The media and internet are lambasted with attempts to attribute ownership of a culture to a group of people. From some Native Hawaiian’s objections to the personification of Moana, to something as outrageous as claiming that dressing in certain hairstyles is cultural misappropriation.
This issue cuts in two directions, first, the cultures which are acceptable to ‘misappropriate’ is one laden with not just a political agenda, but also some logical problems. As an example, Western European cultural motifs and belief systems are acceptable to distort and destroy but Polynesian ones are not. The rationale is to enter a dynamic of ‘dominant culture’ and ‘subjugated culture’ on which we view the entire paradigm. Which I will question the methods these are devised and bring to question its validity. Secondly, even if we accept the definition of a ‘dominant culture’ (and all its laden, self-contradictions) then we must work further to attribute ownership of culture; this is a key point many people refuse to define. But it is essential because the claim is always that there exists some authority which can determine for the planet what is or isn’t misappropriation and that generally tends to be the groups of people who supposedly ‘own’ the culture in question.
It is all of course, nonsense. As we go through these two topics I think you’ll find that those who proclaim the most compassion and sympathy for a certain group of people are merely perpetuating the very racism they claim to be defeating. I will also offer an alternative guise to view this issue going forward. (more…)
Feminism is now the rallying cry of the modern liberal. It is a term which is so inseparable from the leftist stigma that it pains the mind to think of it being separate. To be a feminist is to be for the welfare state, to support social democracy, to be against racial injustice, to be a supporter of multiculturalism, and much else. The feminist label, more so than any other in modern discourse has been subverted by the reigning political ideologies of our time. Due to its tremendous impact on our lives and its incredible success it is worthy of a full treatment here on PlatoShrugs.
Meet Jason. He’s a good looking dog with a nice coat, a kind demeanor, a wonderful smile, oh and he’s neutered. Jason is in solid health and loves human attention, it seems like a real shame that he doesn’t have any owners. Because friends, this fine dog is up for adoption, but there is one very special thing about this dog; he’s from Phuket, Thailand.
Some reasonable people may ask the question, (more…)
A recent trend with Hollywood (and by extension, Americans) has been to completely saturate our movie theaters with Superhero movies. Apparently we can’t get enough of the same plot and CGI battles replayed year after year. So why do we keep watching the same film over and over? I argue, we like watching these movies because we are increasingly living in a world in which our escapism is no longer to shoot Native Americans and marry a blonde. It’s to fantasize about being rescued from a corrupt, one-sided, ruinous political world by an attractive, moral strong-man… and then bang the blonde (some things never change). (more…)
Government is in stasis. It is incapable of dealing with a world without physical products to move, without forms to stamp, and without power to abuse. The purpose of 1800s enlightenment government was to tax and regulate produced goods and services, even intellectual property was physical. We now live in an era where goods and services are not physical, they are digital. We must move forward. (more…)
There are two causes of human violence and oppression, resource scarcity and cultural differences. The former is solved through technological progress, the latter is solved through the integration of cultural outgroups into our society. Our social world needs more communication, more data, and not less. In this post we will discuss the most important issue for the Organicist, the problem with culture. (more…)
In light of the attacks in France and around the world from ISIS it seems necessary to say something, but on this blog I don’t want to repeat myself. The things I’ve said in the past about ISIS I believe are still true and remain even more pertinent now than when they were first written.
Communism is the most well-known competitor to classical liberalism. As a result, it is no surprise that communism is demonized in classical liberal societies; people don’t want other people trying to drastically change their way of life. We like our lives the way they are. Therefore, like Fascism, there is much hoopla and rabble rousing when Communism gets mentioned at the dinner table. But the rejection is more visceral and raw because Communism is seen as an actual threat, whereas Fascism is seen as a ‘joke’ ideology that no one will legitimately follow. (more…)