The recent overwhelmingly hostile public response to this year’s Pride Month is encouraging. Pushback against the LGBTQ agenda should not be entirely surprising, as it’s been a long time in coming. Two years ago, governors from socially conservative states were vetoing anti-trans legislation, but nowadays, they’ve changed their outlook.
The LGBTQ movement is inherently unstable. Homosexuals have different interests from transsexuals, and transsexuals themselves are an incoherent group of women attempting to be men and men attempting to be women. Many trans people have other mental illnesses as well. In my review of Christopher Cantwell’s excellent book The Age of Entitlement, I predicted significant pushback against the LGBTQ agenda when I referred to the 2015 controversy over the Kim Davis marriage license for homosexuals:
At the time of the [Kim Davis] controversy, I felt it was a permanent end to conservatism. After reading the book under review, I realized that the gay identity movement had won a victory that they couldn’t keep. After all, Kim Davis was not a criminal, and she hails from a culture that mounted their guard on the walls of Londonderry while on half-rations and then went to civilize the North American wilderness. Davis also bore and raised four children. Her adversaries cannot have children, and they made sterile sexual behavior their primary identity. Furthermore, to accept transgenderism, one must also accept an obvious lie.
It is clear that a large number of Americans are tired of accepting the obvious lie of gender ideology, as well as LGBTQ ideology more generally. In March 2023 Dylan Mulvaney, a man dressed as a woman who has millions of followers on TikTok, received a Bud Light endorsement, causing many Americans to spontaneously boycott the brand. Bud Light’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, has suffered tremendous losses, and the Bud Light brand may never recover. It is the first time that the threat of “go woke, go broke” has been unequivocally successful. The Target franchise was likewise targeted by a boycott over its Pride-themed merchandise aimed at children.
The effects of these boycotts continue to spread. The “woke” United States Department of Defense banned drag shows at all its installations, and Major League Baseball changed its online logo from a Pride-themed one back to its ordinary one after only a single day. Even video games are dropping Pride: Xbox abandoned a Pride theme for its label to the “burning fires of hell.” This was probably a deliberately crafted marketing ploy to push its new Diablo 4 game, but marketers carefully track and quickly respond to social trends. Disney’s “woke” version of The Little Mermaid similarly flopped, and there has been at least one fight between sub-Saharans at theaters showing it. As a result, the film has acquired a toxic ghetto vibe that will further reduce revenues.
The LGBTQ movement rose to prominence as a result of years of metapolitics. They made enormous strides in the 2000s by presenting themselves as responsible gay men in loving relationships. Resistance to the homosexual agenda was weakened when Jerry Falwell passed away in 2007, and although Barack Obama was opposed to gay marriage until 2010, he eventually changed his views and his administration leaned on schools and shaped the environment in many other ways to bring about this attempted revolution.
The movement’s current setbacks are the result of a new force which has arisen out of the ashes of the Nixon-era conservative movement. There is a new type of mainstream conservativism free of the theocratic neoconservative baggage that reached its peak under George W. Bush. Matt Walsh’s documentary What is a Woman and Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter have helped bring about a push for sanity. Walsh’s activities are particularly effective, and it is quite useful to study how he rationally answers hostile questions in a public setting. There have also been several recent mass shootings perpetrated by transsexuals, the most horrifying being the one at a Christian school in Tennessee.
On the racial front, it is interesting to note that the third anniversary of George Floyd’s death passed without comment in the mainstream media. Black Lives Matter is now facing bankruptcy.
LGBTQ activism and sub-Saharan racial activism are aligned. They are malign social contagions that damage the health of white Americans. I’ve started to wonder if there is something else going on under the surface, however.
The “civil rights” regime that has empowered the homosexual, trans, and sub-Saharan social movement is coming apart. While it appears triumphant in many ways, it has also suffered many setbacks in recent years. Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 despite the Left’s accusations of racism and use of other devil words against him. Trump remains popular and is polling better than Biden at the moment. Other cherished Leftist policies have only advanced through the courts, and Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022. Ultimately, the “civil rights” regime requires the entire country to reject obvious realities. This is unsustainable.
The Left’s astonishingly shrill insanity of late could be a sign of liberal whites Ghost Dancing — which is what happens when a tribe under pressure drifts into a form of insanity as their way of life becomes increasingly untenable. Members of such a tribe revert to magical thinking and irrationality. They often wear peculiar clothing that reflects their tribal identity, and they come to believe that this has magical properties, such as the ability to deflect bullets. Ghost Dancers include Tecumseh’s Indian coalition just before the War of 1812, the Carlists of Spain in the 1800s, the Sioux in1890, the Xhosa, and more recently, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
Many on the Left, including its most extreme elements, are whites, and thus this Ghost Dancing analogy is admittedly not perfect, but many of these whites are insecure young women following a fad. When the fad fades, they’ll leave it.
The Left is practicing a clear form of Ghost Dancing at present that closely parallels the Xhosa’s version of Ghost Dancing: the Cattle Killing Cult. In 1856 a 15-year-old Xhosa girl named Nongqawuse had a vision that if the Xhosa killed their cattle and destroyed their crops, then on a certain day the white Anglo-Dutch settlers in Cape Colony would be swept away by divine forces, the cattle would be returned, and the Xhosa lands would be renewed. The Xhosa followed her advice, the divine forces failed to materialize, and mass starvation followed. Recently, there have been calls to drastically restrict the agricultural industry to prevent “climate change,” a cherished Leftist eschatological belief. The global face of this movement is Greta Thunberg. Among the suggestions being made is the mass killing of cows. In Ireland, there is a proposal to kill 200,000. In the Netherlands, the government has restricted fertilizer. The Sri Lankan government has followed suit, leading to problems.
Meanwhile, political repression by the Left continues. One of the voice actors from the cartoon Bob’s Burgers was arrested simply for having been in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. Donald Trump has been indicted for a vague “crime” in New York, and was recently indicted again for “espionage.” Many of his key supporters, from Michael Flynn to Steve Bannon, have likewise been arrested for various “crimes.” The immigration restriction website VDARE is also under threat. These entities are all pointing out the endemic problems in the establishment, and the ruling class wants to put a stop to it.
The Left may seem dominant at the moment, but their growing desperation is indicative that they are feeling increasingly vulnerable. All activists should exploit this situation by continuing to build institutions, rising in their careers, and being good citizens.
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