Saturday, October 04, 2014

Leaders of a Revolution of Compassion

How irresistible it all was, an elite shortcut to political influence. In the ordinary world, outside the universities, such youngsters would have had no way of gaining attention. They took as their models Mao, Castro and Che Guevara, promoters of equality, if you please, but surely not themselves equal to anyone. They themselves wanted to be the leaders of a revolution of compassion. The great objects of their contempt and fury were the members of the American middle class, professionals, workers, white collar and blue, farmers — all of those vulgarians who made up the American majority and who did not need or want either the compassion or the leadership of the students. They dared to think themselves equal to the students and to resist having their consciousness raised by them. It is very difficult to distinguish oneself in America, and in order to do so, the students substituted conspicuous compassion for their parents' conspicuous consumption. They specialized in being the advocates of all those in America and the Third World who did not challenge their sense of superiority and who, they imagined, would accept their leadership. None of the exquisite thrills of egalitarian vanity were alien to them.

Allan Bloom

From a book written in 1987, describing the students of twenty years earlier. The more things change, indeed. Anyway, it cracks me up every time I see this in action. Let one member of the oppressed classes raise up and talk back to their self-appointed advocates, and just watch how quickly the pimp hand draws back.

Speaking of GamerGate, I agree with Shetterly — this is one of the best articles I've seen on it yet.