The animating theme of the far let is permanent revolution. No matter what leftists succeed in changing and no matter what institutions they tear down and abolish, the will always feel that there is more to be done.
Seeing the events of the last few years, it’s hard to see how any intelligent and aware person can doubt this observation. For decade after decade, the left has won one cultural battle against the right after another — and yet, it’s never enough.
Recently, Raj Patel, a writer for The Guardian, saw fit to inform us all that apple pie — yes, apple pie — is somehow racist. This is not a joke.
The Left and Permanent Revolution
According to Patel, apple pie somehow has “deep roots” in colonialism and slavery.
Why? Well, you see, Patel informs us, “Apples were first domesticated in central Asia…Apples traveled to the western hemisphere with Spanish colonists in the 1500s in what used to be called the Columbian Exchange but is now better understood as a vast and ongoing genocide of indigenous people.”
Apparently, Patel believes that this sort of shrill nonsense constitutes an intelligent point.
Yes, when cultures interact with one another, some of those interactions are violent. And in many of these interactions, whether violent or not, cultural products and forms cross-pollinate with one another. This is the entire sum and substance of human history. Objecting to this means demanding that all peoples stay forever locked into their home countries and never interact with anyone else.
Moreover, when left-wing fanatics like Patel bellyache about “cultural appropriation,” they curiously only do it in one direction. Because apples came from central Asia, white people are evil for using them in baked goods. But black people are never considered evil for driving cars even though the engineers who built the internal combustion engine, and the scientists who discovered the theories that made that invention possible, were all, without a single exception, white.
What Patel and other critics like him are doing is not a legitimate intellectual endeavor. It’s merely an excuse to hurl abuse at white people hidden under a thin pseudo-intellectual gloss.
People like Patel feel good about themselves when they are “fighting for a cause.”
When there is no cause to fight because all serious injustices have been done away with, they must invent more “injustices.” Their very identities demand it.
And hence, everything becomes “racist.”