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Open Letter to Scott Adams: #SummerOfLove Will Never Work

Two people hold an American Flag upside down, which reads, "Abolish Amerikkka" during an anti-Trump rally at the Diag on the University of Michigan's campus on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (Matt Weigand/The Ann Arbor News via AP)

Dear Scott,

Coffee with you in the morning is the best part of my day. It all started with your election blogging and that led to Periscoping and now I just can’t quit you and your damned delicious simultaneous sipping. Sometimes I wonder if you’ve hypnotized me and that’s why whenever my Periscope bloop goes off I stop what I’m doing, mouth watering for coffee like Pavlov’s dog, to listen, enraptured by soothing Scott tones. Almost everything you say is brilliant. I admit I don’t understand reality; there are definitely two movies, the Golden Age is coming, and talking to everyone is a solid policy. Brilliance. Almost every time. 

What’s the deal with #SummerOfLove?

I get the idea: be kind, accept apologies, be above the terrible behavior of the left. I understand why that looks like a good idea. But it will not work. The people you are suggesting we try this on are rabid to the point of inflicting violence on others who simply don’t agree on which political candidate to support. They openly cheer the punching of a person just speaking on the street (not hurting anyone) because some of them deemed him a “Nazi.” The people who did not punch him retweeted the video, gleefully exclaiming that this is a wonderful idea and it should be done to all “Nazis” (read Trump supporters). People who wear MAGA hats are taking a risk that they will be on the ground and bloodied because one of these lunatics thinks he’s punching a “Nazi.” It’s unhinged.

I know why you are suggesting love. It’s a grand wish. But like David Solway noted in his excellent essay this week, “there is no compromising with an enemy for whom compromise is not in its arsenal. The lure of reconciliation is a mirage in the cultural desert. Gradually healing what is irremediably broken is pure wish-fulfilment.”

I know you don’t believe in going back very far to talk about people’s behavior. That’s fair. People change. So let’s keep these examples recent, say from the 2016 election forward. The people we are complaining about, who are treated as betters and are given awards instead of censure for bad behavior, will only get worse if we extend the hand of friendship. They see it as weakness. We get fired, they get awarded.

What we have here is one class of people who have all the rights and privileges of being “good-thinkers” and another class of deplorables who have very few rights and privileges for being bad-thinkers. The bad-thinkers can be fired, slandered, defamed and rendered unhireable within hours. The good-thinkers can never be fired for saying similar if not exactly the same things. Bad-thinkers cannot apologize and have it accepted. They are never forgiven. Good-thinkers may apologize, even half-heartedly or even take it back, and all is forgotten. They keep their lives fully intact. How do bad-thinkers persuade the never-forgivers? Would anyone follow the lead of people whom they deem to be worthless?

An example of this occurred just this week when Twitter personality Amy Mek was the subject of a bizarre investigation by the Huffington Post. Their reporter, Luke O’Brien, decided he didn’t like Amy’s Twitter feed. It was mean-spirited and had all the bad-thinking memes, including some he felt were “Islamophobic” (because it’s unreasonable for anyone to fear a religion that inspires some of its followers to lop off people’s heads in the always-correct opinions of the good-thinkers). For this crime, Mek’s family was investigated, her identity published, and her husband fired from his job even though he is not political at all and has no online presence. The good-thinking reporter at the Huffington Post did this by relentlessly hounding the husband’s employer about why they would employ such a doubleplusungood member of the bad-think camp. It made no difference whether or not the husband shared his wife’s views. She was deemed bad and as such everyone around her was green-lighted for destruction.

This family is now in chaos. The allegations made against Mek were unsubstantiated hearsay that she had given “dirty looks” to brown people in a deli somewhere once. The good-thinking reporter dug up unnamed “friends” to tell stories about Mek’s bathroom habits. It was also alleged that Mek had a friend who went to prison. This is all it took for her life to be exploded by the good-thinkers in the name of all that is right and just in their movie. Mek is not the spokesperson for any bad-think organization or community. She’s just someone online who wanted to be anonymous and talk about her bad-think views. The good-thinkers are celebrating this epic takedown right now on Twitter. They believe they have slain a dragon and they are proud of their skill and cunning. Amy Mek isn’t allowed to live her life anymore and her husband isn’t allowed to be employed anymore because she had bad-think on Twitter.

Is there any scenario where you think Mek could apologize for offending good-thinkers and they would accept it and request her husband’s job back?

These are not people who will follow your lead of love. They don’t care that you are a reasonable person. You are a bad-thinker. Remember your run-in with the “demons from Hell” on Twitter? They will not be persuaded by your reasonableness. Yes, we can be nicer, but we should not accept unequal treatment. There’s nothing wrong with insisting (nicely) that the rules be applied equally, whatever those rules are. We prefer no rules on speech and for apologies to mean something. But at this moment there are speech rules for some but not for others. Apologies for some but not for others. It seems what you are saying is we should accept that.

I refuse to do it. My livelihood and those of my friends depend on it.

The good-thinkers don’t want to agree to disagree. They want to purge the bad-thinkers—horror movie-style (some wearing masks and wielding weapons)—and they’re doing it right in front of us. When was the last time a good-thinker was chased off a university campus by masked men with baseball bats? I’m not sure it’s ever happened. But if Milo or Ann Coulter tries to speak somewhere, the good-thinkers come out to literally burn the place to the ground. Why do so many bad-thinkers still believe it will all be okay if we don’t defend ourselves and instead keep playing the part of helpless hunted prey on the run?

We didn’t win. President Trump did. We are still suffering the anger of the good-thinkers who got bad news on election night. The president is not really touched by it, but we are. The good-thinkers have total control over the media, entertainment, social media and technology, schools and universities. Instead of shaking hands and vowing to try again, they are systematically wiping us out, deplatforming us, getting us fired, stalking and harassing and hospitalizing us and even getting our TV shows cancelled—and our champion, the president, hasn’t defended us or put a stop to it (maybe because he’s dealing with North Korea). We are on our own.

Family members no longer speak to many of us. Friends we’ve had since childhood have publicly belittled and abandoned some of us. We’ve been hoping for a truce but no truce is coming. The good-thinkers are emboldened to go after even more bad-thinkers because they’ve faced no consequences for their savage, uncivil tactics. Just recently author Larry Correia was disinvited from a panel at a science fiction convention because he is a bad-thinker. No one had any concrete reasons for this, but he can’t be allowed to speak anymore at conventions because good-thinkers are uncomfortable and that’s enough. Jon Del Arroz, another bad-thinking author, was banned from even attending WorldCon for vague allegations as well. He was also denied entry into Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). These are real people suffering real professional and personal losses.

Roseanne will be fine. She’s a millionaire. But Del Arroz is a young, struggling author with a wife and children to support, one with serious medical issues. He is being shut out of his profession for his bad-think and has suffered doxing and harassment in his home. Will Calligan, a wounded veteran, was fired for putting bad-think on Facebook. He struggled to put groceries on the table before he was fired. I hate to think what his life is like now that he’s been put on the bad-think blacklist. There are too many examples of real people hurt by the good-thinkers to include here but I’d love to sit down and tell you about the people who have come to me, life in tatters, because they said something bad in the land of the free.

Your suggestion that we all just embrace the #SummerOfLove is easy for you to say because you have made it. You’re at the top of your career and whatever the good-thinkers do to you won’t make too much difference. But there are a whole lot of us out here who can be literally destroyed in a matter of hours and no amount of loving gestures on our part will save us. Our apologies don’t matter. What about the little people down here, the ones who are genuinely worried that letting our bad-think out may cost us everything?

How does #SummerOfLove work for us, exactly?


A Bad-Thinker