I always find it hilarious when I’m told I’m not in favor of fighting back, and that I think everything is all right.
This is sort of like when I get accused of being an optimist and a pessimist for the exact same post. Or when my most apolitical books get flagged as political. Or…
Sometimes people are reading hieroglyphs written on the inside of their eyelids. Kind of like people who decide I want open borders. Or you know, that I run around twitter threatening people (My twitter account might be suspended. I recently clicked a link a friend sent me, with something funny about Portugal, and I tried to answer but the comments never showed and it said something about my account being suspended. Which frankly affects me not at all. I mean, it echoes these posts, is about it.)
But guys, what we’re engaged in is a fight to reclaim the culture. That precious artifact who followed me here after I blocked him on facebook for instance thinks it is a sign that we’re LOSING the culture war that there was massive outrage about The Last Temptation of Christ in the eighties, but nothing about this Brazilian movie about a gay Christ.
Um…. to level set: I only found out about that movie because I was avoiding work as hard as I could, and found it in a sidebar of a blog I read. The short version: it’s imported bullshit that won a lot of prizes. The chances of more than a couple thousand people seeing it are nill. And the chances that anyone who would be outraged even knows it exists is even less.
Yeah, sure, the left keeps trying to gin up outrage, because they mistake offensiveness for relevance. And Christians are an easy target because they don’t chop people’s heads.
However, Christians outlasted people trying to chop off their heads. And if you think the Romans didn’t make obscene parodies of Christianity, you haven’t read first century graphite.
I do understand being outraged at the things these people do. I don’t understand deciding everything is lost because of it.
If you think attacks on Christianity are “Marxism” you’re crediting the artists with way too much thinking and AN ideology. Most artists are doing things are doing them to get shock and outrage. In the eighties it was said that the best way to sell a million books was to get fundamentalist sects burning them.
The Last Temptation of Christ benefited from that effect, as did Piss Christ and other bullshit that is not in any way “art.” Because the left loves outraging the Christians.
All the media jumped up on the demonstrations and how outraged people were, which in turn helped sell the blasphemy and abomination.
So, running around with your hair on fire, screaming all is lost because the new outrage isn’t ginning up outrage? You’re either a false flag or a softhead (which doesn’t mean stupid, btw. Some of the smartest people I know are looking for “a simple theory of everything.”)
And what does it accomplish? It gives the left the notoriety they so dearly crave, and makes them feel edgy and important again.
That ain’t no way to fight the culture war.
So, how do you fight the culture war?
1- Be aware of false flags and soft-heads.
Look, we all do this. We all forget people lied to us or about us in the past (okay, not me. I’m a resentful bitch) and want to think “they’re right on this, now.”
We also all have depressive times and despair. The left is MAYBE 25% of the population, but due to the crawl through the institutions, they have loud megaphones. It’s easy to believe you’re surrounded.
One way to identify false flags and soft-heads who repeat them is to consider who they’re trying to appeal to. If they are talking to the left’s idea of a right winger: uneducated, untraveled, xenophobic, racist, anti-semitic, etc, they are probably one of those.
So, people screaming about the inherent evilness of being able to tan? they’re just appealing to who they think the right is. Chances are they’re not of us. Or they’re soft-heads.
Same way, signs of disrespect to Christians? Not the end times. Except for very short times in history, unbelievers have always made fun of Christians, but this is okay because we also make fun of each other. But the left doesn’t get that. So they think they can spin it to us as signs of the apocalypse.
Another good sign of a false flag or a soft head are people trying to push you do exactly what the left wants you to do: bomb buildings. Shoot up people.
Why do they want us to do that? Because they can no longer control the flow of information. But this would get us demonized everywhere. Yes, they tried to gin up something like that a number of times, but the story keeps falling apart.
Do you want to give them a story that doesn’t fall apart? Why? So they can make “right wing” (aka to the right of Lenin) a dirty word for a generation and take us all the way to Venezuela? WHY?
TWO of the people calling for violence in the comments — and the ones being the most vocal and explicit? — one was from Turkey and the other one is a …. uh…. known agent provocateur. Perhaps paid.
You guys have been on the internet long enough. SURELY you know that the people presenting themselves as American and outraged aren’t necessarily so.
BTW both of those people comment on instapundit and other places. Our enemies — both ideological and national — are trying their best to make sure we go down hard and the one thing they were always good at was dizinformazia. Remember that. If you can’t tell them by their weird use of English (and they’re getting better) you can tell them by their weird ideas of what Americans are.
These people are everywhere, and multiplying. It will get worse before the election. They’re testing topics to divide us. One hint of a “non-natural” topic was the whole porn thing which came out of nowhere, and was suddenly everywhere in the form of conservatives who should know better yelling we needed government control of speech.
Several tells it was manufactured: a) it came out of nowhere, with no provocation. b) it plays exactly into what the left thinks the right is: prudes (same reason they tried to spin us with stories of how Trump has affairs with porn stars) c) It’s naturally divisive, because which of us can say we APPROVE of porn taken to the extreme, or of porn-addiction? None, right? And the false flags were really good at calling those who opposed government control “porn supporters” (that’s another sign, btw, the massive, ridiculous accusations. Particularly since government has never been any good at stopping that sort of thing.) c) if it had succeeded — doesn’t seem to have — as they expected, they could slide in an anti-porn candidate at the last minute, a paragon of virtue who would pull enough votes away from Trump their margin of fraud would do the rest.
Beware of any of these spins that takes support away from what has been a pretty decent president (better than I expected) while pretending to support him, particularly. Beware of incitement to purity spirals. (Yes, I know, yes. Some people are… Rockefeller republicans. And when they start insisting we vote for the leftists to save America from Trump, that’s when you know they were false-flags all along. And damn it, I was a soft head for too long where some of them were concerned. Anyone who says the outright commies are better than our flawed president? Yeah, no. But I’m seeing a lot of misrepresentation and dividing of people who aren’t those — yes, myself included — and it’s time to take a long hard look at those promoting it.)
IOW as in Puppet Masters, stay alert. A man with an ideological overcoat just might be an enemy.
2- Don’t look away
Please, please, please, be aware of how outrageous the left is. No, I don’t mean things like Piss Christ, or stupid movies suggesting that Christ was gay (for the love of Bob, that has been a ridiculous attack since the second century at least) because that just gives these pseudo artists the attention they crave.
Instead be aware of the things they don’t want you to know how outrageous they are:
Yes, sure, the shampeachment.
But also things like Guam tipping over. Things that reveal their utter inability to comprehend and process reality. And I know you’re going “But that’s a day that ends with y”
Of course it is, and there are reasons for it, including the fact that they hire for ideology ONLY and that they’ve had cover from the press for so long.
But the majority of the public doesn’t know how incredibly, ridiculously incompetent they are.
To the public at large — though less and less as they drop their masks and lose the advantages of a complicit press (now making itself irrelevant) — this is still the party of the “educated” and “smart” people.
Someone was shouting about why we don’t have the money the left does. Well two reasons: first they hire for the really plum jobs by ideology. Second because magnates make their money then turn left.
This is because leftism is a positional good, and “high class.” This is what we need to puncture. Show their incompetence, their ignorance, their utter stupidity. It’s not hard. The masks are coming off.
No, don’t go an buy rings.
Engage in discussions. Dare to be contrary. Yes, both when you see false flags and soft heads, and when you see outright Marxists and socialists, protest. Refute.
Be polite and clear. And talk sense. With examples. You won’t convince the person, but you might convince spectators. And even if not, you give an example of talking back.
TRY not to sound like their stereotype of a right winger. They will try to spin it as you’re clutching a gun and a bible. Don’t play into it. Even if you are religious, nothing is gained by going all religious on them. Attack them on the sanity and sense fronts, instead, and on their APPALLING lack of knowledge of history.
Yes, this means you probably are going to have to read a lot and study a lot. And filter out the obvious bias. I remember an otherwise excellent mini-series on Washington that kept telling us he only joined the revolutionaries because he was so vain. (Rolls eyes.)
If you an do it, though, learning is its own reward and makes you more resistant to false flags and soft heads. It also gives you insight into how they think and their image of us — from the stuff they add to otherwise factual accounts. That’s priceless. It’s like getting a picture of their heads.
If you’re rural, they’ll try to wind you up as part of that. Don’t fall for it. Instead turn it on its head and defend city living and point out that there are many of us living among them (there are) and arguably the most productive ones.
Be prepared to be reviled and attacked.
Be prepared to have insanity spewed all over you.
The attacks will increase the more effective you are. It’s just the way it is.
Believe it or not, I’m actually extremely conflict averse. I had to learn to overcome that. In another world, I’m quietly writing my books, probably getting all “intellectual” and stuff, which is one of my defects and tendencies. Not making a lot of money — because too intellectual — but happy enough. That’s not the world we live in. Sorry.
You need to stay aware and you need to fight back. Their overreach and insanity is becoming massive, as they feel their influence waning.
Light them up. Disprove their pet theories. Make them look ridiculous.
Most of the time, honestly, “When did you become psychic” suffices. For instance, yesterday on facebook, a person was insisting all Republicans secretly hated the poor and were greedy. It’s just a ridiculous idea, that only illusions of being psychic can bolster it.
As part of this, I ENJOIN you to have what I haven’t done so far: have a a set of files, where you keep facts. Label them: Economy, religion, relations between sexes, etc.
Dispassionate facts are the best way to show the ignorance of the other side.
It might be easier if you get together with friends with different expertise. Make sure they are people you trust absolutely. And keep shared folders. I’m in the process of getting this together with some friends. Hint, keep a copy in each of your computers, if you can. The cloud is another name for “other people’s servers.”
4- And this is perhaps the most important, and it’s hard to see:
It’s not just the masks that are coming off. The wheels are too.
Like Obama, the left has the mierdas touch. Every industry they take over turns to crap. Yes that includes government. No, a big central government is never EFFICIENT. But it can be more efficient than it is right now.
The left has several problems when in charge. One is that they BELIEVE everyone is corrupt. It’s part of their set of beliefs. So they think if they’re corrupt it’s fine. It’s just the done thing. (That’s the reason they believe that a strong government is needed. Apparently people in government aren’t humans and corrupt, but angels. Never mind.)
Second is that the left is mostly ideology over all. Which doesn’t only mean they HIRE for ideology. It means everything they do is for ideology. What to sell? The idea is to pull ideology. How to establish economic policy? Ideology. Purging the office of undesirables Those are never the ones who don’t work, but the ones who oppose you ideologically? This means ideology becomes the mission, and the real mission, whether selling or creating or governing? It is forgotten and ignored.
So EVERYTHING the left does turns to shit. It’s been accelerating over the last 40 years. And now, the only thing keeping the entire economy from coming apart, while the left plays f*ck-f*ck games is the few of us still doggedly working at the thing we’re supposed to do AND the fact we’ve had some spectacular innovations in medicine, information technology and other stuff.
But even so, the wheels are coming off.
You want to win this culture war, and preserve civilization?
Sure, keep a preparedness supply, be good with weapons and get in as good a shape as you can. That’s just SENSE. No matter how you fight, winning is never assured and things COULD drop in the pot. Better be prepared.
But more importantly, build redundant industries, structures, organizations of our own.
Are you worried about Amazon? Well, running around screaming just bolsters the left’s claim we need to all go back to the paddock of traditional publishing… which they control.
Come up with an alternative, one that can survive now, because it’s just to the side of Amazon, but can change fast and take over if the wheels come off. (And btw, yeah, we’re trying to work on it. But tax regulations requiring you to collect taxes across states and be informed of what’s due in each state, for every 2.99 purchase are hampering efforts. But you should try. And think through all the ramifications. And be ready.) I have several friends testing out alternate-news ideas. And dear Lord, there must be other areas you can start building against the crash NOW. Consider, please. It doesn’t take one person with a lot of money and time. It takes millions of us with a little money, a little time, a little expertise, each working his own little niche. Connecting can come later, or through ad hoc organizations.
But you should be doing something. Consider, learn, work, and start.
Because the hardest part of preserving Western Civilization is going to be replacing the collapsing dinos.
The meteor has already struck. They are already dying. And yes, most of their functions are harmful or not needed. But not all. So for those that are needed? Be prepared to be the little mammal who comes out of his burrow and starts doing what needs to be done.
It’s not glamorous. Heaven knows it’s not easy. But it needs to be done.
Be not afraid.