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“Enemies of the Party were not merely saboteurs, spies, and wreckers of industry, but doubters of the Party line, doubters of the society which awaited them.” – Child 44, Page 26
To call me a doubter of The Narrative (or, as above, the Party line) on any given day would be an understatement. I freely admit that I am an outright denier of each and every narrative pushed on us – no matter how carefully cultivated or raw, hot-off-the-presses the storyline is – until it has weathered at least 48 hours of scrutiny in the open marketplace of actual thinkers. Based on demonstrable past performance, I have no faith in either the ability or the intention of the major media outlets to provide an honest and accurate assessment of anything that happens in this world. Therefore, I default to Narrative Denier status until a story is exposed to proper scrutiny.
Aside from not endearing me to the “society which awaits” us (you can’t stop what’s coming!), being in that mindset all of the time tends to draw a lot of focus on just how deep we are into the Anti-Intellectual Era in America…as well as who the enablers are (particularly those inside our perimeter) and the methods they use to (attempt to) deceive. Today’s discussion is about an example of just plain brute force (or obtuse) anti-intellectualism and then another of supporting tyranny by ignoring the inconvenient. Then a bonus topic at the end.
This one actually saddens me more than just a little. As far back as 2004, I was a fan of Patterico’s Pontifications (well, at least its namesake) for its detailed coverage of the theft of the governorship of Washington state. That reputation did take a major hit during a short stint at RedState as part of the more rational NT contingent to offset the irrational rantings of a total dolt named Susan Wright who dominated there for the first year and a half of Trump. It has been all downhill since then.
This week back on the home site they have pushed the embarrassingly shallow propaganda of Liz Cheney and the equally embarrassing proceedings of the January 6 committee and have dug even deeper into incoherency by promoting the “Russian Hoax Hoax” narrative. Please go investigate as you wish but I point out this last one in order to poke again at one item from the list of grievances:
Trump publicly asked the Russians to illegally steal and dump Clinton documents, and Russian intelligence promptly did exactly that.
Now, just to be clear, if that resonates with you at all, please stop reading this post immediately and never click on anything I post ever again. That little nugget did not get past the 48-second mark of scrutiny more than five years ago, let alone the 48-hour requirement. To keep throwing that out as if a legitimate issue is an insult to actual thinking people everywhere. Maybe they know their audience over there but, in my book, that would fall under some corollary to the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect and/or the Mollie Protocol.
This is the stuff that distracts us while on the way to “the society which awaits” us. It is an intentional distraction.
Ignoring the Inconvenient
This is probably the more harmful component of anti-intellectualism. This week’s example comes in the form of the pure un-American evil going on right under our noses to the great and shameful silence of a nation. I will point you to this for your own thorough review:
In a post last week I touched on the subject of “unseemliness” in another context with respect to our ruling elites. Clearly we no longer expect much from them…or those in positions of authority under them. Still, check out these tweets from Kathleen Landerkin, Deputy Warden of the
District of Columbia Jail DC Gulag:
“F–k everyone who supports Trump.”
“Replying to @realDonaldTrump Give it a f–king break. White men are more dangerous than immigrants.”
“Replying to @realDonald Trump How many Americans have been killed by white American men? How about a story on alt-right killers and hate crimes? How did the idiots of this country fall for your bulls–t?”
“Replying to @GOP His [Trump’s] corrupt staff and family met with the Russians how many times before the election? How many times did they lie about a meeting with Russians? How many are in prison? Schiff is a hero.”
“Replying to @realDonaldTrump You’re a traitor. You don’t get to determine what’s patriotic. Leave the people [Antifa] engaging in a peaceful protest [Portland riots] alone. Why the hell are you involved in stirring a s–t pot for your deplorables? You’ll be in jail soon.”
“Every prison needs a MAGA wing.”
I can think of no better example of someone who should not be in any position of legal authority and is demonstrably unstable and not suited for intelligent, polite society. She is “unseemliness” personified. Yet, it seems clear, she is in her element and among peers in the halls of our ruling class. With that background, please go read the details of the visit.
Shame. Both the act and the ignoring of the act are unforgivingly shameful. Ignoring it is intentional. As is distracting us from it. It also enables (and quickens) “the society which awaits” us.
The Carefully Cultivated “State of Anguish”
Lastly, I wish to direct your attention to some additional important reading to shed some intelligent light on why we are headed toward this “society which awaits” us and who is responsible:
Yesterday I happened across this article by Alex Wagner that appeared on March 24, 2020 in The Atlantic. It’s entitled “Stay Alive, Joe Biden,” and the subtitle is this revealing sentiment: “Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.”
Think about that – the idea of a figurehead president was fully envisioned and fully accepted, right around the time that Biden was finally seeming to be the nomination frontrunner. Nothing more was necessary; certainly not that certain something known as “leadership.” It was okay that Biden do nothing and be unable to do anything competently. The idea was apparently that (a) getting rid of Trump at the helm would magically solve all problems; and (b) the country could just about run itself after that, as long as Democrats were in control.
That’s not just hubris, that’s hubris squared.
One of the two parties accepted and planned this path. They had lots of help. More…
[From Linked 2020 Article:] “…if you were on the campaign trail for the past three months, what struck you was not Biden’s organization (there was little), or his resources (there were few), or even the campaign messaging (Joe Biden has been—and forever will be—Joe Biden). What was striking was the sense of anguish and urgency articulated by everyone, everywhere, all the time. And that was before the pandemic.”
The “anguish and urgency” was indeed felt by most of the Democrats I know. Trump was so obviously terrible, so profoundly and distressingly evil and destructive, that anyone who could replace him was perfectly fine with them. Where did this anguish come from? Not from anything that was actually happening as a result of Trump – unless they bought the bizarre and evidence-free idea that if only Trump had not been president COVID wouldn’t have taken hold (obviously, since it took hold in most of the Western world, that could not possibly be true – and as Wagner rightly observes, this attitude of sheer desperation predated COVID).
The anguish was purposely drummed up by a combination of the MSM and the Democrats, and was fed and watered by a series of their egregious lies. …
Egregious lies that were repeated endlessly by major media and comment section stoolies alike. Some true believers, others cynical liars. More…
That carefully-cultivated “state of anguish” – a sort of delusional hysteria – was not just important to a 2020 victory for the Democrats; it was necessary, and they knew it. For the rest of us, on the outside looking in, it was a lesson in how Orwell wasn’t far off when he described the Two Minutes Hate and its unifying effects, and how something somewhat similar could be employed to influence and guide a modern voting public, and people who consider themselves intelligent and sophisticated.
Whether or not you think Biden won fair and square in 2020 or because of fraud, it hardly matters to the point I’m attempting to make. The reality is that many millions of people, close to half the country if not over half the country, voted for a man who was clearly not up to the task, and rejected the man who was and who had been doing a rather good job by the usual objective measures.
Those who fell into the delusional hysteria, as well as those who fostered and matured it, are all part of the anti-intellectual movement and enablers of the “society which awaits” us all. If you see that as anything less than a very dark abyss well inside our horizon, you just are not paying attention.
(P.S. As I’ve noted in the past, I post mainly for myself. If you stuck with this to the end, I appreciate it and apologize for a bit of a ramble. For what it’s worth, this builds on thoughts previously inspired by Nohaaj a few days ago in What they think and a post of mine from last April called Their Own Reality…among other things.)Published in