As night follows the day, the purge follows any leftist revolutionary movement. I believe this is because the appeal of the solutions offered by the left are strictly emotional rather than one based upon facts, evidence, and other objectively verifiable metrics. When subjective emotion is the only means of measuring success or failure, it’s quite easy to find someone who doesn’t seem to feel as strongly about things as you do. And from this position spring the inevitable purges of the left. Objective evidence quite literally has no place in these events.
In that regard we can thank the social justice movement for stripping away all of the nonsense that has in the past served as a smokescreen for other leftist social revolutions. The ‘Social Justice Warriors’ and their comrades of the heart, the ‘black lives matter’ and ‘third wave feminist’ movements, explicitly declare that the feelings of the revolutionaries are the only measures of truth that they recognize. In that way they kind of get right to the point.
There isn’t any real discussion of ‘fairness’ or ‘equality’ in these movements, quite the contrary. All they are demanding is the necessity of not having their vision challenged in the first place because it would damage their feelings and somehow make them feel unsafe. They demand that the shades be pulled and no light be shone on their ideas, because it’s the only way their laughably frail vision of the perfect society can endure. Their movement is literally defined by their abject terror at the thought of anyone disagreeing with them.
As a bystander to this, and with my curiosity about decision making at the ready, the very first question I ask in the face of that behavior is: ‘Why are they so afraid?’ What is it that so terrifies them that they are willing to allow themselves to be held up to ridicule by the vast majority of Americans who use objective metrics to determine what needs to change?
Some reading his may argue that their most recent actions are all just a will to power, and they’re attacking America’s universities because they know that our cloistered and deeply leftist academics lack the will to stand up to them. That may be true, but that actually describes what happens after they decide a change is required. First they say to themselves that the world must change to suit them, and then they act on that decision. On our college campuses we’re seeing the actions, not the decision. So what is it that so scares them all so much and drives them to think that the world requires change in the first place?
The answer of course, is the truth. The intellectually objective and statistically observable truth. They are terrified of any facts that contradict their vision. And as those facts seem increasingly inescapable, so too does their determination to be shielded from them. At this point they not only discard any opposing position, but the very methods used to derive the position in the first place.
Through the magic of psychological projection, they see racism, misogyny and hate everywhere, but objective evidence of that widespread ‘hatred’ has been remarkably difficult to come by. The dwindling objective studies that continue to imply support of their view are laughably cherry picked and easy to counter, and the facts which point to a contrary view continue to stack up. So rather than abandon their vision in the face of facts, they instead demand that the idea of ‘facts’ being used to counter their vision be tossed into the memory well along with all the contrary evidence that comes with it.
So what is the truth? What is the thing that so terrifies the Social Justice movement, that they now need to interpret civil disagreement as systematic violence and invent acts of racism and rape wholesale to try to continue to fool some of the people some of the time? It’s obvious. In a sentence it’s this:
Blacks and Latinos perform worse than whites and Asians across a wide spectrum of fields not because of racism, but because of differing abilities, and men will always be the ones who define the value attributed to "physical attractiveness" in women when choosing a mate.
That’s it. That’s the whole enchilada. The simple fact stated above generates such terror in those who would fail when measured against it, that they have invented an entire political movement designed to specifically invalidate not just everything about it, but the very intellectual method through which it was derived. They have taken political correctness to an absurd level, and shown it for all its absurdity to the wider world, because they can’t face up to the idea that they might be stupid, or ugly, or both.
I once wrote a piece where I wondered in print how I my own ego would deal with belonging to a group where the average IQ was demonstrably lower than average. I still don’t have the answer to that specific question, but I now know how others deal with it. They will foster the ‘black lives matter’ movement. With regard to misogyny and ‘rape culture’, as a man my appreciation of women these days is that their mental processes are simply too foreign to me to every truly understand them. But I now believe I know what goes through Lena Dunham’s head when she looks in the mirror, considers the kind of man she’ll attract, and unilaterally decides that today is the day to redefine 'beauty'.
I’ve recently taken to writing “Feminism Delenda Est”, ripping of Cato the elder and his “Carthago Delenda Est” (Carthage must be destroyed) phrase which was said to be the last words of his every public speech. Thanks to the Social Justice movement, I now believe I know how to do that very thing. All we need do, is speak the truth.
The next time someone points a finger and calls you a racist or demands that you recognize you ‘white privilege’, don’t argue facts. Simply ignore their specific complaint and speak directly to their true fear and the thing that causes their ‘real pain’. Simply tell them that the low average IQ of blacks or Latinos doesn’t necessarily apply to them specifically, and it’s completely possible for them as an individual to be very successful in spite of it. Be polite, but tell them that there is no boogie man with a Klan hood under their bed, and there is nothing ‘real’ to be afraid of. Say it with the confidence of someone who knows they speak the truth, because it is that very thing. If enough of us treat their ridiculous complaints this way, over time, I believe that all but the least capable of black men will begin to see the light.
Feminism and accusations of misogyny are trickier because women are more naturally fearful creatures than men and have developed remarkable facilities for rationalization in the face of that fear. But few women who are in any way attractive have really embraced third wave feminism anyway, so they operate with some degree of biological imperative generating a partial willingness to embrace the truth. Still, women of any race are, in my opinion much more capable of self-delusion than any black man, so a harsher line must be drawn for them. For my part, I plan to explain only the most undeniable portions of feminism’s natural counter position.
She screams ‘misogynist’ at me, or some nonsense about ‘rape culture’, and in return I’d say that no matter how angry she gets, men will still retain the right to decide what is attractive to them and what isn’t. If there is a standard of beauty that she doesn’t want to adhere to then it’s her choice, but since women’s inescapable biology dictates that her childbearing years are significantly shorter than she’s been led to believe in the feminist mythology, she can argue all she wants but probably shouldn’t waste too much time on it if she wants to ‘have it all’ like she says she does.
This will no doubt send her into paroxysms of rage, but the message will be delivered. So long as the man who says such things fails to rise to the emotional level of the woman, if she has any value at all she’ll cart that message home and replay it in her head while looking in the mirror. Eventually the content of the message will slip past her emotional filters and she’ll absorb as much truth as her ego is capable of coping with.
But all of that is tactics, and not the source of my real optimism.
My real optimism is on the durability of the truth and the Franciscan means of deriving the truth through reason. The social justice movement hasn’t attacked objective metrics where they hold the most sway but where they’re so weak that they were already all but suspended. Their thought process is an intellectually destructive force in western civilization. And even though they’ve done all they can to fulfill their vision of a perfect world made new, the only people they’ve managed to persuade were the cloistered and cowardly ex-hippies who run our universities. And since I view my own mental process with its basis in fact, and reliance on reason, as being supportive of the western world, it’s this weakness of my enemy that’s caused me to be optimistic.