Saith the Binks– the following (minus section-headings,minor formatting, and graphics) was written as a comment on Loki’s webpage for the article just below. It is unedited, and so there you are, and there you go. ~B~
~ ITEM:PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF MALE CONFUSION– February 25, 2016 by Loki The Scottish Rapper
This is a brilliant, courageous, truth-speaking essay, and while you will get flak from your own side as a possible heretic, keep speaking, thinking, and looking at reality as you are trying to do.
I don’t fit in many of the modern categories– I’m a vaguely libertarian-ish old-liberal-ish semi-Catholic-ish middle-aged male Christian. Where do we believers fit, except in the categories of ‘old absolutist’, bigot, superstitious, and wrongly maligned as if all Christians are anti-intellectual, creationist, and laughable, and exactly the same? Everywhere, and nowhere– equally oppressed?
Picking A Team
Therefore, looking around the current political battlefields, I find many of the new Atheists interesting, because rigorous, if biased; I find the power-mongering systems-theory irrationalist SJWs cultic and absolutist and moralizers and comment-blockers; and the secular economic capitalist too cruel and immoral; the MGTOW/ PUA/ MRA men’s movement partial and obsessed, if worthy of sympathy; the 3rd wave feminists unreflectively and nastily Marxist, without understanding their own progressivism. Sigh.
Back in the 1980s when I was in university, the politically correct were trying, but failing in their first effort to conquer academia, silence criticism, and make colleges into tribal hooting places, instead of a level playing field for learning, thinking, gaining some grasp on various topics via effort and research, without profs being nasty cheerleaders for this or that propagandistic cartoon of a topic. Yes, there was such a time, even after the irrational rumblings of the 1960s.
The 80s? You talk to all sorts of people to learn what & how they think; you disagree, or even disapprove in some cases, but still have coffee and friendly chit-chat after; you actually try to think both sides of an issue– then you know more than a one-side-only obsessive. You imperfectly use the evidence and reasons and tools you have, without judging someone who differs from you as stupid, or immoral, not entirely human or deserving of respect… or in need of re-education camp.
Enter The Now
Safe-spaces? Tantrums? No-platforming? Really? Monsterizing anybody who disagrees in any speck or word of the current moment of identity politics? Nope. Erasing from our common humanity whole categories of our fellow men and women via class, race, gender, cheap discount Marxism, and right-grabbers, minoritarian cry-bullies and petty tyrants? No way.
Anyhow, sorry for the pontification. Great article. I got here via Sargon of Akkad.
All around us, in our carefully fenced in politically correct culture and media, are ticking time-bombs of goodness, beauty, truth, and ordinary humanity. Books, art, thought, faith, architecture– terribly risky stuff. Ought to be banned. After all, at any time one might go off, and all of a sudden someone’s safe little SJW world is blown to smithereens.
The modern Left/ progressive movement is a religious cult without a God, except The One Message. Only this– things & people and reality are not as the crazy Left describes or wants them to be, and reality can and will break in from any direction, except in the most extreme and die-hard cases.
I mean, there you are, smugly minding your own politically correct business, and then something like this sneaks up on you….
… and there’s the crepuscular God-beams, and all the unearthly glowing golds and reds and endless shades of rich orange and dusky blue and royal purple, and suddenly you zone out and find yourself awe-struck and silent in wonder, pondering idly about life, God, or heaven, or beauty, or What It All Means; or, worse, you have one of those mysterious heart-piercing timeless for a thousand years moments, which leaves you flooded with a kind of wrenching homesickness and teary joy, and all your angry politics and petty little orthodoxies seem “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2) …. and there’s another mind and soul awakened.
Call The GooglyTwitBook Police!
Recently on YouTube, the discussion section on this excellent Milo video (also featuring “Based Mom” Christina Hoff Sommers) broke out into verboten thinking & free speech about how disappointing Progressivism is in reality, and how cruelly it treats people. Several folks there described such political awakenings out of kinderSJWland safe-spaces to reality.. then actual more open discussion (not yet restricted by Google) broke out!
It’s a reminder that just openly chatting, telling the truth as we know it, and that laughing at and speaking back to supremacists with logic, facts and humour can make a huge difference, since the change of one heart & mind may be the beginning of changing the entire world. The rads & progs may own most of the megaphones, but we have an endlessly appealing reality and freedom we’re trying to win & keep for ourselves and everybody.
Binks Brings Teh Blathers
Being a tireless babble-box, I had to weigh in. I too am a former Canadian soft-lefty relativist with past criminal and anarchic leanings (see below for copies of some of the comments). Here’s what I said to ‘Townsend’, a German guy who is sick of the Left, in full.
I’m happy for 3rd Wave Feminizzum! It has brought me, a left leaning liberal, together with conservatives, who I now consider my brother(s). Certainly not economically but in very many points regarding our culture.
+Townsend — Welcome aboard! You will a find only a very tiny minority of Conservatives/ libertarians/ SoCons to be nuts– and that mostly frustrated anger. Most of us are happy, funny, facty, friendly, smart, ordinary people just trying to get along in a chaotic world. If we’re awake at all, we find ourselves roused off the couch by screaming SJW loonies who are after our kids, schools, mass-media, universities, books, government policies and video games. Yikes!
These desperate and unhappy progressive people believe that not only is Utopia good and possible, but that it is within human power to make it so, the sooner the better. Thus, it’s fair play to bulldoze and dehumanize and scream at the opposition (such as Stupid Milo and Evil Christina) as evil and subhuman. It’s power, not reason, because They’ve Already Got It All Figured Out. Airhorns and no-platforming ensues. This is me (my YT channel is just a parking place): http://www.therebel.media/binks_webelf and over here: https://steynian.wordpress.com
+Binks Webelf: Hey Webelf, thanks for the welcome. I’m not afraid of conservatives as in some respect I have always considered myself tending towards conservative positions (family and more general values). It is only that now I speak it out loudly because I want to make my voice be heard against all the hysterical screams from the left. Economically, like I said before, I will still maintain a more left-leaning position, as I do believe in the power of politics over economy (not in the socialist sense though!) But I am German and you’re Canadian (?) so there will not be much to fight about, I guess. But where we both agree if I understand you correctly (I quickly scanned through the links), is that we need to stop this SJW nonsense, mostly because it is a thread to freedom of speech, which we share as much in Europe as you do in North America. Cheers!
Then me again:
Precisely, and yes, you won’t find such a lock-step outside the SJW world.. we’ve got an *actual* diversity of ideas, economic thoughts, moral positions, and backgrounds. That’s the world outside the toxic hive of the hard Left, which has reduced all of Western civilization to a series of slogans, screams, sloppy thinking, and seriously lazy & narrow minds.
If all history and literature and philosophy and politics boils down to “Patriarchy!”, it’s not unlike the scary things which happened in Italy and Germany and the United States in the 1930s. A song with one note only.
Me, I’m a Canadian– default lefty, but fair-minded. Then Islam and the War On Terror and Campus SJW, and the war on free speech, and the attacks on Christians got rolling in the last 15 years.. WTF? My political awakening started there, alongside my existing philosophical and cultural and religious principles.
I’ve found the allegedly evil hateful patriarchal mean-spirited untermensch of the non-Left to be mostly just… decent and interesting people. Such folks seem interested in ideas, care about real people, have manners and courtesy and a great sense of humour, and a capacity to discuss, argue, and agree to disagree. We have even warts, flaws, and make mistakes, and don’t know the answer to all the things!!
Milo? Interesting & funny. Hoff Sommers? Interesting & funny. Paglia? Interesting & funny. Shapiro? Interesting & funny. Steyn? Levant? Southern, and other Canadian non-progressives? Interesting & funny.
And now, the ginormous entirety of Western Civilization is yours to explore and ponder and enjoy– Greco-Roman Judaeo-Christian, the ancient, middle and modern. The whole schnitzel.
It’s no longer verboten, dead white male, sexist, or not affirming of this or that nutty political principle. Cicero, Sophocles, Moses, Jesus, Aquinas, Dante, all the great books and pyramids and castles and cathedrals and history and philosophy, and the full real story (good and bad)– minus the politically correct blinders & filters.
And billions of blogs and forums, and good people actually thinking and talking and joking together about serious things, regular things, fun things.
Wish to chat more: binks.webelf-at-gmail.com
And that’s how ordinary people actually chat without speech-police, no-platforming, Twitter Spies, FaceBook bans, screaming crazy people in red paint or with airhorns, and other lockstep supremacists minding all your thoughts, words, and deeds.
It’s a very dangerous world out there– let’s live dangerously!
Parents: learn these lessons, and find out ahead of time exactly what your tuition dollars are paying for and just what kind of know-nothing ideological mutant you may end up with after Undiversity. ITYS.
~ THERE’S A VERY MESSY new culture war within the ruins of what used to be called the liberal left– between the cry-bully safespace-kids, and the older generation of progressives. Grab your popcorn!
The latest tactic for the younger generation of radicals is something called ‘No Platforming‘– or, raising a stink about someone, no matter how, to get them banned from a public event, discussion panel, or convention, and reported to various authorities.
In some cases, aging radicals dislike the fact that their uppance has come, that the radical forces they helped unleash are now biting them in the hindquarters. Hilarity ensues.
Julie Bindel is one such cheerful sower of dragon’s teeth. She has actually proposed “concentration camps for all men, a group she doesn’t actually even regard as human.” Further, as the headline below proves, she doesn’t even understand what the no-platforming monster is all about in 2016. It’s hard being stuck in the 1980s.
No-platforming was originally an anti-fascist tactic, but has mutated into a form of campus censorship, and silencing of free speech– now against many of their own ideological allies and elders, no less, as well as their peers, professors, and other victims. And so it spreads like an anti-intellectual fungal infection into society from there.
Yes, this is actually a thing, and– ironically and sadly– it’s arising in England, the home of free speech, parliamentary democracy, and hard-won liberty under law. Magna Carta? Didn’t learn about that in my Afro-Concentric trans-lesbian basket-weaving course, so it can’t be all that important, can it?
“If you’re upset or offended, tough! That’s what universities are for.”
~ Richard Dawkins ~
Progressive Kids Are Teh Scary
We’ve created a noisy minority within the current generation of university students. They literally believe that offending anybody in any way is utterly unacceptable– unless you’re off-message, non-progressive, or one of those icky oppressive hook-nosed Jewishes.
No remorse, no regret, no mercy, no logic, no care for those whom they silence or crush, victory at any cost, human or otherwise. They don’t just gaze into Nietzsche’s abyss, they paddle around in it: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster“, warned crazy Friedrich.
And it’s spread to universities near you. In one burst of irony-free activism, a student called for the merely potentially offensive London School of Economics free-speech society to be banned— amounting to freedom from speech. Can’t be too careful.
“Just ENJOY the feeling. There is no need to rationalise it.
The warm angry glow of moral superiority becomes addictive….”
~ John Cleese
Such political correctness has been around for decades, and petty campus bullies and idiots and petty tyrants are nothing new– I used to encounter them all the time. Fast-forward to 2016, and now the social media megaphone has gotten them more attention and money, made them more bold, and enforced their cry-bully outrage and ideology. And they are much more busy & dangerous.
Monty Python member, actor and author John Cleese wisely warns: “If you start to say ‘We mustn’t, we mustn’t criticize or offend them’, then humor is gone. With humor goes a sense of proportion. And then as far as I’m concerned you’re living in 1984….” (Real Time with Bill Maher: John Cleese on Political Incorrectness (HBO).
As part of our fact-based strategy to push-back against the campus neo-fascists, we must also use humour, mockery, strident criticism and an utter refusal to apologize or seek approval from the cry-bully social justice warrior mob. Take no prisoners– pray for them, love them, speak to them.. and laugh at them.
With a sense of rebellious and fun-living mischief, humour can keep us sane, humble, thick-skinned, and prevents our becoming monsters-– those boring, unsmiling, grumbling, prowling, bellowing & howling perpetually offended zombies for The Cause.
UPDATE 2:#CurrentTruth… Ms. Sarkeesian, Attention-seeking feminist silencer & scam-arteeest, denies she wants to silence all the things which bother her, even though on repeated occasions, she’s said she wants to silence all the things which bother her. Evil skeptical man blogger is skeptical (see vid 9:52 ff.). Those expressing concern about her are part of a giant secret misogynist conspiracy, and proves anybody who questions here does so because we hate teh wimmins! Silly peoples– only her giant secret patriarchal conspiracy theory is allowed.
Lady wants what she wants, but she wants to look all heroic and innocent of anything vaguely bad. Gotcha. ‘Hypocrite’ is the term, invented by the ancient Greeks, I believe.
If anybody asked me to be part of a giant Twitter speech-police committee, I’d be tempted to says yes, but only to record the meetings, to broadcast them to the planet. Otherwise, no, because I’m not anybody’s overlord, and don’t wish to be.
UPDATE 1—Another blogger goes down to Evil Twitter? “Did Twitter’s Orwellian ‘Trust and Safety’ Council Get Robert Stacy McCain Banned? Prominent GamerGate figure clashed with council member Anita Sarkeesian. Now he’s gone.”
What he says: “This is why you can’t even state FACTS about these people on Twitter without being accused of “harassment.” Facts are harassment and truth is hate and Oceania Has Always Been at War With Eastasia. Sarkesian is anti-freedom because she is anti-truth. She and her little squad of soi-disant “feminists” are just hustlers looking for a free ride, and the only way they can get that ride is to silence anyone who speaks the truth about them and calls them out as the cheap bullshit artists they actually are.”
SHE IS A Canadian-educated daughter of immigrant Armenian parents, who has recently attained some interweb & UN fame and fortune.
She: Anita Sarkeesian is a Canadian-raised feminist ‘media critic’ currently residing in the U.S. She launched her Feminist Frequency blog in Canada, but later presided over part of the #GamerGate controversy, by weighing in against critics of ethical problems & political correctness in game journalism. As a graduate of the infamously hyper-progressive York University in Toronto (an MA in ‘Social and Political Thought‘) as well as California State University, she knows all the tropes and tricks in the social justice warrior playbook, and parlayed that into a cool million dollars of income over the past several years.
The Dark Lord Milo! Most ‘Dangerous Faggot’!
He: Milo Yiannopolis is an Englishman of Greek background, a homosexual, irreverent, and chatty conservative controversialist and ‘cultural libertarian’ who appears on Twitter, Breitbart, TV shows and media platforms to disassemble feminism, defend free speech, demonstrating that hard-Leftist progressive politics and culture are not mandatory for self-identified gay men.
As part of his “Dangerous Faggot” 2016 World Tour(dates & details here), Milo spoke on the Rutgers University campus on February 9th, to the usual attempts to shut down his speech by aggrieved “Black Lives Matter” activists. Some protesters had smeared their faces with red paint (which they left splattered on chairs, floors, and doors for the cleaning staff to deal with, no doubt). Tantrums, mess, and incivility matter!
The speech went ahead, after the rest of the crowd started chanting back at the disruptive BLM people “Trump! Trump! Trump!”, i.e., stuff your political correctness, we’re hear to listen to Milo, agree with him or not, so shut-up.
Some Rutgers Wah-Babies, February 2016
Behold typical neo-progressive campus activism: mischievous and disruptive bomb & death-threats, pulled fire alarms, angry mobs, screaming youth, and some cancelled events have become the new normal. This is just as most campuses in Europe and North America (such as Sarkeesian’s YorkU, Toronto) have become left-leaning toxic monocultures of progressivism, anti-semitism, soft-fascism, anti-Christianity, and a remarkable touchiness about even allowing words and ideas they dislike to be spoken on campus by students or profs, let alone at big events self-described by uppity and ‘Dangerous Faggots’.
Ideas? Thoughts? Discussion? Learning? Not so much. Hence Milo’s Ezra-esque and Steynian cheerful troublesomeness.
Yiannopolous started out as the ‘Breitbart Tech editor‘, but his fame (and the hatred directed toward him) grew as he journalistically took apart #GamerGate and feminist claims in various venues, to the point that his enemies recently protested his ‘Verified’ status on Twitter.. so the anti-free-speech Twits obediently de-verified him. Can’t have a ‘dangerous faggot’ interfering with the one-message Progressivist signal, can we?
The direction Twitter (and FaceBook) are trending in 2016 is uniformly progressive– towards editing, blocking, deleting, de-verifying, and otherwise interfering with non-Progressive groups, messages, and individuals. Of course, Mr. Yiannopolous has not stopped twittering, but the deverification means that his many online fans don’t automatically receive his tweets in their regular news-feed.
Thus Miss Sarkeesian’s invite to the Twitter Muzzle & Ban club fits where that social media platform wants to go: less dissent, less upsetting ideas, less free speech, less contrarian troublemaking– less stupid evil Milo & company. These are sad and alarming developments: some speech is freer than others; some ideas are more equal than others.
Ever since the fact-checking and talking back to establishment radicals hit with the invention of the public internet, various kinds of speech police have been working double-overtime to stuff the genie back into the bottle. Uncontrollable thought, open discussion, debunking, actual debate and disagreement?– it must be stopped.
So Miss Sarkeesian has chosen to be the poster-girl for Big Brother and Big Muzzle, via social media giants; and a thoughtful gay pest has stood up one of the latest poster-boys for the fightback, for freedom and rational debate in media, culture, on campuses, and no sacred cows allowed. Pay attention to his reasoned ideas now, before someone shoots him.
Dare we hope some less-than-soft-fascistic Canadian university invites Milo Yiannopolous to speak here, to fight back against the creeping morbidity of mind and politics which is even now re-freezing the Canadian mind and spirit? We could invite Sarkeesian, too, but we already have thousands upon thousands of copies of her in Women’s Studies Departments, feminist groups, and in government and bureaucracy (plus the Prime Minister’s Office) to think she’d really bring anything interesting or new. We helped inflict her on the world– surely we owe the world some balanced fact-checking?
I know whose side I’m standing on. How about you?
My name is Binks WebElf, and I self-identify as a cis-gendered male elf, except on Wombat Wednesdays, and “I’m A Tree, So Hug Me” month.
PLEASE IGNORE all that follows.. after all, I’m merely a privileged white male cisgendered Canadian elf. As a white male of my species, I’m no doubt a patriarchy racists sexism, and one of the micro-causes of endless micro-aggressions. Stupid fat elf. Boo, me!
Attention-seeking is a complex thing. What happens when you mix toxic ideology with deeply damaged or nasty people?
Serious fireworks ensue.. and perhaps some insights.
Doubting The Doubters
An Anglican philosopher friend of mine once took on the notoriously attention-seeking (but question avoiding) controversialist Bishop and writer John “Look At Meee” Spong. The crowd were mostly Spong-devotees, but my friend took his shot.
My friend said:
(1) You (Spong) assert that much of religion (& Christianity in particular) is actually a Freudian-style projection of father-issues into universal truth claims about God. (My Dad In The Sky).
(2) So your (Spong’s) view of God is essentially a projection of your (Spong’s) own interior father-issues (Spong had a bad relationship with his father, he reports) into universal truth-claims about God.
(3) Therefore: if you’re right, why should anyone believe what you (Spong) claim to be true or not true about God & religion, if it’s all ‘actually’ about your projected personal fatherhood issues, and not truth claims about what is actually real and true? Why should anybody care about that?
Spong’s religion = how he feels about his dead Dad. Right up there with his opinions on knitting, and eggrolls.
Wait for it. Booooooooooooooooooom.
In that flash of simple logic, my friend demolished mitred narcissist Spong’s clever 50-year schtick of ‘trust me’ doubting, deconstruction, and the flawed thinking behind his ‘because Freud’ agnosticism.
Then It Got Really Weird
What happened next? Nothing sensible.
Bp. Spong wiffled, waffled, and then attacked (as usual). My gregarious & thoughtful friend was ‘judgmental’ and ‘narrow-minded’ and unpleasant and ‘fundamentalist’. That is, Spong The Famous Doubter could not– or would not– answer reasonable questions doubting Spong’s own doubt. Question ME? Name-calling, you bigot!
Here’s where it gets.. even weirder.
During a break after question-time, a Spongite woman came up to my friend, asking him to back off, and ‘be nicer’ to Spong, because he was a deeply damaged man, who spoke on behalf of so many other damaged people. Er, what-now?
Or, “Please lay off on the facts & logic and truth stuff, or any holding our hero accountable for his wreckifying via ideas, lectures, words, debates, books, ‘sermons’, TV appearances, and wealth & fame as a very public doubter and agnostic about Christianity, because.. feelings!” Leave Crazy Spong Alo-o-o-one!, cry the other crazy people.
How Very 21st Century
Public personas are just that: a public face-mask presented to the world. Anything can be behind the mask. What about the human toothaches, who enjoy making trouble? The deeply troubled but obnoxious, who are banging around injuring people and screeching about causes? Or the criminal, presenting themselves as heroes, whilst hiding dark secrets?
Even when we present questions, arguments, fact-checking and real data to the debate, we may be just scratching the surface of what’s going on.
Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos wonders just how many troublesome ‘radical’ attention-seeking public figures on the Left are not simply voices for some progressive position, but underneath may be deeply damaged, malignant narcissists, drama-seekers, or hurting/ hurtful people flailing about injuring innocent people and breaking things, under the guise of activism, feminism, social justice, or whatever other excuse for being sad, bad, or bat-spit mad. He says (29:20 and forward):
“Very often you’ll discover deep dysfunction in their private lives, and my supposition, my guess, is that very often the business of engaging in social justice, of bullying of other people, the engaging in the Oppression Olympics is quite often a sort of therapy for people who are suffering. It’s a sort of learned response to trauma.
Because after a while, you realize that so many of the ringleaders in this incredibly.. off-the-wall movement have such checkered, dark, you know, ugly pasts, of lies, drug-taking…. Very often because they are attention-seekers, they are desperate for affirmation, and for “Victimhood Bucks”….”
Who said what-now?! Anita: many people have depression, or burnout– such runs in my own family– but we’re not all swanning about with a cool mil, showing up on magazine covers & whinging at UN committees, getting riches & fame by preachily pissing on Men’s Rights, gamer culture, and men in general… all whilst having an undisclosed distorted and distorting mental illness. Publicity and followers and free money is not helping you get better, if you’re actually telling the truth about all this.
No, not all depressed people are unfit or ‘nuts’– but depending on the details, depression-things can make things appear much darker, more dramatic & ‘conspiratorial’, self-centred, scary or overwhelming than they really are. Hidden physical or mental suffering can be a circus-funhouse of unhappy, and not necessarily an accurate place from which to view the world, yourself, or others.
Binks For Rent!
By the way, if anybody offers me a million dollars to regurgitate super-simplistic sophomore summaries of black Commie SJW Feminist Bell Hooks, I will also shave the Binky-pits, wear the Sarkeesian giant hoop-earrings, bright lipstick, plaid shirts and dyed side-locks. I promise to silence and mock anybody who disagrees with me, Bell Hooks, or Zoe Quinn, because Reasons. I will not plead burnout after my choice to spend 18 months in the public eye.
Into The Bedlam?
Other hardcore Social Justice Warriors– like ‘Zoe Quinn‘ (a.k.a. Chelsea Van Valkenburg), or RandiHarper, or Shanley Kane— have more than proven themselves unethical, dishonest, troubled, and unstable people. They conceal their dark and crazy from their audience & opponents, and act out in various ways via ‘justice issues’, almost as a kind of avoidance of looking at themselves, finding treatment, or owning up to serious sins, crimes, or crises behind the public/ internet false mask.
Look over here! And over there!! Injustices!! Run! Hurry! Do what I say!! Self-awareness? Answering critics? Not so much.
The Unusual Suspects
Some ‘social justice’ progressives even turn out to be stalkers, male and female rapists, pedophiles, sociopaths, fraud artists and scammers, petty criminals, or compulsive liars, perhaps punishing others and society because malice, issues, or injuries in their lives. Not good.
Utopian Ideology + deep personal problems = The Patriarchy is out to get me! I was Twitter-raped! They’re trying to kill me! All men are evil! Believe everything I say, or else! I’m being triggered! Intersectional micro-aggressions! Silence my critics! I have internet PTSD!! Kill all men! Help me, love me, cuddle me, give me a blankie and a teddy-bear, cuz I’m scared and sad and bad and lonely!!
It can get awfully ugly, when egotism, disease, disorder, evil, malice, and guilt is running the show.
Physician, Heal Thyself?
OK: Whoa now– first things first. This is not about dogpiling anyone. These people are people, and some of them really need help, or to get offline, and to shut up until they are better.
It’s simple, but not easy. Be healed if you would heal. Turn to God, and be made new.
This is at least part of what Jesus was teaching when he warned about being hastily judgmental (St. Luke 6:41-42). He was not in fact against judging– i.e., assessing something or someone correctly, in order to rebuke and/ or help them.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Blinded by a huge plank, O sinful bossy hypocrite? Then don’t rush into performing expert eye-surgery on others. Or: got am aster-plan to fix all the things, SJW? How about starting the fix-up with yourself, first?
If we are moved by love and mercy, and a desire to save & heal– and if we have seen, repented of, and confessed our sins & bad attitudes and mistaken ideas– then we have de-planked our own eye, stepped out of hypocrisy and blinding sin and harsh judgement, and become someone able to help others with their specks. We’re not moved by proving how wise and awesome and self-important we are, but by a healing which we humbly wish to share.
The Zombie Way
On the other hand, feeding off our badness and miseries to make others miserable and bad, is a destructive zombie-life. So is choosing to become creepy and more troubled, revelling in our depression, anxiety, sins, and hurts, and living a double life of public righteousness and ranting, and inward evil and sorrow. Why heal up from that broken leg? Keep limping along, and hit it with a hammer once in a while– and hey! Why not break other people’s legs with a hammer, too? Then, find all sorts of people to blame for it, make some videos and get a loyal following, then see if you can raise a hundred thousand bucks on Patreon in sympathy?
Not for this elf. Don’t listen to SJW celebrities– or anyone for that matter– without wondering who they really are, what motivates them, and what kind of fruit they bear in the public square and their personal lives. ~
~ FEMINISM (or, ‘Socialism In Panties‘ as one wag calls it) is so ingrained in Western society, we hardly even notice. Even many ‘conservatives’, traditionalists, and religious people live by the insane Marxist notions of modern Female Supremacism and male evilness, even though their own founding ideas and principles are in direct contradiction with such cultural and institutional radicalism.
And yet not all have bent the knee to the goddess. A strange mix of libertarians, Christians & Jews, thinking feminists, men and women, atheists & agnostics, from a dizzying array of backgrounds have come together– starting in social media and blogs– and begun not to nibble at the edges of Big Feminism, but to take it on directly.
Shockingly enough, Rebel Media itself has been infiltrated by some of these lunatic extremist women-haters: that bigot Lauren Southern. Binks WebElf? Guilty. Andrew Lawton? Off with his talking head. What of that crackpot Brian Lilley, not to mention Gavin McInnes. Silence them!
In the wider culture, people like former Alberta waitress & YouTuber Karen Straughan & her odd group of like-minded cultural critics The Honey Badgers–“Nerds Bite Back!“– bring the anti-feminism, and calls to equality for men, women and children to public notice.
For me, Karen Straughan is a real Canadian heroine. A truth-teller. A self-educated example who– more than many who get them– has more than earned an honourary degree for her self-education, advocacy, and putting what she has learned into practice, for the good of men, women, and children now and in the future.
These ordinary folks (non-pundits, non-professors non-politians) attract not through some contrasting crazy theory of All The Things, but via facts, studies, research, data, fact-checking, real stories, and awkward questions. . Feminism is hardly perfect and unquestionable.
Of course, feminist radicals simply do not want such debate, inconvenient facts, or real lives to interfere with the one-size-fits-all unquestionable truths of university gender studies, and official Feminism. Enemies of the femocracy are shamed, attacked publicly and online, name-called, threatened, slandered and mocked. This is classic revolutionary practice: ‘Don’t answer any criticism: crush the critics‘!
Such non-feminist evil ones are not legitimate questioners, but are horrible sexists, homophobes, racists, bigots, micro-aggressors, self-hating victims of evil patriarchy, blah blah blah. This is not about having ‘an open discussion’, but shutting down debate, forbidding certain ideas, and imposing one solution to All The Things– albeit totalitarianism with a smile and a hug. For now.
For the totalitarian Left, the problem is that the culture wars continue, as long as the web and public events are free fora for discussion, debate, fact-checking, and for otherwise isolated or voiceless people to question the unquestionable. It’s one of the reasons that both the Left and activist Islam share a common interest in crushing free speech, debate, facts, analysis, and contrasting world-views. Criminalize the opposition!
Canadia Has The Stupid
So what, you ask? In Canada, a recent court case shows us where we’re headed if there’s no fight-back: a professional feminist damsel took a man to court for the non-crime of disagreeing with her and making fun of her ideas on Twitter. The entire video-games industry and nerd-culture was rocked over the past 3 years by radical feminism getting some fight-back from gamers and observers in GamerGate. The ‘rape culture’ debate on campuses is much with us, as is the infamous “Gender Pay Gap”, though both keystones of feminist theory rely on bad data, or flawed interpretations.
Especially here in Canada which is now officially hyper-feminist again under Prince Justin Trudeau, who never met a bad idea he didn’t like, feminism will be enforced. Watch for more government funded intolerant feminist propaganda and in-your-face preaching via government, public school systems, universities, public policy, law-making, politics, media and pop-culture, all telling you what you can and cannot think, say, or do.
Smelly little secular orthodoxies pretending they are Moses coming down from the mountain, or Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount, must be smited because they are precisely the kind of intellectual clear-cutting which is killing our societies from the inside, as people search for anything to hold onto in the place of thinking and freedom, arising from revealed truth and God. Just say no.
Aside from ‘good intentions’, Feminist radicals and revolutionaries offer us lies, a false path, and mental and human death, in place of the imperfect but life-giving and real cooperation, care, and complimentarity of the sexes, trying to get along in an imperfect world and society.
Read up. Look around. Question. Ponder. Get to know the little army of big damn heroes fighting back against the oppression of men and women and children by Big Feminism. ~
In the Canadian Free-Speech Wars of the last decade and more– dire warnings of Nazism! It’s bubbling just under the surface of Canadian society, if we allow iffy language or forbidden opinions in blogs and print media. They wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, right?
Oddly, a thousand-year Third Reich which lasted a dozen years, is still much with us. The Second World War began.. wait for it.. 76 years ago. In fact, 1945 is just as close to 2015.. as it is to 1869, the year Ghandi, Rasputin, and Neville Chamberlain were all born.
Adolf, Adolf Everywheres!
Why Teh Evil Nazis? It’s the mislearned politics, you see, and an obsession of the political Left.
In the topsy-turvy world of rewritten and deliberately warped history, the socialist-racist-nationalist Nazis were rewritten and recast– by the political Left– as “Right Wing” and evil, in the terms of the French Revolution. Jonah Goldberg has detailed this rewrite in his 2009 Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change.
For the evil Nazi threat is still useful. It’s called externalized evil– Evil is Them, Over There.
Via the chattering classes, Hollywood, internets, the video game industry, and political pundits we’re still Nazi-fighting for political reasons– we do not have equal time or officially approved fascination or contempt for the USSR in the movies or latest XBox 1 or PS4 titles. We’re always fighting and re-fighting hateful “Right Wing” Hitler (not Stalin or Mao or Suleiman The Magnificent) and his successors– it’s a one-sided moralizing tale: and if we’re not the Nazis, then, why, we must be on the side of the angels. Yay us!
So with all this Hitlering and anti-Nazi pop culture, who won that War, exactly? Aside from being cartoonishly ‘evil’, what were some of the features of actual Hitlerism?
I’ve Got A Little List
(1) Hitler wanted lots of ‘free healthcare’.. like abortion, euthanasia, sterilization, eugenics– sorry, ‘family planning’– experimenting on various kinds of helpless ‘subhumans’ because science; depriving others of their legal and human rights preparatory to dehumanizing them, and getting rid of enemies and bothers by any means necessary and ‘legal’. Everything is political, no longer human. Unspeakable, wot?
(3) Dear old Adolf loved him some gun control. A disarmed and sheepish general populace (except for the military, secret police(s), and militarized police, and the ruling class) is a mostly helpless and compliant populace. As the post-Machiavelli politician Frank Underwood says in HBO’s TV series House Of Cards, “You may have all the money, Raymond, but I have all the men with guns.” Just imagine: deadly force only for the men with guns in service to the state. That will always end well.
(4) What next of Hitler’s unspeakable evil? Following on the lessons of Wilson’s America and late Edwardian Britain, the German regime took up the banner of high-powered propaganda, that most 20th century and demonic retailing of huge lies, half-truths, group-think, politically correct and approved belief. Megaphone Über Alles. The ruling elites are embodied truth-bearers. Frightening stuff, that Hitlerism.
(5) Der Führer was also obsessed about “Total Care”– controlling the population in such minor matters of diet, exercise, the “right foods”, tobacco, body image, art, music, childbearing, reading habits, travel, personal interests and associations, and all other matters. The state minds All The Business.
(6) Intelligent criticism or editorials, or asking questions about– or non-enthusiasm for– the latest changes in culture, society, or politics is automatic disloyalty and treason. All must watch, and inform; all must be ready for the knock at the door in the middle of the night; all are guilty until proven not guilty just yet.. but you’re being watched. ‘If you’re not guilty, you have nothing to worry about‘, as several important American idiots have stated about the all-seeing hyper-totalitarian surveillance state invented since 1945 by the land of the Free and the home of the brave. Asking questions or opting out means you probably have something evil and subversive to hide.
(7) The Nazi Gang believed The Legal = The Right. All the laws of Nazi Germany– including all the anti-Jewish and racial laws– were technically legal. Making it legal and then “just following orders” is all that counts, for superficial legitimacy, no matter the evil or insanity so promoted. Might makes right, since legality is the same as the true, good, and moral.
(8) Show-voting and snout-counting was all well and good when voting and elections and polls got Adolf what he wanted– after a certain point, the pretence was set aside, and the steel fist was revealed. Adolf would have us believe: because you have a regular voting ritual means that you are not nearly, or already, in any kind of political tyranny. All is well. A toothy smile never hides nice slavery, by “our” government, because we voted for it– so we should accept everything it says and does, and get back to the NetFlix and the Doritos and the FaceBook.
Who are we ruled by? What are we to them? Individual souls? Soylent Green? Aryan, Non-Aryan, Jewish, or Untermensch? Consumers? Voters? Taxpayers? Human resources?
We get the society (and the children) we want and ask for, and allow to be created in our name. Apply, Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Government and our officialdom reflect us, and is what we are. We value convenience, co-existence, entertainment, ‘progress’, pelvic liberty, free stuff, and– God help us– “peace and security” at almost any price. A comfortable, non-extremist life featuring– colour me shocked– many elements of the allegedly accursed evil Hitlerianism, recycled and repurposed so we don’t notice their origin.
Remind me again– is this 1938, or 2015? Are We Them? Increasingly, it’s hard to tell. ~