Talk of self-loathing Jews is not uncommon and is in fact a staple of Jewish comedy. Self-loathing proles, working-class people who look back with contempt at the communities they had the misfortune to grow up in - are an altogether more modern invention of the politically correct left.
There is a very good example of it in article by Lynsey Hanley, a woman who has made a career in the journalism of the politically correct left, which is mostly about denigrating the working classes in a patronising, condescending way because they read pulp fiction rather than Proust, prefer to watch football on television rather than high brow documentaries and would always choose a burger over a Tofu salad.
On the back of the fact that she grew up on a council estate (municipal housing project) Ms. Hanley usurps to herself the right to stereotype all working people as ignorant, chain-smoking, binge drinking, sexually incontinent scumbags. That her writing is read and appreciated by so many faux middle class, upwardly mobile, left wing materialists is a testament to the way media has been hijacked by a totally unrepresentative and agenda driven cabal of university educated lefties who despise the true working class as much as they pretend to empathise with the lazy, whining, career benefit claimants from affluent homes who are now the political activists of the left.
In the column I link Ms Hanley writes of the terrible ignorance of the community she used to live in, prior to her moral and mental rescue by metropolitan elite liberal values and her subsequent ascent to the light..
Like most "progressive liberals" the lady is an attention seeker, every action, every word screams "Look at me everyone, see what a good, enlightened and caring person I am." Keen to assure her readers that she is now one of them and has been scrubbed clean of any trace of lower class rough edges, stoicism and community values Ms Hanley sneers at the view of life that held together the community she was born into. These people were paranoid, suspicious, mistrustful, misogynist and racist, she trills before heaping disdain on the social conservatism of white working-class communities, which are given to 'silently or violently rejecting anyone who is different' or who expresses a different opinion or aspires to a finer lifestyle (tofu salad?) to that of the crowd.
Thankfully for her (and let's face it, for the community this condescending bigot was born into), Ms Hanley escaped from the uncouth mass, this crowd (which before the human rights industry became so prominent we called 'the great unwashed') by embracing what she refers to as metropolitan, liberal values. She pleads with her beloved Labour party (the party of millionaires, academics, professionals and elitists these days) not to ditch these progressive values, â€œsince there might be other provincial working-class teenagers like meâ€ who also want to be rescued from working class hell and receive the benediction of a degree in social science on receipt of which they will be able to understand how shameful how and degrading their background is and how vile and embarrassing the association with their home life, family and former friends.
It is an excruciatingly self laudatory and self indulgent column, embarrassing in its smugness but it also offers a revealing insight into the mindset of the professional leftie..
In treating The Labour Party which once styled itself "The Peoples' Party" as a kind of modern-day version of those Victorian do gooders that once rescued fallen women whether they wanted to be rescued or not, she assumes that only by subscribing to the warped values of Labour social policy with its agenda of diversity (which is achieved by imposing stereotypes on everyone, ) multiculturalism (which promotes all cultures except that on which out Anglo Saxon society is built), support for minorities no matter how unreasonable their demands and hatred of anyone who dissents from those views can one become enlightened.
Wannabe - intellectual teenagers who yearn to escape a life of witless racism and violence drug and alcohol addiction and meaningless casual sex and themselves become part of the metropolitan, liberal elite must learn to despise their brutish families and the benighted communities that nurtured them.
Ms Hanley embodies the extent to which the Labour movement in the UK and the Obamacrats in the USA are now detached from and contemptuous of to the communities they claim to represent. Where Labour once promised to embody the values of working-class communities, the progressive left now looks upon those values as deeply problematic and in need of a serious spring clean. It views unwillingness to accept arranged marriages and abandon long observed local traditions in order to embrace new customs imported from alien cultures in the name of multiculturalism and diversity as racist.
Similarly the Obamessiah cult in the USA will not tolerate any diversity of opinion on civil rights, illegal immigration and issues relating to sexual minorities.
From their attempts to impose parenting classes on perfectly competent parents and their jihad against junk food to their treatment of anyone who holds a non-metropolitan, non-liberal value as a bigot, the progressive left and its media cheerleaders increasingly look upon the white working classes as an ignorant, morally deficient socially repugnant mass which must be beaten and reshaped into something more respectable: more Politically Correct and a lot less fun.
Ms Hanley's self righteous burblings are not just offensive to the working class, this article is nothing but moral porn for the chattering classes, who so enjoy reading about the weird goings-on in mysterious world of municipal housing dwellers, the casual racism and homophobia of the poor and the sexual excesses of professional sports stars and Z list celebrities over breakfast. They relish their misconceptions of the prejudice and closed mindedness of conservatives and the irrationality of the religious right, lumping those millions of people with their huge diversity of opinions as tea â€“ baggers or Tories. It addresses directly the prejudices that are rife amongst the community she has now embraced: the real bigots, the most illiberal people in the world, the â€œmetropolitan liberal eliteâ€.
The irony of this elite's war on the wantonness, gluttony, slothfulness and bigotry of the little people is that it is fuelled by a bigotry of its own, a respectable, Politically Correct form of bigotry, one which treats the white working classes as unenlightened and in need of moral deliverance by right - on lefties. It is not the working classes who 'silently or violently' reject anyone who is different (sic,) rather it is this increasingly arrogant, self righteous , intolerant metropolitan elite, which can't even abide the fact that in some communities people eat and drink differently, never mind think differently, to itself.
In presenting white Britain as being neatly split between a morally superior race of progressive left supporters and mongrel race of violent, drunken, drug abusing, wife beating, paranoid racists, Ms Hanley and others are unwittingly rehabilitating the very prejudices that originally fuelled the politics of racism in the 19th century: a mean-spirited, Malthusian view of Britain's own native lower classes as morally deficient.
Perhaps Ms Hanley had the misfortune to be born into a peculiarly horrible bit of Britain. I have lived in many areas and yes there is social conservatism, especially amongst the older generations, but not amongst the young, who were forever experimenting with drugs, weird music and sex. (I speak from experience having lain in more gutters looking at more stars than most of my contemporaries*) And none of this is confined to a particular social class, income group or as the meeja savvy progressive left would say, demographic.
When I was in my teens and early twenties, half a lifetime ago the media denounced working and middle class youth alike for being over reckless, over sexed, ill mannered, uncouth and not conservative enough. What I remember most clearly however was that although neither we young people nor our parents had as much materially as comparable people do now, the relaxed atmosphere and social cohesiveness could easily have been a million years away from the stifling sameness and unhinged prejudices of the world the metropolitan liberal elite live in.
*Paraphrased from Oscar Wilde's observation that â€œWe are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.â€
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