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Aug 21 2017

The Atlantic Views the Eclipse Through the Lens of Critical Theory

Insights from classic literature never run out of new applications. Take this great line from Hamlet:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

This could have applied to nothing in Shakespeare’s time more aptly than it does to modern liberalism, a cramped ideology that attempts to construct an entire worldview out of cultural Marxism, which in its core application boils down to worship of blacks and demonization of the whites who allegedly oppress them.

The more widely liberals attempt to apply this pernicious system of belief, the more obvious its absurdity. Imagine viewing the universe in all its vastness and intricacy through the cracked, foggy prism of political correctness. The Atlantic actually tries, with a brutally long piece that shoehorns today’s eclipse into the diminutive realm of critical theory:

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.

The insufferably pretentious essay drags on for thousands of words, denouncing those who live in the path of the eclipse for their whiteness and political incorrectness.

It concludes as you knew it would, with a pietistic condemnation of America:

The Great American Eclipse illuminates, or darkens, a land still segregated, a land still in search of equality, a land of people still trying to dominate each other. When the lovely glow of a backlight fades, history is relentless, just one damn fact after another, one damning fact after another. America is a nation with debts that no honest man can pay. It is too much to ask that these debts simply be forgiven. But perhaps the strange path of the eclipse suggests a need for reorganization. We have figured out, more or less, how to count every person. We have not yet found a political system in which every person counts equally.

Until Big Government becomes ubiquitous enough to impose absolute equality, so that there is no such thing as excellence and no point in exerting any effort because no difference will be permitted between the best and the worst, America is a benighted land, eclipse or no eclipse.

Nothing eclipses liberals’ obsession with cultural Marxism.

On tips from Steve T, Steve A, Dan F, Torcer, Jester, and KirklesWorth.

45 Responses to “The Atlantic Views the Eclipse Through the Lens of Critical Theory”

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    It is Donald Trump’s fault.

    And, of course, the fault of the Nazis.

  2. Bosun Higgs says:

    “O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.”

    Moonbats don’t have bad dreams—they impress them on others. And no lib would invoke God.

  3. Angel says:

    Articles in The Atlantic: Sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  4. KHarn says:

    They claim to be “scientific”, yet they are embarrassingly superstitious.
    I don’t mean the “knock on wood” superstitious; I’m talking about the “spirits live in everything” kind.

  5. physicsnut says:

    the Atlantic is such a bore – especially after they banned me
    it is fun to mock them

    MILO laughs at left wing nutjobs
    then they have a MELTDOWN and throw TANTRUMS
    and then they RIOT
    then their heads explode.

    MILO was on cspan last night


  6. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    As the moon traces its path across North America, it never passes over the head of a black person. Things you can learn from the Atlantic.

  7. Wilberforce says:

    Last I checked, there wasn’t one single person in St. Louis. Not one.


  8. MAS says:

    This passes for intellectualism today only because generations have been progressively dumbed down by Marxist government schooling. It’s like living in a nut house more and more…

  9. GOPcongress says:

    Who woulda thunk that the Sun was racist? Just because it puts on blackface for a few hours, it doesn’t mean it’s a blazing Nazi racist Republican who voted for Donald J. Trump.

  10. The LIEberal Media ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    Hey, I believe I posed that link here 2 days ago!

    Anyway.. the moslems are now bodly burning down large churches in Holland:

    I hope Geert Wilders is on this!

  11. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Getting more than my fill of this nonsense. I was watching the new Marvel Defenders season 1. I got past some character pointing out how most of the victims of a disaster in New York didn’t have insurance. Got past Luke Cage complaining how white people don’t get locked up. But when Cage started in on a “white privilege” lecture at Iron Fist, that was just too much. I just couldn’t watch the scene all the way through to where Iron Fist (I imagine) started his abject groveling. Episode 3, not even halfway through it. Done.

    I was watching old Star Trek next gen episodes instead, better but now I notice leftist references all over the place. At least it was a bit more subtle back then, but we’ve all been slowly stewing in this for decades. Now, it’s more a fire hose.

  12. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    The eclipse has the potential to unite all Americans in the appreciation of an interesting astronomical event, at least for a little while. We can’t be allowed to forget, even for a few hours, the division that the neo-Marxists have so carefully fostered.

  13. Jester says:

    Like all articles which conjure racism out of thin air, this one drones on and on, never reaching a concrete conclusion.

    Unsurprisingly, the author is yet another privileged, wealthy young white woman, the fact of which she of course fails to mention. I wonder what her motive in writing this is, or possibly could be…

    Any ideas?

  14. 127guy says:

    Liberals will either “ban” the eclipse, tax it, or blame Trump for it.

  15. gregtuco says:

    …and remember “the children know better, they will save us”.

  16. grayjohn says:


  17. KHarn says:

    “They’re all married and have lots of children.” (RIMSHOT!)

  18. dilsin says:

    Where is their evidence that almost no Blacks live in the path of the eclipse? They assert this as if it is a fact, yet it doesn’t even pass the straight-face test. The eclipse will fall over large portions of Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, etc. I didn’t realize that Blacks were excluded from those areas.

  19. KHarn says:

    I think I’ll call it the “Don’ whip me, massa! Ah’sa good nigah!” syndrome.
    I hope that was properly offensive to the neo-slaves.

  20. Frank says:

    Please Sir, may I have another?

  21. TED says:

    I suppose THAT makes them VICTIMS also…

  22. Torcer says:

    live update— The Moon (@daM00N_) August 21, 2017

  23. TED says:



  24. Mr. Freemarket says:

    To put out the fires would show that you hate Muslims.

  25. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The truth is that the original Star Trek series was about as much as I could gag down. I enjoy Voyager, so long as you ignore the PC crap. (Oh, my…a diverse crew…who would have thunk.)

  26. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Yes….all blacks have moved out of the south to Detroit and Chicago.

  27. Mr. Freemarket says:

    There are many things that can blot out the light from the Sun. Dolly Parton, for example….

  28. The LIEberal Media ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    Are you sure that isn’t Michael Moore in an extra heavy duty hang glider..?

  29. Jack Bauer says:

    Ahhh yes, “The Atlantic” magazine…..

    160 years of pretentious, pseudo-intellectual, journalistic masturbation, that takes ITSELF far more seriously than anyone else on the planet does.

  30. physicsnut says:

    now – ask yourself whether The Atlantic would BAN DIAMOND AND SILK right away
    I know the answer


  31. physicsnut says:

    / milo interviews james damore

  32. James McEnanly says:

    Very few people of any color will live in the path of totality of the next one as it is primarily over the Australian outback. What will our author say about that?,_2028

  33. CGW409 says:

    Of course Vox and a couple other Leftard sites are starting to run cover for The Atlantic by targeting right wingers for piling on an in-artfully written article.
    Face it Vox The Atlantic ignored the sound advice from Tropic Thunder and went full retard.

  34. Bob Harrington says:

    I am offended! I demand we immediately tear down both the moon and the sun!

  35. gregtuco says:

    Dave, you are always on point with your commentary, but I would take your assessment of cultural Marxism a bit further by saying that its ultimate intent is the subjugation of everyone — black, brown, white, etc., by a tiny core of elitist, Lucifarian douchebags who are obsessed with power for the sake of power.

  36. Saxon Warrior says:

    Now they’ve hijacked God (a deity whom they willfully choose not to believe in, except when it suits them). They are telling us that God is casting his dark shadow over White America as a sign of his disapproval.
    Of course this is not the real God but a kind of New Age Bacchus; a god of sexual perversions and excesses, who hates Whites, loves Blacks, and despises all that is good; a god of evolution, reincarnation, lies and distorted history who hates capitalism and loves collectivism.
    Of course, what these idiots don’t realize is that although total solar eclipses are rare upon one particular spot in the world, they are actually very common throughout the world, and these eclipses cast their dark shadows everywhere at some point or another, at some time or another – over Africa, over Europe, over China, yes even over Cuba and Venezuela.
    But none of these eclipses ever fit a narrative, and they serve no political purpose. As indeed have most solar eclipses since the superstitious Middle Ages, a period in history which moonbats appear to have brought back!

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