Quick Takes – Shaping the New “New Soviet” Person: Political Litmus Tests; Unlearning; Safe Spaces of Censorship

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: All Your Minds Are Belong To Us

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Student government is supposed to be a chance for students to learn how to be independent leaders with their own ideas that have the support of the student body… well at least as long as those positions are not doubleplusungood.

“Clemson administrator has proposed requiring student government candidates to pass an “intercultural competency” test before being permitted to run for or hold office.

“The ‘intercultural competency’ test requirement for Student Government candidates who wish to run for office was just one of the ideas Altheia Richardson, Clemson’s Director of the Gantt Multicultural Center, proposed in a recent presentation to Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG) Senate. As an alternative, Richardson also suggested group training for CUSG members once elected.

“‘So when it comes to this whole idea of intercultural competence, what would it look like to have a standard for if you’re going to be elected as an officer, or hold a seat within CUSG, that you have to demonstrate that you have a certain level of intercultural competence, before you’re allowed to take that office, or that seat,’ Richardson stated, according to CUSG Senate’s public livestream.”

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Gatekeepers Gonna Gatekeep

     A small number of tech companies hold a monopoly on þe olde internet superhighway, with the various top-dog companies controlling different niches in the broader yet increasingly intellectually narrowed world of social media.

     A handful of companies now have the power to not only silence you, but send knowledge of your existence down þe olde memory hole, for doing nothing more than petty intolerance by these ego-bloated oligarchs.

     Case in point?

     Street artist “Sabo” has been purged from Facebook for telling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to take a flying leap:

“‘F*ck Zuck 2020’ posters, the symbol after the ‘F’ being a middle finger, were hung in various California cities.

The work of a conservative street artist known for skewering the liberal politics of celebrities and corporations has been deemed ‘hate speech’ by Facebook, which shut his page down on Sunday.

“…

” All of it is politically incorrect, Sabo freely acknowledges, but not ‘hate’ worthy of censorship.”

     This is not limited to Facebook, but on other platforms such as Twitter and YouTube. For example, while pretending to be neutral and applying standards equally, the Rageholic himself, Razörfist, aptly demonstrates that sites like YouTube are outright running blacklists for thought-criminals:

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The Transparent Façade of Venezuelan Democracy

     Rather than immanentize the eschaton and bring forth a democratic socials revolution of peace and prosperity, Venezuela has been slowly and perpetually sliding into civil war and all the chaos attendant thereto.

     Questions have been raised of whether there is anyone in the military who is willing to stand up against Maduro, though at this point it is an open question if overt moves are honest calls to revolution, or staged events to out dissenters.

     Maduro has embraced old school rigged elections that are and always have been a hallmark of hard-Left governments, complete with overthrowing actual elected democratic bodies with rigged elections as the justification.

     To make matters worse, Maduro’s regime is purging dissenters.

     But perhaps, Maduro’s regime has lashed out too much:

“The son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ‘take the White House’ with guns if the U.S. military intervened in the country…

“‘If the U.S. soils the homeland, the rifles would come to New York and take the White House'”.

     President Trump ain’t exactly the most likely to ignore open threats like that.

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Progressive Privilege of Privacy

     If one is in a true position of “institutional privilege & power”, then one does not fear being outspoken; if one does not have this “institutional privilege & power” and dares say something not approved of those who do have it, than the fear of retribution is manifest.

     Thus it follows: Those who advocate censorship believe that they are in the privileged and empowered position to avoid retribution for their actions, while those who are truly in the position of being under the totalitarian thumb of disapproving others have no other recourse than anonymity.

     This fundamental right to dissent is now under repeated assault by the government. Now, David French, on behalf of “Prager U“, further explains the common sense of protecting anonymous speech as being free speech, with such lack of identification of the speaker being no basis for denying such a fundamental right.

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News of the Week (August 13th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Aug. 13th, 2017


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The Transgender Agenda

     How is the Left pushing, and pushing successfully, their transgender agenda, and why are they pushing it?

     It isn’t actually about sexuality or perversion at all; it’s about remolding society to extinguish any distinction between male and female.

     By disassociating the male “gender” from the male sex (and the female “gender” from the female sex), then any traits that tend to dominate or be explicitly present in any particular sex will no longer be distinctive because both “men” and “women” can have traits of either biological sex.

     By emphasizing this new concept of “gender” and relegating biological sex to some mere superficiality, people cease to recognize differences in the actual biological sexes and rather see both male gendered and female gendered as co-equal spectrums, thus achieving the Left’s vaunted goal of “equality”.

     Thus, by eliminating the concept of differences between men and women as biological creatures, the perception of different sexes meaning anything allegedly goes away, and according to Leftist thought, perception will shape reality.

     Is this, then, about supporting “perversion”?

     Actually, no. That isn’t their goal. That is just a tool against the current society.

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Quick Takes – Education Today: Ignorance; Wokeness; Spanish Language Pseudo-Bestiality

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Out: The three “R”s. In: Chicken and cow getting jiggy with it.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Education is no longer about teaching facts and valuable knowledge… but rather it is all about “protecting” children from it!

“John Dewey sneeringly dismissed academic progress as ‘mere learning.’

“Two famous professors, in their 1929 textbook, unapologetically stated that most school material is a waste of time: ‘Subjects such as arithmetic, language, and history include content that is intrinsically of little value.’ That clearly reveals an ideology.

“But communities sometimes fight back, so the Education Establishment had to be ever creative, ever conniving.

“During the last 40 or 50 years, the attack on knowledge became more ingenious. In one example, teachers were told not to teach; students must create their own new knowledge. This remarkably successful gimmick, called Constructivism, crushed the amount of knowledge mentioned in the nation’s classrooms each day.”

     So, what are the educational establishments using their time with kids to do?

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Gentlemen Fight, Thugs Brawl, Amateurs Flail

     Evan Sayet has many insightful views into Leftist thought, and their fundamental dishonesty.   However, like many, he seems a bit impatient vis a vis “fighting back” and incorrectly equates civilized and gentlemanly behavior with surrender as well as equating with fighting at best brawling and at worst flailing.

     Sayet, in an article entitled “He Fights” argues:

“We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized ‘collegiality’ as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

“This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

“I don’t find anything ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper’ about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything ‘dignified’ in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything ‘statesman-like’ in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was ‘articulate’ and ‘polished’ but in no way was he in the least bit ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper.'”

     Sayet seems to be engaging in manichean thinking, and unrealistically to boot. He seems to equate both an incompetency and lack of will with “dignity”, and in equal measure conflates victory celebrations with actual strategic fighting.

     This has led Sayet, and far too many others, to act out the roll of Mark Twain’s proverbial cat:

     Having equated gentlemanly behavior with losing or even deception, many will eschew any politician who doesn’t overtly want to brawl and declare a knife fight to be on, with all the accompanying sound and fury that comes therewith.

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Robber Barons and Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

     C. S. Lewis once noted that it was better to be ruled by robber barons who were interested in their own benefit, than “omnipotent moral busybodies” who wish to impose their insane not-so-clever schemes on other people whether the people like it or not.w-a-d

     Now-a-days, we are in the unfortunate position of those robber barons and omnipotent moral busybodies being one and the same. And now they have even more power than the 19th century titans of industry:

“Without doing the math, I would imagine Jeff Bezos’ personal worth ($83 billion) and the value of his massive company Amazon ($490 billion) – are at least as relatively huge as a Carnegie or a Mellon and their respective companies ever were.

“Ditto Google (now Alphabet) ($652 billion) and their founders Larry Page ($49 billion) and Sergey Brin ($43 billion). And Facebook ($501 billion) and Mark Zuckerberg ($64 billion). And…
“…

“All of this government – also allows today’s Robber Barons to execute the Big Con. Rather than abusing us directly, they use governments as their primary weapons. They can put on a ‘Don’t Be Evil’ smiley-face – while having the bureaucracies do their dirty work for them.

“Today’s Robber Barons bribe feckless government officials – who are wielding power far beyond the Constitution’s constraints and their meager abilities. Who then abuse their power, the system and all of us – by engaging in massive amounts of Robber-Baron-favoring government cronyism.”

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The Logic of the Left

     The logic of the intersectionally woke Left goes thusly:

  1. Whites, conservatives, men, “cis-het”, &c. hold “institutional privilege and power”.
  1. This “institutional privilege and power” is axiomatically deemed evil, as “Whiteness”, “heteronormativity”, &c. are defined as “systems” used to oppress everyone else via “institutional privilege and power” , with such “systems” being at the very fiber of Western Civilization.

2a. These interlocking systems of oppression is called “Kyriarchy”.

  1. As a corollary, opposing this is per se defined as “justice” and thus good.
  1. Bullying, violence, and oppression are bad, and as such can only definitionally done by the “Kyriarchy” and those who support it (e.g. only Whites can be racist, only men sexist, &c.), even if the actions or words are in and of themselves neutral or good, for anything done by the defintionally evil is as a corollary a definitional evil.
  1. Opposing the “Kyriarchy”, being defintionally “justice” can never be bullying, violence, and oppression since opposing “Kyriarchy” is defintionally good and those who do the definitionally good must always be doing good, even if the actions or words are in and of themselves bad.

     Thus we can see that these social justice warriors and assorted violent thugs consider themselves on the side of justice because they are opposing others who have been axiomatically defined as evil.

     In other words, the designated villain is evil because they have been axiomatically defined as evil, and the social justice warriors are good because they are in opposition to this evil.

     While this may seem irrational and insane by the standards of a rational thinking human being, it makes perfect sense to those who have been so thoroughly indoctrinated by the Left that you are to them irrational and insane.

     This has been building up for years and kids today have largely been indoctrinated.

     This is the only way they know how to think.

     Telling them they are crazy will just preclude an possibility of converting them back nor rational thinking. They are but buggy whips of reason.

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