"It makes liberal-sense"
|Liberalism, according to liberals|
I was wrong. They can be that stupid. In fact, they can be that stupid with flares on and a little outboard motor to get to dumb as heck FASTER and with more style.
Do these poor creatures get an ironioctomy at birth? Don’t they know “do it for the children” has been a joke phrase since the nineties?
And do they honestly, in their heart of hearts think that all the other side writes is “adventure stories”? REALLY? Hell, the story I mentioned the other day, Tom Bailey is more of an introspective memoir than an adventure story. And has anyone who read my stories, particularly short stories, HONESTLY think all I do is “adventure stories”? (Oh, like Thirst or What She Left Behind, or Never Look Back, or….)
And I realized what we’re facing is not just people who are stupid (though a few of them are. And it’s not made better by their thinking their political ideology makes them “smart”) or people who are crazy (though a lot of them are, particularly the ones who honestly think humans are not influenced by sex hormones int he way they think.) No, what we’re facing are the deliberately blind, the ones who put out their eyes so that they can avoid seeing “the wrong thing” and questioning received wisdom.
This is one of the great sins. It is a sin that enables all other sins, too, because if the received wisdom demands you believe some people are not human, you can’t correct for it if you’ve deliberately blinded yourself to all expressions of humanity from those you are told are the enemy.
And that is what we face. And that is what we fight. People who deliberately believe in lies.
I was talking to my friend Bill Reader about “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love” and I told him my moral certainty that the story started as a gay short story (I have a vague idea that I might have published with Abyss and Apex [I’m reliably informed that I maligned Abyss and Apex, and the silly dino story came out in Apex. OTOH I still don’t remember if I was published in Abyss and Apex], maybe, unless they were the ones who sent me a rejection saying I clearly had never been in another country and was “a narrow minded pain” — I can’t remember. After 120 short story publications, they all run together. However I do know that my stories with gay protagonists, like Songs or Never Look Back got a lot of pushback and editors saying “if you just change it to” before someone published them as is. No, I don’t know why. There’s nothing shocking in these stories. But progressives imagine the rest of the country are homophobic troglodytes. It’s important for their self image. Which is part of the point I’m trying to make.) “Not because it makes more sense that way,” I told him. “But because liberals are convinced any gay man entering a rural bar will get beaten to death, even though the instances of exactly this occurrence are… let me see… I’m thinking… exactly zero percent a year.” And he said “No, I know what you mean. It makes liberal-sense. I’ve started calling this “para-logic.” I.e. the sense that they live in a parallel world, and if you buy the premises of that world, instead of your lying eyes, and believe that the rest of the country are frozen somewhere between the middle ages and the imaginary 1950s filled with Stepford Wives, then their stories and actions make perfect sense.”
Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.
What You Can't See CAN Hurt You
|He just read Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism|
"Not Listening! Not Listening!"
The study itself is pretty interesting. More interesting by far, though, is Dr. Putnam's reaction to his own data. He sat on his own conclusions for 6 years before he finally published it, even though he released the actual data early on. When he did publish his study, the "conclusion" section essentially consisted of a lot of finger-wagging lectures about the importance of "education" to furthering a multicultural society- even though HIS OWN DATA had controlled for this.
Tolerance Uber Alles!
|And you wonder why hippies are so damn annoying|
The Red Pill as Anti-Ideology
The beauty of the Red Pill, or of rediscovering masculinity, or however you want to phrase such an awakening, is that suddenly the world around you makes sense again.