The Myth of the 50’s

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Every child born in the modern West today must endure indoctrination into the Progressive ideology via public schooling and popular culture. One of the core foundations of the Progressive thought matrix is white guilt. From a young age, whites and whites alone are made to feel responsible for their ancestors’ collective sins, which are blamed for the ongoing deficiencies of other peoples.

The tripartite narratives of slavery, colonialism, and the holocaust form the bedrock of the white guilt complex, but there are many lesser narratives that help bludgeon whites into submission. One of these lesser narratives is the myth of 1950’s America.

At a first glance, the 1950’s narrative is relatively innocuous compared to slavery. But once we peer beneath the surface, we see that the myth of 50’s America has a huge impact on the psyche of whites—and is one of the driving forces behind their acceptance of any and all aspects of Progressivism.

Hollywood has immortalized the 50’s in the American imagination as a time when everyone was bland and pale and led lives of artificial, stupefying normalcy. The standard story goes something like this:

Back in the day, families were intact and communities were close-knit, but beneath appearances men and women seethed from sexual repression and the pressure to conform. Blacks lived persecuted lives in the shadows, homosexuals were tortured in insane asylums, and women were kept in the stifling role of the pleasant, submissive housewife. Even white males, sitting at their cruel apex of power above everyone on earth, were miserable creatures, twisted by repressed sexuality and an unnatural focus on money and conformity.

Life was defined by the rat race of “keeping up with the Joneses.” Fun and happiness, where they could be found, were painfully artificial. Beneath the facade of American suburban capitalism and its multitude of hypocrisies, a spiritual dam was waiting to burst — and we would have to wait for Elvis and the 1960’s for liberation in the form of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

The reality is, however, that the 1950’s were a time of great prosperity and social cohesion. It was the American Golden Age. In mid-century America, the average working man could afford a house in a beautiful city (like Los Angeles was at the time) while his wife stayed home and raised their three or four kids. They were busily engaged in the community, and likely members in a variety of social associations.

As you might expect, the white population was growing rapidly. And even while the country was modernizing and making technological strides, church attendance was rising, divorce rates were down, and belief in the American dream was flying high. Many of these trends are documented in Charles Murray’s pivotal book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960 – 2010.

Moreover, the culture of the 1950’s was not as stiflingly conformist and asexual as Hollywood would have us believe. People flirted, danced out late, hooked up, slept around, drank, smoked, and took drugs. Blacks were not as oppressed as people assume. Jazz music was played everywhere, and successful blacks were accepted into broader society for their achievements. In many respects, there was less bad blood between the races than there is now. Other minorities – the few that there were – were typically able to fit into the tolerant white culture and contribute to society at large.

The fact is, the 1950’s were a great time to be alive. Without a doubt, this era was the best time and places for the average white personto be alive in all of human history. It certainly did not tickle the fancies of intellectuals and elites or cater to the needs of minorities. That’s because the 1950’s were a time of a majority-dominated culture (as opposed to our current minority-dominated culture) – and minorities, anyway, were few and far between.

Nevertheless, the Hollywood myth of the 50’s resonates with young people because there is an shred of truth to it. Mid-century America may have been a time of great prosperity and overall social wellbeing, but modern democratic capitalism was creating was indeed creating a spiritual crisis and a consumerist conformity that left many people craving for something more.

The fact is, the sense of social isolation wrought by suburbia was a result of a traditional culture already in advanced decay, largely as a result of cultural Leftism and judicial Leftism long present in American society. The 1950’s itself was not even a time of Traditionalism. Desgregation was leading to suburbanization and social atomization. The nuclear family has broken down the more traditional multi-generational family, and the segregation of the generations – with the rise of the huge Boomer population – was just beginning.

In the 1950’s we were already well on our way to becoming the globo-homo consumers that our managerial capitalists imagined us to be. The only thing we were missing was a strong dose of diversity.

White kids today, growing up in boring suburban subdivisions, see the 50’s as the peak of American materialism from which we are still suffering, and they be forgiven for taking this view. Living with their Yuppie parents, they rightly can see that we are slaves to our corporate jobs and possessions more than ever before, and fail to live meaningful lives because of it. Social conformity and keeping up with the Jonses continue to consume us, albeit in different forms today. The 60’s liberation was barely a blip in the rise of individualism. What’s more, that decade accelerated the trends of capitalist individual atomization.

Without a reactionary education, many young white people find themselves forced into the Progressive/Leftist worldview in an effort to counter the dead materialist capitalism-worship that defines modern Conservatism, which really just the right flank of materialist Progressivism.

Yet, the reactionary pill is long and difficult to swallow, and so Hollywood is able to create a fiction where the choice is a dichotomy between modern Capitalism and modern Progressivism. They show whites that Progressivism, for all its faults, is better than the drab, white-bread alternative that might have been. Therefore, whenever a young white begins to wonder if having his town overrun with Somalis is really that great, he will shrug and think back on the Hollywood portrait of black-and-white conformist 1950’s life and say to himself, “Well, at least I don’t live in the 1950’s.” It is better to deal with the crime of the big city living than be stuck in the boring suburbs of home.

This kind of black and white thinking is unfortunately how your average Normie sees the world. No matter how much data we present to counter the image of the 1950’s, or show that there is a way to have interesting cities that are free of the blessings of diversity, it has solidified in the American imagination that Progressives liberated us from the ennui of the suburbs into the vibrancy of the modern world. Thus, as bad as things get in modern America, young white Americans continually think that any alternative to Progressivism is worse, because without the changes of the 1960’s we would be living in the life-deadening suburbia of the 1950’s.

And make no mistake about it, 1950’s and modern suburban capitalism are associated explicitly with whiteness. Through careful social conditioning in films such as PleasantvilleThe Stepford Wives, and Revolutionary Road, the masses of white people come to see whiteness itself as nothing more than suburban subdivisions, bland food, boring conversations, and pickup trucks. (Whiteness, for some reason, never brings to mind the works of Mozart, Shakespeare, or Goethe.)

And because they associated the death of the 50’s with the death of white America, they see it as a reason to celebrate. When the 1950’s family fell apart, white fertility declined rapidly below replacement levels. With the Civil Rights movement came the inevitable mass third world immigration and end of white America. Wages began to decline as women went into the workforce; divorce rates rose; and immigration continued to ramp up and wreak havoc on our cities and way of life. The death of the 50’s was the start of the decline of white America.

Thoroughly propagandized and seeing no other options between dull suburbanity and the sex-and-the-city life, young whites today are flooding into inner cities seeking  “interesting” experiences. Our urban centers are experiencing a brief renewal as a result, but whites are also having fewer children and are mixing with other races more often. Young whites have convinced themselves that it is worth it to die out if it means that they get to live with a little bit of vibrancy, some spice in their food, some mocha in their latte.

The myth of the 1950’s is integral to the implementation of white genocide. It helps to demoralize the white race and push us one step closer to the brink of extinction. On the right, however, we cannot fetishize this period, because although it is better than today, it is deficient in many ways, and returning to the 50’s will only lead us down the same path to the present day – and will not satisfy the spiritual cravings of our people. To survive, the white race needs to look forward to a new form of radical traditionalism.

AUTHOR: Don Draper 

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