Thursday, December 15, 2016

Reginald Hudlin takes down "black people can't be racist"

The Hudlin Manifesto: 10 Things Black People Need To Do Now « Hudlin Entertainment:
I have always hated the argument that black people can’t be racist because we don’t have power. That was a lie for two reasons: one is racism requires no power, just a bad attitude, and the second is everyone has power. That’s how we got from slavery to president.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today's leftist critique of identitarianism: How the Global Left Destroyed Itself (or, All Sex Is Not Rape)

How the Global Left Destroyed Itself (or, All Sex Is Not Rape) | naked capitalism:
Simultaneously, capitalism did what it does best. It packaged and repackaged, branded and rebranded every emerging identity, cloaked in its own sub-cultural nomenclature, selling itself back to new emerging identities. Soon class was completely forgotten as the global Left dedicated itself instead to policing the commons as a kind of safe zone for a multitude of difference that capitalism turned into a cultural supermarket.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Emily Robinson knows what SJWs don't

"If your response to a Twitter tiff is to go running to someone's employer, you view poverty as a weapon and are a terrible person." —Emily Robinson

Monday, November 7, 2016

Adolph Reed responds to his Jacobin critics

As you should expect, Reed responds with academic prose that lets him be precise, but can be difficult for casual readers. If, like me, you're among the latter group and curious about what identitarianism is doing to the left, be prepared to read with more attention than you'd give most blog posts.

I'll quote a bit that I would refer to if I wrote a history of the growth of left-identitarianism. People who confuse left-identitarians with socialists should note this: left-identitarianism was a rejection of socialism by members of the black bourgeoisie.

From Splendors and Miseries of the Antiracist “Left” | nonsite.org:
...another, more richly grounded and textured perspective makes clear that their characterization of an initially conservative movement that became radical “through the course of struggle itself” is exactly the opposite of the movement’s trajectory. Preston Smith II’s important account of the constitutive tension between programs of racial democracy – an ideal of strict equality of opportunity within capitalism – and social democracy shows how the former tendency, under pressure of Cold War anti-leftism, the predominant class commitments among black civic elites, and positive reinforcement from the courts, liberal opinion-leaders, and the national Democratic coalition, became the dominant trend in the 1950s. The social-democratic tendency persisted; e.g., through the agency of A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and their Negro American Labor Council, that tendency was the originating and primary organizing force of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which became Martin Luther King, Jr.’s event only in posthumous reinvention.3 But the victory of the racial-democratic orientation in the mid-1960s – illustrated symbolically in the emergence of Black Power ideology and defeat of the social-democratic initiatives spearheaded by Randolph and Rustin — underwrote consolidation of a new black political class of public officials, functionaries, and race relations administrators as the central force in black political agenda-formation.4 And, contrary to Birch and Heideman’s odd contention that racial redistribution is actually intrinsically anti-capitalist, the record of the black political regime consolidated in the late 1960s and early 1970s is most markedly class-skewed and amounts to at best a sort-of racial trickle down.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Leftist criticism of identitarianism by Benamin Kunkel at Salvage

Sweet ’16: Notes on the US Election | Salvage: "[Clinton's] campaign and its media boosters also deployed a newer tactic against Sanders, using identitarian tropes of symbolic achievement and semantic grievance to present Hillary as the more progressive candidate. The logic of symbolic achievement made it imperative to put a woman in the White House rather than another white man, never mind that Sanders would have been the first Jewish president. (In extreme form, the argument was, mutatis mutandis, that of Daisy Benson in the Independent arguing against Corbyn and in favour of a woman, any woman, as head of the Labour Party: ‘If it’s truly progressive, Labour will have voted in a female leader – regardless of her policies.’) The complementary tactic was to cast the further-left campaign as in fact a stalking horse for racism, misogyny, and the jealous retention of class privilege."

SJW excess: Death threats for criticizing yoga pants

The skintight surprise 300 women delivered to man who disparaged yoga pants - The Washington Post:
Sorrentino told WPRO radio earlier in the week that the death threats and expletive-filled voice mails he’d been left were “vicious and intimidating,” reminder of the hate he’d experienced over the years as an openly gay man. “The fact that this is seen as an appropriate reaction to something I wrote in the paper is really disgusting,” he told WPRO. On Sunday, he reiterated that his letter was a joke “A joke is designed to fool people,” he told the Providence Journal. “Those people were fooled.”

Friday, October 21, 2016

A take-down of Sady Doyle, one of the exposed Clinton hacks

I missed this response to Doyle's attempt to present Clinton as the "progressive" candidate: The Progressive Case For Hillary Clinton Isn’t Much of a Case At All - In These Times. Now that Wikileaks has confirmed what critical readers of Doyle have suspected, the article's relevant again.

Insert my standard rant about how "progressive" is a feel-good term that neoliberals love because it doesn't commit them to anything.

An update on the U-VA hoax rape

I just read Rolling Stone reporter says ‘Jackie’ deceived her about U-Va. gang rape - The Washington Post. If you're familiar with this story, the second half is more interesting.

Having been mobbed, I have enormous sympathy for Eramo. I want to have sympathy for Erdeley, too—she's a victim of the simplistic "believe the victim" meme of postmodern feminism—but as a journalist, she had a duty to, as Ronald Reagan said about the USSR, trust but verify. There is no contradiction in being supportive of someone who claims to have suffered while continuing to investigate the truth. For a journalist, that's an obligation. I can't tell from the article whether Erdeley understands that yet. She's quoted as saying, “It was a mistake to rely on someone whose intent it was to deceive me.” That's not true. It was a mistake to rely on anyone, because journalists can't see into anyone's heart. The job is to constantly seek the truth knowing you will never find the full truth.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Social justice versus civil rights: on free speech and hate speech

Supporting free speech is a civil rights concern. Outlawing hate speech is a social justice concern. What hate speech opponents do not understand is that free speech must include the right to offend.

See The right to free speech means nothing without the right to offend | Jodie Ginsberg.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The rape case that Clinton tried illustrates a problem with "Believe the victim"

The facts about Hillary Clinton and the Kathy Shelton rape case - StarTribune.com:
Memories are malleable over time. The record shows that Shelton’s memories of the case have changed, specifically concerning being forced to take a psychiatric exam that, it turns out, was not approved by the court.
No, this does not mean Shelton lied, and there's no doubt that she was raped. It means what it says: human memories are not as reliable as most of us think.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Evidence for the argument that male feminists are more sexist than most men

Add another to the list of fallen male feminists:

Grody Feminist Beardo Journalist Devin Faraci Accused of 'Grabbing P*ssy' | Heat Street

Of course, #NotAllMaleFeminists

But most men, regardless of their opinion of feminism, don't do that shit.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Phocion on the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right

In the comments at Why LEV is not a Strategy-and Why it Matters | Outrages and Interludes, Phocion said,
Activists like Garza aren’t so much neoliberal, as much as they are “Alt-Left” –a mirror image of the Alt-Right. Both the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right advance identitarian critiques of neoliberalism. Both are obsessed with heritage and are disillusioned with traditional politics, seeking “culture change” instead. In fact, the Alt-Right seems to almost welcome the BLM movement because it draws attention to the failure of liberal multiculturalism. 

Adolph Reed:"structural racism" is an incantation, not an explanation

In the comments at Why LEV is not a Strategy-and Why it Matters | Outrages and Interludes, Adolph Reed said:
I think structural racism is tossed around as an alternative to an explanation of the dynamics and mechanisms through which even those patterned inequalities that appear statistically as racial disparities are reproduced. Invoking it makes people feel righteous but doesn’t tell us anything concrete. It’s an incantation, not an explanation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A recent example of SJW bullying going off-line

Swarthmore student called 'white b*tch,' told 'kill yourself' over op-ed that upset liberal peers - The College Fix:
Jenson said she has received four physical threats and been cyberbullied almost 100 times on social media. She told The Fix some of the more extreme comments came from one person who told her she should have her tongue removed, and another, a written note she found in her bag at the gym the day after the op-ed came out, which stated: “kill yourself bitch.”
I'm sure there are earlier examples, but the first one I noticed was The Outing of Zathlazip.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Actually, rich black kids are less likely to go to prison than poor white kids

Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids - The Washington Post: is worth reading, but it admits its title is wrong further into the article than many people will read: "Only the very wealthiest black youth —  those whose household wealth in 1985 exceeded $69,000 in 2012 dollars — had a better chance of avoiding prison than the poorest white youth. Among black young people in this group, 2.4 percent were incarcerated."

Read the whole thing. The second half is more nuanced than the first. As usual, they don't discuss another fact that may be relevant: white and Hispanic poverty is more rural than urban poverty; it would be interesting to know if the urban white poor are more likely to go to prison than the rural white poor.

Income and incarceration

Prisons of Poverty: Uncovering the pre-incarceration incomes of the imprisoned | Prison Policy Initiative: "in 2014 dollars, incarcerated people had a median annual income of $19,185 prior to their incarceration, which is 41% less than non-incarcerated people of similar ages."

Race, income, and education

2 out of 5 black children are living in poverty - Jul. 14, 2015: "More than half (52%) of Asian adults over 25 have a bachelor's degree, compared to 33% of whites, 19% of blacks and 14% of Hispanics."

Note that education can break someone out of poverty, but in general, young people get bachelor's degrees because of their family's wealth. This is why Sanders was right to support free higher education.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

No, I did not invent or promote "social justice warrior" in 2009

I'm a bit obsessive about getting the facts right, so here is why I am often falsely credited with coining or promoting "social justice warrior" in 2009.

I encountered the term in 2011 (or 2012; see note below) at Be a SJ Ally, not a SJ Sally. I went to Urban Dictionary to verify it. I didn't like the term because it was ironic and irony is always misunderstood by literal-minded people, but it was already being used and I couldn't think of a more precise alternative for the people who rage, mob, dox, and issue death threats in the name of social justice. So I accepted the name when I made this blog, which was originally titled Social Justice Warriors: Do Not Engage. I imported some posts I had made elsewhere, including some from 2009, which had the unintended effect of making it look like Social Justice Warriors: Do Not Engage had existed under that name since 2009.

Since "social justice" was coined in the 19th century, it had been associated with pacifists who believed in working in the world and treating everyone with love and respect, so the common expression for those people was social justice workers. Only rarely was "social justice warrior" used as a term of praise by the same people who use "Christian warriors" as praise, failing to note that it evokes the Crusaders who massacred Albigensians and sacked the Christian city of Constantinople because it was an easier target than any Muslim city.

Calling Martin Luther King a "social justice warrior" appears to be a retcon. If you search his writings, you'll find few references to social justice. Durng the 1960s, the term was still primarily a theological concept. King, a democratic socialist, was more concerned with economic justice, which is why his most famous speech was given at the culmination of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and he was killed during the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike while planning the Poor People's Campaign.

ETA: To my amusement, people are discussing my use of the term at Talk:Social justice warrior/Archive1 - RationalWiki. I suspect David Gerard is correct about the timing.

Monday, September 19, 2016

More men than women think the US is ready for a female president

Poll: Most Americans ready for female president | TheHill:
Women are slightly less confident than men about the country's readiness. Seventy-six percent of women say the country is prepared to elect a female president, compared with 83 percent of men. 
And though the country overwhelmingly says it's ready to elect a woman, just 3 in 10 respondents identify as feminists.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Are Female Candidates Still Running Against Gender Bias? | Columbian College of Arts & Sciences | The George Washington University

Are Female Candidates Still Running Against Gender Bias? | The George Washington University:
We systematically looked at media coverage of 800 U.S. House races involving more than 1,500 candidates across two different election cycles from 2010-2014. It turns out that female candidates run virtually identical campaigns as men—from the issues they talk about to the language they use to the personal traits they stress. They are just as likely to be covered fairly by the media as men. Voters are just as likely to regard women as strong leaders. The bottom line is: When women run for electoral office, they are just as likely to win as men.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Those who "don't do 101" and those who do: a cartoon

I have no idea who made this, but it's true. If you care about something, you "do 101".

Found via Let the Kooks Speak

Adolph Reed Jr.: antiracist politics is the left wing of neoliberalism

How Racial Disparity Does Not Help Make Sense of Patterns of Police Violence | nonsite.org:
...although it often comes with a garnish of disparaging but empty references to neoliberalism as a generic sign of bad things, antiracist politics is in fact the left wing of neoliberalism in that its sole metric of social justice is opposition to disparity in the distribution of goods and bads in the society, an ideal that naturalizes the outcomes of capitalist market forces so long as they are equitable along racial (and other identitarian) lines.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Art Class Politically Incorrect - first TV appearances of SJWs?

A very simple meme that SJWs can't grasp

I was thinking this was too simplistic to share, then thought of all the vicious things SJWs do that they somehow believe serves social justice and decided to go ahead. Because the original social justice workers understood this:


Perhaps the first trait of the SJW is a desire to destroy people, to get them fired and to send them threats to terrify them.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What MTV gets wrong about "cracker" and "white trash"—they are racist—and no, Oprah wasn't a victim of racism in Switzerland



Like many race reductionists, Franchesca Ramsey gets the history right, then spins it.

What’s racist has to do with how a word's used, not how it was invented. As she admits, historical context matters: Blacks who speak of "crackers" today are not slaves; they’re just black racists referring to white people.

During the antebellum era, black slaveowners undoubtedly spoke of white trash. We know that slaves did. Wikipedia says,
In 1833 Fanny Kemble, an English actress visiting Georgia, noted in her journal: "The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as 'poor white trash’”.
The owner of the luxury-goods shop, which has since been outed as Trois Pommes, is not in agreement, however. “This is an absolute classic misunderstanding,” Trudie Goetz told Reuters today. To CNN, she clarified, “Mrs. Oprah said she just wanted to look at the bag, she didn’t want it taken down, and because my sales assistant felt a little embarrassed about the price, she quickly said that she also had the model in other materials such as ostrich and suede, which weren’t so expensive. . . This had nothing whatsoever to do with racism.” In case anyone was wondering how the offending saleswoman was doing, Goetz added, “She feels very bad because she feels the way it’s being represented is very unfair.”
Another point from the article: "Even more shocking than the fact that the Pretty Woman Rodeo Drive treatment is apparently still a rampant elitist epidemic in Switzerland, and that $38,000 purses—accessories used to carry loose change, hair ties, and gum—exist at all, is the fact that someone on this planet did not recognize Oprah."

Note to anti-racists: Even the most racist capitalists know there are rich black people, and they like to take their money. If the clerk had screwed up, the employer would've fired her, because shops that sell $38,000 purses don't like to offend anyone who might have $38,000 to spend on a purse.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Social experiment - most people are sheep

A helpful demonstration of how people in general and cultists in particular develop customs that serve no purpose other than a crucial one: shared practices make people feel united.

Friday, September 2, 2016

David Brooks (yes, really!) is right about how identity politics serves the right

Identity Politics Run Amok - The New York Times:
First, it is Manichaean. It cleanly divides the world into opposing forces of light and darkness. You are a worker or an elite. You are American or foreigner.

Seeing this way is understandable if you are scared, but it is also a sign of intellectual laziness. The reality is that people can’t be reduced to a single story. An issue as complex as immigration can’t be reduced to a cartoon. It is simultaneously true that immigration fuels American dynamism and that the mixture of mass unskilled immigration and the high-tech economy threatens to create a permanent underclass.

Second and most important, identity politics is inherently the politics of division.
It just goes to show that no one is wrong all the time. I tend to see the issue as divided between right-identitarianism and left-identitarianism. The motives are different, but the result's the same.

ETA: I left this comment there:
Brooks is 2/3 right when he says, "Human beings are too complicated to be defined by skin color, income or citizenship status." Income is not a social identity because it can change in an instant. Win the lottery, and you join the 1%. Have a financial disaster, and you join the working class. Income is only a relationship to economic power—black women like Melanie Cain have privileges that poor whites can only dream of.

Identitarianism is a problem on both the right and the left. It distracts from the issue that Brooks does not want to address, the growing wealth gap.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Entitled SJW's plan backfires: Chick-fil-A bully gets fired



I'm struck yet again by how often these people who claim to believe in social justice are willing to abuse workers.

Social Justice Warriors Piss On Your Free Speech - Lauren Southern Attacked



I don't agree with Southern's politics or her take on gender—there are two sexes, but there are either no genders or many. I'm sharing this to add to the list of bad things SJWs have done, which includes death threats, doxxing, and hoax hate crimes.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How do SJWs resolve their contradictions about Swedish rape statistics?

After writing Debunking the myth of an immigrant/Muslim rape crisis in Sweden—and one of its promoters, Ingrid Carlqvis, I realized someone (not me!) could write about the contradictory claims SJWs make regarding Swedish statistics and laws:

1. They're misleading: Sweden is not suffering from a Muslim rape crisis.
2. They're accurate: they prove we live in a rape culture, and Julian Assange must be guilty because two women went together to the police, who took the charge seriously.

To be clear, I think the statistics are useful when they're broken down further than they are by the people who believe Sweden's suffering from a rape crisis, and I believe all charges of sexual abuse should be treated seriously so long as everyone remembers the importance of the presumption of innocence.

Alas, both of those positions call for understanding that the world is complex. The greatest failure of the internet's SJWs is their desire to divide us all into the saved and the damned.

Friday, August 19, 2016

N. K. Jemisin thinks most of fandom is racist

I either missed this or didn't pay attention to it earlier, but now it seems to be a meme with the anti-sjws, so I thought I should document it. In Things People Need to Understand, issue 223.2 | Epiphany 2.0, Jemisin said,
After I read that book I realized two things: a) that Heinlein was racist as *fuck*, and b) most of science fiction fandom was too.
I haven't read any Heinlein in decades, and I remember being troubled by Farnham's Freehold when I read it at the age of 14 or so. Was it racist, or was it exploring the ramifications of racism by creating a racist society that was the reverse of the US's during the civil rights era? I would have to read it again to give a definitive answer. I ended up giving Heinlein the benefit of the doubt because he was one of the first SF writers to write a very popular novel with a character who has dark skin and a non-Anglo name: Starship Troopers is told from the point of view of Juan Rico, a Filipino,

But to understand that, you have to read critically, which identitarians don't.

As for the notion that most of fandom is racist, Jemisin believes or believed in Critical Race Theory, which posits that all white people are racist because they grew up in a racist society. CRTers make that claim less often now because studies like Project Implicit show it's nonsense, but having the facts against them has never made true believers change their minds. Whether Jemisin still thinks most of fandom is racist, I don't know. Someone should ask her.

It's possible she has had a wake-up call, as Malcolm X did. One of many things he said that I love him for:
"I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people as he fooled and misused me. But I blame only myself, and no one else for the fool that I was, and the harm that my evangelical foolishness on his behalf has done to others." —Malcolm X
ETA: The Man Who Changed Middle-Class Feminism, or Derrick Bell and Critical Race Theory, Where Racism and Anti-Racism Intersect 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Karl Marx on working-class racism: English vs Irish, White vs Black

Every industrial and commercial centre in England now possesses a working class divided into two hostile camps, English proletarians and Irish proletarians. The ordinary English worker hates the Irish worker as a competitor who lowers his standard of life….He cherishes religious, social, and national prejudices against the Irish worker. His attitude towards [Irish workers] is much the same as that of the ‘poor whites’ to the Negroes in the former slave states of the U.S.A…..This antagonism is artificially kept alive and intensified by the press, the pulpit, the comic papers, in short, by all the means at the disposal of the ruling classes. This antagonism is the secret of the impotence of the…working class, despite its organisation. It is the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power. And the latter is quite aware of this.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The difference between sea-lioning and calling-out

"Its 'sea lioning' when it's someone you don't agree with and 'calling out' when you do." —James 'Grim' Desborough

There is one important difference: A sea lion must be polite, while a caller-out must be filled with (self-)righteous fury.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Incomplete Guide to Feminist Infighting

I don't remember noticing this article when it came out, but most and maybe all of the players are still trying to be Mean Girls for Social Justice: The Incomplete Guide to Feminist Infighting - The Wire.

I keep wondering if any of them will figure out that all they're doing is preaching to the choir. But then, many preachers love preaching to the choir. Every cultist and every scam artist knows that's all they need for a long and prosperous career.

Two articles from The Week for refuting the race reductionism of #BlackLivesMatter

To end police violence, we have to end poverty:
For prison, the difference in lifetime risk of incarceration is something like ten times as great for low-class blacks as it is for high-class blacks. If we assume that the police are generally arresting the same people they interact with generally, then something similar likely holds for police shootings. What accounts for this? Poverty, I will argue.
Do American cops have a race problem? Or a class problem?:
Overrepresentation of blacks among the victims of deadly police violence can be at least partially explained by high rates of black poverty (27 percent) in comparison to the rate among whites (10 percent)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A quick note about privilege theory and niceness

Just made this comment in a discussion with an online friend who was talking about a nice white person who is obsessed with privilege and who hardly knows any black people:
What's sad is the nicest people are more susceptible to privilege theory because it preys on their feelings, and especially on their guilt about their privileges
I didn't add that, like going to confession, promoting privilege theory makes them feel better without actually helping anyone.

And, yes, in my experience, white privilege theorists have few black friends and those black friends usually have gone to the schools for the elite.

I did touch briefly on niceness and identitarianism in Unpacking “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack".

Monday, July 25, 2016

Today's leftist critique of identitarianism: What Is the Left? | Jacobin

From What Is the Left? | Jacobin:
A Latino and an Asian American crafted the Bush torture memos, which were then carried forward by the nation’s first Black president. The diversity at hand makes the waterboarding no less painful for those detained in Guantanamo’s dungeons.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bayard Rustin rejects identitarianism

"My activism did not spring from my being gay, or for that matter, from my being black. Rather it is rooted, fundamentally, in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. Those values are based on the concept of a single human family and the belief that all members of that family are equal." —Bayard Rustin

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Joe Cusumano on the worst thing neoliberalism has done

"The worst thing neoliberalism has done: hearing someone complain about "political correctness" is no longer a reliable indicator that they're a right-wing douche bag." —Joe Cusumano

Keshia Thomas, universalist hero of the day


"You can't beat goodness into a person." —Keshia Thomas

"That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back." —Leonard Pitts Jr.

From A Mighty Girl:
Twenty years ago today, Keshia Thomas was 18 years old when the KKK held a rally in her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of protesters turned out to tell the white supremacist organization that they were not welcome in the progressive college town. At one point during the event, a man with a SS tattoo and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag ended up on the protesters' side of the fence and a small group began to chase him. He was quickly knocked to the ground and kicked and hit with placard sticks. 
As people began to shout, "Kill the Nazi," the high school student, fearing that mob mentality had taken over, decided to act. Thomas threw herself on top of one of the men she had come to protest, protecting him from the blows, and told the crowd that you "can't beat goodness into a person." In discussing her motivation for this courageous act after the event, she stated, "Someone had to step out of the pack and say, 'this isn't right'... I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me... violence is violence - nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea." 
Thomas never heard from the man after that day but months later, a young man came up to her to say thanks, telling her that the man she had protected was his father. For Thomas, learning that he had a son brought even greater significance to her heroic act. As she observed, "For the most part, people who hurt... they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let's say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?" 
Mark Brunner, the student photographer who took this now famous photograph, added that what was so remarkable was who Thomas saved: "She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her. Who does that in this world?" 
In response to those who argued that the man deserved a beating or more, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. offered this short reflection in The Miami Herald: 
That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia's choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia's choice was human.
Keshia's choice was hope.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why Identitarians Can't Empathize: on the reactions to a Baby Taken by an Alligator and a Mass Shooting in Orlando

Quick take:

Why can't identitarians empathize? Because they can't identify with people who have social identities that they consider "other". Conservative (or right) identitarians can't identify with people who don't share their identity, whether it's racial or ethnic. Liberal (or left) identitarians can't identify with people they assign to "oppressor" identities.

And so a left identitarian, a white woman, was able to tweet this:


Because identitarians tend to be authoritarians, they think people should obey signs. But in this case, the sign merely said "No swimming" and had no mention of alligators, so a number of parents thought it was safe to let their children wade there. See PRAY, PRAY so hard for the family & for those... - Jennifer Venditti.

Longer take:

You might think Brienne of Snarth didn't have to share her inability to care about parents seeing their baby carried to its death by an alligator. But for identitarians, sharing their indifference to tragedy involving people they consider "other" is effectively a religious obligation. I wrote in Malcolm X, "A very beautiful thing", Bahar Mustafa, and #KillAllWhiteMen:
In 1962, while Malcolm X was still part of the Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam, Air France Flight 007 crashed carrying 122 white art patrons from Athens, Georgia and ten crew members. All of the passengers and eight crew members were killed. Ann Uhry Abrams wrote that “the impact on the city in 1962 was comparable to New York of September 11." Out of respect for the mourners, Martin Luther King canceled a sit-in that had been planned to protest segregation.

But Malcolm X said, "I would like to announce a very beautiful thing that has happened...I got a wire from God today...well, all right, somebody came and told me that he really had answered our prayers over in France. He dropped an airplane out of the sky with over 120 white people on it because the Muslims believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But thanks to God, or Jehovah, or Allah, we will continue to pray, and we hope that every day another plane falls out of the sky."
After discussing the very privileged Ms. Mustafa,  I concluded,
In 1964, Malcolm X came back from Mecca with a new understanding of the world. He said, "I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy," and declared, "I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don’t think that it will be based upon the color of the skin."

Insh'allah, Ms. Bahar and her fellow identitarians will someday catch up to Malcolm half a century ago.
Sady Doyle defended Brienne of Snarth on Twitter:

Doug Henwood shared her tweet on Facebook with the comment "Something we should keep in mind before feeling any sympathy over a 2-year-old eaten by an alligator."

I am sorry I'm not able to ask Brienne of Snarth, a lesbian, about another tragedy that some left identitarians exploited. After the slaughter at a GLBT club in Orlando, a  #BlackLivesMatter activist decided to take over a memorial service:



When that killing was called America's worst attack by a mass shooter, a Portland woman sent out a press release to remind people of 19th century attacks on American Indians. Other activists brought up killings by mobs during the Jim Crow era. I posted this on Facebook:
Dear people who are sharing other massacres to diminish the effect of what happened in Orlando: Orlando's killing is the greatest mass shooting by a single person in the US—it's the US's equivalent of what Anders Breivik did in Norway. Pointing to other massacres involving more attackers does not change that. Right now, the gay community has been attacked. Give them a day or two before you rush in with false comparisons to Wounded Knee and Greenwood.
Will identitarians ever change? Only if, like Malcolm X, they outgrow their identitarianism. Two days before he was murdered, he said,
I did many things as a [Black] Muslim that I'm sorry for now. I was a zombie then—like all [Black] Muslims—I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. Well, I guess a man's entitled to make a fool of himself if he's ready to pay the cost. It cost me twelve years.

That was a bad scene, brother. The sickness and madness of those days—I'm glad to be free of them.
ETA: Tonia Thompson defends Brienne of Snarth: In The Wake Of Tragedy, Black Parents Face A Racist Double Standard - The Establishment. Her argument boils down to "We're just like the white racists who blamed the mother whose baby got into a gorilla pen." She assumes every critic of the mother at the gorilla pen is racist, even though parents of all races are damned by some people when their kids do wrong. Moreover, Thompson's guilty of false equivalency: the mother at the gorilla pen knew there were gorillas there, and the child in the gorilla pen survived. The latter means that mother's critics did not need to consider whether she might be grieving; they knew she had her living child. That said, no parent can be watchful every second of every day; that mother does not deserve to be blamed for her child slipping into the pen.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Must read for a leftist refutation of much identitarian mythical history

Why Did White Workers Leave the Democratic Party? | Jacobin. One example of many rejections of the mythical history of identitarians, regarding Jim Crow:
...the argument that these laws were simply racist because they excluded agricultural workers is wrong. First, most social welfare laws everywhere initially excluded farm workers. Today, farm workers in New York have fewer rights than industrial workers. Then, the majority of sharecroppers in the South of the 1930s were white, not black. Did Southern legislators advocate minimum wages and pensions for white sharecroppers?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SJWs as the Moralist Left, and a bit about Kameron Hurley and WisCon

#JeNeSuisPasLiberal: Entering the Quagmire of Online Leftism | The American Reader is an interesting attempt to divide the left into four groups. Most relevant to scifi fandom is this bit:
Hurley’s rage-born preference for megacorporate San Diego Comicon over Wiscon closely parallels Garvey’s preference for the KKK over white liberals. Alternating between Ethical betrayal and Structural futility, her essay ultimately settles on the hope that something better will take its place, without explaining how that will happen.
The reason identitarians rage and never offer solutions may come from the fact that they tend to be neoliberals rather than leftists. They love the pyramid of economic privilege and wish it had no impurities so they could enjoy their privilege without discomfort. And so they rant about the impurities without realizing the pyramid itself must be flattened.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Three essential points from Cathy Young's The Brock Turner case: Sexual assault, mob justice, and the war on "rape culture"

From The Brock Turner case: Sexual assault, mob justice, and the war on "rape culture":

Would a black student in a similar situation get a similar sentence? Yes.
While I think there's elite college athlete privilege at work, Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu, who is black, was given a 6-month jail sentence and 10 years' probation last year after being convicted of sexually assaulting a female former Baylor soccer player. (An ex-girlfriend also testified that Ukwuachu had battered and choked her.) Obviously, a single case does not prove a pattern. But one may legitimately wonder if a black defendant would have been picked as the "face of campus sexual assault," the way Turner was.
Is it possible that Turner did not intend to rape his victim and therefore received an appropriate sentence? Yes.
The defense theory was that the victim consented to sex and passed out at some point during the sexual activity, and presumably that Turner (who was also heavily intoxicated though not as much as the victim, with his blood alcohol level twice the legal driving limit and hers 3 times) was too out of it to notice. Is this a possibility? Phone records do indicate that the victim was conscious, though disoriented, about 15 minutes before she was found with Turner; she called her boyfriend and left an incoherent message. If Turner was too drunk to notice that she had passed out, I don't think that absolves him of responsibility, any more than a drunk driver is absolved of responsibility if s/he is too drunk to realize s/he shouldn't get behind the wheel. But it could make this a crime of negligence more than intent, in which case the six-month sentence seems more adequate (especially combined with additional penalties: probation, a lifelong ban from the Stanford campus, and probably lifetime sex offender registration).
Was the light sentence recommended and supported by women? Yes.
...the probation officer who recommended the light sentence (on the grounds of Turner's youth, lack of criminal record, and intoxicated state at the time of the crime) is a woman. The head of the Santa Clara Public Defender's Office, Molly O'Neal -- a feminist, an openly gay woman and the mother of a college-bound daughter -- has also defended the sentence as fair and not out of the ordinary given the details of this case. I still believe it was too light; however, there is clearly a legitimate, non-misogynist view that the sentence was appropriate.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Freddie deBoer on 21st century liberalism

"21st century liberalism is ensuring a panel at a defense industry conference called Building a Deadlier Drone has adequate gender diversity." —Freddie deBoer

Glenn Greenwald on people who think their side doesn't have trolls

"Self-centered people always think their own group is free of trolls because they're never targeted by them." —Glenn Greenwald

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dear Identitarians, here's why Clinton is the racist and sexist choice

I just left this comment elsewhere:
It takes an astonishing amount of privilege to claim that Sanders' supporters are privileged. Statistically, they're poorer than Clinton supporters. Google "A Key Divide Between Clinton and Sanders Supporters: Income" if you doubt me.

More importantly, it takes an astonishing amount of privilege not to support a $15 minimum wage, medicare-for-all, and free public higher education. These things would greatly benefit poor people. And if you don't care about poor people, you should notice that because poverty is disproportionately female and of color, these things would disproportionately benefit women and people of color.

All of which is to say that if you only care about race and gender, Clinton is the more racist and the more sexist of the Democratic candidates.
ETA:  A quote from an interview by my favorite thinker on race and class, Adolph Reed: "You can go down Sanders’s platform issue by issue and ask, “so how is this not a black issue?” How is a $15 minimum wage not a black issue. How is massive public works employment not a black issue. How is free public college higher education not a black issue."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

a story about a hoax hate crime, burqas, and an argument for police cameras being on at all time

"Don't confuse truth with falsehood or knowingly conceal the truth." -Qur'an 2:42

This is obviously a story that Islamaphobes exploit, but I'm sharing it for two reasons:

1. It's more evidence that everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt until all the facts are known.

2. If the cop's camera hadn't been on, even if he'd been found innocent, he would've been mobbed by people who "believe the victim".

I disagree with the people who conclude burqas should be banned. As the story notes, even the most conservative muslim scholars say it's appropriate for a woman to show her face to an official to verify her identity.

Emotional thinking and folie à plusieurs: a few links about "political correctness"

Political Correctness Gone Mad | Psychology Today:
Collective, contagious behavior of this sort was first described in some detail by the French many years ago. They called it folie à plusieurs. It is collective behavior, often accompanied by a shared delusional system and reconstruction of reality, culminating in emotional thinking. Historically, it involved a degree of social isolation which favors delusional ideation. It seems these days it involves a response to catastrophic or awfulistic thinking with absolute demands (i.e., anger), short of delusional reconstructions of reality. I suppose this is progress of sorts! What we're dealing with appears to involve other dimensions, other sources of a breakdown of rational thinking giving rise to emotional thinking including the cognitive distortions of black-and-white thinking, overgeneralizations, problems with abstraction, emotional thinking, mind-reading, fortune-telling, labeling, exclusion of positive evidence, favoring negative evidence (because "fear attracts"), favoring moral-relativity while blind to moral-absolutes, and engaging in the even more dangerous factual-relativity often associated with growing ignorance and cynicism concerning science and the scientific method.
ETA: 10 Ridiculous Cases of Political Correctness - Listverse is a rightwing grabbag. I disagree with #5, I'd love to know what solution the writer has in mind for #2, and #1 is about science, not "political correctness", but the other seven are worth noting.

Winston Churchill's cigar airbrushed from picture - Telegraph

UNH In Hot Water Over the Word 'American'

'Political correctness gone mad': Man asked not to wear Union Jack jacket because it’s 'offensive' — RT UK

Controversies about the word "niggardly" - Wikipedia

Maryland Teacher Knocked Out, Bloodied by Black Student Who ‘Misinterpreted’ This Word as ‘Racist’ | Top Right News

Political Correctness Gone Mad - TV Tropes:
In some cases, this might be literally about political correctness taken too far, presented through a Granola Girl or Soapbox Sadie who embodies the negative aspects of the PC movement. It may also involve Moral Guardians attempting to Bowdlerize a work in order to remove anything, no matter how trivial, that might be considered "offensive". However, in other cases, the accusations of political correctness are baseless.

Friday, May 27, 2016

University at Albany expels students indicted in hate crime hoax

University at Albany expels students indicted in hate crime hoax - Washington Times
Inspector Paul Burlingame of the University Police Department, a witness who testified at the hearing, said the real victims of the assault stayed mum during the media storm because they feared for their safety.

“One of the female victims,” Mr. Burlingame said, “withdrew out of concern for her physical safety.”

He said another student withdrew, “having been the target of threats made on social media because of the false reports made by (the women) of his having participated in an alleged hate crime,” the Times Union reported.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today's example of identitarian hypocrisy: a comment on Sady Doyle and the Matt Breunig affair

Just shared this on social media:
The only amusing thing about the Matt Bruenig firing is watching folk who reject "tone policing" say he deserved to be fired for incivility.
Sady Doyle is not the only identitarian who inspired that, but she did her very best to get Bruenig fired, so it's especially funny in her case. She recently said in Sady Doyle (Patterns):
I’m tired of explaining the central thesis of my argument, which is that Bruenig is a ringleader for harassment. I get it: The idea that someone could get fired for insensitive or flippant things they say on Twitter is concerning. It concerns me – I post rude things all the time. But the question I’m most often being asked, or the point I’m being made to prove, is that Bruenig “bears responsibility for his followers.”
There would be some justice in her being fired for the same offense, and after her harassment of Michael Moore with #MooreAndMe, she's in no position to complain about anyone else's followers. But I want a world where Doyle and Bruenig are both free to speak their minds without being fired, so I hope she never has to suffer what she so blithely seeks for others.

ETA: The Bruenig Firing: 'Civility' As A Tool To Control Dissent:
As Rania Khalek argued in an interview with The Benjamin Dixon Show, there’s a growing trend of painting any and all political disagreement as forms of harassment, and “prominent Clinton supporters are using the language of rape, assault and misogyny to smear people” with no concrete evidence. This effectively protects even the most “privileged” among us from criticism.

Sady Doyle and the Hillary Clinton Pass on "Believe the Victim"

If Sady Doyle has written about the rape charges against Bill Clinton,  my quick googling hasn't found it. She seems to have realized there's no way for her to address the issue without seeming like a hypocrite, because she has a problem: "believe the victim" makes her believe Julian Assange is guilty, but the rape allegations against Clinton are stronger than those against Assange: Clinton is accused of violent rape, and he has many accusers. Some offer less evidence than others, but to anyone who "believes the victim", this should not be an issue. Some have very strong evidence. From The rape allegation against Bill Clinton, explained - Vox:
Several friends of Broaddrick's backed up the story. Norma Rogers, who was the director of nursing at Broaddrick's nursing home at the time, told reporters that she entered the hotel room shortly after the assault allegedly took place and "found Mrs. Broaddrick crying and in 'a state of shock.' Her upper lip was puffed out and blue, and appeared to have been hit." Kelsey elaborated to the New York Times, "She told me he forced himself on her, forced her to have intercourse."
The problem for Doyle isn't whether Bill Clinton raped anyone; it's that her heroine, Hillary Clinton, clearly does not "believe the victim" when it comes to her husband's accusers. From ’90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton’s Strength With Women - The New York Times:
Over the years, the Clinton effort to cast doubt on the women included using words like “floozy,” “bimbo” and “stalker,” and raising questions about their motives. James Carville, a longtime strategist for Mr. Clinton, was especially cutting in attacking Ms. Flowers. “If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” Mr. Carville said of Ms. Flowers.
And from Hillary Clinton's 'Feminist' Campaign Is Fraudulent | National Review:
When allegations of sexual misconduct emerged during Bill’s 1992 presidential run, she’s reported to have said “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.” Multiple people also report that she called the women “sluts” and “whores” — you know, for daring to be raped. A private investigator named Ivan Duda claims that, after Bill lost his second governor’s race, Hillary told him: “I want you to get rid of all these b****** he’s seeing . . . I want you to give me the names and addresses and phone numbers, and we can get them under control.” 
Clinton's attempts to deal with this expose the double-standard of "believe the victim" From the New York Times article: 
...a young woman asked Mrs. Clinton about several women who alleged her husband sexually assaulted them. “You say that all rape victims should be believed,” the woman said. “Should we believe them as well?” Mrs. Clinton replied, “Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” 
But there is no evidence that Mrs. Broaddrick lied. By "believe the victim" logic, the benefit of the doubt goes to the accuser, not the accused, and anyone who supports Hillary Clinton is supporting a textbook example of a "rape enabler".

Monday, May 23, 2016

The difference between private and personal property, or Personal property is not social property

The Communist Manifesto calls for the "Abolition of private property." It also says, "When, therefore, capital is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society, personal property is not thereby transformed into social property."

Even under capitalism, we have some examples of social property—parks, police departments, libraries, and government buildings that are owned by the people and controlled by what Lincoln called a "government of the people, by the people, for the people."

Personal property consists of things everyone should be able to have: clothes, toys, books, tools, etc. It's what you personally use and your home is probably filled with. Private property consists of things capitalists own and exploit commercially: land, factories, corporations, etc. Private property falls under the category of "the means of production", and what private property produces is capital for its owner. Socialists want to turn private property into social property so we will all be owners of the means of production and everyone will benefit equally.

Recommended: End Private Property, Not Kenny Loggins | Jacobin

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sady Doyle does the identitarian dance around Adolph Reed's Catch-22

I noticed Sady Doyle a few years back when she told her Tumblr followers to mob Michael Moore until he apologized for saying something she didn't like. I've noticed her again this week thanks to her entry in Liberal Think Tank Fires Matt Bruenig for Rude Tweets. In the comments at The Great Matt Bruenig-Neera Tanden Kerfuffle Sort of Explained, I responded,
Oh, god, Sady Doyle, queen of the identitarian neoliberals who has taken to heart the principle that when you can't answer people, you accuse them of racism or sexism or both. The simple fact is neoliberals hate talking about class, and Bruenig excels at it, so writers like Doyle cannot engage with him on the merits of the argument and have to rely on ad hominem.
After leaving that, I realized that it's not fair to accuse people without offering evidence, so while there's plenty online, here's enough, I hope:

1. She assumes men are guilty because of their gender.

A post at  My Own Private Guantanamo discusses what she wrote publicly about Julian Assange in 2010 and appears to have deleted:
...Doyle herself is no agnostic on Assange’s guilt. Last Thursday, she wrote:
“I really, really, do tend to believe that he raped those girls.”
And: 
“he (Assange) — in my opinion, probably, allegedly — happened to be a repeat rapist…”
Identitarians do not care that the law presumes innocence for a reason: the victim of every lynching died because the mob "believed the victim" instead of letting the law take its course.

2. She campaigns for women because of their gender.

She wrote in "Some Other Woman" for President 2016 - The Baffler:
...Hillary Clinton is the only viable Democratic candidate we’ve got—and the only viable female candidate we’ve ever had. She is not perfect; she’s not an evil wizard or the reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher, either. (Another tip: Before you compare Hillary Clinton to Margaret Thatcher, ask yourself: Am I about to compare Hillary Clinton to Margaret Thatcher? One was a hyper-conservative Tory who supported apartheid and whose talking points included the phrase “I hate feminism”; the other is a moderate Democrat whose economic policy hews too close to the center for some liberals’ tastes. It makes about as much sense as comparing Reagan to Obama because both of them served two terms.)

There is no spot on the ballot that allows you to vote for “some other woman.”
By championing Clinton, Doyle steps into what I'm currently calling the Adolph Reed Identitarian Catch-22. Discusing Sanders and race, Reed said,
You can go down Sanders’s platform issue by issue and ask, “so how is this not a black issue?” How is a $15 minimum wage not a black issue. How is massive public works employment not a black issue. How is free public college higher education not a black issue. The criminal justice stuff and all the rest of it.
Reed's observation about race applies to gender. You can go down Sanders' platform issue by issue and ask, "So how is this not a feminist issue?" Everyone who is concerned for the working class is disproportionately concerned for women and people of color because the working class is disproportionately female and dark-skinned. 

Doyle does see the catch, which is why in her article she adds disingenuously:
If you prefer a different, male candidate to Hillary, say so. Wear your “SANDERS 2016” T-shirt with pride. There’s no harm, and no sexism, in advocating for the person you believe is best for the job—unless it’s some imaginary far-future lady president who will deliver the State of the Union address via hologram from her private spaceship.
Even while she assures the majority of millennial women who support Sanders that she's not calling them sexist, she can't keep herself from mentioning that "imaginary far-future lady president". Doyle wants her "lady president" now, and therefore doesn't care that Clinton's economic policies will hurt more women than Sanders' would. Doyle mentions Thatcher and doesn't notice the things Clinton has done that remind us of Thatcher: supporting Israel's treatment of Palestinians, supporting the rightwing coup in Honduras, supporting the creation of chaos in Libya that has only strengthened Daesh... In all those places, women suffer, yet identitarians like Doyle look away because their only concern is for the symbol of a female president.

ETA: Lawrence Person notes in the comments that Doye is wrong about Thatcher, as this 1984 article shows: Apartheid 'Unacceptable,' Thatcher Tells Botha.

All lives matter: Danielle Maudsley

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life | Jon Ronson | TED Talks


ETA: If you want to understand how the targets of Racefail 09 felt, start at 11:20.The person I felt most sorry for was Jay Lake, who was dealing with his cancer when Racefail exploded after his post.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Monica Lewinsky on mobbing: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’

Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’ | Technology | The Guardian has many good bits. Here's one: "These days, she’s often approached by victims of online bullying, “when I’m on the subway, in line for coffee, at dinner parties.” Shamed people tend to seek each other out, the cure for shame being empathy. “Sometimes they’ll say, ‘I went through this, but it’s nothing like what you went through.’ But I tell them that, if I drown in 60ft of water and you drown in 30ft, we both still drowned. You either know what it’s like to be publicly shamed or you don’t.”"

Monday, March 14, 2016

One way Anita Sarkeesian and Donald Trump are alike

The both cancelled events that the police did not think were dangerous, perhaps because they knew they would get more press from cancelling than from talking.

I'll let you google for Sarkeesian's case if you doubt me. This comment was inspired by Chicago Police Say They Did Not Recommend Shutting Down Trump Event.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Victims of Mobbing suffer from the 4th Fear

The (Only) 5 Fears We All Share | Psychology Today
Separation—the fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connectedness; of becoming a non-person—not wanted, respected, or valued by anyone else. The "silent treatment," when imposed by a group, can have a devastating psychological effect on its target.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Latest leftist critique: Clinton Manipulates Language Of 'Intersectionality' To Win

From Clinton Manipulates Language Of 'Intersectionality' To Win:
You’ve got someone like Hillary Clinton, who is running for the Democratic nomination. This is someone, who’s been involved in pushing policies that have been detrimental to poor people, particularly poor people of color. And, right now, she’s really remaking herself into a social justice warrior, who’s anti-racist and always been anti-racist. She literally used the word intersectionality. She’s using the language of white privilege.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Five Malcolm X quotes to use against SJWs

opposing identitarianism

"I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again." —Malcolm X

"I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people." —Malcolm X

"We must approach the problem as humans first, and whatever else we are second." —Malcolm X

"I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown nor red." —Malcolm X

in support of civility

"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery." —Malcolm X


These quotes are from Dear liberals, please stop appropriating Malcolm X.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

This cartoon applies to many things, including the creation of SJWs


This is why you should do your best to pity SJWs and remember that many of them will someday be sorry for the things they did that they believed were promoting justice.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism

From The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism by Glenn Greenwald:
It’s become such an all-purpose, handy pro-Clinton smear that even consummate, actual “bros” for whom the term was originally coined — straight guys who act with entitlement and aggression, such as Paul Krugman — are now reflexively (and unironically) applying it to anyone who speaks ill of Hillary Clinton, even when they know nothing else about the people they’re smearing, including their gender, age, or sexual orientation. Thus, a male policy analyst who criticized Sanders’ health care plan “is getting the Bernie Bro treatment,” sneered Krugman. Unfortunately for the New York Times Bro, that analyst, Charles Gaba, said in response that he’s “really not comfortable with [Krugman’s] referring to die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters as ‘Bernie Bros'” because it “implies that only college-age men support Sen. Sanders, which obviously isn’t the case.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The arrogance of the Social Justice Warrior

I wasn't thinking about SJWs today when I tweeted
Arrogance isn't believing you're right—it's being offended by the possibility you're wrong.
But afterward, I realized how very true it is of them. Perhaps the most striking trait of the Social Justice Warrior is how quickly they take umbrage and turn to insulting those who disagree with them.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why SJWs love lies and ignore facts

The short answer: Echo chambers, plus a dash of cognitive dissonance and the belief that subjectivity trumps objectivity.

The slightly longer version: After the events in my previous post, Big Deal Game Dev (@Palle_Hoffstein) tweeted:
Shetterly is reactionary, right-wing Marxist-Stalinist. The only one in the world.
I replied:
Impressive: I'm not reactionary, right-wing, or Stalinist, & I haven't read enough Marx to be a Marxist.

Though what I have read of Marx has generally impressed me.

Since you're interested, I'm a democratic socialist like Orwell and King.
I haven't gotten a response, of course, because the facts are irrelevant. Hoffstein's community is not interested in whether I actually am reactionary, right-wing, or Stalinist, or whether I have called myself a Marxist—which I may have, but if so, I've done it rarely, because I'm no expert on Marx and there are so many schools of Marxism that the noun alone is meaningless. (My favorite Marx quote is "If that is Marxism, then I am not a Marxist.")

In echo chambers, words bounce around and become distorted, and soon the legendary opponent is more important than the human. A cult doesn't need facts to know that Obama is a Muslim from Kenya on a mission to destroy America for Satan; it's simply an article of faith. Nor do contradictions matter: can a Stalinist be right-wing? Only if the terms are used for their emotional impact alone. If "right-wing" is shorthand for authoritarian rather than politically conservative, Hoffstein is even further from the truth; I'm a libertarian socialist who hates authoritarianism in general and Stalinism in particular as much as Orwell did.

Ah, well. There I go bringing facts to a faith fight. A part of me wishes I would never do it again; a part of me is proud that I will. Facts don't matter to cultists, but they're our only tools to keep cults from growing.

ETA: For a couple of years, I thought SJWs were so extreme that it was impossible to parody them well, but Key and Peele proved I was wrong.

ETA 2: Libertarian socialism - Wikipedia