Death to Islam! Why Islam needs a Reformation

Fuck Islam.  Islam is the worst religion on planet Earth no matter how many liberal apologists claim it’s a religion of peace or how Mohammad was the first feminist or environmental activist.  They are full of shit because Islam is, to a far greater degree than any other religion in the modern world, a religion of violence.

This goes beyond terrorism which admittedly is carried out by a small percentage of Muslims.  This is about cultural and religious attitudes that allow many Muslims to think it’s ok to behave like absolute monsters to non-Muslims, hell even to other Muslims that they disagree with.  Unlike Christianity, or Buddhism or Hinduism, Islam is a supremacist religion.  Many Muslims believe that because they are Muslims they are better than non-Muslims and that means it’s ok to be demonstrably evil and bestial when dealing with non-Muslims – though again the same kind of behavior is often applied to Muslims of other sects because Islam is a religion of conflict like no other.

Seriously can you think of a religion with as long and storied a history of violence as Islam?  Because I can’t.  What about the Crusades you say?  Yeah that was a series of wars covering a couple centuries, Muslims were constantly conquering peoples in North Africa, the Middle East, India, and multiple areas in Europe (Balkans and Spain) for roughly 1000 straight years.  Muslim expansion only stopped because the Turks, who were the last great standard bearer of Muslim expansion finally slowed down and weakened while Europe industrialized and started throwing it’s weight around.  And thank God they did because they went on to spread industrialization and Christian values around the globe and Christianity is an objectively better religion than Islam.

I say this as an atheist by the way, I’m not a fervent believer in Christ.  I do however have a deep appreciation for the moral values which Christianity teaches because they are good values and they don’t produce widespread violence, terrorism or persecution of the non-believer.  Islam does all these things.  In fact Christians often persevere in spreading their religion and values, in the non-Western world, in the face of those things.  And my heart goes out to them, they are doing good work because Christian values are good values.  The last time Christians fought each other over religion was 1600 and 1700’s, religious persecution is a thing of the past.  By comparison Islamic religious persecution, of both non-Muslims and Muslims of different sects, continues with alarming regularity.

Think for a minute about Muslim terrorism.  About how many terrorist groups are there and how widespread they are.  In Syria and Iraq we have ISIS, in Palestine we have Hezbollah, in Afghanistan we have the Taliban, elsewhere in the Middle East we have Al-Nusra and Al-Quaida, in Indonesia we have the Tamil Tigers, in West Africa there’s Boko Haram.  Those are all the ones I can remember OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD – imagine how many more there actually are.  By comparison I knew of no active Christian terrorist groups until someone pointed me towards the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa – which is a continent so rife with violence that I suspect the LRA is born more of the nature of its surroundings than religious extremism.  So far that’s a 7 to 1 difference between Islam and Christianity with regards to terror groups – and if gave the Islam the same treatment and actually looked up terror groups I’ve no doubt that difference would widen considerably.

But like I said above this isn’t just about terrorism though.  This is about grooming gangs, gang rapes, the mass sexual assault in Cologne, the skyrocketing rate of sex crimes in Europe coming disproportionately from Muslim immigrants and migrants, the disproportionate amount of crime in general coming from Muslims in Europe, Middle Eastern tribal courts which often ascribe revenge rape on a women as a punishment for their crimes, honor killings (where Muslim families can and do kill their OWN CHILDREN for not being good enough Muslims), the execution of gays, the stoning of adulterers, the serious oppression of Muslim women, the persecution of non-Muslims including local ethnic groups like the Kurds, the deeply ingrained anti-Semitic and anti-Hindu attitudes of Islam and the violence that results because of it – the list of problems with Islam goes on and on and on and on.

If there was ever a case to be made that we should suppress or ban a religion then Islam is the prime example.  It is the worst religion known to man.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Islam is not all violence and evil it has plenty of good message mixed in the bad.  What Islam needs is its own Reformation, it needs to adapt to the modern world and do away with all notions of Islamic supremacy.  What moderate, modern Muslims need – and to an extent what the world needs as the world would benefit from it – is to reform Islam.  It needs to brought out the Dark Ages when it was formed and be reforged for the modern era.  It needs to – to the best of it’s ability anyway – actually become the religion of peace so many apologists claim it is.  This will not end Islamic violence, certainly not in the short term and maybe never given how awful some strands of Islam are.  But it would be a step in the right direction and it might give young Muslims who are unsure of their faith and what to do somewhere less violent to turn to, and in the long term a Reformation would bring about a serious reduction in Muslim violence.

Imagine if instead of banding together to defend Islam whenever a Muslim is caught being a monster, the wider Muslim community openly reviled the bastard and called for him (because let’s face it Islamic men are the main problem) to face justice instead of apologizing for Islam and crying Islamophobia.  Imagine if cops could do their jobs properly and crack down on criminal Muslims without the fear of being labeled racists by lots of people.  That would be a better world and it’s one everyone – besides the piece of shit Muslims who are the problem I’ve been discussing this entire time – would benefit from.  Fuck Islam as it currently exists – the world needs an updated version and Muslims have to bring about this change.  In the mean time I say it’s time we stop worrying about being called racists and Islamophobes  and come down on criminal Muslims like a ton of bricks because who the fuck cares what Progressives call you – they toss out terrible insults like it’s cheap coin and as result these insults mean nothing.  Hell these days the people being called Nazis are often BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING PEOPLE than the ones calling them Nazis.  What a world we live in right?

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.

 

So Can We Talk About this Islam Thing?

Islam is not inherently evil, in fact depending on the sect it’s entirely possible that’s it’s followers can be modern, relatively secular and otherwise functional people.  That’s not the kind of Islam I’m going to talk about because Muslims from that Islam are not a problem.  Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa are.

In fairness there all kinds of violent groups in those regions, not just Muslims.  However there is a clear pattern of violence and crime among Muslims from that region, even the ones who fled it.  Over the past few days I’ve seen a lot of news about Muslims in Europe, any guesses as to what that news might be about?  Integration, peace and multiculturalism perhaps?  Of course not you progressive optimists.  It’s been terror attack after terror attack, huge surges in rapes, mutilations, beheadings, and rioting.  Now just to reiterate, this not about all Muslims, it’s about Muslims from certain regions and generally speaking fundamental Islamists.  Because these people are a fucking blight on the entire fucking world and if anyone deserves to drop dead apropos of nothing it’s these fuckers.

Yes you can call me a racist and an Islamaphobe for that, I don’t fucking care.  Another set of insults I get anyway for being Republican is hardly a trial, it doesn’t change what I’m saying, it has no bearing on the facts.  And the facts are that crime, particularly violent crime, is skyrocketing in Europe, especially in countries which opened their borders willy-nilly to Muslim immigrants.  Looks like that was a mistake now wasn’t it?  Looks like maybe this liberal dream of world where everyone is peaceful and wants multiculturalism is fucking absurd.  If you think we can all get along, especially now with ISIS fucking things up everywhere, you’re a moron.  If you think Muslims from third world countries where rape is ok, killing atheists and gays is a cause to be proud of and beheading people is usual style of execution, will suddenly wander into the West and suddenly become modern, tolerant, functional people, you are a fucking moron.

I’m half tempted to say these liberal morons, not all liberals but the ones I talked about in my last post, who quash all dissent and refuse to acknowledge anyone who thinks differently than them, are getting what they deserve- but no one deserves the kinds of things Muslims from the violent regions of the world are doing to people, and anyone, certainly any country, which defends Islam and conveniently ignores the slew of awful crimes coming from the immigrant communities should be bowing their heads in shame.  Get woke, to quote the memes, and realize that no one deserves to die or be raped so you can show the world how progressive you are.  These people might have run to West for shelter but the are not ready to conform to our ways, and so long as we have to appease them to be progressive they will not give and inch and European citizens will suffer for it.

My advice would be to push them out en masse.  It would cruel, difficult and non-progressive but when liberal “utopia’s” like Sweden become rape capitals as a direct result of welcoming thousands of Muslim immigrants, I’d say the time for being progressive has passed.  Government doesn’t exist to espouse an ideology, it’s foremost function is the protection of it’s citizens.  If a government won’t acknowledge, let alone prosecute, the crimes of Muslims to avoid appearing Islamophobic then that government should by rights be booted from power for dereliction of duty.  Not to mention paying the support for thousands of refugees, many of whom can’t or won’t get jobs in modern Western state is ruinous in the long and short term.  These people are not interested in becoming secular, modern, tolerant people.  They want the world to be Muslim.  There is plenty of evidence which demonstrates this, a plethora of interviews, polls, surveys, videos, and you know, acts of violence, which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Muslims hate non-Muslims and non-Muslim institutions.

To which I say fuck’em.  Seriously, fuck’em.  If they don’t like us and our ways they can go back to their Islamic world overrun by violence and barbarism.  We have no duty to take the refugees in, despite what liberal pundits may tell you, and we should not put up with serious increases in crime and violence in our communities.  If Muslims want to flee to our world then they need to learn to abide by our rules, if they can’t they need to go.  It’s that simple.  We don’t need them and we don’t have to save them.  That might sound harsh, and to be fair it kind of is, but it’s also realistic and lawful.  Moreover harsh words and strong principles don’t hurt like being run over by a truck do they.  Too many Muslim immigrants aren’t ready to fucking progress, they want the world to bend to their social norms and religious wishes and it’s working because too many liberals and liberal elites are willing to capitulate.  Fuck’em if they want a Muslim world they can go back to their land and bask in it’s glory.  Or they can fight for their own home, rather than cause trouble in ours.

Honestly I’m thinking Imperialism needs to come back.  Well not quite.  I do think that if we are ever going to try and fix the problem of widespread Muslim violence then we will have to do to the Middle East what we did with Japan and Germany after WWII.  We need to administer the territories and transform them into modern, functional states.  But honestly that would take a lot of time and money, so I’m ok letting that part of the world be the violent shithole it is.  The Muslims from that region can fucking keep it.  Just leave the rest of us alone.  Thank God I live a whole ocean away, if I lived nearby then I’d vote for a Trump-style wall in earnest.

Look I get it.  Reaching a place of acceptance and understanding is a fine approach to peace.  It’s civilized, rational and less likely to result in war.  But understanding is a fucking two way street and right now liberals are bending over backwards to appease people who won’t take first step down that street.  If Muslims aren’t willing to conform to our laws and our values while seeking shelter in our countries, they should go.  We can make some accommodations sure, but they have to make an effort to make accommodations to our values as well if they want to stay.  Because that’s how compromise works, that’s a process which could bring peace.  But especially these immigrants need to remember that beggars can’t be choosers.  If they don’t like our ways they can go elsewhere, and liberal leaders ought to remember that.  I guarantee that if things continue to go badly thanks to the Muslim immigrant populations in these countries then the entire West will see a surge of right wing politics.  The parties which are anti-immigration are already gaining more traction across Europe.

“But that’s discriminatory!  It’s unfair and racist!” the liberal screams.  That’s debatable.  What’s not debatable is that Muslim violence against non-Muslims in the countries which took them in is totally unfair and quite discriminatory.  These immigrants aren’t ready for the West and until they get good, to quote more memes, they don’t deserve to be here.  We should not be burdened by their costs if they create nothing but violence in their wake.

I don’t really care what Islam teaches people, be it the violence and child brides or peace and tolerance.  I’m not religious and if people want to believe something I think is backwards that’s their choice.  I care about the kind of actions Muslims take.  A lot of Muslims in the US think mocking their prophet should be a punishable offense but most of them aren’t going to get violent and demand we prosecute it.  These immigrants are already being violent.  That’s what matters, that’s why they need to go.  No country’s people and citizenry should suffer violence because of refugees who came begging to them for safety.  Those refugees should go.  Will that put many innocents and good people back in harm’s way?  Yeah.  Will it keep more of a given country’s populace safe? Also yeah.  But that’s the price Muslims pay for being violent and backwards.  I do feel sorry for the immigrants who haven’t done anything, those who are seeking to integrate.  But that’s the price all Muslims pay because such a large proportion of Muslims are violent and backwards.  These refugees are guests, here on our dime, if they can’t behave like good guests then I see no reason for us to continue being good hosts.

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.

It’s Time to Calm Down, a Trump Presidency Isn’t the End

Ok so my facebook is overrun with sad posts about how trump got elected and how stupid and racist America is, so I’m going to provide some counterbalance. Look I don’t like Trump, the man has said and done a lot of stupid and reprehensible things. However that doesn’t necessarily translate to bad leadership, many famous leaders throughout history have said and done a lot of stupid and reprehensible things and come out to rule and lead pretty effectively. And while many fear Trump’s unpredictability, I see that as opportunity for something new, and I do think we need something new.

Hillary on the other hand is a known quantity but she’s known for not being good. She may not appear dumb or racist or whatever adjective you’d like to attack Trump with, but she’s clearly a dishonest, suspicious leader who thinks very little of the average American. This isn’t just about her emails, or Benghazi or whatever else Fox News slams her on, this is about a pattern of behavior that makes her look corrupt as shit to many voters. And her policies are no better. Continuing Obama’s policies is a bad decision politically and a disaster in the making with regards to foreign policy and the economy.

I know plenty of people like Obama for being a progressive, well spoken and humanitarian president but he sucks at politics. His Iran deal was poorly made, even Patrick Murphy of Florida, a guy I did a ton of work on for being an inexperienced do-nothing candidate came up with a few tweeks that would’ve made the deal more effective. Obamacare premiums are rising fast and it appears they will only get worse, and I’ve heard a lot of people from the left talking about how bad the premium increases are for their daily lives. Our foreign policy and his “lead from behind” philosophy is a joke, it’s made our allies uncertain of our intentions, weakened our response to enemy threats and emboldened other powers like Russia to make power plays on the global stage.

Moreover Obama overused the executive orders, allowing him to force his policies through in a way which not only sets a bad precedent but goes against the very spirit of our democracy. On the plus side this means many of Obama’s policies can be undone with ease, but the last thing we need is for Trump and the presidents who follow to start cranking out executive orders left and right to see their goals realized. And last of all, understand for as many people want Obama’s policies continued far more people want them reversed for all kinds of reasons.

People typically want change after eight years, Bush had his eight and people wanted new so Obama won, Obama had his eight and now people want something new and Hillary is decidedly not new. Her loss should not have been a big shock. Moreover government as it currently exists, with big political clans and people who stay in office for decades on both sides of the aisle, has become something easy to lose faith in. You wouldn’t believe how many bonuses, benefits and covered expenses politicians have to help make their wallets fatter, and I’m not even talking about the federal big shots, city council men from middle of nowhere California have stupidly lucrative opportunities in politics, opportunities we the taxpayers are paying for even as we the taxpayers are struggling more and more to make ends meet.

As for everyone decrying the loss of all social progress and the rise of the alt-right, calm the fuck down. Trump is not alt-right, especially not on social issues. If anything Democrats should be relieved that Trump is a moderate on social issues, because he’s far more open to gay marriage and abortion than the typical Republican party leader would be. Another thing to consider is that maybe the progressive social policies of the last eight years are too much too fast. I think social progress is good but right now a lot of people are still getting used to certain minorities especially the LGBT community. And sure some people will never get used to those minorities or other minorities, but for those who will, and I think that’s majority especially as younger voters who grew up in a world where these peoples are more socially accepted than in the decades prior come into the mix, an aggressive agenda may backfire. For many right now it can seem like the liberal agenda is being crammed down our throats between the Supreme Court, Obama’s executive orders and the explosion of left leaning social media. And as American’s we hate having other agendas shoved down our throats.

This might seem like cruel and backwards advice to progressives and the minorities, but give it time. Huge social shifts take time but they do come, and they’re coming much faster than they used to. I know America can look racist and backward to those fighting on the farthest edge of the left for the most aggressive social progress (though in fairness the mostly liberal media and the stupidly polarized nature of American politics plays a big role here), but America is gradually moving forward and thanks to social media, the internet and the accumulated social progress achieved thus far, that progress will come faster, so be patient. This is not a call to stop fighting it’s a call to slow down, relax the burning rhetoric, control the social media better to make it seem less like an onslaught to others and just generally be more open and accepting of the people who haven’t come to terms with you and you’re agenda yet. Because frankly as much as the right gets called narrow minded and uninclusive the far left can be just as bad if not worse to those who won’t accept their agenda.

Last but not least, not all of Trump is bad. He may say ridiculous things like we’ll build a wall and make Mexico pay for it but that won’t happen. Instead his economic plan is much more likely to happen and his economic plan is solid. After a decade and half of policies meant to to make business less profitable here in America, and current calls for wage increases like that’ll fix the fucking problem when it just exacerbates it, Trump’s plan will bring jobs back. Businesses need profits and when they have them, they generate enormous tax revenue. Intense regulations, Obamacare and other liberal goals have scared businesses away. By making business here less expensive and placing tariffs on those who ship their jobs overseas, Trump’s plan is inviting business back into America and our economy will thank him for it. The world is experiencing the growing pains of globalization right now, and until we adapt to the global market in ways that don’t cause us to lose millions of jobs and see the median income plummet, we need a strong America-first economy. And raising taxes won’t work, I live in California where taxes are high and our debt just gets worse because the government keeps spending the money no matter how much money we give them, you know in addition to scaring tons of business away thanks to being one of the most heavily regulated states in America.

Look I know people are saying this is the end and America is a land of racists, but have some hope. When the election settles down and the poison of the campaign trail is drained, I think we have an excellent chance of seeing some of the improvements we need. Yes if you’re on the left times look much bleaker, but consider how we on the right felt when Obama was pushing your agenda relentlessly forward and it seemed like we had no voice. What I hope this election shows everyone is that the direction our political system has gone is ass-backwards. Fuck polarized, uncompromising parties who never get anything done, we need people who better bridge the gap by not being far right or far left, and Trump despite how he’s portrayed is more of a moderate than he’s given credit for. So have hope, it could be a brighter four years than you realize.

Why Statecraft is Dead in the West

I think a lot of people on both sides of the American political spectrum can agree that the last 16 years have been a foreign policy disaster for the US.  Whether it was Bush’s costly Iraq War or Obama’s decision to pull troops out and create vacuum for ISIS to thrive in, leaders on all sides have made some pretty big mistakes and the world is paying the price.  Now there a million different factors behind all of the events of the last 16 years that have created the current foreign policy clusterfuck and America did not have control over many of those, so this is not about assigning blame.  Rather I want to talk about how the current foreign policy mindset of the  majority of modern, industrialized, Western nations is totally fucking failing right now.

There’s been an attitude or maybe atmosphere in of humanitarianism in Western leadership recently, and depending on which part of the West you’re from that atmosphere may have been present for a while now.  It’s even seeped into popular culture, with US in particular seeing an explosive increase in pushes for acceptance and equality for other races, cultures, religions and sexual orientations; the bringing of all people onto a level playing field as human beings if you will.  And that’s fine, you know it’s not a bad ideal to strive for and if it ever does happen you can color me impressed.  However states are not people, people can make just about any effort they want for that ideal with little to no repercussions, states can’t afford to do the same.  See the problem with the current humanitarian mindset is that’s its great on paper, it’s very nice and it would work fantastically if the world were stable and at peace.  However, you may have noticed the world is not stable nor at peace, which means operating foreign policy with a  humanitarian mindset is not so much ahead of of the curve as it is putting the cart before the horse.  You can’t build a world wherein everyone from the West is willing to be understanding of all Muslims and visa versa when there are radical Islamic terrorists killing tons of Muslims and Western people alike, you just can’t do it because the violence will continually justify hatred of that other group.

This is why Russia has been kicking the world’s ass on the international stage over the past few years.  Putin has been operating under a realist mindset and while that pessimistic view of the world isn’t as nice or ideal as a humanitarian view, right now it’s the one that’s working.  Putin has taken Crimea, he’s essentially taken part of Ukraine, he’s bombed any potential US-friendly Syrian rebels (not that those ever likely existed in serious numbers) to dust and kept Assad in power, ensuring that Russia has an ally in the region and as long as ISIS is around Russia will have a reason to continue exerting it’s influence in the Middle East.  Now I’m sure some people see that and think what a great humanitarian crime it is, how awful it is both as moral decisions and for the people suffering from those decisions and it is that, but it’s also brilliant statecraft.  After a few decades of being the butt of “In Soviet Russia” jokes Russia has stepped and shown itself to be a decisive and involved world power, and it’s getting away with it because the best we seem to be able to do in return in make threats and impose sanctions, maybe, sometimes.  That because Putin understands that states aren’t people and you shouldn’t run a state, especially in the foreign policy arena, as if it were human, instead it makes more sense to run it as though you were playing a game, trying to get all the bonuses and odds in your favor.  This is what Russia is doing and for as much outcry as the West has for “Putin’s barbarism” do you think Russia gives a shit?  Thanks to Putin’s aggressive game plan Russia’s situation has significantly improved over the last couple of years.

See this is the thing, and I know this will sound horrible to some people, states should not give a fuck about people beyond those who interests it is in to protect.  Now that is horrible and apathetic, but it’s true.  See the bigger something is the less it cares about you, the tiny individual person, and states don’t have to care about anyone of they don’t want to.  Now states do care about many people, it’s citizens, leadership, the people of key allied nations, etc. because it is in the state’s interests to care about those people.  Now in the humanitarian ideal, a state should care about everyone and do as little harm to anyone as possible.  And that’s nice and it would work if our world was full of nice and understanding people and violence was kept to a minimum.  Unfortunately the world is much dirtier, hateful and more violent than that so the humanitarian view is not very helpful at  this stage of the game.  Now look, none of this to say embracing humanitarian projects, aid or anything like isn’t helping, because that is ultimately going to be the foundation for building a global community.  But it can be hard for that aid to be effective when say ISIS is running rampant in the region beheading people.  So states, they need to be more grim, amoral and realistic in how they view the world and act accordingly.  Because as shitty as that sounds it will result in better short term policies and set the foundation for better long term policies.

A lot of liberal, humanitarian types will argue that if we do an evil thing now it will come back to haunt us later.  This argument has two problems, one, it doesn’t matter what the consequences might eventually be if the consequences of note doing anything now are bad enough, and two, it’s not necessarily true.  We beat the piss out of Nazi Germany and Japan in WWII, we dropped a pair of nukes and killed thousands of soldiers of civilians in both nations and what do we have today, a pair of nations who are pro-US, industrial powerhouses with decent if not great economies who are well positioned to check the advances of potential threats like Russia and China.  Where are the evil consequences coming back to haunt us exactly?  Contrary to popular liberal belief violence and even certain facets of Imperialism can be used for good.  A lot of civilization spread due to violence in the ancient world and even in the modern world we can see civilization spring from violence, conquest and a lot of things many liberals blame the current state of world on.  So the question becomes then, if the consequences of violence are vastly overstated, and it has the potential to fix the problem long term and short term, why aren’t we being violent when we have too?

Massive cultural shifts in global politics and organizations like UN is why.  See today many Western nations have been repeatedly told to feel bad for the evils of Colonialism and Imperialism and to be progressive and accepting of others now.  And that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with being progressive or admitting that yes terrible things happened during the ages of Colonialism and Imperialism.  But it informs our use of violence and how we wage war.  In the past when nations warred you usually warred because the aggressor had something to gain like security, land, food, gold, or any other kind of resource.  With exception of Russia in recent years  we’ve mainly stopped doing that.  Some nations like China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan will squabble over tiny spits of land to slowly increase their territory but no one’s stolen major tracts of land since Russia, and ISIS, in ages.  In the past the spoils of conquest helped pay for the fucking war, which is part of why Iraq was so expensive for the US, we didn’t grab a ton of oil as war reparations.  Because the humanitarian nations of the world don’t fight wars like we used, fighting war has become exponentially more expensive and more challenging and it shows in our reluctance to do violence, even when violence is exactly what we need.  To reiterate, I’m not advocating using more violence when we don’t need it, I’m saying that when we come across a nation like ISIS, which slaughters millions of innocents, then that’s when we should go in whole hog, bring out the big guns and show how you can use violence for a constructive purpose, because while violence is used break a country, it can also be the foundation for rebuilding it into something better, extra emphasis on the can.

This is the reason Russia is making the US look weak and foolish on the international stage because it’s behaving like a realist state and using violence as basis for expanding it’s resources, territory and influence, it’s using violence as the base upon which to build a better Russia, our own efforts are laughably bad by comparison.  Libya is now an ISIS stronghold now that we helped remove Qaddafi, Syria has been plunged into chaos and allowed ISIS to grow because we made efforts to support rebels that likely never existed as we pictured than and probably don’t exist anymore thanks to Russian bombings.  We’ve spent trillions and have almost nothing to show for it, Russia’s spent less and has much more to show for it.  So we need to change our approach, we need to be more realistic and we have to be prepare to use violence in the pursuit of national interests and use it as smartly as possible.

If I were advising the next President on foreign policy my advice would be as follows:

-As part of our plan to stop ISIS we formally recognize Kurdistan as a nation and give them weapons directly because our current process of handing them through the Iraqi government means they’re more likely to fall into ISIS’s hands than the Kurds’ and the Kurds are doing the best against ISIS on the ground right now.  As part of this agreement make a concession to Turkey by requiring that the nation of Kurdistan will only be recognized within the land it controls in what is currently Iraq and Syria and Kurdish parts of Turkey will remain Turkish in perpetuity.  Also make it clear to Russia that we will not tolerate Russia bombing the Kurds the way we’ve let them bomb the supposedly good rebels in Syria.

-Support Egypt or another North African nation in eliminating rebels, tell whatever nation you support that they can have Libya, you’ll even bomb it to make way for their invasion, and it’s profitable oil so long as the US gets a base or two in the region, and ideally some oil to help pay for costs.  This way you make and empower an ally in the region, destroy a major terrorist hot spot, get local military resources and maybe even some oil to pay for the cost of aid.

-Reaffirm our support for Israel and pledge to attack Iran with extreme prejudice if Iran should ever attack Israel.

-Make similar arrangements to those shown above with nations having terrorist problem or nations neighboring the problem country to eliminate organizations like Boko Haram, Hezbollah, the Taliban, etc. and build local allies in the region.

Because this is how statecraft works, you make alliances with the people you can trust, even if you don’t like them, to maximize the benefits to your own security and resources, and when the people you are fighting against have been defeated, then consider rebuilding that country like we did with Germany and Japan after WWII to make the who region more stable and modern.  And sadly in our current, progressive, humanitarian stance on global politics, we will never be good at statecraft unless almost the whole world joins that same viewpoint.

It’s Time to Stop Playing the Victim

Over the past few years a lot of Americans have accused a lot of other Americans of playing the victim or feeding into the mindset of victimology.  And by and large, I feel, the accusers are in the right.  There are of course all kinds of real victims suffering from serious problems but as of late there has been a thoroughly annoying cultural attitude that it’s somehow heroic and cool to be the victim, to be the underprivileged, and I have to say anyone who buys into that without being a genuine victim is a fucking moron.  Warning, this rant will probably only seem to get more and more unfair as I go along but do bear with me if you can.

For a while I just couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be a victim.  Hell I still don’t really get it.  I mean it certainly does make it easy to sit around on your ass and do nothing, if you choose to identify yourself as someone being repressed by the Man, it’s easy to moan and bitch about how hard life is, without actually doing anything to improve it, when you play the victim.  But aside from an easy justification for being angry and lazy why would anyone want to be the victim?  Do you genuinely feel as though the system is rigged against you no matter what you do and have given up on seeing it change?  Do you think you will receive more support or maybe get treated better if you play the victim?  I don’t know, because I would never want to be a victim.  But forget the why, what’s the net effect of all these victims, both the real ones and self identified ones?  An America where we are consumed by a negative outlook on everything.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to be negative about, but sometimes we collectively are so negative that we forget to look at the positive changes we’ve undergone.  The social progress we’ve made in the last 6 or 7 decades is nothing short of astounding, and during the last few years in particular, progressive have pushed for a more and more social progress with reasonable success.  Now I would argue some of the social progress we’ve made recently has been imposed on the many by the few, and that maybe by pushing so much so fast progressives have brought a huge backlash on themselves by upsetting people who aren’t ready for their agenda, but still progress has been made.  I mean we are having arguments about trans people in restrooms now, that would been unimaginable a decade ago.

This overly negative view manifests itself in all kinds of places.  For example school shootings are getting so much news coverage that they seem like a weekly occurrence but overall violent crime has been going down in the US for a while now, despite all the supposed violent gun nuts many media outlets and politicians tells us to be wary of (yes they exist but the media vastly overstates their prevalence in the populace).  Perhaps the most damning place this negativity manifests though, is in what some like to call the liberal narrative.  The liberal narrative is the general consensus within the media and many liberal institutions of how events in history are portrayed and understood and how those shape current events.  The problem is that it’s kind of fucking bullshit.  History is a complex beast and trying to make sweeping generalizations about it will basically always be wrong.  More to the point, history does not operate in a narrative fashion.  Narratives are largely regimented, they come from limited points of view, showcase events as understood by those few points of view and string all these events together in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand.  History is precisely none of those things, if anything it’s pure chaos.  And as such, almost every generalization made about the past is laughably incorrect.

For example, the Dark Ages is commonly known term describing a period in history where Europe went full barbarian and we lost many accomplishments of civilization after Rome fell.  Total bullshit, Europe may have lost some valuable Roman innovations for sure, but it did not fall into barbarism, in fact many important advances sprung out of the Dark Ages, a term which actual scholars of history don’t and have never used because of how misleading it is.  For instance, Carolingian Minuscule was invented in the Dark Ages.  For those who don’t know, Carolingian Minuscule was the first standardized writing style in Europe.  Before Carolingian Minuscule there were no set rules about grammar, punctuation, script size, or anything, it was anything goes.  Carolingian Minuscule is among the most important developments in writing and academics in European history, and yet it’s not talked about often the way say the printing press is, because it flies in the face of the liberal narrative about the Dark Ages.

To tell you truth I could make paragraphs like the last one forever because of all the generalizations, general misunderstandings, lack of accurate scholarly discussion in the media, misinformation because of cultural differences and general need to get a narrative and headlines in place which supersedes the need to be accurate.   But I want to return to the negativity and why America collectively is viewing things wrong.  Let’s jump right into the controversy, the Big Bad White Man the liberal narrative is so obsessed with proclaiming as the source of all evils, does not exist as the liberal narrative understands him.  Yes there have been evil, terrible white men since forever.  But he’s not the only source of evil here.  Let’s explore the troubled history of America.  One of the more common conceptions of history is that we, the Big Bad White Men, stole America from the Native Americans.  And yes that’s true in a broad sense, white people took land from Native Americans.  However the problem is how both sides are portrayed.  In the liberal narrative, which feeds into the perceived nobility of playing the victim, the White Man is the terrible aggressor, gunning down Native Americans, taking their land and eventually destroying the environment.  By comparison Native Americans are usually portrayed as being relatively peaceful and in tune with nature, preserving the environment which the White Man would destroy.  Mostly bullshit.  For starters this portrayal seems to assume that all Native Americans can be classified under the same bracket because they have enough common traits, this is not even remotely true.  The various Native American peoples had and continue to have many differences based on where they lived and such.  Moreover the conflict was never the White Man versus the Native American, it was a bunch of Native Americans tribes fighting each other constantly, while also fighting the different nations of Europe and later the US who tried to colonize America.

If anything the most negative takeaway from the US and Indian wars should be that, even in the face of a larger, greater threat the disparate bands of Native Americans could not set aside their differences and unite to push back the invaders, like humanity always does in alien invasion movies.  That’s a pretty depressing realization.  Now look I’m not saying this because I think modern Native Americans have it good or have it easy and should stop asking for better, they are one of the groups most thoroughly shafted by the US at the moment and deserve more attention and support.  Instead I’m trying to illustrate the absurd folly of the liberal narrative, about how shallow and unhelpful that narrative is when it comes to understanding the complexities of the situation, and by extension why it’s time people stop buying into it.  The problem with the liberal narrative is that it gives people such a basic and incomplete understanding of a topic that you might genuinely be better off knowing nothing at all than only knowing the liberal narrative and thinking that means you know the topic well.  Here’s another controversial example, slavery.

This is going to sound weird, but people are looking at slavery the wrong way.  You’re probably wondering how that’s possible, how can slavery be anything but bad and how can it’s legacy be anything but bad?  Well slavery is bad and it has left us stuck with an annoying and terrible legacy called racism but that’s not why people are looking at slavery wrong.  They’re looking at it wrong because they are focused on a narrow and incomplete understanding of slavery as provided to them by the liberal narrative.  In the liberal narrative, the Big Bad White Man bought and sold Black people and did all sorts of terrible things to them.  And that’s true but again it tells such a small part of the story it might as well be useless.  Trans-Atlantic slave trade 101: White people are only one part of the equation.  In the liberal narrative White men have all agency and Black people are just victims.  But reality is more complicated, because a large portion of the slavers where not White, they were Black.  While there is no doubt some White men raided African lands and kidnapped people into slavery, it was far more common for White slavers to buy slaves from local African slavers, who knew the land better and had more local supplies.  In common practice African slavers would capture other Africans and then sell those slaves to White slavers who then sold them to other White men, which makes White slavers the middlemen of the worst trade deals in history.  That may sound depressing to some of you, the idea that Africans would enslave and sell their own and on some level it is sad.  But it also speaks to African agency, it proves that not all Blacks were victims in a world controlled by White men and that’s a far more valuable lesson than anything you’ll get from the liberal narrative.

Now let’s look even more broadly at slavery.  It’s done as a large scale industry.  Yes there are still forms of slavery and a sex slave trade and both of these problems need addressing but on a large, international scale, slavery as it is was in the past is done and will never be back unless all of modern civilization falls.  Now that’s a pretty big achievement if you think about it, 200+ years of an inhumane trade overturned and abolished worldwide.  Except the achievement is so much bigger than that.  Because slavery is not just 200+ years old, it’s at least as old as civilization itself and possibly even older.  Egypt for example is famous for having tons of slaves to build the pyramids, which means slavery has been around for 5,000+ years not a mere 200+ years.  Now think about that, within the relatively short history of the US, we have seen the complete downfall of a major industry that has persisted since the dawn of civilization and maybe before.  How earth-shattering is that, that the modern world has advanced to the point where an industry that has existed since basically forever is gone?  That’s a big achievement.  And yet in America the most common attitude to towards slavery from a lot of liberal organizations and people is that the White men ought to apologize and feel bad for what our great-great-great-great granddaddies did to the great-great-great-great-grandsons of former slaves, despite the fact neither of the modern parties has ever experienced or participated in slavery at all.  It’s fucking absurd.  We should be teaching our children about how the evil slave trade is finally gone, after thousands of years of progress, but instead we seem to encourage letting it’s evil fester and divide us the way we teach it now.

This is where the liberal narrative really gets toxic.  It strings together huge swathes of history with the same us vs them message, where them is almost always taken to mean White men.  By perpetually showcasing history as us vs them, the liberal narrative highlights the divide between people, rather than brings them together.  It encourages us to look at things negatively, to expect apologies from the privileged and to be proud of our own underprivileged struggles.  It lionizes the struggles of the victims and encourages us to play victims ourselves, I mean you wouldn’t want to be in that them camp all of us are against would you?  And fuck is it annoying to deal with when you do so happen to belong to that them camp and can’t do anything about it.  None of this is to say that we shouldn’t keep fighting for better, that we shouldn’t be doing all we can to make the US a fairer place for everyone.  But we’re being too confrontational about it.  Because the liberal narrative, which is most of what a lot of people know, exacerbates conflict between the haves and have-nots.  Take police brutality for example.  Ideally the conversation should be about what kind of vetting process can we make to help lower corruption among police officers and what kind of changes should we make to their training to reduce violent incidents.  But in confrontational America the conversation is almost always one side screaming at the other about “racist cops” and “that disrespectful kid/crook had it coming” and no one takes any steps to fix the problem beyond putting even more pressure on police officers who have enough shit to deal with already.

And worst of all, there are a lot of genuinely good people in that them camp who feel like they’re being backed into a corner.  I know I feel that way sometimes, when what I am gets attacked all over the internet for just being a White man or for the crimes other White men committed when I personally haven’t done anything.  Even if you can tune a lot of it out like me, it just gets fucking exhausting to see all the anti-White men shit out there on the internet.  This is even evident in common progressive phrases, you remember “check your privilege” right?  It should have been called something like “Understanding the differences between a white upbringing and a (insert ethnicity here) upbringing.”  Instead we got the more aggressive, more confrontational “check your privilege” and man did a lot of White people lash out against it.  And I wasn’t one of them, because I had someone explain to me in a very reasonable, very clear way what white privilege was, and I got it.  But it’s because I understand what it is that I felt “check your privilege” was so misguided, the best way to fight white privilege would have been to get people to understand what it means and then find out who’s willing to work with you on fixing the problem.  Instead we got a bunch of people angrily calling on Whites to “check their privilege” and a bunch of White angrily replying “Fuck you, we have no privilege, get over yourselves you whiny bastards,” so no substantive progress was made.

Look the reason I’m calling on people to stop playing the victim is not because I want to “go back to the good old days” or because I want to hide or repress the many problems we have in America.  I’m calling on you to stop playing the victim for your own sake’s, to treat yourselves with a bit more dignity and respect.  Because rather than perpetuating an us vs them fight to push social progress forward, I think we collectively would get more done if we approached other on more calm and level footing, and just explained to each other what our various problems are and what we can do to fix them.  There’s this old quote from the Greek philosopher Thucydides that goes: “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”  Major societal change takes courage and unity to achieve, and self-control and self-respect are vital to both, an aggressive confrontational attitude will not help you achieve either.  It’s time for people in America to stop playing the victim, and start coming together to get things done.