Barbarians: How The Baby Boomers, Immigration, and Islam Screwed My Generation
a book by Lauren Southern
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that "The values that built the West have been forgotten. Instead, millennials have been raised to hold hedonism above all. Whatever feels good goes. Freedoms and rights are things for legislators and judges to conjure out of thin air, not precious traditions forged in the crucible of history. Most millennials reject the nuclear family, and the religious values, that our culture was built on because they resemble some sort of 'unenlightened' old world of responsibility and duty that millennials want no part in.
"In short, squaring the truth about the West with the twisted values they’ve been brought up to swallow without complaint is not something that will be comfortable for many millennials. But I think that if not now, eventually most of them will take the plunge. Because deep down I think we know that what we’ve done is not empowering. Abandoning all guidance of our past and embracing hedonism and subjectivity was not some genius idea. Dismissing the guidance built for us over thousands and thousands of years in the form of gender roles, traditional lifestyles, hard work, objectivity, and cultural supremacy was, in fact, painfully stupid.
"Because really, what have we got to show for it? Nothing but infinite license to put who and what we want in our bodies, while our freedoms to speak, to think, to dream, and to build get more limited every day. We’ve decided to fall backwards off the shoulders of giants, and that fall probably feels good, until you realize there’s going to be a “splat” at the end.
"We’ve decided to fall backwards off the shoulders of giants, and that fall probably feels good, until you realize there’s going to be a 'splat' at the end"
"So with the ground of reality rushing up at them, more and more young people are clawing for anything to stop their feelings of personal, ethical, political, intellectual and artistic failure. And the rotted timber of progressivism is increasingly failing to break their fall. So eventually, they turn elsewhere.
Should we be considering ideas like VICE Magazine’s 'Dear Straight Guys: It’s Time to Start Putting Things In Your Butt'? Is this all there is, or can we do better?
"And so, a steadily increasing number of millennials are finally beginning to wake up to the choice we face as a civilization, and to the value they’ve so long overlooked in traditional standards of morality and beauty. They are wondering: is modern culture really so great if it means we substitute Meghan Trainor for Mozart, Emma Sulkowicz for Da Vinci, or Bell Hooks for Plato? Is it really such a step forward that our civilization, which once shed both blood and ink debating Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, is now reduced to considering theses like VICE Magazine’s “Dear Straight Guys: It’s Time to Start Putting Things In Your Butt”? Is this all there is, or can we do better?
The world is on fire, and while our generation didn’t start the fire, left-wing indoctrination and media machines seem to be pouring gas on it
"No, it isn’t, and yes, we can and must do better. Sure, it’ll be hard for us to dig ourselves out of the pit that the left-wing indoctrination and media machines has dug for everyone our age. But it’s work worth doing. Because right now, the world is on fire. And while my generation didn’t start the fire, with apologies to Billy Joel, I believe we have a chance to contain it, or even put it out.
Sure, it’ll be hard for us to dig ourselves out of the pit that the left-wing indoctrination and media machines has dug for everyone our age—but it’s work worth doing
"But first we have to expose the frauds, liars, idiots, and above all, barbarians who threw gas on the blazing world. So without further ado, let’s get to naming those names," says Southern. We agree with some of her names, but disagree with others.
But first we have to expose the frauds, liars, idiots, and above all, barbarians who threw gas on the blazing world
The author paints all baby boomers with much too broad a brush in this book, generalizing us as all being the same and it's just not so. You cannot make valid generalities about a single class of people born during a certain time. Most baby boomers knew a few hippies or dopers but most baby boomers were NOT hippies or dopers. She has seen this generation cliched in movies and books so she assumed that must be what boomers really were. Most were not. It is insulting to be pigeonholed in a box. If we did the same to her generation, would she agree with the cliche (empty-headed, lazy Facebook and Youtube addicts obsessed with political correctness)?
Fact: the percentage of Baby Boomers who participated in the 1960s counterculture would be only 1.17%. And "In popular imagination, the 1960s were the heyday of illegal drug use -- but historical data indicate they probably weren't. In fact, surveys show that drug abuse was comparably rare, as was accurate information about the effects of illegal drugs. In a 1969 Gallup poll, only 4% of American adults said they had tried marijuana [compare to 25% have used it once or more in the last year in 2013]." And a nationwide survey recently showed that the use of pot has surpassed cigarette smoking for the first time.
So it would be nice if she'd return the courtesy of not pigeonholing and stereotyping. Perhaps she started writing before she was ready, since she oversimplifies a lot when, in truth, life is never that simple. Life—as well as the various generations—is quite complex. Conservatives and liberals both have some good ideas as well as some bad ones. Her looking at one side of a coin long enough has made her ignorant about what is on the other side. This Western Canadian may grasp her native country but fails to grasp the incredible complexity of the USA. She is merely preaching to the rightwing choir, bitching about the left. To what end?
This Western Canadian lady may grasp her native country but fails to grasp the incredible complexity of the USA. She is merely preaching to the rightwing choir, bitching about the left. To what end?
Young (23) Southern is a good communicator. She looked around the chaotic world, saw that it was a mess, and humanistically wanted to do something about it. So she decided to be an activist—which is good. But to be effective she had to take sides, to find someone to blame. Family experiences and reading experiences probably tended to push rightwards, and a few—such as trying to jam political correctness into her agile mind in high school during a (gag!) social justice class—tried to push her leftwards, but she decided to be a contrarian out of understandable revulsion. It doesn't matter how it happened but she started choking on the politically correct liberal narrative (as did we). But 23 years old is not old enough to really be able to look at both sides of issues and come out with deep answers. So cliches often substitute for depth, which is covered up by wit and style. She has ties to the alt-right and calls herself a libertarian. See Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.
Southern blames our cultural decay on many things, including think tanks (especially the ones that disagree with her—which is most of them)
She has only had two years of college. It's enough to learn how to write well if she's talented in that way—which she is. But is it really enough life experience to teach her how to research objectively, and objectively look at both sides of issues before writing or speaking? We fear not.
So if one is really not going to look before leaping or study before talking or writing, then one will be limited to picking a side and becoming an echo—a conformist parroting the party line of that side. And to get attention and stick out, one should dress provocatively and be over the top in one's activism. And then one should go make a splash on YouTube, remembering to be controversial.
Her book blames progressives, hippies, think tanks, immigration, the Left, and Islam for much of our cultural woes. Sounds to us like she could go work for Trump.
The U.S. invaded the Islamic country of Iraq, unprovoked, in 2003, and the Islamists were fed up with our terrorism in their lands so this created endless terrorist acts
Actually, the Islamists never acted as bad as the Crusaders and Inquisition thugs. And more recently until our 1953 Iranian coup d'état by the CIA, Islam was on a live and let live basis with the West. After that, they got very picky about interference—just as we would if they'd overthrown our government. The U.S. invaded the Islamic country of Iraq, unprovoked, in 2003, and the Islamists were fed up with our terrorism in their lands so this created endless terrorist acts that will not end until the West gets out of their lands. The War on Terror has backfired—things are worse. "The continuing chaos in Syria, Iraq, and Libya; the proliferation of jihadist fronts; recruitment of foreign fighters; the growing volume of terrorism worldwide; and recent spikes in terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States indicate that it is worse." (Source: Fifteen Years On, Where Are We in the "War on Terror"?, Brian Michael Jenkins, CTC)
The U.S. military is a terrorist factory; we kill one, it creates 10 more out to avenge their relative and/or join ISIS
So it would appear that blaming Islam for screwing up Southern's generation is a bit like teasing a rattlesnake until it bites you and then, once you recover, run around telling the world how bad snakes are and how they are wrecking the world.
"Herein lies the great success of Canadian Multiculturalism; a society which integrates newcomers not by force but through generosity, benevolence, and sincerity to its values and principles. Given such a national character it is unsurprising why Canadian immigrants of all backgrounds tend to become "Canadian" so enthusiastically - and it is for this reason that Canada has become an exemplar of social cohesion in an increasingly globalised world. . . . Across much of the West, [except Canada] it seems as though the appeal of multiculturalism has lost its lustre." (Source: What the world can learn from Canadian multiculturalism: Bucking the trend in the rest of the world, Canada's immigrants are settling very nicely in this easygoing country, Murtaza Hussain, Al Jazeera)
At first blush, it would seem that Canadian Multiculturalism would be an easy sell to a young college drop-out like Southern, since it works better in her native country than anywhere else on the planet. Multiculturalism is at its best when assimilating happy immigrants—including Islamics—into Canada's "salad" of people, and at its worst when it is used as a garrote to strangle free speech and replace it with political correctness, social justice classes, privilege accusations, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions. The dominance of multiculturalism has, on many campuses, bred speech codes, intolerance of opposing opinions and in some cases it has spawned violence against dissidents. Ugh!
The experiment of multiculturalism was thought up in the minds of tenured intellectuals, put on paper by virtue signaling politicians, and then enjoyed by big business globalists
Souhern sums up the "conspiracy" like so: "‘The experiment of multiculturalism was thought up in the minds of tenured intellectuals, put on paper by virtue signaling politicians, and then enjoyed by big business globalists’. . . . Her early diagnosis of the problem, however, leads her out of her depth . . . a lot of millennials are beginning to sense that they have been duped [by multiculturalism]." (Source: SOUTHERN BELLETRISTE: BARBARIANS – HOW THE BABY BOOMERS, IMMIGRANTS AND ISLAM SCREWED MY GENERATION by LAUREN SOUTHERN, Mark Gullick, postcardsfromtraumaville)
Human beings tend to live peacefully together only when they have a modicum of moral character
" . . . an acceptance of and even a respect for differences seems the only possible route to a peaceful world. What is needed is a sound form of multiculturalism; one that recognizes the moral nature of human beings and that understands that they tend to live peacefully together only when they have a modicum of moral character. Without the self-restraint of character, they will be prone to conflict. With character, there can be both diversity and peace." (Well put. The conservatives have always been right about the essential nature of strong character, but misinformed about how to nurture its germination.) (Source: Bad Multiculturalism in College, Bad Foreign Policy in Real World, William S. Smith, the American Conservative)
Immigrants tend to commit crime at LOWER rates than people who are born in the U.S.; note the absence of statistics when Trump B.S.s about immigration because he knows he is spreading fake news
And experts say the Trump's rhetoric overstates the threat posed by immigrants, who tend to commit crime at lower rates than people who are born in the United States. Note the absence of statistics when Trump B.S.s about immigration because he knows he is spreading fake news. A February 2018 study by the Cato Institute using 2015 crime statistics from Texas found immigrants in the country illegally were 25 percent less likely to be convicted of homicide than native-born Americans. And legal immigrants were 87 percent less likely. According to the study, immigrants in the country illegally were also 11.5 percent less likely than native-born Americans to be convicted of sexual assault and 79 percent less likely to be convicted of larceny. (Source: FACT CHECK: Trump, Illegal Immigration And Crime, Scott Horsley, NPR)
Southern blames our cultural decay on many things, including hippies, which is totally in keeping with the rightwing narrative; like most rightwingers, she totally misunderstands the hippy phenomenon
Ann Coulter has a law degree but still prides herself at being able to eloquently insult liberals—she's a self-confessed bigot who loves attention and is willing to say whatever gets her noticed and invited to the talk circuit, otherwise she wouldn't say she's "a polemicist who likes to 'stir up the pot', and does not 'pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do.'" A polemicist is a person who attacks someone else with written or spoken words. A heated debate is the perfect venue for a polemicist. If you're a polemicist, you have very strong opinions, and you're not afraid to state them—even if they hurt other people. Attack dogs get more attention than poodles or lap dogs.
Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace and Huey Long, like Trump, want you to respect their authoritah!
Like demagogues Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace and Huey Long, Trump is a combative liar who won attention by verbally assaulting anyone he saw as an opponent. "Like Long and McCarthy, Wallace became a hero to millions of Americans with inflammatory rhetoric that divided the country—like Trump. At the end of the day, all these demagogues, including Trump, share common traits. They have all been self-promoters hiding behind falsehoods; they have all been advocates of unrealizable goals, promising unparalleled prosperity; and they have all excited public passions against ethnic, racial or religious groups." (Source: Trump's Presidency Was Made Possible by Historical Demagogues Like Joe McCarthy, Robert Dallek, NBC News)
Attack dogs get more attention than poodles or lap dogs—demagogues like Donald Trump, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace and Huey Long are combative liars who won attention by verbally assaulting anyone they saw as opponents
How does any of this lead to world peace or help others, or even help clarify issues? It doesn't. It further polarizes an already overpolarized country with divisive vitriol when this country needs to come together to solve myriad problems. If Coulter further divides us and Southern further divides us simply because divisiveness and polemicism is the style that gets one on Fox and Friends or on Breitbart, who will try to unite us to thrive? "A house divided against itself cannot stand," said Lincoln. And yet there hasn't been a uniting president since FDR. Notice that our media gives us entertaining screaming matches with lots of people talking over other people and no one actually listening, so we continue to get polarization with rightwingers reading only rightwing books and the same for leftwingers reading only leftwing books. This is how the dumb get dumber, the biased get more biased, and choir once again gets preached to—but nobody really listens.
Rightwingers read only rightwing books and leftwingers read only leftwing books—this is how the dumb get dumber, the biased get more biased, and choir once again gets preached to—but nobody really listens
We all want out opinions validated, but who will give us genuine dialog and thoughtful insights? Certainly not Southern or Coulter. With the former using the latter as a role model, we will continue to get watchable pretty women who engage in the most controversial and divisive polemicisms they can. It would be wise for Southern to get more education or at least knowledge before trying to become a TV celebrity doling out infotainment, or she might find herself embarrassed by the gaps in her general knowledge that would inevitably show up. Looks can get you in front of a camera but cannot save you when the topic turns to something totally unfamiliar. That happens to Trump a lot and he always just fakes it or mumbles "fake news." Reporters are expected to do better than that. Fake News in Real Context.
Looks can get you in front of a camera but cannot save you when the topic turns to something totally unfamiliar
We hope that the same public spiritedness that got her to run as a Libertarian Party candidate in the Canadian federal election and become an activist will lead her to less far right actions and more thinking leading to wiser actions. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described Southern's YouTube videos as anti-feminist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and borderline white nationalist. (But the SPLC appears to us to be corrupt anyway, so who cares?) She apparently wears these attributes as badges of honor.
And yet intolerance is not honorable and it will get her a prison sentence if she doesn't slow down and think. Being banned from countries (e.g., from the UK for anti-Muslim views) and endangering lives when impeding search and rescue missions are not badges of honor. Closer to DIShonor. She was engaged in activism intending to obstruct the rescue of migrants and refugees in distress at sea. In July 2017, Southern revealed that crowdsourcing site Patreon had deleted her account out of concerns about her "raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life." Living on the edge is exciting for adrenaline junkies and activists, but one slip and you end up dead, injured, or jailed.
Southern was engaged in activism intending to obstruct the rescue of migrants and refugees in distress at sea
Is this young lady engaged in acting out or activism? Her history leaves one in doubt. And it doesn’t take much time on her YouTube channel to identify anti-Islamic offensive videos. If she crosses the line into hate speech, YouTube will delete her channel. Perhaps she is trying too hard to be controversial. She'll cross the line one of these times and end up behind bars where Muslims may be inclined to teach her respect. We advise her to go to college or at least study many hours a day so that she will learn that the alt-right is using her and she needs to gain wisdom so she will avoid such people in the future.
Southern, the daughter of a web designer and a secretary at a medical clinic, speaks with the confidence of someone who’s been groomed for her current position, even though she’s only been a commentator for a few years. She has been able to garner so much male attention through her constant presence online, particularly on Twitter and on Instagram, gathering hundreds of thousands of male followers. She never misses an occasion to show herself in suggestive poses and revealing clothing. This is not an ideal way to get taken seriously.
Southern never misses an occasion to show herself in suggestive poses and revealing clothing (like this unknown lady)—not an ideal way to get taken seriously
“I can thank where I am right now to wonderful parenting,” Southern said. “When I got home from school everyday, my father would start the drive home by asking me what I learned and instead of just saying, 'That’s great,' he would ask me questions to follow-up.” “He gave me this nasty bug of being forced to ask questions about everything, and it ended up getting me in a lot of trouble,” she added.
Happily, Southern fights social justice warriors who have gotten used to conservatives meekly deferring to them. As her book says, she shows her dedication when "As a reporter at The Rebel, Lauren has taken on the United Nations in India; the Bilderberg group in Germany; she’s investigated the fake refugees at the dangerous 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, France; she’s walked through the terrorist safe-haven of Molenbeek, Belgium. Real reporting that the mainstream media doesn’t do, lest their findings interfere with their official narrative."
She says "people my age are groping in the dark for meaning, and finding it in increasingly insane, fanatical places." She looks at her education which according to her taught her what was wrong with the West and its values, but not much that was right. Political correctness fads had strained it through a rubber. She was of course right to disparage liberal excesses and moral relativity and Political Correctness obsessions. It made sense to halt her liberal education at two years of undergraduate college courses in Canada when she found this toxic agenda in place of decent education. She wanted to patriotically be proud of the Founders, the inventors, the musicians, the philosophers, and the educators that made it possible for her to be enjoying the great country—Canada—and its USA neighbor.
Hillary Clinton said half of Trump supporters are 'deplorables', which to her meant people who are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic
She wrongly asserts by implication that Hillary Clinton sees the West as deplorable and irredeemable. In truth, she said half of Trump supporters are 'deplorables', which to her meant people who are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic. Hillary had a point, but it was a risky word which Trump's minions and Fox News soon spun into all kinds of implications that were fake news, implying she was attributing the word to all sorts of entiies, so it is easy to see how Southern, by watching exclusively Fox News on her smartphone or TV and not looking at CNN for the other side of the story, ended up grossly misled and misinformed.
She was taught to question white privilege—especially the male kind. In a balanced education, she'd have been taught to question black skin privilege as well, since this had been screwing whites out of jobs, promotions, scholarships, and college acceptance for decades and they were not too thrilled about that. (It was based on the idiotic idea that to fix racism, create MORE of it!) But, no, these politically incorrect things were not ever mentioned in liberal colleges, and if they had been, the mentioner would have been fired or expelled. How can Southern learn anything in such an intolerant, white-hating, racist environment, she says—AND SHE IS SO VERY RIGHT!
How can Southern learn anything in such an intolerant, white-hating, racist environment, she says—AND SHE IS SO VERY RIGHT!
"I knew exactly which side of the classroom I belonged in when the teacher of my social justice class (yes, this is a thing) divided us into “privileged” vs. “underprivileged” categories in twelfth grade," she says. (What an abhorent, despicable way to teach!) What Southern was really being taught was what Orwell himself famously described as doublethink—the ability to hold two completely contradictory thoughts simultaneously while believing both of them to be true. This is like a short circuit in electricity which wrecks the circuit, or in mental thinking, it wrecks the thought and its logic, teaching one to never again question what one is told, but just to blindly accept it all. This is the goal of totalitarian communication: production of unquestioning acceptance—instant and automatic believing of whatever one is told. This also defined thinkers as troublemakers and therefore traitors and terrorists.
We sincerely feel for her about the crap they were spoon-feeding her in her aborted 'liberal education'—but there exist sources of balanced info all over the place, if one looks
Her teachers depicted both Bushes and the British colonizers of Canada as Hitlers. "My progressive educators, and those who indoctrinated so many like me, have been pulling this con for decades. But I think now, there’s a real chance that their racket might fail, because the fact is that they’ve miscalculated. They’ve forgotten that the problem with doublethink is that it only works on people who don’t think. That’s not me, and I don’t think it’s the vast majority of my generation [millennials]," says Southern. So she decided to "educate herself." The problem is that she was in too big a hurry. She ended up with a head full of a mishmash of info from Trump, Fox News, the alt-right, and Breitbart, according to her writing and her actions—hardly a well-rounded education. We sincerely feel for her about the crap they were spoon-feeding her in her aborted "liberal education." But there exist more balanced sources of balanced info all over the place, if one looks. (Like this website, which pushes neither the right nor the left agenda, but sincerely attempts to find the truth: The Big Answer.)
Southern is wise to have realized she was choking on politically correct-filtered misinformation disguised as liberal truth; however, dumping all of progressive thought was an overreaction
"Western ideals have shaped our cultures into some of the greatest, freest, most generous, most decent, most egalitarian, and most peaceful on Earth. And millennials will have to accept that fact, ignoring liberal teachers' nonsense. Also, the rights guaranteed by Western ideals exist because our civilization was willing to shed blood in order to shut down its enemies. Millennials have had classically liberal Western values rooted out systematically from a young age, and the new 'progressive' narrative chiseled into their skulls" says Southern. The new progressive narrative is full of hypocritical "virtue signalling," which she calls pathetic. And our freedoms to speak, to think, to dream, and to build get more limited every day, she says, quite correctly. We’ve decided to fall backwards off the shoulders of giants, and that fall probably feels good, until you realize there’s going to be a “splat” at the end—to use her creative phrasing.
Our freedoms to speak get more limited every day
Our freedoms to speak get more limited every day—soon there will be 1984's thought police monitoring everyone like they do our communications
She believes that most millennials reject the nuclear family, and the religious values, that our culture was built on because they resemble some sort of “unenlightened” old world of responsibility and duty that millennials want no part in. A survey by Pew Research Center found that 35 percent of millennials don’t claim any connection to God at all. Instead, they are classified as “nones.” These people are either atheist, agnostic or don’t identify with any particular religion. Compared to baby boomers, millennials boast twice the number of non-religiously associated individuals. This means 65% are somewhat religious, so she is incorrect that most millennials reject religious values.
Millennials—the most diverse generation in American history—are pushing away from the nuclear family ideology and gravitating towards a modern family model that is more flexible and unconventional. Expecting nuclear family values to thrill millennials is simply bad sociology and unrealistic in 2018—the world is very different now, and nostalgic, regressive appeals to traditional values is inappropriate. Here she isn't so much wrong as naive. To grasp the incorrect beliefs that underlie tendencies to regress to the 50s traditional values, see The Way We Never Were and The Way We Really Are.
The candidacy of Trump could not have been more precisely engineered to repel millennials; here he symbolically knocks down the establishment and destroys democracy
"The candidacy of one Donald J. Trump could not have been more precisely engineered to repel millennials. America is the greatest country on the planet? Only a third of Generation M thinks that. Immigrants are stealing our jobs? Millennials actually want more globalization and free trade, reasoning that these can only stimulate the U.S. economy. Racially charged appeals? Forty-three percent of millennials are minorities. A recent McClatchy/Marist poll put Trump at 9 percent millennial support . . ." (Source: Millennials are totally mixed up about what they believe in, Kyle Smith, NY Post)