The New York Times’ Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is an educated and empathetic fellow who has committed a dangerous error. His recent op-ed breaks the most important rule of political propaganda: he humanizes his opponent.
Now to be sure, Seth includes all the necessary buzzwords for his audience: hate, holohoax, bigotry, etc. You know who the bad guys are, you know which team Seth bats for. Seth also makes his offering to the altar of narrative, indirectly implying that more murderers frequent Stormfront. Many of his readers will never check his work, which would reveal that the data doesn’t match up with that implication. Yeah, oopsie.
So a pudgy white woman has found a way to validate her fragile ego and possibly sell a few of her stupid sex stories. Cue feels and empty “conversations” about society that do nothing for anybody, like, ever. Leave it to a generation of overfed English degrees to confuse empowerment with advertisement.
I have never been one to shy from moralistic posturing, because I have never been one for lying.
I feel that what I am ultimately seeking is the ideal of good. I feel this is what every driven mind and hungry heart in this world seeks, though precious few care to admit it. I feel that a large number of people are either indifferent or pursuing good in a lackadaisical, half-hearted and easily-consumed manner. More and more, I believe this has always been the state of the human race. Not quite bound to sin and total depravity, more inclined to the vulgar and venial. Wickedness is not mundane.
I no longer believe that the personally harmful and socially damaging things in our world today were primarily the creation of purposeful human design. I believe that few people truly desire to be bad. To be bad is as much of a sacrifice as it is to be good. I nowadays feel that the answer we seek isn’t a matter of less bad, but more good. There is a distinct shortage in the world of both bad and good.
So yesterday with a snicker-snack! the Supreme Court delivered a terrible blow to women’s rights or something with a split decision in favor of businesses refusing to cover contraception on the basis of religious beliefs.
Behold, America’s impending theocratic oppression. Or something.
We are pretentious. We are overwrought. We will project our failures on everything and everyone else to preserve our stunted, fragile egos. It does not have to be this way. You don’t have to be like Esquire Magazine’s Charles P. Pierce.
I’m here to help.
So yesterday a friend and cohort brought this wonderfully vapid work of alarmism to my attention. In it, Esquire Magazine’s Charlie Pierce wants his readers to believe America has entered a new Dark Age of cruelty and barbarism. Oh boy.
Earlier this month I wrote an article to noted edgytarian Christopher Cantwell. In it I offered my post-ancap perspective on his supposed intellectual tension regarding the use of force. Turns out he just wanted to be okay with shooting chicks in his mind; in retrospect, I should have done more research prior to publishing that article.
Chris responded the next day, circling his wagons around the Non-Aggression Principle and shutting down my arguments in a very ham-fisted manner.
Unsure how to respond I choose to lurk at both Cantwell’s website and the “Libertarian Brutalist” (NSFW) facebook group he moderates. I bore witness as Cantwell cheered for Borque, as he cheered over some other dead cops. Recently, I watched Chris fume after Cop Block washed their hands of him in response to his writings (Cop Block article here).
On October 17th, director Justin Simien is going to challenge moviegoers on the issue of race relations. Thank God, I say. Finally, here is a movie that will move Americans to openly and honestly discuss race and their society in a fair and honest manner.
Some people seem to be upset that a porn star is encouraging women to have sex with illegal immigrants. Honestly, I was triggered as well, but not because my race is threatened by some dark-colored penises in some light-colored holes.
While it is interesting that pornography is now branding itself “progressive,” this only reinforces my argument that what is supposedly a philosophy is really a sales pitch.