Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fight Them Back

"If you fight them back, you're giving them what they want."

No we're not. What they want is for us to die. They do not want a fight.

Can they spin our self-defense into a narrative of us being the violent ones? They already have. They can do that regardless.  So what if we look like the bad guys? This isn't an election, or a game, or a contest.

In fact, they're perfectly happy with you perpetuating the myth that we are all the same. This doesn't stop them. It encourages them. They were ecstatic that the president laid blame on "many sides."

They don't care about looking like the good guys. But they know that you do, and they use that against you. This is how they control the dialogue. Any arguments pertaining to free speech are superfluous and unnecessary. Their speech is not threatened. Hence, we're learning who they are. What is threatened, however, is the existence of a platform. They purposely conflate speech with a platform, and liberals have allowed them to do this. If Milo Yiannopoulos' First Amendment rights are being violated every time he is uninvited from speaking at a college campus, then you and I are owed some fat speaking fees from every university in America (unless you, dear reader, have actually been paid to speak at a college campus. In which case, just cross that one off your list, and send invoices to all the rest). You know, because of the Constitution.

Free speech does not mean freedom from consequences. It does not mean freedom from shame. However, avoidance of shame and responsibility is the core of the alt-right's ideology. They pervert the language of progress for the perpetuation of this worldview. This is where "reverse racism" comes from. "You're the real fascists." If you tend to agree with me, according to Dave Rubin, you belong to the "regressive Left." He uses this term so frequently, you'd think it were a safe word given to him by his alien overlords only to be used when the pressure of appearing as a rational, compassionate human has become too great.

They desperately want to appear to be victims, so at the very least they are still given a seat at the table by otherwise liberal-minded people. On some level, however subconsciously, I think a lot of them realize they're not genuinely oppressed. Surely this dawns on you while you're beating someone with a tiki torch (that you bought) and the cops merely watch. But they prey upon feelings of inadequacy to grow their ranks. When they say "white genocide," what they mean is miscegenation. When they say "defend the white race," what they mean is genocide. This never stopped being a source of inadequacy (that being black men fucking the shit out of white women, and ostensibly actually bringing them to orgasm) among American white men, we just stopped calling it miscegenation.

Another tactic continued from the days of Jim Crow is that of dividing the working class by racial lines. They want you, economically anxious, rural white laborer, to believe your anxieties and your failures are the fault of "the other." This "other" is someone who always has more in common with you than the actual source of your poverty, which are the wealthy elite. From the steel mills of 19th-century Alabama, to the musky basements of modern day Kekistan, white supremacy is perpetuated by misdirected, deadly racial anger.

These are people who think that being yelled at is violence worthy of physical retaliation. They think, because one of their troll idols isn't entitled to fat speaking checks from public universities, that they are being censored. They think, because a community that they don't belong to decided it had enough of a confederate relic, that their history is being erased. They think that mixed babies are white genocide.

They are dishonest as a rule. They are Nazis. Of what value is placating them?

If fighting them back makes us just as bad, then what are you going to do about it?


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Give Terrorists More Fun Weapons

You'd think preventing terrorists from more easily accessing assault weapons would make them more creative in their terrorism. Alas! Same shit, different year. Cars, knives, handguns, blah! Boring.

Maybe we, as the United States, should arm them (yes, arm the terrorists) in such a manner that actually inspires some fucking artistry. Sure, more people would probably die, but it's not like they're not all killing each other anyway (am I right, folks who justify genocide of indigenous peoples?).

After all, arming terrorists is an American tradition. Hating and inflicting violence on strangers is as British as fish n' chips. And you know what? At most, three people died at Westminster today (as a result of the terrorism. [I'm not sure what the stats are throughout the rest of London, because, like, who gives a flying fuck? Right?]). How are we supposed to whip up a fun and frothy refugee-employing Starbucks latte of xenophobic fear if the death tolls are so low?

So I say let them go bananas. Hell, arm them with bananas. Not just individual slippery Mario Kart-style banana peels, but literally tons (tonnes? [we're all British today]) of bananas. Can you imagine being crushed to death by bananas? That shit would truly be b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

You may think that this is a little crass, or possibly an overreaction. But Europe is already done for anyway (at least according to people who've accidentally permanently lodged their heads up their asses in the search for their one true source of identity: genitals). Why not allow mother Europe to go out with a bang, as opposed to a very cuck-like whimper? You wouldn't want to be a cuck. Right, faggot? 

So there's gotta be a cheat code someone somewhere can use that will unlock the CIA's secret terrorist weapon stash.

Commies!

Europeans are commies!

That should do the trick!

Go get 'em, CIA.

Credit: IGN/Nintendo

Maybe we *should* give them Mario Kart weapons!

Monday, February 27, 2017

I'm Pretty Sure I'm Garbage

Hi.

My name is Benjamin. I'm a 27-year-old single white male.

I was born into a life of privilege. I don't think I've wasted it, but I'm still pretty sure I'm a garbage person.

I am terrible at keeping in touch. Friends and colleagues send me things. They send me letters, postcards, and presents. I send nothing in return. I've had people in my life beg me to keep in touch, and I've not followed through. To be fair, some of those people could be doing more on their end, but we're not here to talk about them.

And that's another reason I'm garbage. We're not here to talk about anyone else. We're not even here to talk. I'm writing to you. You're reading what I'm writing. You're thinking of a response. You're not responding because you either want to see where this goes or you don't think it's worth it.

Most people, when they disagree with me, don't immediately vocalize it. That would be the healthy thing to do. Friends, coworkers, roommates, etc. have consistently repressed their opposition to me. It almost always eventually comes to a boil.

Again, it's my fault. I surround myself with people who are too kind or cautious to immediately express their disagreement with me.

Or a majority of you are cowards.

But who am I to even suggest such a thing?

At this point I'm probably coming across as sarcastic. I swear, I'm being sincere. If I weren't such utter garbage, you'd take seriously my pleas for sincerity.

I get frustrated by texts and phone calls. Okay, at least (as far as the latter is concerned) I'm not usually receiving a phone call from a friend, but most likely from an employer or someone who wants money from me. No one looks forward to such conversations. But my aversion to texts and Facebook messages is inexplicable.

I'd go on, but I have to go to work.

I'm putting off writing to go get paid to do something that isn't writing. And that's yet another reason I'm pure filth. Setting aside my passion for profit is something I swore I'd never do, but my stomach demands it. Pure id, this stomach of mine.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tiny Bubbles (The Yelling)

I think this is my third post with "bubble" in the title. We've gone from art bubbles, to bubble butts, and now socio-political bubbles.

If that's all it takes for you to immediately close your browser window on this post, I don't blame you.

But I digress. I acknowledge readily that I do live in a kind of bubble. This was made most apparent to me by the election. No, not the general election. I'm talking about the primaries, and how Hillary Clinton did extraordinarily well in Florida. All projections, polls, objective analysis, history, and everything I already knew from having lived there for six years pointed to a Clinton victory. But I still know a lot of people who live in Florida, and I'd have been hard pressed to use more than one hand to count the amount openly supporting Clinton in the primary.

Sanders' loss in Florida was not surprising, but the margins were. Ergo, I live in a Bernie-crat bubble. I live in a Bernie bubble geographically, of course. But also socially.

However, this does not preclude my ability to see beyond my bubble. The suggestion that I cannot see beyond my big-ass bubble is becoming insulting. I was born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. I've lived within spitting distance of the Amish and Mennonites (we didn't have as many as Lancaster, Lebanon, or York, but they weren't far away either). I grew up wrestling, and playing football and baseball. My existence was purely suburban. It was not as blue collar as that of the coal crackers, whose signature wrestling maneuver was the "cement mixer" (I think mid-westerners call it a "steam roller"). But I sure as hell was not some kind of coastal elite (or at least not yet? It depends on who you're asking).

Before the start of my senior year of high school, my football team went to training camp at the University of Pennsylvania. Its Ivy League campus is located in Philadelphia. When the camp coaches were giving us a tour of the campus, they explained to us how traffic lights and walk buttons worked, and reminded us that things were "different" in the big city.

Well, yes and no.

My point is that the last two states I've lived in went red in the election. I was not surprised by this. Disappointed? Yes. Especially in Pennsylvania. I've lived in Portland for a little over a year. I haven't magically forgotten what life is like elsewhere. I haven't suddenly stopped hearing conservative voices. The angry voices are everywhere. They are loud, after all.

I advocate for intersectional progressivism. Race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class are all intertwined. Yeah, Democrats need to do more to reach out to working class Americans. But working class Americans need to stop shitting themselves every time an opportunistic blowhard writes off something beneficial as "socialism."