I have a lot of respect for this man. Sad to see him leave.
He’s not the only one, though. The shadowbanning that began recently has come to include my own ecosystem. My Twitter traffic has slowed to a crawl. Certainly, my own feed has started to look rather bare, as most of the people I follow are on the wrong side of the political correctness debate. I didn’t see Daddy Warpig’s tweets for weeks before this announcement was made. They have effectively destroyed the #GamerGate groups and a good portion of the Conservative and Libertarian networks on Twitter.
I may leave soon, also. There’s little point in Tweeting to the empty air.
SJWs don’t have a clue what they’ve actually done, however. Twitter’s core draw was that it was a place where vitriol and “hate speech” could be freely exchanged. Insults drove it and nourished it. You could tell Kim Kardashian that she had the IQ of a toilet seat in Tijuana, and there was a good chance it would actually reach her. Opposing sides in ideological conflicts created chains so long and obnoxious that people would actually asked to be removed from tagging. That doesn’t even happen on most bulletin boards.
Without that traffic, Twitter will wither and die. SJWs only succeeded in destroying the platform. This is what they do. They go into an organization, a platform, whatever… and they deconstruct it. They dig under the foundations until whatever it is collapses. They can only destroy, they cannot create. The SFWA (and the Hugos) was rendered into an impotent echo chamber (see: Tumblr) by them. They have destroyed numerous OSS projects. They ruin science. And, now, they have destroyed Twitter. Like MySpace, it will soon vanish into the ether.
But meanwhile, I have followed Daddy Warpig’s blog. And my blog continues to exist, and that of many others I conversed and interacted with on Twitter.
And these blogs belong to us. There is nothing to deconstruct, SJWs. They are invulnerable. You have forced us to move from a position that was hard to defend, to one that is completely independent of your control, and then you nuked your own position. Congratulations.
My previous post on the limitations of Libertarianism, and its failings before the Progressive enemy, ruffled a few feathers and stirred up some further discussion. Contrary to the paladins of Social Justice, I find that disagreement on such matters is evidence that the subject is important enough to merit further investigation (SJWs, naturally, prefer to shut down such discussions).
Let us begin with Jordan:
Libertarians don’t believe that government is the sole enemy of freedom. You’ve setup quite the strawman there. There are all sorts of libertarians out there and you’ve basically described a loud leftist minority.
No such strawman exists, but I readily concede how it appears that way. The point I am attempting to make, and which I have evidently failed to articulate sufficiently, is that Libertarians have a marked tendency to tolerate those who do not, in turn, tolerate them. A common theme in the #GamerGate movement, which has attracted a number of Libertarians, is that SJWs have gone too far, by demanding things like the censorship of games, the implementation of hate speech codes/laws, lying repeatedly about gamers themselves, committing fraud and other such ethics violations, etc…
In other words, if SJWs would stop being dicks, for lack of a better way to put it, many Libertarians would consider the battle sufficiently won and return to playing their games. Libertarians are thus fighting in the pursuit of tolerance. This makes them vulnerable to subversion, which is precisely how SJWs obtained power to begin with. Already, with CultOfVivian’s attacks on TheRalph, one can see the beginnings of SJW infiltration into GamerGate itself.
CultOfVivian is a great example, because she has repeatedly stated that she observes the dictates of Political Correctness, is concerned on matters of racism-sexism-homophobia, etc… She agrees with the SJWs on all ideological points. It is only their implementation which bothers her. She would prefer a less obnoxious, less obvious means of ideological subversion. Yet, for the longest time, Libertarian GamerGaters supported her. She didn’t argue for official enforcement of the Trifecta (racism-sexism-homophobia), and thus Libertarians were fooled by her.
Fundamentally, I share many of the core principles of Libertarianism. But where something clearly does not work, it must be discarded and replaced with something that does work. The test is practical application. The Left has exploited the natural tolerance of Libertarians for their own socio-political ends.
Now, it’s important to note that Libertarians are not the only ones who have failed. Conservatives, likewise, have failed to stem the Progressive tide. They have been in retreat for decades, perhaps centuries. They have failed to stand up to the Left at all. Libertarians have at least done that in some smaller scale actions. GamerGate successfully rolled back a lot of smaller scale ethical corruption in their own industry. But compare to the wider Culture Wars:
Libertarians are able to successfully fight “The Man” in certain areas. In particular, they have done well on organizing resistance to government censorship, and have established bona fides in resisting some forms of corporate corruption, also, especially where such ties into government. They know how to fight official organizations.
But SJWs are more like mobs. Or, perhaps, chameleons. They infiltrate organizations from within, including Libertarianism itself. There is no “The Man” for Libertarians to fight. The Libertarian’s live and let live philosophy makes such infiltration and subversion easy. They will win a small victory against the Left, at which point the Left’s ire is raised and either the mob of Social Justice will come for you, mobilizing the political establishment against you, or individual SJWs will attempt to ruin your group from within.
A simple analogy would be that Libertarians are perfectly willing to fight a defensive action, but find the notion of offensive action unpalatable.
If the Conservatives are too wimpy to fight (somebody might call them mean names), and the Libertarians easily infiltrated and subverted, how then are we to win the Culture Wars?
Tough call. That’s what I’m trying to figure out. In any event, the core principles of Libertarianism are something I still hold dear. But there’s a point at which you have to realize that a good portion of the populace doesn’t just disagree with you, they want to destroy you. They want to bankrupt you, take away your livelihood, threaten you, ruin your life, or even take your life, should they find the power to do so. They are your enemies. Tolerating them in the name of live and let live won’t work. You may very well have to destroy them back.
Francis over at Bastion of Liberty sent a great link in reply, one which my readers would be well-advised to peruse. The money quote is below:
I hope to see a continuing refinement of libertarian-conservative or “fusionist” thought. I do what I can to advance it. Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, and others of greater stature than myself are also working on it, from their particular perspectives. It is the most important effort under way in political thought. Unless it succeeds, and allows us to build a single front — united on critical matters and tolerant of divergence on lesser ones — with which to oppose the statism and special-interest-propelled panderings of the Left, freedom in America is doomed. Libertarians will have to face an accelerating loss of the freedoms they cherish. Conservatives will have to face the ongoing reduction of their bastions, as the power hungry, ideologically propelled forces of the Left eat into their numbers via the schools, the media, and the awful power of their patented divide-to-seduce technique.
The answer may well be in some form of Conservative-Libertarian fusion. Libertarians have the backbone that, evidently, Conservatives are lacking. And Conservatives can consider the breaches of absolute freedom that may be necessary to preserve the remainder of it from Leftist destruction, something Libertarians have some difficulty with. The combination could result in a movement which, as Francis describes, is united on important matters and tolerant of divergence on more minor matters.
The beginnings of such a movement have already begun, with the televised collapse of the Republican establishment on Prime Time, a necessary prerequisite to building something stronger in its place.
An answer must be found to the Progressive weapon of ideological subversion and deconstruction which has continually been employed against us since at least before World War I. Vox Day, TheRalph, and others have had some success with employing such techniques against Leftists themselves. Trump has more or less hinged his entire candidacy on this.
But that brings up something I read in one of Tom Kratman’s books, not long ago. When you fight an enemy long enough, there is a tendency to become an awful lot like him. I’m not sure that’s the angle to go for, either.
Some folks, even a few on the Right, think I exaggerate the extent of media bias. The thought is that most media bias is a result of unintentional personal bias. In other words, there are more Lefties in media, so their reporting takes a subconscious Left-wing slant.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s that simple. While I am similarly skeptical of the conspiracy theorists’ idea of some dark room filled with stale cigar smoke, where cloaked figures set their plans in motion, I do suspect that the media colludes actively with one another to set narratives.
When #GamerGate began, there was the GameJournoPro list that was revealed to the world, where Progressive SJW journalists colluded to write the “Gamers are Dead” narrative against the burgeoning consumer revolt. It’s hard not to suspect more of this type of thing when the shooting of thug and thief Michael Brown is deemed far more newsworthy for the nation than this story:
Moments before an elderly man was killed and his wife beaten, the 19-year-old accused killer asked his parents for permission to go for a walk. When he came home he had blood on his clothes. Now police are trying to figure out why a teen who has never been in trouble with the law could be accused of such a horrible crime.
In a desperate plea for help, 94-year old Harriet Anderson called 9-1-1 after she and her husband were attacked in their home here on East 46th Street Wednesday evening. “Somebody got in the house and attacked me and my husband and I’m all bloody. And I’m an old woman,” Mrs. Anderson told the dispatcher. “And I’m on the floor and my husband’s been hit in the head.”
But help would come too late. Anderson’s husband, 97-year-old Rupert Anderson died after the attack. Minutes after police arrived, 19-year-old suspected killer Ngor Makuey walked past the police car of one of the responding officers with blood on his sweatshirt. The police car’s dash camera caught a shot of Makuey. It was shown to neighbors and he was arrested.
The parents, of course, insist that their son is a “good boy” and would never do something like that. The fact that he was covered in blood and the police video identified the man is, of course, all fabrication by the racist establishment. Or something.
Anyway, the murder of a 97 year-old veteran is, of course, less important than the fact that Black Lives Matter… even after they just got done robbing a convenience store. Narrative uber alles.
If you read any of my posts to completion, if you suffer through any of my writings, as long-winded as they may be, let it be this one. This is a matter that has weighed heavily on my mind for years. It’s like a secret you can only whisper in hushed circles, an issue you must dance around in public, and I could not summon the courage to say it until now.
For me, life is a game of connections, finding the links between disparate events, times, and places, and reconciling them together into a broader picture. That’s why I started writing here, to link together the pieces of evidence behind the Decline of the West.
Is this the end game?
Reading another post by Francis over at Bastion of Liberty turned into something of a depressing exercise. I will repost the video here. At first, I did not want to discuss it, because there are hints within it that border on Fascism, an ideology as unfriendly to the Libertarian-minded folks like myself as you can get. At the same time, much of my own research has supported the statements contained in this video. These things are happening. Make of them what you will.
I don’t know what that means, except that the future doesn’t look bright anymore:
The Slow Collapse
When I was young, my Armenian grandfather, who was already quite old, would lay back in his recliner and watch Headline News. He was looking for something, I think, a sign that what had happened to his own family in Armenia decades before was happening again. In some ways it is merciful that he passed before the thing came to fruition. But he would often caution me about Islam, and the weakness of the West, that someday we would fail to stand up to evil.
He was always proud to be American, and he worked harder than I ever have in his life, to provide for his family and build a life for himself. He put his brother through college to become a doctor, took care of his mother, raised a family, and spent nearly 50 years working at the China Lake Naval Weapons facility. He never took a sick day or a vacation day if he could possibly avoid it, and when he retired, he had saved up over two years of time. He was well into his 70s, by then. I try to make him proud, now, but I know I don’t have one tenth of the work ethic and drive that he did. Still, I try.
Where is that mindset in the migrants coming to Europe today? “Money money money” one migrant tells us. They are listening to music on their phones, and tossing out food because it isn’t “good enough.” They riot and loot because Germany is not giving them enough. I don’t even know what it is they propose to do.
While some of the illegals here in America lurk around Home Depots looking for actual work, others prefer to enter the drug trade. All of them expect free this, and free that. Students march for free college, insulting the sacrifice my own grandfather made to put his brother through medical school. Families are broken now, and people are distant from one another.
I come from a broken family, two brutal divorces and enough family drama to sink the Titanic. I know very few people outside of my wife’s family that managed to stay together anymore. Westerners are weak, damaged, and focused on all the wrong things. Indeed, their sense of kinship is precisely reversed. Watch the video and see Germans cheering their own destruction, Swedes telling the migrants that the country is “theirs now.” It’s not Sweden, it’s Syria. Or Somalia. Or whatever.
There was an interesting study done awhile ago, called “Kill Whitey.” It was an intellectual exercise wherein people of varying ethnic and political backgrounds were asked to sacrifice one person to save many. Most ethnic groups chose their own ethnicity over that of another. I.e. they would rather sacrifice someone of a different background than their own. But Whites were divided. Conservatives adhered to the same maxim, but Liberals were precisely reversed.
They would choose to Kill Whitey over any other ethnicity. I.e. every group acted as you’d expect except White liberals. Leftists would say that this is proof of Conservative racism, and they might even be technically correct.
But then they would have to admit that their cherished minorities are also racist, something I suspect they would be unwilling to do.
On my Twitter feed this morning, I saw this little gem:
The photo on the left looks a lot life Tarpon Springs, an area near where I live. The picture on the right… well, obviously not. Leftists would have you believe Rhodesia was built upon the backs of impoverished Africans, quasi-slaves, really.
If that were true, I submit that Zimbabwe would look a lot better than it does today. Freed of the oppressive rule of Whites, Africa should have rebounded upward like a beach ball held underneath the water by a fat man, suddenly released.
So what is really going on here? Is race the real problem? Is even considering that prima facie evidence of Nazi-like racism? Let’s dig a little deeper here.
Some months ago, I was talking with a fellow Libertarian-minded individual whom I will call John. Obviously that’s not his real name, but still. John and I were coworkers for some years, and I always thought he had a unique insight into things of an intellectual nature.
He explained to me once that success, as we understand it, is a flawed concept. Humans of different belief systems, races, creeds, religions, etc… do not all want the same things, or prioritize the same metrics for success.
John compared Thomas Sowell, the famous Conservative-Libertarian economist, with Snoop Dawg. Mr. Sowell, he said, made it in the White man’s world (The Western world), did a great job of it, and was well respected by most Conservative Whites. In essence, he claimed, Mr. Sowell appealed to White Americans and White American culture.
It’s worth mentioning that I have more respect for this man than almost any White guy alive today. Not only is he one of the economic greats, the heir to the Chicago and Austrian schools, but he did this by going against the prevailing cultural winds. God, if only the Black students of Mizzou could look up to this man instead of some race-baiting scum. I wish it were so.
Snoop Dawg, he claimed, was similarly successful and well known, perhaps even more so, but utilized the cultural norms of the Black community. He appealed to Black Americans and Black American culture, and did so in spectacular fashion. Snoop didn’t want to be respected for his intellect or his contributions to the future, he wanted to be rich, famous, and have lots of people worshiping him.
But, John explained, this was a conscious decision on the part of Mr. Sowell, and Snoop, as to which culture they would embrace. In America we have the luxury, John explained, to choose which culture(s) we will embrace because the dominant culture was more friendly to others. In Africa, with the Whites a tiny minority, and, in any event, constantly in retreat from previous dominance, leaders there were keen enough to embrace what they saw as Black culture, over the European White culture.
Mugabe, in essence, was a “reactionary” deliberately distancing himself from what he saw as a weak, failing culture. He embraced what he saw as a successful, powerful culture. Why embrace the values of White Europeans who had just lost? His decision to commit genocide against White farmers has a certain rationality to it when viewed this way.
John explained that comfort, financial security, even the elimination of hunger were largely European cultural fixtures. They were not necessarily universals. Of course, any human would prefer to be satisfied as opposed to starving, but some might prefer power over others to physical comfort. Some would rather live in a shithole if that meant they could tell other people what to do.
Offering those men a position in a cubicle farm would, in their minds, be a demotion from getting to be the genocidal warlord of a dump.
Better to rule in Hell, as Mugabe has done, than serve in Heaven, in other words.
Plant Snoop Dawg in Zimbabwe, and he’d do okay for himself. Plant Thomas Sowell there, and they would rip him to pieces. This despite the fact that Thomas Sowell is the more intelligent, rational man, overall.
I don’t know what to make of John’s theory, and in any event, it was a discussion that involved more than a few beers, but the memory stuck with me. Meanwhile, Black students are self-segregating, creating White-free zones, so as to “decolonize” their experiences. Gangsta rap would have horrified previous Black American generations, but is considered the norm now, and offers in fantasy what is reality in Africa: killing of cops, gaining of money, power, and fame, and to hell with everything else. Western culture is in retreat in Western countries themselves.
Western European culture has been in retreat for a long time. It’s been leaving places since long before I was born. Even as technology rapidly expanded, Western culture has been slowly vanishing. First, it disappeared from the distant, loosely ruled colonies. Even that was in stages.
In the first stage, the ruling colonial government was expelled, like in Rhodesia, South Africa, and most South American countries (even in America herself). But, former colonials remained in power for a time. Ian Smith kept a hold of Rhodesia for awhile, the South African apartheid regime stuck around, and in South America, the casta system persisted awhile, with Castizos and Criollos maintaining dominance in the government. Don’t mistake me here, I’m not saying I support those regimes, but nonetheless, the process by which Western culture was expelled from these areas began this way.
Note that even the Marxists generally agree on this count.
After awhile, though, the levers of power fell onto those with little to no European affiliation or loyalty. In some countries, like some of the South American nations, most of the Anglosphere, and otherwise, it seemed to stop here. In Africa and the Middle East, on the other hand, it did not.
The next stage, of course, was dictatorship. And, finally, the extirpation of any remnant of European Western culture. Assad can be viewed as a post-European dictator. His replacement, should he fall, is likely to be of a completely Islamic and religious character. In this view Assad is actually mildly preferable to ISIS.
Now, if this process happened only in the distant areas where Europeans never really achieved a high percentage of the population, I’m not sure it would bother me any. Africa for the Africans is not necessarily something I disagree with.
But, and here’s the important part: this process has now taken root inside Western nations themselves.
I read something on Twitter surrounding this #MizzouHungerStrike thing that I commented on earlier. They wanted to decolonize the university spaces. Now, at first, this sounds like typical Progressive claptrap, but I looked this up. It’s actually a thing.
And in the context of what I’ve written above, it makes a certain kind of bizarre sense. These people view any expression of Western culture as colonial. The word is a stand-in for European, or White, or Western, or whatever.
And it’s not just happening in countries with colonial Western roots, like our own. It’s happening inside Europe itself.
Now, like that Wired article I referenced earlier, the Kill Whitey experiment, Leftists sympathize more with the migrants than their own neighbors. It would make sense, then, that they deliberately work to destroy their own countries and cultures in order to welcome in the newcomers.
They want a Mugabe to come in and push them over the railing in front of the bus because that, in their mind, will save all the downtrodden people.
What they fail to understand is that, like Snoop Dawg, these are individuals who have a different metric for what success means. Success doesn’t mean integrating, or living in a multi-cultural salad bowl. It doesn’t mean a healthy GDP, or scientific and cultural contributions. Success means conquest.
Unfortunately, that’s all too likely to happen now. Watch that video again and see if you see what I saw. Yes, it’s all true. But consider the tone of the video. The subtle references to Jews, as if to say “somebody did this to you.” There are only a couple, and they are short, but there it is, the tiniest beginnings of what happened to Europe time and time again in history: the roots of genocide.
People on the Right have been warning the Leftists of this for decades now. Even Vox has noted that things are starting to spiral out of control, and somebody is going to wind up strung up on a lamppost for it. These are not Right wing people, largely. The Golden Dawn in Greece is fundamentally Left-wing, but it is also nationalist. That seems like a contradiction, but in the bizarre political situation we find ourselves in, it’s not. Some Leftists are waking up to the invasion, but, critically, are NOT abandoning their otherwise totalitarian, Left-wing sympathies.
And they don’t like Muslims very much.
Tom Kratman warned us about this in his book The Caliphate, that Europe is going to be presented with a choice eventually: cultural and racial suicide, or jackboots. He wasn’t sure which one would be chosen, ultimately, but the choice would have to be made eventually.
The warnings of the Right-wing on immigration, Islam and otherwise were made to prevent the necessity of making that choice. We didn’t want things to come to this.
Europe is getting to choose between something Nazi-like and Islam. Native Evil vs. Imported Evil. I understand why Native Evil would be preferable to them. But ye gods what a shit sandwich.
Now I know why my grandfather sat there watching the news all day. He knew it was coming 30 years ago. After all, it had already come for our family in Armenia.
This is how genocide starts, people. This is how World Wars are made.
We told you this was going to happen and you didn’t listen!
Tad Williams will have real Nazis to contend with soon enough. No, not George Bush, or me, or the Sad Puppies, or Gamergaters, or any number of other people he finds unpleasant and wants to tar with the fascism brush. He will have Real. Fucking. Nazis.
And it’s sorry excuses for human beings like himself that made this possible. Thanks, progressives, for bring the planet another episode of war and genocide. Brought to you by Marxists everywhere.
Meanwhile, all of us liberty-minded folks who just wanted to be left alone are left holding the bag in this shitstorm.
Is Donald Trump a President Buckman, as Tom Kratman described? Maybe. But what’s left, now? Aside from Ted Cruz, everyone else has decided to just give up on even having a border in this country.
Maybe the people calling him a Fascist are right. Maybe. But what’s left, now? Jeb Bush? John Kasich? Don’t make me laugh. I like Rand Paul and Ben Carson personally, and think they are good people, but do they have the balls to do what needs to be done? I doubt it.
And then you have Bernie Sanders on the other side, an actual Socialist, and Hillary Clinton who is as corrupt as they come.
The shit sandwich has come to America too. What do you want? A further deterioration of Western culture in America, or jackboots? National suicide or tyranny?
Where to go from here
I’ll answer this in one phrase: I have no fucking idea.
In Armenia, under Ottoman rule, my family had a choice to get on that boat and come to America. European-Africans left Rhodesia, and are now leaving South Africa, too. They vanished from previous colonial enclaves, and have turned over their territories.
There is nowhere left to go.
I just had an exchange with one Leftist on Twitter. Take a look for yourself:
Now, this guy was so ridiculous I suspect he might be a troll. I checked out his Twitter account and he seemed legit, but I don’t trust anything on the Internet anymore. Nonetheless, every one of his talking points I have seen elsewhere on the Twitterverse. His idea for decolonization is to exile Whites to Russia. Europe is for the Syrians (Whites might be allowed to stay if they submit). The rest of the world is off limits to Whites. Note, this man claims to be Black, as far as I can tell.
This is another episode in my long running Twitter series: Who said that, SJW or Stormfronter? Here’s another quote from today’s lineup: “It’s dangerous to them when [blank] people realize their collective power!” In fact, take any SJW statement and remove the ethnicities referenced. You cannot distinguish them from Nazis or other genocidal maniacs. Because they are genocidal maniacs. Except that, as the Kill Whitey study revealed, the White Progressives want to commit genocide against themselves. It is, in their view, the ultimate payment for the sins of their ancestors. Of course, they don’t articulate it quite that way. They rationalize it, make excuses for it, etc… but pretty much everything they hate can be substituted with “Western culture,” “European,” or “White.”
When I started my Who said that, SJW or Stormfronter? series, I didn’t mean for it to become almost literal.
We’re rapidly heading to a point where the choice will literally be SJW or Stormfronter. Anti-White Fascism or Pro-White Fascism. I told Francis over at his place that this worried me. But it’s more than that.
I mourn the death of the ideals of our once-great Republic. Freedom, responsibility, independence and self-reliance. Sarah Hoyt’s books reference the half-mystical Usaian or USA-ian. That’s me. I bleed red white and blue. I want to go back to the way things were, and in that I guess I’m finally embracing myself as a Conservative. I don’t want to choose between Fascist A and Fascist B.
And I’m so tired of being called a Fascist because I don’t want to choose.
I feel like what a Roman citizen must have felt like, on the day that Augustus took office as the First Citizen of Rome. Everything we fought for is gone. Our grand experiment is over, and war is coming. Liberty probably won’t survive it, and it’s questionable if Western Civilization will make it at all.
I don’t know what that means for me in the future. I won’t put on the jackboots. I can’t. It’s anathema to me. But neither, my friends, can I sit here and watch the Left enslave us and kill our culture.
I guess that means I’ll have no shortage of enemies when the fighting starts. But, I’m a Usaian, and we are no strangers to hopeless causes.
I’ve spoken multiple times about the correlation between Islamic immigration and rapes. This subject fascinates me because it is a clear cut example of Progressive doublethink. Fraternities are condemned without evidence, and when the claims made against them are later revealed to be bogus. Due process suffers on college campuses. The possibility of false rape allegations is frequently dismissed in the service of the false statistic that 1 in 5 women are raped.
Yet the very obvious correlation between Islam and abuse of women is completely ignored.
Take a look at this video, a report from Germany, where 4 brutal gang rapes have occurred in the same city the last few weeks. In each case the perpetrators are described as “having southern features.” That, of course, is a euphemism for Arabic and/or Islamic.
I’ve spoken at length in previous posts about this phenomenon, as have many others far more notable than myself. Yet this all falls on deaf ears. There is weasel room in the statistics, as there is in most statistics. Correlation does not equal causation, they will say. And this is true.
At the same time, the anecdotal evidence confirms the statistics. We know with certainty that the rights of women in the Muslim world are far behind those of the West. So why is it a surprise that importing large numbers of Muslim men into Western countries is resulting in rape and abuse?
This isn’t rocket science, people.
The Muslim migrants do not magically embrace Western law and jurisprudence simply because they step foot in a Western country.
But, while this goes on, Radical Feminists are busying themselves blaming a heart icon on Twitter for promoting rape culture and make the platform “less safe for women.” Seriously.
This is insanity, absolute lunacy. Those who honestly believe that Twitter’s heart-shaped like button is more of a threat to women than gang-raping Muslim migrants need to be locked in a padded room and medicated to the hilt. This is evidence of severe mental illness.
Notice, of course, the implied connection to #GamerGate here, too. And before you say “no, Dystopic, this is just one loony, or just a troll. Nobody is that stupid.” There’s more…
These things are everywhere, and they spend their time denouncing men on Twitter for disagreeing with them, considering the matter the equivalent of violence against women or outright rape.
Muslims, naturally, are rarely mentioned at all, and if they are it is only to illustrate how Evil White Men have been oppressing them since the Crusades. Because, naturally, a war that was over centuries ago is far more relevant than violent gang rapes going on today.
One of the fascinating side effects of being involved in both #GamerGate and Sad Puppies, is that there are thousands of Social Justice Warriors intent on referring to me as evil. Ben Kuchera was fond of telling GamerGaters to “clean themselves up.” And references to Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies as outright Nazis are not terribly difficult to find.
It’s worth noting that this is the same man who said “pedophilia is not a moral wrong.” I think he’s evil, but not because he disagrees with me on #Gamergate.
What is it that we stand accused of doing? What Evil have we actually done? GamerGaters are not murdering anybody. So far as I know, they do not justify pedophilia or child molestation (as the Antis have been known to do on occasion). At least as many bomb threats have been sent to GamerGate meetings as have been sent to Antis, and it’s not clear that anybody in GamerGate was ever involved in such activities to begin with. One suspects the hand of 4chan in both sets of threats. There have been no rapes (crappy fictional treatments in Law & Order SVU aside), no thefts, no assaults.
Just what evil are we supposed to have done?
I’m a results sort of guy. Show me that a group of people has done something, or is more likely to do something, and you will have my attention. But the rantings and ravings of SJWs are about vague concepts and political disagreements. I don’t want to play the game Steve Davidson did recently by dumping a bunch of strawmen on you, but suffice it to say it is a principle of mine that political disagreements alone do not elevate to some kind of cosmic battle good vs. evil.
Or, put in more simple terms, actions speak louder than words. You can say you are for equality until you are blue in the face, but if you toss around the hashtag #KillAllMen, and are not doing so in some kind of sarcastic or ironic fashion (or trolling), then you are functionally not for equality. You are for killing men. I.e. you are evil.
But the evil isn’t because you disagree with me politically. It’s because you want to kill all men. Stalin, for instance, could protest innocence and goodwill until he was blue in the face, but I would not believe him, because of the massacres, the gulags, and the terror campaigns.
Communism is, in my opinion, an evil ideology, because whatever the intentions of the ideology, the results are catastrophically bad. But even members of an evil ideology are not necessarily all evil themselves. C.S. Lewis explains:
‘Lord, is it then true… that thou and Tash are one?’ The Lion growled so that the earth shook and said, ‘It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites.
For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore, if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted. Dost thou understand, Child?’ I said, ‘Lord, thou knowest how much I understand.’
But I said also, ‘Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days.’ ‘Beloved,’ said the Glorious One, ‘unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.’
This is similar to my own view of Islam, which I also view as a fundamentally evil ideology. Yet I would not be alive today if it were not for the actions of a Muslim who saved the lives of my own ancestors in the Ottoman Empire. The ideology was evil, but in this case, the individual was not.
This separation of individual and ideology is something that SJWs just cannot seem to manage. They may (wrongly) view my own political positions as evil, but they also seek to tar the individual with the same brush, seemingly unaware that this is a colossal mistake. The drive for ideological purity convinces them that they need to expel individuals who disagree with them, and that disagreement is, itself, a form of evil.
A commenter over at Vile770 dismissed and denounced me handily as a GamerGater, as if to say “well, he’s automatically evil because he’s a GamerGater.”
Any ideology which contains within it a drive for purity will result in evil. Nazism desired racial purity. Communism desired a purity of economic class. Islam desires a purity of religious thought. This, incidentally, is why I am a Christian. Christ explains that all of us are sinners. We have all done wrong. We are all impure.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Since mankind is categorically impure, an ideology that desires purity of any kind will inevitably result in violence and evil because human nature will not accord with it. Only force can make it so. And this is my beef with Social Justice. The Virtue Signalling among them is a a sort of ideological purity test. Agree with a particular instance of supposed racism, sexism, etc… or you will be denounced. They seek to control the state, the levers of power within social groups, corporations, etc… so as to force you into alignment with their political philosophy.
Don’t worry. Be this evil, and a few decades later, Capitalists will sell you on a T-Shirt and make millions.
I disagree with fellow Sad Puppies all the time, and even more often with fellow GamerGaters. #Gamergate crosses all sorts of political spectrums. Yet this does not become some kind of fundamental divide. I do not think these individuals evil for their disagreement. I don’t even think all Leftists are evil, or all Muslims, or all of anything. I oppose the ideologies, and will not waver in this one iota, but understanding that individuals are not the ideology is important, so as to avoid the very sin of purity to begin with.
So I guess the point of all this is that not only has my side in gaming and Science Fiction not done anything particularly evil that I am aware of, Social Justice Warriors are unable to separate the individual from the group. They cannot distinguish between specifics and generalities. They falsely label the group as evil, when the group has done nothing of the sort, and then ensure that each individual adherent is also treated as evil.
In earlier posts I was debating with a fellow about the Muslim rape rate, but I would not see an individual Muslim and say “he’s an evil rapist!” An adherent to an evil ideology, perhaps. But like C.S. Lewis tells us, he may serve Aslan truly, and only invoke the name of Tash. I have no way of knowing. That doesn’t mean I want to countenance large-scale Muslim immigration, mind you. But there it is, the separation of individual and ideology.
It is my observation that Left-wing groups are particularly prone to this, though it’s not entirely absent on the right either, mind you. Leftism has a tendency to elevate the group ahead of the individuals, and in so doing is at particular risk of denying the worth of the individual entirely. Once the group is established as the highest priority, it is not long before individuals are sacrificed in the name of the group, in order to make it “better” and “more pure.”
The Socialist Utopia is just a few hundred million bodies away… That went on for a century and went nowhere.
I'm a DJ, developer, amateur historian, would-be pundit, and general pain in the ass. I still cannot decide on the wisdom of the Oxford Comma. These are my observations on a civilization in decline, a political system on the verge of collapse, and a people asleep at the wheel as the car turns toward the jersey barrier.