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April 5th, 2014 - 8:16 am

Much of the shock following the removal of Brendan Eich from the position of Mozilla CEO came from the realization that, in a manner of speaking, America was now at war. True it’s a culture war, not a physical conflict. But if you were waiting for the moment when the Cold Civil War actually begins, this might be it.

Not that anyone should have been taken aback. After all, Larry Summers was sacked as president of Harvard following his criticism of Cornell West’s rap album and as a result of a 2005 speech in which he suggested that the under-representation of women in science and engineering could be due to a “different availability of aptitude at the high end”.

Mark Steyn, National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute are being sued for defamation by Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann for criticizing the theory of Global Warming.  The Gannet newspapers declared open season on gun-owners by publishing a map showing the names and addresses of registered New York gun owners, as a kind of dinner bell for burglars. “Come and rob … me”.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal points out that a similar database was used to ferret out Eich. “Eich’s support for Proposition 8 became public knowledge because of a California law requiring disclosure of personal information–name, address, occupation and employer’s name — of anybody who gives $100 or more to a campaign for or against a ballot initiative. The secretary of state’s office is required to post this information online, and, as HotAir.com’s “AllahPundit” notes, the Los Angeles Times made it available on its site as an easily searchable database.”

To continue: in 2012, “American fast-food chain Chick-fil-A was the focus of controversy following a series of public comments made in June 2012 by chief operating officer Dan Cathy opposing same-sex marriage”. For those who still remember it (along with the forgotten episode of the Benghazi consulate), the 2013 IRS scandal was all about investigating people who held the wrong political views.

It might be mentioned, though it hardly seems relevant, that Proposition 8 actually won by 52.24% to 47.76. Irrelevant because unacceptable, as James Surowiecki of the New Yorker explains:

The obvious point to make about Eich’s resignation is that it shows how much a part of the mainstream that support for gay rights has become, particularly in the technology world. Eich’s problem wasn’t that he took a political stance: Amazon.com’s C.E.O., Jeff Bezos, has weighed in on gay marriage, too, by donating more than $2.5 million in support of it. The problem was that Eich’s stance was unacceptable in Silicon Valley, a region of the business world where social liberalism is close to a universal ideology. At this point, a tech company having a C.E.O. who opposes gay marriage is not all that different from a company in 1973 having a C.E.O. who donated money to fight interracial marriage: even if there were plenty of Americans who felt the same way at the time, the C.E.O. would still have been on the wrong side of history. And since the role of a C.E.O. as a public face of an organization is more important than ever these days, Eich’s personal views were inevitably going to shape his ability to run the company.

Yes, the culture war has been raging for a long time, except people didn’t notice it because it seemed to take place on the edges or in fringe settings. All the Eich affair did was make it obvious.

Ironically many people, even in the homosexual community, don’t want this culture war and are dismayed by the Eich witchunt. They don’t want it not only because … but I’ll get to that in a moment … especially since the Eich affair is not about gay marriage, except incidentally, any more than the Summers affair was about racism or feminism; or that Steyn’s suit has anything to do with warmism or denialism or the gunowners map was about school safety; or still less that the 2013 IRS persecution of Tea Party groups was to do with Citizen’s United.

The removal of Eich is about fascism.  It’s about one group of people forcing everyone else to bow to their hat on a pole; it s about book burning, compelling obeisance to, as Jame Surowiecki put it, “a universal ideology” in a manner so bald that even those who might gain politically in the short term from it are horrified by its crudity.

Perceptive gays understand now, if they hadn’t noticed before, that a whole mechanism now exists for persecuting people whose views are deemed unacceptable. Today it is directed against Eich; once it was directed against Summers; on other occasions it was employed against Clarence Thomas. But sooner or later, probably sooner, they understand it will be directed against them — or us — or someone.  And if it can get a corporate CEO who is widely regarded as the father of Javascript it can get pretty darned anyone.

Peter Burrows at Business Week quotes Joseph Grundfest, a law professor at Stanford University who says “this is a particularly fascinating situation, because it involves an illiberal reaction from a very liberal community.   It’s fair to say that this could have been handled differently and better.”  But Grundfest misses the point. It was the late Gerald Ford who really put his finger on the problem, which to paraphrase Ford, is that ‘any instrument of social coercion big enough to give you everything you want is an instrument big enough to take away everything that you have.’  Build the bonfire and you too can be torched at the stake. Or as Brian equivalently put it to Max in Cabaret: “do you think you can still control them?”

One person who doubts the fire is under control is Senator Rand Paul. He along with Eich, recently made a stir in the Bay Area in a speech at Berkeley arguing that all this time we’ve been building the apparatus that will soon be turned against us.  And by us, he means everyone, including gays.

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In 1990, here, the Gay Movement claimed they just wanted acceptance, tolerance, and respect.

They also vowed not to proselytize to the young and innocent.

Now the Gay Agenda is mandatory in our schools.

Hard to respect liars, whatever their cause.
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The supra-national Fascists are everywhere! On a recent flight, the guy sitting next to me was watching a Bollywood movie nominally about a love triangle -- in reality, arguing for the end of marriage in India. Live in childless sin in India; childless homosexual "marriages" in the West. The end result will be the same -- non-sustainable societies.

The sine-qua-non of any sustainable culture is a next generation. Which is why the Fascists are fighting against it everywhere. They are really fighting against children in order to destroy human society everywhere.

So, What's to be done? Let's start with the simple stuff: our own language.

"Gay" is a beautiful word with a proud history. It does not have anything to do with one man inserting his penis into another man's rectum. The word for that is "homosexual". Those people claim to be proud of their homosexuality. Great! We can all acknowledge their pride -- when they use the proper word, and give "gay" back.

Each of us as individuals can chose to use the words "gay" and "homosexual" in their proper meanings. Or we can go along with the Fascists, and their corruption of language leading to corruption of thought.
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It's not enough to note that there is a war. It is necessary to plan counter-attacks and to not be very nice about it.
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When I see spokespeople for GLAAD and their brethren on discussion panels, they do no good for their cause. They come off like screaming little toddlers throwing tantrums.
I say this as one of the "perceptive" gay people talked about in the article.
33 weeks ago
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the gay mafia does not want acceptance. They want a "warm embrace"
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Part of the problem is that too many people remain silent. It's difficult to take a minority position and defend it. I say minority, although it's hard to know, because of the silence, how many actually support same sex marriage. The notion that race and sexual orientation are the same is deeply embedded in everyone under 40. That's the result of years of propaganda in public schools and various media. My children in their 30s fell for the sentimental arguments and just think I'm a bigot. No amount of rational argument makes a dent. I don't see this improving any since the desire to rid the world of marriage as we have always understood it is no longer concealed.
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Where have you been? The war began some time ago. Best thing you can do at this point is hide yourself, and fight in the shadows... and try not to do anything stupid. You are one bad decision away from ending up in a concentration camp.
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"Where have you been? The war began some time ago."--subhumanmongrel

Good point. I remember how my libertarian acquaintances all got the heebie-jeebies when Pat Buchanan unashamedly accused the Left of waging a culture war at the 1992 Republican National convention. "How dare he say such a thing!" all the individualists shouted in unison, and together they marched off to the polls to elect bill clinton.
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Therein lies the problem. Most of us can think of ways to fight back against the storms that would engulf us, but doing so without prison or lawsuits is a bit tricky. When our opponents are so blazon in their attacks, it is hard to fight back with careful nuances that don't get us into trouble. It may be that the day is soon upon us when we do have to fight, even at the peril of prison and public disdain. I, for one, prefer to wait a bit longer and hope someone braver, or stupider, than I takes the lead.
33 weeks ago
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Just announced, MSFT co-founder Paul Allen has invested $40mm in a company named "Scytl".

Who is Scytl? Well, start here, a few months before the 2012 election:

http://usamericanfreedom.com/2012/04/06/update-michael-savage/

Could it be that easy?
33 weeks ago
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Nit, picked: "widely regarded" means that there is some room to quibble. There is no question that Brendan Eich is the father of Javascript. Might you have meant "widely respected?"
33 weeks ago
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Richards,
Great writing as usual, but you are fifty years too late and if this specific action surprises anyone they have not been paying attention.
Way back in the 60's when unelected judges were allowed to decided that school prayer was unconstitutional. Whether or not prayer in schools is or is not constitutional was not and is not relevant. Look, I was in the fourth and fifth grade when this happened and even then I understood there could be situations where school prayer might be objectionable. It isn't that difficult of a problem to resolve in local communities if people of good faith work with each other. What is relevant and predicative was the usurpations of local authority by the distant Federal Government. That usurpation has continued through RvW, school busing, expansion of the welfare state, Obamacare, NSA spying, and today we have multiple generations in our society that have never had to learn to live with and compromise with those that are different. That means today folks in some communities are so shocked that when someone disagrees about certain issues they try to excommunicate them from polite society. That is fascism, just as it was fascism to take prayer out of our schools.

The left has never wanted diversity except to the extent it can be a cover for breaking down established societal mores and guidelines. Once the desired change occurs there is not longer a need for the diversity fig leaf and this happens.
And let's be clear what this is. It is another attempt to completely remake society in the image of MAN's newly approved beliefs. Beliefs that are not based on human experience, but the last idea to emerge from the faculty lounge. At no point in human history has homosexual marriage been a societaly accepted alternative to hetrosexual marriage. Or rather at no point until yesterday, yet those on the left now believe and act as if dissent from this orthodoxy cannot be tolerated.
This stifling of free speech is anti Christian, anti republic, anti democratic. It must be opposed and it must be stopped.
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America is now, in 2014, in the beginnings of a cultural cold war? Where the hell have you been for the past 50 years? Because America has been in a cultural hot war for two generations. And traditional America lost, a long time ago. It's over and done.

The occasional shots you hear now are just the wounded being killed where they lie.
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I also agree that corporations should not make decision I do not approve of. I do not see the connection between fascism and a corporation making a decision about who should be their CEO. You people seemed to be confused about definitions.
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"The obvious point to make about Eich’s resignation is that it shows how much a part of the mainstream that support for gay rights has become, particularly in the technology world. "

I don't think it shows anything of the kind. Rather, I think it shows just how adept the Left has become at political intimidation, thanks in large part to those with their hands on the levers of power - not to mention the data - who are sympathetic to their cause.
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