As everyone here knows I don’t do Twitter, not beyond the minimum like echoing my blog posts. I lack the time to burn in yet another social media, and frankly twitter could become addictive. And also I don’t REALLY need to be tempted into anger and spleen. I can find them myself.
I do have my… ah, organs of information in twitter. Yeah, okay, I have fans who report to me. My fan reporting to me on yesterday’s battle between Larry Correia and one of our respected colleagues, however, fell very, very short of the idiocy of the attacks on Larry. This morning Iulius sent me a link to the whole mess on twitchy and, oh, my Lord, it’s idiotic. Apparently, it’s stupid and “sounds like he’s encouraging rapists” for Larry to have a headline saying “The Naïve idiocy of teaching rapists not to rape.”
The only way I can figure out for that headline to be considered “standing with rapists” is if the other side REALLY believes that rapists can be taught not to rape. Do they? (Looks scared) F*ck if I know. And guys, I was raised in Europe, and you’d think I was exposed to the craziest theories socialists can dream up, right?
In a way I was. I vaguely remember – I must have been ten or so – absolutely believing that all criminals could be reformed, and that crime could be completely eliminated from society. Maybe the other side still believes this, but I have trouble crediting them with that. I mean, from people who go all superior and point at religious believers as naïve and willing to trust priests and shamans, one expects at least some contact with the real world. Or one would, if one hadn’t read years of their increasingly more psychotic explanations of the fact that the world can’t be made perfect, no matter how hard you rub your Marx and wish.
Yep, you’ve heard the excuses and elaborations. Crime exists because… oppression. Crime exists because… capitalist societies inherently distort the human nature. Crime exists due to lack of education.
All of this is – to say the least – bizarre from people who profess to believe in evolution. (Which I do too, btw. I just don’t think it excludes a belief in G-d. Who in heck am I to dictate how He should work the clay of the earth? I also think it has more holes than – as Heinlein put it – bastards in a royal European line, but that’s also normal in any scientific field.)
There is crime and there are rapists because humans are not angels but – I know, I’m going to shock people – animals capable of reasoning and higher functions. This doesn’t mean we don’t have an animal nature, but that we live and contend with it every day – even those of us who try our best to not give in and who are sane enough not to give in the major ways: murder, rape, theft.
The early Marxists signing onto the Rousseau bandwagon was not a shock. After all, all of Marx was a fable of paradise lost and regained having absolutely no contact with reality, written by a grifter who lived his entire life at other’s expense and who haunted libraries.
What is somewhat surprising is that the modern Marxists, having embraced Darwin, can still believe in the entire nonsense that crime happens because capitalism has corrupted the beautiful nature of primitive humans.
Have these people ever met any primitive – or even just feral – humans? Do they read history at all? No. Wait. Of course they don’t. These are people who raise their children by the no-frustration method and expect good results; people who classify regimes like Ferdinando and Isabella’s autarchy as “capitalism” for the purpose of explaining not just the conquest of the new world but ALSO the evil perpetrated by natives of the new world. Yep. They write off piles of human sacrifices as either lies of the Spaniards or the result of these beautiful natives somehow being tainted by the “capitalism” of absolutist monarchist Spain.
If your mouth is, by now, hanging open in sheer awe at the craziness, you might realize you’re in the presence of homus academicus, a creature as suited for survival anywhere outside academia as a declawed cat in the middle of a pride of lions.
To quote someone on that twitchy thread, teaching rapists not to rape is about as sane as teaching snakes not to bite. Someone gifted at that could also try teaching lions to be vegetarians, so they could become housecats.
And because some of the idiots read this blog, no, I’m not saying rape is natural to all males. That is the other side’s #yesallmen crazy ass contention. I’m just saying that rape is a “natural” thing, preceding from the fact humans are partly animals, or if you prefer, built on an animal framework. The fact that most males DON’T rape, and would be rendered impotent at the IDEA of raping is a mark of how far we’ve come. Most males don’t even need to be taught not to rape, though of course, if you teach your little boy not to hurt others, you’re teaching them not to rape. But you can’t teach the men who are inclined to rape NOT to rape, anymore than you can teach a leftist not to spout tripe. For the slow of understanding or those who don’t live in the real world, or any academics reading this blog (but I repeat myself): We’re not all made alike. Humans are not widgets generated by a computer program. We’re creatures of flesh, blood and yes upbringing. In some of us something goes wrong. Whether the flesh, the blood, or the upbringing, who knows? It’s been debated for years. However, some humans will grow up to want to hurt others. If they’re not of a twisted enough nature to become Marxist-believing intellectuals, who seek ways to hurt others through laws, perverse theories and generally corrupting the mental space of humanity in order to gain power, they might choose the more direct and physical method of murder, robbery and rape. You could say they partly do this in the serene belief that the aforementioned Marxist-believing intellectuals will excuse him and lay their vile deeds at the feet of “capitalism” and traditional culture. Me? I think that this is too harsh on the Marx-believing intellectuals. Sometimes rapists and murderers and robbers simply do things because they want to, and would still do them even if the culture didn’t tell them that their crimes are societies fault and even if the aforementioned intellectuals had as much trouble telling a criminal from a victim as telling their arses from a hole in the ground.
#nonotallmen but #somemen will rape (And murder. And become Marxists. Some women too, will become rapists and murderers and a surprising number of them become Marxism parroting fools.) Some of them even come from good backgrounds and most assuredly were taught not to hurt others.
But see, despite all the fights about nature and nurture, in the end, no one knows why anyone turns out the way he or she does. Oh, we can make guesses about early trauma and influential events. But that big computer between our ears, after a while programs itself. All the influence and education in the world can’t make someone into this or that. You can’t program kids (or adults) as if they were computers. Brave New World was not an Utopia and A Clockwork Orange is not an instruction manual.
To the extent our culture is doing well, rape is a relatively rare crime. (No, I’m not going to argue this. Yes, if you think a man looking intently at you is rape, then rape is a very common crime. Which is why I suggest you move forthwith to a culture where it is believed men looking at you is rape, and that in fact your being uncovered enough to be looked at is encouragement to rape. The fact that in those cultures women are treated like objects is a small price to pay to finally be free of al those rapey-rape stares, right?) Almost anywhere and at any time in history, it was much more common.
And here I’m going to digress from my digression to point out that in the culture I grew up in, it was assumed that if you were out after 8 pm, unaccompanied, you were “asking for it.” And yes, rape would be let go with a slap on the wrist in those circumstances, because only “decent women” were supposed to be protected from it and if you were out after 8 pm you were not a “decent woman” – even if you were coming back from evening classes.
I’m not going to advocate returning to that sort of rule. However, women should have situational awareness. You might have the right to move through the night safely, except that no one has that right. That right to be “secure in their lives and possessions” thing is one of those rights we invent and write into law, but it doesn’t make it happen naturally. It doesn’t LITERALLY mean you get to go walking around unarmed in a bad neighborhood at night and because you have this right nothing bad will happen to you. (#teachgangbangersnottobang.)
No, if you really have a need to be out after dark in areas that aren’t quite safe (and no area is perfectly safe. Ever.) you make sure you’re armed or otherwise protected (I have at least one friend more lethal with her hands and feet than most people with a gun. Which doesn’t mean she doesn’t also carry a gun where allowed) you go armed. And you know how to defend yourself. Which is what adult human beings do to teach rapists not to rape (it’s a well known fact the recidivist rate of dead rapists is 0%.) For all other human beings, there is feminism. Which won’t keep them safe, but lets them feel really warm in the unearned superiority of their world view.
And if you’re thinking that even by the standards of Marxist “intellectuals” it’s not just stupid, but truly, stone-cold stupid to accuse Larry of supporting racists when all his headline says is you can’t teach them not to rape, and when everyone knows Larry supports lowering the recidivism rate of rapists to zero (and their body temperature to ambient) you’re right.
We’ve been seeing a lot of this stupidity lately. Stuff like our esteemed leftist colleagues going on their #yesallmen campaign, apparently forgetting they have fathers and brothers and maybe even sons who definitely would not. (Or maybe they don’t. Have genetic studies been done? It’s entirely possible these creatures reproduce by fission. It would explain their #evolutionarydeadend status and their lack of understanding of evolution.)
You’ve seen this scene before. This is the moment, at the end of the horror movie, when the monster, bleeding from several holes, is clearly dying, and so starts thrashing around, madly, hitting everything in sight, friend and foe, more out of reflex than rational thought.
In my field of course, this is because traditional publishing is losing control of the market to a shocking amount and with shocking speed. Like you, I’ve read the excuses for the bombing of Hillary (#sainthillary!)’s book, and as unpleasant and as unpopular as the woman is, it shocked me. Why did it shock me? Because I think even a year ago, traditional publishing would be able to make the book a success on paper by cooking the books if nothing else. The fact that they no longer have room in the budget to make it seem like her book is popular, is a shock. The fact that it’s selling SO badly they can’t even try to hide it, is again a shock.
How do you think people who aren’t #sainthilary but who were pushed into at-least-on-paper success by the publishing industry as it was feel now that the ground is being eaten out from under them?
I have, some years ago, identified the process by which left-leaning institutions die. Someone had asked me why an sf editor I will not name, having killed three magazines, got given yet another to kill, and why each magazine was successively more leftist. This was compared to the process by which news magazines and media when in trouble because too leftist for the general public, go hard left just before they die. (Also known as the left-leaning-death-roll.)
Because I was in a field where this (then)worked, I had to explain to the people I was talking to that this happens because in fields that are 90% or more left, this works. See, if your magazine/newspaper/tv station goes under because you’re incompetent, no one is going to give you another job. But if your magazine/newspaper/tv station goes under because you’re “too far left” then the left – aka the rest of your field. Aka those who give awards and jobs – perceive you as a hero, suffering for your convictions, and promptly give you another job. So, if you’re an incompetent idiot, and your business is failing, your best way to cover it up and assure your survival in the field, is to run as far left as fast as you can. This has been trained in at the back of the brain of most people in the media and entertainment by DECADES of this strategy working just fine.
So now that businesses (solo and corporate) in those fields are failing at record levels, everyone is racing to the left as fast as they can, oblivious to the fact that they’re all failing together and no one will be able to give them jobs. (Though frankly to be fair, they can still give them awards.)
What did you expect of Marxists? Contact with reality? If they had that, they wouldn’t be Marxists, a theory that requires you to be a blind fool who believes in wishcasting. (#yesallMarxists.)
If you want to extrapolate from this to our political scene — where again their theories, their safe positions and such unassailable leftist shibboleths as the certainty that wars end when the “capitalist power” who is by definition the assailant apologizes and promises to be good, are exploding before their very eyes – it might bring some understanding to where we are, and why I am scared just now.
When leftist institutions/cultures are dying, they race to the left. The bad news is that the left has a long history of filling mass graves.
The good news is that in this country, the non-left is armed.
The other good news is that this mad hatter race to the left is always – ALWAYS – a sign a leftist institution or culture is dying. And right now it’s everywhere where leftists are prevalent.
Hold on to the sides of the boat. The water is about to get rough and #somemarxists are more dangerous than people who accuse Larry of misogyny and get beaten like a Spanish mule.
BUT their flailing attacks, from the stupid to the serious, are all signs that they know they’re dying and are trying to stake out the leftward-most position.
It’s their last gasp.
Be not afraid. In the end we win, they lose. And they know it.