Selective Weaponizing of Empathy

Weaponized Empathy is a topic I keep bringing up here at The Declination. It is an insidious weapon, both pervasive and subtle. The weapon preys upon your better nature, twisting your better instincts in the service of another.

Guilt-tripping is the best way I can describe it. You are made to feel guilty and remorse for things you have not done. A white man might be made to feel guilty for slavery in the United States, despite having never owned slaves, nor having countenanced slavery in any form. He might be called a Nazi for being vaguely Right-of-center, despite his ancestors having participated in the liberation of Jews from Nazi Germany.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresh-off-the-boat Romanian immigrant. You’re white, so you’re privileged. Therefore, also, you are guilty. The Left tells us not to be prejudiced, that is to say to prejudge a person. Yet they ascribe guilt, a literal form of judgment, onto people they don’t know.

Then they say that you should feel guilty. Perhaps today you should feel guilty for being white, and tomorrow all men should feel guilty for having penises. And the day after, straight people should feel guilty for not being homosexual. And so on…

Guilt. I’m tired of it, folks. Pardon my French, but it’s all horseshit. Commensurate with Right-wing philosophy in general if you do the crime, you’re going to do the time. But the reverse is also true. If you haven’t done the crime, then you should not do the time.

In other words, I’m done with that sort of thing. I don’t care if folks on the Left think I’m some kind of cold-hearted, heretical bastard, a blasphemer of the religion of political correctness.

Whatever.

Most folks have heard about the attack in Sweden. If you haven’t, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Meanwhile, a Leftist Swedish rag talks about how cars ought to be banned in response to the attacks.

I wasn’t originally going to comment on the attack. After all, there are too many Islamic terror attacks these days for one blogger to ever hope to cover them all (and isn’t that a sad state of affairs?). But one thing compelled me to do so.

You see, like the picture of the Syrian boy who drowned, there is a horrifying picture floating around the Internet right now of an 11 year old girl who was, quite literally torn to pieces by the terror attack. Pieces of her are scattered all over the road, a leg here, a leg there, guts strewn all over the road.

I’m absolutely not going to post it on my blog, because my readers are likely to lose the contents of their stomachs if they see it. But I’ve seen it, and so have many others. You can probably find it for yourself with a little Google-fu. I did, however, verify the photo with local landmarks, and the position of the covered bodies in the photographs the press has released. So it’s not a fake (there have been weaponized fake pics floating around social media all too often lately).

It is, by an order of magnitude, a more powerful picture than the dead Syrian boy.

So why haven’t you seen even a semi-censored/pixelated version of this picture? Is it because it is too gruesome? Doubtful. Certainly if that were true, they could have at least posted an alternate angle.

No, the gruesome death of Ebba Akerlund doesn’t fit the pro-Islam, pro-migrant narrative. They could weaponize the photo, if they chose to, but they don’t want to. So why are pictures of Syrian children weaponized, and Swedish children not? It’s not rocket science, obviously.

This could have been worldwide news, at a level that would dwarf the dead Syrian boy, or the affair with United Airlines. But only a few outlets are even carrying her story at all.

It’s enough to make one sick, almost as sick as someone who saw the picture in question.

As for the media, I’d appreciate it if you stopped wasting my time, trying to sell Islam to the West like some kind of used car salesman decked out in 70s plaid, trying desperately to clear his lot of lemons. I’m not buying, okay?

About Merkur

So if you’ve been paying attention to my recent posts on Weaponized Empathy, you may have noticed this guy Merkur, who has a very irritating debate style. The essence of it is that I am biased, and isn’t it interesting that I post things that confirm my bias? Maybe I ought to go read some books about bias so that I can see the refugee situation in a much better light. Or something to that effect. It’s all there if you want to read it yourself, though it’s probably more fun to have a root canal. I was being kind of foolish to permit this sort of Kafka-esque framing on my blog, and suffice it to say I won’t be allowing it in the future.

Well, this guy has been a periodic thorn in my side for a while now, but I always got a strange vibe from him. Why is someone spending so much time trying to lecture me about this? He’s far more persistent than the usual Lefties who come here.

Well… I now know why. Take a look at this: http://vizualize.me/merkur#.WJed0RsrJhE

This is him. He’s of Albanian extraction, which explains his pro-Islam stance. But that’s to be expected. What wasn’t expected, but perhaps I ought to have known, is that he literally works for the UN.

Currently engaged with MSB and the UN as a Snr Information Managment Officer within MENA region Mr Merkur Beqiri is an Independent Consultant with a range of projects delivered in the fields of Information Management…

And here’s a real gem:

In the past 20 years, Mr Beqiri has worked for or with Public sector (Education, Health, Municipal services, Cadastral Agency), Private Sector (BI, BS, ERP, CAD, PM), Humaitarian/Emergency Sector (IM/GIS for UNHCR, OCHA, FAO, WHO, NRC, IRD) and Development Sector (SD & BS for SOROS, World Bank) in Europe…

I never would have figured I’d attract a troll with this kind of Leftist pedigree. But there you have it, folks. Remember your SJWs Always Lie. SJWs always project. Well, Merkur is projecting his own biases in favor of the UN, Soros, Islam, and a host of transnational Progressive organizations.

Suffice it to say, he will no longer be permitted to comment here. I don’t need UN information managers spewing their bullshit on my platform. He can buy his own podium.

Update: Merkur denies it, but I’m pretty confident in my chain of evidence. That evidence is based on his IP address originating from Serbia (and it’s consistent, so he failed to use Tor or anything like it). There are, after all, very few ardent, public, UN and Islam defenders in Serbia these days (Kosovo excepted, of course). The name “Merkur” is also Albanian. That narrowed the range down to a reasonable, searchable number of people. He claimed to have worked for a number of charity organizations, and inputting those, plus the fact that he was an Albanian in Serbia, led me to this Merkur Beqiri fellow. His Social Media accounts were filled with pro-refugee, pro-migrant stuff, written in a very similar style. That he had the same name made it pretty much a slam dunk. The only way the chain would be broken is if he did not, in fact, work for the charities he claimed, in which case he’d be a liar and could be safely dismissed on that basis. Or, of course, if he didn’t actually live in Serbia, and somehow had an IP address originating from there. That seems rather unlikely, though.

Anyway, he’s consumed enough of everyone’s time. On to the next topic!

More Examples of Weaponized Empathy

I didn’t realize how quickly the term “Weaponized Empathy” would spread. But I’ve been seeing it pop up all over the Conservative Right the last few days. So in that light, here are a few other examples:

Oh, Okay: Man Who Claimed Mother Died In Iraq Due To Travel Ban Lied

Here we have a sob story about a man who claimed his mother died due to Trump’s travel ban. Turns out, she was dead five days prior to the ban.

Ace of Spades points out that the Left was remarkably silent on the matter of Elian Gonzalez, back during Bill Clinton’s reign. When empathy will not serve Progressive interests, it is ignored.

That’s Elian Gonzalez being ripped from his extended family here in America at gunpoint at the direction of Clinton Attorney General, Janet Reno, after Gonzalez’s mother died helping him escape from the horrors of a Castro-controlled Cuba.

Today, progressives are crying big crocodile tears over a few immigrants getting held up over security checks. Back then? Crickets. Bill Clinton was their boy. So what if some 5 year old got shipped back to a Communist hellhole instead of being allowed to live with loving relatives?

Remember the fake columns of smoke in a Reuters photo of the then-latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Classic Weaponized Empathy.

Of course, we have the black church torched after painting “Vote Trump” on the walls, burned by one of the congregation members in a fake hate crime.

A black man has been arrested and charged with burning an African-American church in Greenville, Miss. last month and defacing its outer walls with “Vote Trump” graffiti.

The Mississippi state police arrested Andrew McClinton, 45, on Wednesday and charged him with first-degree arson of a place of worship, Warren Strain, a spokesman with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told The Daily Caller.

McClinton allegedly set fire to Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a member, on Nov. 1, a week before the election.

The demand for hate crimes far outstrips the available supply, so hoaxes are trotted out before the media in an effort to gain more Weaponized Empathy. Don’t support Trump, or else you like seeing black churches burned.

Milo goes to speak at Berkeley, of course, and out come the riots, beatings, and vandalism in the streets. Yet the narrative from people like Sarah Silverman and other celebs and media talking heads, is how good this really is. Because wouldn’t it be great if we could start a military coup now.

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You’re delusional, Sarah.

So where’s your empathy now? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t serve a Progressive cause.

Here’s another grand hate crime hoax, wherein it was implied Trump supporters were harassing a woman with homophobic slurs. The campus investigation proved this to be absolutely false.

Here’s a piece where conservative gay man, Peter Thiel, is denounced as being no longer gay because he’s conservative. You can, apparently, have gay sex without being gay. Why did they do this? Well, they wanted to keep their monopoly on Weaponized Empathy. Nobody on the right is to be allowed empathy. The Progressives don’t want to share their toy.

Here’s a further list of recent hate crime hoaxes. Cashing in on Weaponized Empathy is a great game, these days. To the person seeming the most victimized go the spoils.

But given all the hoaxes such folks have perpetrated, we have Cenk Ugyhur telling us that the Milo riots couldn’t possibly be good Leftists. It must be 4chan who did it. This, despite the calls to #TheResistance all over social media, these days, and people like Sarah Silverman calling for military coups that will never happen. No, the recent history of violence and vandalism at Progressive protests is pretty well documented. After all, the inauguration was filled with idiot journalists trying to take Pulitzer prize-winning photographs of burning trashcans.

A commenter named “Skywalker” posted a comment noting the following:

This is a variation on the presidential election and some of the more vocal opponents. Remember the Tess Rafferty Aftermath 2016 video? . She as much said, If you voted for Trump, you’re a racist/sexist. If you voted for Bernie/Jill/Gary, unfriend me. What she DIDN’T say was, The only acceptable vote was for my candidate, Hillary; but through a process of elimination, it’s basically the same thing. This is form of political and sociological bullying.

Vote for my candidate, or you’re a bad person. It’s guilt-tripping Weaponized Empathy deployed as a form of peer pressure. I’ll hate you, unless you do what I say.

Here was a great example of Weaponized Empathy posted by Jason Mart:

http://dailysignal.com//2008/06/29/the-truth-about-anwr/

Here is an article about the same idea used to weaponize empathy toward the AWNR.

Deceptive, No?

This example is great because it illustrates how Weaponized Empathy can be used on non-human targets. It’s one of the chief weapons in the environmentalist movement’s arsenal. They post pictures that have nothing to do with the place where the drilling will occur. Pristine wilderness, frolicking deer, and bountiful forests… when the proposed site is an ice-filled tundra where pretty much nothing grows.

Here you can see The Atlantic explaining how to deploy Weaponized Empathy as a persuasion technique. Amusingly enough, the Tweet that was the basis of the article appears to have been deleted. Another hoax, perhaps? I don’t know. But it certainly wouldn’t surprise me, at this point.

Here is the New York Times blaming future trans suicides on a nebulous group of supposed haters (implied to be Conservatives). So you don’t even need anything concrete in order to to use the weapon. At least the picture of the child in Syria was legitimately about a dead kid, even if it was used to cynically manipulate people into accepting a political position. Now we are talking about theoretical deaths, not actual deaths. Theoretically, says the Progressive, somebody might kill themselves because you don’t like what they are doing.

What a crock.

And let us not forget the photo of Michael Brown most often circulated by the media, showing a proverbial teddy bear.

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He was a good boy. Just listening to some tunes, ya know? Don’t shoot!

Meanwhile, explicit instruction was given out to not show the video of Michael Brown, a big, burly man, robbing a convenience store earlier on the same day. We’re only permitted to show the nice pictures of such folks, right?

Send me more examples, and I’ll post them here. This tactic must be called out whenever we see it.

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