Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shillary's professional trolls

Sometimes the only thing there is to say is, "Fuck off, troll!"

Update: Now it's really starting to become tempting to think that Hillary wants to lose!

Further update: There is another side of the story indicating the possibility that Internet rumor-mongering has exaggerated the nature of the situation even if the fundamentals of the story are pretty much true. Also, many other pages went down on Facebook when those pro-Sanders pages went down.

"Your Love" by The Outfield

A song from the old daze that has been playing in my mind of late.

Final cannibalization stage

According to The Economic Collapse Blog (which I am aware is run by a fundie Dominionist, but the guy still talks about things that really are happening in the global and domestic economies), big corporations are piling on massive debt in order to buy back their own stocks in order to artificially inflate the value of these stocks, in some cases taking on so much debt that they end up defaulting on it. If this is what they have to do to keep the financial markets propped up, I would go so far as to say that we are in a final cannibalization stage that presages a very major, very world-shaking correction.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Archdruid Report: Starhawking the Privilege Game

The Archdruid Report: Starhawking the Privilege Game: The last two posts here on The Archdruid Report , with their focus on America’s class system and the dysfunctional narratives that support...

I left this comment about my own evolving socio-political views:

One thing that occurred to me as I read this post was my evolving attitude (resulting in eventual more-or-less rejection) of what people these days call political correctness. This social ideology has birthed the social justice warriors (SJWs) of modern college campuses. The term SJW is almost exclusively used as a put-down these days on account of the unpopular mindset associated with it.

According to the PC SJWs, the existence of the privileges you outlined in this post means that if you are white in this society, you personally are racist because you benefit from white privilege; if you are a man, you personally are sexist because you benefit from male privilege; and if you are heterosexual, you personally are heterosexist because you benefit from straight privilege. While these forms of privilege certainly exist and awareness of the fact that they exist should inform one's conduct in terms of avoidance of racist, sexist, and homophobic attitudes and behaviors, I don't think I agree with those PC statements anymore.

For one thing, these statements imply that the individual is irrelevant and the only thing that matters are groups or collectives. If find this idea as absolutist and nonsensical as the counter-notion promoted by Ayn Rand that groups and collectives don't matter at all and there is only the individual. In this crucial regard, PC has its roots in the New Left thinking of college campuses of the late sixties and early seventies, which openly admired and imitated the ideology of Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong and his Cultural Revolution. I really do think you can see those totalitarian roots in the social attitude of those who cleave to SJW orthodoxy.

And while these forms of privilege still exist, they are on their way out, however frustratingly slowly. A good way to bring about the retrenchment of the prejudiced attitudes that go along with these unjust privileges is to prescribe a cure that is as bad in its own way as the disease. That is the main reason I ultimately decided to reject PC thinking. There is really too much to describe about what makes PC ultimately stand for Poor Cure, but I will say the mindset has become so rigid, intolerant, absolutist, and victimhood-fixated that it has become entirely contrary to human nature and as such will likely fade away the way fundamentalist Christian dominionism is starting to do.

Though I suppose a Randite or a neo-reactionary (AKA alt-right) person reading my posts on Tumblr would accuse me of being a "light-beer" version of PC because I probably do have somewhat more in common in my overall mentality with the PC people than I do with those Randites or neo-reactionaries. I would certainly appreciate hearing your thoughts on the matter as you probably have more influence on my evolving attitudes than any other thinker on "teh Internetz"!

And received this response:

Mister R., my take is that the social justice movement has become locked into the Rescue Game so deeply that it can't extract itself, and will continue the game until the last round of Circular Firing Squad is over. The notion that every white person is racist because they benefit from white privilege, for example, is a classic bit of game logic -- remember that in the game, once the role of Persecutor is assigned to a group of people, everything they have ever done and will ever do becomes a deliberate act of persecution, for which they can be bullied by the Rescuers and Victims. Of course the difficulty here is that if every white person is a racist, and will always be a racist, why should any white person bother to make the attempt not to be racist, when by definition they must always fail? That's where you see into the heart of the Rescue Game, with its covert rule: the game must go on forever, and nothing -- especially not any actual improvement in the conditions under which the Victims live, or any actual change in the behavior of the Persecutors -- must be allowed to get in the way of its continuation.

The Archdruid Report: American Narratives: The Rescue Game

The Archdruid Report: American Narratives: The Rescue Game: Last week’s post here on The Archdruid Report , with its analysis of the way that affluent white liberals use accusations of racism as a d...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Archdruid Report: Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order

The Archdruid Report: Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order: Lately I’ve been rereading some of the tales of H.P. Lovecraft. He’s nearly unique among the writers of American horror stories, in that h...

The Archdruid Report: Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites

The Archdruid Report: Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites: Regular readers of this blog will no doubt recall that, toward the beginning of last month, I commented on a hostile review of one of my ...

New York Democratic Primary voter suppression

Because New York City is Hillary the Reptile's seat of political power, I knew she would win New York state's Democratic Primary by hook or by crook. To the surprise of nobody who knows what time it is, it would appear that she did so "by crook".

"Kill the gays" fundie dominionism really exists

And Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is apparently down with it.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Archdruid Report: The End of Ordinary Politics

Kind of a rehash of stuff JMG has said recently, but nonetheless an informative read about political current events in this country.

The Archdruid Report: The End of Ordinary Politics: Archdruids may take vacations but politics never sleeps, and during the month that’s elapsed since the last post here on The Archdruid Rep...