Pacific Rim

Well-engineered, formidable, yet also lumbering constructions are directed into battle against horrific monsters, with the fate of the world at stake. Guillermo del Toro’s movie Pacific Rim is one of these entities, and the ethno-political review by ‘white advocacy’ writer Gregory Hood is another.

Within this cascade of monstrous signs, a convulsive re-ordering of the world from out of the Pacific is a constant reference. With the shocking scale of a tsunami, and the insidiousness of an obscure intelligence, it inundates the Old Order, starting from the ocean’s coastal ramparts. “When alien life entered the earth it was from deep within the Pacific Ocean. … the Breach.” City after city falls prey to the Kaiju. “This was not going to stop.”

The response is formulaic, and statically defensive. Perhaps some kind of massive sea-wall will work? Hood is at his best in laying out the weary Cathedralist pieties of the Hollywood plot line:

If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind, filmmakers are the educators, grooming the mass public to accept certain ideas in preparation for them to be implemented as policy. The acceptance of global security forces instead of national armies, the worship of blacks as natural leaders, and the promotion of an international political creed of egalitarianism, secular humanism, and intrusive (but benevolent) government … 

Yet the plot-line of his review is no less predictable than that of the movie, appealing to a irrecoverable (and already mythical) confidence in a white lineage of ethno-nationalist self-government, functionally-adequate native traditions, and tested bonds of kin, as if all of these things remained untried resources to fall back upon, rather than efficient historical antecedents to the developments now being deplored. It was under the conditions of white global dominion that socialism was entrenched, and evangelical moral universalism elevated to its climactic pitch of ethno-masochistic implosion. Defenselessness before the Kaiju was not something the Kaiju brought about.

The most telling blindness of Hood’s review lies close to its heart, in the denunciation of multiculturalism. Rather than striking at Del Toro’s movie at its point of maximum Cathedralist vulneraility — which is to say, in its entirely generic, universalist presentation of the multicultural ideal — Hood repeats this same indiscriminate category without significant modification, seeking only to criticize what Del Toro promotes. This would be seriously unserious anywhere. On the Pacific Rim, it is a truly disastrous disqualification of perception.

The only reality-sensitive response to the problem of multiculturalism is to ask: Which cultures? Neither Del Toro (the Cathedral), nor Hood (ethno-traditionalism), seem to have the slightest interest in this question. Indiscriminate demographic entropy is either to be promoted, or lamented, but in both cases accepted as the only relevant alternative to a fantastically-imagined, dying world of distinct peoples. If the paint is let out of the tubes, it has to be stirred together with maximum conceptual rapidity into homogeneous brown.

Discussing the film’s central micro-alliance, between its occidental hero and oriental heroine, Hood writes:

None of this makes any sense of course. The “drift compatible” connection seems to require a kind of deep bond that almost always requires family ties. However, in this film, the conflict is driven by the struggle of the rebellious hero and the non-white female to prove that two people who have no shared history or kinship can work together, and in fact be better than everyone else. Where traditional national and family bonds have failed us, multiculturalism will save the day. 

As an ethno-racial descriptor, ‘non-white’ is simply sad. It isn’t even trying. Concretely, in this case, it ensures that the true nonsense of the movie eludes attention, which is the displacement of  real Pacific Rim ethno-synthesis by a merely cosmetic substitute.

As Hood emphatically notes, the relationship between (white American) Raleigh and (Japanese) Mako is not explicitly romantic, but it occupies the formula-position of a film romance, even when — admirably — it restricts itself to an intense practical partnership. I just love Japanese-American ethno-synthesis to bits, but it has almost no relevance to the real cultural process on the Pacific Rim, which is overwhelmingly dominated by Anglo-Chinese hybridism.

Japan is one of the world’s few modern ethno-nationalist states, with a strongly-preserved native culture, tightly-restricted immigration and citizenship criteria, and low English-language competence. In other words, it makes a far more tempting target for ‘multiculturalist’ (or demographic entropy) criticism than America does. But it’s ‘non-white’ so Hood doesn’t notice.

Even more peculiarly — and despite its Hong Kong setting  — Pacific Rim represents China’s contribution to the multicultural alliance through three weirdo brothers who get rubbed out at the first plausible opportunity. Without wanting to be unnecessarily crude, I have to repeat — Hong fricking Kong. This is the post-1949 capital of the Singlosphere, and therefore the natural location for a centrally accentuated US-Japanese working relationship? If this isn’t quite “who cares? They’re all wogs anyway” it’s something remarkably close.

The Pacific Rim, insofar as it matters, is the a Singlosphere cultural catastrophe, a distinctively non-generic ethno-synthesis that has created the most advanced and competitive societies on the planet — Hong Kong, Singapore, and Old Shanghai among them. Del Toro and Hood conspire to efface this fact, even as both, indirectly, address it.

Insofar as we are told anything, it is that in our most desperate moments, we have to jettison Tradition. Instead, we must rely on feelings, on multicultural partnership, on wishes and fantasies and hopes about what the world might be, rather than what it is.

– that’s Hood, not remotely understanding what he’s saying.

September 15, 2013admin 16 Comments »
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  • VXXC Says:

    If the Democratic party can then be summed, it’s minority gangster coalition rule, anti-majority rule.

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  • Jack Crassus Says:

    I guess entering students don’t get lectured about “Japanese privilege” in Japan. Did cultural Marxism stop at the Pacific?

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    admin Reply:

    Are there any people of non-European ancestry wracked by ethno-masochistic BS, anywhere, at all? I’d genuinely like to know. My guess is that there aren’t.

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    VXXC Reply:

    American Blacks often hate being black.

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    admin Reply:

    If so, it’s not statistically associated with low self-esteem, nor (I’m guessing confidently) with guilt. Not much self-flagellation in evidence, is there? That’s mostly a swipple thing.

    Handle Reply:

    I don’t believe this is at all true. American blacks rarely hate themselves – they either hate blacks of a lower-class than themselves (Chris Rock’s priceless joke), or they hate some other ethnic group depending on the situation: whites in general, korean / arab / south asian shopkeepers, hispanic gangs fighting for turf, etc. Blacks are more supportive of their own elites, celebrities, and high-achievers than any other group with which I’ve had contact. The only elite blacks that other blacks despise to the point of homicide are the ‘Uncle Tom’ conservatives – Sowell, Steele, and none more than Thomas.

    ultraZEN Reply:

    Nah, the bizarre cult of oikophobic etnomasochism is the sole privelige of the white (mostly western) european and american specimen. Curiously enough, it is in essence a cult of white identity, but inverted. It is closed to any non-Europeans, and entry is dependent upon posessing certain racial traits (i.e white european traits). Like an inverted white supremacism, it also bestows upon its adherents extraordinaire qualities to enforce in-group elevation: the special qualities of extraordinaire evil. Like a flock of believers in a mutated Christianity, they cut their own crosses, carries them in public, and finally crucifies themselves in an exhibionist and morbid display of sacrifice. It is utterly self-centered, despite beeing masochistic to the core. Or rather, because of beeing masochistic?

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    Manjusri Reply:

    “Are there any people of non-European ancestry wracked by ethno-masochistic BS, anywhere, at all? I’d genuinely like to know. My guess is that there aren’t.”

    I don’t know how you could fail to notice how self-hating Chinese frequently are; the inculcated nationalism of the wumaodang is often counterbalanced by other factions, often partially educated abroad, or educated locally in English and self-educated via the Internet, who seem to hate everything about modern Chinese culture (and sometimes historic Chinese culture, Lu Xun, or perhaps even Bo Yang, style). It’s a different sort of ethnomasochism- rather than guilt, it’s self-hatred for a perception of being inferior to Europeans, Americans, and sometimes other Asians. I have several Shanghainese acquaintances like this; they’re constantly on about how barbaric their own country is, and seem to be oddly swipplified in their tastes.

    I see a bit of it in my wife (Shanghainese, though lived in Europe for several years)… while she’s learned enough to know that the grass on the other side isn’t quite as green as she might think, there’s still an element in her that frequently rails against her own culture.

    Whether or not Koreans or Japanese experience anything like this is beyond my pay grade, though I’ve never seen any indication of it. As for SE Asians, the ones who I’ve met in China are so thoroughly Americanized and cosmopolitan that it’s tough to even think of them as being typical representatives of their nationality…

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    admin Reply:

    My perception of the Chinese situation is totally different. Shanghainese (who I know best) often rankle at the fact that their position in the world tumbled so badly from the mid-20th century, but I don’t get any sense that they think this is truly merited. Sure, they think China in general is at least a little unworthy of them (it is), but they don’t evince the slightest hint of self-loathing. The cringing swipple comparison doesn’t work at all.

    Contaminated NEET Reply:

    For what it’s worth, years ago I took a class from a Japanese professor, and Japanese Guilt was her defining characteristic. I always got the impression that she was bitterly disappointed that Japanese Guilt wasn’t nearly as big a force in Japan as White Guilt in America.

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    admin Reply:

    Her career prospects in China are off the charts.

    fotrkd Reply:

    Is there anywhere else where the ethno-masochistic BS is so deep rooted?

    There is, then, a philosophy of “life” in Spinoza; it consists precisely in denouncing all that separates us from life, all these transcendent values that are turned against life, these values that are tied to the conditions and illusions of consciousness. Life is poisoned by the categories of Good and Evil, of blame and merit, of sin and redemption. What poisons life is hatred, in­cluding the hatred that is turned back against oneself in the form of guilt. Spinoza traces, step by step, the dreadful concat­enation of sad passions; first, sadness itself, then hatred, aver­sion, mockery, fear, despair, morsus conscientiae, pity, indignation, envy, humility, repentance, self-abasement, shame, regret, anger, vengeance, cruelty. . . . His analysis goes so far that even in hatred and security he is able to find that grain of sad­ness that suffices to make these the feelings of slaves. The true city offers citizens the love of freedom instead of the hope of re­wards or even the security of possessions; for “it is slaves, not free men, who are given rewards for virtue.” (Deleuze, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy)

    Ah, to be a [neo-puritan] pilgrim

    PS how’s Twitter treating you on that front?

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  • VXXC Says:

    And yet I will persist it quite exists….

    Statistics are misleading.

    Human nature you see remains a constant. Good and Bad.

    Swipples of course loathe themselves. Who wouldn’t? I could run through the gamut of self-loathers. There’s a certain forgotten genocide called the Holomor in Europes Breadbasket.

    You might call it the Grandfathers genocide.

    You might reflect that a child growing up hearing stories and simply looking might realize…the awful truth. And that this itinerant thing’s motivations might run deeper than the Triangle Shirt Fire. 1911 still being a more important date in American Politics than 9/11.

    I’m quite certain their statistics are not without reason also running high.

    Fevers run high as well. Statistically.

    And returning to evidence of guilt and self-flagellation …how much evidence of suicidal behavior do you actually need?

    I should mention also since it seems to be a sore spot around here….that they’re defeated men by 30 . You can see it the eyes.

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  • popfop Says:

    @ Jack Crassus

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Japaneseism

    While not as widespread or institutionalized, a similar ethno-mascohism has existed courtesy of some New Left maniacs.

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  • Manjusri Says:

    @admin:

    Most of this perception comes from my experience of a very small subgroup- young Shanghainese women who spend a lot of time reading western news sites and blogs, and totally Americanized Chinese (by which I mean born in China, but sent to US high schools and colleges) so that could be skewing things.

    But it’s augmented by the strange fact that, aside from “white people”, Chinese seem to have become singled out as the one nationality that it’s perfectly acceptable for white people to say anything they want about. If you look at the comments on many “China blogs” and western news articles regarding China, people say things that would get them lynched (or at least twynched, ala Pax Dickinson) if said about blacks, Africans, or nearly any other nationality. And while the wumaodang types will – ineffectively – try to defend themselves, Shanghainese, Hong Kongers and Taiwanese will happily join the whites in a chorus of self-derision (well, not necessarily self- they don’t consider themselves to be part of the faction they’re deriding at all…)

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    admin Reply:

    Mou Zongsan on modern Chinese philosophy is perhaps relevant (from Clower, forthcoming):

    … modern Chinese people’s discussions of Chinese philosophy have not gotten on track.Feng’s History of Chinese Philosophy, for example, does not even touch on the core questions of the successive periods in the development of Chinese philosophy, much less say anything of value. The existence of such a book, even without its being universally recognized by East and West as a representative work, shows that Chinese people of this era are so lame that they are a disgrace to our ancestors and a disgrace to the whole world. It is a humiliation for all the people of China.

    (In my, admittedly extremely germinal, study of Mou Zongsan so far, I have not found a single flaw in his judgement on any issue. Communism, btw, he describes as ‘demonic’, and he sees its extirpation from Chinese cultural life as the country’s immediate great task.)

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