The breakdown in values which used to govern Western society has been a longstanding topic on many blogs.

Some of us analyse these from socio-political, religious and cultural perspectives.

Others extend these into a wider, conspiratorial context. Henry Makow is a Canadian writer who analyses all three. I would like to thank him for the recent — and noticeable — traffic to this blog thanks to a Tweet of his which appeared in his sidebar earlier this week leading to my post about Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church.

On to the culture front. Since the 1970s, Westerners have been concerned about the dumbing down and dark messages we have received from popular culture. We have also seen a rise in cynicism, nihilism and a general disregard for things which are good and positive.

Dr Clare Spark examines Americana from a historian’s perspective with a look at ideological control through propaganda and ethnocentrism.

One of her concise and thought-provoking posts is called ‘Censorship, bohemia, and The Big Sleep’. Excerpts follow (emphasis in the original):

In prior blogs, I have complained mightily about what I perceive to be a loss of standards throughout the culture, sometimes focusing on primitivism, rappers, Tom Wolfe’s genteel variant of primitivism, and the Great Dumbing Down. One friend starts the dumbing down with the revolts of the 1960s, and there is something to be said for that turning point. Another blames the movies and mass culture in general. Many believe that the Aurora massacre was stimulated at least in part by the increasing violence of Hollywood movies. Indeed, I had already noticed the disturbing abundance of horror movies directed to adolescents. What was the appeal, I wondered, and still can’t answer that, other than speculating that youngsters are terrified of the modern world in ways that have not been adequately described: Feeling perhaps impotent in the face of predators, they Identify with the Aggressor, to use a once well-known Freudian formulation …

Either we have a marketplace of ideas or we do not. What matters is the critical context surrounding controversial works of art or other toys and entertainments. Sadly, perhaps disastrously, the “critics” and other explicators of cultural artifacts tend to share the same ideology as those who produce the “edgier” pieces, and leave the field to those whose own sensibilities are disgusted  by “vanguard” works. Hence, our culture is impoverished. Vanguard artists and critics stand together, while “philistines” remain bemused and angry. The feedback loop is thus severed and everyone loses.

But more, what may be decisive is the deliberate silence around certain issues; e.g. the increasing acceptance of sadomasochism, Satanism, misogyny and antisemitism, or the opacity of governments, or the widely held belief that there is no truth, or the power of some families to screw up their kids, or limited interest in the great issues of our time, such as the causes of mass death in the 20th century—a subject that has been hitherto dominated by left-leaning statists with designs on the public.

Therefore, it appears as if a number of factors are in play: critics who laud depraved artistic offerings, intellectuals who feel obliged to follow along for their own public reputations, education ‘experts’ who encourage sexualisation in our children and media pundits who loathe their own nation and, by extension, their fellow citizens.

As my reader Linda Kimball has often pointed out in her well-researched essays, there is a demonic aspect to this — an inversion which makes good seem evil and evil seem good.

Westerners are devoted to physical health yet have nothing to say about the depravity and hate of the other (Jews, Christians, unemployed jobseekers) which is slowly but surely enveloping our society.

It often seems as if depravity is something that happens to other people. Our media enjoy encouraging this illusion.

I look forward to Spark’s development of the omerta surrounding the perverted cultural messages we receive from ‘left-leaning statists with designs on the public’.

The past four decades have been terrible news for truth, integrity and honour. It’s up to all of us to do our part to reverse the trend.

With the internet, it is much easier for parents to debunk the ‘merits’ — for lack of a better word — of recreational drugs, casual sex and perverse ideology. The rest of us can also educate our neighbours, colleagues and friends.