Nothing New Under The Grievance Sun

  

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By:  john-russell  •  2 months ago  •  12 comments

Nothing New Under The Grievance Sun
We are demanding, and we expect to win, a return of power into the hands of the everyday, not highly cultured, not overly intellectualized, but entirely unspoiled and not de-Americanized, average citizen of the old stock.

excerpt from the book Anti-Intellectualism In American Life by Richard Hofstadter

...One can hear in the anguished cries of the 1920’s a clear awareness that the older American type was passé, and the accusation that it was the intelligentsia who were trying to kill it. In 1926 Hiram W. Evans, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, wrote a moving essay on the Klan’s purposes, in which he portrayed the major issue of the time as a struggle between “the great mass of Americans of the old pioneer stock” and the “intellectually mongrelized Liberals.’”

All the moral and religious values of the “Nordic Americans,” he complained, were being undermined by the ethnic groups that had invaded the country, and were being openly laughed at by the liberal intellectuals.


“We are a movement of the plain people, very weak in the matter of culture, intellectual support, and trained leadership. We are demanding, and we expect to win, a return of power into the hands of the everyday, not highly cultured, not overly intellectualized, but entirely unspoiled and not de-Americanized, average citizen of the old stock. Our members and leaders are all of this class—the opposition of the intellectuals and liberals who hold the leadership, betrayed Americanism, and from whom we expect to wrest control, is almost automatic. This is undoubtedly a weakness. It lays us open to the charge of being “hicks” and “rubes” and “drivers of second-hand Fords.” We admit it. Far worse, it makes it hard for us to state our case and advocate our crusade in the most effective way, for most of us lack skill in language … .


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JohnRussell
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1  author  JohnRussell    2 months ago

This book was written in 1964 but has an uncanny finger in many ways on what is going on today. 

 
 
 
JBB
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2  JBB    2 months ago

It sounds like the exact sentiments of today's gop!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3  author  JohnRussell    2 months ago

I knew the MAGAS would run away from this one. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3    2 months ago

Must be too busy with their war on statues...

Oh wait.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  author  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Wow, no MAGA wants to defend their ideology from the claim it is similar to what the Ku Klux Klan was saying in the 1920's ? 

Wow. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago
Wow, no MAGA wants to defend their ideology from the claim it is similar to what the Ku Klux Klan was saying in the 1920's ? 

Maybe they are just smart enough to know that a book is hardly representative of an entire party, so why waste time "defending" something so fucking idiotic to begin with?

Intelligent people won't fall for this crap.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1    2 months ago

Back in the 1920's, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan said that the moral and religious values of white Americans were being undermined by liberal intellectuals (called "elitists" today) and non- Nordic ( non white)  immigrants , and that the Klan represented "the plain" people who intended to take their country back from the liberals and intellectuals who had betrayed traditional America.

That sure sounds a hell of a lot like what we hear from MAGA today. 

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As for your comment, it doesnt make any sense. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.1    2 months ago
As for your comment, it doesnt make any sense. 

That isn't my problem if you don't understand it.

What is your obsessions with race and the KKK anyways?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1.3  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1.2    2 months ago

I hardly ever mention the Ku Klux Klan. 

It is appropriate now because MAGA echoes what the KKK leader was saying 100 years ago. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
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5  bbl-1    2 months ago

Bottom line is the 'New GOP' since it's acquience to The Southern Strategy yearned and continues to yearn for the simple, mythical, placcid days of Antebellum.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.1  Texan1211  replied to  bbl-1 @5    2 months ago
Bottom line is the 'New GOP' since it's acquience to The Southern Strategy yearned and continues to yearn for the simple, mythical, placcid days of Antebellum.

No one wants a return to Democratic glory days. Get fucking real.

 
 
 
Moose Knuckle
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6  Moose Knuckle    2 months ago

This country is so racist, when Latonda Washington went missing no one gave a shit. Cute Whitey goes missing and bounty hunters with Mullets start making news.

 
 
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