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“The Left’s pleasure palaces are all around us in their promised utopias of social justice, egalitarianism, sexual liberation, reflexive distrust of authority, and general nihilism. What they’ve brought about instead—as all pleasure palaces must—is death, destruction and despair.” – Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh’s book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, comes out of the critical theory movement, a metaphor for the nihilism built into it. The setting for this Palace is a magical, captivating castle deep in Germany’s Black Forest where a knight is tested by temptations and threats until he succumbs. At that point, his bride vanquishes the final temptation as the entire palace crumbles into nothing. It was merely a hypnotic illusion.
We are now forced to live with that illusion today as if it were inherent to the American culture. Ideas of Utopia of one kind or another abound, including Marxist theory. We see it in the demand for social justice, which insists that American values are racist and dangerous; that we are all entitled to be treated equally, even when we ignore the rule of law; law enforcement is belittled and denigrated as oppressive and unfair. Everything that Americans have valued deserves to be criticized, even annihilated.
Yet there are glimmerings that America is getting tired and angry at the dominance of cancel culture, rioters in the streets, attacks by those who believe that anyone who is white must be racist, and that none of our culture and values are worthy of preserving. Slowly we are speaking out, pushing back, protesting the lies of the media, and demanding that we have a “place at the table.”
We will survive this bedlam and thrive in its aftermath.Published in