D3 Challenge: That Weird Amnesia Thing

As y’all know, the Dim Devil’s Dictionary (D3) exists to put catchy tags on the characteristically dumb shit lefties do.  I’m nowhere near the wordsmith Morgan is, so I’m asking for your help.  We need a word for the following scenario:

You know how, when you’re tired or stressed, you sometimes think you’ve actually done something you only intended to do?  I’m pretty sleep-deprived these days, and I find this happening all the time.  I walk by the dishwasher, say, and remind myself to flip it on.  Then I get distracted, so the next time I’m in the kitchen I think “oh, don’t forget to start the dishwasher”… but I never actually do, but I think I did, and when I come into the kitchen the next morning, I’m halfway to pouring a glass of OJ before I realize that I’m about to chug down some horrid glop that’s been sitting with the used plates for three days.  Hey, what the heck is wrong with the dishwasher?

I can’t be the only one that happens to….?

Anyway, assuming that’s fairly typical and not just another one of my many endearing quirks, that process — that sort of amnesia-by-intention — could be useful in understanding some  upcoming leftist behavior, and explain some past behavior.

For example, Global Cooling was the hip enviro-scare of the 1970s.  Then it was Global Warming, and now it seems we’re back to Global Cooling again.  The same “science,” with the exact same proposed solution — global socialism, natch — but diametrically opposite conclusions.

Now, no climate “””””scientist””””” worth his grant money is ever going to acknowledge the obvious about the temperatures — that these are natural sun cycles — because that would mean he’s no longer on the government tit.  Similarly, no liberal is going to acknowledge the obvious about the solution — that any excuse for socialism will do — because that would mean they’re just plain ol’ partisans, not deepthinking intellectuals filled with profound mindthoughts.  So what’s a good activist to do?  In order to criticize everyone for being against “science” today, you have to completely forget what “science” said just yesterday!  The stress would cause a lesser brain to explode, and it’s things like this that long led me to conclude that cognitive dissonance is bullshit.

But now I think maybe that intention-amnesia thing is to blame.  Just like I’m sure I turned the dishwasher on, maybe Our Betters, the Liberals, are convinced that they’ve thought it through.  And just as my first thought isn’t “I forgot to turn the dishwasher on,” but instead “gosh, the dishwasher must be broke,” so perhaps the fact that it’s a “”””scientist”””” saying so lets them slide over the contradictions….?

I’m just spitballin’ here, but we all know that they do this.  And we know they’re not lying.  Not really — when confronted with an obvious contradiction in their story, liars get shifty and evasive.  They start talking very, very fast.  Liberals don’t — they double down.  They know we’ve always been at war with Eastasia, damn it.  Perhaps this is the mechanism.

We’re going to see another dramatic example of this here very shortly.  Conservatives, as we know, make sure their principles conform to reality.  This is why you see guys like Ronald Reagan switching parties — “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party,” he famously remarked, “the party left me.”  You never see “progressives” doing this, because they try to make reality conform to their “principles.”  They’re so caught up in their identities as “progressives” that it doesn’t matter a whit what “progressive” means today.  When the zeitgeist changes, they change with it… and as soon as they figure out which way the wind is blowing, they sprint out in front of it, so that they can be the “progressives” again.

Thanks to fine folks like Syed Farook, Tashfeen Malik, and the rampaging rapists currently flooding into Northern Europe, the zeitgeist is about to shift very far, very fast.  I honestly would not be surprised if actual pitchfork-toting mobs started storming faculty lounges.  It won’t be too long before saying “So-and-So likes ‘diversity'” will be the equivalent of calling him a racist today.  And, of course, our “progressives” will have to sprint out in front of that, so that they can be “progressives” again.  Today’s blue-haired bicurious vegan slam poet is tomorrow’s obergruppenfuhrer.

We’re going to need a word for that, the mental process that must happen in the few seconds between peeling off the “Coexist” bumper sticker and pasting on the Confederate flag.

Any suggestions?

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10 thoughts on “D3 Challenge: That Weird Amnesia Thing

  1. RW

    To paraphrase Ash: Good. Bad. I’m the one with the hate.

    I can’t think of a new technical term for what you describe, S. But I think that your observation regarding the irrelevance of the sin or heresy to your average Leftist’s ire is very interesting. Eurasia, Eastasia – it only matters that the devotee hate in the proper degree. You project that they will form the Einsatzkommandokorp when the invading horde becomes a tsunami. Well, they have the requisite hate and blindness necessary to perpetrate horrible acts.

    Intra-ideological expedience? Justgottahate?

    1. Severian

      You project that they will form the Einsatzkommandokorp when the invading horde becomes a tsunami

      Yep. And you’re right — it’s the hate that counts. I’m old enough to remember three or four different iterations of “progressivism,” and the hate (and the consequent desire to run everyone’s life for them) is the only constant. I remember, for instance, when the idea that gays should form monogamous relationships — “marriage,” if you will — was the worst kind of insult. How dare you suggest that they should act like despised “breeders”?!

      And then someone put out the memo sometime around 2002, and the same people who were screaming about gays’ sacred right to anonymous bathhouse hookups were screaming about their inviolable constitutional right to marriage. They were perfectly willing to ship me to a labor camp for holding the exact same opinion that they themselves held — loudly, vehemently, very publicly held — just yesterday.

      The only conclusion is that sending people to labor camps is the point. Any excuse will do.

  2. Nate Winchester

    Michael Crichton’s term Gell-Mann Amnesia?

    “Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.
    In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

    Is that what you’re meaning?

    1. Severian

      Sort of. But GMA is willful forgetting of what others don’t know; I’m talking about forgetting what you yourself were certain of just yesterday.

      As I said above, back in the mid 90s saying that gays should be monogamous made you a Christofascist Godbag homophobe. Nowadays, saying gays shouldn’t get married makes you a Christofascist Godbag homophobe. It’s the same people, screaming the exact same insult, at a position that’s 180 degrees from what it was yesterday. And it’s not an act — they’re as vehement about it around each other as they are in public….

      …. as vehement, that is, among people who MUST know that they’re now supporting a position they were absolutely against last night.

  3. nightfly

    I propose the term “fauxcomplishment” – you’re convinced you did it, therefore it was done. With enough of them, one can become an accredited fauxchiever, much in the manner of Brian Williams and other politico-media fabulists who are convinced of their own noble adventures, who win awards for them that thus prove they are people of award-winning quality. (And we’re not, so we can shut up with our actual businesses, jobs, families, hobbies, and lives, and get around to obeying Those Who Know Better.)

    It goes hand-in-glove with the sense of superiority and overarching self-righteousness. They’re better than us, but actual proof of it is scant on the ground: they have no real works of cunning, bravery, or intellect. Hence fauxcomplishments – someone who is so resourceful, brave, and clever, so *right* about things, would do all sorts of great deeds; they are such people; therefore, the deeds are considered to be done without the bother of the actual effort to do them.

    1. nightfly

      EDIT – we should distinguish between doing this from time-to-time as a form of absent-mindedness, the “I *swear* I folded the laundry!” phenomenon, vs. willful deception and delusions of grandeur.

  4. philmon

    ” blue-haired bicurious vegan slam poet”

    Bwhahahahahahahahah!!! I need to commit that one to memory.

    Um … yeah, the thought you did something you really haven’t yet ….

    finesia … or maybe actnesia.

    They both have their upsides. But I’m leaning “finesia”

  5. joe

    I don’t think we need a new word for the denial of reality/ cognitive dissonance the (D)irtbags are so good at. The word ‘stupidity’ seems like a good description, although it’s not quite in line with the literal definitions I’ve seen. Perhaps something like ‘ideo-stupidity’ to differentiate from natural tendencies to misunderstand? The fact that many will think you are also calling them idiots seems like a bonus.

    My proposed definitions:
    -ignorance is not knowing things. No shame in that, acknowledging my ignorance is the first step to learning.

    -dumb just means that a person has a hard time learning. Dumb people can do most jobs, and are actually less likely to horrendous screwups than stupid people ( even the very smart stupid people, like our rulers) – dumb people don’t trust their reasoning enough to go out on a limb and start sawing. Would a dumb person boldly invite millions of Moslems into Europe?

    -Stupidity- the definition of stupidity should include an element of wilfullness -people who are willing to remain ignorant because it’s more comfortable, and are slow to learn better because it’d interfere with their comfort/social position/ govt. check. I think a key form of stupidity is ignoring the rights and prerogatives of others.

    Wiki: stupidity: “Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or common sense. Stupidity may be innate, assumed or reactive – a defence against grief or trauma.”

    H.G. Wells ‘history of civilization /world ?’ had a summary I liked: something like: ‘History is the story of selfishness and stupidity’. At least the exciting parts have a lot to do with wilfull ignorance of reality and/or the rights of others. The moslem invasion of Europe required abject ideo-stupidity, – dumb or ignorant people would’ve been more careful.

  6. joe

    A better example of ideo-stupidity might be trying to tell an SJW type that it’s a bad idea to hang around an area that’s all blacks. They would refuse to acknowledge the truth of the fact (or pass the idea along, or report on it , because it’d conflict with their ideology caused stupidity.

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