Friday, April 30, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
It wasn't all that long ago that I taught students that the New York Times was a reliable source of news, the gold standard of newspapers in the U.S. Today, I teach the opposite, that the New York Times is a source of Wokist propaganda, so if you want to get the current narrative being pushed by the elites, the New York Times is a great source. Bari Weiss confirmed this in her resignation letter, which at the time I took as a significant development, yet in the months hence it doesn't seem to have had an impact on the direction of the Times. Weiss makes it clear that the Times is converged by the Wokist religion, though she doesn't name it Wokism. As put by Weiss:
[T]ruth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.
That's Wokism. It is rigid and will tolerate no discussion or debate. The truths are handed down from on high, and if you don't accept them at face value, you are a heretic and a nazi. Put simply, no American should believe anything reported in the mainstream media, and I don't care about the source. Fox, CNN, the Post Times, etc., all are junk. The media is the enemy of the people.
If the media had never reported on the covid, as in, imagine in some parallel universe the media didn't endlessly propagandize and fear monger and operated as an agent of the public interest, no one would have even noticed a difference. The covid is 100% a media creation, and by that I mean I never noticed a difference in reality. I would have noticed a global pandemic.
What's especially galling, though, is that no one will pay; no one will be punished when actual real heads ought to roll. I mean that quite literally. The media covid propaganda killed people, and responsible parties ought to be executed. This is probably America's Achilles's heel, the thing that will end up bringing it all down, that there is no corrective or penalty for propagandizing and spreading lies.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
People are profoundly stupid. Pre-covid I had some vague sense about this, but post-covid I'm absolutely certain about it, and the proof of it that I'm going to take with me as a reminder is that most people are unable to accurately grasp the tiny size of a virus. This failing, I think, is why masks caught on in the first place.
As I've written, the filtration medium must be smaller than the thing being filtered. In a typical cloth mask, the medium is at least 1000 times larger than the airborn virus it seeks to filter, making filtration impossible. It is like trying to swat gnats, or even flies, with a tennis racket, or whatever filter metaphor you like, you can't filter out something if the medium is 1000 times bigger than the thing being filtered. It is physically impossible. Masks do not work because they cannot work. They never worked.
"Social Distancing" is a neologism that makes me want to ice-pick my ear drums every time I hear it. I was in line at Krispy Kream in June of 2020 when the morbidly obese manager scolded me for refusing to observe the retarded 6 feet between the dude in front of me. Hasn't that kind of been the story of all this, the tyranny of stupid people and to what degree can I put up with it? All the sudden, all hard-won conventional wisdom went right out the window, like everybody had fallen off the turnip truck some time yesterday afternoon.This walking tub of butter was scolding me about my distancing skills.
Morbidly obese manager of Krispy Kream: "Buh . . . six feet apart sir . . . buh . . . hurdur . . . "
Me: "Do you happen to have a tape measure back there? I want to get this right."
Morbidly obese manager of Krispy Kream, "Buh . . . it is marked on the ground with the stickers."
Me: "Well fuck me running!"
All the stupid shit became real. A couple of months later closer to school starting my department head wrote an email to everybody in the department about how he'd been through all the classrooms with a tape measure and stickered-off the six feet. Imagine being a Ph.D.'d professor who can ostensibly understand how small a virus is and how indoor ventilation works getting paid to ignore all that. Then, at my fall return-to-school department meeting, I realized that a Ph.D. absolutely does not correlate to understanding the size of a virus or how ventilation works. I found myself absolutely horrified, and I'm not using hyperbole here, I straight up lost sleep because several of my colleagues, Ph.D'd professors, were asking questions about how we can enforce six feet on students once they leave the building. Students, you see, had been spotted sitting together on the picnic tables and park benches, flouting the six-feet rule outside. OUTSIDE. Was it within our authority to separate them? Was it okay to call campus police on them? What do we do about "nosers"? (students who drop their masks over their noses SO THEY CAN FREELY BREATH. Don't you just adore how masks hampering breathing is just completely glossed over? Masks make it harder to breathe? What are you talking about? Hurdur).
I am not joking. All of that really happened. Ph.D'd people behaved that way. Who would have guessed that being awesome at applying queer theory to Battlestar Galactica doesn't necessarily translate to sense-making in other domains? I was as shocked as you are.
Conventional wisdom be damned. It is as if we elected a panel of outright retards, or scared English professors, to set the rules. Six feet. Wear a mask. Hurdur. Never mind that indoor ventilation systems makes standing six feet away from anyone useless, that the covid dude on the other side of Wal-Mart is spreading his covids to everyone via the air system. Hurdur. Buh. Buh.
You couldn't even aggressively comply to protest the stupid shit because they just out-stupid you by enacting Poe's law in reality. I considered wearing a hazmat suit to work, but then I thought better of it because what if that caught on? Excuse me, if one mask works, wouldn't two masks work better? Anthony Fauci agrees and starts wearing two masks. LOL. WTF? Let's see if we can get Fauci to start wearing a hazmat suit.
And what strikes me and makes me laugh is when my mind roams and I imagine an African tribe doing some voodoo rituals to ward off evil spirits. Here, Mutombo, wear this talisman on your face and the bad juju cannot touch you. Here, Kunta, spray this brew everywhere because that will definitely decrease the badness. Here, little Jimmy, wear this mask while I douse the universe in alcohol. Covid is bad juju!
I'm pretty sure my chances of dying from tripping and cracking my skull is greater than my chance of dying from Covid. I'm pretty sure it is. Can we require everyone to wear a helmet of some kind when out in public to mitigate tripping deaths? Why the fuck not? Why in the name of God aren't we making the speeding limit 35 across the board to save precious lives? Why the fuck not?
Suffice it to say, people are deeply and profoundly stupid and all the covid nonsense has been about being led by stupid people who don't understand how small a virus actually is, which, combined with lesson #1, that our leaders are cowards, and that's pretty much the covid year in a nutshell.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Far and away the #1 lesson taught by the Covid is that our leaders are cowards. Abject titty-sucking mealy-mouthed cowards. My opinion of the general populace is pretty low, too, as most of them are cowards, but I already knew that pre-covid. What I didn't expect, what surprised me, is that not one person in a leadership position in the entire fucking country has anything resembling testicles.
This is important to know because you know not to rely on leadership to actually lead. Buddy, you are on your own, and you better believe it.
I'd be a great leader for shit like this. Yes, me. Because generally I despise people and I don't care about sucking up to them. I despise company men (and company women). That's why I'm not in a leadership position, and that's why I never will be.
That's a shame because I would have told you from the very beginning that masks were retarded. Are you really telling me that we're pretending masks can filter viruses now? Go choke yourself. Six feet? Did you pull that right out of your ass? Why don't you dig a hole six-foot deep and buy yourself in it? Fucktard.
Minneapolis is over.
I can’t help but look around and wonder, “What happened here? Where exactly did it all go wrong?” Was it the liberal mob? Identity politics? The cries of “RACIST!” when someone disagreed with a particular reaction or policy? Was it conservative silence as the loudest voices got more and more radical? Was it our acceptance that “we live in a blue area, this is just the way things are?” How did it all happen so fast? Whatever it was, I’m leaving this dark, surreal, twisted version of Minneapolis on Friday. And I pray to God that I never have to come back.
How, indeed, did it all happen so fast? Wokism and Cowardice. Wokism had a foundation laid, or in this case, powderkegs placed, and all it took was a struck match and cowardly leaders unwilling to put out the fires.
Right now in Minneapolis there's an autonomous zone off limits to the cops. Only one thing can be done about it, too. One simple answer. A no-brainer. Clear it out. Shoot anyone who stands in the way. Sweep it out. The mayor, Jacob Frey, is too cowardly to do what must be done, and so his city is over.
Minneapolis will not recover. It is the first city to fall to Wokism. It will not be the last.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
For a handful of years now I've taught my freshman composition students about the death of Christianity in the West, coming at that idea from the work of Flannery O'Connor. I argued that O'Connor, in some sense, predicted it. I have come to understand that I was wrong about O'Connor predicting the end of Christianity. Instead, O'Connor was witnessing and testifying to the ascendancy of Americanism, and Americanism's shaky foundation has in turn led to Wokism, and Wokism, as far as I can tell, is the end of the story. Wokism will lead to the balkanization of the United States, the physical separation along ideological and racial lines, and this is going to happen faster than most people realize. In this piece, I'm going to explain how this happened and where I think we are headed.
Let's start with the Baby Boomers, who grew up in front of their technological god the Television in the living room, the first American generation that inhabited a fantasy world in which only other people ever died, and it happened on TV. Americanism is what I'm calling the particular fusion of certain tenets of Christianity with a dominant corporate consumerism. For the Boomers, if asked, they might claim to be pretty religious as long as it convenient. Everything about the Boomers is built on sitting-on-ass convenience. They are now fat and diabetic and scared.
Covid is the last hail-Mary, the last time Television will drive a moral panic. I spent a couple of weeks last summer sitting on my ass with my parents, watching CNN broadcast two numbers, cases and deaths, which ticked upwards, ever upwards, as my parents were scared to go to church or go shopping. Yet, and this is key, when you took a walk or a looked around at physical reality, things were fine. Covid never caused any real disruption in reality. The only disruptions were caused by the media's propaganda about Covid, never the disease itself. As of this writing, I still don't fully grasp the point of it. From the beginning, I recognized social engineering at play, but I still don't see the end game, the point of it. All I know is that the death-fear of the Boomers had been harnessed.
Writing about this in 2021, Americanism is what America used to be, not as physical realness, but in Television broadcasts. It is the primacy of the automobile. In America, no one with a good car needs to be justified. It is, in some sense, hot dogs and apple pie and baseball cum Sunday NFL Doritos. It is Leave it to Beaver reruns. It is Nike Air Sneakers. Motorboats. It is also Sunday church, if going to church is convenient and doesn't disrupt football. It is Jesus and Ben Franklin, except no one in America knows much about Ben Franklin and even less is known about Jesus. All of it is caricature, made to be entertaining and mesmerizing on Television.
In Americanism, you can't spot Christians, and nothing about Christianity imposes itself or is inconvenient in any sense whatsoever. Christianity is there to give just enough formality and ceremony where such is necessary, such as at funerals or graduations or weddings. This kind of Jesus worship is completely harmless, and Jesus is reduced to a mere place-holder, and that's a key concept, the need for a place-holder. It could be Thor or Odin or Akhenaten. I mean it can't be those gods, but I am saying that the identity of the God doesn't matter. One needs only a place-holder, a thing on which to focus when focusing on a thing is useful.
This is another of the great lessons of the Covid: Christianity is utterly neutered. The government said shut down and Christians shut down, no questions asked. They were the only group of people we had that could have possibly resisted the covid madness, and they failed to do it. The Boomers made Christianity expendable. Television never found a way to make it sexy and exciting. That cultural pillar that had previously supplied the West with its moral compass discarded, there was nothing that could oppose Wokism.
Wokism is Ascendant
In February of 2020, about one month before the covid “pandemic” was fully released on the American people, I drove my daughter to Atlanta to listen to Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay talk about the threat of wokism. I’d long been an admirer of Boghossian as a writer about atheism, and he along with Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose were being celebrated among the Intellectual Dark Web for their hoax papers. They’d written woke papers and had them published in high-level journals to prove that as long as one knew the jargon, he or she could start with the conclusion and work back from it and find publication. This highlights that in a wokist paradigm, only certain kinds of conclusions are permissible. Chief among them, and I do mean the first and most unbreakable cardinal rule of wokism: Black people can do no wrong. Black people are always the good guys, and white people are always the villians. This also works with women if the binary is women vs. men. Women always good. Men always bad. Or, with sexual orientation. Gay people always good. Straight people always bad. Boghossian, Lindsay, and Pluckrose just started with a conclusion and wrote backwards to justify the conclusion. As long as one starts with the right conclusion and knows the jargon, a woke journal will publish the paper. The inverse is also true. If you follow the evidence and reach a negative or controversial conclusion about blacks, women, or homosexuals, come hell or high water, no journal will publish your paper.
And so we had a nice little outing, and I took plenty of notes, and James Lindsay warned that if wokeness escaped its current confines and broke out into the wider culture, the consequences would be disastrous. On the way back we stopped at Moe's and had huge burritos for dinner, and no one was wearing the stupid masks, and there was only a dull whisper in the background about some virus spreading far away in China . . . and little did we know . . . and how can I not take it as proof that this reality is a simulation when the covid virus and the woke virus erupted into the mainstream exactly one month later?
In Wokism, black culture is sacrosanct, and any criticism of black people or black culture is completely off-limits. Black culture, so-called people of color, are unassailable, just like Muhammad in Islam. Black people and black culture can only be praised and lauded, 100% of the time, in every context. Period. I hope that is clear enough.
That is why George Floyd has been elevated to sainthood and he must never be criticized at all, and that is why, right now as I write this, looting and rioting are happening in Minneapolis over the death of another black man named Daunte Wright. Mr. Wright must never be criticized, nor is anyone allowed to criticize the rioting nor the looting. The mainstream does not cover it except from a perspective of black righteousness, that black people are justified and righteous as they fight against their evil oppressors. Simply put, in Wokism, Black people are holy and can do nothing wrong. If black people riot, rioting is right. If they burn, arson is right. If they murder, murder is right. I can’t overstate this: In Wokism, black people are always right, no matter what.
I’ve been puzzling over this over a year, and I think I understand now why black culture and black people are the holiest figures in wokism. I think it is all about how black culture defines itself in opposition to the dominant white culture (Americanism). I owe this idea to a book I read years ago Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Brown et al. Black people never assimilated into Americanism, never fully bought into it. Once you understand this, black culture makes a lot more sense. If white people are punctual, black people are late. If white people wear pants around the waist, black people wear them around the knees. If white people tip the waitress, black people stiff her. And on and on and on it goes. Name a white people value, and you'll likely find the black version to be something like the opposite. That's what Brown et. al. called oppositional culture.
If wokism's goal is to supplant the status quo cultural religion of Americanism, it needed to hitch its wagon to a force that would oppose it down to the atomic level, and it has that kind of opposition in black culture. Ready-made, ready to go. And last summer, all of the statues started coming down. And just two days ago, Derek Chauvin was given a show trial, and here we are. Wokism has fully arrived, ushered in by a potent 1-2 combo of covid mania fueled by mainstream media propaganda. Americanism is over. Wokism is completely converged in the media. Completely converged in big-tech. Completely converged in education. Completely converged in the law. Completely converged in the government. It is over.
I'm speculating here, but I think there's little likelihood of successfully uprooting wokism from American institutions, at least not for the next several decades.
This is what people need to understand perhaps more than anything else, because they will want to believe that we can vote our way out of it, that the old Americanism can be restored. People must understand that the old Americanism is dead and it cannot be revived.Perhaps it is possible that wokism can be defeated, but Americanism cannot be restored. The only option is to create something new, something that is maybe better, built on a god stronger than the Television and the smart phone. I have ZERO hope that this will be possible. I'm completely pessimistic here.
The death of Americanism will be apparent on the ground where people must deal with other people, and they will begin to notice that any negative confrontation between white people and black people will favor the black people. White people will notice it, and black people will notice it. This will happen every single time, regardless of facts. Remember, in wokism, black people can do no wrong, ever. In a negative interaction, the white is wrong, and the black is right. White teachers will be incentivized to give black students good grades just to avoid the headaches of dealing with complaints of racism, further eroding an education system that is already failing. Cops will avoid policing black people completely, interfering with them only if there is no other option, and certainly, no sensible white person will go into law enforcement in the first place, further eroding a criminal justice system that is already failing. People must prepare. If a black man breaks into your house and murders your entire family, the media will report that you called him an N-word and thus your family's erasure from the planet was justified. You will find no justice, much less sympathy. If that sounds like hyperbole, you are stuck in an Americanism framework, and you need to adjust to a wokist paradigm, and you need to do it now. You need to install an alarm system and certainly you need to buy a suitable firearm and train yourself to use it.
That's why I think the country will balkanize sooner rather than later. Education is going to get much much worse. Crime is going to get much much worse. This is inevitable when 13% of the population is completely off-limits to criticism or correction. Wokism is madness, divorced from reason, divorced from any notion of how a multicultural society could be made to work peacefully.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Atheism as an online activist community was among the earliest communities captured by wokists back in 2012 when it was converged as "Atheism +", which meant atheism plus social justice activism. I'd be speculating as to why atheism was particularly susceptible to wokism, but I suspect it has something to do with a natural bend toward leftism (as opposition to the Christian right) and a lack of unifying ethos (centered on a negative instead of a positive, ie, disbelief in deities instead of belief in one of them). Whatever the reason, wokism completely decimated an online atheism community that had been pretty strong, replete with conferences and forums and the like. I witnessed it happen in real time. By now, most everyone understands how it plays out. Back then, it was weird. All the sudden being white and straight and male was bad in and of itself. Once a thing (organization, hobby, institution, club, bank, movie studio, you-name-it) becomes converged on social justice, it can no longer perform its primary mission. In online atheism, all talk ceased about freethought and science-based reasoning, about opposing fundamentalism and Islam, etc. That talk was replaced with cancellation witchhunts aimed at straight white males, always straight white males, and talk about how "marginalized groups"(women, gays, black, transgenders, one-legged lesbians) must be granted primacy just because. It was weird, and it decimated that community. It happens every single time. Wokism invades a healthy host, makes petty social causes the exclusive focus, and people who don't give a shit about those issues leave.
It is funny to see it continue apace with Richard Dawkins getting cancelled. Funny because now we can see it for what it is when back in 2012 it wasn't clear what was happening. Dawkins was right there in online atheism at its zenith as one of the so-called four horsemen along with Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and my favorite, the late Christopher Hitchens. Woke atheists have been trying to cancel Sam Harris for years now; they can't, though, because Harris is independently wealthy and singularly talented. Hitchens is dead and Dennett is boring, so they've been targeting Dawkins, and Dawkins is particularly weak. He's had a stroke, and he isn't what he used to be, and I don't imagine he'll be alive all that much longer, which shows you all you really need to know about these wokist humanists and their ironical dearth of humanist values: Yesterday, the American Humanist Association revoked its 1996 Humanist of the Year award it had given to Dawkins because he asked some good questions about trangenderism on Twitter. LOL.
Wokists always go after the biggest names, the people who accomplish big things. Why? I suspect it is out of jealousy, a nagging awareness that wokism is retarded and regressive and stupid and it won't accomplish anything of value ever. It destroys; it never creates. It is the most retarded, most anti-human, and most mean-spirited of all ideologies.
I love this shit, though, because trying to figure out the wokist oppression stack and its rules is fun. This was Dawkin's tweet that got his worthless humanist award revoked:
In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black. Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as. Discuss.
This one really riled up the woketards, who play this continual game of gaslighting about race and gender and sex. Hemant Mehta who blogs as the ironically-named "Friendly Atheist" is among the most mean-spirited liars you will ever come across, and I find his explanation about Dawkins' sins against wokeness unintentionally truthful and comical:
[Dolezal] wasn't simply vilified for identifying as Black (whatever that means) so much as lying about it to gain some kind of edge for her professional career.
Trans people, on the other hand, aren't changing genders just for the hell of it. They sure aren't doing it because it gives them some kind of advantage in society. More to the point: They don't "choose to identify" as the other gender as if some kind of light switch; they are the other gender.
Mehta, or any run-of-the-mill wokist, will tell you that race doesn't exist, that it is a social construct. They'll tell you, with a straight face, that there are no differences between people at all, that all differences are skin-deep only. Okay then, Rachel Dolezal comes along and does some good tanning and gets a hair weave so that she can pass as a light-skinned African. She takes them at their word and just switches race by identifying as black. No problem, right, if race is just a construct? You do you.
Fuck no! No, no, no, no, no. According to Mehta, Dolezal is a liar and he has no idea, no idea, what "identifying as Black" even would look like. LOL. He's mystified by it. What's going on with this, and why it infuriates the wokists so much, is that blackness is oppressed identity #1, and it is unacceptable to deconstruct it in any way whatsoever. Black is completely off-limits. Further, since it is oppressed identity #1, that anyone would willingly identify as black and assume that highly oppressed burden puts a big fat fly in the woke ointment. Wokists will predictably strike out at the idea of transracialism/transethnicity with ferocity like a rabid dog. To them, race is socially constructed and set in concrete. It's a contradiction, and don't even try to figure it out, bigot.
Sex and gender are interesting and peculiar in a wokist framework, too. Sex is immutable. One is either a sperm or an egg, not both, and you got no third option, and you can do fuck-all to change any of it. Realizing this, wokists switched to gender, which they will tell you is the social construction of sex. You're sex is male, and society expects you to play with GI Joes and dump trucks and wear pants and ties and be tough and not cry, and that is gender. So obviously, if that is gender, I can play with that and toy around with it. I'm born male, but I can wear a dress and makeup and prance around like a woman might if I want to. Nothing is stopping me. Further, I can dose myself with estrogen, grow out some tits and have my cock chopped off, and so forth, and go to extraordinary lengths to look like a someone's idea of what a women is supposed to look like. Still can't change my sex, though, only my gender presentation. Wokeists conflate sex and gender here, do a bait and switch and pretend, as Mehta does, that none of this is a choice, a direct contradiction in terms. If gender is socially constructed, one can choose to deconstruct it and reconstruct it as he or she or it wants. Doesn't really matter, and no one cares. Why do you think Mehta is so desperate to flip these terms? Sex is obviously not a choice. One can't choose his or her sex. Why does Mehta flip these terms to make gender the non-constructed thing? This bait-and-switch is what the transgender activists always do, and if you are aware of it, it is impossible to miss. It just keeps looping in on itself until you end up with some magical gender-soul essence that is both inside and outside of the material world. Again, contradictory, and don't you look to hard at it, bigot.
Dolezal does, absolutely, claim to be a black woman. Mehta calls her a liar. Okay, well obviously, but only if blackness is fixed. Only if there are definite differences, biological differences, that Dolezal can't claim because she physically can't. Dolezal has not backed down. She claims she is black. Who am I go gainsay it? Mehta has no issue doing it, though.
And so Dawkins is absolutely right, and it pisses them off to no end. If I woke up tomorrow, claimed to be a woman, changed my pronouns to she/her, wokists would indulge my newfound gender, and anyone who didn't would be vilified as bigots. Mehta would call me a woman even as I teabagged him with my huge set of testicles. LOL. But that's the level of regression and reality-denial we're dealing with here.
It is a religion, flat out. More on that soon, but for now, just read this actual statement from the American Humanist Association. Notice how this could just as easyly have come from the Onion (when it was funny) or the Babylon Bee. Wokenism is so fucking silly, it completely proves Poe's Law, that without a sufficient indicator (like a winking emoji) it is impossible to tell a satire of extremism from the real thing:
Regrettably, Richard Dawkins has over the past several years accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values. His latest statement implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient. His subsequent attempts at clarification are inadequate and convey neither sensitivity nor sincerity [Jason's Note: LOL!]
Consequently, the AHA Board has concluded that Richard Dawkins is no longer deserving of being honored by the AHA, and has voted to withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award.
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