Jul 242010
 

In all the la-de-da with John Demetriou about my previous post, I totally forgot that I’d read another piece about American rage etc. only recently, one which I found pretty compelling.

It is, of course, the work of the genius Mencius Moldbug, a superior man loftily unaware of the petty squabbles on these here blogs, and in fact he wrote his explanation before either JD or I donned the mantle of trying to address recent developments in the United States. An excerpt:

When gentlemen look at progressivism, they see a movement whose purpose is to help the underclass, those whose plight is no fault of their own. When peasants look at progressivism, they see a movement whose purpose is to employ gentlemen in the business of public policy, by using the peasants’ money to buy votes from varlets. Who, in the peasants’ perception, abuse the patience and generosity of both peasants and gentlemen in almost every imaginable way, and are constantly caressed by every imaginable authority for doing so.

Not only had I read this two weeks ago, I even remarked on it in a discussion with sconzey in the comments to this post. I do urge you to go an read the whole thing, and then read the whole of Moldbug’s blog. It will take a long time, but it’s worth it.

I can only blame this omission of mine on my recent birthday; truly, it seems forgetfulness does come with advancing age…

  6 Responses to “The curious rage against Barack Obama: another explanation”

  1. “When peasants look at progressivism, they see a movement whose purpose is to employ gentlemen in the business of public policy, by using the peasants’ money to buy votes from varlets.”

    Hah! Excellent! That’s another one for the ‘Bookmarks’ folder…

  2. Apparently my browser is crap and a big box has appeared across your blog to tell me so thus obscuring your blog – isn’t this just plain rude – I could be in a public library, internet cafe or even at work where the choices of browser have balls all to do with me.

    • I’m terribly sorry. I’m learning some new coding skills for debugging in IE and testing them here. I will take that section down soon, but between now and then I’d rather make a guinea pig of my own website than somebody else’s.

  3. Moldbug is great! Read the whole blog – this guide to Moldbuggery might help: http://moldbuggery.blogspot.com/

  4. Thankyou for referring me to this – Moldbug is quite an education. Fascinating stuff.

    The blog reads like a well-written conspiracy theory, but (1) it’s aware of how crazy it sounds, and (2) scratch the surface, and you find that it isn’t crazy. I’d say it should be required reading for any political outsider.

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