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In the July 29, 2019 issue of NR-on-dead-tree, James Lileks riffed on the following headline from The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Given the utter insanity of the claim and the fact that Lileks’s schtick is parody, I assumed it was a gag. But, no. Not only does Ms. Rashatwar want to shred Western civilization, she gets off on the thought:
I love to talk about undoing Western civilization because it’s just so romantic to me.
My next thought was, “Meh. Lileks is trolling. He’s found some left-wing nutcase and is implying that she’s representative of the left.” The more I think about it, though, the more I think that Rashatwar is just another run-of-the-mill claimant in the grift that is identity politics.
The con goes something like this: I’m a victim of “society.” (Rashatwar, for example, “traces contemporary fatphobia to colonial brutality and how enslaved people were treated.”) Therefore you (i.e., everyone who is not like me) must celebrate me and the choices I make and you (i.e., cis-gendered, white males) must foot the bill for my lifestyle. If you don’t, it’s because Western civilization in general – and the United States in particular – are evil and must be destroyed.
“Give me what I want, or I’ll burn it all down and bring incalculable misery on everyone” is the most infantile, selfish attitude imaginable, yet it’s routinely portrayed as enlightened and caring. And this attitude is, unfortunately, no longer the sole property of the left.Published in