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Ed Driscoll

Soft Pink Eloi on the Outside, Ravenous Morlocks in their Hearts

May 24th, 2014 - 11:04 am

Get in their face and punch back twice as hard, a legendary community organizer demanded of his constituents, before becoming America’s most passive chief effective, feigning discovery of scandal after scandal only after being informed by the media.

Back in April, Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang punched back twice as hard at one of the latest cliches the left uses to avoid having argument — “Check your privilege,” a disguised form of racism, as the privilege implied is based on skin color.  As Kurt Schlichter wrote a couple of weeks ago in his epic deconstruction of the phrase at Townhall.com:

Their poisonous notion of privilege is really just another way for liberals to pick winners and losers based not upon who has won or lost in the real world, but upon who is useful and not useful to the progressive project at any given moment.

This is why you see young people descended from Holocaust survivors tagged as bearers of “privilege” when their tattooed, emaciated grand-parents landed here with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Others who grew up in luxury get to bear the label of “unprivileged” because ten generations ago some relative came from a particular continent.

It’s idiocy. It’s immoral. We need to say so. For too long we’ve put up with this silliness.

This past week at National Review Online, James Lileks deconstructed another recent tyrannical cliche from the left, “Not All Men”:

What’s so bad about it? the author asks, and explains:

When a man (though, of course, not all men) butts into a conversation about a feminist issue to remind the speaker that “not all men” do something, they derail what could be a productive conversation. Instead of contributing to the dialogue, they become the center of it, excluding themselves from any responsibility or blame.

Who says he’s “butting in”? Couldn’t this be a response offered calmly after a broad mischaracterization? If someone says “all blacks are” or “all Asians are” and the person who demurs happens to be black or Asian, have they derailed a conversation, or offered a counterpoint? Since when does disagreement mean you aren’t contributing to the conversation? Are only positive reinforcements contributions? If speaking up to correct what one perceives to be an erroneous statement makes one the center of the dialogue, then pointing out that the sun does not revolve around Saturn makes one the center of the solar system.

Read the whole thing. Of course, this is the same left who, in-between listening to “gangsta (sp) rap” and watching a Quentin Tarantino film festival and thus being exposed to repeated casual usage of the N-word (and numerous other words that until the rise of the new left couldn’t be said on TV), want trigger warnings on their academic literature, as Jonah Goldberg, the author of The Tyranny of Cliches, recently noted:

The New York Times reports that activists want many classics to have trigger warnings in effect printed on them like health advisories on cigarette packages. The Merchant of Venice, for instance, would need the label “contains anti-Semitism.” Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway would need a warning that it discusses suicide. Oberlin’s memo advised faculty that Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart may “trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more.”

As a victim of “and more,” I can sympathize. But this way leads to madness.

And what a strange madness it is. We live in a culture in which it is considered bigotry to question whether women should join combat units — but it is also apparently outrageous to subject women of the same age to realistic books and films about war without a warning? Even questioning the ubiquity of degrading porn, never mind labeling music or video games, is denounced as Comstockery, but labeling The Iliad makes sense?

I do wish these people would make up their mind. Alas, that’s hard to do when you’ve lost it.

A pair of recent Afterburner videos by PJM’s own Bill Whittle also explores the strange schizophrenia of today’s leftists. Last fall, Bill made a spot-on comparison of Miley Cyrus’s MTV Awards sex-obsessed freakout with the depraved culture of the Weimar Republic, and what happens next. In his latest Afterburner, Bill compares today’s college students and their “Trigger Warning” obsessions with the passive, and doomed, Eloi from H.G. Wells’ The Time Traveler.

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The pajama boy sure is quick to use his white privilege!
26 weeks ago
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Mr. Driscoll gives the Snowflake Left far too much credit. They like to pretend that they're ravenous Morlocks, ruthless amoral predators...so long as they believe there's no payback. Convince them otherwise, and they'll break their necks slipping in their own excrement trying to get away.
26 weeks ago
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Can someone explain why you US types use the term "liberal" to describe totalitarian sociopaths?

It looks a lot like the first act of said totalitarian sociopaths was to steal the language.
26 weeks ago
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Randian paradox of Conscience Evil - are they like James Taggert or Ellsworth Toohey.
24 weeks ago
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25 weeks ago
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I grew up on a farm. This more reminds me of a flock of chickens which will occasionally start picking on a member of the flock. In a day or two, the recipient is denuded of feathers and dead within a day or two afterward. There's no apparent reason for this behavior; they're all chickens who were raised together in the same coop.
25 weeks ago
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Good observation in the comments that leftists are only ruthless to those who they don't think can fight back, but if they are ever really pushed back against personally, they will fold quickly. This is similar to the truth that leftists are very generous with other peoples money, but never with their own. On the comment on the perversion of the word liberal, and that supposed liberals are not really that liberal, I agree. That is why I use the word leftist, since its meaning has always been clear. And I have noticed that when I call a leftist a leftist, they get really indignant, because the truth upsets them.
25 weeks ago
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We all know that it’s about control, so why do we pay so much attention to leftist pucks? Answer: they occupy conservative writers who might otherwise be looking into how lefties get inside LIV heads and make them vote for people who do not have their best interests at heart. The low in LIV is very low indeed and they are unlikely to pick up on or be particularly interested in the public arguments between conservatives and lefties. For this reason Lefties concentrate most of their efforts around election time on propaganda—the dirtier the better—because they know that this is the easiest, most cost effective way to get inside LIV heads. And until conservative nominees and their ‘campaign consultants’ get this we will all suffer the consequences of unmitigated disasters like Obama.
25 weeks ago
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Yes, leftists cant govern, or do anything else useful. But they are very good at successfully lying enough to win elections, which is what makes them a threat.
25 weeks ago
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Almost skipped this article when I gazed on the countenance of Pajama Boy. Then I saw the author was Driscoll. So I read and enjoyed the article. I am hoping, Ed, that an editor slipped that photo in to accompany the article, and you didn't do it on purpose (though it was apropos). I'm tired of him and his many months of fame; he has ruined my love of hot chocolate, too.
26 weeks ago
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Pajama Boy won every argument but one? Who'd he argue with, dead people?
No, wait, dead people voted for his guy, so he had no argument with them.
26 weeks ago
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Every Ethan Krupp is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off like a Peter Roger. I can easily see Krupp stabbing his three roommates, running over four people and shooting two of them before taking his own life.
26 weeks ago
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As an Israeli, I find it beyond comprehension that anybody would find the exact words in a textbook so horrible they will be damaged for life if they read them. Are Americans really this delicate and pathetic? Not the ones I've met. They were usually fine folks. Who *are* these people? I find it hard to decide if it's worse if they really are like that or if they merely pretend to be so.
26 weeks ago
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And once the totalitarians gain enough power, the opposition ends up in camps and in the ground. Estimates are that the enlightened socialists have killed somewhere between 100 and 200 million people whilst subjecting hundreds of millions more to lives of misery. That's why they are desperate to take away guns in the US.
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