Monday, March 6, 2017

- Equalism Is Finally Dead

I've gotten to really enjoy the Ace Of Spades HQ. And this is a great example why:

Just in case people don't get this: I'm not being rhetorical when I say that a large fraction of the country, on both the left and the nevertrumper/GOPe side of things, has gone insane.

The world feels like a Twilight Zone episode to them -- the world they went to sleep in on November 8, 2016 was not the same world they woke up to the next day. Parts of it looked the same, but nothing looked quite the same.

The feeling they have is the horrific, creepy feeling of the uncanny -- a feeling that things look normal and familiar from most angles, but you can't shake the sense that there's something off or alien about them. A classic trope of the uncanny is the automaton or doll which appears human, or, even worse, the human who appears to be a doll. (Content warning on that -- very creepy.)

They feel that they are in a nightmare. If you've ever described a nightmare (or just a dream) to someone, you know it's full of stuff like "And you were there, but you weren't you, and I was at work, but it was also high school..." It's weird precisely because familiar stuff appears unfamiliar, and what we usually experience as solid, steady, unchanging terrain -- like our workplace --is now a shapeshifting landscape.

They were wholly unprepared for the reality of Trump -- they never even prepared themselves psychologically for such an outcome, because it was inconceivable and absurd, and only Dumb People thought stuff like "Trump could win," and as they're fond of telling you, they are definitely not the Dumb People.

The whole thing is a must read.

I used to be really confused by people who believed things which were obviously (which is to say observably) untrue. Why would they do that to themselves, I'd think. Don't they see that this is likely to lead to them making errors which could not only have serious consequences for them but for the rest of us as well?

Now though I believe I've come to understand it. They are the incompetent buffoons who think that all they have to do to be in charge is order a bunch of people around. Consequences? Consequences are for the little people. If they're wrong, they'll just blame someone else and change things afterward. they're egos are too fragile to allow them to admit to themselves that they were wrong. That's why Mika was close to tears today. Because she's afraid that she might have no choice but to admit her worldview - the core assumptions that drive all her decision making - is unambiguously wrong.

This is who Ace is talking about in his piece. They aren't inspirational, aspirational leaders. They are the also rans who couldn't get by in the private sector. They are know nothings who have claimed to know everything.

Everyone makes mistakes. 100% of humans. But my method for managing error is to doubt everything that I don't see absolutely concrete evidence for. And my reasoning is that the only time I've ever seen someone make a life altering totally cataclysmic mistake, it was because they were certain about something, which turned out to be incorrect. Market's crash that way. Civilizations end that way.

And the dynastic progressive worldview is ending that way right now, as we all sit here and watch it.

Equalism is finally dead.

1 comment:

MikeCLT said...

"That's why Mika was close to tears today. Because she's afraid that she might have no choice but to admit her worldview - the core assumptions that drive all her decision making - is unambiguously wrong."

This might also apply, to a lesser extent, to the boys at NR and Conservatism Inc., in general.