Being a rightist is kind of a downer sometimes. For one thing, society is going to hell in a handbasket, we know it, we understand why this is happening, and we’re not applauding it as some kind of “progress”. On our side, it’s painfully clear that we need to step up our game in certain areas. If we did so, we’d actually be getting somewhere. From the following, you should be able to ascertain some of these areas. Other stuff here is just my usual caustic ventilations.
How are things different for leftists? It must be great for them. For starters, leftists can dispense with inconvenient bourgeois nonsense like logic, consistency, principles, and taking showers. Yes, this was a cheap shot, and get ready for more.
As the Neoreactionary proverb goes, “Cthulhu always swims left.” (I’m not convinced that the Overton Window is some impersonal force that moves all by itself. Neither will it inevitably go in the same direction, even if it’s been doing so for the last 75 years.) Still, as long as the political climate keeps headed the same way down the primrose path, leftists will be on the winning side. Moreover, they get to sneer and gloat immodestly with every advance. Already it seems they would be happy to dance on our graves if they get the chance. It sure seems to be taking a long time for rightists to figure out about gradualism and dialectical strategies, doesn’t it?
They say and do what they want, with no apologies
Leftists don’t have to worry about “optics”. Never, ever, ever. If you want proof of that:
- The typical gay pride parade looks like a BDSM convention in motion, right down Main Street, and all that is no big deal. They don’t get called out for being tasteless, told to put on some clothes, or arrested for public indecency.
- Minority activists can say that the USA’s founding population deserves to be dispossessed, and they’ll get applauded rather than deported.
- Drag Queen Story Time has been going on for years in several major cities, and everyone who isn’t an idiot knows what it’s all about. Sure, there’s been a little controversy here and there, but nobody’s gotten tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail for “trying to groom the next generation” as one of them admitted.
- Feminists can say that partial birth abortion is the neatest thing since sliced bread, and they’ll get lauded as women’s rights activists rather than be shunned as bunny boilers. Sweet!
All the above, among other examples I could cite, demonstrates that they know the power of audacity.
As easily “triggered” as leftists are, calling them extremists has absolutely no effect whatsoever. They certainly don’t make themselves look silly by taking pains to deny it. (Meanwhile, calling mainstream rightists “extremists” is the command that causes them to roll over and play dead.) In fact, short of outright calls for violence, leftists can get as extreme as they want without running into trouble, and they’re happy to do so. They certainly don’t go around taking pains not to be perceived as further to the left of mainstream figures like Joe Biden.
Neither do they wring their hands that they must never, ever, ever say anything that might seem anything close to totalitarian ideologies of the left. If someone calls them out for being pinkos or comsymps, they don’t care. Those who actually are Communists can declare their affiliation without moderates falling all over themselves to denounce them. Leftists don’t punch left! Must be nice, huh? Again, they can make whatever political statement they want, and as incendiary as they want, short of inciting riots or the like.
In fact, if they declare that Communism is awesome, they’ll probably have no repercussions whatsoever. If they say that Fidel Castro was great, it’s no problem. They can wear a Che Guevara T-shirt and that’s no big deal either. If they write a book saying that the Viet Cong were the good guys, it won’t get banned. If they want to claim that gulags were posh hotels, instead of forced labor camps with starvation rations, that actually has been done.
But wait! There’s more! Leftists can express their views with no risk of retaliation. No online mobs will write to their employers urging them to be fired. They’re not going to get doxed and have their privacy invaded. They won’t be put on lists by well-funded “watchdog” outfits that have the ear of law enforcement agencies.
Neither do they have to watch what they say or someone might rat them out to their Internet service provider or social media company. Neither do the tech monopolies write programs to detect liberal content and ban their users for it. Their banks or credit card processors won’t shut off their accounts (possibly without returning money that belongs to them) because these businesses dislike their politics. Even while gigantic corporations are doing an end run around the First Amendment, leftists are not the ones on target and still have freedom of speech. Actually, that’s how it used to be for everyone regardless of their beliefs. Who knew?
Leftist ideology is not exactly its strong suit. As Ronald Reagan put it long ago:
The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
Luckily for them, there are mitigation strategies. If the facts aren’t on their side, then they can make up new “facts”. Another thing to do is to keep people from seeing contradictory information. One huge advantage is that the left has opinion-forming institutions firmly on their side, which allows them to do all that, among some other benefits.
One of these institutions is the mainstream media, an enormous propaganda mill. It’s composed of five toxically leftist conglomerates, and one lame neoconservative conglomerate representing the controlled opposition viewpoint. Together, these are 90% of the media outlets. This kind of monopoly control is an enormous advantage, even better than having an unlimited advertising budget. (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if all the rightists out there quit buying movie tickets, stopped subscribing to MSM magazines and newspapers, and cancelled their cable bills? What if we used the extra dough to support small, independent efforts that don’t lie to us or insult us?) Another top opinion-forming institution is the World Council of Churches, which has converged most Christian denominations. Another is academia, which deserves its own discussion.
Leftist professors and other scientific figures of dubious distinction have been known to stretch the truth, use fuzzy statistics, or outright make up data to support The Narrative. Examples include Franz Boas, Trofim Lysenko, Margaret Mead, Stephen Jay Gould, and so forth. (Happily, there are some honest exceptions who stick to the truth like Robert Putnam and Alan Sokal.) Those in the soft sciences have expended much effort on creating rhetoric like intersectionality, White privilege, The Patriarchy, the “prejudice plus power” line, and other tautological arguments carefully crafted to lead to the conclusions they want.
Granted, these are mediocre minds who have been educated beyond their capacity to understand, but they get paid to spend all day teaching propaganda. Therefore, they get pretty good at delivering it and occasionally come up with new sophistry. Thanks to postmodernism, they even can dispense with evidence and reason altogether, because they think nothing is real.
They’re able to do these things because academia has been a major power base, a long story going back for close to a century. As we can see, the fact that the university system has been converged provides side benefits, beyond merely having access to impressionable youths for four years. It took the right about sixty years to figure out what the left had been up to all this time. Where’s our grand counterstrategy?
Protesting until the cows come home
Finally, demonstrations are important events for leftists. It’s always been that way. I have to wonder if the hippie couples who first met at all those peace rallies and so forth increased the Generation X population by tens of thousands. Lately, demos are more important than ever.
Now that social media has made us all less social, protests are a great way to meet other like-minded folks face-to-face. At least it gets the leftists out of Mom’s basement and into some fresh air and sunshine. Many of them couldn’t be dragged into a church even by a team of wild horses. Therefore, attending a protest might be the best large group enthusiasm experience they get to have. I can say in perfect sincerity that waving cardboard signs and chanting is better than sportsball.
There is, of course, a small risk that a demonstration might turn ugly. (Pro tip: if you’re being bused into another city and paid to raise hell, then you’re an outside agitator. Surprise! By any chance, is the money man at the apex of your chain of command a billionaire who looks like Emperor Palpatine?) Those who riot, loot, or burn the city down might actually get away with it. Nonetheless, I recommend keeping things peaceful.
Fortunately for leftists, incidents where things go seriously off the rails – and they weren’t the ones who immoderately escalated matters – are pretty rare. Luckily for them, the authorities won’t go out of their way to fuck with them. Neither is a rightist counterdemonstrator going to hit them over the head with a bike lock, spray them in the eyes with bear mace, or attack with other improvised weapons. In the rare cases when shit goes down that they didn’t instigate directly, their fellow leftists will not – I repeat not – engage in pointless armchair quarterbacking. As I wrote in Deplorable Diatribes:
After the Kent State shootings, did the antiwar movement put on a big samokritika session? Did they blame their leaders for creating a climate of tension leading up to it with militant rhetoric and disorderly activities? Did the peaceniks decide that holding demonstrations was a failed tactic? Did they resolve that they’d better not appear any further left than George McGovern? No, they raised holy hell about the National Guard’s itchy trigger fingers. It was indeed a godawful mess, and they did their utmost to make the administration look terrible over that. I’ll have to give credit where it’s due – leftists have the sense to point fingers at their enemies rather than their friends.
Anyway, maybe all that is food for thought.