Whiggerisms and (Non-Whi)ggerisms

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/WbeoP9FCxwc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/N4ioaeiDC70

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5_zHepMZlWc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/VpzxnuGtwjE

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/m660ycdY6y8

Papua New Guinea:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/M8iy2Az7RBM

Glorious Nippon:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/SWeooopff0Q

And the clip that inspired it all:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cm-4_G0koxU

The parallels between the goon gazetteer's identification of Japan as a locus of "cool" and that more mainstream fetishization of aliens to be seen in hip-hop and athletic nigger-worship are obvious. These preoccupations, in the recent history of the West at least * , would seem to exceed previous fads for exotica (e.g., chinoiserie, the art nègre craze) first in the extent to which their participants' sense of worth is derived vicariously, through projection of self-esteem onto virtual identity dissociated from one's abased actual whiteness, and second in the direction of orientation -- not towards a primitive idyll or the pastel gardens and pagodas of a fairy-tale Cathay, but to a modernity etched in chrome and neon, with bouncing hydraulics or epileptic-seizure-inducing animated lasers as is your wish. (Weeaboos' fixation on katanas, tellingly, has less to do with any appreciation of feudal mores than with "ridiculously keen" blades and breathless made-up accounts of splitting bullets mid-air, cutting through European swords, etc. -- bushido as technics.) This is the final syncretism, Congolese savagery no longer in opposition to mechanized brutality, but in fusion with it. And so too do we have the spectacle of middle-aged men marrying pillows and reading grotesque picture books on subways, for in collision with this bolide, barbarisms (and the "quaint, pathetic, and beautiful" barbarism of old Japan is no exception) choose between two fates only: to crumble into it or to splatter.

For some of those peoples as yet uncarbonized in the furnace of industrial society, or only lightly singed, a crackle inflected with the antic jabbering and surly mumbling of cargo-bedecked chimps may well redouble the allure of the flames. One thinks of how impressed the Arikara were with the fellow savage they saw in "The Big Medicine", William Clark's slave: to the extent that they offered him their wives as they guarded the entrance of the tent, apparently intending to acquire some of his puissance.

* -- But, stepping back to broader vistas of history, it's easy to pick out "other whiggerisms". The circumstances aren't fully concordant (most importantly, the Tang royalty and nobility were themselves partly Turkic, were conversant in Turkic for perhaps a century after the dynasty's foundation, and oriented themselves as kaghans as well as in Chinese terms), but here's one example :

In the 8th century, the fashionable circles loved foreign clothing and hairstyles. Fashions in the two capitals, Ch'ang-an and Loyang tended to follow Turkish and East Iranian styles and most men and women liked to wear "barbarian" hats when they went abroad or on horseback. Court ladies wore "Uighur chignons." or dressed like men and men wore leopard skin hats with tight sleeves and fitted bodices in the Iranian styles. The most extreme enthusiasm for foreign customs was reported when the prince Li, Cheng-chien, Tai-tsung's son, preferred to speak Turkish than Chinese, and erected a complete Turkish camp on the palace ground, where he lived and dressed like a Turk.

The 2nd Kazakhstan one is very good, and looks like a trailer for a good movie.

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