Cold War II
(Or Why there never even was a culture war)
Many of our fans seem to be taken by surprise by our decision to leave the culture war. Well, to be honest we didn’t because there was no culture war to begin with. Here is why.
It starts with mass psychology. Humans can roughly be divided into three categories: those who join the crowd, those who manipulate the crowd and those who avoid the crowd.
Among these, the second and third category share the most traits. they are both individualistic and see the crowd for what it is: a herd unable to do any cognitive labor except group think and selfish each-zebra-for-himself-when-lions-attack behavior.
There are differences, however. Where a political leader or influencer like Lenin, Mussolini, Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan saw cannon fodder or building bricks, people like us see consumers who flock to the mainstream of everything.
We all see the same crowd, but where a political leader sees them as useful, we just try to stay out of their sight.
Cold War II
The culture war is a war between a number of different crowds and their respective political leaders and influencers.
This development is of course sad but predictable, as the crowds make up a solid majority of the world’s population, and political leaders and influencers on different levels are a huge minority, leaving people like us to dwell underground like mammals when Dinosaurs walked the earth.
Since we have no interest in manipulating the crowds, but rather get depressed in their presence, we are of course irrelevant as propaganda material to the political leaders and as a fan wrote on twitter: “you are too ambiguous for the mass”. We tried to make the crowds dissolve but it was pointless work.
A rough calculation on how much alternative media (with a focus on the culture war) have an interest in music, here’s a short estimation from our own efforts 2016-2020: From around 400 different attempts to contact alternative media (which few other bands try due to the nature of cancel culture) we have had around 20 alternative media outlets actually showing any kind of interest back, positive or negative. That is 1 in 20 or 5%.
Or ask yourself: When was the last time you read an album or novel review on an alternative media site?
That leads us to the question we try to answer: Is there even a culture war going on?
Highly unlikely. A culture squabble maybe, with some exceptions like Jeff Winston, Brett Stevens, Daniel Friberg, Henrik Hanell, Joakim “Oskorei” Andersen, Jay Lorenz, Ilan Sadé, Ernst Robert Almgren, Gaius Nullus, Martin Fager, Perra Winberg, Edward Nordén, Magnus Söderman, Dan Eriksson, Adam Szabelak, Thomaz Wiberg, Ingrid Carlqvist, Tom Andersson, Robin Palmblad, Martin Saxlind, Pelle Zackrisson, DJ White Pill and Projekt Morpheus who show an actual interest in culture. Our dropping out from the culture war seems more and more like us leaving a propaganda war.
More precisely Cold War II, including the two alliances that fought 1945-1991 + the two new alliances from Egypt and California in the 1950s and 1960s + the two old alliances that were defeated in 1945 and 1688-1918.
Which in itself explains quite well why we never left. There was nothing to leave. Each alliance has its own culture, but during Cold War II they have mostly been reduced to propaganda.
So where are we heading next? Well, since there hardly seem to have been a culture war to begin with, the place where we already stand seems to be pretty empty. There are a few CCU’s here as well (Censored, Canceled, Unpersoned) and that’s it. Apart from that, it’s a wasteland.
The only change we can think of is that from now on we will only write about things we care about personally, and not create any more conceptual songs about stuff we find interesting but isn’t necessarily part of our lives.
This means there will be no more “Pasokification” or “Generation Identitaire”, no more “Next Year in Jerusalem” or “Petrodollar Wars”. It will be different and probably provocative, but not conceptual.
The insight that the culture war actually was no culture war but Cold War II, also means that we have no reason to change who we are. People called us “culture warriors” before and we probably still are, it’s just that there is no culture war going on.
We’re like Ernest Shackleton on Antarctica during World War I, where he tends to the occasional penguin with a bruised wing and watches the sun set over the Weddell Sea.
Which is also quite nice.
With love and great music,
Lilou & John