Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

I was thinking today that contemporary politics is all about guilt and shame.

For example the Green movement is driven by guilt and shame at the industrial revolution. For the Greens, the industrial revolution was something that simply covered the world in soot and carbon dioxide. The industrial revolution was a mistake of the first magnitude. It wasn’t something to be proud of; it was something to be ashamed of.

There are plenty of other things to be ashamed of as well. If your country ever had an empire (like the British empire, for example), that’s also something to be ashamed of. The empire builders just went round the world planting their flags in the ground and stealing the land from under the native inhabitants feet, mowing them down with cannons or machine guns if they fought back.

And then if your empire exported Christianity with legions of missionaries as it expanded, well, that was cultural imperialism, and something else to be ashamed of. They should’ve let the natives worship their own gods.

And if you used slave labour to work your colonial plantations, that was also something to be ashamed of.

And if your slave labour plantations grew tobacco or sugar, that compounded the offence even further, and added a further layer of guilt and shame.

It’s the Greens and the progressive left who feel the shame and guilt most strongly, and who have confessed to these crimes, and who have resolved to never do it again. And that’s why the left occupies the moral high ground. For with their confession (and their forgiveness) of guilt they’ve been able to convert their shame into a powerful new sense of moral superiority over the shameless and unreconstructed right. Because the right are unashamed. The right are proud of what their forebears did.

And the left feel that they need to do penance, and make reparations. They feel that they need to compensate all the people who got trampled over in the past. If the past was male-dominated, now women’s rights should take precedence. And there should be positive discrimination in favour of previously reviled or excluded minorities. And all religions apart from Christianity should be given priority – so hallal meat in supermarkets. And the borders should be open for anyone to enter.

It was probably much the same during the fall of the Roman empire. Romans probably felt thoroughly ashamed of their thousand-year empire, their colonies, their armies, their roads and bridges and laws. They probably welcomed the Goths and Vandals into the empire, and threw open the gates of Rome to them. And the shame and guilt probably never left them for the next thousand penitential years, until the Renaissance revived pride in the achievements of the ancient world – just as Europe began its own imperial expansion across the globe.

Guilt and shame will be the death of Western culture – unless a few people start arguing that there’s actually nothing to be ashamed of, and the industrial revolution wasn’t a mistake, but the single most beneficial event in human history, which raised living standards all over the world onto which it was very forcibly projected, and very quickly replaced the small power of human slaves with the far greater power of countless multi-horsepower engines, and is now doing the same for both communication and calculation with countless computers and cell phones. For it’s a continuing, rolling revolution. It’s not over. The real shame should be laid upon all those who would turn their backs on it, and fail to seize this astonishing moment in history.

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23 Responses to Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

  1. waltc says:

    Agreed. As I usually agree with you except for one thing about which I hope you and Harley will forgive me for posting this video . Hilarious if you kmow what they’re parodying

    • Frank Davis says:

      Yes, I’ve seen The Producers, and it is very funny.

      • Frank Davis says:

        But is it at all apt?

        A lot of people seem to think that Donald Trump is a joker who has set out to make a big splash before stepping aside to leave it to professional politicians like Cruz and Rubio. But I never saw him as a joker. And I never thought that he was going to step aside. I never thought he was going to leave it to the professionals. Because he’s been saying all along that all these professional politicians have been doing a lousy job, and doing bad deals for the American people in all sorts of ways, and that it really needs an outsider (like him) to step in and take over. And he’s not the only outsider. Carson the brain surgeon is also an outsider. So are/were several of the other candidates. This election is seeing the American political class on trial, as non-politicians like Trump step forward.

        And we have much the same problem here in the UK: a cosy little club of politicians who don’t listen to their electorates, and who sell them down the river into the EU.

        Of course, Trump’s style is very different from that of the professional politicians. He comes from the world of real estate and construction. And his way of doing things is to first ask for the moon – a wall along the border, paid for by Mexico -. That’s his opening gambit. He’ll settle for less, of course, because he always does. But he will get a better deal for America then any of the professionals in Washington. He’ll drive a bunch of very hard bargains everywhere.

        And now he’s getting endorsements. First Chris Christie, and then Jeff Sessions. I was watching Newt Gingrich last night conceding that he was likely to be the Republican candidate, and that was almost an endorsement as well.

        I don’t think Trump is perfect. I have a lot of reservations about him.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Todays super Tuesday the medias all reporting a Trump LANDSLIDE. We will see this evening. I like trump but have my reservations,will go vote trump anyway at least he isn’t an insider DC hack and he is a businessman. My problem is I think he may be a social liberal and a fiscal conservative.

  2. ::waiting for them to feel that they need to compensate all the smokers who got trampled over in the past::

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      We’d do better buying our own rope and just hanging them. They aren’t going to do anything but HATE,even for no reason they just look for the next thing to hate. Truly despicable people.

    • beobrigitte says:

      ::waiting for them to feel that they need to compensate all the smokers who got trampled over in the past::
      You, me and the rest of the world.
      I reserve a seat in the first row as I do not wish to miss ANY of that!!

  3. prog says:

    I may be sticking my head on the block……but many civilisations, religions and empires tended to decline after women en masse got a grip on real power and influence. Perhaps one reason The Catholic Church and Islam (which have endured) don’t allow them to.

    Relatively small potatoes in most eyes, but TC wouldn’t have thrived without the feminine touch. Nor political correctness, nor ‘think of the children’ mantra, nor climate change hysteria, nor the anti alcohol /sugar movement . There’s probably many more examples that, collectively, are creating Hell on Earth.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Prog I hate to say your probably right. But I sure know a lot of women who hate all the progressive bs more than even I do. That’s saying a lot. But to many women are swerved by emotional mantra rather than logic.

  4. prog says:

    EU countries are preparing to tax e-cigarettes under the same regime as normal cigarettes

    • nisakiman says:

      It was only a matter of time. I’m sure the politicians are positively salivating at the prospect of getting their grubby little hands on a few more billions at the expense of vapers. Well, they enjoy vaping, so they must be made to pay. Any pleasure in life, if it comes in the form of a product, must be punitively taxed.

      • Roobeedoo2 says:

        Of course. Vapers are always boasting about how they are converting smokers, basing their virtuous arguments on the lies furnishing by Tobacco Control.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Vapers are always boasting about how they are converting smokers, basing their virtuous arguments on the lies furnishing by Tobacco Control.
          Here I must say that I only know one(!) vaper who actually does blurt the tobacco control nonsense. All the others either do what I do (stretch tobacco supply) or vape without lecturing. Most of the latter ha… erm, dislike intensely tobacco control as much as I do.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Any pleasure in life, if it comes in the form of a product, must be punitively taxed.
        Question is: who profits?

        The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention, a Brussels-based group, is calling for tougher EU rules.

        But its spokesman, Dominick Nguyen, on Monday told EUobserver: “This is not about being for or against e-cigarettes, but [about] encouraging research and provision of evidence on e-cigarettes in order to make the right informed decisions.”
        ?Independent research

        Commenting on the “public health” aspect of the excise tax project, CEO’s Hoedeman said: “It would be quite awkward to put e-cigarettes in the same category [as normal cigarettes] if the science isn’t there yet”.
        Let’s guess what kind of “science” will be produced and who funds it.

        PMI was not available for comment on Monday. GlaxoSmithKline declined to comment.

        According to their public declarations, PMI spent up to €1.5 million lobbying EU officials in 2014. GlaxoSmithKline spent up to €2 million.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Until its taxed it wont have the same standing as tobaccos legitimacy thru the last 600 years.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

  6. Chris says:

    The chickens always come home to roost. You reap what you sow. What goes around comes around. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Etc., etc.

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