The Rainbow Diet | RR Reno
The rainbow flag has taken on special importance in our regime. It is the flag of our globalist elites, symbolizing “diversity and inclusion”, principles they consider to be the source of their right to govern.
“Diet” is a technical term in political philosophy. It refers to the source of political authority. A regime defines essential questions on which “we all agree”. This agreement establishes the limits of legitimate political protest and treats as traitors, rebels and revolutionaries those who overstep and transgress.
The American regime has long been that of a constitutional republic. We advocate, organize and, in some cases, protest. Politicians exploit procedures to gain an advantage. The elections are contested. And all of this is supposed to work within the limits imposed by our rule of law. But our regime is always more than constitutional provisions. It also concerns what counts as a legitimate opinion in public life, and what crosses the line. In this area, we have undergone a change of regime.
In The return of the strong gods, I maintain that after 1945 a powerful consensus was established, a consensus which valued the virtues of the open society. Speaking after the end of the Cold War, President George HW Bush summed up this consensus when he praised “open borders, open trade and, above all, open mind”.
Over time, this consensus has come to define our regime. He asserted that diversity and inclusion were not the terms of one political party. Rather, they were “American values”. President Obama has perfected the art of equating his political agenda with the regime. He countered his opponents by declaring, “This is not who we are,” which meant his critiques were beyond pallor. When same-sex marriage was seen as a constitutional right, he lit up the White House with rainbow colors, confident he was asserting “America” rather than asserting a partisan stance.
Perhaps the rainbow flag was inevitable. After September 11, Katha Pollitt wrote a room for The nation who deplored all the American flags that were suddenly everywhere. She felt helpless. “There are no symbolic representations right now for the things the world really needs – equality and justice and humanity and solidarity and intelligence.” She wanted a strong symbol of “social justice, women’s rights, democracy, civil liberties and secularism”. Why can’t feminists, gay rights activists, and supporters of a more inclusive and assertive society have a flag?
Pollitt’s wishes have been granted. As Darel Paul documents in From tolerance to equality, gay rights have become the focal point of the diversity agenda promoted by America’s elites, which is why its symbol is the rainbow flag. Although the rainbow was originally intended to evoke Jesse Jackson’s ideal of a “rainbow coalition” of excluded groups, the flag is most often referred to as the “flag of. pride “. It signals the liberation of homosexuals, the first among the equals of the Rainbow Coalition.
This priority is not accidental. Gay rights align perfectly with the open society goals of our elites. Men who kiss men break down barriers – a wonderful image of our elites aspiring to remove barriers to trade and commerce. Drag queens blur borders, a wonderful evocation of the globalist dream of a world without borders.
Homosexuals, especially homosexuals, are also associated with scrupulous self-care and glamorous consumption. They pioneered the standard of prolonged upper-middle-class adolescence, the carefree bachelor life that spans decades. Gay life also fulfills the dreams of many feminists: professional success and personal growth without the burdens of fertility.
It is therefore not surprising that our elites adopted the rainbow flag. It floats above our universities and is featured in the showcases of global companies. Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Wall Street, engines of globalization and the crossing of borders, wave the flag of pride.
The rainbow flag represents the regime that our globalized elites intend to support. As a regime, it treats dissent as illegitimate. Those who oppose the rainbow flag and what it represents are not fellow citizens concerned that society cannot function without clear social markers of the differences between men and women. They are “haters” and “bigots”.
At the end of June, Germany and Hungary were preparing for a match of the European Football Championship in Munich. The city council proposed to light the stadium in the colors of the rainbow. Hungary rejected the idea. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said: “It is extremely harmful and dangerous to mix sport and politics.
The Hungarian objection aroused the indignation of European elites. Vera Jorová, the Czech politician who is EU vice-president, insisted: “The rainbow is not offensive. German government spokesman Steffen Siebert said the rainbow flag “represents how we want to live – with respect for one another and without discrimination”.
“Not offensive.” “How we want to live.” “Who we are.” These assertions determine what is and is not legitimate to challenge. This is the main function of a diet. And the rainbow flag, unlike the German or Hungarian flags, represents the globalist, liberationist and open society regime.
America has spawned the open society consensus, which over time has evolved into a regime of open borders, open trade, diversity and inclusion that is now forced upon us as so obvious and uncontroversial. that it is mandatory. Our country invented the rainbow flag and our embassies export it all over the world. But populism proposes to strengthen rather than weaken. It calls into question the hegemony of our globalized elites and the regime, according to them, must determine public life. I predict the time will come, perhaps soon, when our elites will remove the American flag and all the more insistently wave the rainbow substitute.
RR Reno is editor of First things.
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