The Psychology of the International Socialist

This came up for me shortly after reading an article suggesting that not having kids was one of the best environmental decisions you could make. My wife and I, at the time, had a son who had just passed away. The thought (to me) that him dying was in some way a plus for the environment was unthinkable. And I recognized that this was all driven by the assumption that the only way we could improve our environment was through individual acts. I hope this isn’t seen as off topic, because to me it’s the same impulse driving this: in our culture, there really isn’t a choice between guilt and innocence on our relationship with the natural world. As much as stripping away the bad in ourselves is an important act, I believe that it is even more important to help in building a culture of justice.

– commenter over at the Atlantic

Translation: My son’s death was beneficial for the environment. And while I knew this was, therefore, a good thing for me and that I should feel good about this, and celebrate it, I felt guilty about thinking this way. I would have been thought of as a perverse weirdo by the people around me. I then realized that that these people’s ideas were the problem. The solution is to get everyone to celebrate the death of their children as something good for the environment. This relates to the present discussion of European culture. We must change those around us, so that collectively we can share the burden for what is right. The death of our sons is right, as is the death of our culture — what is wrong is that other people see things differently and do not sure in the burden of making things right.

I commented on this previously:

I did the internationalist gig, myself, when I was out of college. I remember being upset about conservatives because they wouldn’t be universalists. My logic was and the logic of the international-socialist is: “If I live universally and everyone else lives locally, and if I give universally and everyone else gives a locally, I will obviously ‘lose out,’ relatively, given that I am not investing in my own, while others are…but while I want to be universal, I don’t want to lose my social status.” The solution of course is to both legally coerce everyone to be universal and to create the cultural expectation of universalism. The later is part of the logic behind the left-egalitarian moral-theology of ‘antiracism.’

Naturally, this means coercing many people to act against their nature and deriding their genuine life-giving impulses.

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