End Of Week Ethics Alarms, 10/11/2019: The Liberty Under Attack Edition


I’m looking forward to the weekend  even though I’ll be working throughout.

I’m obviously an idiot.

1. My Ethics Alarms doesn’t even “ping!” on this one.  KTVU, the Bay Area’s Fox affiliate, summarized the St. Louis Cardinals’ devastating win over the Braves in Game 5 of the National League Division Series with a chyron reading, “Braves Scalped.” The Horror! Exclaimed the always sensitive Yahoo! Sports, “That’s straight out of the yikes factory. Particularly given the conversation that’s surrounded the Braves recently. A Cardinals pitcher of Native American descent objected to the Braves’ infamous tomahawk chop and the team responded Wednesday by toning down its use of the chop. There’s not any good time to roll out a “scalped” headline, but this was a particularly bad one.” The headline to the story says the headline is “racist.”

OK, why? I want one good reason. If a team is going to call itself something other than “The Baseball Players,” which would be strikingly unoriginal, you have to admit, then metaphors and colorful language relating to that teams’ nickname are automatically appropriate. “Orioles’/Cardinals’/Bluejays’ Wings Clipped!”…”Red Sox/Whie Sox unravel!”…”Tigers/Cubs/ Declawed!”…”Nats Swatted!”…”Giants Dwarfed!”…  “Pirates Walk The Plank!”…”Diamondbacks Rattled!”…”Mariners Sink!” But “Braves (or Indians) Scalped!” is an outrage? The team lost 13-1! The Braves were down 10-0 after the first half-inning; it was an epic slaughter. I could u8nderstand the discomfort if Native Americans never scalped their adversaries, but they did. This isn’t some kind of historical slander. Let’s see…here’s some of a rather scholarly article on the subject of scalping…

…the languages of the eastern Indians contained many words to describe the scalp, the act of scalping, and the victim of scalping. A Catholic priest among the Hurons in 1623 learned that an onontsira was a war trophy consisting of “the skin of the head with its hair.” The five languages of the Iroquois were especially rich in words to describe the act …To the Mohawks and Oneidas, the scalp was onnonra ; the act of taking it, kannonrackwan . Their western brothers at Onondaga spoke of hononksera , a variation of the Huron word. And although they were recorded after initial contact with the Europeans, the vocabularies of the other Iroquois nations and of the Delaware, Algonquin, Malecite, Micmac, and Montagnais all contained words for scalp, scalping, and the scalped that are closely related to the native words for hair, head, skull, and skin. That these words were obviously not borrowed from European languages lends further support to the notion that they were native to America and deeply rooted in Indian life….paintings and drawings reinforce that image. The single most important picture in this regard is Theodore de Bry’s engraving of Le Moyne’s drawing of “How Outina’s Men Treated the Enemy Dead.” Based on Le Moyne’s observations in 1564-65, the 1591 engraving was the first pictorial representation of Indian scalping, one faithful to Le Moyne’s verbal description and to subsequent accounts from other regions of eastern America. The details—sharp reeds to extract the scalp, drying the green skin over a fire, displaying the trophies on long poles, and later celebrating the victory with established rituals by the sorcerer—lend authenticity to De Bry’s rendering and support to the argument for the Indian invention of scalping….[I]n the end, the American stereotype of scalping must stand as historical fact, whether we are comfortable with it or not.”

In summary, the word was obviously not meant literally to refer to a baseball game. Nor was the use of it was in no way libelous to real Native Americans. Yahoo’s pearl-clutching, and that of social media political correctness cops, is more offensive by far than the Fox chryon.

2.  As if you didn’t have to jump through too many hoops to fly already…In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, which made the addition of a star to state IDs  and drivers licenses necessary to have access to nuclear power plants and federal facilities. Then some genius decided that access to airplanes should be added to the list.

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, Americans who do not have Real IDs must provide alternative proof of identity for domestic flights, in most cases  a passport. Only 42% of Americans have passports and according to a recent survey, 72% of Americans don’t have Real IDs.  Some states have yet to  issue Real ID-compliant licenses. Most Americans are not aware of the requirement.

And the news media has hardly done a good job providing advance warning. Just wait until we start hearing about this around September of next year….

3. Nah, the Democratic Party isn’t embracing totalitarianism! During a CNN “town hall” last night, Beto O’Rourke called for religious institutions that opposed  gay marriage  to lose their tax-exempt status.“ “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us and so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.,” this idiot proclaimed, naturally to wild applause.  Also naturally, nobody asked him to reconcile that statement with the anti-woman tenets of Islam.

During CNN’s “Equality in America” town hall, Democratic Senator Cory Booker vowed “consequences” for religious institutions that didn’t accept a state-ordered world-view. Of course, bakers, photographers, performers and artists who similarly don’t accept the teachings of Democrat Big Brother will also be punished, presumably.

Next, re-education camps for citizens who don’t demand Draconian measures to address climate change. If the Republicans can’t scalp this party’s candidates come November 2020, they should give up. And if Americans vote into power a political party that has become this hostile to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, they don’t deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They are too ignorant and dumb to know what to do with them.

4. Res Ipsa Loquitur:

5. Oh-Oh. Watch out, Professor: Joe Biden will want to ban your blog. Here’s Jonathan Turley today:

Kate Bedingfield, the deputy manager of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has denounced the New York Times for publishing an opinion editorial by author Peter Schweizer on [Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the Ukraine.] The hubris of the Biden campaign to demand that the media silence its critics would be laughable if it were not for the failure of many outlets to cover the story. …Bedingfield wrote to Dean Baquet to chastize the paper for “giving top billing” to “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer in an op-ed titled, “What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal – That’s the Problem.” The Biden campaign expects media to fall into line and just dismiss the story as a “conspiracy theory.” The problem is that it is not….None of this is to state conclusively that Hunter Biden engaged in an effort of influence peddling or self-dealing. However, it is clearly worthy of scrutiny by the media. The most disturbing aspect of this story is that the Biden campaign expects media to ignore such a legitimate story to protect it from bad press, including opinion editorials. That would be presumptuous except for the fact that some networks have done precisely what the Biden campaign is asking for in this letter….

39 thoughts on “End Of Week Ethics Alarms, 10/11/2019: The Liberty Under Attack Edition

  1. 2. This must be a regional issue because every year in the Chicago area the media has all kinds of stories about how the IL DL/ID cards were not Real ID compliant and IL needed an additional waiver from the Federal Government. While I’m sure there were plenty of IL residents unaware of the upcoming Real ID requirements, they had to be people that didn’t watch local news programs or seen a newspaper on the rack in the gas station, 7-11 or grocery store. They must also not drive in the state (not legally anyway). When I renewed my driver’s lisense in July 2017 I was told specifically it wasn’t compliant. This was something people were being told as part of the issuing/renewal process. IL only just started issuing Real IDs in the last year or so.

    Fortunately for me, my company needed me to travel internationally and paid to renew my passport, at which time I had them also pay for a passport card, which is also an acceptable ID for domestic flights.

  2. The real ID program makes sense given so many states are issuing drivers licences to undocumented and documented non -citizens. I see no reason why if a citizen must – at some point- obtain a real ID for accessing public buildings or flying we not require a Real ID to register to vote.

    If we can make some people jump through hoops to get a Real ID we can require all to get them or be without the ability to enjoy all the rights to which they are entitled.

    I bet we could facilitate helping the poorest citizens get a Real ID if we only spent half as much as we do fighting to keep them from being required to get one.

      • I share those concerns. The idea of a defacto national ID smacks of “show me your papers” demands. I suppose I was rationalizing if I have to do this and it is tied to citizenship we might as well demand it be used for voting

      • Rich
        Thank you for the correction. That changes my outlook on Real Id completely. I assumed because you needed to provide a birth certificate or U.S. passport to obtain the real ID the process would delineate between cutizens and non citizens..

        So exactly where is the increased level of scrutiny? Scrutiny suggests investigation. The only thing I can determine is that these ID’s will be able to be cross referenced among the states by feds. If that is the case why do the feds need that ability before something creates a need to investigate?

  3. Unfunded mandate, security of information depending on the absolutely least secure DMV in the entire country. This has been kabuki theater for over 10 years now…

  4. 2. It’s a pain in the neck for women, especially if you’ve been married more than once.

    I had to have a copy of my birth certificate, a copy of my first marriage decree, a copy of the divorce decree, a copy of my second marriage decree all to prove the name changes. Who keeps a copy of their first marriage paperwork? They were lucky I still had the certificate signed by the minister.

    • Funny you mention that, my sister also ran into this issue, although not due to her divorce, but due to our mother’s divorce.

      After my parents’ divorce, my mother legally changed her last name back to her maiden name. A few years later my mother decided to also change my sisters’ and my last name to a hyphenated version of both her and my father’s last name. That was in the 80s. Fast forward to this year and my sister couldn’t get a Real ID in Nevada because the last name listed on her birth certificate and her the last name listed on her marriage certificate don’t match. Last I spoke to her about it she was having to contact the family court system in IL to get a copy of the family court order changing our last names.

      I was amazed because I didn’t have any of these issues because by the time I was 16 years old I was tired of the hyphenated last name and only presented my birth certificate and SS Card with my original last name and never looked back.

      • Sorry, that last sentence should read:
        I was amazed because I didn’t have any of these issues because by the time I was 16 years old I was tired of the hyphenated last name and only presented my birth certificate and SS Card with my original last name to the DMV to get my DL and never looked back.

  5. Beto O’Rourke “we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”
    Okay, then they and all their party buddies who are trying to block/suppress/remove free speech or gun ownership can stop getting tax breaks too.

    Democratic Senator Cory Booker apparently never understood that just about every colony and settlement wave was settled by the non-conformists. France sent their non conforming Hugonauts, the Penns were Quakers, the Puritains were deeply conservative. People who were rich or conformist rarely came here. There were a LOT of religious conflicts between colonies, that’s why churces were declared hands off. Then there’s the sects so conservative to make the Republicans look Woke, like the Amish.

    Are they seriously expecting to make all that property taxable? What about things like old cemeteries of churches that no longer exist? Sell to the highest bidder for a new Starbucks? This idea reminds me too much of Henry the VIII’s confiscation of the monestaries or the French king’s condemning the Templars because he owed them too much money.

    That would be a painless way for tyrants to balance the budget, right? That only lessoned the budget issues when kings could not stop spending.

    • all their party buddies who are trying to block/suppress/remove free speech or gun ownership can stop getting tax breaks too.

      Oh, they don’t mean those outdated rights that are actually enumerated in the Constitution. They mean the new progressive rights, like the right to a college education, housing in your city of choice, healthcare, and child care at somebody else’s expense. Oh, and the right to migrate to whatsoever country you please at your sole discretion.

    • Why do none of the moderators ever push back and ask why do these politicians want to oppress Islam by taxing their mosques. There are Christian sects/denominations that have no problem with gay marriage but I am unaware of any Islamic sects/denomination that embrace let alone tolerate anything LGBT…..

  6. “Why are you arguing what is a system of oppression? You’ve never experienced one! Shut up! I don’t want to hear from you!”

    I think this qualifies as irony. Stating that someone has not experienced something while subjecting them to the very thing you’re saying that they’ve never experienced.

  7. Meanwhile, here in Australia a photograph carrying firearms (called Weapons) Licence has the same value for ID purposes as a bankcard!

    I can understand why. When I called the issuing authority regarding my sons first, Junior, card because there was a problem, the conversation went like this:
    “Oh, is he one of the people who has been licensed for the wrong type of firearm?”
    “No, he is one of the people with someone else’s photograph on the card.”
    “Oh, one of THOSE!”

    Hence my constant refrain: Why is it that everyone hates everything the government does, that half the population want the government to do everything?

    P.S. I just love presenting my firearms licence at the bank for an identity check.

  8. Beto O’Rourke says “we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

    Do the human rights of Americans include the right to have as President the man they elected to the role?

  9. 1. Hairbrushing history?

    P.S. I wouldn’t mind having the tomahawk chop banned from Braves games and FSU games on the grounds it’s moronic and annoying. It also makes the suburban white people doing it look really idiotic.

    • It’s moronic, but I’m more uncomfortable with restrictions on expression by fans when it isn’t obscene or inappropriate to the venue. Besides, seeing Jane Fonda do the chop when she was married to Ted Turner is an enduring happy memory…

      • Hah. That’s funny. I’d forgotten about Jane’s foray into blatant capitalism. And now her PR firm has sent her to D.C. in her private jet, no doubt, to protest the Climate Crisis! Good for her. I think she and Geta Thornberg are about the same in terms of intellectual capacity and maturity.

  10. 1. Clipped! Unraveled! De-clawed! Swatted! Rattled!
    And, the Yankees going south is, what? A return to the Civil War? Reconstruction? Carpetbaggers? Maybe not exactly racist, but certainly regionalist.
    Nope, just the baseball team deteriorating (some wish).

  11. I submit this as what I see as a very interesting Catholic perspective on the attempted coups against President Trump. I both see truth in it, and also have doubts about other aspects. But it is worth listening to if only to better understand the full gamut of the culture wars — which suddenly are far more serious.

    • Ah! Spotted this on the TraditionalCatholics Reddit page earlier and forgot to watch it, thanks. Sensus Fidelium is a great venue.

      I have to admit, I’ve been a bit lax keeping up with politics. The Synod on the Amazon going on in Rome is a circus sideshow and has kept my attention almost undivided for several weeks (well before it even started). The state of things has a certain effect on the traditional-minded Catholics, as you’re probably aware. Jews looked at the Temple as a microcosm reflecting the macrocosm. Distress to the nation was reflected in distress to the Temple and vice versa. Similarly, seeing a pagan tree-planting witchdoctor ceremony in the Vatican gardens, attended by the Pope has a certain air of impending disaster. “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” and all that. Something uncanny and inexplicable will have to happen to straighten this all out. The Trads are all watching in fascination – not horror though, it’s more like anticipation. They’d been called conspiracy theorists for saying this was going to happen all along, so just a touch of vindication changes the mood a bit. A moment is approaching. The macrocosm reflects the microcosm. Prophetic messages from Marian apparitions and visions reported by Saints and Blesseds all converge on the near future. It’s just about to get weird, and probably everywhere at once. I think I’ll just be relieved when all the implicit conflicts become explicit. Walking on eggshells is to tiresome.

      • I feel similarly: the focus on politics certainly does not help one interiorly nor spiritually.

        And yes: it is very strange to observe the bizarre goings on surrounding all aspects of the Church. The issue became clear to me when I went to speak to a priest at a church close to a restaurant we eat at when in Cali (Colombia). I sat down with the priest in his office and he listened attentively, and with interest to my story, and I asked him for help in finding a ‘traditionally-minded community’.

        When I finished he said ‘better if you read some of my writings’ and said he’d send them email. He warned me that he was not at all traditionalist and that ‘the Church must change’. When I asked him if he at least knew any traditional priests he said he didn’t associate with them because — and he used the gesture of two fists colliding — ‘we clash’.

        He had nothing to recommend and gave no admonition of any sort except to read his writings. When I got them and glossed them they were strange musings on weird topics — psychology, symbols, the ‘ouroboros’, more or less incomprehensible, not worth trying — and nowhere any mention of anything at all Christian. Nothing even remotely Catholic.

        I felt for a moment that ‘the Universe’ was laughing at me, like it was a cosmic ironical joke on me. If I took his writing as a guide to his religiosity or spirituality I could not understand how he could conduct Mass and perform that sacrifice. Is he even a Christian? Has his office simply become a job for him? A sort of theatre when he no longer believes in its essence?

        But, with more research, I came to realize that it is often the Latin American priests who advocate for ‘modernization’ and the reason I suppose is because of the general backwardness of Latin Americans. And they associate Catholicism with the source of that backwardness (and there is some truth to this).

        Further researches led to the understanding that the Church (here) simply does not have the resources to properly instruct anyone, and then of course if there are many priests of this sort who were influenced (I gather) by Liberation Theology it fits that they would advocate for a kind of Protestantization of Catholic liturgy, which of course is the case generally. If you are to get your child an education, here, your only option is a private college and though there are some quite decent ones that are very inexpensive (compared to the US or Europe), most people do not have that money.

        All together it is a terrible and troubling problem what is happening ‘in Modernity’. In order to understand the essence of Catholicism it requires rigorous education and background. But here there are simply not those resources available. So, people do not ever adequately understand their own religion. Or really the reason to have religion or to be religious! (Or to think what ‘salvation’ means or any of the Sacraments).

        And in that case there is not really a strong relationship to it. Just a fading relationship: a dusk. Now, the rising generation has little interior relationship, and thus falls away from a solid practice. And what captures them is the ‘mutability’ of the moment and all the distractions therein. And then many other influences vie for attention, all those that are well-known. And those win over.

        Here, where I live, I have watched a social transformation take place. From a kind-of social traditionalism to a tattoo-culture and a punky-rocky hip-hoppish university marijuana smoking culture of somewhat aggressive youth demanding rights. And a tremendous pressure on the girls to become (what looks to me to be) sluttish and available. This happened just over the last 6 years since we moved here. I noticed it because, 6 years ago, I read Bork’s book Slouching Toward Gomorrah which seems to have been the beginning of my shift to ‘traditional categories’. He described, in detail, how the ‘spirit of the Sixties’ destroyed the relationship to traditional categories but also to *authority*. That and of course also the influence of my sister’s husband who is ‘dedicatedly traditionalist’ (but not Catholic though he does get the meaning in the symbols, he is more a Richard Weaver philosophical type). And through that my eyes were opened to the effects of ‘radicalism’ and the way corruption and also social engineering operates.

        If there is no one to *see* it happening, there is no one available to propose an alternative, and thus no *brake*. And then people are just the subject of and the victim of forces they do not understand and can never see.

        It may happen — it is likely — that things will just have to progress in their negativity until there is a ‘bottom’ reached. But within our small community — at least — we at least can see what is happening and, reflecting on that, try to arrive at the right orientation interiorly. Not much else can be done. I pay so much attention to the American scene simply because I find it so strange and interesting.

        • Even here in the States, most priests are syncretist hacks, but they probably have to be a bit more subtle about it. I’ve definitely never encountered overt presentation of Masonic, alchemical materials (it’s still in vogue here to portray people concerned with Masonic infiltrators in the Church as conspiracy theorists). I’ve heard suggestions that the Communist ideological attacks on the Church were more successful in South America, and that it’s been a slower burn up here. What I do encounter is more along the lines of our Holy Father’s bombshell in Abu Dhabi: that God has willed all religions. It’s just subtle enough to make use of thin defenses in case of open accusations but clear enough to be understood by all hearers – like a mob hit.

          Still, if you look for it, you can find cases of traditionalists being abused and chased out of seminaries and priests who speak too boldly against the spirit of the age being sent by their more effete bishops to psychological facilities to be medicated at the diocese’s expense. People talk of changes to the Church and Its outreach being a response to diminished membership and vocations, but unbiased observation pinpoints it as the cause, drawing continued justification from its own engineered failures, feeding off its own rotten fruit for continued sustenance, like a doomed ouroboros, a hideous freak of nature straining to breathe its own exhaust, both parasite and host, as true a picture of the diabolical as there ever was. By now, I suspect that with the exception of some holdouts, things aren’t too much better up here. Indeed, like you, everything I know about Catholicism is the result of my own personal study. Even the few good priests are guarded, and they have to be for the sake of the oppressive atmosphere. It’s fitting that this would be the last Institution the Enemy would march through. The gates of Hell have enveloped the world and now try to swallow the Church.

          It’s funny what seeing all of this does to one, though. I’m not motivated in the slightest to give up and blend in. I found a small parish which offers the Tridentine Mass, and I’ve ordered a silver rosary with a Benedict medal centerpiece. The “Trads” were right all along, so a full-throated “Trad” I shall be. I seem to be far from alone in this. Grace abounds from all the white martyrdoms, and it’ll be a deluge once red martyrdom comes to the fore. Hell’s fury is just the flaccid, whiny narcissism of a perpetually-scorned woman in the face of true righteous indignation and the Hosts of Heaven.

              • I have at times thought there is a place in Purgatory for those who *recommend books* 🙂 but in this case I am not sure if I merit additional punishment.

                My brother-in-law is a total book-nut and here we have a really amazing library (his library). But I had to research and find the ‘essential’ Catholic books from the era pre-Vatican ll.

                That Catechism is a crucial document. Because it came about when the Church was under severe ideological and other attack. And they had to go back and clarify, and restate, the core doctrines. It has an interesting power. I began to read it again as I had only been through it once.

                I also recommend the publisher: ‘Benziger Brothers’. They no longer exist but at one time they were major publishers of Catholic theological and other books.

                For example ‘The New Missel for Everyday’ (“A Tridentine Missal in Latin and English. Includes ordinary of mass, proper of the season, proper of the saints, common of the saints, votive masses, marriage ceremony, nuptial mass, masses for the dead, Forty Hours’ Devotion, proper for United States, and masses for religious orders. Also includes Fr. Kelly’s illustrated study plan and an extensive supplement.”), and also ‘The Psalms: A Prayerbook’. Has them in Latin with English translation.

                That Missel is really a study-course all in itself: Lex orandi, lex credendi . . .

                ‘The Hymns of the Breviary and Missal’ is a really wonderful book. It has all the hymns in Latin with their English translation. And some of those hymns go back 1500 years and more.

                Then there is the ‘Roman Breviary in English: Reformed by Order of Pope Pius X’ (Benziger 1950) There are 4 tomes and each pertain to the specific season. They sell for quite high in the set but I found the ones I have, one by one, on Amazon for around $100.00 each.

        • There is a very interesting article that came to me from The American Conservative by George Stanciu: How America Went to War Against Itself.

          It has seemed to me for a while, and Stanciu is making reference to this, that the cohering narrative that in former times bound *Americans* together is a glue coming undone. Most people can easily agree that that is so. But the difficulty — our difficult, the difficulty of those writing on this blog who are interested in the problem of declining freedom and of ‘liberty under attack’ — is, I have thought, that we cannot fully visualize and understand the profundity of the problem. Therefore with a somewhat reduced and glossary terminology I have referred to the metaphysical problem: many of us do not *see* the same world!

          If we cannot *see* the same world, if indeed our perceptual systems are disjointed and disconnected — leading BTW to the interesting but dangerous Hamletian situation of ‘time being out of joint’ — there is really no way for us to achieve agreement. And if we cannot achieve agreement it is absurd to imagine that we could act in concert. And to have Nation does mean, by definition, acting in concert in relation to the most important things.

          What interests me in Stanciu’s article — I agree with what he is seeing (disunity) but I do not think he is acknowledging the determining reality of the real conflicts, and of course his perspective is philosophical — is that he is showing how imposed, perceptual structures determine, of course, what and how one sees, but also the central fact that we see, live, act and understand through such *imposed structures*. There is no way around it.

          Therefore the question *What is going on?* must at a point become *What is really going on?* which is, by the introduction of that philosophical word, to admit doubt that 1) what one sees and what one is shown is ‘really real’, and 2) that one’s own metaphysical-perceptual structures may not be accurate or dependable.

          There is an article in the Times that has this quote. The article deals on the subject of Trump’s lashing out at Fox news when Fox is the best friend he has:

          Anthony Scaramucci, who served briefly as Mr. Trump’s White House communications director — and has recently become a vocal critic — invoked a popular story about Lyndon Johnson viewing Walter Cronkite’s reporting as a bellwether for the public mood on Vietnam. [When Cronkite suggested that the war could not be won, he introduced a doubting narrative that was part of turning the public tide against it]:

          “Fox News is Trump’s Walter Cronkite,” Mr. Scaramucci said in an email. “Once he loses the majority of them, it’s over. He knows it, which is why he is bashing and intimidating them.”

          Meaning, if it happened that Fox no longer supported Trump that it would be over for Trump. This leads to the interesting fact that any governing figure will be upheld, or not upheld, by Media Corporations. Therefore: these corporations are the fabricators of metaphysical relationship. They (literally) mediate people’s relationship to Reality in a significant degree.

          Now it seems, in a globalizing world, in a globalizing Reality, there are simply too many conflicting Narratives. They can’t all be right, especially when they oppose each other, so that must mean they are likely wrong. And it is that confusion that (I suggest) has people in its grip.

          I hope that I made at least some sense here. I thought Stanciu’s article very interesting and compelling. I think he points in the direction of some sort of ‘answer’. Or at least that of getting the problem(s) out in the open.

          • I was intrigued by the end. He’d been treating each grand narrative in a neutral light until he developed a sort of meta-grand-narrative to explain the construction of the pan-managerial modern state. It gives the article a libertarian sort of flavor, but in a good way. After all, everyone should resent compulsory submission to government systems rather than writing them off as “necessary evil” even as they joke about both inefficaciousness and intrusiveness.

            It does give one the sense that the ostensible game is pageantry, and the real game is masked by it. I’ve been sympathetic to this understanding, but I also don’t think our governing bureaucrats could live up to such a scheme. To me, it seems like part of the leftward party’s plan which the rightward party went along with for the sake of expediency. Red tape, paperwork, and regulations were part of the plan that kept the right wing from drifting too far (or rather, not drifting) and giving away the game. I guess it could have been an unconscious side-effect of the two warring main narratives, though.

            The idea that these narratives could be constructed by people who know they’re lying as they do so – that they’re willfully deceiving masses of people to the point of being unable, afterward, to hear any reason to the contrary, like a cult – this is the most damning criminal act I can imagine. By now, I can’t imagine anyone denying that this is what has been going on for decades who isn’t himself compromised by that cult brainwashing. To an extent, I think the problem is just about out in the open. Then again, it took obnoxiously long for things to get this far. Maybe they can squeeze some more plausible deniability out of the tube.

            I don’t think so though. I think the narrative bubble has popped. They couldn’t all survive each other or freely-available information. I think you’re right about the state of confusion, then. Clinging to the collapsed narratives, no longer able to sustain the weight of their own contrived, unwieldy structures, is a sort of childish desperation. Unfortunately, a sizable majority is childish and desperate, or rather wandering the Earth in a state of living death. If the dose of outrage has to be continually increased to keep their interest, then the lifetime of this tactic is necessarily finite. Even now, the political outrage is pumped into every form of their entertainment. I don’t know how major media organizations will maintain their place of prominence for much longer. Their clientele is nearly dead from withdrawals even as they’ve replaced their entire bloodstream with the drug.

            I wonder what the new world will look like.

  12. During a CNN “town hall” last night, Beto O’Rourke called for religious institutions that opposed gay marriage to lose their tax-exempt status.“ “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us and so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.,” this idiot proclaimed, naturally to wild applause. Also naturally, nobody asked him to reconcile that statement with the anti-woman tenets of Islam.

    During CNN’s “Equality in America” town hall, Democratic Senator Cory Booker vowed “consequences” for religious institutions that didn’t accept a state-ordered world-view. Of course, bakers, photographers, performers and artists who similarly don’t accept the teachings of Democrat Big Brother will also be punished, presumably.

    It seems pretty clear that gay rights and civil rights can not co-exist.

    And if Americans vote into power a political party that has become this hostile to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, they don’t deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They are too ignorant and dumb to know what to do with them.

    Obama radicalized the Democratic Party.

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