The Overton Window And Morale: Reagan To Trump

Question: When was political correctness worse — in the early 1990s or now?

Answer: Yes.

It’s the shape of the Overton Window, or the range of ideas that can be discussed in the extended circles of one’s peers. Below are graphic representations of the changing mores, which I created on the basis of my observation. The x-axis represents the Left-Right ideological continuum, the y-axis quantifies the social acceptability of each point along that continuum. The bright part of the gradient marks the position of high morale.

Note: the notion of a political center is relative. What’s considered “far Right” is otherwise the healthy European norm but we are looking at Western politics in their modern expression, for better or worse.

Ronald Reagan: Morning in America

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It was a centrist era, with extreme viewpoints marginalized. If you were a communist, an AIDS activist, or conversely, a White nationalist, those were frustrating years. For everyone else though, the Eighties were an awesome, confident time. It was the apogee of civic nationalism, as I recently described its workings:

Civic nationalism appears to be incoherent or dishonest because it is. But as recently as three decades ago it worked because it was a compromise that relied on a tacit agreement among U.S. citizens of all backgrounds that the national culture will be based on Protestant values, that Whites are going to be a solid majority with the responsibility of running the country, that minorities (such a quaint word now) will enjoy the fruits of our labor and retain a desired measure of autonomy while remaining respectful of the prevailing norms, and that immigrants, allowed in on a color-blind basis, will “assimilate.” Also — and this was key — that certain taboos will be honored in a let’s not discuss it way, said taboos hinging on the more uncomfortable realities of human biodiversity and Whites’ natural disgust with mixing.

The theme song of the Reagan era is John Mellenkamp’s “Pink Houses.” The song is part landscape painting, part unheeded warning.

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I’m skipping over the George H.W. Bush term, which was a transition from Reagan to…


Bill Clinton: The End of History

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See the massing shift left, toward globalism and its subsidiary ideologies multiculturalism and resurgent feminism. The Left’s vanguard found its voice in Political Correctness, which was more benign than its present SJW iteration but which, in the Left’s monopoly on consensus at the time, made lonely men of dissidents. On two occasions, dissidents’ wives and children were murdered by U.S. federal agents.

The theme song of the Clinton era is the Scorpions’ “Winds of Change.” It’s about the high hopes early in the decade. Americans, Europeans, and Russians could have been partners in a resurgent Western Civilization, but that’s not how things had worked out.

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George W. Bush: Freedom Fries

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Look at that rightward lurch. It’s the apparent restoration of centrism under George W. Bush. But lying runs in that family, and Bush’s promises of restoring honor and humility were lies. Meanwhile, the Left was consolidating their gains from the early ’90s culture war. The public reveled in counterfeit prosperity until the housing boom broke the country’s middle class.

The music theme of the GWB era is Green Day’s “American Idiot” album. Sometimes even lefties notice the subliminal mind-fuck. It wasn’t a redneck agenda that drove the events, but there was an agenda. We didn’t pulverize the Eiffel Tower, but French kids were marked for death in its shadow.

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Barack Obama: “You Didn’t Build That”

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Hey, what’s that light on the far right?

Under Obama’s second term, the establishment dropped the liberal cloak that concealed their White genocide program. Dormant over the latter half of the 1990s and through Bush’s terms, political correctness returned as a malignant SJW strain — but unlike in the Clinton era, there was now an ascendant alternative Right. The dark middle of the graph is the center that would not hold.

Anything by Beyoncé will do as the soundtrack of the Obama era: a fake-talent bleached African strutting around and demanding a ring.

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Donald Trump (so far): No-Man’s Land

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Thirty years ago, centrism suppressed any expressions of relative extremism from both the Left or the Right. But as you’ve followed the spasms of the ideological consensus, you saw it first pull left, then split apart. Today, to be a moderate is to be stranded in no-man’s land, drawing fire from both sides.

What is the music of the nascent Trump era?

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44 thoughts on “The Overton Window And Morale: Reagan To Trump

  1. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony would be appropriate.

    Does the music have to be released during the reigning Monarchs era?

    [rules are there to be broken. why the 7th? — PA]

  2. The music for the nascent Trump era would’ve been “Magic Power” by Triumph- had he not caved to neocons. The music for that last photo is “Shotgun Blues” by GN’R.

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  4. The music (I didnt cite it properly) used for “The King’ s Speech”, as just like the late 30s, tensions are higher and a sense of danger is in the air, that the institutions may fall.

  5. Very interesting post, PA. Gonna have to come back at lunch and read it again.

    Music for the nascent Trump Era? Ride of the Valkyries.

  6. When Trump won–either before or a little bit afterwards–I always thought that The Call’s “I Still Believe” would be apropos as a theme song.

    The song’s last stanza (?) always pumps me up, centers my resolve:

    But I still believe, I still believe
    Through the shame and through the grief
    Through the heartache, through the tears
    Through the waiting, through the years

    For people like us in places like this
    We need all the hope that we can get

    Oh, I still believe

    Clasping onto the remnants of the Reagan era, there’s a great song from the seminal classic Over The Top called In This Country that also works as both callback to that era and while the will to MAGA:

    The miles go by
    Like water under the
    Reach for tomorrow
    With the new sunrise
    The road before us
    Leading to what we need
    Right from the start
    Follow your hearts
    Giving more than we receive

    Because in this country
    Our hearts are open
    We are free to try again
    When we see
    What will be
    Again we believe

    There’s more to the song, but this is the first part.

  7. the seminal classic Over The Top

    @ Mendo – you mean the movie about arm wrasslin’ ?

  8. If the alt-rite memes anything, it memes “reframe.”

    The “Overton Window” is a delusional complexity perpetrated by the high IQ “jewhite” cabal in order to psychologically paralyze the dulled white mass via “information overload.”

    So just as there is no political spectrum — there is anti-white Supremacy and a minuscule amount of true remnants of wS — the “Overton Window” does not really exist as there is only a singular discourse, anti-white Supremacy.

    The easiest manner in which to test the idea that “we” enjoy no gradients of “freedom,” more or less, is to simply ask ANYONE AND EVERYONE that you know?

    “Are you for or against white Supremacy?”

    Unequivocally and inarguably, ALL “against” will be unflinchingly certain and knee-jerkingly spontaneous.

    And there will be NO “for.”

  9. Another diabolical effect of the “Overton Window” is the false perception of a “public” making political decision where the actual decision-makers are able to escape accountability and point to the “herd” as their excuse. But the very nature of the “herd” is that “it” does not make decisions in the manner in which ACTUAL decisions are made and the INDIVIDUALS who make actual decisions are able to outsource any and all destructive consequence onto an “ignorant public.”

  10. The music of the Trump era is “Shut Up and Dance With Me” by Walk The Moon. This group, which took its name from The Police (an Overton window back in the mid-Reagan era) is optimistic and energetic, throwing intellectual fancifry to the winds in favor of dominance and sheer excitement.

    I’m waiting with interest to see Trump’s moves around the sixth month of his presidency. By then his cabinet will be locked in and he’ll be comfortable in his role. I still express skepticism over his alt-right creds, but who knows? The man may be a risk-taker.

  11. There is no real “Overton Window…”

    Because there is no “window.”
    There is Perfection.
    And deviation from Perfection.
    Defection
    Infection
    For imperfection
    Sometimes looking like
    “I’m perfection.”
    Summons detection
    Flummoxed
    Tolerating interjection
    Judging not
    Anon-discrimination
    Almost always dead
    Perpetually self-annihilating
    Seeking resurrection
    Find my origin
    Pray for destination
    It’s “know window.”
    It’s a white Supremacist Nation…

  12. The Trump Era has only just begun and I can’t think of a song that’s come out since Trump’s rise that captures the moment.

    But if we play loose with the rules, this instrumental version of “Waiting Between Worlds” comes to mind — it was used as the background in that “Trump’s Election Will Be The Biggest F*ck You The World Has Ever Seen” video.

    I have hazy memories of a better America, a nation that has been fading away every moment of my life. I know that today’s America is not sustainable, but I don’t know how things will end up, for better or worse.

    I am witnessing in slow-motion the decline of my People despite my best efforts to turn the tide, and it fills me with a bitter, cold rage; part of me screams for immediate action. But I’m also watching my young children grow stronger every day, doing my best to teach them and raise them right; I know they need me, and that gives me patience and lets me savor the time I have with them.

    My generation had little part in creating this mess we’re in, but I am keenly aware that we own it now and that it is our responsibility to do something to try to fix it.

    I will live for my family, and for my People; but I also feel calmly certain that I will die for them.

  13. So munch escapism…
    Butt separation?
    And “nothing butt?”
    Garbles sensation…
    A real bone-defied
    Wraps you/us, rape his’m!
    ALL are bored
    The USS Homo Stated
    “Anti-Racism.”
    Jew hate Daddy
    A matter of ethnic schism
    Projection screams
    Scene “Hollywood Prism”
    Stroking mirrors
    Narcissistic spasms
    Jew do video
    Two propagate chasms…
    Hue do video
    To exalt white stallions?

  14. Alone – Judas Priest

    They say we are fools
    We say look at you
    Long ago we were just a few
    Still say we don’t need you

    We don’t wanna belong, we said all along, we just wanna be left alone
    We don’t wanna belong, we said all along, we just wanna be left alone

    Think that we must have lost our way
    Running from the blaze, you were wrong
    Chose our course, counted off the days
    Enduring inner rage, we got strong

    You deny everything that’s good
    Acting as you would with your shame
    So we turned and left you all behind
    We don’t need your kind, you’re to blame

  15. PA, where is that picture you had of the US, or Trumpmerica, that had sections color coded to represent a certain ideal?

    (And with DC labeled as Mordor?)

  16. When looking at other countries, this is my guess as to their current situation:

    France: Obama. There is rising alarm against Muslims, which has allowed Marine Le Pen to get a third of the vote, but the rest of the country is still solidly center-left, enabling Macron to win easily.

    Canada: Bill Clinton. Trudeau is running the country, and while there are minor grumblings, there is no significant questioning of the high level of immigration among the major parties. Perhaps once Muslims become 10% of the Canadian population and multiple cases of terrorism or Rotherhams happen routinely.

    Britain: George W. Bush. Pulling out of the EU as a result of grumbling about Eastern European immigration, but no agitation at this point for sending Pakistanis or Nigerians back. Stifling political correctness indicates a dormant far-right.

    Australia: Also George W. Bush. More of a rightward lurch, but as in Canada, still no substantive pushback against immigration.

    Germany: Also George W. Bush. It is yet to be seen whether the migrant crisis will weaken Merkel enough to push Germany into an Obama-like situation, but at this point, Merkel still sits tight. Things will likely need to get much, much worse.

    One explanation for Trump in the U.S. is that the combination of an Eastern Europe-style neglect of the white working class — the American nation — by American elites (with a lack of an emigration safety valve as in Eastern Europe) and a much higher nonwhite presence due to Latin American illegal immigration was enough to blow up the Fabian Socialist, neoliberal center, and that these conditions have not been severe enough in the rest of the Western world.

    [That’s a very interesting series of comparisons. I think I agree with your pairings. No analogies are perfect, which is why they are analogies, and the big difference about the US “then” and Western European counties “now” is the attitude of the youth. From Clinton thru early Obama, American youth was liberal. Not counting their AltRight fraction, Millennials are left-leaning and it’s only the U.S. teenagers that are based (apparently White high school students would have elected Trump in a popular vote landslide if only they voted). In France, if my shorthand analysis is correct, young voters presumably went strongly for LePen, given the overwhelming non-White and “muh-pension” ’68-ers vote for maricón. — PA]

  17. France – the issue is that Marine le Pen polled much higher as you got younger amongst native French due to high youth unemployment there. She garnered somewhere around 38% of the vote overall, but amongst French under 30 she got much closer to 47%, and that includes young 2nd generation Muslims.

    The future is bright for the National Front in France. Marine Le Pen’s father (Jean) was never even given a chance to reach the National Debate with Francois Mitterand refusing to grant him a debate and then stomping him 80-20.

    Australia and Canada are still very selective over who they let into the country.

    When it comes to accepting “refugees” Canada is evern working on the idea of favoring women/children and elderly over single, unaccompanied males of military age:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/24/canada-exclusion-refugees-single-syrian-men-assad-isis

  18. — Canada is evern working on the idea of favoring women/children and elderly over single, unaccompanied males of military age

    That is worse in the long run. Violent single males will alarm people to demographic engineering like nothing else, few will marry or procreate with local women, most will go back or die childless, barring chain immigration. But women and children will quietly start making more of their kind and will be harder to kick out.

    The West it at a point where reducing immigration by 99% should be met with “you mean there is MORE of them coming?!” Repatriation is the only way forward, the question being effectiveness first, and optics second.

  19. “but amongst French under 30 she got much closer to 47%, and that includes young 2nd generation Muslims.”

    @Camlost
    A large portion of the “Muslims” in France are Algerian Kabyle Berbers, who tend to be much laxer in the religion because they still perceive it as being forced on them, sort of like the Kurds and Persians, and these groups tend to quickly abandon Islam if they move to a Western country. (According to teh Wikipedia, in fact, a majority of Iranian Americans are non-Muslims.) This is in direct contrast to, say, Turks, who despite their relative secularism still see Islam as their nation’s proper religion.

    Unfortunately, these groups are a distinct minority among Muslims, and France still has an increasing number of other Muslims to deal with, mainly other North Africans and West Africans. Along with non-Muslim blacks who compound the problem in a different way.

  20. A large portion of the “Muslims” in France are Algerian Kabyle Berbers,

    Yes, I’ve seen that. A few 2nd generation Frenchies that were clearly of N African ethnic heritage and name, but who were even more Frenchie-poo typically effete than the actual Frogs themselves with the scarf and heavy smoking and wistful way of doing everything.

    This is in direct contrast to, say, Turks, who despite their relative secularism still see Islam as their nation’s proper religion.

    Yeah, the Turkic peoples are not originally native to Asia Minor (Turkey). They came from Central Asia in waves of settlement/attack in the same way as Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.

  21. My view is that you’d have to 3-D the Obama plot to display how society is fracturing, and that an X-Y plot will not be able to capture all the immiscible loci to which various people will gravitate. I’d add Z and T, not only to denote those loci but also the zealousness with which their members adhere.

    What seems likeliest to me is a world of factions, shifting alliances and a willingness to periodically slaughter those in other camps when the barriers to doing so slip or the will to do so surges.

    No, we aren’t going to all get along.

  22. I had some looney SWPL friends on Facebook today musing about impeaching Trump. (lol)

    Several of the wiser ones said that it would lead to the dissolution of the country. Another really typical “NYC” type kept saying “Bye, Felicia – let the Trump supporters go”… LMAO. As if his effete “northeastern” liberalism and unicorn rainbow fancies could endure for even 2 seconds under the chaos that would ensue.

  23. As a Gen Xer, the 80’s & 90’s were the era of my youth. Looking back, while at a personal level I had a fantastic time, what strikes me most is the utter intellectual/spiritual sterility of the period.

    Pre-internet, it was definitely the age of big institutions – media, universities, etc. To be blunt: jews had the country on intellectual lockdown. Nothing of which they didn’t approve saw the light of day.

    For those of us instinctively on the Right, there was no meaningful alternative on offer. We lacked even a basic conceptual framework or vocabulary to meaningfully oppose the system. The poison was spreading, and we had no earthly idea what to do about it. We didn’t even grasp why it was happening (pre-internet, I spent much of the 90’s trying to figure this out – alone).

    Instead we were offered the cucked-out National Review (which I subscribed to as a teenager, though I could ill afford the subscription fee) or, if you really wanted to be edgy, you could go the libertarian route (I did). In other words, you could choose worthless Ideology 1 or worthless Ideology 2. Nothing else was on the menu. Actually defending your folk wasn’t on the menu. The only “opposition” allowed was that which blindly accepted the enemy’s premises, thus guaranteeing his victory.

    Truly, the internet has changed everything.

    I will note that the 80’s & early 90’s were, in terms of day to day living, rather nice. Looking back, it’s easy to see that the rot was already well advanced, but the Old America didn’t die overnight. It lived, in part, through the 80’s on sheer inertia. I never saw miscegenation, the girls were pretty & sans tattoos, and relations between white men & women were pretty good (at least for those of us in school – the divorce rates of our parents tell a different tale). Nice guys easily found girlfriends, and men didn’t think of women as whores or sluts, etc. I rarely, if ever, heard men (even cads & jerkboys like me – yes, I was part of the rot) speak of women that way.

    It was a transitional period. It’s sort of like when an athlete stops training, and just hangs out on the couch eating junk food. For a time, he has the best of both worlds: he’s still fit & healthy, as a result of his past discipline, but now gets to relax and throw discipline to the wind. Of course, do that long enough, and his athletic body will turn into weakness and flab. It’s nice while it lasts, but unsustainable.

    And that’s what the 80’s were all about: a transitional window where America enjoyed (and squandered) the hard-earned cultural & racial fruits of previous generations, while throwing discipline to the wind and imbibing jewish junk food. It would prove a fatal mistake.

    The transition didn’t last long. By the mid to late 90’s it was a much, much uglier world. The bar scene changed seemingly overnight: snarling sluts, rampant miscegenation, a youth culture suitable for those with an I.Q. of 80, but increasingly a misery for everyone else. The finely honed athlete had turned into a tub of lard. The jew smiled. And STILL, we lacked even the basic vocabulary to effectively challenge the poison.

    But now there exists something that was only a faint hope then: a real opposition, full of intellectual & spiritual energy. I love it. It came, not from the big institutions, but from us alone. Not only will we win, we’ll have the opportunity to create something better and far, FAR more resilient than what we’ve lost. We don’t want to go back to a world that folded so easily, that yielded with barely a whimper. We want a future, and we will win it.

  24. “Violent single males will alarm people to demographic engineering like nothing else, few will marry or procreate with local women, most will go back or die childless, barring chain immigration.”

    They don’t seem to be alarming anyone. I’m not as optimistic as you about the going back part, either. But I hadn’t considered the downside.

    I mainly support it to annoy our own women; but that’s admittedly myopic.

  25. One of the enemy’s most powerful memetic weapons has been the “irrational” idea of “turning back the clock.”

    And yet, the desire cannot be ever more real for those awakened to a perpetuating “white” self-annihilation AIDED AND ABETTED by the individual self.

    Metaphysically, “turning back the clock” is to experience a longer, physically-spirited life.

  26. Yeah, the Turkic peoples are not originally native to Asia Minor (Turkey). They came from Central Asia in waves of settlement/attack in the same way as Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.

    @Camlost
    Sure, but from what I can tell, all the major Turkic peoples adopted Islam more or less willingly. It does make a huge difference. If a people is forced into converting to a given religion, they will always remember that sort of thing, and deeply resent it at a certain level.

  27. If a people is forced into converting to a given religion, they will always remember that sort of thing, and deeply resent it at a certain level. — vfm#7634

    This is ALL DEPENDENT on how deeply is the conviction of said people that such “force” conversion is actually against their God-ordained free will?

    In the West, a dull “white” mass denies its God-ordained free will in what amounts to a collective tapout to the “force” of “universal equality” and a personally corrupted RESENTMENT for the boogey-man that is racialized Christianity, i.e., white Supremacy.

  28. The nigger is not hated because he is free… He is hated because he is a “free slave.” He is radically autonomous. He is savaged liberty. He is avaricious primitive. He is perpetual self-annihilator. He is terminable without consent. He is invisibly in-yo-face. He is to a existentially despairing white boy, a funny-mirrored cauldron of inexplicable fire.

    An “Overton Window” that does not use “nigger” as a pivotal political policy point is anti-race realism… A black hole of diss-in-formation… A memetic concept with stifling effect on a healthy white man’s clarity of action.

  29. And that’s what the 80’s were all about: a transitional window where America enjoyed (and squandered) the hard-earned cultural & racial fruits of previous generations

    Succinctly put and well said.

    Yes, it certainly was squandered.

    Sometimes I feel like I’m looking back too much to that era, specifically the late 80s/early 90s period. There’s a certain calling I feel for why I keep referring or watching and listening to the same shows, movies and music of the time. I can’t find anything, or much of anything, of note that has had a lasting imprint on me like it did then. (Heck, I’m such a video game nerd, I’m an old school gamer. Xbox and PS have nothing on the SNES! HAHA)

    Maybe I am holding on too tight, perhaps a subconscious comfort zone.

  30. Yes, Trainspotter nailed it.

    I also quoted his earlier long comment on a similar theme in the “Freedom” post.

  31. One thing that hasn’t changed since my teenage years in the late 80’s/early 90’s is the mass diss-taste for “white supremacy.” And even with some thirty years of additional information EXPONENTIALLY propagated across these lands, the psychological mode of operation of the super-mass is, unequivocally, anti-white Supremacist…. Even a single one should not exist.

    This unarguable lack of change REFUTES the enemy’s mantra of “constant change” and exposes an operational mechanism that translates into “any means necessary.”

    And when a grown man in one’s community makes it clear to all other men in that community that HE operates by “any means necessary” THEN HE declares himself “terminable without consent.”

    This was/is the nature of “our” reality thirty years ago and right now. Nothing FUNDAMENTAL has changed. And “our” best be bested by “information overload.”

  32. And that’s what the 80’s were all about: a transitional window where America enjoyed (and squandered) the hard-earned cultural & racial fruits of previous generations, while throwing discipline to the wind and imbibing jewish junk food. It would prove a fatal mistake.

    Well said.

  33. If you were anti-wS thirty years ago, subconsciously, and you are anti-wS now, consciously, then the notion of a “transition” period takes on a whole other ominous understanding.

    And for everyday “white” male of any age and IQ, the above is your general reality.

  34. I modded Nikcrit a few days ago and Thordaddy yesterday. This might be permanent. I got tired of one using this blog as his personal chat room and the other as his preacher podium.

    I’ll approve their reasonable comments but have no desire to see their icons dominate the Recent Comments sidebar.

  35. And that’s what the 80’s were all about: a transitional window where America enjoyed (and squandered) the hard-earned cultural & racial fruits of previous generations, while throwing discipline to the wind and imbibing jewish junk food. It would prove a fatal mistake.

    Really good balanced discussion on the JQ between Tara McCarthy and Reactionary Jew

  36. I got tired of [td] using [my blog] as his preacher podium… [N]o desire to see their icons dominate the Recent Comments sidebar. — PA

    STRAIGHT Gamma and crooked to the core is your analysis of what’s going down here.

    YOU CAN’T BE TIRED?

  37. The reality, PA, is that you’re dissing another white father just like “Constanta” tried to diss you, yet, I’ve been doing fatherhood for almost twenty years and been banging the realist race real stuff for a long time, too.

    When YOU ASK ME what white Supremacy is…

    You are asking AS A Gamma REGARDLESS of what you see me as (a preacher).

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