Old and New Realities

I don’t know what news to believe any more. It didn’t used to be this way. It used to be that you turned on the radio or TV and you got news out of it like you got water out of a tap, or cornflakes out of a Cornflakes packet.

Now we’ve got “fake news”. And one bunch of “news” sources calling other news sources “fake”. According to Donald Trump – who happens to be the newly-elected President of the United States, and pretty much the most powerful man in the world -, the New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN and a whole bunch of other US news sources are publishing “fake news”, mostly about him. It’s really a war between the new online media and the old newspaper and TV media, the so-called MainStream Media or MSM. “Don’t believe them!” one bunch yells. “Don’t believe them either!” the other side yells back.

There’s a media civil war under way in the USA. I’m not even sure Trump even lets NYT or WaPo or CNN reporters come to White House press conferences any more. Perhaps he does. I don’t know.

And the two sides inhabit separate realities. In the Trump reality, Trump is a canny businessman who’s going to Make America Great Again. And in the anti-Trump reality, Trump is a sort of Hitler supported by millions of knuckle-dragging American conservative rednecks, who’s going to tear up more or less everything that previous US presidents worked to build.

In many ways, the two realities are an Old Reality and a New Reality. Trump’s reality is actually an old reality. It’s the American reality of the 1950s, when Eisenhower was President. It’s apple-pie America, Chevrolet America, Coca-Cola America, Elvis America, Marlboro America, and Screaming-Eagles America. Trump is attempting a restoration of that America. It’s Brand Name America, and Trump himself is a brand name.

The New Reality is something that’s been slowly eating the Old Reality for the past 50 years or more. It’s environmentalist Green feminist America. And in this new reality, Marlboros give you lung cancer, and so does Coca Cola and Chevrolets and apple pie. The new realists see the old America as something poisonous that needs to be killed, and replaced with an egalitarian, socialist state – much like the EU or the old Soviet Union -, powered by windmills and solar panels, devoid of industry because industry creates carbon dioxide (or maybe just carbon) that causes global warming. The New Reality is also globalist: there are no longer to be separate nations and peoples: we are to belong to a single global rainbow nation.

The Old Realists smoked tobacco and drank beer. The New Realists smoke pot and drink latte. And the New Realists are trying to completely dismantle and expunge the Old Reality. They’re not just trying to stamp out smoking and drinking, but also the nation, the church (all except Islam, maybe), schools, marriages, everything. They’re attempting the complete demolition of an entire culture.

I used to be something of a New Realist. I was a bit of an environmentalist. And a bit of a pot smoker. And a bit Green. And a bit pro-feminist. And a bit socialist. And a bit Europhile. I was an all-round part-time Progressive.

But somehow or other I gradually got disenchanted with it all, and have become increasingly re-enamoured with the Old Reality that I remember from my childhood, when everyone smoked and drank, and flew the flag, and went to church, and got married, and raised kids on apple pie and Coca Cola. I’ve become something of a Conservative.

For I think the Old Reality was better than the New Reality. If nothing else, the Old Reality wasn’t as poisoned as the New Reality, which is full of toxins like tobacco, alcohol, sugar, salt, fat, meat, carbon dioxide, carbon, industry, cars, trucks, radioactive fall-out, chemtrails. The list is endless. It’s no wonder that a lot of people are looking for “safe spaces” in this increasingly suffocating and poisoned world. In the Old Reality, none of these things were poisonous. Now everything’s got health warnings on it.

In many ways, modern populism is a re-assertion of the Old Realities. The Old Reality of separate nation states, separate peoples, separate sexes, separate ownership, in the face of a socialised, homogenised, blended New Reality in which everything is the same. Perhaps it’s a kind of restatement of The Eternal Verities. Of Up being different from Down, and of Left being different from Right, and boys being different from girls, and Heaven being different from Hell.

I think that maybe people have just had enough of the New Reality of transgender bathrooms, gay marriage, and the conformist NewSpeak that goes with it. It once all looked so nice and Green and open. But the New Reality gradually became a prison. Things were much better the way they used to be, back in the 1950s. They weren’t perfect, by any means, but they were better than the poisoned, regulated, censored world we’ve got right now.

I don’t think Donald Trump will ever make America Great Again. I think that era is over. Much like the British Empire is over. And the Roman Empire too. But there might be some sort of restoration, much like there was a Restoration of the king and the old order after the Cromwellian puritan era in England circa 1650. But it won’t be quite the same as it used to be.

There’s a war being fought, between Old and New. Between an old culture and a new culture, all over the world. If the new culture wins, we’re going to be even more censored and regulated than we already are. But if the old culture wins, we’ll again see pubs and restaurants with people smoking cigarettes and drinking beer and eating meat and fat and salt and apple pie covered in double cream, before getting back into their gas-guzzling Chevrolets and driving off in a cloud of smoke.

But that’s just a guess.

 

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11 Responses to Old and New Realities

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    As Cromwell world ended so did the first progressive movement of the early 1900s.

    All political movements have their zenith moment problem is when they get criminal laws passed that’s usually the beginning of their decline.

  2. Tony says:

    “There’s a media civil war under way in the USA. I’m not even sure Trump even lets NYT or WaPo or CNN reporters come to White House press conferences any more. Perhaps he does. I don’t know.”
    Yes, I believe CNN have been banned, along with many others including the BBC. This article is about one specific conference but I think the ban has applied to all subsequent ones too.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/media-blocked-white-house-briefing-sean-spicer

    The BBC ban came in the wake of a series of insults dressed up as a question that were thrown at Trump by BBC (idiot) reporter Laura Kuenssberg. This was at the climax of Teresa May’s critical visit and first meeting /audience with Trump. A critical opportunity to re-establish Britain’s special relationship with the USA and a chance to try to repair some of the damage done by UK anti Trump media stories. The BBC had been gifted the first question.

    Not content with that, another BBC reporter, John Sowell, tried to ask a question in a later conference. He began by describing the BBC in three words, “free, fair and impartial”. Three flat out lies. Particularly galling since several people are currently in prison for failing to pay the BBC. I think he was given short shrift and the BBC was banned soon afterwards.

  3. Tony says:

    I had a typically disturbing email from the “New Reality” recently. It was from campaigning organisation Avaaz with subject: “The Race to Save the World“.
    It began with:
    “Dear Friends,
    Donald Trump has declared war on planet Earth.
    And proceeded to try to rally their millions of supporters worldwide to stop him.

    The hysteria about CO2 is extraordinary and yet so utterly unfounded. God knows whether or how many, kids will re-discover sanity after all the brainwashing they’ve received. I remain optimistic that most will though.
    Here’s a nice calming video for a Sunday afternoon:

  4. Russ Tovich says:

    “History, however, seems to suggest that the age of decline of a great nation is often a period which shows a tendency to philanthropy and to sympathy for other races.”

    and;

    “The works of the contemporary historians of Baghdad in the early tenth century are still available. They deeply deplored the degeneracy of the times in which they lived”

    From Sir John Glubb, The Fate of Empires

    http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf

    Everything old is new again. Or as the Chinese say; we live in interesting times.

  5. and have become increasingly re-enamoured with the Old Reality that I remember from my childhood

    Hate to break it to you Frank but that is what we in the trade refer to as ‘old age’. Comes to us all, well all of us who aren’t smokers…cos we all know smokers never NEVER reach ‘old age’.

  6. Yvonne says:

    My understanding is that CNN, BBC, and others are not barred from Official Press Conferences; however, they were not invited to a press meeting. They didn’t complain when the likes of Breitbart weren’t included in these meetings but now they are crying foul. BBC want people to think that they are barred from Official Press Conferences. Obama had his cosy club and it seems that Trump is now picking his favourites.

  7. smokingscot says:

    Stack of reasons why some people are sick to the eyeballs with the establishment and elites. Mainly, I suspect, because it’s no longer working for them. There is no “trickle down” and there are very few worthwhile jobs, especially for the youth, in so many countries.

    My beef (smoking ban aside) is this crap about low or zero inflation and tepid growth; just above above stalling speed with no leeway for the next shock. It’s wholly unsatisfactory, especially as the greatest losers are the smaller countries within the EU block.

    What we may be witnessing is a sort of “people power” that’s always been simmering in the background but had no political outlet. We had UKIP, the Americans had Trump – and the South Koreans pretty much did it themselves.

    Not a huge amount written about Korea, but they did it, they jolly well hung in there until the President was impeached and booted out of her official residence.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN16H066

    Ten years ago that would not have happened, but then it was one of the “dragons” and now it’s struggling under the usual government debt and obligations to international bodies.

    (To me it seems only just, right and fair that the naughty lady and her minions should stoke such anger. It was on her watch that they decided to comply with FCTC and slam a comprehensive smoking ban and hike the price of tobacco beyond the reach of the common person. But I do admit to being somewhat slightly biased.)

    The question is whether this will begin to snowball, because I suspect there are a lot of people out there who are deeply hacked, but don’t want to rock the boat. My theory is that they just need to believe they can take a risk and they can change things.

    There’s a whole lot riding on Trump and May. If they survive politically and if they deliver, then yes they will serve as an example to others. Think concerned Mom and Pop with not so bright or ambitious offspring seeking work.

    So shall we see a very big increase in the share of the vote going to the Freedom party in Holland? Not long to wait; we should get the definitive answer on Thursday morning.

  8. While Trump would have been much better served by laughing off the extremities of the media, you can see why he’s let it get under his skin. Page forward through these images of front pages of the NY Daily News:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/new-york-daily-news-front-pages-presidential-election-gallery-1.2512941?pmSlide=1.2865901

    There are 93 images, roughly forty of them directly Trump related. And I think you’ll agree some of them are pretty wild. Presidents are usually accorded some degree of respect in the US media even when they don’t like ’em. Front pages like this over here are almost as unexpected as front pages like that aimed at the Queen would be over in the UK.

    The NYDN isn’t the NY Times, but it IS one of the largest daily newspapers in the US. Dunno what it has now, but back in the 60s/70s it had 5 million copies sold per day. Heh, funny thing about that is that back then they would have ***LOVED*** Trump! They actually came out against Santa Claus at one point because he wore Communist Colors! And they didn’t want a joint US/Soviet space mission because up in space where there’d be no one watching, the Communists might murder our astronauts!

    Seriously. They would have crowned Trump King in a heartbeat back then, but their editorial policy has evidently shifted 180 degrees.

    – MJM, who actually DID think the page about Trump and Lice was kinda cute… Like I said, Trump could have made hay by poking fun at their extremism instead of yelling about it.

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