When the Internet was relatively young, I remember folks telling me that things were going to be different. With the rise of blogging, the rise of conservative talk radio, with the availability of alternative media in the vein of Andrew Breitbart’s vision, things were going to finally be different.
We were going to break the Left’s stranglehold on journalism, academia, entertainment – all of it.
That never happened.
Andrew Breitbart was, in many ways, the strongest of us all when it came to challenging Old Media. He was our Alexander the Great, charging into Persia. And like Alexander, he was taken from us too soon. Some of his proteges remain with us. I am a great fan of Kurt Schlichter, for instance. But with all due respect to them – and my respect is great and genuine – they are not enough.
One of the unforeseen complications was that the Left gained control of social media as well. Facebook and Twitter censors are anything but objective, and their subtle (but pervasive) enforcement of Leftist norms stacks the deck against us. We are gamblers at the casino, and though we may win here and there, the House always wins in the end.
When Rightists create alternative platforms, they are always seen as just that, alternatives. Copies. Not the original. When Rightists create something very original, Leftist mobs show up to tell us how racist it is. Revenue streams are dried up by Leftist activism. Even payment processing can be cancelled underneath them.
Media power has not waned. Though Donald Trump has created a backlash against the media among some Rightists, all too many still believe them. The “smirk” incident blew up on social media, and many Rightists were quick to condemn the smirking kid and support the indian drummer. Eventually, the truth got out – at least to people willing to hear it – yet the damage was already done.
Next time, the media will tar another Rightist with some terrible non-crime, and again, people will leap to condemn the ‘perp’ because the media has declared him guilty by fiat. The Ocasio-Cortez Amnesia Effect (a variant of the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect) is in full effect.
Mainstream Media is still incomparably mighty. If they targeted you, as they did the smirk kid, could you weather the storm without severe consequences?
No. Nobody could. Even Donald Trump, a billionaire and President of the United States, has serious trouble fighting back against them, and if there is any Rightist more powerful than he, at the moment, I am not aware of him.
At any point, you could become the focus of a shitstorm merely by virtue of a journalist taking notice of you. They could travel to your pizza place in the middle of nowhere and make you the focus of a national gay rights scandal. They could threaten to expose you to public ridicule and mobs if you should dare to post a political meme on reddit. Or, you could make a bad joke on Twitter and be subjected to a massive online mob and fired before your plane even lands.
Journalists are Character Assassins. Their job is not to report the news – not anymore (if it was ever this). Rather, since real assassination has become bad form, their new role is to conduct a different variety of assassination on behalf of their Leftist handlers. This craft is not practiced on the margins, or by lone wolves. It is practiced openly, and on a massive scale. Dig deep. You know this is true. We all know journalists exist to destroy people. Now, they may be practiced at cloaking this behavior with honeyed language – you’ll be famous, you’ll get national attention – all that is just an effort to con you into consenting to your own character assassination.
Social media was supposed to be our counter, our grassroots defense against this behavior. For a time it kinda-sorta worked. Dan Rather and his “fake but accurate” hit piece was quickly exposed. The word got out. Rightists were on the offense. The rise of Andrew Breitbart and his cadre of culture warriors was much overdue, but extremely effective. Even today, our victories – rare as they might be – are through this medium.
Nonetheless, the Left has gradually assumed control over social media with such Orwellian ministries as the Twitter Trust and Safety Council. What next? Will Facebook create a Ministry of Truth? With Google semi-openly supporting the Left, our access to this medium is gradually being stripped away.
How does this happen? Every time, the Left gains control over the institutions. Anything not explicitly Right-wing is soon dominated by the Left. Anything explicitly Right-wing is ignored and tarred from the get-go.
This is the one thing the Left has always been excellent at. They are the experts in subversion, in stacking the deck for their side. They are the ultimate cheaters. Put a Leftist in control of, say, an HR department… and soon they only hire Leftists, if they can possibly get away with it. Before long, the organization is entirely Leftist. Jonathan Haidt described this process in certain academic fields.
It is a common Leftist contention that “people of color” are marginalized, pushed to the fringes and “invisibled.” This may have been true pre-1960, but it is true no longer. Today, it is anybody right-of-center who is marginalized. Your skin color does not protect you, as Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell can surely attest. Everything SJWs accuse us of doing, they do… to us.
The unmitigated gall of these people is staggering. They accuse Rightists of “cyber-bullying.” But if anyone is guilty of this, it is the Left (see Justine Sacco’s story). They accuse us of violence, but it is Antifa who roams the streets with the implicit promise of violence should you dare to disagree. Some would think this is projection, but it is something much worse. Projection happens when you don’t want to believe a truth about yourself, so you project it onto another.
Progs know full well what they are doing, and they like it. Kurt Schlichter is fond of saying that these people hate you and want you dead. Generally speaking, he’s not wrong.
There is a relationship here. Political masters command the media, which in turn drives what is permissible on social media, which in turn mobilizes the Leftist masses against targets selected for character assassination.
They are also expert in defanging Rightists and preventing them from coming to the aid of their compatriots, using guilt trips, misinformation, and peer pressure.
They are not reporters of the news. They are Character Assassins. That is their real job. Everything else is a smokescreen.
I don’t know how we fix this at any kind of meta level, but I do know where to start: do not listen to them. They are liars. They are assassins. Trump is right when he calls them the enemy. We’ve long known this about them, but few speak it openly. Thus it may be Trump’s most important observation.
Francis posted a series of links yesterday (give it at least a quick glance – the titles alone will give you the gist) and suggested that they were thematically unified. This theme is apparent to anyone with eyes to see, yet when I’ve challenged Leftists on events like these in the past, they always have a rationale for why what we all see is not true.
When Donald Trump exclaimed that his choice of fast food for the Clemson team was good American food, Paul Krugman replied with a snarky tweet saying that Burger King was owned by a Brazilian company. This received thousands of likes and retweets from Leftists who, presumably, felt that Krugman had just demonstrated how stupid Trump was.
Yet, Burger King is American food. There is nothing more American than the hamburger, especially in fast food form. When you track the ownership, Burger King’s parent company RGI is 51% owned by 3G Capital, an international investment company with two headquarters, one in Brazil, and the other in New York. Krugman thinks this somehow alters the character of the food. So, since this investment company operates partly out of Brazil, does Paul Krugman think Burger King counts as Brazilian food, then? Clearly not. It’s a lie designed to score points.
The rationalization of Krugman’s statement is a way to deny the fundamental truth. Leftists are experts at this tactic. They deny the fundamental characteristics of a thing, and embrace the ephemeral in an effort to bend political realities their way.
Trump was right, Krugman was being a pathetic stooge. A 3 year old could detect the difference.
Getting back to the list Francis provided for us, each is part of a greater whole: a sort of declaration “actually, what you see and hear isn’t true, you should believe what we say instead” espoused by the Left.
The home invader is an “unwanted house visitor.” Give me a break. This redefinition has to stop. It continues because we permit it to continue. “We” being people on the Right, often enough. We assume good motives, because we ourselves possess them, often enough. This is a mistake. The other day, I spoke of an example wherein a Leftist tried to equate the probability of political violence to that of a meteor that causes a mass extinction event.
This isn’t just being slippery with your definitions, it is being brazenly dishonest, or more charitably, incredibly idiotic.
Burger King Hamburgers aren’t American, Krugman claims, because Burger King is, through a couple levels of corporate layering, partly owned by a company that’s half-based out of another country? Lolwut?
You can’t make this stuff up.
Francis’s list encompasses some of the more ridiculous examples of this behavior, but understand this: Leftists are constantly doing this. Many times they are being more obtuse and less obvious about it. Still, it’s going on.
Michael Crichton’s Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect operates similarly. Pick a subject you are expert in (it could be anything), that you know from head-to-toe. Read news articles and watch television broadcasts about this subject. Note how utterly wrong and off-base the media is. Yet, knowing this, many still believe the media when they bloviate about something else.
A similar effect exists for this Leftist propensity of redefining things to suit their argument. And yet, the next time you encounter one, you treat him as if he’s sincere? Bad idea, folks.
I’m thinking maybe we could name this the Ocasio-Cortez Amnesia Effect. Same concept. Different group of dishonest Leftists.
If you debate Leftists, carefully examine their premises. Look at their definitions, what they consider to be the essence of a thing. Odds are, you’re going to find some redefinition going on. Once, a Leftist tried to tell me that the Confederacy was just as bad as the Third Reich, because both tried to genocide an entire race. This was news to me. Don’t sign me up for the Confederate race relations fan club, certainly. Yet they did not genocide blacks. Our intrepid Leftist began a long string of legal rambling, starting with some UN boilerplate, to suggest that genocide and slavery are really the same things.
Like Krugman, he was saying that Burger King is really a Brazilian restaurant.
This concept ties into Artificial Intelligence efforts, which have yet to deal with a very specific problem. Software may be written that is very dynamic, that can learn. You can show the software, for instance, 5,000 pictures of deciduous trees, and eventually it learns (to a reasonable level of accuracy) that which is probably a tree. But then you show it a coniferous tree, and it will not recognize it as also being a tree. Now you must show thousands of additional pictures, and tell it these are all trees. Yet, show a toddler who can barely talk a picture of one tree, and he can usually make the intellectual leap. He grasps quickly the essence of what tree is.
The AI lacks the ability to extrapolate the essence of a thing. It’s a serious challenge in software development. Leftists pretend to lack this ability in order to score points. They want you to show them 5,000 Burger King hamburgers before admitting that this is fundamentally an American food. So I am withdrawing even the charity of suggesting they are stupid. They aren’t. Toddlers can do this, and they can’t? Give me a break. They know full well what they are doing. They are pretending to the stupidity if called out on their lies.
Remember the Ocasio-Cortez Amnesia Effect. Really, I should have called it the Paul Krugman Burger Effect, but it doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it? Anyway, she does it too. They all do it.
No, this isn’t a post about the Sweet Meteor of Death, though sometimes I wonder if that’d really be so bad. No. This is a post about an idiotic argument with a Leftist that was so retarded I couldn’t resist quoting it here. Let’s go through it, shall we?
I explained to a Leftist that, should the Left gain power again, they will surely desire revenge on the Right. They will want to punish us. And that some number of them want us dead. To this, I received a very bizarre response:
Telling me that “it could happen” is not evidence that something WILL happen. We could all die tomorrow. That could happen. But something tells me you still won’t spend all your money today.
I replied with: “Poor analogy. I have historical evidence to tell me that this scenario is at least as likely as not. You have no likely historical scenario that all human life will be extinguished tomorrow.”
I listed a series of revenge revolutions gone wrong, starting with the obvious French Revolution.
I do have historical info that all human life can go tomorrow. It happened to the dinosaurs.
I replied: “The likelihood of humans butchering one another over political differences is hugely more likely than a meteor wiping out all life tomorrow. If you can’t see that, you’re a moron.”
Instead of calling me a name, why don’t you give me evidence supporting this contention, other than you just saying it?
See where this is going yet? The guy cannot even admit that his comparison of two probabilities is off by many orders of magnitude. Leftist do this kind of thing all the time, they make utterly bogus and bullshit comparisons thinking they can skate on the hyperbole. It’s like when another explained to me that slavery and genocide were the same thing, and so the slavery of blacks in America was really genocide. It’s flimsy rhetoric based on moving definitions, designed to stir up outrage more than it is to make a factual point.
My reply: “When was the last time humans butchered each other over political differences? Probably fucking yesterday. Hell, probably as we were typing this. When was the last time a meteor caused a major extinction event? Now math that shit and get back to me. Humans killing each other over politics. More likely than a meteor wiping out all life tomorrow… yes or no? If you don’t answer this one right, we’re done.”
Who knows? You certainly don’t but you act like you do.
My final reply, because I am true to my word and was done with him as this point, was meant more for the spectators to this debacle. But it contains a core truth:
You know, I appreciate this conversation. I really do. Sometimes I wake up into this damn-fool world, surrounded by Marxist claptrap, and think I’m losing my fucking mind. I evaluate the possibility that I am wrong, and that motherfucker was right.
Then somebody explains to me that meteors wiping out all life is roundabout as likely as humans killing each other over political bullshit and realize.. yeah… the other side just can’t fucking math.
I appreciate that more than you know.
Is this guy that retarded, or is he evil, knowing full well what he is doing? I don’t know, nor do I particularly care. It is comforting to see just how wrong they are, however. This is beyond category error and straight into utter lunacy. I am prone to questioning everything I know near-constantly. It is a curse, at times. And so when the Left exposes just how wrong they are, it is a great comfort to me.
I may be wrong about a great many things in life. But I’ll never equate the probability of political violence to a meteor wiping out all human life tomorrow. And that’s something to hang your hat on, at least.
Tom Kratman came up with this amusing piece in the comments of Horatius Moons the Left. I have posted it openly with his permission.
It’s definitely worth a chuckle or twenty.
Donaldus Moons the Left
San Fran Nan, up upon the hill,
By the nine judges swore
That border walls and ID’d votes
Would be discussed no more
By the nine judges swore it,
And named a voting day
And sent out deep dark threats and bribes
To Left Coast dens and Northeast hives
To bring impeachment day.
East and west and south and north
The promises flew fast
Along with warnings dire,
If “evil Trump” should last,
No funding help for Democrats
Who do not vote Trump out
When San Fran Nan of blowjob land
Is hunting for his scalp.
Then tweeted bold Donaldus,
The president of late,
“I am the peoples’ choice in this –
To dems an awful fate.
And how can pol serve better,
Than fighting for his cause,
For the welfare of his own good folk
Ahead of foreigners?”
“Come bring it on, O San Fran Nan,
For every vote you get
In the corrupt House now will mean
A half a million more for me
When we run in twenty-twenty.
And speaking of the House, my dear,
You ugly twat who needs botox
Should scrub my floors and darn my socks.
The gavel you hold tight in claw
Already reeks of vaginal
Secretions, yeast, and clap because,
You use it for a dildo.”
Then stood Donaldus boldly,
And turned himself about
Then dropped his drawers and bared his ass
And bent himself while farting fast.
The Democrats began to pass
Out, falling down with gags and gasps
While Donald laughed and tweeted out
“You fucking lot of pansies!”
Yesterday, I was talking with Tom Kratman about various things, and he recommended I read Horatius At the Bridge. Halfway through, I realized I had read it before many moons ago. It was when this quote came up that I remembered:
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods
Indeed. And it got me thinking. Horatius denied the enemy easy access to Rome with only himself and two companions. All that it took was a measure of courage and the willingness to go all the way – unto death, if necessary – to achieve his goals.
The political Left is fond of applying immense peer pressure upon its various targets. The media will hound you, the mobs will accost you in the street, people will disown you on social media, or dump piss on your face in public. People will call your place of work to get you fired. A personal friend of mine suffered this treatment after he was attacked by three Lefties while on vacation in Washington DC, wearing his Trump hat. People were blowing up his phone making fun of him, threatening him, and otherwise making nuisances of themselves.
But in a sense, they were paper tigers. My friend laughed it off, won his case in court, and walked away a free man. Somehow, all the great peer pressure applied by the Left rolled off him. Tom Kratman likewise gives no shits how the Left perceives him. They are, in essence, much like Horatius’s companions on the bridge, stalwart and ready to fight to the end, should it prove necessary.
Trump, on the other hand, is in many ways like Horatius himself. That is to say, if Horatius had bent over and mooned his enemies while flipping them the bird and screaming “neener-neener you can’t catch me!”
This is why, despite Trump’s flaws (which are legion), I have a healthy respect for him. The sheer balls required to do this would require a wheelbarrow to move. He doesn’t just stand, stalwart and unconcerned with the enemy’s vast numbers and resources, he deliberately provokes them.
We might debate the wisdom of this. Perhaps baiting the tiger is not the best course of action. If the tiger is made of paper, though, Trump’s actions expose them. And if not, well then… at least we know something of the enemy’s constitution. Wise or foolish, Trump’s actions are necessary.
Likewise, I was reminded of a video in which Lefty animal-rights protesters stood in front of the entrance to a meat packing plant. A big rig was turning, and its driver didn’t even bother to stop. He just kept going, and the Lefties scattered like roaches, screaming and crying that their tactic had failed.
Unlike Horatius, they were not willing to go all the way. They weren’t willing to die for their cause, and perhaps the truck driver knew this. Or, maybe like Tom Kratman and my friend, he simply did not care. He was in the right, they were in the wrong, and there really wasn’t anything else to do. If you concede to evil, you enable evil. Either way, they pretended to be Horatius at the bridge, but failed their test. Either they were cowards, or did not believe in their cause sufficiently to risk death for it. Most likely, both conditions were true for them.
In this day and age, many of us (myself included, at one point) are inclined to give in to peer pressure, or at least bow to what we perceive to be the superior social and cultural power wielded by the Left. The solution is simple. Be the truck driver and scatter the roaches, or maybe run them over, depending on how it all plays out. Sometimes this is as easy as saying “no” to them.
Them: “Give up your guns or we will call you a Nazi!”
You: “Come and take them.”
Somehow, peer pressure has become more terrifying for many than physical conflict is, even. I don’t know precisely why this is, but it is observably true – and also kind of silly, if you think about it. But Molon Labe isn’t just a catchphrase. Believe in it.
In any event, stand stalwart on the bridge and say “no, you move” like Captain America said before the SJWs turned him into the enemy. Or, if you have testicles the size of a semi-truck, bend over, moon the media, and yell “come and get me, assholes” like Donald Trump has done – though be prepared for hordes of angry mobs to descend upon you if you do this. That’s not just braving the bees to kill the nest, that’s deliberately waving your dick at it and stirring the nest around a bit.
Even if you lose, and let’s face it, losing is likely in such a scenario, your example inspires resistance and courage in others. Such examples inspired me, and many others besides. And you may be surprised. The enemy may flee as readily as they scattered in the face of the big rig. Sometimes, when tested, the seemingly-strong reveal their weakness. Other times, the seemingly-weak reveal their strength. The great test for all of us is coming soon, though. If they come for me, I will stand and make them fight for every inch of ground. Courage can be infectious, just as cowardice can also be. And if enough stand at the bridge, no one can overwhelm them.
Mooning not necessarily required (but hilarious, even so).