Robertson Wilmot - The dispossessed majority

Author : Robertson Wilmot (Ireland John Humphrey)
Title : The dispossessed majority
Year : 1972

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The most truly disadvantaged are those who are hated for their virtues not their vices, who insist on playing the game of life with opponents who have long ago abandoned the rules, who stubbornly go on believing that a set of highly sophisticated institutions developed by and for a particular people at a particular point in time and space is operational for all peoples under all circumstances. The intent of this book is to supply members of this discomfited and threatened group-here provisionally defined as the American Majority-with a systematic diagnosis of the diseases and debilities that have laid them low and some suggestions for their recovery. So many liberals having become minority racists and so many conservatives having become rootless cranks, so much religion having become social science and so much social science having become intellectual sleight-of-hand, the thoughtful Majority member has nowhere to tum but to himself. This, however, may be his salvation. In isolation the critical faculty cuts deeper. Only now is it possible to understand the tragic and humiliating fate of the American Majority because only now are a few Majority minds, deepened by decades of solitary contemplation and sharpened by the grim chronicle of events, finally tuning to the emergency wavelength of collective survival. On the surface America appears lost. But the animalization of the body and the brutalization of the spirit, the desecration of the environment, the venality of politics, the drug and homosexual plagues, AIDS, the taste-killing shock waves of pornography, ghetto savagery, the feminist madness, reverse discrimination, the degeneration of the military, the torrents of illegal immigrants, the apostasy of the professors and journalists, the mindlessness of the students, the phobic materialism and Babbittry of their parents, all these, perhaps, are not the irreversible regressions they seem but merely short-term roadblocks or detours on the Great Trek to a higher and more luminous life form. In the sequence of organic rebirth, what is to be done must first be undone. Unthinking must precede rethinking. According to the sine curve of human action, degeneration alternates with regeneration. Quite possibly the present phase is one of reculer pour mieux sauter. On the hopeful side the chromosomal material, the first and fundamental requirement for an American resurgence, is still in abundant supply. Life scientists and those few social scientists worthy of the name are seething with insights and breakthroughs which cannot help but unbait some of the dogmatic traps that have been deliberately set for the more active Majority intellects. From the raked-over ashes of burnt-out historicism flashes a spark or two of authentic history. There is even the glimmer of a new religion (or the rejuvenation of the old) in the Promethean utterances and riddles of the new ontology. At all events, the Majority will soon be out of limbo. There is nowhere for it to go but up-or all the way down. It is really a matter of timing, a race between the encroaching jungle and the ripening harvest. The moon walk may turn out to be the last mile, or the crossing of the Rubicon. ...

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