Thursday, May 01, 2014

Why are Europeans so negative toward national identity?

Actually, it is entirely due to WWII. For decades after the war, Europeans had to reflect on the atrocious first half of the twentieth century that was rooted in their culture, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing. Hitler and Mussolini didn't lead small minority fascist parties and conquer Germany and Italy; Germans and Italians embraced them and elevated them to power. Places like Vienna were entirely supportive of Nazism throughout the war. How do you think those people felt about themselves and their culture after supporting fascism into WWII (especially when considering their parents and grandparents supported nationalism into WWI)?

Since the rise of structuralism and post-colonial studies in the 60s, Europe has suffered from cultural self-loathing. This is why Sweden is afraid to push against mass immigration and self-imposed Islamic cultural segregation/superiority issues. Many American liberals, including Obama, have very similar views of American culture and nation. We may very well see in the coming decades an even more rapid cultural decline.
- From New Swedish law criminalizes anti-immigration internet speech

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Interview with Brett Stevens of the Dark Legions Archive and Death Metal Underground, the net's oldest and longest-running metal site

Around 1994, metal ran out of ideas; now, bands are either rehashing the past (diehards) or “innovating” by incorporating even older genres. “Progressive death metal” is basically 1980s hardcore combined with mid-1970s jazz-fusion; “post-metal” is 1980s emo and UK shoegaze combined with pop-punk and indie. If you mix The Dillinger Escape Plan with Kenny G, Spyro Gyra and Biohazard, you get “tek-death.” The whole genre is a scam, basically, but metal fans haven’t noticed. The diehards are doing the same thing. The surface says Blasphemy/Sarcofago, but underneath, it’s sped-up versions of Minor Threat or Cro-Mags.

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