If you’re interested in the wacky world of far-left politics in Britain, you might enjoy “As Soon As This Pub Closes,” a survey of Leninist and Trotskyist parties written from the inside by the late John Sullivan (1932–2003). He was a veteran of revolutionary socialism who somehow kept his sense of humour and absurdity amid the leftist lunacy. This is how he summed up the later career of Tony Cliff, né Yigael Gluckstein (1917–2000), the Israeli-Jewish head of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP): “Once [Cliff] despaired of changing the world he saw little point in trying to understand it.”
Cheap shots and unfunny sneers
That’s a good Marxist in-joke and “As Soon as this Pub Closes,” originally issued as a pamphlet in 1988, is a highly enjoyable read. But an old friend of Sullivan’s made an interesting point in Sullivan’s obituary: “This pamphlet in particular has a unique quality, in that all who read it laugh heartily at what he says about the other organizations, only to become deeply indignant when they come to his descriptions of their own.”
Good satire works like that: the more effective it is, the less amusing it is to its targets. For example, if you’re satirizing SJWs and their absurdities, you don’t want good reviews from the Guardian and New Statesman. Fortunately for the parody poet Titania McGrath, scourge of the modern left, her book Woke: A Guide to Social Justice didn’t get good reviews from those publications. The Guardian said: “Lampooning the language of social justice is a cheap shot.” The New Statesman said: “Titania McGrath’s tired and unfunny ‘joke’ is just the old sneering at the young.”
Titania McGrath, radical intersectionalist poet
And what does the Occidental Observer say? Well, we say that Titania can be very funny and make very effective points about the absurdities and immoralities of the anti-White, anti-male, anti-Western modern left. This is Titania’s searing critique of the way Whites steal culture from communities of color:
Thief of culture.
You slither hamstyle with dreadlocked hands,
Clenching in a calypso chokehold of bindi banditry,
Tongued by an ego semi-fried in foreign oils,
Withdrawing into striptease fissures of night.
You will never be Aswad [a black reggae band].
Plunderbeast of history.
My ancestors scream in your hollow wigwam,
Ghostrolling in the ectoplasm of your hate.
I staunch the ﬂow of simpering tribal sauce,
A digital sombrero clings deafblind
To a face falsely smeared in a coalish hue.
Filcher of rice.
Parades at promtime in a fraudulent frock,
A gurning juggernaut of stunted envy,
Appropriating my soul, my gaylord shoes.
The death-minstrel who leaps backwards onwardly
Rinsing away the past with your piss of lies. (“Cultural Appropriation,” Titania McGrath)
And this is her radical response to the Jussie Smollett scandal:
I speak my black truths in a white world.
Bleachboys stalk my nightmares,
Pale shadows creeping up the hangman’s thigh.
Noosed by pornographic unlove in a doveless time,
A demon, ankle-deep in Mother Nature’s beguiling minge,
Croons through a racist bugle, thricefold.
“Jussie! Jussie! Jussie!”
The hot beefy semiquavers trump in the night air
Like pockets of cottage cheese frozen into polygons.
Where now the dream of Doctor King?
Where the ample legroom of Rosa’s bus?
Did Wesley Snipes die for this?
Deadly susurrations from a crumbling house of white
Penetrate the squatting whore of peace
As stick men swing in the halitotic breeze. (“I, Jussie,” Titania McGrath)
Those aren’t just good satires on anti-racism, but also good parodies of the pretentious modernist poetry pumped out by talentless non-Whites like Maya Angelou and Daljit Nagra. But Titania’s not just effective with words. She can choose a mean image in more senses than one:
Titania McGrath on lesbian erasure in Star Wars
That’s funny, but sly and nasty too, playing to the stereotype of lesbians as sour-faced and unattractive. Of course, there’s some truth to the stereotype, which is why the joke is funny. It was a dangerous joke too, the kind that can easily ruin a comedian’s career nowadays. Lesbians are high on the left’s “Powerless Victim” Hierarchy, which means that they have a lot of power to target and destroy their enemies.
Too dangerous for Titania
Muslims and the transgendered are powerless victims with a lot of power too, and they’re two groups that Titania satirizes regularly and ruthlessly. But there’s one group of professional victims that Titania doesn’t dare to touch. Here is a dangerous joke on Twitter that Titania could never have made: “The Board of [Jewish] Deputies has requested that the Revoke Brexit Petition skip from 5.99 million straight to 7 million out of respect for Jewish sensibilities.”
The targets of that tweet didn’t find it funny, which is exactly what you would expect. The Jewish Chronicle said that the joke “sparked an angry backlash” among Jews in Britain. After all, it was satirizing Holocaustianity, or the excessive reverence and respect paid to the Holocaust in the modern West. It was mocking the way Jews sanctimoniously and cynically exploit the Holocaust for their own ends. Jews like the ugly and unfunny comedian David Baddiel were offended, not amused. And who made that genuinely dangerous and subversive joke? It was the “controversial Jewdas,” a group of young left-wing Jews who support Jeremy Corbyn and who enjoy poking fun at the Jewish establishment and respectable Jewish opinion.
The Board is the butt
After the “angry backlash,” Jewdas came back with another funny tweet: “We gather that some people were offended by one of our recent tweets so we’d like to clarify: it’s ok to make jokes about the Board of Deputies.” I find that funny, at least, but I am sure Jewdas would say things about the Occidental Observer that I wouldn’t find funny. Being the butt of a joke is rarely enjoyable and the Board of Deputies would no doubt like to punish Jewdas for their impudence and disrespect. But Jewdas will get away with it because they’re Jewish themselves. Titania McGrath couldn’t get away with similar jokes, because the man behind the parody is a gentile comedian called Andrew Doyle.
And in any case, I’m sure that Doyle sees no need to satirize Jews in Britain and the huge influence they wield in politics, academia and the media. Titania McGrath is kosher komedy, guaranteed not to challenge Jewish power or draw attention to the central Jewish role in identity politics and the anti-racism industry. And their central role was identified by none other than the then Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:
Sacks: Multiculturalism threatens democracy
Multiculturalism promotes segregation, stifles free speech and threatens liberal democracy, Britain’s top Jewish official warned in extracts from [a recently published] book … Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s [former] chief rabbi, defined multiculturalism as an attempt to affirm Britain’s diverse communities and make ethnic and religious minorities more appreciated and respected. But in his book, The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society, he said the movement had run its course. “Multiculturalism has led not to integration but to segregation,” Sacks wrote in his book, an extract of which was published in the Times of London.
“Liberal democracy is in danger,” Sacks said, adding later: “The politics of freedom risks descending into the politics of fear.” Sacks said Britain’s politics had been poisoned by the rise of identity politics, as minorities and aggrieved groups jockeyed first for rights, then for special treatment. The process, he said, began with Jews, before being taken up by blacks, women and gays. He said the effect had been “inexorably divisive.” “A culture of victimhood sets group against group, each claiming that its pain, injury, oppression, humiliation is greater than that of others,” he said. In an interview with the Times, Sacks said he wanted his book to be “politically incorrect in the highest order.” (Sacks: Multiculturalism threatens democracy, The Jerusalem Post, 20th October 2007)
Titania McGrath will not draw on Jonathan Sacks’ comments about the origins of victimhood culture. She will never mock Jews, Britain’s richest and most successful ethnic group, for so often and loudly claiming to be victims. She won’t challenge mass immigration from the Third World either, because Doyle doesn’t just mock the absurdities of others. He believes in absurdities of his own. For example, he’s sure that millions of low-IQ Third Worlders from primitive, clannish cultures can make excellent European and American citizens. We just need to get the ideological environment right.
Cucks ♥ Titania
For Doyle, identity politics are bad, but Enlightenment values are good, and they’re all we need to make a success of mass immigration. That’s the message of Titania’s satire and that’s why she has received hearty endorsements from cuckservative publications like the Spectator and the London Times. The Spectator waxed lyrical over “the genius of Titania McGrath” and granted her an interview with the leftist Jewish journalist Tanya Gold. The Times said that Titania’s “satire is a direct hit on the awful state of the left, in all its nihilism, narcissism and illogic, and its self-defeating, petty-minded thought-policing.”
But the left’s “thought-policing” isn’t “self-defeating.” After all, the very term “thought-policing” comes from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), a satire on the Marxism-Leninism that tyrannized the Soviet Union and its satellites for decades. Another branch of Marxism has successfully imposed mass immigration and political correctness on the West. The results are ripe for sardonic humour and edgy jokes, but I haven’t seen Titania satirize the rape-gang horrors of Rotherham, Huddersfield and Oxford. Nor have I seen her satirize stories like this:
A savage from Sudan: Zakarya Etarghi
‘Savage’ rapist Zakarya Etarghi has been given a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years after shattering his victim’s skull and leaving her for dead near a children’s play park. The 24-year-old attacked a woman in her 50s at a public park in Leicester, East Midlands, after a cocaine and alcohol binge.
Today he was jailed at Leicester Crown Court after being convicted of rape and attempted murder on March 7. … Building-site worker Etarghi attacked his ‘vulnerable’ victim and left her with horrific life-changing injuries including a ‘shattered’ skull and bleeding to the brain.
But a member of the public found her with head injuries at the park following what prosecutor William Harbage QC previously told the jury was a ‘brutal’ and ‘appalling’ assault. … Despite the evidence against him, Etarghi, who was born in Sudan, denied the offences — saying someone else must have carried out the attack.
Judge Nicholas Dean QC said his victim was ‘lucky to be alive’ after being ‘attacked in a most brutal way’ when she met Etarghi in the playground — with evidence suggesting a weapon of some kind had been used. … The judge said he had ‘no hesitation’ in concluding Etarghi was a ‘dangerous offender’ who was responsible for ‘controlled and extreme brutality and physical violence of a most callous and horrifying type.’
The court heard a resident found her unconscious and naked from the waist down at around 4.40am after the attack, suffering from multiple injuries. She was rushed to hospital — [and] ‘miraculously’ survived after undergoing life-saving surgery and is still recovering.
Speaking in a victim impact statement, the victim said: ‘If I could describe the last few months, I would say they have been hell. It is like something out of a horror film. It’s like something you see on the news that happens to other people. I no longer feel safe walking to and from my home, especially late at night. I constantly worry something is going to happen.’ (‘Savage’ rapist, 24, who shattered woman’s skull during horrific attack in a children’s play park then left her for dead is jailed for life, The Daily Mail, 25th March 2019)
When Blacks like Zakarya Etarghi emigrate to the West, Titania McGrath and her creator Andrew Doyle raise no objections at all. Doyle thinks that all problems with non-White immigration are caused by the faulty ideology of Whites, not by the inherent and intractable characteristics of non-Whites. But crimes like that savage rape and near-murder in Leicester aren’t caused by “identity politics.”
Importing Blacks means killing Whites
No, they’re caused by the reality that Blacks are a genetically and psychologically distinct group of Homo sapiens. Blacks are less intelligent on average than Whites and much more violent and impulsive. There was a similar crime in the nearby city of Birmingham, when a Black raped and murdered a White nurse after being released from prison for sex offences against another White woman. In Australia, a Black teenager raped a White “82-year-old grandmother” so violently that she bled to death. As the late, great Larry Auster pointed out: “To import a black population into a previously all-white country is to consign a large number of whites in that country, year after year, generation after generation, to violent death at the hands of blacks.”
Titania McGrath doesn’t mention the tragedy and horror of non-White criminality, let alone try to satirize how leftist ideology enables this criminality to flourish. Larry Auster proved that it is perfectly possible to do both. In 2012, he quoted some news from California and noted that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had coined a “new phrase for rampant black homicide of non-blacks”:
VAN NUYS (CBS)—Police released public surveillance images on Tuesday of two suspects in the shooting death of a cook and father of five who was gunned down at the Sherman Oaks restaurant where he worked. KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports Raul Lopez was working one of his two jobs when the robbery occurred.
Lopez, 38, was fatally shot in the chest shortly after 11 p.m. last Friday night at Hoagies & Wings on Ventura Boulevard as he tried to ward off a group of five black men who were causing a disturbance. Police said one of the customers apparently became angry with Lopez about how long it was taking for the food to be prepared, and some racial slurs were reportedly used. “It was a random dispute that went tragically wrong,” said LAPD Detective James Nuttle.
[Auster responds:] “It was a random dispute that went tragically wrong.” That is so perfect. Over the years VFR [View from the Right, Auster’s website] has many times discussed the dishonest euphemisms that police spokesmen use for black homicidal violence against non-blacks, particularly variations on the phrase, “An X gone wrong,” but this may be the best ever. Let us analyze it.
First, there is the “random dispute.” The term shields the reading public from the hateful knowledge that blacks, and only blacks, create such “disputes” continuously, especially in fast food establishments, where they initiate arguments and fights with the management about slow service, incorrect bills, the employees’ “racism,” and so on. No one is guilty or responsible in a “random dispute,” it is something that just happens by itself, having no more moral content than dust particles floating about at random in a ray of sunlight.
Second, somehow, this random dispute, all by itself, “goes tragically wrong.” It’s not a matter of a human being pulling out a gun, aiming it at another human being, and shooting him dead. No. It is the dispute itself which “tragically” — the word “tragically” again underscoring the absence of any culpable intention — goes in a bad, indeed the baddest, direction.
The overwhelming majority of homicides by blacks, especially homicides of non-blacks, where politically correct police spokesmen have the strongest need to cover up the truth, could be described as random disputes gone tragically wrong.
I propose that Detective Nuttle, in recognition of his signal contributions both to American English and to racial comity, receive the National Award for Best Obfuscatory, Non-Judgmental Euphemism for Black Homicidal Mayhem.
Further, I propose that in instances where the defendant is black the penal codes of all fifty states and the District of Columbia replace the words “homicide” and “murder” by the phrase “random dispute gone tragically wrong.” We would then have such crimes as “Random dispute gone tragically wrong in the first degree,” “Random dispute gone tragically wrong in the second degree,” and so on. … Finally, each Monday morning’s edition of the Chicago Tribune could have headlines like this: “Random Disputes Gone Tragically Wrong Spread Across the City.” “Over Weekend, 50 Random Disputes Go Wrong, Ten of Them Tragically.” (LAPD coins new phrase for rampant black homicide of non-blacks, View from the Right, 4th July 2012)
Titania McGrath is good but Larry Auster was better. Auster beats Titania in part because, unlike her, he was honest and clear-sighted about race and non-White misbehaviour. And because he was honest, he wasn’t kosher. He was rejected by mainstream conservatives rather than, like Titania McGrath, being praised and promoted by them. And at the end of his life, as Kevin MacDonald noted at the Occidental Observer, Auster published a long criticism of the role of American Jews in mass immigration and identity politics.
Titania is no threat
Titania McGrath won’t touch that subject. And one has to ask: if she’s fighting the SJWs so effectively, how does she survive at the SJW-infested and SJW-controlled Twitter? She’s been posting merrily there for months, while the Occidental Observer’s own Andrew Joyce has just been suspended from Twitter for the umpteenth time, this time at the instigation of one Gabe Hoffman. And dozens of other accounts on the right have been limited in various ways.
AJ has always had a great knack for being able to express profound thoughts and cut to the essential core of the truth even within the strict confines of the Twitter character limit. I guess that they felt they had no choice but to ban him given this prodigious level of talent. https://t.co/Pnc3sFfIZT
— Kevin MacDonald (@TOOEdit) March 26, 2019
Titania McGrath doesn’t threaten the Jewish elite and its shabbos goyim, which is why she stays on Twitter and rides high in the Spectator and Times. Her comedy is kosher and kosher komedy will neither rescue the West nor defeat the left.