Game Over for White Men?

“Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen.”

“It’s 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”

“For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”

The quotes above were not mentioned at a political rally but at this recent Golden Globe awards. This week has been dominated by stories of assertive left wingers throwing their weight around. Including the outrage over Toby Young’s appointment as universities regulator. Which would not have been so angry if Mr Young was left-wing.

When I heard the remarks above over the radio my response was quiet indignation. “How dare somebody claim all men for the wrongs in the world!”

However, I eventually regained rationality. There is a popular narrative at the moment that states ‘white men need to step aside.’ As this is so obviously ridiculous, it is tempting to play the outrage game. 

We would do well to remember that Libertarianism, Objectivism and Liberalism are not reactionary creeds. While much of what was said at the Golden Globe awards was rather cringe-worthy (especially because of who was saying it). In our current politics, we have a great abundance of outrage. Liberalism provides a more measured and less knee-jerk perspective.

Writing in very different times Mises and Hayek do not mourn the passing of some golden age. But that they lament the mass abandonment of a still radical idea.

I am not for a minute saying that nasty collectivist ideas should go unchallenged. But they should be challenged on Liberal grounds. By playing along in the outrage game means you lose your head and abandon your principles.

  6 comments for “Game Over for White Men?

  1. Paul Marks
    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    The Frankfurt School of Marxism “Idenity Politics” of Hollywood is a bore – and the “stop white genocide” opposite form of “Idenity Politics” is also a bore.

    I do not care what colour skin someone has – I care about their beliefs.

    Ditto whether someone is a man or a women – their moral worth is not determined by their sexual organs.

    • Jan 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Indeed, It is important that ridiculous ideas are challenged with rigour and clear-headedness. Not equal amounts of bile and nastiness!

  2. Bill Thompson
    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    It needs to be recognised that the ideology of identity politics, social justice etc. is profoundly anti-rational.

    “We would do well to remember that Libertarianism, Objectivism and Liberalism are not reactionary creeds. ”

    This sounds a little apologetic. As far as the SJWs are concerned, “liberalism is white supremacy” (see YouTube for details).

  3. Jan 14, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Correct, the alt-right is just a cul-de-sac for people wanting their own polar opposite/mirror image version of this hysteria. Sadly I think too many people have gone away from ideas and embraced the team sport being played out. It’s obvious that this is what so many people enjoy, sadly…

  4. Paul Marks
    Jan 16, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Well I am ill (as I so often am now) and looking for an excuse to rage (my default state). However,Jordan Lee, Bill Thompson and Daz Pearce have said nothing I can rationally disagree with.

    I will try and forgive you all for being correct and expressing yourselves so well.

    • Jan 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Paul, Sorry to hear you are unwell- I hope you feel better soon!

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