So I tried to find some hard numbers on this but all the “Strange things people believe” websites have “strange things Americans believe” being things that Europe and the left can’t possibly accept anyone would believe. You know, things like “there is no significant racism in America.”
That is their problem and none of mine.
However, as someone who has an appetite for and in fact hangs out in the strangest corners of the net, I can tell you people believe a lot of weird things.
If I had to make an estimation about how many people in America believe that Big Foot is real, it would be about a million, give or take.
How many people believe our politicians are lizard beings from other planets? At least a few hundred.
Things like the Flat Earth society, or people who believe the Scottish are the lost tribe of Israel claim probably a million adherents, at least. Feminists who believe that all PIV is rape, and that if men stopped existing women would spontaneously be able to reproduce on their own… well, they have to be in the low hundreds, all things considered.
UFOs? Ancient civilizations? That you can levitate the Denver Mint? At least hundreds, probably thousands, maybe as much as a million.
Does this mean that the American people, as a whole really, really, believe all these things secretly?
Does this mean we give these people any head space in national discourse?
Uh… America is a nation of 300 million. Even if a million people believe something, it’s one third of one percent. America is no more crazy than most of the world, it’s just larger. This means that a fringe is a significant number.
So, according to what I heard the events of Charlotteville involved maybe 400 people, both sides.
That is a fringe of a fringe. One in 750,000 people. More people than that assembled for street festivals when we lived in Manitou springs, a tiny Colorado mountain town.
If only 400 people read your book, you tank even in indie. Of those 400 people, probably 300 were antifa, which is to say tugs who need money and are on Soros’ payroll. The other 100 people were neo nazis of some description, or perhaps people who went along because their friends were going, or perhaps people who were there to see what happened. And of course, some number of them were FBI agents, because some number always is at the KKK and Neo Nazi rallies.
These rallies have happened for a long time, all over America, without either violent confrontation or for that matter any noticeable increase in theory subscribers.
When we first moved to Colorado, 25 years ago, we were living near downtown in Colorado Springs. This meant tons of parades went by our house, from Pride Parades to Old Car Parades, to “hey, we’re having a parade to celebrate our college graduation.” The general procedure was to run to the window to watch the parade, particularly since our kid was one and a half and he loved music and people walking by.
So, one Saturday we heard a parade and ran to the window. It was a KKK parade. There were probably 100 people, marching down the middle of the street. And people were ignoring them, and walking on. No one died and also no one spent any time on social media talking about how this event betrayed the growing belief in white supremacy in America.
The reason no one died is that there were no antifa tugs pre-armed with baseball bats and whatever else they could grab. And the reason no one thought this was a token of growing white supremacy is that, frankly, there was no social media and also the media itself didn’t bother covering the event.
There might or might not have been some article in the local paper, but if anyone read that, they shrugged and went “it was a hundred assholes.”
I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the neo-nazis are assholes, right? They are also in general mentally ill and have other issues. In the same way, the antifa are assholes and many of them are drug users or mentally ill. In fact, the antifa tugs and the neo-nazi idiots have a lot more to do with each other than with the rest of the universe. They are the fringe of the fringe.
In a sane world, the rest of the people would shrug and go “Yeah, two sets of fringe people fighting it out. I’m interested. Not.”
Instead, over the last few days, the media has been in a frenzy of finding racists under every bed; actual leftists are being turned against if they say we should pause and think about the events, and perhaps consider everything before pronouncing ourselves. And people all over the spectrum are being denounced by the loony left as a secret Nazi.
Look, guys, I’m used to being called fascist and a nazi because I’m for limited government, individual rights and economic freedom. Obviously someone who believes in the principle that hou shouldn’t hurt people or take their things must be…. No, wait, it’s not a Nazi, it’s a Libertarian. Never mind. the left believes unless you endorse a big government capable of enforcing right think, you’re a Nazi. It’s a form of mental illness I’ve become used to.
But now everyone is being called a Nazi and we’re getting the kind of “profound” psychological analyses that consists in saying “you said the antifa is also to blame. You’re a fascist.”
Guys, fascists tell you they are so. Neo Nazis ornament themselves with the swastika. They are proud of their stupid beliefs. They think everyone admires their courage. Oh, yeah AND leftists aren’t given special psychic powers when they sign on for Marx’s team. Most of them aren’t particularly empathetic. They just think they are, because they tell themselves they’re doing things for “the downtrodden” or “giving voice to the voiceless.”
Most of what they’re giving voice to is their own inchoate prejudices, frankly. And this is no different. This is “everyone who doesn’t agree with me is Hitler and secretly a neo-nazi.”
I was highly amused at being called anti-Semitic on an echo of my post. Because the caller was Jewish and communist (may G-d have mercy on his soul) and since I didn’t think socialism and communism were kind of sweet gentle ideals I must be anti-Semitic. And also a neo-nazi. Oh, yeah, and I was defending the neo-nazis in Charlottesville.
Again, may G-d have mercy on their souls.
When I blogged about this before people said it was nothing. We’ve had such incidents before, and they passed.
People are right. But in the past did we have such a critical mass of the young maleducated, who have been turned against their own country and are willing to believe the worst of their countrymen? Did we have a media, balked of its power last November and anxious to burn it all down? Did we have aging sixties activists viewing this as their last chance to strike a blow for the revolution?
I’m not afraid of the two sets of asses in Charlottesville. They are the the fringe of the fringe, and no more significant for public discourse than those who really think we should send a strong message to alpha centuri who are sending lizards among us disguised as humans.
I’m afraid of the idiots who take that tiny, fringe event, and then read the tea leaves to imagine that their country men are “white supremacists.”
They are the people who worry me. Because if they don’t stop the nonsense, it’s not going to end well.