Rebuttals of the Week # 15: Lefty tries desperately to believe racism okay if his side does it.

 

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Article: Halifax music festival apologizes for ‘overt racism’ after volunteer refuses to give spot near stage to women of colour

Another fine example of the degenerate ethics and reasoning of the sanctimonious, allegedly ‘progressive’ Left. The reaction to this from James, below, is very interesting. He proudly self-identifies as a “leftwinger“. Yet his struggle to reconcile this unambiguously racist public incident with his conviction about the inherent moral excellence of the premise behind it is palpable.

This highlights precisely the threat posed by the cultural phenomenon of ‘progressivism’: The willingness to privilege ideological premises over self-evident, objective truth. 

Poor James is trying desperately to adhere to the standard “leftwinger” conception of  “teaching moments”… in which people who take the perfection of their own beliefs for granted impose their will on those they deem to be in need of their superior insight.

The problem for James is that unlike the majority of people who share his intellectual commitment to the ideology of  the ‘progressive’-Left , he hasn’t yet completely abandoned his capacity to recognise hypocrisy:

JamesHow is the volunteer racist? As a leftwinger, I confess that this baffles me if this article is accurate. Having white people move back as an exercise could be a teaching moment, but not with acceptable means unless you plan to, say, return people to their old spots after a few minutes.

Breaking equal-treatment rules isn’t acceptable. This is a grotesque caricature of the left that rightwing blogs constantly circulate (no, most leftwingers aren’t worried about dissenting opinions). Don’t ask people of one race to move back for people of another race for your concert.

Going to Getugly:

James, it’s anything BUT a “gross caricature of the left”. This is the Left in all of it’s irrational, hypocritical, circular reasoning glory! And your statement that this would be a “teaching moment” is a symptom of the same irrationality. You don’t subject people to the very thing you claim to so strongly oppose to fulfill your narcissistic belief in the righteousness of your own opinion.

Indulging in bigotry because you tell yourself it’s for ‘all the right reasons’ is not DIFFERENT to bigotry. It’s just bigotry! This is the blind spot of people such as yourself who self-identify as “a leftwinger” that folks who are not captured by ideology keep trying to get you guys to recognise! You are NOT better than the people you imagine yourselves to be superior to! The problem is that people on the Left… people like YOU… never bother to go through the process of examining YOURSELF before imagining that you occupy the lofty position to pass judgement on people who don’t conform to your ideology.

Another commentator, Nathan, inadvertently emphasises the truth about this impulse to privilege a commitment to prefabricated, ideological conceptualisations over independant thinking with this comment:

Nathan: I’m a liberal who spends more time confronting the stupidity of the type defined here than conservatives.

These aren’t isolated incidents. Head to any university in the country and you’ll find people that think making white people move is noble.

So I posed the obvious question:

Going to Getugly:

Nathan, why then do you persist in self-identifying with an ideology that you recognise is so flawed and corrupt?

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Rebuttals of the week! #14: Enough with the ‘cultural appropriation’ garbage already!

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Halloween is fast approaching… so naturally the  ‘Let’s Pretend Trivial Nonsense Is Incredibly Important Squad’ is back to remind us that comfortable people in a uniquely successful and pluralistic civilisation will invent problems for themselves in order to have something to complain about.

Whereas normal people see the holiday as a rare opportunity to temporarily escape an increasingly mirthless, censorious and rigidly conformist daily grind (once known as having fun)… the New Puritans of the allegedly ‘progressive’ Left are intent on making sure that the rest of us are just as miserable, uptight, boring and uncomfortable with spontaneity and as themselves.

That’s why something like the packaging of  obscure, seasonal products that have no effect on anyone can be accepted as worthy of intense scrutiny and moral consternation by major mainstream news organisations like the Globe and Mail.

The article prompted the following, reasonably non-agitated response from Michael G:

Michael G:  If you’re secure with yourself and heritage/culture, it’s not really an issue. All I’d be pissed about is having a non authentic costume….obviously those depicted are not authentic representations. But still i wouldn’t get my breaches in a bunch about it…

Commentator Su Con however, found Michael’s take on the matter to be in conflict with the standard ‘progressive’ party-line:

Su Con: Given the racism that still exists, how can they be secure? Doesn’t this all come down to trying to change that?

So I helped clarify the situation:

Going to Getugly:  No. This has nothing to do with stopping racism. It’s about two very specific things:

1. It’s about people who want to leverage their ‘victim’ status in order to see their will imposed on other people.

2. It’s about mainstream, middle-class people who find it gratifying to their ego and self-image to appear supportive of any fashionable trend… regardless of how stupid… that is marketed to them as atoning for past wrongs inflicted on minorities.

These two videos explore in detail what is really going on with the whole ‘cultural appropriation’ craziness:

Pandering to the biases and expectations of the comfortable middle class is the definition of ‘cowardly comedy’.

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In the article, John Doyle asserts: “It is stating the obvious to note that satiric comedy is enjoying a golden age in the United States. Every late-night chat show benefited from a tumultuous election and the triumph of Donald Trump. The Daily Show, much less pugnacious than under Jon Stewart, is thriving. The arrival of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee only underlines that the appetite for the genre is huge.

 

The landscape here in Canada is different, but surely it is ripe for more caustic humour than we’ve been getting.” 

Doyle is an example of the PROBLEM… not the solution.

The reason Canadian comedy is so meek and unfunny is NOT because it isn’t sufficiently like current American comedy. It’s because Canadian comedy is an even lamer version of the same predictable pandering to the conceits, assumptions and biases of the comfortable liberal middle class that defines American comedy today.

It’s simply delusional to believe that there is anything dangerous or brave about millionaire, Hollywood establishment liberal American television comedians telling an audience of mainstream, middle-class liberals that they are absolutely right about everything.

In the article, Doyle claims that these mainstream TV comedians like John Oliver, Samantha Bee  and Jimmy Kimmel are encouraging everyone to “mock and distrust authority”. Now that’s funny! It’s also in complete defiance of reality!

These people are the CHEERLEADERS for the unchallenged authority of the ruling class. Don’t believe me? Then answer this question: Who does everyone… and I mean EVERYONE… in the political establishment, the mainstream media establishment, the Hollywood establishment and the academic establishment… in other words, all of the elites with power and authority in society…. absolutely despise and want to destroy right now?

You know the answer.

So you have to ask yourself…. who is really the one openly mocking and encouraging distrust of those who have grown accustomed to their hold on power and authority?

 

Rebuttals of the Week! #12: Force people to adopt policy you may think is harmful to children because…. compassion?

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Nath: Sorry to the snowflakes who have to learn new words(I understand basic comprehension of proper grammar is probably hard for y’all). It’s called compassion, suck it up and get with the times.

Going to Getugly: Imposing your values on other people by making this mandatory is as far from ‘compassion’ as you can get. This fondness that ‘progressives’ have for changing the meaning of words to give a morally superior facade to their desire to force people to conform to their worldview is pathetic.

Nath: So you aren’t imposing your views by trying to stop it? It doesn’t hurt anyone. Its so people can understand. These people exist and deserve to be treated as people.

Going to Getugly:  How do you know it “doesn’t hurt anyone”? And clearly, you don’t understand the meaning of “imposing”. Imposing means forcing someone to do something whether they agree with it or not. Saying “Don’t impose this on people”… is the OPPOSITE of imposing things on people. Unfortunately, you have provided yet another example of how the only reasoning that ‘progressives’ seem capable of engaging is self-confirming, logically incoherent circular reasoning.

Nath: Clearly we disagree. I don’t necessarily agree with the whole trans thing, especially when it comes to children, I find it strange. But, these people just want acceptance in society. I see nothing wrong with doing that. Why do you disagree with it?

Going to Getugly: Well as you say, the “whole trans thing, especially when it comes to children” is extremely troubling. In fact, it is completely irrational to propose that human beings at the earliest stages of their development… whom we don’t even grant authority to decide for themselves when they go to sleep or what they eat for dinner… are nonetheless completely competent to declare that their ‘identity’…whatever that is…. is the opposite of the reality of their biology. These are concepts that even reasonably informed adults are finding extremely challenging to contextualize…. and yet we’re granting absolute authority to the self-assessment of 13 year olds.

My concern is that today’s adults are prioritising their desire to not be seen as being out-of-step with fashionable ‘progressiveideology over the true well-being of children. And the intention of The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (which Professor Jordan Peterson has called “one of the most dangerous institutions in Canada”) pressuring institutions like the Ontario Hockey Federation into imposing these policies is to FORCE people to agree with all of this and to make it so socially, professionally and even legally unpleasant to question the wisdom of any of it that people just obediently submit and conform.

And all of that is terrible.

Poor from Middle East used as election props by Justin Trudeau now languishing?

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According to the article, Mr.Sharbaji spent 4 YEARS in EGYPT before being dragged here by Trudeau in his attempt to win the ‘Canadian leader with the most refugees in the shortest time’ contest! ‘You’ll bring in 20,000 over the coming year? Well, WE will bring in 25,000 in the next two months! And that’s just for starters!’ 

Mr.Sharbaji wasn’t fleeing Syria! We took a guy who was safe from the war in Syria and established for years in Egypt… a country that is culturally, religiously, linguistically and geographically very similar to his own… and bribed him with Canadian taxpayer’s money into moving to bloody New Brunswick for God’s sake! A half-frozen, underpopulated piece of real estate on the edge of the North Atlantic with an Anglo-Celtic/Acadian cultural identity… a place that he’d never heard of in his life. In other words, a spot on the globe that couldn’t be less similar to where he’s from.

Surprise! Despite all the lobster, fiddleheads and dulce he can eat, he’s not very happy there!

Hurriedly importing people like Mr. Sharbaji and his family was not an act of benevolence or generosity on behalf of Trudeau’s Liberals. It was a deeply cynical political calculation to bolster Justin’s persona during an election campaign as the new loving, caring, compassionate, ‘progressive’ Canadian leadership choice. They used poor people who had left Syria (as in Sharbaji’s case, often years prior) and were living in other Middle Eastern countries (Egypt, Turkey) as props…. whose participation they bought with taxpayers money…. shipped them over and dispersed them around the country to impress the kind of naive, sentimental, easily manipulated Canadians who don’t distinguish feeling good about themselves from actually doing what’s best.

And guess what? It worked! At least it did for Trudeau. For Mr.Sharbaji…. not so much.

Reminder to Students: The reason you’re in school is because you don’t know anything!

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I don’t know who started this idea that 20 year olds know enough about ANYTHING to justify taking their opinions seriously… let alone their “demands”(!)….. But it’s clearly time that stopped.

Sorry ladies… I think you’ve lost the plot

Like everyone, I saw the images in the media and online of the huge crowds of women in pink hats who turned out in cities around the globe for last weekend’s ‘Women’s March’. But unlike everyone who has adopted what appears to be the officially sanctioned interpretation of the phenomenon, I don’t feel like I was witnessing some inspiring, enlightened defiance of an existential threat to human rights or a spontaneous expression of solidarity with some meaningful and just cause.

No. What others are giddily celebrating looks to me more like mass hysteria, collective paranoid delusion and pathological group-think… perhaps for the first time on a global scale.

It occurs to me that there doesn’t appear to be as much as a hair’s breadth of sunlight between the messaging recently constructed and amplified by the political and media establishment – disseminated globally by social media and the Internet – and the personal conceptualisations of these ‘protestors’ and their supporters.

Alleged celebrity and irrational hysteric Ashley Judd rants incoherently about mustaches at Woman's March in Washington

So what is really happening here?

To my mind, over the past 10 to 12 months I’ve watched a narrative being cunningly constructed and promoted by political and media elites invested in particular social and political agendas. Now it seems to me I’m witnessing the efforts of those powerful vested interests bearing fruit – with thousands of people (primarily women it has to be said) appearing to have reflexively and uncritically internalised the messaging and subjectively relating to it as a personal insight that mirrors objective truth.

In other words, they are responding to a program of propaganda exactly the way the authors of that program intended.

Ashley Judd demonstrates the intellectual standard required to represent the Women's March

And as seems to be the case with so many of these collective displays of ‘progressive’-Left dissatisfaction and outrage, no one seems able to articulate anything specific that the protests are supposedly about… let alone what they are meant to accomplish.

The motivations are all very vague and ephemeral… especially considering the degree of frenzy and apparent depth of satisfaction being generated among the participants.

“It’s about women’s rights!”

Okay. Could you be more specific? What is it about ‘women’s rights’ that has changed so dramatically in the last four days that warrants such histrionics and extraordinary expressions of outrage?

Anyone?

“It’s about solidarity!”

Okay. Solidarity with whom over what?

*crickets*

Where normally you would expect to find specifics and facts… all you get are vague allusions to some looming, present or past social-justice catastrophe and a rather self-indulgent and frankly adolescent emotionalism.

The thing is,  it is precisely this indistinct and incoherent grasp of their own motivations that you would expect from people who had allowed themselves to be swept up in a program of group-think manufactured by  external sources and designed to activate their egos and emotional reactivity – not engage their intellect and reason.

Ultimately, I don’t believe anyone directly or indirectly partaking in this event is acting out of a genuine concern for the greater good or a commitment to admirable principles. The payoff for these individuals is not the elevation of truth… but more likely it is the ego expansion people experience when they divest themselves of their individuality in favour of the collective identity of a mob. The ‘greater purpose’ of the collective is far more gratifying than the seemingly mundane, ineffectual and resentful experience of the individual.

And I suspect that resentment and a reflex for shifting responsibility for their personal grievances and dissatisfaction from themselves to others is a significant, if unacknowledged,  motivating factor behind much of this mania.

The fact that this character flaw can be manipulated by the media and the political establishment – and on such a grand scale – is about as far away from ‘inspiring’, ’empowering’ and admirable as you can get.

Madonna Louise Ciccone - a woman horribly oppressed by the patriarchy her entire life - finally gets an opportunity to express herself thanks to the Women's March on Washington.

She tells us of her anger. Her outrage. And her obsession with committing violent acts of treason.