The Dangers of Narratives

I love stories.  I love fantasy.  I love fiction.  I spend a a lot of time consuming, analyzing and even writing my own narratives.  Narratives are important to me, and given their prevalence in cultures across the globe, to humanity as well.  We love our stories.  But narratives are just what I described, they are fantasy and fiction.  It’s not uncommon for a narrative to be created out of real events or out of a real person’s life and deeds, but there is no story guiding those events or people.  These narrative subjects are the result of human agency and natural phenomena.  This is to say that narratives do not exist in reality, certainly not as concrete entities, and therefore trying to use a narrative to justify your ideology and behavior, particularly reprehensible behavior, is nothing short of lunacy.

This is of course one my main problem with Progressives.  They have a narrative backing to their ideology and by God do they stick to it.  The Progressive Narrative however doesn’t actually exist and it’s a problem because it colors the way these people see the world, and by extension how they interact with the world.  For example, blaming everything on white men.  There are so many problems with this assertion, one which is central to the Progressive Narrative and something they repeat with the mindless dogmatic fanaticism that ought to be reserved for fictional characters trying to play a trope, that I hardly know where to begin.  But if I had to start somewhere it’s that there is no such thing as “the white man.”  Yes there are men who have white skin and there is a “white” Caucasian skull type, one of four major skull types discussed in forensics.  But it doesn’t matter because as soon as you make a claim about white men I can and will point to numerous exceptions to the rule you’ve proposed.

For example, “white men are awful because the Transatlantic slave trade.”  Sure there were some awful white men involved in that.  But what about the Balkan Slavs?  Do they count?  Because they didn’t have great imperialist empires or much, if any, stake in the slave trade.  Should they still be thrown under the bus for it?  What about the white men who ended the slave trade in various European nations, do they count as bad white men too?  Because it seems like they fixed the problem and thus should be praised for doing so rather than being accused of being just as bad as the slavers.  What about white slaves, are they evil white men?  Slavery as an institution predates the Transatlantic slave trade by thousands of years and many white men were traded as slaves by various powerful countries, some of them white and some of them Muslim.  In fact the word slave comes from Slav, because at one point so many Slavs were being taken as slaves by the powers that be.  Not to mention that no one alive today was involved in the slave trade, why should I feel guilty about what one of my ancestors did hundreds of years ago and what do I owe you for what they did?  Nothing cause I ain’t guilty.

Moreover why are white men specifically the bad guys for the transatlantic slave trade.  I once took a West African history course from a nice liberal college campus in California.  The main thrust of that course was showing African agency, proving that Africans weren’t just victims to the white man, but people who could fight or take part in the slave trade and Imperialism as they saw fit.  Which is of course one of the dark ironies of history so often overlooked because of the Progressive Narrative.  Africans were enslaving other Africans and selling them to Europeans for their own personal gain.  Likewise Africans had sold other Africans to Islamic kingdoms for centuries before the Transatlantic slave trade, much like how various white cultures enslaved other white people.  Peoples of all nearly all races and cultures have been enslaving each other since the dawn of civilization.  This is not a white man problem, this is a human problem.  And luckily for us today, it’s a problem that has been fixed to a significant degree, because slavery is no longer recognized as an acceptable institution in most of the world.  And white men, the source of all evils or so the Progressive Narrative would have you believe, were one of the key players in fixing the problem and keeping it from coming back into style in modern times.  Don’t believe me?  Well I encourage you to look to Libya, a country where fucking open air slave markets have resurfaced since the fall of Gadaffi.  If not for decades of Western, Christian -white- hegemony in the world, we could have regressed back into the days of slave trading.  But please, tell me again how white men are the problem.

I did not say any of the things I just said because I’m a white supremacist, a racist, an Islamophobe or a Christian.  I am none of those things, though I was raised Christian and while I am not among the faithful I still hold the teachings on morality I learned growing up in very high regard.  I said what I said because those were the facts.  Facts which have been ignored and omitted in the name of pushing a narrative, which is by its very nature a fabrication.  Even when the Progressive Narrative means well it so grossly oversimplifies so many issues and refuses to reconcile facts which call it into question that it does more harm than good.  For example, “America is a deeply racist nation.”  No.  It. Fucking. ISN’T.  Are there racists in America today?  Sure.  Does America have a bad track record with racism in the past?  Sure.  Does that make America a racist country?  No.  In fact you need look no farther than last year’s President, a black man in the nation’s highest office.  For a racist country that’s all about keeping blacks down we’re doing an abysmally poor job aren’t we?  Or maybe America has progressed in the decades following the civil rights movement and we are no longer a deeply racist nation.  Yes pockets of deep racism exist but they don’t represent the larger group.

Wait a minute where have I seen that argument before?  Oh yea that’s what Progressives say whenever Islam is under attack, that the small radical minority isn’t representative of most Muslims.  Funny how racists in America aren’t given the same treatment.  Especially when one considers how much more consistently violent Islamic fundamentalists are and have been for over a thousand years.  Islam became prominent when the Arabs exploded out of Arabia and conquered huge swathes of former Persian territory, made inroads into India, rampaged across North Africa and warred with Christians in Spain.  However the Islamic cycle of conflict persisted well after the Arabs fell, their successors the Ottomans continued an Islamic campaign of violence which savaged eastern Europe for centuries before the Ottoman Empire weakened and eventually crumbled after WWI.  But even throwing the past out the window, Muslim violence in Europe is a consistent problem.  In America the Left likes to make it a point that a white man is more likely to kill you than a terrorist, which is true because white men are a majority population here and terror attacks are mercifully few.  Terror attacks over in Europe however are far more frequent, as the UK reeling from a concert bombing that happened last night can attest.

Some police sources indicate that British police are making terror related arrests on an almost daily basis despite past evidence showing that the police were reluctant to arrest certifiably guilty Muslims for fear of looking racist.  France has suffered multiple major terror attacks and countries all over Europe report skyrocketing rapes and sexual assaults, crimes which are being committed at a disproportionately high rate by Muslim immigrants and refugees.  Not that most of you would know that, because the media does a terrible job reporting it.  Why do they suck at reporting it?  Because it goes against the narrative, and that narrative is so central to the Left’s ideology that the media, of which 10% or less leans right wing, would rather report on how many scoops of ice cream Donald Trump eats at dinner than the fact that Muslim migrants have a disproportionately high tendency to be violent and rapey.

This is one of the reasons the Progressive Narrative is down right dangerous.  Progressives will allow other people to suffer the consequences of progressive policies and ideas and make no effort to address those consequences so that they can continue to push their narrative.  Another reason the narrative is dangerous can be found in the behavior of SJWs and Antifa.  Because Progressives paint their narrative’s villains, white people and more specifically white men, as so thoroughly evil, Progressive feel justified despite their demonstrably vile behavior.  By blaming white men for everything, progressive are literally being racist and sexist, despite the fact they claim to fight those things.  Of greater concern though is Antifa and other militant SJWs.  These people are violent and they suppress other people’s rights.  By law they ought to be deemed terrorists.  They destroy property, hit people on the head with bike locks, squash the free speech of others and somehow think they are still in the right and above reproach for this.  I saw a letter once, take it with a grain of salt because it’s just an internet photo, but I think it’s genuine, where an Antifa member was bitching at /pol/ the 4chan board which exposed some of them.

In the letter the Antifa member talked about how hundreds of Antifa members were going to prison, something which didn’t happen before this point.  The writer whines about how it isn’t fair because they are the good guys and they’re fighting the Nazis.  I admit that sounds so ridiculous it almost has to be fake, but we live in a time where liberals call everyone they dislike Nazis, racists, sexists etc. and will even go so far as to say thinks like milk, PB&J sandwiches and the fucking “ok” hand sign are racist… WTF?  What the actual fuck?  How does this even happen?  Oh right people get so invested in a narrative that they will do anything and everything they can to justify it, no matter how far into criminal behavior they fall or how far beyond the bounds of sanity they roam.  They will go to absurd extremes because they believe in a narrative, and believe it so strongly they make flagellants look like reasonable human beings by comparison.

To conclude, narratives and especially the Progressive Narrative are fiction.  They aren’t real.  Believing they are real is stupid and insane, and taking violent action based on them makes you a rabid pawn.  Stop it.  Any cause would be better served by looking at the facts, and striving to keep the cause a civil one.  Violence and slander will not help you, especially not when you’re so lost you take fiction for truth and shy away from anything and everything which challenges that fiction.  We can all do better than that and we should all be better than that.  Be a moral person before being an activist.  Be a critical thinker before being a zealot.  Talk to those who disagree with you like they are your equals and have wisdom of their own before you label them as beneath you and attack them in the streets.  Do. Not. Become. Devoured. By. Your. Own. Narrative.  It’s not but fantasy after all.

 

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Fuck the Far Left

You know, a year and half ago I tried to be reasonable.  I tired to say that progressive goals were all well and good but the most extreme elements of the Left were going too far and needed to tone it down and properly understand their own messages about tolerance.  However the Left has only gotten much much worse.  Somehow.  The violence, the hatred, the bigotry and the abuses of the Left have gotten increasingly worse ever since Trump became the Republican candidate for President.  Things haven’t gotten better after he won of course, if anything the Left has become more and more extreme.  Thank the powers that be that Republicans have taken control of the majority and made major advances in state government control across the country.  I don’t say that because I’m a Republican myself by the way.  I don’t concern myself overly much with state politics in other states because I live in quasi-one party blue state called California, and barring the wonderful weather and terrain variety it sucks out here.  Just ask the decades long list of business who said “fuck it” and left.

Normally my main complaint with the Left is that it has no fucking idea how to handle money.  California is great example, lots of spending, tons of debt and some cities going bankrupt.  Yet for some reason we’re building high speed rail no one will use at the cost of billions of dollars even though our constantly used roads are falling apart.  Shouldn’t we focus on those instead?  Oh right we have to raise more taxes for that because the Left’s idea of government is to take as much money as it needs from taxpayers without a second thought and not bothering to prioritize the spending on necessaries first and sanctuary cities and high speed rail second.  Now however I’m reminded of a passage I read somewhere that said something to the effect of you can never give the righteous too much power or you’ll end up with witch hunts.  And if the Left’s current behavior is anything to by I’d half expect it to actually happen.

The Left has forsaken intelligent discourse, basic human reason, and with surprising frequency, democracy itself.  Violent protests all over the nation after Trump wins.  Violent protests when conservative speakers come to speak on college campuses.  Teachers who show up at Antifa rallies and hit people.  Teachers decrying Trump as worse than Hitler.  People who call everyone who disagrees with them facists and Nazis, white supremacists and misogynists.  People who feel not only ok but justified as they spew slander and lies from their mouths and violence with their fists, or in some cases bikelocks.  The Left has gone fucking insane.  So insane that moderates, even left leaning ones are disgusted by their party.  The Left seems to think righteous indignation and “being morally right” are justification for awful behavior.  Have they never heard of crossing a fucking line?  Of going too far in the name of a good cause to be considered just?  I guess not.

Not only that, they stifle free speech and dissent, with harassment and violence, and are somehow proud of it.  They cry “victory” when they get so violent they force speakers to cancel events and flee the scene.  They beat and in a few extreme cases torture people who disagree with them without batting a fucking eye.  And all the while they claim we, those who disagree with them, are the dangerous ones.  They brand us with all manner of insulting names, say we harass women and minorities, say we are oppressive and violent.  I find all that especially ridiculous considering the following facts:

  1. They are being incredibly violent and harassing the shit out of anyone who disagrees with them, despite claiming that behavior is bad.
  2. For a “white supremacist” country we just had 8 eight years of a Black President.
  3. For a country with such deeply ingrained oppression that they described it with words like “systemic” and “internalized” these people, who claim to be the targets of said oppression, have demonstrated constantly their freedom in protesting and speaking out against this oppression.
  4. They suppress freedom of speech with violence and somehow call us the fascists.

Moreover let it be known that the Left had been repeatedly documented lying it’s ass off to prove how violent the Right is or how we harass Muslims.  Viral story about Muslim woman who claimed she was harassed just after Trump won the election, admitted it was a lie.  Viral video of “illegal immigrant” paying taxes, closer inspection shows she claimed to be paying state taxes but was holding a federal tax form, which was blank, and she was driving a car meaning she legally had to have some documentation.  Antifa protester telling her account of she was attacked and repeatedly thrown to the ground by her attacker, footage shows that she attacked him first and he hit back once, and no one ever threw her to the ground.  Hysterical.  That’s the best word to describe the Left these days.

They speak in extremes, caricature all who disagree as baskets of deplorable, react violently to the free speech of others, lie through their teeth to justify themselves and create problems where none exist, or at least exacerbate existing problems to a far greater degree than they existed before.  And they think they’re right to do it because they are fighting for progress and moral superiority.  I’d call them children, like how the University of Michigan ( I think) held a Play-doh and Coloring Books day after Trump’s election to relieve the stress of the all students, but children at least have the dignity to shut up when they’re proven demonstrably wrong and are less likely to turn into rabid mobs.

And it’s not just lunatics and radicals playing into this either.  Months ago Bernie Sanders let out this tweet about uniting to resist Trump and how the Right will never divide us.  But here’s the thing, who’s doing the dividing? Democrats benefit far more from a narrative where division and oppression run rampant, and they have been humping identity politics so vigorously they came and lost control of it.  And just yesterday a Berkeley student went out on Facebook and commented that shutting down Ann Coulter, prior to that being rescinded, was a victory.  That a campus choosing safety over freedom of speech was a step forward.  How un-American.  Not like unpatriotic, but like way to fly in the face of the very values and laws this nation was built on.  If you want speech censored for your own safety why not go to China or North Korea instead, they’ve got plenty of that going on.

The worst part of it all, Berkeley wouldn’t be unsafe in the first place if these rioting college students and professors just respected everyone’s First Amendment in the first fucking place.  There would be no violence at Berkeley over a conservative speaker if not for the Left, yet a liberal somehow thinks we have to be “safety first” and cancel the speaker.  Right, by that logic I think safety first would be the mass slaughter of all dissidents, which given the current Republican administration would mean all the SJWs, Antifas and radical Left protesters would be killed.  Good thing Republicans follow the rules of democracy and allow your awful, retarded protests.  But we’re still the Nazi’s here right?

I’d say the Left needs to get a hold of themselves but the sane ones are already leaving and are either becoming Republican or forming their own faction, and if the far Left continues it’s currently behavior it will eventually collapse entirely.  And I’d love to see that, I’d love to see these entitled, hypocritical, violent pieces of shit get what’s coming to them.  Because that’s what they deserve.

While I’m at it I’d just like to say that the Left’s Islam apologia is disgusting.  I’m not an Islamaphobe, I don’t hate people for being Muslims.  But we need to call Muslims out when their behavior isn’t ok.  When Muslims throw gays off of buildings or create gay concentration camps don’t try to justify it by saying “uh well America did X…”  Because really that logic is retarded.  We don’t justify evils by comparing them to other evils, that’s how we are supposed to condemn them.  Before Nazi was overused to the point of actual irrelevance, when you compared something to Nazis it was bad thing, you didn’t say well the Khmer Rouge’s ethnic cleansing was ok because Nazis did the same thing…  Are you people fucking insane?  I mean I guess I already said that you are but come on.  Can you not champion tolerance of good Muslims while also decrying the bad Muslims?  You just have to defend the whole package no matter how many beheadings, rapes, terror attacks, and so the bad Muslims are responsible for.  Are you so blinded by tolerance that you can’t recognize that Islam is the most violent religion in the world.

Because it is.  Sharia law is backwards and barbaric.  Muslims are the main source of terrorism in the world today.  There is no other religion which has birthed so many prominent terrorist groups over multiple geographical regions.  ISIS, Al Quaida, Hezzbollah, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood, the list goes on and on.  “But the crusades were just as bad” you sputter rising to Muslims’ defense.  Even if you were right, and your not, the Crusades ended centuries ago, it’s like blaming all evil on white people because of slavery… oh wait you guys do that too, shit bad example.  However what you should know is that the Middle East has been embroiled in jihad for roughly 1000 years, resulting in hundreds of major battles launched against Western civilization, none of which is counting the terror attacks of last century.  Those damnable Crusades had about 10 major battles and lasted roughly 400 years…

It’s not even an opinion that Islam is more violent than Christianity, it’s a historically calculable objective fact.  Which the Left bravely denies because white people have to be the source of all evil in the liberal narrative, no not even white people, cis white men specifically.  Because why not discriminate against an entire class of people while proclaiming tolerance and equality for all?  That doesn’t sound horribly hypocritical and ironic at all ( that was SARCASM).  The Left is worse than a collection of spoiled children.  Their collective idiocy, hysteria, lies, fear-mongering, hypocrisy, intolerance, racism, sexism and violence, all while claiming they do what they do in the name of tolerance, is pathetic and I can’t wait for the far Left to just fucking die.  I can’t wait for the day when everyone wakes and calls them out on their bullshit, or if current behavior is any indication the day the Left pisses off enough people that it gets overwhelmed by the violence it has perpetuated for the last year.  The far Left deserves nothing less than total loss of legitimacy.  Fuck’em.