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November 14, 2012


Greg Gutfeld: Conservatives Must Fight the ‘Tyranny of Cool’

Where does the tyranny of the cool begin?

As soon as you realize being cool pays off. When you’re a kid. In classrooms across the country, kids are learning to gain favor from teachers and peers, and the elevation of “pretend-caring” as a function of cool gets you grades and girls. Stretch this over a decade or so into college, and it’s no wonder the streets are flooded with beta males who talk from the back of their throats as they bowl in Brooklyn — ironically.

The cool’s hold on society’s throat is seen everywhere. Remember that Jon Stewart rally a few years back; that was a celebration of the cool over the uncool (the uncool being the Glenn Beck rallies, the Tea Party, FNC watchers). The cool owns the film industry, as villains take on intriguing personalities, while anyone with a blackberry or a briefcase is considered worse than evil — uncool.

Being pro-choice is cool. Speculating too much on what abortion really means — that’s way uncool.

It reminds me of my old joke. “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “You’ll never know.”

Not cool.

Assorted slugs on death row are cool; their victims are uncool — for never really getting over it.

Sometimes coolness can be confusing. Nobody smokes in LA. But they all do in movies. Somehow smoking is cool, only if you’re already cool. When you see a truck driver or a postman smoking, the tolerant break out the phony cough. They’d never do that around Brad Pitt.


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Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring.  Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.  Therefore “imaginative literature” is either boring or immoral (or a mixture of both). It only escapes from this alternative if in some way it passes over to the side of reality through the power of art—and only genius can do that.

—Simone Weil

[1] Posted by The Plantagenets on 11-15-2012 at 12:52 AM · [top]

That is the world’s version of *cool*. We know the real cool! Thanks be to God!

[2] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 11-15-2012 at 09:50 AM · [top]

Quote from a super youth guy we had at our church once upon a time:  “Jeopardize your coolness.”  Thanks, Oeland.

[3] Posted by Geosez on 11-16-2012 at 10:16 AM · [top]

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