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Sympathy for Snowflakes

One of the toughest parts of looking at The Past (note capital letters) is grasping the pace of change.  Oversimplifying (but not too much), you’d need to be a PhD-level specialist to determine if a given cultural production dated from the 11th century, or the 14th.  The worldview of most people in most places didn’t change much from 1000 to 1300.  Even in modern times, unless you really know what you’re looking for, a writer from 1830 sounds very much like a writer from 1890.*

Until you get to the 20th century.  Then it’s obvious.

This isn’t “presentism” — the supposed cardinal sin of historical study, in which we project our values onto the past.**  It really is obvious, and you can see it for yourself.  Take Ford Madox Ford.  A hot “Modernist” in his day — he was good friends with Ezra Pound, and promoted all the spastic incomprehensibles of the 1920s — he was nevertheless a man of his time… and his time was the High Victorian Era (born 1873).  Though he served in the Great War, he was a full generation older than his men, and it shows.  Compare his work to Robert Graves’s.  Though both were the most Advanced of Advanced Thinkers — polygamy, Socialism, all that — Graves’s work is recognizably “modern,” while Ford’s reads like the writing of a man who really should’ve spent his life East of Suez, bringing the Bible and the Flag to the wogs.  The world described in such loving detail in a work like Parade’s End — though of course Ford thought he was viciously criticizing it — might as well be Mars.

We’re in the same boat when it comes to those special, special Snowflakes, the Millennials.  A Great War-level change really did hit them, right in their most vulnerable years.  While we — Gen X and older — lived through the dawn of the Internet, we don’t live in the Internet Age (TM).  Not like they do, anyway.  Let me give you an example.

That’s an article in “The American Thinker” (via Ace of Spades’ “morning report'”) by an older Millennial.  The author proclaims himself as such, of course, but even without that we could’ve spotted it straight off.

This generation was noted for its restlessness, lack of direction, and great confusion.  A theme that filled Lost Generation literature of the time was the frivolous wealth of the upper crust.  This generation was unable to settle down, coming home to a nation that had long since filled the places of employment they ahad worked at and did not understand the challenges they faced.

We’re going to forego [sic] here, as we must with anything written by pretty much anyone under the age of 40, especially online.  The first thing to note is the pleonasm: “Lost Generation literature of the time.”  As opposed to, say, Lost Generation literature of the 1980s?  Douglas Coupland, maybe?  The guy who popularized the phrase “Generation X”? (Don’t worry; we’ll be coming back to him).  Pleonasm in itself isn’t bad; I myself often do it, often unconsciously, especially when writing about Marxists and other flavors of flatulent sub-Hegelians (pleonasm is one of their favorite rhetorical devices).

This time, though, it’s someone working himself up to make a grand pronouncement about The Past, someone who knows “Ernest Hemingway” and “Gertrude Stein” were writers in the “Lost Generation,” but hasn’t read a single word they’ve written (though in Stein’s case, at least, nobody would blame him).  See also “long since filled the places of employment they ahad [sic; I can’t help myself] worked at.”  Which is 180 degrees from the history — the “Lost Generation” was lost precisely because it had never held a job.  It grew up in the Army.  Cecil Lewis*** was no “Lost Generation” writer, but he sums their predicament up perfectly:

[World War 1] took me from school at sixteen, it destroyed all hope of University training or apprenticeship to a trade, it deprived me of the only carefree years, and washed me up, inequipped for any serious career, with a Military Cross, a Royal handshake, a six-hundred-pound gratuity, and — I almost forgot to say — my life.

Had he known this, it would’ve strengthened Lafayette’s point considerably.  The first “Lost Generation” had an event they could point to, caused by people they could name.  Steve Jobs was many things, but he was no Kaiser Wilhelm II.  A member of the Lost Generation could point to his war record, derive meaning from it — the Military Cross is a significant achievement (Lewis was a fighter ace who had gone up against the Flying Circus); the King really did shake his hand.  The new “Lost Generation” — henceforth, “Generation Snowflake” — has nothing.  The most significant single event in their lives is 9/11, to which they were passive spectators, because they were in grade school.  (The other cause of all their woes, the Internet, was substantially in place before they were born).

This vast historical ignorance, above all, marks this article out as a Generation Snowflake production.  He continues:

I see a lot of parallels between the Lost Generation of the 20th century and my own Millennial generation.  While the original Lost Generation was a product of a war unlike any other and then an economic crash, the members of the “new” Lost Generation are slightly different.  We all awoke to a new world on September 11, 2001, a world of war and terrorism, that gave birth to unease and fear that we had not seen before.  Seven years later came the crash of 2008.  With the fall of the housing market and the economy at large came new rules for the future of education and job prospects.  Gone was the assurance of a good job after university, and gone was the idea of a stable 9-5 job that one could stay at until retirement.

Leaving aside the peculiarly Millennial combination of bombast and understatement (you’re “slightly different” than the WW1 generation?), let’s focus on the claim that “Gone was the assurance of a good job after university, and gone was the idea of a stable 9-5 job that one could stay at until retirement.”  Hey, remember Douglas Coupland, he of Generation X fame?  That was his major gripe, too, and he was born in 1961 (which actually makes him a very late Baby Boomer by some common measures).  I was there; I remember it well.  It was simply a given that Kids These Days wouldn’t be cogs in the corporate machine, Men in Grey Flannel Suits (there was once a time, kiddos, when that was considered a bad thing, and the Japanese term for such an employee  — salaryman — was a very chic insult to hurl at your overly ambitious corporate-drone buddies who put in all the extra hours at Dewey Cheatham and Howe, LLP).

Another paragraph of this, and then:

For the first time, my generation will be poorer than our parents.  With no promise of a comfortable retirement, many Millennials are taking trips, backpacking, trying to get the most out of life.  They know that life won’t be getting easier or better in the years to come.

Holy tap-dancing Allah, does anyone know how to copyedit anymore?  Kiddo, your generation has always been poorer than your parents.  They’re well into middle age; you’re barely out of college.  You mean “for the first time in history, a generation will be poorer than its parents’ generation” but that’s laughably false — we Gen X’ers were poorer than our parents, too.  Coupland — remember him? — titled one of his very early chapters “Our Parents Had More.”  This has been the gripe of every graduating class of every college in the land since at least 1980.

And then this:

Thanks to the birth and integration of the internet into everyday life, Millennials are writing novels, creating music, authoring articles on everything from the tech field to marketing, and creating new business experiences for themselves.  Millennials are jumping from job experience to job experience, gathering as much knowledge as they can to get a better wage at the next, all the while producing books and freelancing nights and weekends to bring in extra cash.

Leaving aside (Jesus, I should have that phrase on macro) the implication that the Internet came into existence when y’all went off to college — again, it was already substantially there when I went off to college, way back at the dawn of the Clinton Era — I want you to note the tone of easy mastery here.  You’re writing books and freelancing, and creating music, and writing articles, and all this while hopping from salaried job to salaried job?  Back in my day (he said, stroking his long gray beard arthritically), any one of those activities was considered more than enough to fill a day.

Writing a book, for example, takes — or, I guess I should say, took — months or years of study and practice.  Yes, even novels — then as now, the literary wunderkinder who wrote those toast-of-Manhattan-type epics of Modern Literature had the lifespan of mayflies, because no matter how naturally talented he or she may be, someone who’s just out of prep school really doesn’t have anything of importance to say.  Ask Elizabeth Wurtzel.  She had her struggles with post-college, pre-career depression too, I’m told.

Finally, there’s this:

For Millennials, the future is not rosy.  In fact, the news keeps saying how much worse it may get.  Many think Millennials like me are irresponsible and don’t want what our parents had.  (For some, this is true.)  Part of me wants that house on the cul-de-sac with the white picket fence.  Deep inside, I know that it will likely never happen.  Those days have moved on.

I titled this piece “Sympathy for Snowflakes,” and finally we’ve arrived.  The days of life on the cul-de-sac with the white picket fence are indeed gone… but they’ve been gone for thirty years or more.  They were in terminal decline since before Rush started singing about suburbs — that was 1982, if you’re keeping score at home — and what awful conformist hells they are.  Ever heard the phrase “sour grapes?”  I’m not going to say we invented that — after all, anything worth saying was already said by Dead White Males hundreds of years ago — but that’s why Gen X pop culture is full of rants against “conformism.”  Slackers, Mallrats, all of it — sour grapes, buddy.  If you in fact grew up on a cul-de-sac behind a white picket fence, your parents, who must’ve been early Gen Xers, were among the lucky few.

The difference between your generation and mine, Mr. Lafayette, isn’t what we wanted once we matured enough to start actually knowing what we wanted.  It’s that my generation received rigorous-enough educations to figure out that the house on the cul-de-sac with the white picket fence is an aberration, just a flicker of static.  Only one tiny group of people — middle class Americans, born roughly 1945-1965 — ever got to experience it.  Young folks in the 1220s probably lived much as their parents did back in the 1180s, but modern life doesn’t work that way.  These days, everyone makes due with what he has, gets on as best he can.  Your generation, Mr. Lafayette, was taught to regard The Past as one long night of Oppression, and because of that, you never learned to take any lessons from it.

That’s why I’m sympathetic, even as I’m mocking you (but gently, lad, gently).  That’s the real parallel between yourselves and the Lost Generation — it was done to you.  You had no choice, and unlike the Lost Generation, you can’t even pin the blame anywhere.  It just….kinda… happened.  No wonder you feel adrift and powerless.  No wonder “stand up straight” and “clean your room” seem like adages of life-altering wisdom.

So take an old guy’s advice, and READ.  Read just about anything, so long as it’s published before 1950.  Don’t think, don’t analyze, don’t snark, just read it.  The change will come.



*That’s why authors of historical fiction go out of their way to provide dates, or at least touchstones, for their readers: “As you know, Bob, with the Confederacy surrendering just last year, we can finally move on with our lives.”
** Though every academic historian does it.  In fact, “presentism” pretty much is academic history — raking people from The Past over the coals for not hewing chapter and verse to The Current Year’s SJW catechism.
*** I can’t recommend Lewis’s memoir Sagittarius Rising enough.  A lovely, lovely book – anyone with any interest at all in WW1 should read it.
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NPC Guide Part IV: “Privilege”

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so….

When you come right down to it, the only thing Leftists really believe is what I call the Great Inversion:  Reality is always wrong, such that

  • if the Normals believe it,
  • it’s wrong,
  • because the Normals believe it.

This has been the state of Advanced Thought, the default setting of Friends of Humanity, from the beginning.  Parmenides (6th century BC) knew that Normals believe their own lying eyes when they see things moving out in the real world, so he proclaimed that nothing can move.*  Normals believe that A can’t be not-A at the same time, so Hegel said the universe “overcomes itself” (aufheben) through some mysterious process of “synthesis” in which the same thing is simultaneously A, not-A, and both-A-and-not-A.  Normals believe in sexual dimorphism among the higher animals, so feminists declare that men can have periods.  And so on — see any freshmen humanities seminar at any college in the land for more, oh god so many more, enraging examples.

The key to becoming real is to apply this insight emotionally, not intellectually.

An example will help.  Back in my single days at Flyover State,** I frequented the townie bar; it was the one place I knew I wasn’t going to run into any academic colleagues.  I soon became drinking buddies with a guy who was more or less my polar opposite.  Though a very bright fellow and a fine human being, he’d had the classic trailer trash upbringing — broken home, a bad crowd, petty crimes, drugs, and eventually a stretch in jail.

That right there is what they originally meant by “privilege.”  I looked at my buddy, and all I could think was “there but for the grace of God go I.”  Had our life circumstances been reversed, in all likelihood he’d be the one with the university gig and I’d be the guy stocking shelves at WalMart because that was the only job I could get with a felony arrest record.  I was — I am — deeply privileged to have been born where I was, and when, and to whom.  Of the many gifts I’ve been given over the years, that’s by far the best.  I am profoundly grateful for it.

The Left, on the other hand, insists I should feel guilty.  See what I mean about the Great inversion?

If you’re worried you might be an NPC, use your emotions.  Try feeling the exact opposite thing than what you’re instructed.  In the case of “privilege,” yes, of course it’s “unearned;” that’s right there in the definition (if it’s earned then it’s not “privilege,” it’s “pay,” and if you think about it that way for a moment, you’ll see that SJWs believe it, too — they feel they’ve earned the right to order you around because they’ve spent so much time studying “intersectionality” in graduate school.  Not even professors whine about “professor privilege,” and though every book by an academic feminist contains a many-page disclaimer about how she’s just so awfully sorry she can’t be more inclusive, not one of them has ever given up her nice cushy job so that a POC could have it).

Reverse the Great Inversion.  Feel the opposite of what they tell you to feel, and you’re on the road to becoming real.


*His argument for this is fascinating, as it shows that Lefties have been playing their silly word games long before there was a “Left” to give them tenure for it.  He declares that there is nothing but Matter and Void.  Since nothing can exist in a void, nothing can move into one.  Therefore, all the space that currently exists is occupied by Matter, and since two things can’t inhabit the same space, therefore nothing can move.  The surviving ancient busts of Parmenides don’t show him with blue hair and a nose ring, but they might as well.
**For the newer members of the 14 Regular Readers, “Flyover State” is of course a composite of several different institutions, spread over several geographic areas, as is the “college town” in which it’s located.  The one thing they all have in common is total infestation by this SJW nonsense — it’s as bad in the junior colleges as it is in the Ivy League.
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The Cold Civil War is Going to Get Worse

People say America is right now stuck in a cold civil war and so far it seems like a fair assessment of the nation.  Many who have noticed this are wondering what we can do to improve the situation.


The problem is: nothing.


Why?  2 factors.


Think a moment about actual, real war. One factor about it is that there is an objective, undeniable metric available to all sides: death.  The side with more deaths, tends to be the side that loses (unless there is a huge population difference but let’s keep things simple right now).  So if your side had several battles in a row where your deaths X > their deaths Y, you’re probably losing.  Conversely if X < Y, you’re on the way to victory.  This also means there is a very clear, well defined end point to the conflict: one side (or both) is entirely dead.


However cultural conflicts do not have such a neat, easy metric to them.  Without a clear metric, things get confusing.  For examples just go around on the web right now to both right-oriented and left-oriented sites.  You will be able to see both sides arguing that they’re losing the culture war.  Now just take a step back and think about it dispassionately (maybe pretend you’re Mr. Spock visiting earth) – how could you tell which side is correct?  Which side is wrong?  Or are both sides correct about losing?  Or wrong?  Which factors and considerations of society & culture matter, and which don’t?  It’s not an easy question to answer and with no obvious end state, it may be one that is not answerable.  Without a clear metric, and both sides convincing themselves they’re losing, it’s easy for both sides to conclude they have nothing to lose.  Desperation has never been much of a motivator in lessening conflicts nor in granting mercy.


The second factor can also be explained by thinking about real war.  How do two sides come to agreements about the “rules” of the conflict?  Why would two sides agree against using poison gas on each other? (for example)  Really think about it – how does that even work when two groups are trying to kill each other?  It works because if one side breaks the treaty, there is an understanding that the other side will do so as well.  If army X uses poison gas, army Y will do the same.  If the consequences are horrible enough there is incentive for both sides to follow the agreement.


But there’s a complication isn’t there?  Modern militaries are made up of thousands – millions of soldiers and support.  Just because the generals agree to not use poison gas, what keeps a random colonel or grunt from using it?  How can the ones in charge keep the rest of their group in line?  If a soldier disobeys the treaty, what usually happens is that the offender is captured by his own side and handed over to the enemy.  This signals to the opponent that the attack was not an official decision, but a rogue choice.  Handing him over is a signal that they want to maintain the treaty and lets him face justice as the enemy sees fit – an enemy that will probably not be as interested in mercy or due process as the offender’s countrymen would be.  (This is what is implied by the line “disavow any knowledge of your actions” in those movies & TV shows – “if you get caught, the enemy can do as they wish.”)  Thus there is incentive in the ranks on both sides to obey the rules and the treaty is maintained.


Where is the equivalent in the modern culture war?  For a culture to exist, there has to be agreed upon boundaries within it and ways of enforcing them.  Modern social networking, has made this impossible.


For a hypothetical example, let’s suppose there was an agreement in politics that the families of politicians should be off limits (especially their kids) unless that family member is also involved in politics.  Sounds fair, right?  Everybody left, right, and center should be able to agree on this, yes?  Of course it will be understood that this is all operating under the treaty example above: if one side goes after family, then it’s fair for the other side to do so, otherwise what’s the point of the agreement?  This should all work perfectly!


Except it won’t.  Why?  Because we have millions (if not billions) of people on social networks with capable search engines.  Name me any rule society wants to agree on and within an hour we can find an example of someone violating it.  Thus the aforementioned rule of decorum would last about one day (probably 30 minutes) until a random somebody would be found violating it.  Which side they belong to would quickly be determined (whether accurate or not is irrelevant) and then the opposite side will begin returning the sentiment in kind.  It won’t stop nor can it ever be stopped because there’s no “general” for one side that can “hand” the offender over to a “general” on the other side in order to maintain the treaty.


Then to top it all off, let’s add in the factor that there is low cost and effort needed to join and use social media.  If anybody can sign up within 5 minutes, then even if we assume that 100% of a side in the culture war behaved according to the decorum treaty with 100% fidelity, the opposing side can have an impostor perform a false flag at minimum cost and set off the cascade of rudeness.


Do you want a practical example?


Recently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a video of her college days… I’ve seen some report this was “leaked” but it’s more accurate to say it was already posted to youtube and somebody linked it on twitter where it gained renewed attention.  Let’s look at some quotes from a few articles on this:

An attempt to humiliate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she was sworn in as the youngest ever US congresswoman has backfired impressively, prompting a huge outpouring of support for her.

There’s nothing remotely scandalous about the video, but that hasn’t stopped right-wing Twitter users from attempting to weaponize it against Ocasio-Cortez, who is a Democratic Socialist.

It’s amusing to think about the mindset of the weirdo conservatives who leaked this, thinking it would make people poke fun at her.

The latest example involved an old video of her in her late teens doing some goofy dances (including a Breakfast Club homage that ought to have been endearing to Gen X-ers).

So some “right-wingers” reacted badly to this video.  Who?  Is this story on instapundit?  Drudge report?  Twitchy?  Not at the time of this writing.  So who “on the right” is saying anything about this video?  Where are the links or examples?  The guardian seems to be the only one to put in that much effort and this is the sum total:

A 30-second video was posted by a Twitter user called AnonymousQ, showing Ocasio-Cortez dancing on the roof of a building while in college.
“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” read the post, with the user, who has since deleted their account, claiming it was a “high school video of ‘Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez”.
But instead of embarrassing Ocasio-Cortez, who was elected to represent New York’s 14th congressional district in November, the video has bolstered her popularity, with many people on social media praising her for being joyful and having fun.
. . .
With the clip, she [AOC] wrote: “I hear the GOP [Republican party] thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone :)”

“Conservatives” attempted to humiliate Representative Ocasio-Cortez – and by “conservatives” we mean a single recorded tweet from an account which is now deleted so nobody has any way to check whether that user was really conservative or not.  How old was the account?  What was its posting history?  How many followers did it have?  How many likes or retweets did that tweet get?  What were the general replies?


Hm.  We don’t have that information any more.   Instead we just have “conservatives” reported as reacting negatively.  From a single tweet.  By someone that could just as easily have been “liberal” playing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit.


That is why the cold civil war is not going to be getting better any time soon.


Further Reading:
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The HBD State, Part II

Our Thing is, in its way, as utopian as any SJW fantasy.  We all agree that a civilization built to last — whatever else it does — acknowledges the truths of Human Biodiversity.  But what follows is usually of the “underpants gnome” variety”

  1. acknowledge HBD
  2. ???
  3. utopia!

The utopia being a world in which we’re free of SJW tyranny — nobody from the Federal Bureau of Inclusion kicking in our doors in the middle of the night because we inadvertently called some wingless golden-skinned dragonkin “her.”  I aim to show that an HBD-aware State will, in order to keep us in the style to which we’ve grown accustomed, be at least as intrusive, if not more so, than the SJW version.

Let’s look at some numbers.  I frequently hear “100” cited as the average IQ, and “120” as the number needed to sustain our current level of technological prosperity.  Let’s go with those.  Let’s further stipulate that these numbers are correct, that IQ is adequately predictive of success, and that the problems with IQ measurements have been adequately massaged out.*

I was a Liberal Arts major, but even I know what “average” means.  If 100 is the average IQ… consulting the chart… yep, the incidence is 1.99999999913, which, though I love 11-decimal-place precision as much as the next guy, rounds to “1 in 2.”  Which means that half of the population will be below the line.

The line we’ve stipulated is our floor for the ability to make it in the modern world.

Think about that.

Then take a look at the incidence of 120 IQ.  The optimistic number seems to be “1 in 9;” pessimistic is “1 in 11.”  Splitting the difference — remember, Liberal Arts major, we can do that — gives us 10%.  That’s the fraction of the population which we’ve stipulated is able to keep things going.  I plugged “what is 10% of 50%” into the google machine, and it informs me that the answer is 5.  Which seem to indicate that you’ve got at most 5% of the population that’s capable of sustaining what we’ve already got.  As for actual innovation, I imagine we’re into the fractions-of-percents in very short order.

This suggests — scratch that, it necessitates — one hell of a government-mandated caste system.

First consider the high end.  Vox Day, who is Humanity’s Greatest Genius, loves pointing out that earth-shattering super-intelligences like himself don’t play well with other children.  They’d much rather publish comic books than, say, pore over ballistic missile specs or study traffic-use patterns for welfare cards.  If

  1. 5% is our baseline for simply sustaining what we already have; and
  2. our collective IQ is dropping at an alarming rate; then
  3. that simply won’t do.

The Chinese have no problem dragooning their Competent 5% into maintenance and their Innovative fraction-of-a-fraction into R&D.  We must do the same… or preemptively surrender to the Chinese, which amounts to the same thing, because they’ll do it for us.

Now before you object that the “free market” will take care of this sorting for us, note that it’s the “free market” that got us here in the first place.  Zuckerberg was free to use his talents however he saw fit, and he chose to become Lavrentiy Beria in a hoodie.  Further, as we’ve already noted, it’s the glowing blinky screens of our iCrap that are eroding our intelligence to begin with.

Further yet, it’s the Innovative 0.1% that keep Darwinism from working as it should.  It used to be common among conservative-leaning pundits — way back in the mists of time when there were such things — to point out that the murder rate of, say, Baltimore would be orders of magnitude higher without modern medicine and state-funded emergency services.  The “Social Darwinists” (slight anachronism) saw this well by the middle of the 19th century.  Hell, Thomas Malthus saw it at the tail end of the 18th.  He pointed out that the unfit were breeding like mice, while the fit — who were entirely subsidizing the suicidal overbreeding of the unfit — were themselves having few or no children.  (The so-called “Malthusian catastrophe” was where Darwin got his idea of “natural selection” in the first place).  The “free market,” in other words, was entirely too successful — it threw evolution into reverse.**

Now consider the low end of our IQ curve — 1 in 2 people, if we agree that the word “average” means what it means.  We’ve already stipulated that these folks won’t make it without some industrial assistance, and — “average” meaning average — this will remain true no matter how successful our eugenic efforts are in encouraging the Innovative 0.1% to put down the calculators and get it on once in a while.  No State that extends the franchise to people who by definition can’t hack it will long endure, and if we’re not in it for the long haul, then what’s the point?  Again, we might as well preemptively surrender to the Chinese, who will, again, simply do it for us.  A detailed, implementable plan for managing the 50% of us who are below the line must necessarily be the second step any HBD-aware state takes….

…. right after the first step, which is scrapping the idea that any kind of “representative” government will lead to anything other than a grunting Idiocracy, since, you know, “average” means average.

At least the tv will be funnier.



*I don’t mean the “math be rayciss” blather the blue-haired nose-ringers preach.  Rather, it seems obvious that any IQ measure must measure, in part, the simple ability to pay attention, and that this is largely a learned skill.  I think the people blaming iCrap for the well-observed drop in modern intelligence are mostly right.  The ability to bear down and think a problem through — the very notion that this is a problem requiring sustained thought, rather than just asking Alexa — is mostly cultural.
**see why I joke that I’m the only guy anyone knows who really believes in evolution?  Darwinism has some very unsavory, very obvious consequences that it takes a hell of a lot of work not to notice.


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Failure Theater, Democrat Edition

Lots of people, myself most certainly included, call the Republicans “the Stupid Party.”  That’s a bit unfair.  Not that the GOP isn’t brain dead — they most certainly are — but the Democrats are equally stupid.  The difference being, of course, that the Media trumpets Republican retardation and stays resolutely mum on Democrat dumbassery.

So this “government shutdown” thing is going to be an interesting test case of the Media’s narrative-shaping power.  As much as the Media tries to paint the “shutdown” as Trump’s fault, even their best efforts can’t hide the fact that it’s the Democrats’ doing.  Trump has offered them ludicrous, base-enraging concessions — the cries that Trump is “just about to cuck!” are as routine on the Right as “the shutdown is causing orphans to starve in the streets!”-style stories are on the Left — but Pelosi et al steadfastly refuse to compromise.  Totally open borders is the hill they’ve chosen to die on, and all the spin in the world can’t hide that it’s their choice….

Or so it seems to anyone who is halfway paying attention.  The question is, how many of us are paying attention, even halfway?  So much of what “everybody knows” is just Media gaslighting.  It has always been this way, of course, but in the pre-Internet days you had to almost be some kind of conspiracy theorist to ferret out the real news.  These days, the Media all but hires skywriters to advertise that they’re the volunteer PR firm for the Democratic Party.  If it ever got to a court of law, “not knowing the Media is just Dem propaganda” would be actionable as “willful negligence.”

It should be interesting, to say the least.  If it becomes obvious to everyone that the Media is losing control of this particular narrative, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see them gin up an “atrocity” to shift everyone’s attention to the shiny new story.  As we’ve seen with all the other recent “active shooter” investigations, nobody’s much interested in learning just how and why these guys do what they do.  Any word on the Las Vegas shooter, for instance?  The biggest mass homicide in American history, and the Media coverage lasted, what, a week?

If Trump holds firm, maybe we should invest in kevlar futures.

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