Monday, July 5, 2021

'Oikosphobia' is not the Fear of Mass-market Greek Yogurt

As history has pointed out many times, that when the freest and most prosperous societies for their times reach the peak of egalitarianism, something strange happens. The most comfortable and privileged members of  free and prosperous society develop a hatred of their own people and home. Sound familiar??

Benedict Beckeld, a Swedish PhD in Philosophy has written about this combination of insanity, stupidity and self-hatred that is sometimes called 'Oikophobia.’ In 2004 philosopher Roger Scruton described Oikophobia as, “the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiable ‘ours’". Part of this has to do with a need by many to feel superior to others.

Here in America, even as the population of half the third world so it seems, is risking its life to enter mature, tolerant, prosperous Western liberal democracies, the coastal elites have come to despise American culture. Through media and the educational system, the idea has been promoted that America is nothing but a backwards culture built on oppression and exploitation. The elite seek to deconstruct culture then construct a new more repressive one, thus destroying the original culture without a national consensus. 

As is always the case during prosperity fueled oikophobia, the sins of the society are compared to some imagined utopia, not against conditions as they have existed in most societies for most of history. If the status seeking elite were to compare their culture to the human sacrifice of the Aztecs.....or the oppression of the Cultural Revolution.....or the persistence of modern day slavery in the 3rd world...their pronouncement about the awfulness of their own culture could be seen to be the product of either ignorance or an attempt to mislead.  Instead, they have  embraced the playbook of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and we now have calls for snitch squads to be created, turning people against each other and creating the platforms to turn each other in as “extremists.

The important thing to remember is that this degrading of one’s own culture, history and people is a status seeking technique. When a young “woke” college student decries White Privilege....…they aren't offering to make a sacrifice on their part to help elevate some oppressed person. They're simply pointing out that they're better than the other guy.

As Dr. Beckeld also pointed out, as oikophobia increases among elites in a society, oikiphilia increases among the lower classes. So the more the elites come to hate and despise the culture, heritage and history of their society, the more the lower classes seek to defend it.
And so we are.
~ Thank You MJA@IOTWReport for the Linkage! ~

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