I got nothin’ today, but since I’m trying to post less erratically let’s knock out a no-brainer:
George Orwell said
Power worship blurs political judgement because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
Hanlon’s razor says
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Put them together and you get the Twilight of the Gods, Western culture version.
Take the latter first. Hanlon’s razor is in need of some serious modification, and since I’m a humble guy I’ll call it the Severian Corollary: Some stupidity is so mind-boggling, you actually pray that it’s malice. We’ll be sifting through the fallout of the various Trump Administration non-scandals for a long, long time, but one horrifying conclusion is immediately obvious: Our leaders are seriously stupid. Not the ordinary kind of rich-people-living-in-a-bubble stupid, but something much closer to real, actual, honest-to-god mental retardation. For every cynic out there who knew that the “Russia collusion” stuff was an op from jump street, there are ten people with actual power and real influence who truly believed it.
I’ll repeat: When presented with the thesis that the President of the United States — a man with the keys to the world’s largest economy, and the firing codes for a nuclear arsenal that could vaporize the solar system — was a paid agent of a foreign power, taking orders direct from a hostile government: sitting Congressmen, media people with audiences in the millions, and every single member of our higher educational system (not to mention lots of people working serious jobs with actual responsibilities and bigtime salaries to match), said “Yeah, sounds right.”
See what I mean? You fucking well pray that’s malice, because otherwise when you go to your doctor to get that lump checked out, you’re facing the real possibility that she thinks something along the lines of “Donald Trump pissed on a hooker in a Moscow hotel room, and that’s how Putin stole the election.”
Now consider the first quote. Since I’m the opposite of a power worshiper (a power loather, I guess that would be), I know present trends never continue. Presently, the trends are that all goodthinkers believe race is nothing but a social construction, we’re all blank slates, and oh yeah, the President pissed on a Russian hooker. But since these are so obviously false — so brain-blisteringly stupid, in fact, that you search for something, anything, to rationalize people’s seeming belief in them — the present trends will not only stop, but reverse course.
Human affairs are a pendulum. Pendulums always swing back, and the further it goes in one direction, the harder it swings back in the other. Thus, the obvious conclusion is that what’s coming is a kind of biological determinism so absolute, it’ll give de Gobineau a stiffie in the afterlife. Do you now, or have you ever, used the word “gender” to describe anything other than a Latin noun? Do you now, or have you ever, known how to spell “intersectionality”? Have you ever pierced anything other than your ears, or sported a hair color not found in nature?
The Handmaid’s Tale is coming, all right, but only because the college population, both undergrad and grad/professional, is overwhelmingly female. If you’ve had all those years of very expensive training and you still think the President gets his marching orders from Moscow, then obviously The Patriarchy fumbled the fucking ball. Time to give purdah a serious look, and as for Diversity being Our Strength…
Like I say, obvious. But Orwell also said that in times like these, the first duty of intelligent men is simply to point out the obvious.Loading Likes...