Weimerica Weekly – Episode 24 – A Weimerican Epic

Welcome to Weimerica Weekly Episode 24. The podcast airs every Wednesday.

This week’s podcast is on the epic of the quintessential Weimerican “Bushie”.

Weimerica Weekly is a podcast hosted by Ryan Landry that touches on the cultural, political and sexual topics that fill the mindspace of our United States of Weimerica. The politicization of all cultural and social degeneracy is examined with a focus on how it fits together.

Weimerica Weekly is produced by the Hestia Society and distributed by Social Matter.

Related Show Links: 

TV Tropes entry for “Update“.

The full Update canon in reading order. A not as upt to date update link that has descriptions of seasons.

Thanks to G.W. Rees for the introduction and outro music. G.W. Rees’ music can be found here on Soundcloud, Youtube, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

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15 Comments

  1. Great show. I’d never heard of this guy before but I’m going to go read through it when I can find time. It definitely sounds like a tour-de-force of all your usual Weimerica themes.

  2. Charlton_Taylor May 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t mean to be a party pooper here, but I was just at the update thread and it is obvious to me that Bushie has some sort of mental or emotional problem. I found it hard to be fascinated with the thread and got few giggles from it.

    Perhaps a good take on this is best explained by Andy Nowicki and his recent Soundcloud post at jnow1101 called “Loser Shaming.” Despite the fact that shaming seems edgy because it goes against the grain of the zeitgeist, it really is an old form of nastiness which can be easily thrown back to the shamers, “You seem to like your work a little too much, don’t you?”

    “Shaming” is a dangerous game and no matter how it is justified, it always has the potential to bite back. As an example, I contacted a friend I had not seen since high school a few years back on Facebook, called him up and we got tot talking about the old days. He brought up the subject of “Ed” a guy much like Bushie, who was a man-child who ended up living with his parents much of his adult life.

    Now, I remember that “Ed” was the same way in high school as he was later in life ( I came across him a few times many years after we graduated) and whatever affliction he had, it did not improve as he got older. The thing about “Ed” was that his time in high school was miserable because, as my friend and I remembered, he was constantly being tormented for his odd ways by kids that really had no business doing it, for they were the children of some of the most prestigious families in the area (I went to a private school and confirmed this about them years later).

    However, during that conversation with my friend, I was shocked to hear that “Ed” had killed himself. My friend had sort of kept in touch with him because back in high school, my friend and I were the only people “Ed” could talk to. When I asked about the details of the suicide, my friend just said that Ed had always had problems and then he added, ” You remember those guys back in high school were merciless to him, right?”

    “Yes, they were,” I responded. Then my friend mentioned a couple of particular individuals who had treated “Ed” so poorly and some things they did to him which I was not aware. While I had witnessed some of the treatment, most of it was of the “shaming” variety and when I was confronted with it I tried to deflect it but generally, I did not take notes.

    But my friend, obviously, took notes.

    The moral of the story I guess is that that there may be a need for helping certain individuals out of self-made predicaments and that many times the best way to do this may be in form of nudging or “tough love.” But all too often, that kind of help requires nothing, no sacrifice, on the part of the person doing the nudging. And often times, it opens up an opportunity for sadists to excuse themselves for getting off on pushing the weak around and is of no help to them at all.

    1. Wanton cruelty is one thing, but shaming can be a perfectly normal and healthy thing. For as much as people want to be “nice”, there’s nothing compassionate about making other people comfortable in their vices, and shaming can uphold standards and punish harmful nonconformity. Single mothers used to get severely shamed, and as a result there were far far fewer bastard children.

      Don’t forget either that not being shamed can be its own form of cruelty. If I were obese and lazy and spent all my free time watching TV and porn and eating crappy fast food, I would be painfully aware that part of my problem was that no one cared about me enough to spur me to better myself. That’s suicidally depressing in its own way.

    2. One other huge point I forgot to mention: this guy was putting all his dirty laundry out in public for the sake of the attention. Whatever shame he may feel for his situation, it’s not enough to stop him from basically bragging about it to the whole world, even pretending like he’s a sitcom character or something. It’s that exact kind of situation — when people get so untethered from healthy norms that they brag about their degeneracy — when vigorous social shaming is most urgently called for.

      1. Charlton_Taylor May 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        Was Bushie ever a burden on anyone other than his parents or the people who kept responding to him in cyberspace? Was he even a burden on them?

        And I don’t think he was bragging about his “degeneracy” but instead he was making mistakes that did not sink in at all. That’s why I think he was slightly retarded or something. But anyway, I’m not on this website to argue about “shaming” and I would hope that mature and serious people would ask themselves a few questions first before they actually engaged in it, even online.

  3. Really interesting episode, I’ll definitely be checking out Update as well. On another note:

    HOLY SHIT JAYMAN GOT BTFOOOOOO

    I lol’d at that aside.

  4. Lovely visual I like :)

  5. Random Dude on the Internet May 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I have a cousin like this. He’s 27 and the only job he ever held in his life was at a craft brewery for just two short months before leaving for reasons he refuses to get into. He spent six years getting a bachelor’s degree in English. He lives with his parents. He is morbidly obese. His girlfriend lives with him that he met on the internet who is also morbidly obese. He has no job and despite talks of getting one, he never seems to move towards his goal.

    His sister, another cousin of mine is 25 years old, and even though she has been in the higher education system for seven years, she decided that the latest major she chose was “not for her.” Her parents told her to get a job, that they refused to pay for her going to school any further, and she responded by going to the emergency room due to acute stomach pains (likely stress). She is also morbidly obese.

    My aunt and uncle are both financially successful people who coddled their children, leaving them ill equipped to deal with “the real world.” In this respect, Bushie at least can get a job, even if he is bad at keeping one. There are people worse off than Bushie, believe it or not. As a kid I remembered being very jealous at how they got the latest video game consoles, went on annual vacations, and now I’m glad I didn’t.

    I don’t really know a coddled child who doesn’t have a myriad of problems, including holding down a job. Boomer parents raised coddled children. Once the boomer parents die off, there will be a crisis moment with Generation Y where they are now expected to live on their own, hold down a job, etc. This is where things will get interesting. Add in MUH DIVERSITY and America in the 2020s and 2030s may be a powder keg that will explode.

  6. Not bad, but Chris-chan is still more interesting. The CWCki is a timesink into which many an hour can be lost.

  7. I have to point out the hilarious inaccuracy of the characterization of confession in Catholicism. One doesn’t simply pop into a confessional, state one’s sins, say some prayers, and then go on in life. Forgiveness and absolution requires contrition (perfect if possible, although few have developed such a capacity, hence the sacrament of confession), or as Mr. Landry says when discussing a Protestant notion of seeking God’s forgiveness, ‘wrestling with guilt’. It’s called Catholic guilt, not Protestant guilt, for a reason. Unfortunately for Mr. Landry, Bushie’s notion of ‘Jesus loves me, hence forgiveness’ is just as orthodox in the Protestant world as Mr. Landry’s espousal of needing to really deal with one’s sins and beg God’s forgiveness. Catholic confession is much deeper than the silly notion of simply confessing one’s sins to a priest and then walking out in God’s grace, and he does a great disservice to the mountainous theology of Catholic teaching on the subject, which stretches much further back than any sort of Protestant theology on any subject.

    1. But “simply pop into a confessional, state one’s sins, say some prayers, and then go on in life” is how most garden variety Catholics see confession. Certainly it is a deficient view, which as you admit is why perfect contrition is not a requirement of the sacrament. Indeed it fails to capture all the theological nuance, much of which is only poorly accessible to the garden variety Catholic anyway. So it is deficient, but it is better than the alternative: Which is requiring a 100% proper theological understanding of the sacrament in order to validate it. Which is what I fear our modernist overlords have done, thereby driving imperfect penitents away, and shortening confession lines substantially.

      1. Mr. Steves, apologies for not replying directly. It seems I instead posted a separate comment. Please see below for my reply. Pax!

  8. Thank you for the reply, Mr. Steves. I agree that the vast majority of Catholics just pop into the confessional to state their sins, and most have a horrific understanding of the sacrament. This is due primarily to a lack of proper education (the majority of Catholic schools are a joke), and a failure on the part of the clergy to expound on Church teaching. Novus Ordo homilies do not teach or instruct on Christian history, Biblical exegesis, moral theology, or even the most basic precepts of the Church.

    However, I disagree that the Modernists are pushing for a 100% proper theological understanding of the sacrament. It seems to me that they have watered it down significantly, and fail to lay out the most basic prerequisites for receiving the sacrament (i.e. a spirit of contrition and resolve to not recommit the sins they are confessing). The confessional lines are not getting shorter because people believe they are inadequately informed in theological scholarship, but because they simply believe they have no need for it. This truth is evident at the most upper levels of the Vatican, with the current Pontiff making statements bordering heresy and skirting clear orthodox teaching on matters in order to be inclusive. Statements such as ‘who am I to judge’ leave the uninformed Catholic under the belief that they are the authority on spiritual matters.

    Of course, I also believe that this is the case in Protestantism. My family, many of whom were Presbyterian, have found themselves without a church due to the recent decision of their polity to allow homosexual marriage. What a travesty! I had hopes that the Protestants Pope Benedict reached out to bring into the Church would help us return to orthodox roots (a paradox, I know) given the strong, informed faith of many such protestants, but now I find myself in the same boat as my relatives. The Amish are looking better every day.

    1. I guess my whole point was really more that a vast majority of Catholics don’t even pop into the confessional. The confessionals mostly unoccupied and don’t have lines in front of them. A deficient view of confession is certainly a problem, but a failure to see its necessity is far worse.

      1. Amen, sir. Thanks for your thoughts, and best of luck to you!

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