This is an excellent article from the Jewish online magazine Tablet. It's rare to see Jews being so honest about the failures that they're partly responsible for. Of course it doesn't really call out its own tribe, but it does call out the flaws of contemporary American mythology, including diversity. Both the left and the right are torn to shreds in this article.
As we approach the 50-year anniversary of George McGovern’s landslide defeat at the hands of Richard Nixon, America’s “cold civil war” shows no signs of letting up. If anything, it’s about to reach a boiling point. Between Donald Trump’s election, the near-nationwide riots last summer, the media’s grotesque gaslighting regarding the violent activities of antifa and Black Lives Matter, the events of Jan. 6, and a continuing belief across large sections of the American right that the presidential election was in some way stolen, things are not going well in the United States.
Here we have it. Jews admitting what was obvious to us.
Perhaps a version of Lind’s liberal nationhood was possible back when Barack Obama took office in 2009. But Trump’s 2016 election should have illustrated the extent of Obama’s failure to reconstruct New Deal-level social safety nets, move the country past race, and mount a sustained attack on corporate power. Instead of FDR 2.0—which most of America was ready for by 2008—the country witnessed the birth of woke corporatism, with Obama as condescending frontman. The result was the entrenchment of racial division and racialist doctrines along with the exponential growth of corporate power and oligarchical wealth.
Another example of rare clarity.
The answer is separation: Red and blue America finally accept that for the past 60 years they’ve grown irreconcilably apart, and that they are in fact separate nations—each worthy and deserving of independence from the other. Dissolve the United States, I say, and start an American Union that works more like its European counterpart. The breakup, in fact, has already begun.
I had to read this paragraph a couple of times to really believe it. Here we have a prominent Jewish outlet pushing for the breakup of the US.
On a national level, the centi-billion-dollar social media industry is one of the biggest contributors to our national demise, routinely allowing sociopathic halfwits to organize online mobs to enforce groupthink and destroy the lives of others at a speed and frequency unfathomable 20 years ago. Social media’s detrimental effect on our political culture should be obvious, yet Americans exhibit nowhere near enough skepticism regarding the encroaching role of corporate technology in their lives—regardless of whether they are being constantly surveilled by multinational companies or turned into human data farms and spied on by government agencies.
He goes on for several paragraphs talking about the cancer that Silicon Valley really is.
Altogether, the historical contingencies of the 20th century have concealed the dramatic failures of the progressive era and both political parties to address the rot at America’s core: a combination of liberal individualism, atomistic narcissism, and Reaganite social Darwinism that primarily benefits corporate titans at the expense of the aspirational delusions of the poor.
Jews attacking liberal individualism. A rare sight indeed.
What’s more, the specific dates of Putnam’s historical curve of American cohesion align almost perfectly with the country’s legislation on immigration restriction—a fact that neither the political scientist nor his readers want to think about too thoroughly. The first American restrictions on immigration started in the 1880s and 1890s, and piecemeal changes were made throughout the oughts and 1910s. By the early 1920s, harsh and highly limiting restrictions were put in place even as Anglo America culturally destroyed German America. The eradication of German culture in the United States established firm ethnopolitical expectations for all Americans going forward: Conform to Anglo individualist political norms, speak English, and think like a Protestant—or get the hell out.
I was waiting for him to go there, and he did. I'm actually impressed that a Jewish outlet points this out. In this paragraph he even links to one of his other articles where he makes the case that America is in fact not a nation of immigrants. Again, the fact that this comes from a Jew is astonishing, especially when we know that the "nation of immigrants" myth was a Jewish invention.
The idea that America’s inherent hyperindividualism was concealed during the “we” period of 1890-1960 by historical contingency is supported by Putnam’s own major study on ethnic diversity and its effect on community togetherness from 2007. Given Putnam’s progressive political commitments, he seems to have initially conducted the research hoping to prove that more immigration and ethnic diversity strengthens American communities. But what he found was nearly the opposite.
According to “E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century,” greater diversity of ethnicity and national origin coincided with weaker cultural ties and greater social conflict in nearly every location and circumstance that Putnam and his team examined. Putnam struggled for years with how to present the research. He eventually published the findings in a foreign journal.
“What we discovered in this research, somewhat to our surprise, was that in the short run the more ethnically diverse the neighborhood you live in, the more you ... everyone ... all of us tend to hunker down and pull in,” Putnam later summarized in an interview.
Yet despite the data he and his research team found, Putnam insisted that diversity and more immigration benefit American society as long as we overcome certain behaviors and attitudes—a claim based on the progressive assumption that people’s natural reactions can be conquered in the long run through deliberate effort and ideology promoted, presumably, through education.
He really demolishes the whole "diversity is our greatest strength" mantra here. Again, very rare for Jews to do this.
The fact that diversity apparently reduces social outgoingness for most people—and greatly increases social anomie—illustrates something wrong with the Anglo-liberal individualist project, namely that it is largely at odds with the nature of the human (and animal) enterprise. The idea that there are aspects of humanity and nature itself that resist the “fixes” of new social constructs is something progressives, with their devotion to often one-dimensional understandings of science and Enlightenment rationalism, have a lot of difficulty accepting.
This almost sounds like one of our arguments at this point.
There’s an enormous pool of conservative resentment that hasn’t been expressed yet. The pandemic put many people out of work. If there’s another economic collapse [like 2008] many of these people will have nothing to lose,” Rhodes told me. That prediction seems a bit more realistic.
I'm convinced this is going to be the system's biggest problem. Even if these people are only 30% of the country, they can still bring it to its knees. Our goal should be to organize these people and to get them beyond conservative resentment, which is entirely reactionary. They need to become radical revolutionaries instead. It's a challenge, but it can be done.
The American future Lind and I discussed was increasingly Latin American in character—a state of affairs where the threat of instability and violence is perpetual. Left and right are rarely meaningful distinctions. Political parties and movements merely represent the facades of elite factions tied to various competing parts of the corporate and security states. Dysfunction and power entrenchment rule the day, and there’s little hope of individual mobility across class lines. Maybe underground tunnels aren’t such a bad idea after all.
Brazilification it is then. Just as we predicted.
Anyway, you guys should read the entire article because it's actually well-written.