This wasn’t the post I was going to write this morning. Though I only had an hazy idea of the post I was going to write.
Then I wrote my weekly post at Mad Genius Club.
(I normally do them at night, but last night I was madly securing my various accounts, since the flaming crazy attempted to break in again. Btw, it must be sad. Because it stopped to send nasty emails that s/h/it thought would get me in trouble, it was five minutes too late on the attempt to download all my emails. So, those of you undercover who email me, your secret is safe, and now the entire thing is triple locked. To be fair it was tightly locked before, but one of the things we found is that this has been going on for at least a month and probably for months, which uh…. makes me reach for pants and suspenders. Now there is a higher chance I’ll accidentally lock myself out of my own account and never be able to get in again than actually get hacked.)
Anyway, so I did my post at Mad Genius Club, partly in frustration because as far as writing yesterday was a day the locusts ate.
And I had a hazy idea of writing about how you are your house’s keeper, but it’s not a part of you. I don’t even know if it’s a problem for most American women my generation, honest. I come from another century, in a way, as well as from another country.
But then I went to MeWe to share the MGC post, and there was a post echoing the CDC’s bafflement about why states and counties with no mask mandates have falling cases, while those with the strictest Branch Covidian adherence have the highest.
And someone posted in the comments “How come they never consider they might be wrong? Never reevaluate?”
And I realized this is true, and not just for measures against the highly over-hyped Chinese Lung Rot. They never stop, never reconsider, never examine what they’ve done and the results, and go “Is there another way to achieve this end?”
In fact, instead of revising the failed theory, Marxists keep concocting elaborate explanations for why it’s still true, it’s just been done wrong or with the wrong people (Like the Gramscian substitution of race for class) which is the antithesis of Occam’s Razor.
And pretty funny since — since Marx, who wouldn’t know science if it bit him in the fleshy part of his grifter ass — they call their theories of governance “scientific” which is kind of like calling a pig an eagle. It don’t change nothing and it annoys everyone who hears it.
So I thought deeper into it, and I realized they don’t reevaluate because they can’t.
Part of this is that for a century now, the left has “reproduced” via schools. They, by and large, don’t have kids, but they get to indoctrinate other people’s kids.
And part is that, leftism being a social signal of sorts, and a sign of being “part of the good people” plus a way to get material goods (no? Look at who gets paid for expertise on guns on TV. It ain’t our own Larry Correia. Not most of the time.) a lot of the left self-indoctrinated as adults.
Mind you these people are usually pretty broken and willing to do ANYTHING to belong to the in group (as opposed to the rest of us who are pretty broken, but hoist middle fingers HIGH at pressure to conform.) They refer to the process of self-remodeling into perfect Marxian bots as “mind killing” but don’t see anything wrong with it.
Point being, it is actually mind killing. It is killing the part of themselves that can reevaluate and re-chart.
Look, I started out pretty lefty — yeah. I know. anti-communist, but you know, I grew up in Europe. So much of this sh*t like say gun control is absorbed when you’re too young to even think — but have changed my mind, as facts didn’t fit. I kind of careened into extreme Libertarianism for a while, and now I’m … I don’t know there probably isn’t a name. Except that the skies and the stars shall pass away before a single comma is rendered irrelevant or inapplicable in the US Constitution (except should it be LAWFULLY amended or revised and even then I reserve the right to giggle at bullshit like the prohibition. Yes, like all works of men the Constitution is flawed, but it’s still the best thing our species has come up with.)
I changed my mind about Trump, something the other never Trumpers don’t seem able to do. Oh, and weirdly after weeks of debating gun control in the first year of my marriage, both Dan and I changed our minds from “sensible control” (pfui) to “Shall not be infringed, biatches.” Which is weird, since we were both on the other side, but we did a deep dive into facts and…. well….
Actually, that’s the main thing. When something doesn’t fit my theories, I dive into facts, sometimes for years, and either change my mind (sometimes drastically) or figure out why it’s not working the way I thought (and sometimes it’s “because foreign people are buying the buildings in the city that should be losing value. Also, New Yorkers, who aren’t foreign but are crazy, particularly in the matter of real estate value.”)
So why doesn’t the left do it? Oh, they change positions, sometimes, but they change it from the top, and then claim they never held the other opinion. Like, on gay marriage, or the first amendment, or wars abroad, or…..
The word comes from on high, and then all of them repeat it, as though it had always been thus. And none of them seem to notice this.
I think I figured out how they get like that, but I don’t know how to break it.
Part of it is indoctrination. Some of it very young. To this day, if I drop bread on the floor, I pick it up and apologize (though I don’t know how to bless it) which makes no sense whatsoever, since bread isn’t sentient. But I was taught before I could read that dropping bread on the floor is evil and you must pick it up, apologize and bless it. No amount of rational thought stops that. And not doing it makes me so profoundly uncomfortable it’s easier to just do it.
So, a lot of the left is trained, not in any particularly principles, but to belong to the left. Which involves repeating what comes from above, unthinkingly.
And part of it? Part of it, they’re so terrified of being cast out of the in group, or perhaps of a sort of demonic possession (keep in mind they believe the straw picture of “evil right wingers” and think if they’re not on the left, then they will become evil right wingers) that they can’t allow themselves to think.
We’ve seen both of these with cults.
The question is, how do you deprogram a few million people?
How do you get them to listen to Oliver Cromwell: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”
Because how high the butcher’s bill goes, and how much is destroyed depends on that.
And I don’t have an answer.