Good article here. It’s an update (though the author may not know it) of Michael Walzer‘s The Revolution of the Saints. It’s common knowledge among those who notice things that liberals are, on all matters except sex, censorious, moralizing, pharisaical little prigs. That didn’t change when they decided Atheism is Smart. They just replaced God with “the underclass” or “the earth” or whatever, as the thing your sins — but not theirs; never theirs — offends so heartily.
People who don’t believe in “Climate Change” should be thrown in prison, according to… this guy. Whoever the fuck “Adam Weinstein” is, he’s gonna rewrite the criminal code:
Those denialists should face jail. They should face fines. They should face lawsuits from the classes of people whose lives and livelihoods are most threatened by denialist tactics.
But don’t worry — it’s not you and me he wants to throw in jail. According to Mr. Weinstein (who?), we’re just “idiots” who are
too stupid to do anything other than choke the earth’s atmosphere a little more with [our] Mr. Pibb burps and [our] F-150′s gassy exhaust.
So we’re off the hook. But it’s off to the gulag for
Rush and his multi-million-dollar ilk in the disinformation business. I’m talking about Americans for Prosperity and the businesses and billionaires who back its obfuscatory propaganda. I’m talking about public persons and organizations and corporations for whom denying a fundamental scientific fact is profitable, who encourage the acceleration of an anti-environment course of unregulated consumption and production that, frankly, will screw my son and your children and whatever progeny they manage to have.
Those malcontents must be punished and stopped.
Because that’s what “science” does, right? If you can’t convince people with your reason and evidence, you lock ’em up and throw away the key. Because Science.
Eppur si muove indeed, Mr. Weinstein. And is it just me, or does an unhinged screed about a “malicious, profiteering quietist agenda” and the incarceration of its proponents sound a little extra-disturbing coming from a guy named Weinstein?
Some of these are pretty funny.
Apparently the Ace of Spades guys are on some of the same mailing lists as Morgan, and as such they’ve received a missive from a “staunch Republican” who loves him some ObamaCare:
I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn’t vote for the President. And I’m here to tell you that Obamacare works. I’m living proof.
Because all Staunch Republicans lead with “I’m a Fox News addict.” It’s what Staunch Republicans do. The Staunch Republican version of the secret handshake, if you will. And the countersign is “I didn’t vote for the President.” Not “President Obama” or just “Obama,” mind you– because, as we know from Chris Matthews, the latter is so very, very raciss — but “the President.”
What, you haven’t reviewed your Staunch Republican policies and procedures manual lately? C’mon people, it’s section 2.4.A, right behind “cross burning etiquette” and just before the list of the ten best padlocks to keep your wife in the kitchen.
Ain’t astroturfers great? I’m reminded of our favorite cephalopods, who sometimes like to lecture us on what the “authentic conservative” position is. By which they must mean some guy they’ve got locked in the basement in a gimp suit, whom they call “the authentic conservative.” That guy’s just full of insights.
I don’t know what’s sadder — the fact that they’d stoop to such a silly and transparent sham, or that they honestly seem to think it will work. But hey, at least it’s some cheap comedy. Here’s my favorite “Staunch Conservative” Obamacare endorsement so far:
I’m Cliff Redmond, and am a lifelong Republican Christian Conservative. I did not vote for Obama because he was secretly born another country. I forget which, the one with all the colored people. Quebec I think.
An injury I sustained while taking part in a lynching after a big meth binge has left me with a pre-existing condition that prevents me from getting traditional medical care. At times the pain in my back is so severe I can’t even make love to my sister. At least not in the “normal” way like God intended.
While trying to distract me from beating my sister-wife for nagging me about the moonshine still, my nephew-son showed my all the Obamacare options available to me. I shot the computer for being the work of the Devil, but a local navigator was able to take my information over the phone and get me enrolled.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I can now afford things I never thought possible. It’s enabled me to buy Copenhagen instead of that cheap Grizzly stuff, and even a shirt with sleeves on it.
John C. Wright has explained it all. Here’s a link.
Drops mic, walks off stage.
See, this is what I’m talking about.
A report issued by author and attorney Harvey A. Silverglate indicates that the United States now has so many restrictive laws and regulations that Americans commit an average of three felonies a day without knowing it.
In El Republico Bananico, they straight up criminalize anti-government speech. Here in the civilized west, we cherish our right to free speech! It’s just that Mr. Outspoken Critic of the Regime didn’t get the proper zoning permits for his backyard bird feeder, and now he’s doing seven to ten in Leavenworth.
But don’t worry: It Can’t Happen Here.
So says Pharaoh Obymandias, anyway:
“Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of weakness,” Obama asserted, as though he was talking about the psychological insecurities that plague the average playground bully.
“The fact that Russia felt compelled to go in militarily and lay bare these violations of international law indicates less influence, not more,” Obama insisted.
Pop quiz, hotshot: What does the “I” in “ICBM” stand for? Hint: It ain’t “ignorance,” though with you that’s always a damn good guess.
Aren’t you glad we elected the Smartest President Evar!!?
Whenever I’m feelin’ blue, Science! is always there to cheer me up.
If the temperatures don’t increase like the IPCC claimed, then there’s only one option left – to increase the hype….Strange, given the IPCC only last year conceded that much of the predicted disaster wasn’t actually happening.
For most people, those two links side by side would be a devastating, nay, fatal rebuttal to their cherished theory…. but not for Science!, which soldiers bravely on in the face of all evidence.
Good for them, I guess.
Since, pursuant to section 69 of the Omnibus ThoughtCrime Act of 2015, we won’t be allowed to say anything critical of officially-approved groups, I won’t say that this latest victory, like all such lawfare victories, could be the very definition of pyrrhic. So I’ll talk about Nazis instead.
Ever heard of the Goldhagen Thesis? Sure you have — it’s the one where the Holocaust was actively abetted by ordinary Germans. They knew full well what was going on, and approved of it.
The interesting thing to note here is that Goldhagen’s critics — the serious ones, not the ones who are as eager and irrational about keeping hands off “their” narrative as the Paulbots are to froth about the perfidious Jooooos!— tended to focus on the ins and outs of antisemitic movements in the later 19th century. It’s a recondite debate among eminent scholars. There’s much less emphasis on the actions of the people who actually kept German society running: The bureaucrats, the judges, the myriad minor functionaries who were, in a truly wonderful euphemism — coming soon to a Hillary Clinton administration near you! — “coordinated” (gleichschaltung) by the Nazis in the early 1930s. These guys, like the professors at elite German universities, couldn’t wait to roll over for the Brownshirts.
The standard explanation — I should probably just come right out and say, “excuse” — for this is that they had a professional ethos that transcended party. The German civil service — indeed among the most efficient and professional in the world — saw the Nazis as a political party like any other, and you don’t give up a lifetime’s calling (and a fat pension!) because you disagree with the President.
But this ignores the sheer, brass-balled obviousness of what the Nazis were doing. What other interpretation is possible of the Nuremberg Laws? If ever there was a time for men of principle to resign, it was then. They didn’t.
Frankly, I hope it was antisemitism — that the “ordinary men” in outfits like Reserve Police Battalion 101 actually were eager murderers. This at least puts moral responsibility squarely on their shoulders. But what if it wasn’t?
I’m not a historian of modern Germany, and I don’t play one on teevee. I really can’t comment on the prevalence of antisemitism in Weimar, much less if it was of the special “eliminationist” kind Goldhagen identifies. In the end, I don’t think it really matters much. The point I’m trying to get at is this: The bureaucracies, the judges, the civil servants, the police, the professors…. all of these bent before the wind. Persecution was codified in law, and these people were charged with enforcing it, and they did…. nothing. They kept on judging cases, teaching classes, cutting pension checks, writing parking tickets, knowing that their every ordinary action gave legitimacy to a regime that wrote the worst, most blatant kind of prejudice into its fundamental laws.
Which brings us back around to World War G. As Morgan has pointed out in some detail, the usual pattern is: State holds a referendum; voters come down on the side of “traditional marriage,” gay activists sue; court overturns popular will; judge is hailed as enlightened progressive hero. These “enlightened” judges, we are constantly told, are the vanguard of the “evolving” popular will. Eventually positive law will be written on this point, and the stupid voters will finally endorse it at the ballot box, and then there will be utopia. But in the meantime, judges will rule by diktat from the bench, and their enforcers, the police and the municipal bureaucracies, will just do their jobs.
Left out of all this, of course, is the idea that the popular will can change. Rather dramatically. In an instant. And we’ve very thoroughly established the principle that judges — who are quite obviously fallible, fickle mortals like the rest of us — are the ultimate arbiters of that will.
Whether or not the “ordinary man” in Nazi Germany was a virulent anti-Semite in Goldhagen’s sense doesn’t really matter. The guys at the top were, and they directed the apparatus of the state to act as if it were, and the “ordinary bureaucrat” was only too happy to comply — because that is the nature of bureaucrats. Ask Victor Klemperer — the Gestapo didn’t need to lean on his university colleagues, or Dresden’s municipal officials, to make his life hell; they did it on their own, secure in the knowledge that they were in harmony with their times. The same people who prided themselves on their scrupulous fairness and utter professionalism in 1932 would, in 1936, pride themselves on on the scrupulous un–fairness of their professionalism.
Laws change; people don’t. The left would do well to remember that. Right now, they are only too happy to empower judges, university administrators, and sundry other bureaucrats to rule by fiat, because the majority of those judges and administrators and bureaucrats agree with them, and their fiat rulings currently all go in a direction the left likes. But by fetishizing this as “enlightened opinion,” they’ve set up the mechanism for some very bad things to happen when popular opinion isn’t so enlightened.
Putin got his anschluss, of course. There’s no way the US was going to war over the Crimea, much like Britain and France weren’t going to war over Austria or the Sudentenland. But I think this represents a great opportunity for some legacy management on President Obama’s part. Give us a speech about “peace in our time,” Glorious Leader! That way, you might be remembered, not as a cut-rate, half-ass Jimmy Carter, but a pale imitation of Neville Chamberlain. It’s a big step up, comrade.
Sailer cites some academic on conspiracy theories:
Very few notions nowadays generate as much intellectual resistance, hostility and derision within academic circles as a belief in the historical importance or efficacy of political conspiracies. Even when this belief is expressed in a very cautious manner, limited to specific and restricted contexts, supported by reliable evidence and hedged about with all sorts of qualifications, apparently it still manages to transcend the boundaries of acceptable discourse and to violate unspoken academic taboos. The idea that particular groups of people meet together secretly or in private to plan various courses of action, and that some of these plans actually exert a significant influence on particular historical developments, is typically rejected out of hand and assumed to be the figment of a paranoid imagination.
Sometimes, of course, the conspiracies turn out to be right. Other times, the reality is far weirder than anything the nutters could’ve imagined. Describe the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1920s, for instance. Leave everything else intact, but change the words “Nazi” to “Brotherhood of the Chupacabra,” “Germany” to “El Republico Bananico,” and “1920s” to “2020s.” You’d be laughed out of any Militia meeting in the country.
I’ve long suspected that you could get every liberal in the country to vote in favor of turning homeless orphans into soylent green if you called it the “Protect the Children Act.” I also believe you could openly conspire to enslave humanity, provided you got some hipster douche at CNN to laugh your plan off as a “conspiracy theory.” If I’m ever the head of a Masonic lodge — and who says I’m not? Bwahahahahahaha! — I’m going to start stockpiling old Soviet military equipment. We’ll practice running our T-74s on beer pong night. And nobody will care, because hey, we’re the Masons, of course we’re trying to take over the world.
[It’s extra delicious irony that this article appears on Sailer’s site. As much as I think he’s got some great analyses of things, he himself, like so many in the “Dark Enlightenment,” always seems half a Ron Paul speech away from frothing at the mouth about the Jooooooos! and their plans to corrupt our precious bodily fluids]