A bunch of us in the last two days — partly because of yesterday’s post, partly because of other things going on, partly because it’s the zeitgeist — have met in various nooks and cranies of the internet to talk about two things: how those of us who speak out regret/not regret speaking out (yes, I’ll explain) and how those who can’t speak out regret not being able to.
And I woke up this morning realizing something: that’s the key. That right there is where the whole thing hinges as the cultural war escalates.
Look, the crazy that is today was in the works from at least the 1980s. That’s when we started getting lectures on political correctness and half of the books on writing were predicated on how to change our language so it wasn’t racist and sexist (they still hadn’t got to homophobic.) None of this was IN ANY WAY about eschewing name calling, which I would agree with. I’d even have cheered if they’d said something like “you can’t use lazy stereotypes in your writing, because it’s stupid and boring.” (growing up, gay guys were used as comedy pieces, which always annoyed me. But what do I know, I used drunkards as comedy pieces in my early writing.) The whole idea we’re upset at political correctness because we can’t use bad words for people is ridiculous. I’m upset because we can’t use “one” or “he” as the default genderless pronoun.
I’m upset because policemen are now police officers or peace keepers, even WHEN WE KNOW THEY’RE MALE. Not because there’s anything wrong with “police officer” (What’s wrong with peace keeper was joked about enough by Pratchett for me to belabor it) but because it was prescriptive, dictated and from above. Sure, I’ll use it. Unlike “they” for plural it doesn’t make me sound like I need to cough up an hairball. And unlike herstory it doesn’t make me stand under the sign screaming “Philology, do you even speak it, mothereffer?” I’m even more upset at the execrable “actor” for both male and female, a medium in which, yes, which one you are makes a difference.
But most of all it was the smarminess of telling us we couldn’t use these words, because these words made us “politically incorrect.”
Look, at the heart of it is the Marxist belief that humanity will change to become fit for communism, if you just cut their avenues of speech and thinking.
It works to an extent. They can forbid words. They can infect even me with things like singular they (because you see it so much. I’m also acquiring a grocer’s apostrophe, though it’s not as bad as when I read a ton of fan fiction.)
But their new words acquire the same old freight as the old ones. No, seriously. And changing what we call people who do police work or are firefighters isn’t going to make them primarily female occupations. Because they’re dangerous work outdoors, and it’s older than civilization that that’s male work. The words don’t change it. The world changes the words. Which is why we have leftists changing to liberals changing to progressives the same way a bad Chinese restaurant keeps changing its name. Which is why the SJWs were very proud of their moniquer (seriously there was a game about being an SJW written by the SJWs) which, to be fair, was a masterpiece of opposite naming, kind of like the Democratic German Republic. BUT all of a sudden they had to accuse us of coming up with it, and start running from the words. Because it came to mean what it is.
And meanwhile, since the 80s we found a way to communicate outside the channels that were wholly controlled by the left… well, since then at least.
They’re absolutely sure if they push just a little harder, they’ll change us or they’ll change the majority of the people, and then utopia will happen.
But those evil bad thinkers keep evil bad thinking and they meet in places like this blog, and others. And the left is sure we’re the hoarders and wreckers and the only reason their project is failing harder and faster every day.
So they’ve escalated. Of course they have. Their faith says if they just silence the evilbadpeople utopia starts.
So we’re where we are now: doxxing and threatening and of course, trying to make us lose our jobs.
Some people say this is the time when we refuse to accept the mark of the beast and can’t trade or work. Maybe. It’s not my tradition, but okay. OTOH maybe don’t give them ideas, okay?
It’s going to continue ramping up. That the enemy gets a say, doesn’t mean we’ve lost the war. Note the game is always the same they’ve played, only it’s working less now, now that us thought criminals know we’re not alone. They are not by and large, safe for the antifidiots resorting to physical violence. (And the antifidiots only operate in the cities where they feel safe.) They’re yellow under all the black paraphernalia. They are using what they always used: doxxing, whisper campaigns, mobbing and destruction of reputations and livelihoods.
They’ve done this my whole life. It’s their modus operandi. It’s just that now half of their campaigns (at least) fall apart and what they wish to keep under the rug comes flying out. And we’re not alone. And we know we’re not alone.
My guess is that we’re so far from alone that the end-game for the US is the same as Romania, in terms of the worm turning (hopefully not in terms of the stupid afterwards, but that is up to all of us.) One morning the “progressives” are riding high and by evening they’re cooling meat.
Note that I’m not endorsing this. I’m not endorsing any kind of killing, and I pray every day and every night that this passes from us without actual killing, that we can get back the country without violence on either side.
It’s just that from my reading of history, my “Sense” of what comes next is a sudden, short and violent replay of Romania. And that’s the best case scenario.
But it’s possible a miracle occurs. It’s possible the insufficiently attached left realizes they’re a tiny minority and conciliate. It’s possible that the real hard cases are so few that they just lose power.
It’s also possible that it goes far worse than Romania, into something like Gascony was for centuries or Ireland was still in my time: a protracted civil war, with decade after decade of terrorism in our midst, in our neighborhoods, in our schools.
Needless to say I don’t want that.
I don’t see a scenario where the left wins. Not long term. I can and do a scenario where for ten years or so they force us to some kind of black market. I certainly can see people like me who work in left dominated fields being destroyed and marginalized for speaking out. It’s what the left does. They’ve done it a long time.
So, what can we do? And what can we do to bring about the better solutions, as opposed to the horrible ones?
Well, the left needs to be disempowered. Not silenced, mind. I want them to speak. The more they speak, the more the masks fall, the more that they show how repulsive they are.
But they need to stop having the power to silence the opposition. And we, all of us, need to be prepared for the time our identifies are revealed (well, not mine, obviously. I have revealed it myself) even the best kept secrets, because no secret is perfect. And we need to have a fall back in which we can speak and work and not be broke for doing so.
You know if you’re a writer there’s indie. I’ve been struggling with this for a year, since I found out via back channels that my trad career was done. The immediate, instinctive reaction is to think your career was done. But that’s bullshit. There’s indie. I thank PJ for keeping us from going under while I got my head straight (It’s almost there now.) Because there’s a mental ramp-up time. And we’d have floundered otherwise.
However that was my fault. I should have started indie with both feet in 2011. Yeah, health, but I should have anyway.
So LEARN. Start now. I’m sure there’s something you can do that is independent and brings in money. Sure, it might not be your main job. OTOH even if you’re a college professor, start lectures on youtube, say, teaching your field. Be good, be catchy (don’t be political. You probably don’t need to be.) Not only can it be a secondary income, but if you achieve ANY notoriety it becomes harder to fire you.
For writers and artists, it’s easy. If you have questions ask me.
But I know at least one friend in programming already going indie.
Crafters have etsy and heck Amazon and ebay. Yes, some of those are left controlled but almost all the self panics about Amazon are just that. Ebay — waggles hand. I don’t know about etsy at all.
It might be harder if what you do is manual/physical work. It’s not impossible. Look around. Find out something skilled you can do as a side business. Figure out what people will pay you for. Yes, Paypal is a problem, but other alternatives are coming into being, and if you’re providing something physical, there’s also other ways.
Learn. Find something you can do outside the left dominated fields.
Yes, I know it’s hard. Look, I took a year JUST to mourn and I’m only now coming out of profound depression over it.
But it’s not impossible.
Get secondary (or multiple) sources of income they can’t take away from you. And then put your galoshes on and prepare to slosh through hell because it is coming.
Yes, it’s going to continue ramping up until it flares, which could be tomorrow or in ten years. Yes, the next democrat elected WILL try to strangle bad thinkers out of the marketplace. And will succeed with some people.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. It’s going to be hell. Which is why I want you to prepare now. Think of what you can do. Think how you can cut yourself loose from fields where your income will vanish because of a calumnious campaign against you.
And then GO. Because we are survivors. The nature of survivors is that they survive.
Plan, think, and — I’m sorry — work like hell. Your future freedom and security will require you to work double as hard right now. But then you’ll have security and you’ll have freedom.
It will give you a chance to speak out. And if everyone speaks out, maybe the crazy stops. It’s unlikely. But it’s possible. Okay, it would be a miracle, but sometimes miracles happen.
And if worse comes to worst, maybe it will make it brief and relatively painless.
But first, before all that, you must buy your freedom with work.
And so must I. So, I’m going back to work now.