Linda Gordon on the Evils of Inegalitarian Altruism (Chivalry)

In this essay/speech, Linda Gordon reviews historical evidence from the US, revealing how, in an inegalitarian society, even altruism comes out all wrong (not unlike egoism). She commences by condemning the modern reification of childhood innocence.

In addition to the shock doctrine and Policy Drift (Hacker & Piereson), pimping out victimhood (here feminism) is a third pillar neoliberal strategy in coordinating the advancement of conservative policy.

People’s desire to “do something” altruistic with their feeling of victimhood (which they are groomed to misread) meets their timid desire to do something reassuringly “close-to-home”–producing righteous, cowardly energy, easy fodder for neoliberal elites cultivating hoi poloi-screwing neoliberal crises.

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Cancer & environment: Government acknowledges

Cancer is produced by commercial toxins introduced into the environment, according to a 2010 government cancer panel.

The very interesting tidbit in this short article is the public role the American Cancer Society takes on: In response to the government panel’s recommendation, the American Cancer Society’s director steps up to the microphone to maintain that cancer is only caused by individual sinful lifestyle choices, the sun, and hormones; he insists the government should stay out of supporting research into pollution’s effects on human health. Now we know the American Cancer Society is a psuedo-altruistic, distractionary front for polluter industries. Don’t support it. Don’t credit it.