Over the weekend the usual venues pushing the progressive agenda took the Elliot Rodger shooting to the next level and concluded the root cause for this sort of violence is white privilege and misogyny.
Liberal commentators have devised a new term, “aggrieved entitlement,” to explain what normally would be characterized as psychopathy.
“At the risk of getting too existentialist, I’d like to propose a very simple and elegant explanation for not only school shootings but a host of other barbaric acts in recent years: White men are having a crisis of both aggrievement and entitlement,” writes William Hamby.
As a prime example of this theory, Hamby points to the scripted media sideshow the establishment passes off as political life in America. “One need only look at the 2012 election season to see less brutal but equally mind-numbing examples of white men going mad because they are losing their power,” he writes.
White men, Hamby explains, turn to violence when “they are no longer the kings of their own private castles, rulers of all they survey.” He offers Adam Lanza as an example.
Lanza is a figure sketchy as the blurry and grainy photos of him published by the media following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Lanza, if we can believe the official narrative, suffered from serious mental illness. His alleged shooting spree had nothing to do with a politically charged sense of aggrievement, loss of social status, racism, sexism or misogyny. The Washington Post reported “we still know next to nothing about” Lanza, a young man few if any knew, who might have “been a ghost” who “lived on a screen, in the cloud.” He did not write a manifesto or espouse political beliefs.
As to be expected, we can find even no shortage of ludicrous political theories on mass murder at Daily Kos, a forum created by a known CIA operative.
Chauncey de Vega (not his real name) wrote over the weekend that “white privilege” is in fact a “white pathology” endangering society. “Like Adam Lanza, this would appear to be a case of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome, one which has led to a murderous and tragic outcome” de Vega explained after the shooting attributed to Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood director.
After Sandy Hook, the anonymous purveyor of the We Are Respectable Negroes blog expanded his racial distillation on violence, which is essentially a modified Marxian theory on class:
Once more the luxury of being white in the United States is the freedom to have your violent deeds be a reflection of a personal failing, as opposed to a cultural or racial one. On a practical level, White privilege is a set of taken for granted and unearned advantages in life. On an abstract level, white privilege also removes certain questions from consideration regarding such matters as social deviancy and crime. As we saw with James Holmes, and now today with Adam Lanza, an unwillingness to ask those hard questions about gun violence, white masculinity, and crime will only continue to hurt all of us across the colorline.
In order to maintain the current level of demagoguery and push a political agenda predicated on race and gender, the left is compelled to exploit isolated instances of societal violence. Connecting mass shooting incidents to mental illness – obvious in the case of Elliot Rodger and, from the small amount of information at our disposal, Adam Lanza – is unacceptable for the left because it undermines its ideological approach to societal issues.
Chauncey de Vega dismisses the mental illness explanation because it is counterproductive to the theory that most social problems are the result of racism and sexism and the illusory claim skin color affords privilege as it did when W. E. B. Du Bois made his argument in 1935. Minus this outdated or similar predicate, the left is unable to call for further government intervention in social affairs and the creation of preferred classes of people who receive transferred wealth through confiscation at gunpoint.
It is unfortunate the left and, conversely, the right do not fully understand the real source of societal violence, violence beyond the reach of mentally ill college students – the predation of an international financial class.
Rodger targeted a handful of students. Wall Street, the City of London and the global financial elite, on the other hand, target entire populations, not strictly with guns but primarily through financial manipulation.
Poverty, misery, disease and death are engineered by banks through debt. The IMF and World Bank, through loan sharking operations designed to prop up corrupt regimes and control and liquidate valuable natural resources have killed millions through so-called structural adjustment programs. Most of the victims are from the third world and the predators primarily from Europe and the United States. Chauncey de Vega and the race and gender left, however, do not seem to be interested in calling out the crimes of the financial class, and for good reason — much of the left is on the payroll.
“More than fifty years ago the [J.P.] Morgan firm decided to infiltrate the Left-wing political movements in the United States,” Carroll Quigley wrote in his book Tragedy and Hope. “This was relatively easy to do, since these groups were starved for funds and eager for a voice to reach the people. Wall Street supplied both. The purpose was not to destroy… or take over but was really threefold: (1) to keep informed about the thinking of Left-wing or liberal groups; (2) to provide them with a mouthpiece so that they could ‘blow off steam,’ and (3) to have a final veto on their publicity and possibly on their actions, if they ever went ‘radical.’”
The race and gender left is now “blowing off steam” and may eventually succeed in dismantling the Second Amendment and also institute new schemes to shame and confiscate wealth from middle class white males who are perceived to enjoy “privilege” at the expense of others.