Rule of the Kevins
I knew quite a few of them in my long academic career and gave the type the generic term Kevin.
Kevins were moderately good-looking fellows of an Anglo-German type. The girls thought them attractive in an unthreatening, manageable way. They had an IQ a little above average but would never set the intellectual world on fire. They had no real vocation for or interest in any scholarly subject, but knew how to work themselves smoothly through a minimally acceptable performance for the Ph.D. Their goal was a career of prestige and leisure, unchallenged by any serious problems.
Knowing and prospering in the system, Kevins, like any good Communist, certainly know and know how to spot deviationism to the right. This does not consist of any ideas or beliefs. It is an instinct for preserving the system and knowledge that attitudes to the right are always punished by the mainstream. Kevins are the corporals of the ruling elite. Their self-esteem and their living depends on thinking themselves wiser and more respectable than the personnel of the “deplorables” out of which they have often arisen.
Make a Kevin the mayor of Minneapolis or Seattle, give them a crisis of rioting attributed to a leftist cause, and they are helpless. They can do nothing and have no thoughts except slogans. Seeing that it is expected of them they will kneel to the rioters.
Identifying Kevin does not sufficiently explain all of the ruling establishment’s troops. There are real warriors who with malice aforethought want to destroy society. This is a type of the revolutionary who often appears in history and can be explained as a hater of mankind. Accounting for all the white female SJWs is another question entirely, of deep social significance and not yet fully understood.
7/8/2020 06:36:17 pm
Ok, Karen. I think your influence on history and historiography died when you helped establish the League of the south.
7/8/2020 07:00:16 pm
If only the League of the South had been successful, “Mr. Yankovich,” good men would not have to hear mindless automaton demoniacs like yourself use such disgusting racial slurs. Who hurt you?
7/31/2020 10:39:53 am
Mr. Yankovich has kindly obliged us by providing an example of a Kevin right here in the comments. Thank you, sir!
11/28/2020 03:34:49 pm
The term "Karen" is a racial slur that came into usage after a white woman called the police on a black man in Central Park and the narrative went viral. Mind you, the frenzied mob media reports left out important details in their coverage so the woman lost her job and was wildly and widely excoriated in addition to being cancelled.
7/10/2020 08:51:24 am
Loved the insight!
8/3/2020 03:25:45 pm
This article is pure genius. It makes a powerful point without being too long. I’ve seen the type plenty in my student days and always thought them a certain type and, well, deplorable in the original sense. Until today I just called them “preppy” after the high school students that took all the “college prep” classes simply because it was a head start for their undecided majors in college. I took shop classes in high school and had no interest in college, but I ended up going anyway because of a subject I was interested in. Today I am more sophisticated and educated than they will ever be. (Even in high school I had the standardized test scores they couldn’t touch and I think they knew it based on their behavior toward me.) One thing they know how to do and do quite well is to climb that ladder. I would shudder to think of my daughter falling for one. From now on I will know them as Kevins
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Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews