The left has mixed feelings about norms. On one hand, Trump is terrifying because he isn’t normal. He threatens our political and social institutions, he disregards old practices, overturns civility and stains our national image. His every move initiates a crises. In response to Trump’s disruptive behavior, leftists starchily invoke tradition, customs and stately appearances. They profess a reverence for repetition, stability and order.
On the other hand, norms are oppressive and arbitrary. They stifle free expression and limit individual choice. We should be brutally honest with each other and have frank conversations and uninhibited dialogues about our feelings. We need to experiment and reject old routines.
Standards are good or bad depending on who determines them. Norms are fair or unfair depending on who benefits from them.
Leftists have an instrumental view of power and truth. Whatever strengthens their rule is right and whatever weakens it is wrong. When leftists are on the outside or at the bottom of the social order, they call for the overthrow of corrupt institutions and the abolition of hierarchies, they demand change and agitate for revolution. When they embed themselves within the state, install themselves in the media, infiltrate academia and gain control of the culture, then they promote norms and rules, objective standards, unity, facts, orderly processes, neutral governance and dignified leadership.
If liberals love the FBI now, it’s because of who composes its upper ranks rather than what it represents. When they’re at the helm, they orchestrate and excuse the illegal activities of massive police and intelligence organizations. Local police departments are racist murderers and thugs, but the government police are indispensable, incorruptible agents of justice. If the higher registers of the FBI and CIA weren’t infested with Clinton collaborators, do you think garden variety liberals would be foaming about Trump’s war with federal agencies? Do you think they balk at executive overreach when executive power falls into their hands?
We only see the extremes. No one wants to be average. If you can’t be exemplary then you should strive after the excremental.
We don’t notice the vast middle, but we live to be noticed. If we’re normal then we won’t be talked about, we won’t be admired or pitied and no one will care about our thoughts and experiences.
Norms make us similar to each other. Though similarity is good for our mental health, we’ve come to think of it as stifling and dull. Similarity is the foundation of our identity, but we look for ourselves elsewhere.
Trannyism is prevalent (not in the actual population, but in the popular imagination) because sexual disorder and gender confusion give an exotic sheen to an everyday life and elevate the individual about his relationships and responsibilities. People with otherwise ordinary or substandard minds and bodies distinguish themselves through their quests to match their outer parts to their inner thoughts. They alienate themselves from their immediate social circles but earn the admiration and support of more distant onlookers and activists.
Sexual alchemy holds out the promise of a radical, individualistic transformation within the confines of a technologically advanced industrial society. We maintain the material conditions of social production and economic class structure while developing the medical instruments and techniques that allow us to overcome our biological limits and cultivate our fetishes. Natural disgust responses are blunted through propaganda and coercion while the underlying social disturbances that give rise to gender dysphoria and narcissism are left unexamined.
A majority of bored and disaffected consumers may not want to change their sex, but their desire for novelty and their numbness to deviance prepares them to accept and cheer those who do. People stimulate what little empathy they have left by championing the fringe causes of strangers and aliens. They worry about the margins as the center collapses.
The problem with being a man or a woman isn’t that you’re determined by a category, it’s that those categories include too many other people. They don’t set you apart. Men and women are everywhere and many of them are average. Rather than settling for life as an average man, you can choose the life of a circus side show instead.
An individual in a mass society is swept away in a tide of anonymity. His family ties are frayed, his regional belonging is unmoored and his culture is a gauche bricolage of food and entertainment. Automation, offshoring and immigration limit his opportunities for meaningful work. His physical space is overcrowded and his emotional energy is depleted by overexposure to the banal and enraging thoughts of innumerable strangers on digital mediums.
Lacking the closeness and warmth of family and the pride of accomplishments, he will base his identity on his sexual disorientation and petulant attitude. He may choose to revivify his wasting self with fringe politics, contrived deviance and activism, or spend his last reserves of pity on fashionable victims he doesn’t personally know. Without a moral or spiritual compass, he takes his direction from the social swarm and attacks or defends the latest cause on cue.
Progressives and their media minions want to preserve the norms of Washington DC and subvert the standards of The Midwest. They tirelessly work to erode middle class values and demoralize middle class Americans. Postmodern tribal politics revolves around identity and opportunity. If it serves your people, then it’s normal.