C’est moi and I prefer Social Justice Ghazi if you please ???
Also technically I’m High Tory ..
— Xerxes the Magi (@ZacharyX) May 4, 2019
I’m just about to try out my Bollywood dance class (in case of life imitating art; I was talking about Kathak this morning and then it so happens that a Cambridge college is introducing its inaugural dance class) and a thought came to mind.
It had occurred to me that BP occupies a rather nebulous place in the Brownosphere. Steve Sailer recently wrote that he thinks “orthogonally” to the mainstream and hence will never go viral. Now Steve was how I discovered Razib 17/18yrs ago (I had googled Iranian genetics and found Steve).
But back to the main topic, it seems that BP is not mainstream or conventional Desi or Diaspora. We are mildly anti-Islam (well I’m wildly anti-Islam but let’s not go there) and more ambivalent to the Hindu Right.
While it’s difficult to categorise everyone; Razib is a classical conservative (an old school liberal), Omar is a soft-touch social democrat (I could be corrected on both counts and please do) while I seem to be an anarcho-libertarian with authoritarian tendencies & a fetish for pan-nationalism (in some ways I reflect the Pakistani psychosis fairly well; the inability to choose between Iran, Islam & India).
But I don’t see us becoming mainstream popular since we are stepped removed from surface analysis. Razib had mentioned in a conversation that “Zack’s not interested in Sikhism but in Sikhs.” It’s a fairly accurate conclusion; practical theology bores me but the movement of peoples, ideas and various histories is deeply fascinating.
How a martial people like the Sikhs arose between the frontiers of the Indus Valley and Gangetic Plains is endlessly fascinating but it’s not going to be of interest to the mainstream public.
We occupy a shadowy space; people (and influential people) read us and we may influence the discourse but in very oblique ways.
I’m quite satisfied because freedom of expression is paramount to me. I want to use this blog as a space to air out my ideas and reflect on esoteric matters (maybe not as esoteric like the Vedas but rather the effect the Vedas has had on contemporary and historic India).
It’s interesting none of us are particularly political; I rant about Urdu on a semi-Daily basis but I’m not necessarily anti-BJP. The long arc of history tends to transcend any power eventually but sometimes great events and leaders do make a difference.. Maybe Modi will be one of them?