Thursday, January 22, 2015

Self-control versus self-destruction

As I've said, I think Team Charlie is (was?) a pack of jackasses. I'd rather their killers have been stopped, but I don't view them as saints, much less martyrs. There's plenty of unjust deaths in the world, even unjust deaths due to Islamic terrorism, so pardon me if Je Suis someone more worthwhile than this particular sack of corpses. If anything, Je suis that police officer who was gunned down and who had nothing to do with this shit. Je suis the people who support protecting this group of shitty people, despite believing that they are, in fact, shitty.

That said, I recognize a dilemma in all of this.

I've written before about the perpetually aggrieved people, who have weaponized their own fragility and quite literally try to find offense whenever they can to get further ahead in society. I have little problem flipping them off. At the same time, I regard pissing on the Koran to be the act of a supreme schmuck. I don't want to offend people needlessly, but I also have no intention of responding to ever-increasing levels of delicacy with retreats into ever-gentler tone.

How does one draw a line in this case?

I don't believe there is a line to draw, at least not insofar as a line is a strict set of rules to follow. Really, the moment you write rules for this sort of thing down is the moment people start looking at the rules to try and exploit them - and until there's a way to literally measure sincerity (and even then, also measure if the sincerity was *intentionally* cultivated), rules are incomplete ways of dealing with these things anyway. I'll reserve my offense for the idiots who intentionally offend others, or whose offense comes across as a would-be beachhead in a cultural assault.

But even as I try to do that, I more and more wonder if mutual respect requires a certain amount of mutual values, without which civility is an insincere farce.

Edit: Oh, by the way - while France just had their adorable 'Je Suis Charlie' marches, French courts convicted several people for #gaysdeservetodiebecause hashtags. But the LGBT groups are upset, because apparently the penalty is only up to a year in prison and 45k euros - too light a sentence!

Some shitbags are more equal than others.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thoughts on Charlie

Since I was asked to share my thoughts about Charlie Hedbo, well! Here they are.

* I think the timing makes for some dark comedy, since Merkel in Germany was just recently huffing and pouting about the Pegida marches. How dare people question or even reject the value of importing a foreign culture into their culture! They're racists - bigots, even! Of course, one group of dead journalists and cops later has made that response a bit more muted. Maybe people are right to be worried about the influences of a foreign culture and, yes, even a foreign religion. Maybe they even have a point. Of course, the cost of admitting as much is a bit too high - those terrible nationalists, those right wingers, justified even in part? I think many would prefer minarets in Berlin to that.

* Of course, the reality is that Germany - and all of Europe - needs immigration because they're all committing collective demographic suicide. Cut off the immigration from muslim lands and they'll either have to find another immigration source (and likely re-introduce the same problems in a different form) or, God forbid, structure their societies in a way that encourages people to have more children - and along with it, healthy families. That's not happening. Feminist groups would be torn between A) screeching that massive amounts of benefits state-paid day care and such would be necessary to even vaguely encourage women to have children, and B) screeching that the very idea of thinking WOMEN should have CHILDREN is utterly barbaric. LGBT groups would throw conniption fits and demand front-row consideration and react with colorful hostility to the idea that a man and woman having sex and, eventually, children is in any way "the norm" or even "ideal". They would rather die as a culture than admit certain realities, or even possibilities.

* As for France itself... really, fuck Charlie Hebdo. They should be allowed to print whatever they want, but they didn't become saints, or even martys, just because they got gunned down by radicals. The saints and martyrs are the cops who tried to protect them, and us for tolerating their antics, as we should - but just as Larry Flynt didn't become a role model just because we (rightly) tolerate him, Team Hebdo didn't become heroic during this. And, just to be particularly blunt about that - when one of their number was threatened by the gunmen, she opened the fucking door. Someone should run a comic showing all these Je Suis Charlie people at a rally in a bar before a bunch of masked gunmen with turbans and korans burst in demanding to know which one of them is Charlie, at which point they all point at each other and yell "Il est Charlie!" That's closer to the truth.

* A bit more about Charlie Hebdo.  They're the worst kind of Cult of Gnu atheists, who mock not because it's funny, but because they want to reduce their targets to reviled jokes. It's hate speech - and still I defend them, because I think the West rightly enshrines freedom of expression as a right, and hate speech of their variety is covered. Hell, I'd even be against passively censoring them and keeping them entirely out of circulation by the decisions of private businesses - I think we should bite certain bullets on that front. But they're not heroes, and I'll even say their insulting of religions, including ones other than my own, are deplorable acts. I hope some muslim papers run some good fucking strips about their deaths, and their supporters see it. Nothing is sacred, remember?

* Finally, the Pope. Ha! Figures the one time he unequivocally says something I agree with is the time he pisses everyone off. I know I'm supposed to fit the mold of the stereotypical right-winger and enthusiastically endorse pissing off muslims, but the fact is I have no interest in intentionally provoking them - to a point. I even respect them - again, to a point. Really, they do less damage than the secularists when you really sit down and start taking stock of things.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

And that is all for now.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Paraphrasing a feminist...

In light of the recent, apparent bullshit from 'Jackie' of UVA and Lena Dunham, a thought: the most revolutionary thing you can do when a woman tells you she's been sexually assaulted is to ask for some fucking evidence.

Fairness of description

Now, some people may bristle at the idea of calling the actions of North Korea 'social justice', to say nothing of left-wing or progressive. An attempt to smear the political left, etc, etc.

In reality, it's the exact opposite: it's fairness, and it's long overdue.

As long as Iran or the Taliban are painted as conservative or right-wing organizations, I'll happily note that the North Koreans are left-wing. Refer to female genital mutilation as being a 'conservative religious' practice, and I'll describe NAMBLA as a progressive organization

And if you're someone sympathetic to a socially conservative outlook broadly, I suggest you start doing the same. The first step of a real cultural reaction to these progressive problems is to control your own language, rather than letting your words be picked for you by the very people you're criticizing.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Progressive online activists score one against Sony Pictures

As much as people are loathe to admit it, North Korea is a left-wing, "progressive", state-atheist country, and the latest frenzy of hacking and terroristic threats doled out on behalf of Kim Jong Un was some left-wing, progressive online activism. Social justice was demanded, and was apparently received.

If you agree, all I ask is that you call it as much when you discuss it with others. In fact, please make sure - when your friends or even family bring up what a shame it is - to label it appropriately.

Left wing.
Progressive.
Social justice.

The first step of cultural pushback is calling things exactly what they are, even in casual conversation. Here's a great opportunity to take that step if you haven't yet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For the white SJW, minorities are pets

Extremely fragile pets, who need quite a lot of special treatment.

The most absurd thing about Della Kurzer-Zlotnick's letter is, of course, the fact that it's written by someone named Della Kurzer-Zlotnick. Five seconds of googling tells me that this name is real, but if in two days it turns out that the entire thing is a hoax and this is actually the name of a bit alien character from Star Wars, put me down for having said I had my doubts about this name from the beginning.

Less absurd is a student at a university trying to bullshit her way out of a close exam date, and while most of the internet is plying the angle of the ever-fragile university students who faint at the drama of hardship, the cynic in me suggests that this is more a case of a woman who's been fucking around lately to the point where she's worried she may have protested (or partied) her way out of a good grade. While it's long been noted that people tend to wring their hands and argue that extraneous circumstances absolutely call for the thing they'd want, extraneous circumstances be damned, less appreciated is the fact that politics is often the handmaiden of personal want and hunger, rather than high-minded idealism.

But what's really the story here isn't the fragility Della puts on display, but just who the "fragile ones" are on planet Kurzer-Zlotnick:
It has come to the attention of students that students of color, particularly Black students, who have suffered significant trauma over the past few weeks due to the Grand Jury decisions are not at all in a place to take their finals right now. I am not among these students, and as a white, middle-class person, I have to privilege [sic] of being able to step away from these events and put enough energy into schoolwork and finals to assure that I will pass my classes.
Well, it's a good thing the minorities have a white middle class woman of privilege to speak out on their behalf.

Seriously, is there no man among the minorities Kurzer-Zlotnick encounters who is willing to step forward and say "Look, I can talk to my professors myself, thanks - I don't need some white bitch who just "cares" so damn much to speak for me"? Or is it mandatory you give up your balls if you step foot on campus nowadays? Granted, I wouldn't rule that out, but still.

No, I go too far. I'd expect a woman - a "woman of color" - to step forward and say as much too, but apparently the pleasure of being a victim has so thoroughly robbed people of their self-respect that, for better or for worse, they just accept this shit in silence. Or, God help us, with encouraging nods and clapping of hands.

"Thank you, Della! Thanks for establishing I can't keep my shit together in any professional capacity if Jesse Jackson's calls for a protest/riot didn't result in criminal charges being pressed against who he desires! I would have said this for myself, but you know people like me - too damn emotional and shaken up to do much for ourselves. But thank God you'll protect us!"

So the real question is what's more disturbing: white people treating their non-white peers as faberge eggs who require their constant coddling and tender care, or left-wing minorities who apparently agree to the point where none of them stand up say "Thank you, no, I'm emotionally well-balanced, can you please treat me like a goddamn adult?"