It’s 2018, and time for a new era. Gone is the time of the Voodoo Child. Now it’s time for the Age of the American Asshole.
The American Asshole is an easy to understand creature, but one who needs some explanation.
2017 was a year of divisiveness for the entire world. The American Left shed its veneer of propriety and revealed the true ugliness and hate it holds for modern society. “Intersectionality” became the new fashion trend, as people revealed the various ways “systemic oppression” made their arguments better than most. And people couldn’t stand to see someone think differently or even a simple counter argument.
I first started thinking about the Age of the American Asshole when I began reading some of Kurt Schlichter’s work. Normally I’m a pro people guy, but when I began exposing a few of my contrarian beliefs the Leftists in my social circles turned on me like rabid jackals.
So hate for the other side seemed like a natural consequence of the times.
Then Charlottesville happened, and I questioned whether hatred of the other side was a necessary requisite for the times. Was it better to show love for your fellow humans or was the culture war in full swing? Did I need to show compassion, or was there zero tolerance for intellectual dishonesty and groupthink?
Eventually the answer became clear. I would need to strike a balance between the two, and the evolution was the Age of the American Asshole.
I host a show on Southern Fried Radio called the Sit Down with Chris Seaton. Each week we talk about news stories, big ideas, and fun topics. There are many occasions when we have guests in studio to talk with us.
From this point forward, the rules going in will be simple. If you come to my yard, your best bet is to do so with an open mind, a willingness to listen to the other side, and present your arguments with the best intellectual honesty possible.
Inside the studio and outside in the real world, if you approach me in that fashion we will have a civil discussion. We may disagree, but that’s the nature of reasonable minds. Regardless, we will both come away from the discussion without the hatred that seeped through much of 2017.
Play identity politics, attempt for a bid at the Oppression Olympics, or start a discussion about how “privileged” I am and you’re going to see what a proud, unapologetic American Asshole looks like.