Paradigm Shift?

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “paradigm shift,” but probably haven’t read Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which introduced the concept.  I’m not going to claim that you need to run out and read it — I haven’t, and have no intention to — but “paradigm shift,” and its presentation, need a second look.

Most people think that “paradigm shift” just means “a new way of looking at things.”  And that’s what Kuhn wants you to think… when he’s speaking to laymen.  But doublespeak is the hoariest Stupid Professor Trick of them all, and so “paradigm shift” means something completely different when aimed at the anointed.  To “sociologists of science” &c, it’s an ironclad epistemological claim: You literally cannot think outside of your particular “paradigm.”  This thesis goes by various names — “frames,” “the Strong Programme [sic] in the Sociology of Science” — but it’s all the same thing: Knowledge itself is “socially constructed,” so you can only know what society, the media, the Patriarchy, capitalism, et cetera ad nauseam allow you to know.

Like all Postmodernism, the problem with this should be obvious.  It’s the Ishmael Effect — how did Thomas Kuhn escape his “paradigm,” to be able to tell us that nobody can think outside his paradigm?  Once again we find professors asserting for a fact that there’s no such thing as a fact.

And yet it’s not obvious.  In fact, Kuhn would say that noticing little factual discrepancies is how the “paradigm shift” happens in the first place — observations of celestial bodies don’t line up with Ptolemaic astronomy, for instance, and so along comes the Copernican revolution.  But, again, that’s just a PoMo speaking from both sides of his mouth — paradigms are incompatible, but somehow the one transforms into the other….

But now I’m wondering if he isn’t somehow right after all. See, for instance, this Cracked.com photomontage.  Specifically this

541398_v1and this:

541378_v1In both cases, the facts are well known, and easily accessible.  Re: more money, US per capita education spending is among the very highest in the world.  And there’s no correlation between spending increases and performance increases, as even the ultra-liberal HuffPo acknowledges.  And that’s with five seconds of googling.

With ten seconds’ worth of googling, we find that nope, not a single US state mandates teaching creationism in science class.  A handful require students to “critically analyze key aspects of evolutionary theory,” and two others allow (not require) “teachers and students to discuss scientific evidence critical of evolution.”  Hmmm….critically evaluating evidence and theories.  Gosh, that sounds like the very definition of the scientific method!

So maybe Kuhn is right after all.  Because these facts aren’t secret, they get brought up to liberals all the time.  You’ve probably done it yourself.  I know I have, and I bet your result was the same as mine — ad hom, then run away.  At the very best, you get a grudging acknowledgement that “some” studies “may have” said that… and five minutes later, they’re back griping about insufficient funding for public schools and those hicks in Tennessee mandating creationism in biology class.

They really can’t see past their paradigm.

Question-Flipping

One of academia’s handiest bullshit-masking tricks is question-flipping.

One of Rotten Chestnuts’ four regular readers (I think it’s Nate Winchester; please correct me if not) likes to quote Jonah Goldberg’s pithy insight that it’s not poverty that demands explanation, but wealth.  I’d like you to imagine yourself captured by an evil genie, who tells you he’s going to insert your brain into either A) a modern trailer-dweller, or B) any famous historical figure from the 19th century or earlier. Pick whomever you like — Queen Victoria, Julius Caesar, Ramses II, Genghis Khan, Cesare Borgia, Shakespeare… anyone, so long as his life ended in 1900 or before, or choose Tornado Acres Trailer Park.*

If you know anything about history, you take the trailer.  If for no other reason than trailers have aspirin, antibiotics, and air conditioning.  Those three things alone make modern life unimaginably more comfortable than even royalty experienced back in the days.  If you don’t believe me, try it — wait until a nice sultry summer’s day, then turn off the a/c and lock your medicine cabinet.  I bet you don’t make it past lunchtime.

This is a simple, obvious, irrefutable point, but as Goldberg keeps pointing out, almost nobody ever makes it, or thinks through the implications.  Politics in 21st century America assumes a baseline of material prosperity that goes well beyond the wildest dreams of science fiction from even the Fifties and Sixties.  Where on earth do we get this idea?

Part of it is simply that familiarity breeds contempt, of course, but some of it is much more insidious.  You’ve probably heard of “postcolonialism,” for instance, and even if you haven’t heard the term, you know the arguments — the Third World is so screwed up because the white man wrecked the place; anything that’s wrong with, say, Mexico is due to the “legacy of colonialism.”  It’s one of the pillars of Obama’s worldview, for instance.

Question-flipping, Goldberg-style, is the only way they can get away with this.  The obvious question should be, “well, if Whitey screwed it all up, why was life so much better when he was in charge?”  Tanzania, for instance, had a pretty good standard of living back when the Germans ran the place.  The average Indian peasant was obviously better off in the Raj’s glory days than in all but the last few years of independence.  The difference between Ian Smith’s Rhodesia and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is too gruesome to mention.  Ditto South Africa pre- and post-apartheid.  How many Average Joes, do you think, would happily invite Whitey back if they knew this?

The point of this exercise isn’t to show that wogs are incapable of self-governance, or some other Victorian-era bullshit.  I simply want you to see the disconnect between what reasonably informed, but non-indoctrinated, people would conclude from this set of facts, versus what the ivory tower concludes.  Because it’s obvious that Whitey wasn’t running everything out there in the colonies.  One of the most cited figures in Postcolonial Studies — and you’ll never find a more wretched hive of fact-avoidance than “___ Studies” — is that Britain ran the Raj with something like 100,000 full-time white folks…. at most.  Clearly there were a LOT of talented, dedicated, hardworking Indians making the Raj go.  Why, then, did it all go to shit in 1947?  Ditto just about any colonial possession of just about any European power — grotesqueries like Belgian Congo aside, most everywhere was run mostly by natives, most all of the time.  Where did they go?

That’s the question you’ll never see asked, because the answer is “they swallowed Leftist ideology, which is as utterly destructive of personal integrity and work ethic as it is of infrastructures and economies.”  Pick any country you like.  Tanzania elected Julius Nyerere, who is still the collectivist wet dream in many parts of academia.  He managed to ruin the economy and start a famine within a few years.  And Nyerere was just dumb and ideology-blinded; he wasn’t batshit insane like Idi Amin or Mobutu Sese Seko or Francisco Macias Nguema.

But question-flip it, and you can have a long and lucrative career flogging Whitey with 50 cent words.

 

*yeah, I know, Queen Victoria died in 1901.  Forget it, Hoover, he’s rolling.

 

“H8” and the Importance of Tautologies

Over at Morgan’s, I opined that “H8” may be the root of most, if not all, of modern society’s ills.  “H8,” of course, is that peculiarly Progressive perversion of Jesus’s command to hate the sin, but love the sinner.  According to Progressives, if you don’t love the sin, you must “hate” the sinner — if I don’t “celebrate” little Tommy’s decision to live as Ms. Phyllis Levine, showgirl extraordinaire, I’m itching to tie him to my pickup hitch and take him for a long ride down a gravel road.

Which is baloney.  I’m almost completely indifferent to Tommy.  “Mild pity” is the strongest emotion I can muster for him.  My “hate” — and it’s nearly strong enough for that word — is reserved for the notion of forcing us, with fines and jail time, to participate in Tommy’s delusion.

They are not the same.  They are, in fact, light years apart.  The only way to conflate the two is to completely lose one’s grip on tautologies.

It’s easy to do, alas.  In fact, almost any “skeptical” worldview you can name, from Diogenes the Cynic on down, rests on this kind of error.  They’ll say that we can’t know the “real” world, or “things as they are in themselves,” because our perceptions are mediated by our sense-organs and our understanding can only function in language-dependent concepts….

…which is just a fancy way of saying “we can only know what we can know.”(1)  Of course we can only see with our eyes and think with our brains.  And it’s certainly true that if our mechanism of perception were different — if we had bat sonar, say — things would appear quite different (2).  But this too is tautologous: If things were different, they wouldn’t be the same.  But that’s boring.  Isn’t it so much more fun — not to mention remunerative — to pretend that our “inability” to know “things in themselves” leads to all sorts of radical political consequences?

This “transgender” nonsense is just feminist tautology-dodging.  They will tell you that biology is meaningless when it comes to behavior.  Your private parts are the result of chromosomes, yes — not even feminists have gotten around to denying that yet — but “male” and “female,” they claim, are just “social constructions.”  Since the suite of behaviors we call “male” and “female” are largely (=entirely) culture-bound, anyone who “identifies” as a girl really is a girl, no matter what he’s packing in his pants.  And if you try to dispute that, well, we’ve seen how easy it is to get led off into the socio-philosophical weeds (very few scientists would claim that all behavior is entirely genetic…).

But “social constructions” are tautologies too.  Social things are social.  Customs are customary.

To get to “transgenderism,” you need to argue that DEscription is the same as PREscription — that by noting something is such-and-such a way, you’re asserting that it should be that way.  Which is false.  And, indeed, it’s only Progressives who argue that the way things are in The Current Year is the only way things should ever be.  For the rest of us, it’s uncontroversial, boring in fact, to note that gender roles change with circumstances.  On the football field, this is acceptable, indeed manly, behavior:

1253293349In line at the DMV, not so much.

Getting back to Tommy:  Tommy is a boy.  Tommy is not a girl.  Tommy dresses like a girl, and often behaves like a girl (3), to the point where it’s a not-unreasonable hypothesis that Tommy thinks he IS a girl.  But he’s not.  He’s a boy.  Same deal as the guy in the nuthouse who thinks he’s Napoleon (4).

Now, one can argue — and, in fact, I would argue — that Tommy deserves understanding and compassion.  I don’t hold it against him, and I wouldn’t force him into psychiatric treatment or anything like that, even if I could.  I certainly don’t “hate” Tommy.  But it is a tautology — it is true by definition — that Tommy is a boy, not a girl.

Forcing us to publicly pretend to believe otherwise is propaganda, and like all propaganda it’s designed to belittle and humiliate.  That’s where the hate — real, honest-to-God hate — comes from.  And if certain overly-excitable folks can’t distinguish between the propaganda and its subject, well, are they not following the Progressives’ lead?  They, not we, insist that tautologies aren’t tautological.  They, not we, insist that Tommy IS a girl.  Any actual hate directed at Tommy is unfair, and a tragedy….

…. and it’s entirely Progressives’ fault.

 

 

(1) I can’t recommend David Stove’s essay “Idealism: A Victorian Horror Story” enough.  He clobbers these arguments, then salts the earth behind him.  The full thing (parts I and II) are in The Plato Cult and Other Philosophical Follies; if that’s hard to get, or you want more Stove (and you really can’t get enough), one of the parts is in Against the Idols of the Age, ed. Roger Kimball.  Read them!!!

(2) That’s the thought experiment behind a famous essay by philosopher Thomas Nagel: “What is It Like to Be a Bat?”  Here’s a summary; the essay itself can be found online in .pdf form and is well worth reading.

(3) Though not nearly as often as you’d think.  When you read up on them, a surprisingly large number of “trans” folks are attracted to the same gender they believe themselves to be.  The “queer trans_____” actually seems to be the norm, in my experience, and you haven’t truly lived until you’ve heard a very obvious dude — I’m talking 6’3″, built like a linebacker, adam’s apple the size of a softball, with five o’clock shadow you could putt on — angrily going off about how he’s really a lesbian.  And no, he absolutely was NOT kidding.  I felt like I was on mescaline.

(4) The most fascinatingly quixotic book I’ve ever read, Julian Jaynes’s The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, uses these types of delusions as evidence.  A psychiatrist, Jaynes claims that folks who think they’re Napoleon exhibit the same inability to individuate that pre-conscious peoples do.  If you put two guys who think they’re Napoleon in a room together, the result is…. complete agreement.  They both agree that the other guy is also Napoleon. They somehow don’t process the idea that two people can’t be the same guy at the same time.  It would be fascinating to learn if “transsexuals” really believe that other transsexuals are the gender they claim.  Alas, that would imply (as I have implied throughout) that “transgenderism” is a mental illness, and that simply won’t do.

Sorry, I just gotta

Apparently Kurt Russell was interviewed by someone (somebody named “Wells”) about “feelings” about guns and Quentin Tarantino.

I do love Kurt’s awesome response, and by that I mean the way he handled the whole interview.  Let it be a lesson to us on how to handle these people.  With ridicule and WTF’s.

But what really got me was this mealy-mouthed, condescending, idiot Wells and some of the absolute crappety crap he spewed from his mouth.

“I’m not talking about politics …” the hell you aren’t! Next sentence he brings up “the gun culture” which is a political construct of the left. To the extent that there is any “gun culture”, the one that’s acting out what he’s talking about is gang culture and jihadis, and the one that is actually real “gun culture” as in your average NRA type … they’re not the ones springing “sudden violence” on people.

Russell: Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can’t?

Wells: No, not so you can’t, just so the idiots can’t get hold of them [so easily], that’s all.

But according to people like Wells, the “idiots” are the people who want guns to protect themselves, let’s be honest here. “We all know that right now, guns is a trope, I mean it’s not a trope it’s a totem, it’s a metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need, it makes them feel good because they’re being surrounded …” — the contempt dripping from his mouth couldn’t me more clear.  And Kurt cuts him off right there.

Russell: You really believe they’re not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God! You and I just disagree.”

BOOM!!!!

You want freedom, Mr. Mealy-mouthed liberal? You can’t HANDLE freedom. Go back to your “safe space” where Hans talks Greedo out of shooting altogether by understanding his pain and negotiating an agreement. Jeez!

The Top Three Signs You Might be a Secret Leftist

Over at House of Eratosthenes, we’re having a discussion about the nature and history of Our Betters, the Liberals.  While I think Morgan and I have reached broad agreement, there are a few things that still need clarification.  And since I’ve always wanted to write one of those Gawker-style clickbait lists, I hereby present

The Top Three Signs You Might be a Secret Leftist:

  1. You think the world is perfectible.

At some point in that discussion thread, we got to talking about Mighty Pharaoh.  Was he a leftist?  Certainly a guy like Ramses exercized total power, but was he a totalitarian?  I say no, because the totalitarian credo — “all within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” — claims that “the State” can be completely self-sufficient.

That’s not true, and even Ramses, who was raised to believe he was literally a god, knew it.  His main job as Pharaoh was to perform the rituals that kept the Nile flooding regularly.  It didn’t always work, and when the Nile failed to flood, Ramses didn’t send out the propaganda corps to proclaim that the Nile did flood, damn it.  Nor did he send out the secret police to arrest anyone who contradicted the propaganda.  God or not, he accepted some basic limitations on his power.

Leftists don’t do that.  They think there’s nothing their dogma can’t fix.  Take Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.  Widely regarded as an allegory of the French Revolution, Frankenstein captures the boundless hubris of the Enlightenment — our understanding of Nature is so vast that soon we shall conquer death itself.  Rousseau, Robespierre, and especially their ape, Karl Marx — born just 3 years after Waterloo — promised utopia through political action.

Our modern Leftists are even more extravagant.  Marx only promised paradise to humans.  Just seven years ago, Leftists told us that the Earth itself would heal if only we voted for a half-term junior senator from flyover country.  And as for natures’s remaining imperfections, well, they can simply be legislated out of existence.  George W. Bush isn’t widely regarded as a Leftist, but he overturned one of the fundamental truths of mathematics by decreeing that, with No Child Left Behind, all students shall now be above average.  In much the same way, Our Betters have abolished biology — women have dicks now, and only skin color is heritable…. sorta.donezal

2. You never trust your own lying eyes.

Because if you do, you risk breaking one of the newly minted laws of nature.  Imagine you’re a woman in the restroom with the “Ladies” sign on it.  In walks a 6’2″, well-built former Olympic track star, who whips out his cock in front of the nearest toilet.  Are you going to shriek, then call the cops?  You’d better not, if you’re a Leftist!  Gender is just a social construction, my friend, and dicks and/or balls can be constructed female, too.

So, too, with math.  If George W. Bush could mandate that all children are better than average, it’s child’s play for Barack Obama to add a gazillion-dollar socialized medicine program that will lower taxes and reduce costs.

And above all, you must never, ever follow up on anything, ever.  If you looked at the initiatives of LBJ’s “Great Society,” for example — the War on Poverty and whatnot — it’d sure look like they not only didn’t solve the problems they were supposed to, but they actually made them much, much, much worse.  If you actually interacted with some immigrants, it would appear that Magic Dirt Theory is false, and that a change of latitude doesn’t automatically transform a 70-IQ socialism-worshiping Mestizo subsistence farmer into a Jeffersonian yeoman computer programmer.  You’d notice that, contrary to all your end of the world models, the globe hasn’t warmed at all, the polar ice caps are thicker, and polar bears are thriving.  Not that those things are true, of course — only the words of humanities professors and Democrat politicians are true — but they sure look true, and that causes feelbad.  Never, ever trust your lying eyes.

3. You claim unlimited dictatorial powers for yourself, because you’re the victim of everything.

This last is the hardest for normals to grasp, and getting it is the surest sign you’re a secret Leftist.  Leftists believe that oppression confers moral authority, and moral authority, political authority.  By the transitive property of equality, then, the guy who suffers most at the hands of others wields the most political power.  This is why that Melissa Click idiot at at the University of Missouri can whine about how oppressed she is even as she’s demanding — and receiving! — the services of “muscle” to remove onerous persons from her royal presence.  It’s why feminists who — according to their own theory — should be barefoot, pregnant, and silent in a kitchen somewhere have arrogated to themselves the unlimited right to tell you what to say, hear, do, and think.  It’s why the lily-white Rachel Dolezals of the world are so anxious to pass themselves off as black, even as they scream about how oppressively, unrelentingly awful it is to be black in AmeriKKKa.  It’s why Hillary Clinton is still the odds-on favorite to ride her doddering nincompoop act into the White House in 2016.  Not a day goes by without some awful meanie saying something hurtful about her; that means she deserves the nuclear launch codes.

If any of these three apply to you, please seek help immediately.

Cognitive Dissonance — NOT BS

Comrade Cognitive Dissonance Czar, I surrender — the field is yours.

What convinced me?  This bookCogs in the Wheel: The Formation of Soviet Man,
by Mikhail Heller.  The author grew up in Russia and, after escaping, became a Sovietologist at the Sorbonne.  He wrote this in 1987.

Heller shows, in excruciating detail, the methods the Kommisars used to forge the New Soviet Man.  I want to highlight two things:

The importance of “dialectic.”  I knew about dialectic, of course, since it’s fundamental to Marx’s thought.  Problem is, “dialectical materialism” is so obviously false that it’s impossible for rational people to take it seriously.  It’s just Hegel’s “thesis-antithesis-synthesis” junk, gussied up with some squid ink about Historical Inevitability.  It’s no more scientific than Global Warming, though Marx, like all leftists, loved to pretend he was science’s BFF.*  History, of course, is not a science, and a guy with Marx’s record on predictions would be laughed off the pages of the National Inquirer.  Reasonable folks know it’s all bunk, stem to stern.

But who’s dumber, them or me?  I assumed that leftists are rational, despite several lifetimes’ worth of evidence to the contrary.  They really do believe there’s no such thing as a contradiction.  The Law of the Excluded Middle means nothing to a Hegelian — apparent contradictions are just the World Spirit working itself out.**  Thus, propositions can be both true and false at the same time, and none of their obviously incoherent and self-contradictory beliefs conflict, because the phrase “self-contradictory” is meaningless.

Deliberate infantilization.  You know who else has no problem with the principle of non-contradiction?  Children.  Kids believe seventeen obviously impossible things every morning before breakfast.  The Soviets knew this.  One of their main cultural goals, then, was to maintain a child’s mentality in the population.  Deliberate, systematic fear was Communist policy from the very start, and Lenin, Dzerzhinsky, et al made no secret of it.  Tie that to the magic word “dialectic,” and soon the people learn, Pavlov-style, to parrot — and, eventually, believe — the Party line, even if today’s Party line is 180 degrees away from yesterday’s.  The Nazis are our mortal enemies.  The Nazis are our allies.  Ooops, now they’re our enemies again.  Failure to shift with the wind means you and your whole family are headed to Siberia, so you shift — dialectically.

Heller illustrates this with a horrifying anecdote from Soviet literature.***  The protagonist of a play called The Suicide declares himself “the only Russian completely free of fear” because he’s going to commit suicide at noon tomorrow.  So, out of all possible alternatives, what does he do with his freedom?  He calls a random number at the Kremlin, and tells whoever picks up the phone that he’s read Marx, and doesn’t like it.

It’s worth reading for that alone.  But it’s fascinating to see just how close our Social Justice Warriors have come to turning themselves into New Soviet Men.

There’s the same disdain for manual labor.  You’d think it odd, what with the whole “proletariat” thing, but the USSR quickly devolved into Faculty Lounge Nation — shoddy work, of the kind that would get a real prole shipped off to Siberia, was tolerated from those who were unquestionably loyal to the Party.  Indeed, ideological purity came first, technical competence a distant second — the Soviets would routinely throw armies of illiterate peasants into “the battle for industrialization,” forcing them to build factories with zero training (Mao had an even more lunatic plan in the Great Leap Forward, forcing every collective farm to build smelters and produce steel on their non-agricultural hours).  Being a “brain worker” was nearly synonymous with political influence in the USSR, and “brain work” jobs were awarded based on loyalty — such that even the factory designers often had no idea what they were doing.

There’s the same paranoia, and the same hate.  Indeed, Soviets were taught that they were constantly under siege, and that hating their besiegers was a mark of virtue — the greater the hate, the purer the soul.  The same hypervigilance for any deviation — Stalin said, more than once, that even the best workers might be secret “wreckers,” because wreckers needed to look like good workers in order to sabotage socialism more effectively.  And, of course, the same antisemitism — the phrase “Zionism is racism,” which is the UN’s official position on the matter, came from the USSR.

And, of course, there’s the same refusal to bow to reality, with the same horrifying results.  A Soviet investigative journalist (I honestly had no idea there was such a thing) took it upon himself to find out why the food in a particular town’s one cafeteria was so relentlessly awful.  It turns out that this cafeteria needed to hit a “waste food” target to meet its numbers in the glorious Five Year Plan.  The Planners were convinced that some losses were inevitable in any cafeteria, and so they set an amount of “waste food” to be collected and redistributed as animal feed.  When the cafeteria served appetizing grub, they weren’t getting enough “waste.”  So, since they’d meet the “plates of food distributed” target no matter what they handed out, they served up the most wretched glop they could — the workers refused to eat it, and hey presto, waste food target fulfilled.

One could go on and on.  Heller’s prose isn’t the sharpest — he’s an academic, and this is in translation — but it’s a riveting read nonetheless.  And it’s a fine piece of writing that can change a guy’s mind on so large a topic as cognitive dissonance.  Check it out — Amazon says you can get a used one for a penny.  Just exercise caution; you don’t want to end up on a government list for knowing something you shouldn’t about their future plans.

 

 

*For those who know me as the “it all comes back to Marx” guy over at House of Eratosthenes… are y’all starting to see that it really does all come back to Marx?  He was the first to “fucking love science,” and the left have been beating that horse ever since.

**Yes, Hegel really does believe this.  Read any short summary of his thought.  You’ll have to translate it into plain English — nobody wants to believe that so many Very Smart Philosophers with PhDs have been taken in by such a shitty con — but when you do, you’ll see it plain as day.

***Too bad this stuff isn’t available in translation.  It’d be nice to see what Our Betters, the Liberals, have in store for us.

Fuhrerprinzip

It occurs to me that “”””progressives””” did America’s future fuhrer a solid by abandoning Dialectical Materialism.

Lefties always attribute their desires to some gassy nebulous Other.  Why they do this is above my pay grade, but it’s a psychological tic we’ve all observed. They want it, but they can’t come right out and say “I want this; give it to me.”  They have to pretend that the Constitution, or Social Justice, or whatever, requires it.

They do this even when saying “I want this; give it to me” would not only get them what they want, but would be the path of least resistance.  Nothing would be easier, for instance, than the Hugo TruFans simply renaming the tropy the Social Justice Award for Excellence in SJW Propaganda.  They get everything they want, the Puppies get everything they want, and nobody has to break their brain frantically organizing to stymie a campaign that OMG srlsly u guys doesn’t even matter at all.

Even leftie dictators do it — the Kim Jong-uns of the world routinely subject their slaves to “elections.”

Worse yet, the Other is always at one remove.  Again, the psychology of this is beyond me, but the upshot is that personal responsibility is nowhere to be found.  It’s always “the People” or something.  It’s not as if Kim (just to stick with a theme) couldn’t say “fuck it, I want a seventeenth palace” and the whole country’d hop to it. But no; even he makes up some bullshit about how a seventeenth palace is the truest instantiation of the Juche Idea.

Our Betters, the liberals, are the same way.  Everybody knows Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are America’s ruling quinqumvirate — when’s the last time anyone has wondered how they’ll vote on anything? — but nobody admits it.  The Supreme Gals are the guaranteed Liberal vote on every issue, but you’ll never get any liberal — themselves most definitely included — to admit it.  It’s not “Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg want;” it’s all penumbras and emanations.

Time was, any and all “progressive” policies could be laid at the feet of Dialectical Materialism.  That was the supposedly scientific Other that justified any and all deceit, treachery, and/or cognitive dissonance.  It went from Marx to Dialectial Materialism to the Party to the Vozhd, so even Stalin and Mao weren’t ultimately responsible for the horrible shit they did — it was History, comrade.

But now that’s gone.  And without that, you’re left with, say, Society… which is really “society,” which is really just a collection of individuals, with all their faults and foibles and petty bullshit.  You see this with any “society” of liberals — they all know they can’t trust one another, because none of them has principles.  So the first thing that happens when more than two liberals walk into a room is… they start organizing committees and passing bylaws.  The better to fuck you over with, of course, but don’t blame me, comrade — I’m just following orders.

At some point, someone’s going to come up with a mom-and-baseball-and-apple-pie version of the fuhrerprinzip — it’s so because I say it’s so.  Might make right.  And a million people are going to flock to that guy.  A hundred million more will really, really want to resist that guy… but how can they?  Society, after all, has spoken.

 

Obamify Democrats Pathetic Meme

Obamify DemocratsOf course, it’ll work if nobody counters it.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to counter.

When you take office at the low point of a the kind of recession caused by the housing bubble popping and things rebound naturally, you would expect this. After the stock market fell by 2/3, it WILL rebound back to where it was … usually in 18 months or so. Why did it take 6 years under Obama?

Same thing with unemployment, with the added benefit of so many people just plain giving up and leaving the job market altogether skewing the numbers downward to help you out.

Presidents rarely have jack to do with gas prices – and this is particularly rich from a guy who WANTS energy prices to “necessarily skyrocket”.  Because ManBearPig.

Bush_Obama_Deficit_2014At best, the Obama deficits are now about the same as Bush deficits were before the big TARP bailout — which Obama voted for — which drove the deficit tremendously high just before Obama took office – and also drove the *average* Bush Deficit up as a result. Pretty rich to blame your predecessor for something you voted for, then take the credit for NOT borrowing as much in subsequent years — because you have the benefit of the graft you blamed on your predecessor to fall from. The graph tells the story.

insuranceInsurance … insurance … Obamacare… 57% of those ENROLLED in Obamacare plans were previously uninsured according to this study.  I can see where the mathematically challenged might take that as half of the uninsured are now insured.  But really, it’s only half of the enrollees were previously uninsured.  That’s different.  In reality, it’s only dropped the “uninsured” rate by 2-3%.  Not half.  And at what cost?  We haven’t even begun to see what this is going to cost, especially after the unintended market consequences kick in.

You “got” Bin Laden largely because of efforts you opposed. Word has it you could have gotten him much sooner, but you were hesitant to pull the trigger and others basically pressed the issue until you said “yes”.  Either way, it’s not like it was some sort of bold decision.  Well for YOU maybe.  But I’m pretty sure any normal president at war in this kind of war would have taken out the enemy once found.

IRAQ-SYRIA-UNRESTYou also managed to lose everything that was gained in at least one of those wars, leaving a power vaccuum into which ISIS has stepped. In addition you’ve agreed to drop sanctions against Iran if they’ll promise (*snicker*) that they’ll stop working on their nukes for a while – while retaining their capacity to do it. And not allow anyone to check to see if they’re even holding up their own tiny end of the bargain.  I think we’ve seen this movie before.

The housing market crash was a market correction, so of course it stablized. It crashed to back to a relatively stable position. And there are signs of a new housing bubble building. This is what happens when you fail to address the underlying issues that led to the previous one.

As for the redefinition of marriage — of course you wanted it and your allies campaigned hard for it, calling it “marriage equality”. What it really is is the re-definition of a social institution, and it was done in response to a majority of people in several staLyingtes voting to keep their social institution defined the way they wanted it rather than to have courts impose a different one on them. So it went to the Supreme Court where the intense activist political pressure caused 5 judges to invent a new “right” out of thin air — which will ultimately lead to the de-definition of family. But that’s what Big Brother wants ultimately, anyway. Surprise!

FAIL. All around. But this is the kind of naked spin community organizers do every day.

On Tolerance, Disapproval, Respect, Acceptance, and Living Your Own Damned Life

So I got into a bit of a kerfuffle over this post on HKB.

Not exactly a kerfuffle, since the guy involved is an old friend, a really good guy — who cares about his gay friends and his straight ones as well.  He wasn’t being combative, really.  I think he just really missed my point. Which is not surprising given the way the argument’s been framed for a decade.

Here it is:

“It is not enough for the Left to live and let live. You must change your mind. You must not hold disfavored views. You must be the right sort of person. If you’re not, you will be muzzled.”

This is what has me worried.  Not dudes lying with dudes and chicks lying with chicks.

read more here.

To which I added this:

If you say anything that can possibly be construed as being “meh” on the practicality of gay marriage (which was, in practical terms, already “legal”*) and just not agreeing with the route taken by the activists, people will assume you hate gays and want to keep them from being happy.

So you can’t even have a proper discussion about it. The discussion was bypassed because, Shut Up, and the bullying worked on 5 justices.

*I’ve asked several people in the past several years just what is it, in real terms, that gays are not being allowed to do? Can they have sex with each other and not be thrown in jail? Can they have a ceremony that is to everyone there a real wedding ceremony? Can they call themselves “married”? Can their friends and anyone who is sympathetic with them call them married? Are they not being served in restaurants? Can they not spend the night in motels and hotels? Are they being turned away from hospitals? Just what, exactly, is “illegal” about it? That they can’t get a “license” to do these things? Why the hell do they need a license? (Why the hell do *I* need a license for that matter?)

Hell, they could apparently even force people to bake them cakes and take pictures of them if those bakers and photographers had moral objections to participating in the event.

No, it has *ALWAYS* been, for the activists at least, about *forced* acceptance — NOT tolerance. Tolerance is, “meh, I don’t care.” Acceptance is, “yes, this is good and right.” What they’ve wanted all along is to force everyone to say “yes, this is good and right” by force of law.

This is what is wrong with it. Has nothing to do with the Bible, or what kinds of “marriage” arrangements have existed in various cultures throughout history. It’s about government coercion.

This was the wrong way to do it. They already effectively had what they SAID they wanted, which is tolerance, and even acceptance by a good chunk of the population.

Just to make sure we’re clear on what I’m saying and what I’m not saying… read my actual post again. Is my problem with gay people, or with leftists? I think I’m pretty clear on that.

But because of how the entire argument has been successfully framed by the leftists, people cannot separate criticism of the court decision, or apprehension on what is to come without assuming they hate gay people, or at the very least don’t care about them.  If you express sympathy for the majority of Americans and frankly, people in the world that Marriage is between people of opposite sexes and with very few exceptions in history — always has been… when it’s been demanded that they toss their worldview out the window to accommodate this one … you’re just a hater.

It bugged me more this time because it was a friend and you want your friends to at least understand your position.  It was pretty clear we were talking about two different things.

In the discussion he asked if I knew any gay people.  I do.  I think the assumption is that I had some sort of misconception that they were all combative and out to destroy society.  Again, because of the assumptions injected by the Lakoffian language strategy of the left.

So as I lay there thinking (I do that a lot.  It’s not good for your sleep habits) trying to come up with a way to break out of the assumptions that come with the language constraints that have been successfully imposed on the subject, I suddenly (thankfully) came up with a perfect example that was right under my nose, literally. I hadn’t thought of it because I don’t dwell on it. I don’t feel victimized by it.

Here’s the deal.

In our eyes, my wife and I have been married for 23 years. In my parents’ eyes, due to their religious beliefs, we’re not married at all. You see, she is a divorcee, and there was no annulment. They wouldn’t come to our wedding. I knew they wouldn’t before I even invited them, but I invited them anyway, telling them I completely understood if they did not want to come.

Now, they still have us out to the house. We visit. We talk. We have a good time. They don’t hate me. They don’t hate her. Matter of fact they love her. Dad made it a point to pull me aside several months ago and tell me so.

But … if we were to spend the night there, we would be asked to sleep in separate beds. Because in their eyes, we are not married. I understand and respect their beliefs. I do not demand, much less ask that they accommodate us. Similarly, they wouldn’t come visit us in our home because of our living arrangement. They disapprove. They don’t condone it. I respect their beliefs. I do not feel ill treated. I do not feel humiliated. I do not feel “lesser”. That is what tolerance and respect looks like.

You see, disapproval is not the same thing as hate. Tolerance does not mean acceptance. In this story there is love, tolerance, disapproval, and respect. They are not mutually exclusive. The leftists have purposely, in a very Orwellian 1984-ish New Speak way (in the real world it would be more like Lakoffian way) — mainly through the media have shaped the way we even talks about this by choosing the language with which we talk about these things – and people have gotten very confused.  It’s no accident.

Keep in mind I myself am not sitting here saying gays should or shouldn’t be married, or that they’re not married. What I’m saying is that this will not be enough for the leftists. They are out to destroy, and this was just one issue they have usurped to help get that done.

There are gay leftists. And there are straight leftists who will wear the mantle to help destroy people they don’t like — namely the good people who love everyone but do believe that certain behavior is wrong, or that marriage is only between men and women. After all, it’s not exactly a radical view.

Tolerance is a two-way street. My prediction is that it will only go one way. Or else.

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.