At the beginning of the 2000’s, – like most people – I was sure that history is on a largely linear track. While I didn’t believe in “the end of the history” per se, I was sure that any changes will happen gradually and for the benefit of all, like the industrial revolution slowly replacing feudalism with capitalism.
I was completely sure that the time of backtracks is over. There won’t be anything like Nazis or communists in my time or ever: an ideology that makes the World significantly worse than it was before, because sure the Weimar Germany wasn’t the best of places, but was heaven compared to the Nazi Germany and its World War 2.
I wanted to contribute to this slow and steady improvement by showing young people the value of trading and the workings of capitalism trough the video games we play. I wanted to show them how investing, buying/reselling works in an overly simplified setting.
Fast forward almost two decades and the World was on the brink of a nuclear exchange. Crazies in large numbers roam our streets babbling about white privilege and patriarchy and demanding to punish those who were born white or male, like the Nazis wanted to punish anyone who was born Jewish, even if he had nothing to do with the religion or culture. And they are not some fringe crazies like a few dozen neo-Nazis we always had. These lunatics could implement similar policies in university admissions and hiring what the Nazis did in the early 30’s. Back then you couldn’t admit more Jews than the quota, now you have a limit on whites (and recently, Asians). Then came censorship, first in the form of peer pressure (yelling), then in formal bans on “hate speech” (anything the crazies didn’t like). Then came the migrants: uneducated, unskilled masses, the underclass of third world countries was welcomed with open arms by the crazies because they were not white.
In less then a decade my dream of a steady growing society turned into a time travel into 30’s Germany or 50’s Soviet Block.
I don’t believe in conspiracies, magic, voodoo, evil spirits or anything like that. But I was completely unable to explain where these lunatics came from in huge numbers.
The answer came quite randomly, like a lightning strike, when I was watching a chart showing how median wage doubled in 8 years in Hungary and was so glad that I live here, sheltered from all this madness. These people went mad in the West, because the 2008 crisis and the horrible “recovery” took away their hope. These blue haired lunatics rightfully believed that their future is screwed. That they will never earn as much as their parents did at the same age. That they will never go to college like their parents, or if they do, they’ll never repay the student loan. That they will never have a decent home, with a family in it they can support.
Their reaction was of course maladaptive and childish, but exactly what psychologists would predict: anger and rejection. They hated those who had what they’ll never have. They identified them as “straight white males” for some reason, probably because the old culture placed straight white males to the visible positions. They believed that if they defeat those who have, they can take for themselves. They also rejected what they couldn’t have, as a coping mechanism: “I don’t want a home and a job and a wife and kids because I’m genderfluid and woke and I’m above these patriarchal systems”.
This isn’t new: Nazis grew from the desperation of the Germans coming from the lost WW1 and the unfair peace treaty. Communism grew from starving workers and peasants in Russia where classic feudalism was still alive. Desperate people easily turn into lunatics if someone tells them that the lunacy will provide.
This revelation fills me with peace I long wanted. As the economy fixes, as the record low unemployment gives jobs and decent salary to the people, these crazies will disappear as they came. One by one they’ll get a job and with it hope that their life won’t be horrible. They will put down their pink hair, their pronouns and their crazy signs, they’ll find someone to love, they’ll get a home, start a family. Their craziness will vanish, like the hippies vanished when they were no longer sent to die in Vietnam and they could get jobs instead.
Culture is downstream from economy. If the economy goes well, people get ahead and adapt views that upkeep the system that provides to them. If the economy malfunctions and people are desperate, they’ll join subcultures that demand radical changes and turn these fringe groups into powerful ones. This of course can create a vicious cycle, just like the recovery was so bad in the USA, because the crazies elected a dumb community organizer just because he was black. But the cycle is now broken, both in the USA and in Europe. Those who still had something or at least had their hopes voted for leaders who returned to simple capitalism and the ideas that were common sense just 2 decades ago (like you can’t walk over the border as you please; or the statement of the young aide of the governor of Galifornia).
The economy is rapidly recovering. Soon nothing will be left from the blue haired crazies just some shameful internet posts that they’ll desperately try to delete before their kids reach teen-age and could learn that mom was demanding death to all men and dad identified as a demiboy and told that having kids is white privilege.