When it rains it pours

Recently I wrote a post on pirates in which I discussed a historian who explained his experience in reading contemporary “academic” writings on the history of pirates. Quite unsurprisingly, leftists have been attempting to rewrite history in order to make pirates into race-mixing homosexuals.

Contemporary historians have tended to use pirates for their own ends, depicting them as rebels against convention. Their pirates critique early modern capitalism and challenge oppressive sexual norms. They are cast as proto-feminists or supporters of homosocial utopias. They challenge oppressive social hierarchies by flaunting social graces or wearing flamboyant clothing above their social stations. They subvert oppressive notions of race, citing the presence of black crew members as evidence of race blindness. Moses Butterworth, however, did none of these things.

The true rebels were leaders like Samuel Willet, establishment figures on land who led riots against crown authority. It was the higher reaches of colonial society, from governors to merchants, who supported global piracy, not some underclass or proto proletariat.

Even though it is merely an anecdote, it perfectly lines up with what research there is about rampant left-wing bias in academia.

Sometimes I wonder if synchronicity is real because when one such story pops up, there is usually a couple of more in short order. Sure enough, yet another anecdote of left-wing hegemony and harassment in academia was made known to me thanks to a post by Malcom Pollock. This time it is a medieval studies professor being hounded by marxist shills colleagues for 1) not being 1oo% critical of “white supreemisiiiist” Milo Yianopolous and 2) for not black-washing (European) medieval history.

[In addition to local faculty and students, she also had very negative] reactions from colleagues who identify as medievalists elsewhere in the country, most notably the group sponsoring the session at the International Medieval Congress last weekend on “Whiteness in Medieval Studies.” As they see it, our field is not only too white in its faculty and student demographics, but too white in its methodologies, above all in its “lack of complex racial consciousness.” In their view, having people like me who say things like “Some of the things that we value most in our contemporary culture were conceptualized and supported by white, a.k.a. European, men” (like, for example, chivalry, marriage by consent, and women’s right to vote) only serves to attract white supremacists to the study of our field.

[One] of our graduate students has argued in a piece published in Sightings this week that medieval studies needs to forcibly diversify its faculty by purposefully hiring from underrepresented communities so as to counter the impression of “Whites Only” that persists in the field. What he does not explain is why anyone would want to study the Middle Ages in the first place.

Anything done by ethnic Europeans needs to be scrubbed from history. Unless, of course, it is bad. In that case, it needs to be exaggerated beyond all proportion and then blamed on people who weren’t born until hundreds of years after the events in question. Also, all whites should lose their jobs or be stopped from being employed in the first place. Of course, I am sure the minorities will stop there with their demands [extremely NSFW].

I also liked this description and understanding of Gender studies as well:

“Studies,” by their very nature, have no borders–or discipline. They depend utterly on feelings of belonging to a group defined only by mutual interest in particular periods, regions, sources, or themes, not any shared training or expertise. It is as if one wanted to have a program in sports–and refused to train the students in any particular sport lest they exclude anybody for not having that skill. Or a program in music in which nobody learned a particular instrument to play. Or a church where nobody had to confess any particular doctrine or understanding of God, that is, had no shared conception of worship or how to act in relation with the divine. In Professor Peterson’s terms, “studies” have no motivating story or star because they offer no training in what to do.

Sounds about right.

I think Malcolm is right and that fencing bear at prayer is probably a blog worth following. Lies of the left: “gender fluidity” is another promising title.

Share Button

Pirates

I have been pretty busy lately so my I haven’t been able to post in awhile, but I cam across an unexpected description of “progressive” revisionist history I thought I would share. Basically, there was an article on pirates by a Harvard educated historian named Mark Hanna, who is now a professor at UC San Diego. With those credentials and job, I was surprised he would publicly dismiss his Marxist colleagues. I was reading this for leisure and was mainly looking to see some entertaining anecdotes (presumably true, or at least trueish) kind of like the following:

Armed with clubs, locals Benjamin and Richard Borden freed [locally settled former pirate] Butterworth from the colonial authorities. “Commanding ye Kings peace to be keept,” the judge and sheriff drew their swords and injured both Bordens in the scuffle. Soon, however, the judge and sheriff were beaten back by the crowd, which succeeded in taking Butterworth away. The mob then seized Hamilton, his followers, and the sheriff, taking them prisoner in Butterworth’s place.

A witness claimed this was not a spontaneous uprising but “a Design for some Considerable time past,” as the ringleaders had kept “a pyratt in their houses and threatened any that will offer to seize him.”

Governor Hamilton had felt that his life was in danger. Had the Bordens been killed in the melee, he said, the mob would have murdered him. As it was, he was confined for four days until Butterworth was free and clear.

Amusing.

However, the author also had to say this about what he found when he parsed through the work of modern day “historians”:

Contemporary historians have tended to use pirates for their own ends, depicting them as rebels against convention. Their pirates critique early modern capitalism and challenge oppressive sexual norms. They are cast as proto-feminists or supporters of homosocial utopias. They challenge oppressive social hierarchies by flaunting social graces or wearing flamboyant clothing above their social stations. They subvert oppressive notions of race, citing the presence of black crew members as evidence of race blindness. Moses Butterworth, however, did none of these things.

The true rebels were leaders like Samuel Willet, establishment figures on land who led riots against crown authority. It was the higher reaches of colonial society, from governors to merchants, who supported global piracy, not some underclass or proto proletariat.

I was not expecting to see that there have been attempts to homosex and diversitopitize pirates or see such an honest account of today’s academic historians, especially not when the topic is pirates. However, I can’t say I am surprised now that I have been made aware it is occurring. SJWs will ruin everything, even the things no one is even trying to care about. I suppose I am somewhat surprised to learn that prig progs have bothered pozzing such a niche and relatively esoteric field. I would expect the audience for actual pirate history to be so slim as to not be worth pursuing compared to other areas capable of greater reach. Then again, the main audience is probably Marx Cult PIs so the writers need to prepare the right slop for those pigs. A nasty brew it is.

Even though the author hasn’t given any specific examples of Marxist tripe in historical articles on pirates, the pattern is perfectly consistent with the research I myself did for Smart and Sexy (Review list). An excerpt is currently available from altright.com and it goes into a fair amount of detail, with citations, about just how biased modern “academics” are. It should surprise no one that progressive “historians” are making a complete mess of history just like their social “scientist” colleagues.

Ideological bias is rampant in the humanities generally, but especially in social psychology; both among individual researchers and among the journals publishing papers. Beyond the lack of objective critical evaluation of papers, the field itself is essentially an ideological and political echo-chamber that is considerably more left-wing politically than the general population. 80% of social psychologists identify as liberal, while only 3 out of 1000 identify as conservative. Contrast this with the general population which is 40% conservative and only 20% liberal; the remainder being moderate or apolitical. Looking through all social sciences, the ratio of liberals to conservatives varies from 8:1 to 30:1.Were these sorts of numbers occurring with an ideologically designated protected class, these same social psychologists would be the first to use it as incontrovertible proof of discrimination.

Read the whole thing at altright.com.

Share Button

My interview with Red Ice Radio on Smart and SeXy

Listen to the whole thing here. You can get a copy of the book here. Additional reviews and excerpts can be found here. Here is a summary of the first hour:

Roderick joins us for an eye-opening conversation on the biological differences between men and women. After a lighthearted rumination on International Women’s Day, we dive into the main topic of the show. Roderick explains that most scientists are aware of racial and sexual differences, but choose to keep quiet for the sake of their careers. Next, we discuss anthropologist Melvin Konner’s assertion that maleness is a defect – an absurd claim, to be sure, which Roderick easily refutes. We then discuss the discrimination hypothesis. Roderick argues that it is biological differences, not discrimination, that results in different outcomes for men and women. The first hour covers much more, including male-female differences in intelligence, transgenderism, and homosexuality.

Share Button

Human Biological and Psychological diversity

An important new academic paper was recently published.

Many evolutionary psychologists have asserted that there is a panhuman nature, a species typical psychological structure that is invariant across human populations. Although many social scientists dispute the basic assumptions of evolutionary psychology, they seem widely to agree with this hypothesis. Psychological differences among human populations (demes, ethnic groups, races) are almost always attributed to cultural and sociological forces in the relevant literatures. However, there are strong reasons to suspect that the hypothesis of a panhuman nature is incorrect. Humans migrated out of Africa at least 50,000 years ago and occupied many different ecological and climatological niches. Because of this, they evolved slightly different anatomical and physiological traits. For example, Tibetans evolved various traits that help them cope with the rigors of altitude; similarly, the Inuit evolved various traits that help them cope with the challenges of a very cold environment. It is likely that humans also evolved slightly different psychological traits as a response to different selection pressures in different environments and niches. One possible example is the high intelligence of the Ashkenazi Jewish people. Frank discussions of such differences among human groups have provoked strong ethical concerns in the past. We understand those ethical concerns and believe that it is important to address them. However, we also believe that the benefits of discussing possible human population differences outweigh the costs.

Notable quotes include:

Mainstream textbooks, for example, document many instances of human biological diversity. Despite this, the basics of human biological diversity are not integrated into the social sciences.

Evidence from a variety of disciplines, including genetics, anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology, indicates that human populations evolved distinctive features after spreading from Africa and settling in different ecological and climatic niches (Bellwood 2013; Cavalli-Sforza et al. 1994; Molnar 2006; Wade 2014). Although such human biological variation is often ignored by social scientists, it is not really a matter of dispute among researchers in the relevant disciplines.

In a meta-analysis of racial and ethnic differences in self-esteem, Twenge and Crocker (2002) found a pattern of self-esteem differences (Blacks scored higher than Whites after the 1980s and Asians scored lower than both), but ruled out, a priori, the possibility that such differences were related to biology because, according to them, “racial and ethnic categorizations are socially constructed” and are not based on “shared biological characteristics” (p. 371). This means that an entirely legitimate and plausible hypothesis about the etiology of self-esteem differences was ignored, leaving only social or cultural hypotheses. It is, of course, possible that the differences are entirely environmental in origin, but it is not certain, and ruling legitimate hypotheses out a priori on flimsy arguments (see “Race and Human Populations” section) about the nonreality of human biological diversity potentially prevents researchers from fully understanding the causes of differences in self-esteem.

In a paper on racial and ethnic differences in violent crime rates, Sampson et al. (2005) asserted that biological differences among human populations do not hold “distinct scientific credibility as causes of violence,” and proceeded to adjudicate between three environment-only hypotheses about the causes of disparities in violence (p. 224). So, again, these researchers ruled out a priori a perfectly legitimate and plausible hypothesis and proceeded to approach the data with a self-imposed theoretical limitation.

I wonder why this academic blindness is so common? I also wonder why there are so few researchers willing to challenge the egalitarian orthodoxy despite plenty of empirical evidence to the contrary:

Rushton (1995), for example, forwarded an expansive account of population differences based on life-history theory. However, he was viciously attacked by many scholars (e.g., Barash 1995), and his work was quickly marginalized.

There are plenty of examples in the animal kingdom of both behavioral and physical evolution of species in what most biologists would consider a relatively short time. 20 generations or so seems to be enough time for noticeable adaptations to occur, which is approximately 400 years in humans.

Thus far, we have introduced what we called the SEPP, and noted that we were going to recalibrate two of its basic premises. The first premise was gradualism, which contends that evolution by natural selection is a very slow phenomenon and that human populations have not had enough time to evolve meaningful differences. We argued that this position requires adjustment because (1) natural selection can differentially sculpt traits quite rapidly, as documented by many researchers (see “Background” section), and (2) there is copious evidence that human populations differ from each other somewhat physiologically and that natural selection continues to affect human populations (Hawks et al. 2007; Zuk 2013). Adjusting gradualism in this manner requires that we reconsider the idea of a panhuman nature. It would be remarkable, as we will discuss below, if human populations were completely similar psychologically despite having endured different selective regimes in different environments.

There are notable adaptations in humans which likely evolved during geologically short periods of time, such as cold adaptations in high latitudes or low oxygen adaptations at high altitudes. Other examples include darker skin in mid latitudes to protect from ultraviolet radiation or conversely light skin in high latitudes to enhance vitamin D production, or lactose digestion in adults in communities which domesticate milk producing animals.

The article also goes over some of the common, and false, arguments against race being a biological construct including lewontin’s fallacy, which I have previously covered myself.

A final argument often forwarded against the use of racial classifications is that the genetic variation between human populations is small and dwarfed by the genetic variation within populations (Lewontin 1972; Templeton 2013). Therefore, so this argument goes, racial classifications contain almost no meaningful biological information. There are two counterarguments to this. First, if one focuses on the correlational structure among multiple genetic loci instead of serially examining single loci or averaging over multiple loci, then there are clear and biologically informative differences among human populations (Cochran and Harpending 2009; Edwards 2003; Tang et al. 2005). In other words, different human population groups are recognizable by their genetic profiles but only if one examines a pattern of genetic loci. Tang et al. (2005), for example, reported evidence that self-reported ethnicity corresponded very closely with genetic clusters derived from 326 microsatellite markers. Other studies have found similar power to detect accurately people’s ancestry (Guo et al. 2014; Moreno-Estrada et al. 2014). Of course, this would be impossible without sufficient genetic information to distinguish among human populations.

Importantly, it highlights the reality that personality and psychology also has a biological component, and this varies across races:

The human brain is the same as the human body in this regard and is not somehow immune to natural selection. Or, as Nicholas Wade (2014) succinctly noted, “brain genes do not lie in some special category exempt from natural selection. They are as much under evolutionary pressure as any other category of gene” (p. 106). It is almost certain that human populations vary psychologically in interesting, important, and scientifically meaningful ways because they were subject to different selective regimes (Rushton 1985; Wade 2007). To preview one example briefly, natural selection may have slightly dialed up the general intelligence knob on Ashkenazi Jews (i.e., an adjustment on an existing adaptation), who score roughly 110 on standardized intelligence tests (Cochran et al. 2006; Lynn 2011). Whether humans share a universal psychological profile depends upon the question one is trying to answer. If, for example, one wants to know how humans learn to recognize siblings, the concept of a panhuman psychical nature is probably fruitful (Lieberman et al. 2007). If, however, one wants to know why the Ashkenazim prosper in many societies, often despite virulent anti-semitism, then the concept of a universal psychical profile is not only wrong, but it also positively prevents researchers from accurately answering the question (because it leads to a fruitless exploration for sociocultural causes which cannot be the entire story).

Citing specific studies with specific genes, the authors discuss some personality traits which seem to vary over different populations, quite likely due to the genetic differences mentioned, including collectivism (east Asians) vs. individualism (NW Europeans) and Ashkanazi Jewish intelligence.

For additional information on the likely evolutionary pressures which led to an increase in pro-civilizational traits in Europeans, I recommend A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark. One of these days I am going to get around to doing a full review of this book.

By political necessity, the article is very conservative with its discussion of racial differences. However, it is a useful step in the right direction in gaining a mainstreamed understanding of the reality of race. The article calls out the social “scientists” who categorically rule out biological causes of racial differences as being unscientific. These “scientists” do so for no particular reason other than personal ideological preference. The article further proposes future research more openly and directly pursue possible biological explanations. Despite the obvious qualification that the article doesn’t go far enough in honestly admitting the primacy of biology in racial differences, it is still an important contribution in advancing the our understanding of human nature by addressing the largest problem currently extant in the academic community: Left-wing bias in favor of (false) universal egalitarianism.

We are not naive about the obstacles a Darwinian approach to human biological diversity faces. We hope only to start a candid discussion and to forward some suggestions about how to proceed with this paradigm. Doubtless, some will continue to resist the notion that human populations differ in biologically meaningful ways. But it seems clear to us that biological diversity is the rule across the vast tapestry of life. It is true among plants, among animals, among humans, and among human populations.

Read full article here.

Share Button

Why the US military will lose

I was watching a youtube video yesterday when the following US Army recruitment video came up:

This is a joke. Or would be in a sane world. The US Army cares more about affirmative action than actually winning anything. Lots of minorities and women are featured here, which is dumb enough on its own, but a black woman is the most prominently featured. Black women are the worst possible demographic for the role of competent computer security expert. Blacks in the US have an average IQ of 85, well below the minimum level for this field and a standard deviation lower than the white average. In addition, women in general are much less suited towards technical and mathematics roles. Black females are literally the least suited demographic to this role available and the military is dumb enough to actually try to recruit this group to this role. Its like they are trying to lose.

Or maybe they just made this video with affirmative action hires to avoid the inevitable uproar from university snow flakes who at any other time would be calling for the complete dissolution of the military. If I were part of the military brass, I would declare all demographic information of the troops top secret so leftists would never find out it was entirely filled out with all White, Northeast Asian, and maybe Indian (with a dot) males.

Share Button

Shitposting in real-life: Heckling the hecklers

Richard Spencer gave a speech at Texas A&M university yesterday, which I am sure many of you have heard about. I live within several hours of A&M so it was a good opportunity for me to both see Spencer and a Shitlib rally in real life. I invited Brett Stevens to join me as well, so I also got to meet another dark enlightenment writer in real life for the first time as well. We got together a bit early and had a bit of dinner while discussing everything we hate about the modern world. It was great. Of course, I also went to the after party to talk to all the crime-thinkers in attendance including Spencer himself. My phone had died at that point, unfortunately, so I only have some (shitty) pictures from earlier in the night. Mostly of the protests occurring outside. I figured I would share them. Here is the speech itself:

Martin Luther Kang, respected womanizer and pseudo-preacher

Some Indians with a dot, I would guess, holding up a Martin Luther King quote. It is a nonsense sentiment for several reasons of course. Nothing in the laws of nature say we have to get along with anyone, or tolerate their close proximity. Historically, the answer to diversity conflict has been one side exterminating the other. Without consciously led change in direction towards peaceful separation, it is obvious that this is the course we are heading for. It isn’t clear that our efforts will actually be able to prevent that in favor of voluntary, or at least non-violent, co-existence at a distance. This is primarily because it involves convincing leftists that forcing themselves and their retardation upon us isn’t good for their health. Without actually bloodying them up a bit, I don’t believe they will ever be able to grasp this, unfortunately. They are really, really dumb rabbits with not much in the way of ammunition or testosterone. And these safe space rabbits are very, very intent on forcing the sane portion of the population to fall in line. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Lugenpresse

Lugenpresse

Here is a picture of the lugenpresse making up some bullshit (I would assume). Plenty of rioters are behind her for a back drop.

butt sniffing

Lugenpresse looking for a butt to sniff

I am not sure what she is doing, but I would assume she is looking for a butt to sniff.

Not yet.

Not yet.

Keep pissing off middle America with your bullshit, and you might end up regretting your mislabeling as they decide to just own it (agree and amplify 100X….). If they are all going to be called Nazi’s anyway, might as well get the perks of ethnic homogeneity that comes with the genuine article. At least, that is what a growing number of people are starting to think. Leftists, beware what you summon from the abyss!

no platform

Obviously that didn’t happen, but not for want of trying. Straight out of Alinsky’s rules for radicals.

Hostile ethnic alien

If you love Mexico so much, you should move back there.

Latino Jew?

I don’t even know what to make of that. Probably some jew didn’t get the memo and took their miscegenation pill on accident. This creates a problem for us though, because where should we deport him? Decisions, decisions. Also, no my mom didn’t know I was there. Not sure why that matters. Oh, right. Leftists are mostly children trapped in adult bodies. We will probably have a good laugh about it the next time we talk.

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice

Hard to read, but the caption delivers the doublespeak clearly. This sage piece of cognitive dissonance also comes from our latino jew [the other side of his sign]. Actually, I think it is a bit more apt for our side than theirs. The time is over for tolerating leftist intolerance of us. They need to be removed by whatever means necessary.

Lolbertard

I saw this sign and flag dangling around each other and asked the guy in the foreground to pose for the picture.  Yep, flag carrying communists were out to protest Spencer. After the picture was taken, I talked with this guy a bit. I didn’t reveal my power level though since I was in the middle of a bunch of crazed communists looking for blood. He told me that he was actually a libertarian and didn’t support the communists. If you are a libertarian, why are you protesting a guy giving a speech? What exactly is libertarian about no-platforming? Even if you believed in unprincipled exceptions in this case, why would a libertarian stand side by side fucking communists to protest anything? Those fucks want a one-world centralized government which makes life miserable for as many people as feasibly possible. Not to mention if he actually read deeper into the philosophical basis of the alt-right and dark enlightenment, he would easily see we have much more to offer in terms of economic and social freedom broadly in line with the libertarian ideal (while not actually being that ideal, we are trying to be practical about it). The guy was very confused, obviously. And he seemed it in talking to me. He probably got swept up in the excitement swirling around campus and lost his principles. Stupid, but what do you expect from an 18 year old? I didn’t want to give his face away, though, so I employed my truly shitty paint skills to cover his face up. Do you like my rendition of a lolbertard?

Spencer on stage

I didn’t really get many great pictures in the event, but here is one to show I got in. Brett’s wife and I weren’t on the guest list so we almost didn’t make it in on account of capacity limits. Brett asked to be added in advance, which I didn’t think of doing. We had to wait in this line outside and were in the last group of ten people to be allowed in. Talk about cutting it close! Anyway, the main reason this was even a problem is because of all the prig-progs who were going in to be disruptive and shout out stupid shit. People who were legitimately interested in seeing Spencer were not allowed in because of these shitlibs. So that pissed me off, and I got even more pissed off when they started shouting out stupid shit and interrupting Spencer. These leftists were truly novice shit-posters and their interruptions weren’t even funny. Shouting “You’re a racist” is really unoriginal. I decided to join in on the party and heckle the hecklers myself. The difference between myself and them is I have been hard shitposting for years and can come up with some well-timed quips. (Ask Brett). Of course, I do this under alts and in places that either accept shitposting or deserve it (leftist forums). I think the most popular shout-out based on the reactions of shitlords around me where when blacks were claiming it was they who built America and the white man stole it all from them. I “agreed” with them by informing everyone that sky-scrapers were made out of cotton. If you are going to be disruptive, at least get a laugh. Also, if you can’t stop the leftists from causing obnoxious disruptions, the least you can do is embarrass them with superior right wing shitposting. I like to think that myself and the others who participated in this counter-disruption helped things by putting the leftists in their rhetorical place. And also let them know that if they actually started a riot they weren’t going to get out without getting banged up. Intimidation works both ways.

There were several occasions where fat black “women” were being very mouthy and almost initiated fights. Another weird looking dude tried to rush Spencer on the stage, but he was stopped and I think arrested. I don’t know for sure but he looked like a black albino from behind. Cultural appropriation anyone? Anyway, there was lots of grandstanding. One chic went up and complained Spencer offended her by calling someone in the crowd an autist, then she ran away crying and another chic gave her a hug. Their moment of “bravery” and solidarity was thoroughly ruined, however, by me loudly mocking her as a special snowflake. That got some good laughs. Spencer handled it all without breaking a sweat. I know I couldn’t have done that with going off on those retards. He really has mastered the rule of cool.

pinopepe

Free helicopter rides

This artistic shitlord was holding up this sign during the speech and it was quite entertaining to the rest of us. After we got out, but before we went to the after-party, I asked him to pose for this picture. Again, I covered up his face so that he wouldn’t get doxxed. At least not from any picture that I upload. Please marvel at my wondrous ms paint skills. There isn’t too much to report about the after party except to say it was fun. One guy claimed /r/darkenlightenment was helpful in red-pilling him. Always glad to be of service.

Seeing all those leftists really brought it home to me that these people hate us. And by us, I don’t just mean reactionaries or alt-right shitlords. I mean every white person in this country. Especially those who have even the most modest amount of reservation about our demographic replacement or wealth transfers from working class whites to the ethnic underclass. They hate us and want us destroyed. They have no intention of listening to reasoning or respecting our right to exist and disagree with them. I really do not know how we will ever be able to shed ourselves of these parasites without the use of force, and probably massive force. At some level, I think the underclass and other leftists recognize that their existence is dependent on us. Where else would they be able to steal the money to pay for welfare? Whether that welfare be make-work “professorships” or the official thing. If we collectively decided we were not going to pay for any of their shit anymore and would rather watch them starve, they would starve. And they know it. They aren’t capable of taking care of themselves. To stop us from collectively recognizing that we don’t need these ingrates and would in fact be better off without them, they are resorting to these intimidation campaigns and gaslighting the white population. “You raped, murdered, pillaged this country from other races, especially blacks. This country was stolen by whites from the work of blacks.” They need this lie not only to prop up their fragile egos, but also to keep the white population complacent in its current abused position. They are desperate for the lie to be maintained because its loss is an existential threat. Unfortunately for them the cracks are widening and white guilt will be cast off like so many other lies. They themselves will be cast off shortly after.

As long as we stay committed, we will change this culture and we will take our country back. Stick to your guns folks.

 

[EDIT: This dailymail article has a lot more photos.]

Share Button

Choosing sides

Recently, buzzfeed attempted to generate a fake scandal about a home improvement television show. (Which also happens to be my mom’s favorite show, which we will come back to later). Basically, Joanna and Chip Gaines are a couple who fix up crappy houses for clients. They are believing Christians and attend a church which does not support gay marriage. For the Cathedral, this is an outrageous spiritual sin against the progressive faith. It is conspicuous how often the new sins of the cathedral are so often completely inverted polar opposites of similar sins in Christianity. A sort of anti-Christianity. A grotesque reflection of the original in a circus mirror. Bloomberg ran a quite sane op-ed in response which I suggest you read. Its pretty short. But here are some important excerpts:

Over the last few years, as controversies have erupted over the rights of cake bakers and pizza places to refuse to cater gay weddings, the rights of nuns to refuse to provide insurance that covers birth control, the rights of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions, and the rights of Christian schools to teach (and require students and teachers to practice) traditional Christian morality, some Christians have begun to feel that their communities are under existential threat.

The response from the left has (mostly) been that this is so much whining, clinging to a victimhood belied by Christians’ social power and majority status. No one, they have been assured, wants to touch their freedom to worship, but when they enter the commercial realm, they have to abide by anti-discrimination laws, whatever their private beliefs.

The attacks on Christians in the last few years have been both obvious and egregious. Contrary to the public proclamations of progressives, this has very little to do with helping “disadvantaged” people and everything to do with forcing unprotected classes under their control. Even if you aren’t particularly religious, it would still be in your interest to side with Christians in these cases. The attacks on Christians are just one subset of a broader assault on freedom of association in all spheres of life. Forced integration of schools and government subsidized diversity in white towns are devastating attacks on freedom of association and a huge negative development for white communities. It also happens in video games where an almost exclusively male hobby is forced to pander to the erroneous preferences of women who don’t even play games. I am sure you can think of plenty of additional examples in any number of seemingly unrelated areas. No area of life seems to be off limits in our eternal current year. This is not just a problem for Christians, it is a problem for everyone.

“The government won’t actually shut your church down. But the left will use its positions of institutional power to try to hound anyone who attends that church from public life. You can believe whatever you want — but if we catch you, or if we even catch you in proximity to people who believe it, we will threaten your livelihood.”

They fear that the left is out to build a world where it will not be possible to hold any prominent job while holding onto their church’s beliefs about sexuality. Discussions I’ve had in recent days with nice, well-meaning progressives [editorial note: this description is somewhere between excessively generous and a complete fabrication] suggest that this is not a paranoid fantasy. An online publisher’s witch hunt against two television personalities — because of the church they attend — validates the fears of these Christians.

These sorts of things have happened quite a bit. Brendon Eich of Mozilla is probably the most famous example. It isn’t only done against Christians, either. Trumped up charges of being a secular racist or sexist can lose you your job just as rapidly as a Christian belief in the sanctity of marriage. If you accept their demands to keep your job, then you are forced to be surrounded by degenerates and incompetents which is a hard sell. So the left employs harsh punishments for non-compliance. The left would like any resisting non-conformist dead, but since that is illegal, they will work very hard to at least make them homeless and penniless. And if some mob of morons kills the unbeliever, all the better. The blood is spilled and the virtue signalers face no consequences for their important role.  They will make up lies to make this happen. These people are evil and do not deserve mercy.

The Bloomberg article notes correctly that freedom of religion, a subset of freedom of association, was included in the constitution due to the tendency of religious fanatics (the ancestors of today’s progressives) to initiate a war for spiritual purity. Successful or not, eventually those who are tyrannized return the favor in kind with their own holy war against the virtue signalers. The result is cycle of blood as different factions get their revenge for past wrongs. The reformation was a recent memory for the original Americans and it was their goal to prevent a repetition. Though they didn’t really succeed all that well, the fanatics just adapted their strategies, it was at least a good idea and desire.

There’s a reason that our constitution was written to enshrine substantial religious liberty, an uncommon idea at the time of the Founding Fathers: We had many different groups who thought that their spiritual victory had already been foreordained, and allowing them to seek total annihilation of the errant losing side would end up in the same ugly politico-religious wars that had roiled Europe for centuries.

The authors of the U.S. Constitution had learned from that history that religious beliefs are a primal force, even harder to dislodge by the sword than by the sermon. Eventually both sides of those religious disputes noticed how fragile their victories were, how easily the swordpoint conversions were reversed when the fortunes of war shifted, and how devastating their own subsequent losses often were. They decided that it was better to live uneasily together than to try to stamp out the other side.

With America seemingly dividing into two countries, riven by intractable value differences, this is a lesson that culture warriors on both sides need to relearn. Really, what is the cost to society if two HGTV hosts are allowed to thrive without disavowing their pastor’s comments on same-sex marriage? The far greater risk comes from trying to compel them to do so, whether through hard government power or soft private coercion. We can tear windows into the souls of others only at the risk of others tearing holes into us.

Indeed, the rise of anti-progressivism in the last few years is a clear indication that the tyrannized fly-over region is getting ready to return the favor and return it good and hard. The risk of a neo-reformation and its attendant wars is as high as it has ever been.

When you think that you may shortly see your church’s schools and your religious hospitals closed, and your job or business threatened in the private sphere by the economic equivalent of “convert or die,” you will side with whoever does not seem to set its sights on your conservative beliefs.

And this captures the new zietgeist exactly. There are many, many people who would love nothing better than to just live their lives in a state of complete myopia. Fixing their cars, playing their games, drinking with friends, whatever. There is no properly serious philosophical or spiritual pursuit in their lives and if left to their own devices this would not change. The progressives aren’t going to allow that state of affairs any more. People are going to have to pick a side. Are you going to choose the side of control, lies, and anarcho-tyranny that is progressive political correctness or are you going to choose the side of truth, reality, and freedom of association? Many people are being forced to confront this choice as never before, and in many ways this is a good thing. Gamergate was a perfect example of this. Confronted with progressive encroachment on their apolitical hobby, many young men were forced to polarize. Forced to take a side. Fortunately most of them chose the side of reality and freedom. All of a sudden new and magnificent understanding of the world was made available to people after being broken free from their haze of self-absorption.

Many in my own family have only very shallow understanding of the ongoing culture war and prefer to ignore it if possible.  However, when presented with an example of progressive social control that directly affects them they often also experience a positive transformation. So was this case with this home improvement show. It is my mom’s favorite and when she was made aware that it was under progressive attack, and might potentially be canceled as has happened in the past, she started red-pilling very quickly. I daresay she almost hates the prig-progs as much as I do now. Events like these are mana from heaven. These catalysts wakes people up and gets them to actually understand the world beyond their little bubble. Make as much use out of them as you can.

 

Share Button