Nate Winchester’s guest post on the appeal of Jordan Peterson got me thinking. Every writer makes assumptions about his audience; one of mine is that the Nine Readers are all adults, at or approaching middle age, with some substantial life experience under their belts. Thus, I assume posts like this one are just restatements of the obvious, which is why I try not to write posts like that.
Even if that’s true, though, there may well be folks passing through here who are younger. If you’re an American under the age of about 30, you’ve had an entire life’s worth of very careful instruction, put together by the very best specialists, in how NOT to think. Facts are to liberals as crucifixes are to vampires. Extending the metaphor, questioning the narrative is, for them, like getting a garlic enema in broad daylight. Given that all your instructors, K thru PhD, were all SJWs, it’s entirely possible that you’ve never seen it done. If so, here’s a handy primer:
Ask for specifics. Anyone who knows what he’s talking about will not only have them to hand, but will be eager to discuss them with you. SJWs, on the other hand, will immediately go ad hominem. So, for instance, when “gun control” comes up, ask your interlocutor just what, specifically, is so heinous about “bump stocks.” Full disclosure: I have no idea what a “bump stock” is, but I guarantee you that nobody who is all hot and bothered about banning them does, either. It’s just the hivemind’s latest talking point.
And so on down the line. “Deregulation” is another SJW term d’art. Recessions, we’re told, are caused by “deregulation” in the financial markets. So: Which regulations were repealed, and of them, which would you like back?
Sadly, this applies to Our Thing, too. The second link, above, discusses a rumor that “most of the Obama administration” will soon be arrested, to face military tribunals. Ok: Who? Here’s a list of Obama administration personnel. Picking a name at random…. Gladys J. Commons, the former United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller). What would we charge this woman with, that isn’t also a civil crime? You don’t need military tribunals to deal with run of the mill peculation, or even espionage. What could she have done that would require, in effect, martial law in order to try her? And how would you go about arresting her? Wiki’s lack of info on her post-Obama career implies she’s a private citizen now. Are we going to send in SEAL Team 6 to arrest her? Why would we send SEAL Team Six, instead of the local police, or even the Feeb? Can you even begin to imagine the paperwork?
To ask is to answer. This is nonsense on stilts. “Military trials of former administration officials” is Step 2 of your standard coup d’etat. Every question asked in that previous paragraph requires a ream of Constitutional violations to answer. It’s baloney.
Ask for the specifics. If you can’t get them — if you get ad hommed, or start hearing about Teh Joooos! — just back away slowly… then delete your browser history.