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The Rise Of The Pinkie Pie State

Towards a Rescued Responsible Masculine Libertarian Utopia

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Today dear audience I wish to present before you the awful truth about our society. Through a lengthy nuanced, incoherent political screed, I plan to provide more pop culture references than actual facts to prove that America has gone downhill. America has exchanged pearls for pig slop, cultural and political freedom for limited personal freedom in the name of being squeaky clean and, ew, having fun! The current disaster I bring to you I have named the Pinkie Pie State. The Pinkie Pie State is completely unlike the campaign versus HillaryCare and the concept of the Nanny State of the in the 1990’s. The Pinkie Pie State must be resisted at all costs. We can’t have too many girls hosting parties. in addition to referring to movies you may or may not have seen, I am also going to name drop a few great philosophers from the Western Canon in order to prove that I have transcended today’s shameful habit of playing Identity Politics.

The new world order that we see today has more affinity to the democratic socialist dystopian reality of the world of the Hunger Games. Rather than Katniss Everdeen having the target on her back, it is Peeta and Gale who’s lives are at risk. Given the fact that Johanna Mason is one of the leaders of the “revolution,” she is the actual ideal player for the Pinkie Pie State. Johanna is oppressed by the Motherly bureacrats, and given the fact that President Snow symbolically represents the emasculated man currently running our multinational corporations and universities, the elevator scene highlights just how immoral Johanna is. One should not mistake the rise in the popularity of the Hunger Games trilogy based off of Greek mythology as a mere coincidence. Johanna Mason IS The Pinkie Pie State.

According to the ancient Stoics, the World had a soul on the inside of it. If there was a group of women who had too much fun, then the World’s soul would experience an imbalance. The World’s Soul needs to be saved, and what it suffers from is what I diagnose as The Pinkie Pie State. The Great Western Tradition was built on the backs of, YES, CALL ME POLITICALLY INCORRECT, White Men who believed in the virtue of getting others to do hard work for them, responsibility, and persuading others to take risks for them. As Poulos said yet so eloquently,

“But unlike Adolph Hitler, Andrew W.K. is an American, and one of the great blessings visited upon America is the naiveté about power found in its origins as a new country in a new world. To be sure, native Americans and African Americans have suffered grievously under that naiveté. But it has also spared America from the cataclysmic oscillations between reactionary re-enchantment and revolutionary disenchantment that ruined European civilization and plague it still. From the standpoint of Plato’s fable, America’s residual innocence about power has arrested democracy’s decay into tyranny.”

America’s innocence has prevented Her from becoming an oppressive nation-state. If indeed ignorance is bliss, then America has truly been blessed with a bountiful helping of happiness. Reverse Racism poses as the greatest threat to our national joy, wouldn’t you agree? Reverse Racism and racial violence became popular right around the time that Edward Norton’s American History X debuted in theaters. Whites receiving racial discrimination because of the Black thugs in power became the prevailing unjust philosophy of the day. Thus, American History X made way for the Pinkie Pie State to publish a record number of texts on Critical Race Theory. Bigotry and anger now reigns in the current Era of Twittervists Gone Wild. What we need is a return to Augustine, Plato, Tocqueville, and Hayek and banning the work of Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass in public and private schools.

There’s absolutely no question that the nuanced difference between the Feminist socialism of Hillary Clinton and the Lean In feminism of the Pinkie Pie State is where women and effeminate men is whereby the women are making more money and therefore having too much hedonistic fun. We must look for a Third Way, a Third Way that will challenge the Pinkie Pie State, and rescue men from Misandrist policies. Protest if you will, but We ARE ALL GILMORE GIRLS NOW, AND ALL MEN ARE LUKE. Like at the end of the episode “Too Many Pinkie Pies,” only a nuanced Western, Responsible, risky rescued Christian Masculinity can prevent Lorelai Gilmores from cloning herself into more Rory Gilmores.

On Paxophobia: The Fear of Pacifists

Should political communities feel threatened by the residency of Christians?  To threaten is to some extent, give a good reason for an individual or community to fear an individual, a community, an idea, or an object. Many religious persons take a religion-with-society approach that suggests cooperation with a prevailing order is the correct approach religious adherents should ideally take.  For example, the editors of The Church as Counterculture identify one pastor in China, Reverend Argue, as someone who stresses to the Chinese government that Christians are good citizens, patriots who will serve in the military, and good workers (3).  Argue’s case against Chinese persecution (as well as all other cases for Christians conforming to national cultures) is problematic because he is in essence saying that Christians need to reject their Christian identity at the expense of receiving the benefits of full participation in Chinese society.  This idea presupposes that being Chinese (or North American or African, etc.), needs to be the starting point in framing one’s identity; but as Namsoon Kang suggests, we all have multiple identities.  Kang says, “[Whether] based on race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, or nationality, or religion, can be a point of departure but not a permanently frozen (my emphasis) point of one’s “epistemological dwelling” in the discourse of world Christianity (Kang, “Whose/Which World in World Christianity: Toward World Christianity as Christianity of Worldly Responsibility”?, 2010, 14).

Growing up as an African-American Christian in the mid-1990s, I noticed there was a trend towards Afro-centrism in black churches, with congregants choosing to dress themselves up in traditional African garb such as dashikis and caftans.  Today, I recognize Afrocentist practice as fundamentally essentialist, an Orientalist habit where a false notion of a universal ideal of Africa as well as the tendency to make the “non-West” the center, and place the West on the margins (Kang, “Envisioning Postcolonial Theological Education: Dilemmas and Possibilities”, 2010, 5).  We are not obligated to accept the categories of African and American.  These are constructs that were created in the imaginations of the powerful, those that control discourses, to their own benefit.  I do not know what it means to be authentically black; I have been referred to as “white” so many times because I prefer to spend my time reading books and writing reflections.

In the same many, because I am located in multiple identities, I am a citizen of the US but do not practice my patriotism in the same way that others do.  Just as there is heterogeneous ways of participating in African-American culture, there are also many ways of being patriotic.  Practitioners of world Christianities must not concern themselves with the politics-of-identity if they are to participate in the decolonization process.  Rather, Christians, at all times, should be aware of the binaries that are constructed for us, whether it is white or black, indigenous or Western, Orient or Occident.  Recently, I have come across a  phenomenon I would like to call paxophobia.  Paxophobia is the fear of human beings living in peace and harmony together. What drives paxophobia in US churches is the call by ecclesial leadership for church members to not challenge the establishment, to submit to authorities, and to be good patriotic North Americans.  The US American flag plays a bigger role in most churches than the cross.

Coinciding with the rejection of a Christianity that supported resistance of a political system is the ideal of Christian masculinity.  Aggression and violence serve as identity markers of Christian male human beings. Supporting war, watching sports, joining the military, and enjoying Ultimate Fighting Championships are just some of the  habits in which Christian men look to distinguish themselves from Christian women.  If one’s identity is defined by violence and aggression, any person, male or female, who challenges essentialist notions of Christian masculinity, is deemed as a threat.  Even this weekend my masculinity was called into question because I am dedicated to nonviolence.  So, in addition to believing that the radical Christian tradition threatens, as Budde and Brimlow argue, nationalism; I also believe that nonviolent Christianity disrupts notions of masculinity embedded in our culture.

The Anabaptists had to die because the Reformers and Catholics were more manly than them.

Truth and Peace,

Rod