C, not sure if you listen to Sam Harris at all, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the first 45-60 minutes of his most recent podcast in which he talks about the election, Orlando, etc.
I respect Sam Harris. He’s a calm and refreshingly eloquent alternative to liberal madness, which he calls the regressive left.
He’s right that only Trump made sense in the aftermath of that attack – and he seems to know that Trump’s overarching worldview, however simplistic, is more aligned with reality than anything any Democrat has to say right now.
How much of the left is regressive? 80%? 95%? Academia, the media, the DNC, and Obama all seem quite regressive to me.
Nothing matters more than the constantly escalating civilizational conflict we’re embroiled in, which is why I want Trump to demolish Hillary and the “regressive left” along with her. Tariffs and outrageous remarks and 4th grade language skills are secondary matters, and perhaps even useful – I want the Republican Party to dissolve and reorganize, but not until social justice perishes.
Harris believes in free speech and universal moral values in an age in which the academic establishment, ruled by conformist sycophants, rejects both of these ideals out of hand. Professors can’t be bothered to produce a first principle of justification for viewpoints which, in their experience, have never been stifled in public or challenged in their own circles.
I experienced this at Amherst, when I confronted the chair of poli-sci with a blend of natural law and radical libertarianism. He refused to debate me. “I don’t want to argue any of your points; I reject deontological morality” – i.e., he rejected the existence of moral principles, preferring cowardly power-structure nonsense with moral conclusions that remain implicit, detached from the Western philosophical tradition, and never universalized until they are imposed by means of force.
As Harris points out, words matter because they refer to concepts that pertain to reality. The left obfuscates moral terms so that it can turn common sense on its head. Totalitarian intolerance and speech policing are necessary to shield people from the obvious. And so we have the absurd spectacle of BLM protestors showing up at a vigil for victims in Orlando, rudely imposing their divisive racial politics on what was to be a solemn display of unity in the face of evil.
SJWs are not ideological descendants of the 1960s radicals, who fought for free speech and often relished in engaging opposing viewpoints. New leftists are humorless, bourgeois Puritans spoiled by the decadence of the American college experience. Multiculturalism and equality of outcome are their new Gods. They apply moral relativism to Western thought but not to their own narrow views, which they impose on others with militant certainty.
Black America could benefit from serious arguments against the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs. Its present spokespeople have nothing to offer but Orwellian wordplay and a shifting of blame onto society for their own loser mentalities. Their grievances are shockingly narcissistic and disturbingly neurotic, focusing on nonexistent racism in everyday life instead of the big picture of black economic oppression – a real phenomenon that was not wrought by capitalism, but by decades of leftist-engineered dependence on the State.
The puritanical SJW movement fosters personal qualities that are all deeply unattractive: self-loathing, blame shifting, and sanctimonious preachiness. In the 16th century, Martin Luther confessed to farting during Mass; today’s white SJWs loudly confess to their own racism, which they then blame on others (“A black guy yelled at me on the street and I got scared! The system made me racist!”). Their verbal confusion, evidenced by their myopic obsession with buzzword terms ending in “ism” and “phobia,” ruins their ability to grasp any serious issue, the most recent example being the Orlando attack.
As another friend has pointed out, we need a return of schoolyard trash talk. It’s the only potent weapon against people who are weak, pathetic bullies. It’s long past time to toughen up young people and re-valorize individualism and masculinity. The average SJW is a borderline suicidal loser.
As for Orlando, if we fail to see Islamism for what it is and proceed to destroy it, we’ll all be suicidal losers.