it was done for an American site it refers to “Liberal Bigots” because there is no Labour party in the USA, but it refers generally to the politically correct bandwagon riders who think chanting the mantras of globalised socialism make them politically literate.
Talk of self-loathing Jews is not uncommon in fact the stereotype is a staple of Jewish comedy. Self-loathing proles working-class people who look back with contempt at the communities they had the misfortune to grow up in – are an altogether more modern invention of the politically correct left.
Theres a very good example of it in this article by Lynsey Hanley a woman who has made a career in the journalism of the politically correct left, which is mostly about denigrating the working classes in a patronising, condescending way. On the back of the fact that she grew up on a council estate (housing project) Ms. Hanley usurps to herself the right to stereotype all working people as ignorant, chainsmoking, binge drinking, sexually incontinent scumbags in the way that all left wing thinkers claim the right to describe anyone who disagrees with their crackpot multicultural utopianism as a bigot. That her writing is read and appreciated by so many faux middle class, upwardly mobile, left wing materialists is a testament to the way media has been hijacked by a totally unrepresentative and agenda driven cabal of university educated lefties who despise the true working class as much as they pretend to empathise with the lazy, whining career benefit claimants who are now the political activists of the left.
In the column I link Ms Hanley writes of the terrible ignorance of the community she used to live in, prior to her moral and mental rescue by metropolitan elite liberal values.
Like most “progressive liberals” the lady is an attention seeker, every action, every word scream “Look at me everyone, see what a good, enlightened and caring person I am.” Keen to assure her readers that she is now one of them and has been scrubbed clean of any trace of lower class rough edges, Ms Hanley sneers at the view of life that held strong in the community she was born into.
These people were paranoid, suspicious, mistrustful, misogynist and racist, she trills before heaping disdain on the social conservatism of white working-class communities, which are given to silently or violently rejecting anyone who is different or who expresses a different opinion to that of the crowd. Thankfully for her (and lets face it, for the community this condescending bigot was born into), Ms Hanley escaped from this crowd (before the human rights industry became so prominent they called it the mob) by embracing what she refers to as metropolitan, liberal values. She pleads with her beloved Labour party (the party of millionaires, academics, professionals and elitists) not to ditch these “progressive” values, since there might be other provincial working-class teenagers like me who also want to be rescued.
It is an excruciatingly self laudatory and self indulgent column, embarrassing in its smugness but also a revealing. In treating The Labour Party which once styled itself “The Peoples’ Party” as a kind of modern-day version of those Victorian do gooders that once rescued fallen women, she assumes that only by subscribing to the warped values of Labour social policy with its agenda of diversity, multiculturalism, support for minorities no matter how unreasonable their demands and hatred of anyone who dissents from those views can one become enlightened. Wannabe – intellectual teenagers who yearn to escape a life of witless racism and violence and themselves become part of the metropolitan, liberal elite must learn to despise their brutish families and the benighted communities that nurtures them.
Ms Hanley embodies the extent to which the Labour movement in the UK and the Obamacrats in the USA are now detached from and contemptuous of to the communities it once claimed to represent. Where Labour once promised to embody the values of working-class communities, the progressive left now looks upon those values as deeply problematic and in need of a serious spring clean. It views unwillingness to accept arranged marriages and abandon long observed local traditions in order to embrace new customs imported from alien cultures in the name of multiculturalism and diversity as racist. From their imposition of parenting classes on perfectly competent people and their jihad against junk food to their treatment of anyone who holds a non-metropolitan, non-liberal value as a bigot, the progressive left and its media cheerleaders increasingly look upon the white working classes as an ignorant, morally deficient, socially repugnant mass which must be beaten and reshaped into something more respectable: more Politically Correct and a lot less fun.
Ms Hanleys self righteous burblings are not just offensive to the working class, this article is nothing but moral porn for the chattering classes, who so enjoy reading about the weird goings-on in mysterious council estates over breakfast,, the prejudice and closed mindedness of conservatives and the irrationality of the religious. It addresses directly the prejudices that are rife amongst the community she has now embraced: the real bigots, the most illiberal people in the world metropolitan liberal elite.
The irony of this elites war on the wantonness, gluttony, slothfulness and bigotry of the little people is that it is fuelled by a bigotry of its own, a respectable, PC form of bigotry one which treats the white working classes as unenlightened and in need of moral deliverance by right – on lefties. It is not the working classes who silently or violently reject anyone who is different; rather its this increasingly arrogant, self righteous and intolerant metropolitan elite, which cant even abide the fact that some communities eat and drink differently, never mind think differently, to itself. In presenting white Britain as being neatly split between a morally superior race of progressive left supporters and mongrel race of violent, drunken, drug abusing, wife beating, paranoid racists, Ms Hanley and others are unwittingly rehabilitating the very prejudices that originally fuelled the politics of racism in the 19th century: a mean-spirited, Malthusian view of Britains own native lower classes as morally defunct.
Perhaps Ms Hanley had the misfortune to be born into a peculiarly horrible bit of Britain. I have lived in many areas and yes there is social conservatism, especially amongst the older generations, but not amongst the young, who were forever experimenting with drugs, weird music and sex., And none of this is confined to a particular social class, income group or as the meeja savvy progressive left would say, demographic.
When I was in my teens and early twenties, half a lifetime ago the media denounced working and middle class youth alike for being over reckless, over sexed, ill mannered, uncouth and not conservative enough. What I remember most clearly however was that although neither we young people nor our parents had as much materially as comparable people do now, the relaxed atmosphere and social cohesiveness could easily have been a million years away from the stifling sameness and unhinged prejudices of the world the metropolitan liberal elite live in today.
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