Externalizing Morality

One of the many, many (many many many) reasons I’m not a leftist is: I have an appreciation for precedent.  Or, if you prefer, I know the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Or Thomas Hobbes’s version: Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t have done to yourself.

&c. Point is: You do something to someone, you set a precedent; you have no reasonable basis for complaint when the exact same thing is done to you.

Leftists clearly don’t have this.  I don’t know if it’s innate (r-selection), or learned, or what, but it makes having actual discussions with them next to impossible.  “Gay marriage today, polygamy tomorrow” literally doesn’t make sense to them.  They’re not lying — not all of them, anyway, and not consciously.  Ok, yes, the Politico types are — this went up the day after Obergefell — but the Sweet Aunt Polly types aren’t.  They really don’t see the connection there.  They don’t see precedent.

I wonder if this isn’t what Morgan was getting at with “externalysis,” here (please correct me if I’m wrong).  It seems to me that by outsourcing their thinking, especially their moral thinking, they can preen all they want, while all the while engaging in what we see as the grossest hypocrisy.

[Just you wait: Liberals are going to freak right the fuck out about polygamy, because it’s not cute tame Africans who want to practice it here in the good ol’ US of A.  It’s — ick! — Mormons, the most left-despised of all us benighted God-botherers]

Put simply, externalizing morality means: If it ain’t banned, it’s perfectly fine.

Example:  This is one of Al Gore’s houses

Gore Mansion 3This is Leo DiCaprio’s regular ride:

india-private-jet-1Pretty hypocritical for such “Green” folks, no?

Well, no, obviously not.  Not to them.  And the reason, I posit, is that while so many, many things are banned in order to Save the Earth ™, ginormous McMansions and Lear Jets aren’t.  We’re supposed to believe — and hell, maybe it’s true — that Al Gore’ six (or however many) mansions all have low-flow toilets, and Leo’s Learjet uses only those stupid twisty lightbulbs in the cocaine mirror.

When Congress gets around to banning those things, Leo and Al will happily stop using them.  I honestly think they — Leo and Al — really think this.

When you’ve empowered the State to distinguish right and wrong for you, then you’ve set up a situation where anything that isn’t officially wrong is right by default.  If it’s bad, there oughtta be a law.. but until there is, it’s good.

The endpoint of this, of course, is the classic description of life in North Korea: whatever isn’t banned is compulsory.  But until we reach that blessed utopia, we can live like kings, because it’s not hypocrisy — if it were, it’d be against the law.

The Confederate Flag, Slavery’s Role in the Civil War, and Why Historical Literacy Doesn’t Mean a Thing

An interesting discussion going on over at Morgan’s.  I want to expand a bit on a point I made there.  I’m sure Umberto Eco and Dan Brown have put this more eloquently than I can, but symbols quickly take on a life of their own, outside — or even opposite — their historical context.  Here’s a familiar example:

untitledAsk any bong warrior on any campus in America what this means, and you’ll get some gassy bullshit about sticking it to The Man, man.  Crucially: you’ll get the same answer from people who know better.  Guevara’s real life and opinions are meaningless; his face on a t-shirt = rebellion.

The Confederate Battle Flag is going down a similar road.

just to make sure **everyone** is offended

just to make sure **everyone** is offended

As the battle lines stand now, one side says the Battle Flag stands for racism; the other says it stands for heritage.  That’s about to change.

Now, I could point out that slavery was the proximate cause of the Civil War, not the root cause, in the same way taxation was the proximate cause of the Revolutionary War (ever tried explaining the Revolution to a bright fifth grader?  It’s dollars to donuts they’ll say something like “wow, all those people got killed because Sam Adams didn’t want to pay his taxes?”).  I could say that the root causes were two fundamentally different notions of government, and the citizen’s relationship to the state.  We could have a long, interesting, and fruitful discussion about that (which seems to be where it’s heading over at Morgan’s, provided nobody checks the authenticity of my George Washington quote).

But none of it matters, because nobody who’s actually going to be wearing the Confederate flag on his clothing, or screaming for the flag-wearers to be jailed, knows a single fucking thing about the Civil War.  I have fairly extensive experience with the American educational system, and I promise you, most folks can’t get the date of the battle of Gettysburg right within 50 years.  Few if any have even heard of John C. Calhoun, much less know anything about his ideas.  And — see above — it wouldn’t matter if they did.  Keep gazing into Che’s eyes until you get it.

That being the case, the Confederate Battle Flag will soon come to mean nothing more than “rebellion” to people who are sick to death of being PC-whipped by a remote, clueless minority and their government lapdogs (as, I’m told, it already does in many parts of Eastern Europe).  And because this is Weimar America, the issue will never, ever die, until the “republic” does — I promise you, my friends, every single Republican candidate will be invited to disavow the CBF by the media at every single event from now until doomsday.

Pretty soon — if it hasn’t already happened — there will be exactly two possible opinions on the CBF: the SJW version, or the anti-SJW version.  You can either swallow the some-animals-are-more-equal-than-others Stalinist SJW bullshit, or you can side with General Lee.

History ain’t got nothing to do with it.

Synchronicity – UPDATED 2x

Just as I’m writing about how the Left seems to be doing its damnedest to turn the Culture War into an actual shooting war, along comes the gay marriage ruling.

We knew it was coming, of course, but there was a sliver of hope. That’s gone now.

Hey, America — you’ve just been told, in the clearest possible terms, that your religious convictions mean nothing.  Your votes mean nothing.  You will be assimilated.  You can vote for anything you like, you can appeal to the Constitution all you like, but none of it matters.

You are ruled by a quinqumvirate in black robes, and their power is absolute.

Because I’m a conservative, I’m aware there’s history before 2008.  We’ve seen this exact thing before, y’all.

It didn’t end well.

UPDATE: Between ‘em, the Supreme Court and Her Majesty have all but handed Mike fuckin’ Huckabee the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination:

“The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

The other GOP candidates will, of course, fall all over themselves explaining that while they personally believe marriage is between a man and a woman, the American people and the law have spoken blah blah blah.  Which will fail because a) that “personally” stuff only works when the media asks you no followup questions whatsoever (that is, when you’re a Democrat), and b) Huckabee has already positioned himself as the Voice of The Opposition, and c) he’s already been so maligned by the media that there’s no shit left to fling, and d) as I and pretty much everyone else has been saying for the last two election cycles, Democratic tactics all boil down to “vote for me, ignorant peons!”, which means that e) any GOP politician who displays even the smallest hint of possible testicular fortitude is going to garner the vote of anyone who wants to spit directly in the Left’s eye, regardless of his platform.

I wondered who’d play Kurt von Schleicher in our shitty, big budget reboot of the Weimar Republic; I guess now I know.

UPDATE 2.0: It’s starting.  Ace of Spades has millions of readers.  And he asks a question that lots and lots and LOTS of Americans will be asking themselves in the coming weeks:

So, the government is officially just an outlaw now, huh?

Then what basis is there for any of us to obey it any longer?

Note, please, that this question has an answer, a simple, obvious one — brute force.  But note also that law enforcement types obviously tend to be law and order types.  It’s gonna be reeeeeeeealy interesting to see what happens when the first majority-white protest turns violent (and the summer’s just beginning).  Will the cops fire?  Will the National Guard?

On Staying in One’s Place

This started as a reply to Gary and Robert Mitchell Jr., below, but I think it has above-the-fold applicability.

Robert Mitchell Jr. writes

A war? A change to “re-roll” the die? Yes, they want that, they have wanted it since the 70s (Thus all the Democrat Terrorist groups) and they think they can win it.

“Re-roll the die” is an important phrase.  It implies an outcome, and it shows — as if any more proof were needed — that the Left has no real idea what that outcome should be.  That’s one of my favorite ironies of Weimar America: They call themselves “progressives,” our Marxists manque, but they don’t realize that “to progress” is a transitive verb.  Towards what are we progressing, comrades?

Marx at least had an answer.  A retarded answer, of the kind only an aspergery intellectual who had never worked a day in his life could come up with, but an answer nonetheless:

Their dream – the Communist Society – was a free association of completely free men, where no separation between ‘private and common interest’ existed: a society where ‘everyone could give himself a complete education in whatever domain he fancied’…In their Communist Society… a man would be given ‘the possibility to do this today and that tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, to go fishing in the afternoon, to do cattle breeding in the evening, to criticise after dinner’, as he chose (‘The German Ideology’, MEGA, 1/5).

“Criticize,” in case you don’t speak Hegel, refers to stuff like opera and poetry.  After a nice leisurely day of hunting, fishing, and cattle breeding, you’re going to sit down and watch you some opera, because real people are really like that.

Our “””progressives””” lack even this.  They’re so eager to shove everyone into his/her/xis/whatever little box that they never spend word one describing what we’ll all do once we get there.  One gets the sense, based on their most recent freakouts, that we’ll all play DepressionQuest and read “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” but it’s not clear — since blacks, whites, trannies, etc., are mutually incomprehensible — if each identity group will have its own version of those, or what.

One does get the sense, however, that Our Betters really, truly believe that everyone will stay in his/her/xer/whatever assigned box, forever.  The problem is getting them there.  And the major problem with that, it seems, is identification. They’ve got “woman,” “black,” and “gay” pretty well figured out — though the Sarah Palins and Clarence Thomases of the world keep screwing it up — but it’s really tough sorting out the good cishetwhites from the bad cishetwhites.

The solution?  As Gary writes

The good people of Charleston, by failing to turn to hatred and violence, thwarted the MSM’s favored narrative, forcing them to settle for a shoddy Plan B, this stupid nonsense about the Confederate flag. This was the best they could do, but somehow the story had to be about racist whites oppressing blacks. If you didn’t know any better, you might actually think those fine folks in the MSM would like to see a race war.

Indeed they would!  Nothing like violence to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially when the badthinkers all conveniently label themselves by donning Confederate flags.

And when that glorious day comes, comrades — when everyone is in his box; when each person can be exactly ONE thing and nothing else, forever — then we shall have utopia.  And we shall all forget, at the wave of the +20 Wand of Social Justice, that Our Betters have spent the last 100 years telling each one of these boxes that every other box hates them and lives only to oppress them.  And nobody shall ever have any desire to leave his/her/xis/whatever box, because why would he/she/xe/whatever? It’s utopia in there.  If some boxes are more equal than others, well, is that not Social Justice?

They really do seem to think like this.  Slap a label on it, and you’ve altered reality.  And people will just accept their labels, and keep right on doing what they’ve been doing, because… because.

That’s the endpoint of “progress,” comrades — complete and total stasis.

How fucking noble.  And if we have to start a race war to do it, says the media, well… omelettes, eggs, you know the rest.  At least it’s clickbait.

Are They TRYING to Start a War?

You know, if I were really, honestly trying to transform the Culture War into an actual shooting war, I’d do something much like the current campaign to ban the Confederate flag.

If you really want to rally your opposition, give them a symbol.  Sorry for quoting myself, but this is the kind of thing I’m talking about:

For many ordinary folks in Weimar, the one thing you weren’t allowed to be was German.  The Kaiser, the Imperial War Flag, Die Wacht am Rhein… for a nation that really only became a nation in the 1870s, i.e. in the crucible of war and empire, those things were Germany.  And those things were banned.  You could be a communist, sure, or some flavor of “social democrat,” or an artist, or a cabaret singer, or a morphine addict, or a homosexual, or a wage slave to foreign banks…. but a German?  Verboten!

As I’ve said many times, a major part of Hitler’s appeal to ordinary Germans was that his very presence was a middle finger to weak-kneed liberal internationalists.  The Commies want to sell you out to foreign (Jewish) intellectuals, he told his audiences, while the Social Democrats want to sell you out to foreign (Jewish) banks.  A vote for the NSDAP is a thumb in both their eyes.

Put on the swastika armband and let them all know where you stand, he told them… and they did, and when they looked around, they saw hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands of people just like them.

Our SJWs are creating exactly those kinds of conditions today.  It won’t take much for folks to start wearing Confederate flag patches on their clothing, in mute protest at everything that’s being shoved down our throats — all the so-called “equality” and “social justice” that really boils down to this:

vJL5ldLet me be clear on this, lest anyone be tempted to miss my point: One doesn’t make sophisticated arguments with symbols.  The actual history behind the “Confederate flag” doesn’t matter, because nobody cares about that stuff.  All that matters is that people like that “let us abolish you” chick hate it.  One doesn’t make sophisticated arguments with selfies, either, and everybody knows what “let us abolish you” means. By pushing things in this direction, SJWs are quite literally daring folks to slap Confederate flags all over their clothing, as their way of saying “no, sit down and let us abolish you!”

And the Confederate flag-wearers are armed.

Thank God the Charleston church shooter was a disgusting omega dreg, and looked it.  But the kid some media-frenzied Michael Brown goes out and shoots in “revenge” might not be.  The absolute nightmare scenario would be a ghetto thug gunning down a cute blond girl with a Confederate flag patch.  Any guesses as to what happens then?  Anyone want to lay odds on this not happening sometime in the next year or so?

The media sure as hell seems eager for it to happen.

SJW in a Sentence (Corrected)

Correction (6/16/15): Not written by George Rape Rape Martin; it’s a customer review on Amazon.  We shall not accuse Rape Rape of that which he is not guilty.  Thanks Nate!!

 

*****

SJWs always lie, but since they also always project, they often end up telling the truth inadvertently.  As here.  George Rape Rape Martin, on John C. Wright’s essay collection Transhuman and Subhuman:

Rather, reading the author’s extremely non-mainstream views felt like being at ground zero of a nuclear explosion after being dosed with anthrax and sprayed with nerve gas.

Speaks volumes, don’t it?

Every leftist I’ve ever met has informed me — usually within five minutes of our first acquaintance — that liberals are all about teh free thoughtz.  Academics routinely decree that conservatives have no place in academia, because we’re just not capable of handling their out-of-the-box cogitations .  It’s right-wingers, says everyone in the media, who defend the status quo at all costs.

And yet here’s Rape Rape, bitching through Dorito fumes that science fiction — science fiction! — dared challenge his worldview.

On the Two Chief World Systems

SJWs won’t learn, because they can’t — they’re rabbits, after all, not people — but anyone not suffering from a full-scale attack of social justice toxoplasmosis should, by, now, be cottoning to the chief difference between Left and Right worldviews:  The Right’s is testable.

[I know, I know — as much as they claim to be science’s BFFs, Our Betters, the liberals, should’ve been the first ones to see this.  A mysterious fuckin’ mystery, that.  But anyway…]

A few months back there was a trial of strength.  Vox Day et al challenged the sci-fi publishing establishment by attempting to stack the Hugo Awards.  They succeeded wildly.  And now they’re going after the scalp of a senior editor at Tor Books.

Time will tell how this one goes.  Given the, umm, healthy ego of the gentleman involved, I suspect he wouldn’t have let slip the hogs of war without being near-certain of victory, but that’s by the bye — either way, when the dust settles we’ll have a pretty good idea of the relative strength of each side.

No leftist would ever do it this way (indeed, they’re insisting, in George Rape Rape Martin’s words, that “No one on ‘my side’ ever threatened anyone’s livelihood or career” — in case you hadn’t had your daily dose of hilarious insanity yet).  It’s all Feelz Before Realz to the rabbits.  It’s all perception.  And on those terms, Vox’s victory — assuming he wins — will be devastating.

How many emails does it take to bring down an SJW?  I think we’re about to find out.

Misunderestimating the Bunnies

Over at Vox’s, I see a lot of commentary in this vein:

If [Irene Gallo] had posted to Facebook that there aren’t more women and blacks in SF because they just aren’t smart enough to write quality stories, she would be gone by now. There’s zero question about that. She might not have lasted to the end of the workday. Maybe Mr. Doherty wouldn’t have been the one to fire her, but all the people at Tor currently defending her and drawing new lines between corporate and personal would have demanded her resignation, someone in authority would have acted, and she’d be gone.

Which is true, but meaningless.  The ol’ argument by analogy doesn’t work on Social Justice Rabbits, because they practice Crimestop:

Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any ttrain of thought which is capable of leading a in a heretical direction.

A Rabbit literally — literally — cannot think about women and/or blacks not being good enough to write compelling sci-fi.  Crimestop has rewired their neural pathways.  And because “women/blacks can’t write compelling sci-fi” can’t enter their heads, it’s likewise impossible for them to think “Irene Gallo thinks women/blacks can’t write compelling sci-fi.”

For them, trying to think a thought like “Women/blacks can’t write compelling sci-fi stories” would be like us trying to prove the Riemann Hypothesis — there’s a point past which our mental faculties can’t go.  Similarly, an SJW trying to entertain the proposition “Irene Gallo thinks women/blacks can’t write compelling sci-fi” would be like us trying to prove the Riemann Hypothesis by imagining all the steps a genius mathematician would take to prove it.

This is why you can’t argue dialectically with bunnies.  Their poor cunicular cerebrums can’t handle it.

Cognitive Dissonance: Still Bullshit [Updated: and I’m an Idiot]

Sorry, Gary, but what other possible explanation can there be for this?

The short-short version: A senior person at Tor Books, the leading sci-fi publisher, called the Sad/Rabid Puppies neo-Nazis on her Facebook page in the course of describing their writing as “bad to reprehensible.”

This is, as lefties love to say, “problematic,” since at least one of those authors, John C. Wright, is published by Tor.  And, you know, there’s that whole “calling your customers Nazis” thing.

Many folks, including many non-Puppies, considered these comments beyond the pale, and demanded that Tor Books and their parent company take action.

Guess what the SJWs’ response to that was?  Go on, guess:

This has gone well beyond the usual purely rhetorical combat of fan feuds to threatening someone’s career status because of their personal opinion. It’s dirty pool in my eyes and sets a terrible precedent.

Oh, attacking someone’s career for their personal opinions is dirty pool, is it?

Brendan Eich and the owners of Memories Pizza were of course unavailable for comment, so let’s let one of Vox’s regulars speak on their behalf:

I think I’ll check out the comment sections of some SJW sites like Gawker, and see how quickly and graciously they accepted Paula Deen’s apology. I’ll also estimate the ratio of SJWs who said forcing Brendan Eich’s resignation was going too far, and how long it took for them to accept his apology and start calling for him to get his job back. I could also see how quickly they stopped bad-mouthing Mel Gibson and went back to admiring him as a filmmaker after he apologized to Jews for his drunken rant. If those examples aren’t clear enough, there are hundreds of others to choose from.

I hereby promise not to dance in the wreckage of any SJW’s life for one moment longer than the SJWs have taught us by example is appropriate and just.

Bam — flush to the board.

This level of hypocrisy is literally insane.  We’re so used to seeing it on the internet that we forget some basic things about human interaction, but seriously, this be cray-cray, yo.

I’d like y’all to imagine a real person — your next door neighbor, say — behaving in this fashion.  You’re having a cookout, he comes over, and after tipping back a few brews together the conversation turns to current events.  In his easiest, most neutral, how-about-that-weather tone he tells you “Well, yeah, sure I demanded the firing of that high school principal, but I don’t hold with these online witchhunts over people’s personal opinions.  Getting a guy fired for what he said on his private Facebook page is dirty pool, and I won’t stand for it.”

Could you ever feel at ease around that guy again?  Or would you treat him like that weird dude who one day covered all his basement windows with tinfoil and took down his satellite dish with a hacksaw?

I’ll tell  y’all one thing: The internet is going to force a complete revision of the Psych 101 textbooks.  The ease of communication, and the possibility of your writings reaching uncountable numbers of people halfway around the world, but with zero personal accountability, has led to an almost complete disconnect between words and their meanings.  A guy like Moshe Feder can’t actually believe what he’s saying unless he is literally, diagnosably, should-be-institutionalized insane.  Therefore he doesn’t.  Therefore whatever purposes his words serve — in his mind or his readers’ — communication literally can’t be one of them.  Not in any way the term is commonly understood.

Otherwise the cognitive dissonance would crack his skull.

UPDATE: In the rush to get my incoherent thoughts down, I didn’t realize that there is an alternate explanation, a really simple one — Moshe Feder is dumb.

Seems hard to believe that an idiot could rise to a high corporate position… if you’ve never met people in high corporate positions.  My instinctive respect for the wordsmithing profession made me forget that corner-office pen-pushers are exactly that, regardless of industry.

Tom Doherty, the big cheese at Tor, already forced Irene Gallo, the FB-posting muckety-muck who started this whole thing, to issue one of those bullshit pro forma non-apologies in the hopes that he wouldn’t have to fire her.  He himself issued a statement that employees’ private FB pages don’t reflect the company.  Which, as anyone who has ever worked in an office knows, is about the clearest signal you’re ever going to get from management to shut the fuck up already about whatever-it-is.

Feder didn’t do that.  In fact, he openly mocked Doherty:

I’ll be happy to say right now, here on my _personal_ FB page, speaking for myself and not Tor, that I agree with Irene that Vox Day can be fairly described as a neo-Nazi.

Oof. What a putz.  And I’m a double putz for attributing to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity.  I really do mean this: Sorry, Gary.  Cognitive dissonance doesn’t apply to the terminally stupid.*

 

*Is there a minimum intelligence threshold for CD to apply?  I’m seriously curious.  Dumb people hold all kinds of contradictory opinions simultaneously with no discomfort, because they’re stupid.  Is there an IQ point at which it kicks in, do you think?  Or does the whole concept need some revision?

Ethno-Socialism

This started out as a reply to Gary, here, but I want to think about it some more.  Gary writes, re: Sweden:

Also, I heard something about Sweden that would have rendered it a one-off. It was said that Sweden is unique in that it’s the only place in the world where people will continue to work even though they’re not getting paid.* This bizarre situation is the only way a lavish social system like theirs could possibly work. Everywhere else, lots of people would realize it’s easier to just go “on the dole” and receive from the state a decent apartment, good food, medical care, pocket money and even vacations (I think)–from the rigors of not working, I guess.

That’s the way I understand it, too, and that’s why I refer to the Swedish Model as national socialism — small n, small s.  It’s socialism by Swedes, for Swedes, and can only exist in a nation composed entirely of Swedes.

This kind of ethno-socialism isn’t unprecedented.  Sparta was like that.  So was South Africa under apartheid, which was, famously, “socialism plus racism” — socialism for whites, by blacks.

The problem is that the cultural cost of such systems is very high, and ultimately unsustainable.  Like the Spartans, you have to go absolutely all-in on maintaining the cultural preconditions of your system.  If the facade cracks, even a little bit, it’s all over.

Or, to put it even more simply, people respond to incentives.  I’d take a slightly lower absolute standard of material comfort if I had 40 more hours per week to enjoy it.  If Sven Svensson wants to put in 40 hours down at the Volvo plant to live a $60K per year middle-class life, while providing me with the equivalent of a $35K per year life while I sit on my ass, well… go for it, Sven.  But I think Sven’s a fool, and pretty soon Sven’s going to realize I think he’s a fool, and then what happens?

This is why proggies are always getting thumped over the head with reality, yet never learn from the experience.  They think they’re toggling variables in some giant Econ 101 equation — since Poverty Causes Crime, there’s a certain dollar amount (d) at which gross criminality (c’) drops to zero.  Similarly, they think that because the Swedish Model works, there exists an hourly wage (h) and a tax rate (t) at which all workers will continue to robotically grind out enough output to sustain a given level of welfare payments.

But that’s wrong.  Socialism is a cultural system masquerading as an economic one.*  A very specific culture enabled the Swedish Model, and the Swedish Model in turn destroyed that culture.  At some point, Sven realized I think he’s a fool, and soon after that, he realized that he is a fool — not working beats working for almost everyone, almost everywhere, almost all the time.

 

 

 

*If you’re a history buff and/or a huge nerd, like me, you can get a lifetime’s worth of chuckles watching academic historians miss this rather obvious fact.  Historians of the Old South, for instance, are forever arguing over just how “capitalist” cotton slavery was.  They just can’t figure out how to shoehorn the Civil War into Onkel Karl’s crackbrained theoreis, but they’ll burn through 1,000 pages trying.  In truth, slavery was a social arrangement, not an economic one.  But since slaveholders were white and rich, they just had to be uber-capitalists. Because who needs facts when you’ve got Hegel?