No word has done more to reshape the cultural landscape in the West over the last year. Now only a clarion call to advance a specific agenda, the word offensive itself means nothing but a feeling. The fight for control of the word has been defined by a group known as Social Justice Warriors (SJW). They have emerged as the most notable, and possibly most divisive, group in the midst of today’s political rabble.
But what makes SJW so divisive? Perhaps it is their aversion to anything that originates from the privileged, cisgender, white male—their symbol of oppression. The same phrase could be uttered by two completely different people but takes on different meaning based on the identity of the speaker. And to the SJW, this alone determines its validity. Academia has grown into this subculture where identities—not ideas—are now king, and only oppressed ones at that. Worse still is their opposition to free speech as a method of self-validation. Persecution only fuels fire.
Rooted in post-modernism, SJW’s lack of commitment to concrete principles betrays the limitations of their viewpoint. They have taken full advantage with unorthodox fascism. Similar to the pigs of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, SJW claims that “some animals are more equal than others.” It is a harmful attack with no ground in rationality. It affects poor people dying to taste the privilege to which they often refer. Many do not subscribe to SJW’s social liberalism and have now been under verbal and political assault for decades. They are desperate for a defender, who shares their anger and can beat SJW at their own game.
Enter Donald Trump.
The meteoric rise of the billionaire as a champion of the blue collar, underrepresented white voter should now come as no surprise. Trump captured the affections of many by being everything that the SJW hates: white, male, cisgender, rich, and offensive. He tells it how it is. His brand decorates towers all over the world. No one is exactly sure of his plans as President, perhaps not even Trump, but identity now trumps ideas. It is invigorating to see a candidate finally put the bad guys ruining America in their place. Every celebrity that vows a relocation to Canada only increases his appeal; after all, Hollywood is a hub for the SJW subculture. Truly, Donald Trump has accomplished the astounding. His campaign adopted the SJW playbook and is using it to tap into the angry electorate on a massive scale. Stephen Miller at National Review details how Trump has done this.
However, the State of the Union is indeed in trouble. This propaganda, by which “We the People” has advanced Leftist agendas, not only created SJW but has now nearly catapulted perhaps the biggest demagogue in U.S. history, Donald Trump, to the White House. Maybe he can be stopped at a contested GOP convention. If not, a strong third party candidate would have to win enough swing states (in this case, any red state that opposed Trump in the primaries, such as Texas) and deny both Trump and Clinton the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College. This could throw the election into the House where, unlike John Quincy Adams in 1824, Trump and Hillary would be sure to lose, and rationality would live to fight another day.
The appeal to Trump is not white, nationalist, or even based in economy. It has joined a short and infamous line whose source of power, truth, and justice fall in step with Thrasymachus. An ancient Greek who famously told Plato in the Republic that justice is the advantage of the stronger, unbounded to truth. Trump’s perceived strength and competence lie in the eye of the angry, unbounded to truth. The proletariat wishes to taste the riches of privilege that Trump promises, but if we know anything about history and demagogues, the gall of disappointment is bitter and ultimately unsatisfying.
Steven Dahl is a contributor at westernpress.org. When Steven isn’t writing articles, he’s doing life like the rest of us. He tries to travel and take a nap here and there too. Soli Deo Gloria. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Marc Nozell New Hampshire