Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two Plus Two = Racism

Racism is all the rage now. It is the battle cry of Antifa and other neo-fascist gangs, including those in Congress.

A long time ago, in 1997 to be precise, I reviewed a book, “Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing,” and republished it on Rule of Reason in 2013, in “The-Ghouls-of-Grammatical-Egalitarianism.” In it I wrote:

What is “bias-free” writing? The Guidelines’ definition of it is “writing free of discriminatory or disparaging language.” It should be stressed that the object of Guidelines’ concerns is not primarily racial slurs. The AAUP is not referring to the language to be found in the pathological hate literature published by the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nation, or the Black Muslims, but to staid university publications. Its focus is common, inoffensive usage, and the implication throughout the book is that scholarly works that are not “sensitized” and “sanitized” may in the future be demoted to the rank of hate literature, and treated with the same disdain, regardless of their intellectual merit or significance….

Guidelines includes the disclaimer, “there is no such thing as a truly bias-free language” and stresses that the advice it offers is only “that of white, North American (specifically U.S.), feminist publishing professionals.” The Task Force, which is composed of 21 university press editors (two of them men), recommends euphemistic proxies for all of the terms on its “hit list…”

In essence, Guidelines advocates abolishing human comparisons by prohibiting the identity of referents. In the foregoing example, one would be discouraged from expressing a judgment or evaluation of a person who has offered abundant evidence of his inability or unwillingness to think normally or to perform some task. Such a person is simply there, like a rock or a tree, beyond discrimination (in the strict, nonracial, nonsexist meaning of that word), beyond evaluation, beyond recognition. He is not incomparable; more precisely, he is non-comparable. To compare the inventor of the steam engine with a man who is unable to do simple math or boil a kettle of water without harming himself is, by egalitarian anti-standards, a grave breach of “social justice” and an unforgivable faux pas.

So any statement today that upholds Western civilization as an accomplishment to be preserved and advanced can be labeled as “hate speech,” specifically racist hate speech, because what we have today did not come from Islam or the Central African Republic or the natives of the Argentine pampas or the Algonquians. It is now primarily racist slurs that are flung at men of reason. Academia and the MSM may “disparage” whites and civilization without penalty or recrimination. Whites will even “disparage” themselves to remain in the graces of the PC collective.

 GOPUSA reported on August 29th:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who last week denounced the Patriot Prayer gathering in San Francisco as a “white supremacist rally,” had no public comment on the leftist violence.

So, the purpose of quasi-government censorship via the giant tech companies such as Google and Apple, and financial systems like PayPal, is not just to silence “offensive” blog sites and to control personal emails, but to suffocate the public into soundless and voiceless silence.  And to create a permanent pall of ignorance. A vacuum. The Left has a long history of blanking out reality, and it wishes to force Americans to blank out as well.

The Left, in alliance with Islam, is determined to sequester and imprison man’s mind. That is the long and short of it. “Were you ever there?” asks Ezra Levant of The Rebel Media. The Left doesn’t want you to know. It prefers you to somehow live and exist in a state of cluelessness.

In a vacuum. The only thing left is racism.

Vox on August 15th reported:

There is no question that Americans have the right to express racist, offensive, unpopular views under the First Amendment — it's a right that has been repeatedly upheld by the US Supreme Court. But the right-wing demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend may have gone too far when they began chanting racial and homophobic slurs to specific people.

It’s a gray area of constitutional law, but several experts said this week that the white supremacists may have crossed a line into what is known as unprotected speech.

In 1942, the Supreme Court ruled that "fighting words" are not protected under the First Amendment. The Court defines fighting words as "those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

Suppose the police were ordered to stand down when those “fighting words” were spoken, and to let the two groups rumble without interference. As they did in Charlottesville and Berkeley. Not so coincidentally, it was a Supreme Court ruling that sanctified the notion that words can “inflict injury.” Is that physical injury, caused by a thrown brick, or a fist, or was the Court also referring to “psychological” injuries of some kind? The rot goes back decades.

The Court notices judicially that the appellations "damned racketeer" and "damned Fascist" are epithets likely to provoke the average person to retaliation, and thereby cause a breach of the peace.

Fast forward to the 21st century and again to Vox:

In the context of the Charlottesville demonstration, experts agree that slurs such as the n-word and "faggot" would be considered serious personal insults and that they were directed at a specific person or group of people. What is unclear is whether their words were likely to spark immediate violence.

But in the Bizarro World of the Left, personal insults, serious or not, are more injurious than slapstick comedy’s cream pies thrown in the face; sound vibrations acquire the metaphysical potency of objects.

Wikipedia writes:

Orwell's protagonist, Winston Smith, uses the phrase to wonder if the State might declare "two plus two equals five" as a fact; he ponders whether, if everybody believes it, does that make it true? The Inner Party interrogator of thought-criminals, O'Brien, says of the mathematically false statement that control over physical reality is unimportant; so long as one controls one's own perceptions to what the Party wills, then any corporeal act is possible, in accordance with the principles of doublethink… ("Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once").

A colleague, Syme, who is working on the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak dictionary in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which will be shorter than the Tenth Edition, describes his work:
It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. …

“Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten….”

Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” [Italics mine]

In “The Eraser Heads,” I wrote:

The Eraser Heads believe that removing or destroying statues will somehow erase the history behind them. The selectively self-blinded non-seers of the non-existent statues (and artwork) will no longer be triggered or defiled by them, and will be pure. While anyone who is white will be tarred and feathered with guilt. Anyone who upholds Western culture (and not the Deconstructionist brand) and Western civilization will be smeared as a racist.

The “rising tide of racism”? Where?  If there’s a tide, then it’s a puddle. However, if there is a “rising tide” of racism, it’s being fed by the leaking mains of academia and the MSM. It has been cited so many times, the term “racism” no longer has any punch or significance. As Syme explained, such a term serves as a catch-all for anything “negative.” “Every concept that can ever be needed, will be

Your new lexicographers
expressed by exactly one word…” In this case, racism. If you question what is on Donald Trump’s Oval Office desk, you can call it racism. If you object to Melania Trump’s appearance and sense of fashion, but refrain from Michelle Obama’s “patented shower curtain dresses,” you can indulge in approved racism. If you derogate the political and intellectual Founders of the U.S. and cite their slavery, you can turn the tables and not be accused of racism. You can call Confederate statues or statues or portraits of past university staff  or a movie
a priori racist, and not have someone tap you on the shoulder.

And let us not forget the very real “rising tide” of anti-Semitism on the Left and abroad. You can charge all Jews with a conspiracy to conquer the world as many Leftists and Islam do, but neglect to mention Islam’s 14 century record of anti-Semitism and slavery and conquest, and get away with it, without so much as a nod to the facts.

After all, Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” And your task as a race-card game player is to be unconscious and to spread and enforce politically correct unconsciousness on all.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” as Jerry Seinfeld was want to say.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To the Left, “Ignorance IS Strength”

Pro Publica and the SPLC
identifying a non-pod-person

On August 19th, Pamela Geller revealed the questions asked by Pro  Publica’s Lauren Kirchner before Kirchner got Geller’s PayPal account terminated.

I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.

We would like to ask you a few questions:

1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?
2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Revcontent, Disqus, and Newsmax. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?
3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?
4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?

Our deadline is 5pm EST today.
Thank you,
Lauren Kirchner

“She had asked me, ‘Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being a hate site?’ I mean, you have to love the assumption that I’m a hate site because I cover jihad terror-related news and sharia. That’s the focus of the website,” Geller said.

And these were loaded questions. When did you stop beating your wife? A question no modern prosecutor would dare ask a witness, especially not a Muslim.

Is the campaign to shut down sites that purportedly express “hate speech,” or “racism,” or the alleged defamation of Islam and Muslims, censorship for the sake of wielding censoring power, or is it to keep the public in the dark, to enforce ignorance, to create and sustain a dead silence? “Ignorance is Strength”? Whose strength? Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four worked in Minitru producing “fake news.” In the film and in the novel, a Party superior compliments Smith for his “elegant” rewriting of news in Newspeak (although how one can lend “elegance” to Newspeak is beyond my ken).

Is their purpose to make the electronic ether as barren of information as Mars is as barren of boxwoods and roses?

Pro Publica can be likened to a person whose body has been “snatched” in the Body Snatchers. He’s now one of the alien collective, and when he’s sniffed out someone who hasn’t been absorbed into the collective, he points and screams the alert to other body snatchers to capture the non-conformist. This is with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a misnomer if there ever was one, because it seems to have unlimited funds to compile fake lists of sites, individuals, and maps of those guilty of “hate speech,” “racism,” and other Marxist crimes.

Far from poor, SPLC raises tens of millions of dollars annually, and has grown an endowment of over $250 million. The group maintains offshore bank accounts in the West Indies.

A 1996 USA Today article called the Southern Poverty Law Center "the nation's richest civil rights organization" with $68 million in assets. According to a 2007 Harper's Magazine article, SPLC listed assets totaling $168 million, and pointed out that the sum was more than the annual GDP of the Marshall Islands at the time.  Line 20 on the 2008 IRS form 990 for the Southern Poverty Law Center lists total assets of $221,434,949.00.

The main fake news room of CNN (1984),
Or of the New York Times or Washington Post

To identify the SPLC as a “civil rights” organization is tantamount to calling Islam the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Pro Publica is also funded by George Soros.

Pamela Geller reports on PayPal reinstating her account:

It is good to see Fox News reported on how PayPal has banned our organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Even though they restored it, this isn’t over. The left is working hard to shut us off from all means of communication. It’s coming down fast, while hate groups like CAIR and the SPLC are getting millions from left-wing corporate managers. The SPLC received a two million dollar pledge from Apple and MGM Resorts International will match employees’ donations to terror tied group CAIR.

Winston Smith as a cog in altering history (1984)

The left is awash in funding. And they still mean to cut off everything from those working in defense of the free and the brave. But this time, they lost.

So, the purpose of quasi-government censorship via the giant tech companies such as Google and Apple, and financial systems like PayPal, is not just to silence “offensive” blog sites and to control personal emails, but to suffocate the public into soundless and voiceless silence.  And to create a permanent pall of ignorance. The Left has a long history of blanking out reality, and it wishes to force Americans to blank out as well. Ayn Rand wrote long ago, in Atlas Shrugged:

Dropping below the level of a savage, who believes that the magic words he utters have the power to alter reality, they believe that reality can be altered by the power of the words they do not utter—and their magic tool is the blank-out, the pretense that nothing can come into existence past the voodoo of their refusal to identify it.

And if Americans won’t blank out voluntarily or be terrorized into it, the Left has Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the other neo-Nazis and gangs are on standby with clubs and guns to make sure you do.

If you doubt that today’s demonstrators are engaged in voodoo and savagery, just observe them.

The Left, in alliance with Islam, is determined to sequester and imprison man’s mind. That is the long and short of it. “Were you ever there?” asks Ezra Levant of The Rebel Media. The Left doesn’t want you to know. It prefers you to somehow live and exist in a state of cluelessness.

Friday, August 25, 2017

“Wolves Not Far”: The Nihilist Rivals of Negan

In the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead,, measurably worse than the Supreme nihilist, Negan and his “Saviors” were the “Wolves,” whose appearance in the show preceded the debut the baseball bat wielding Negan.

The Wolves are on the streets today

While many of my correspondents are repelled by The Walking Dead, I’ve seen the series, particularly Season 7, as a concrete lesson in contemporary politics. Drawing the parallels between Negan and Antifa is eminently instructive. Negan is a concrete that can communicate the significance of the anti-reason goals of our real-life nemeses.  The Alt-Left. And Antifa.

In The Four Feathers, as General Burroughs explains the position of his troops, the Russians, and himself he uses concretes to illustrate what happened in the Crimean War: a glass of sherry, walnuts, and a pineapple.

But the “Wolves” in The Walking Dead were, in contrast to Negan, the true nihilists. Negan commanded obedience from his victims, half of what they owned, and some sort of material value, or else he would bash his victims to death with his bat or sic his tribe of “Saviors” of them.

The Wolves, on the other hand, killed, quite frankly and in their own words and actions, for the sake of killing. Their motivation was not loot, or the slavery of their victims, but death. They wanted nothing for themselves.  Their “signature” was to carve a “W” on their foreheads and on those of their victims.

A Wolf victim: tied naked to a tree as walker bait
“You don’t belong here,” says a Wolf before Carol shoots him. Living people “don’t belong here.” They shouldn’t exist. They must be erased.

A dramatization of moral or immoral action is an effective way to convey the importance of fighting for values or for destroying them. It becomes a concrete. The Walking Dead does that in so many instances, in so many episodes.

It’s not so curious that Morgan Jones, one of the main characters, adopts a “pacific” philosophy and way of fighting that does not harm or bring the demise of his potential killers, but allows them to live; first encounters two of the Wolves, he fights back when they attempt to kill him, he defeats them but leaves them unconscious in an abandoned car. “All life is precious,” he keeps thinking. But they both return later in the series to kill again. No life s precious to them.
and, as a consequence, to kill another day, because they have not changed; but this thought is negated by his pacifism, just as our foreign policy will not declare Islam an enemy and allow it to kill us. When he

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was history’s greatest martial artist. Even as an old man of eighty, Morihei could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a

Disguised as a Wolf, Carol makes war on the Wolves

single finger. Although invincible as a warrior, Morihei was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence. His way was Aikido, which can be translated as “The Art of Peace.”

So when the Wolves attack Alexandria, Morgan fights them again with his expertly wielded Aikido stick. Carol goes into action and helps to bring about the defeat and retreat of the Wolves by killing them without question or hesitation.

Carol saves Morgan from a Wolf
 He intends to disarm (or pacify) Wolves and let them go, again. “All life is precious,” he keeps telling himself and others. Carol saves his life, during the attack, by stabbing the savage who was about to overcome Morgan with an axe. The Wolves attacked without any warning. They invade the town and just start killing, without rhyme or reason or provocation. Disguised as a “Wolf,”Carol declares war on the Wolves.

The difference between the Saviors and the Wolves is only one of scale. Negan has outposts of Savior marauders in his area.The Wolves come out of nowhere.

And the Wolves of Antifa are not far. They are on our streets, together with the Islamic nihilists.

Get it? Time to yell “Wolf!” in the theater.