Although one can never be sure about these things, I think I am responsible for having coined at least two neat phrases relevant to our concerns here at VDARE.com: "dissident right
" and "narrative collapse
Now I am casting around for a term to describe what seems to be settling in as a recurrent feature in the public sphere:
- Some phenomenon, emblem, or activity ? the Confederate battle flag, big game hunting ? that has been a humdrum part of the social furniture for decades, perhaps centuries, is haphazardly brought to the forefront of public attention.
- Major outlets of public opinion declare that this phenomenon, which had barely been remarked on until the day before yesterday, is outrageously insulting or unspeakably cruel ? an intolerable affront to civilized values.
- There follows a great public clamor for the offending phenomenon to be utterly expunged from the sphere of what is socially acceptable.
We need a descriptor here; something like "abrupt denormalization," but snappier.
I would also like to hear some guesses as to what will be the next target for one of these outbursts of mass hysteria.
My guess: boxing. "OMG, people are punching each other in the face and getting paid for it
? Really? Who knew? This has to stop!"
Speaking as an occasional fan of the Sweet Science
, and as one whose only (very modest) success in any sporting endeavor was as a boxer
, I'd hate for this to happen. When the Eye of Sauron fixes its eye upon some aspect of our traditional culture, though, resistance is futile.