An excellent and well written article appeared on the World Socialist Website entitled “Rolling Stone Magazine and the University of Virginia rape allegations.” Available online at- http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/roll-d11.html for which I have provided as link on the left of my title page. The article talks about the nature of the social decomposition now taking place in American society as a result of the cheap, selfish, power driven motives of that part of the US governing power structure that uses identity politics as the basis for advancing its own petty personal aims. Such power driven aims have little to do with “evening the playing field” or “social justice” as defined by the political mandarins who serve the capitalist class.
I read the original Rolling Stone article and was pretty much taken in by it. I also made some comments in a previous blog posting that were made as a result of assuming that the Rolling Stone article was factually correct which it wasn’t. Since what I said in a previous article posted to this blog was written under the influence of high emotion were utterly stupid: I have to set the record straight by way of my own retraction of sorts. We rarely bring our higher critical faculties into play when such a highly emotional appeal is being made to the readers by someone who is purely a propagandist for a particular cause or issue who refuses to allow the facts to get in the way of a great fictional story that can then be passed off as fact. Such was the case with the Rolling Stone article. Why propaganda works is because it reaches us in our emotional center which is part of our brain that researchers often refer to as “the reptile brain” because evolutionarily speaking the brain stem that stimulates emotional responses evolved in the animal world prior to the cerebral cortex that is responsible for all higher functioning in humans.
Such highly emotional appeals are made through a kind of animal instinct by the propagandist who cleverly exploits this emotional response center in the human brain. When such centers are stimulated the response pattern often (or even usually) overwhelms the other higher brain functions thus effectively shutting them down temporarily.
I couldn’t agree more that such popular phony left publications as Rolling Stone while they often turn out some very first rate exercises in investigative journalism are part and parcel to that Dem Party faction that lives off of identity politics. Rolling Stone has featured the first rate work of such Pulitzer worth journalists as Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibbi and many others, so lets not throw out the baby with the bath water because of one stinker of an article.
I don’t believe that we live in a “rape culture” but men and women often see such matters differently. What is tragic in our own times is not that we see such things differently but that these differences are stimulated in a conscious way or in other words we are being exploited by those elements of the society with a vested professional interest in creating these mutually hostile camps so that some day soon they can perhaps put us in camps based upon the never ending cycle of fear that they promote.
The retraction that Rolling Stone published on its website was perhaps even more shocking that the revelations about the article being bogus in that it made the statement that because a so called “rape culture” existed on college campuses all across America today it really didn’t matter what the facts were in regard to the article in question where a totally false narrative had been put forward by the magazine as a factual account of a mass rape that supposedly had occurred on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In other words facts didn’t matter because the ends justified the means of holding young men accountable for crimes that they never committed. This is the very definition of what “social justice” or any kind of justice consists of in a totalitarian society which is essentially what America has become today owing in large part to the evil and insidious role played by the various US corporate media empires that function basically like an Orwellian Ministry of Truth.
When facts don’t matter for journalist writing about alleged true events what you have is propaganda pure and simple; but this is the real state of things in America today that began with the curious events of 9-11 that have never been properly accounted for and that accelerated with the US war of aggression against Iraq that was carried out in violation of international law and resulted in the deaths of over one million innocent Iraqis. The events of 9-11 led to the apparatus of a police state being setup that saw the American people as the enemy in a fear driven culture based upon mass hysteria which is identical to the mass hysteria produced by the propagandists of the rape myth or what they call “rape culture” that exists nowhere so much as in their misanthropic minds.
It’s in the nature of a totalitarian society to sow the seeds of hatred and ill will amongst its citizenry in order to create a war of each against all and all against each other where such fear driven atomized individuals gladly surrender their personal power and civil rights to the totalitarian agents of the national security state that claims to want to protect them but in actual fact sees the overall population as an enemy that can only be controlled through the methods of the police state.
As I have repeatedly pointed out in numerous other articles posted to this site the history of the Rape Myth in America has enjoyed a most curious and deadly existence that began with its earliest manifestation in the New England theocracy of the 17th century. Historical researchers have proven that since the round head Pilgrim theocrats lacked any real cause for grievance against the native tribes of New England whose benevolent assistance had enabled the Pilgrim theocrats to survive the harsh northern winter climate; they proceeded to create a rape myth regarding the supposedly sexually lascivious nature of the native tribes that threatened the moral purity of white womanhood! This was a purely fictitious charge indeed that laid the basis for the campaign of genocide that was conducted by the New England theocrats against the native tribes of New England for the purpose of gaining control over the lands formerly occupied by the indigenous tribes. Religion as an organized form of cruelty was once again on display as well as its anti-sex role in society.
The theoretically originated Rape Myth has consistently lent itself to the cause of racial oppression, genocide, and supreme acts of barbaric cruelty in America from those earliest days of colonization that began with the original slave community in Jamestown, Virginia and the establishment of the New England theocracy of the so called Pilgrims. Its use for the suppression and terror inflicted by the KKK on African American in a one hundred year reign of terror is sufficiently well documented so that no real detailed discussion of the matter needs to be gone into here for the purpose of this particular article.
Suffice it to say that what had indeed developed in the 20th century was a kind of institutionalized political system made up of dueling injustices that were made up of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960 and the movement for the liberation of women from the fate of being a slave to a wage slave which all to frequently was the case in the patriarchal order that still held fast to defending its cultural interests in a changing world situation where working and professional women were at last coming into their own and were a growing political force to be either contended with or co-opted in some way. As time passed more and more of these well paid professional women were co-opted into the system in the very selfsame manner that the capitalist system and its governing power structure was able to co-opt and create what has been called the Black Bourgeoisie from the remnants of the Civil Rights movement.
With this co-opted section of the women’s movement that represented the more well to do upper middle class professional part of the feminist spectrum the main thrust of this co-opted feminist movement had more to do with the often petty needs of a highly influential and well paid elite than the very real social and economic depredations experienced by millions of women in the underdeveloped and developing world. This shift in emphasis of the women’s movement in America had the effect of creating a kind of feminist bourgeoisie analogues to the black bourgeoisie that had been Nixon’s grand ambition with the Affirmative Action program that had been launched by his administration. The purpose of this executive action was to paraphrase Nixon- “so that we could have some of their people that we could do business with in order to control things,” i.e. further the oppression of African Americas through the clever use of “their own people.” I have listened to some of the more pertinent Nixon White House tapes that can be accessed online and this is exactly the way that he spoke about such matters.
In regard to the feminist movement things always were quite different in that this movement grew organically out of the interests and concerns of members of the ruling class who being female understood the way that patriarchy functioned at least in their own highly privileged sphere of society. The Settlement House movement of the late 19 and early 20th century did much to bring the diverse currents of the women’s movement together for the kind of common betterment of women’s position in society that evolving capitalism demanded. This was a progressive movement that actually did achieve a lot in spite of the obvious class conflict that existed within its midst that the movement sought to downplay and paper over.
Its hard to say when the women’s movement first began to run amok but in my humble opinion as an outside observes who had some inside connections at the time to upper middle class feminist circles, I would suggest that these negative currents began to surface and become dominant as a kind of feminist answer to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. In order to better understand what cancer took over the women’s movement in the West it would be good to use a parallel situation from the history of the US labor movement that also had its counterpart in Europe which was the anti-communist Catholic Labor movement that came into existence with the predecessor to Pope Pius XII, Pope Leo XIII. It was this organized underground Catholic labor movement aligned and using the methods of La Cosa Nostra that purified the American and European labor movements for capitalism thus putting paid to any illusions that labor organizations such as the IWW had of “one big union” with which to fight capitalist oppression and eventually overthrow it.
Organized religion or as Wilhelm Reich preferred to call it-“the anti-sex international” saw in what is called the break down of social taboos and moral values regarding free sexual expression coming out of the 1960s sexual revolution another serious threat to its cultural hegemony that needed to be countered in a manner similar to its successful social combat waged against the labor movement worldwide and what it thought of as its penetration by communists, anarchists, and other such threats to the status quo that organized religion upheld and profited from both financially and politically. The fight was on then to use such undercover Catholic religious outfits as “The Legion of Mary” and the myriad other denominations’ counterparts to wage a counter-revolution against free abortion on demand for all women but most especially poor women as one of the central pillars of this newly invented counter-revolution that would contest with the progressives for the heart and soul of the women’s movement.
It has always been the position of this counter-revolutionary force that the so called “break down in morals” cause by the sexual revolution was what drove the need for free on demand abortions for all women but most especially the poor. The 1980s saw the formation nationally of such anti-rape organization as W.A.R. (Women Against Rape) that seemed to suggest the idea of a gender based war in spite of the fact that an opportunistically named organization may have come into existence because of a very real social need at that time owing to the residual effects of the sexual revolution that were seen as the right of certain out of control males using the ideology of the sexual revolution to justify their criminal deeds. So there we have it a mixed bag indeed and something more akin to the closing lines of English poet Mathew Arnold’s memorable poem “Dover Beach.”
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
The human imagination is such that we can suppose that the poet was speaking of our own time and place driven as we are which way and not in a never ending struggle just to survive and find some semblance of happiness in a world that was not made for us but is the one that we have to cope with and pretend to ourselves that indeed it was made for us when logic and science implies just the opposite. It’s so much easier to adopt the myth than to accept the realty of our situations. We are on a lonely outpost in deep space, circling a minor star in a galaxy whose center consists of an enormous back hole that equally defies logic to explain but is just as real in spite of that. Torturing each other to satisfy the economic and social needs of a tiny minority of society that is hell-bent on total and complete world domination at any and all costs to itself and to humanity is not my idea of a good time or living well. We owe it to ourselves to think about what the late Rodney King offered up by way of an agnostic prayer to our own pitiful age- “Can’t we all just get along.” Yes we can but it takes work and the ability to see that reality is not entirely subjective and that the personal is not always the political.
Vincit omnia Veritas.
Note-this piece was originally posted to Open Salon on 12-12-2014