Crowder Vs Maza? Free Speech Vs Censorship? Private Company Vs Public Utility? I don’t know anymore.

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Watch a Mary Ham break down the situation surrounding Carlos Maza and Steven Crowder (4:56):

Watch Phillip Defranco covering the situation:

Watch Tim Pool’s report on the situation:

Watch Tim Pool follow up on of the adpocalypse:

Watch Lauren Chen cover the situation:

Watch Joe Rogan’s reaction to the situation:

CNN business interviews Maza over situation:

Watch 1791 profile Carlos Maza:

Watch 1791 follow up with “The Aftermath”:

Watch Glenn Beck’s reaction to the situation:

Watch Glenn Beck interview Steven Crowder:

Watch Jimmy Dore react to the situation:

Watch David Pakman break down the situation:

Watch Secular Talk break down the situation:

Watch Sargon of Akkad react to the situation:

Watch the Quartering react to the situation:

Watch Ben Shapiro cover the situation:

Watch Steven Crowder in his own words, “I’m not sorry”:

 

It may be Steven’s right to say whatever he wants but let’s not kid ourselves, there is speech that you just can’t defend. Using the word “fag” on a t-shirt you sell as merch, that’s not a hill worth dying on. Nor is it something I would want to support or sympathize with. He’s used the word fag regularly like in events held with Milo. Youtubers are more than just commentators, they’re role models to their audience. But when you look at what crowder actually says about Maza it’s always in the context of rebuttal.

He’s never said anything remotely close to anything like “this is the problem with the gays” or “people like Maza” or “he’s like this because he’s gay”. No. It’s always been an attack on Maza himself as an individual. And I’m sorry but when you create political commentary content where you’re whole shtick is criticising others, it’s just plain fair game that others are going to react to what you say. What is Maza actually asking for here? And by going after youtube Maza is demonstrating the very mob behaviour and targeting that he claims youtube enables in others. Critics have been parodying each other forever. Crowder denounces all forms of doxing and online bullying. This is not just to formally cover his ass, he knows and makes clear that is is exactly what people like Maza want so they can claim that sweet, sweet victimhood and it plays right into their narrative. Online bullying is never ok and never helps anyone. Crowder understands this and always denounces it. The responsibility of creators for their followers is another conversation.

When he exaggerates Maza’s excentricisms, is that homophobia? If you’re someone I don’t like, I might call you a cock sucker. If you were gay but I didn’t know, would I be a homophobe? If I did know you were gay and still called you that, would I be a homophobe? If you subscribe to intersectional doctrine then yes, as a CIS, white male I have no right to criticise anyone above me on the hierarchy. And my insult will be found to be discrimination of some kind. If it’s directed at a gay man, it’s homophobic. If it’s directed at a woman it’s misogynist. If it’s aimed at a “person of colour” then it’s racist. And if it doesn’t comfortably meet the definition of racism then we’ll just call it coded language to dog whistle white supremacy.
In the context of intersectionality, CIS white males will inevitably be found to be guilty and tainted and problematic because that is the status of my identity group. Despite the fact that when I’m using such language, I’m never thinking about the act itself. Nor am I using it to bring about visuals of such acts being performed by the people such comments are targeting. I’m probably just using that language because I think it’ll offend you. And if I’m using that language I probably want to offend you. I’m just intending to piss you off, nothing more, nothing less. But thoughts, actions and the intention around them are irrelevant. If you are not a member of the protected class then you will face the consequences of your actions and cited as an example of things like “genocide”. That all being said… did I have to call the person a cock sucker in the first place? Probably not.
This leads me to an email I sent to Steven Crowder about 2 years ago. I had just created a youtube account to investigate this whole youtube thing after the Trump election and crowder was one of the first channels I discovered. After so long following him closely I felt the need to email him a critique. I wrote to him that I felt he was wrong to use words like Faggot. Even if it is in talking to Milo Yiannopoulos through mutual respect. I don’t recall him ever using the word Nigger but he’s always engaged in real spicy language. I told Crowder that he may have every right to say absolutely whatever he wants but the reality is having an audience makes him a role model as much as he is a comedian or commentator. And his advocacy for conservative values and free speech is noble. But his careless use of spicy language really just makes him look like a bully and that he only wants free speech to be an asshole.
I believe in absolute freedom of expression but free speech doesn’t mean freedom against consequence. However this regulation should always be socially enforced and not legislated into law. The government regulation of speech will always be a gross conflict of interest. If you’re not scared of a liberal telling you what’s acceptable to say or do, try having a conservative telling you what you can say or do. This is not the role of government. Public discourse is best left up to the public. And the amendments we currently have on free speech is already borderline too much but fair enough. Defamation, incitement of violence, etc. Fair enough. People will get in line with their tribes based on what’s socially acceptable to say. This plays out every day as we all self censor over controversial issues.
So I warned Crowder that if he insisted on using, what I have been calling, “indefensible speech” then one day he would be targeted and his arguments would be reduced to  holding him to account for this spicy language. Using words like Faggot isn’t a hill worth dying on. And freedom of individual expression is far too important to be taken down by such shallow defenses. These are words that are so morally powerful they bind and blind people and recruit free speech opposition quicker than any advocacy argument could ever back them off that cliff. And here we are today, Crowder being accused of hate speech. Not because of his “change my mind” segments or his one-on-one interviews or his comedic sketches or his collaborations. It’s over the word fag.
He can be as ‘not sorry’ as he wants, the damage is already done. Not from his base but to his credibility to those sitting on the fence. The more he frames things as “us versus them” and the more he appeals to tribalism the more he contributes to polarization. And that’s why Crowder is in the wrong with this issue. I can play devils advocate for Crowder in this situation and I believe Maza is also wrong and also disingenuous but that doesn’t mean Crowder is right. They’re both wrong for their own reasons. These issues need to be contended with responsibly and with the seriousness they deserve. Crowder is not doing this and no amount of “some of my best friends are fags” style defense will ever make him right.
He’s making money and gaining subs despite his demonetization so if money is the only measure of success then sure, he’s winning. I only see an empty victory. Is Crowder a comedian? Not in the traditional sense of a comedian but if Stephen Colbert, Fallon and Kimmel pass as comedians then Crowder does as well. But their partisanship doesn’t grant them the kind of pass I would grant people like Kevin Hart or Bill Burr, etc. Crowders show is clearly intended to be a political commentary dressed up with entertaining sketches and bits to make it more palatable. That does not exempt him of scrutiny nor has he ever shied away from challenges. Provocation is part of his style and that is aimed at shock value and intended to challenge you. This is also not a defense for indefensible speech.
When I engage in road rage on the highway I don’t stop and think rationally of what the most appropriate wording of outrage would be to use so that I don’t offend my perpetrator. Instead of “dumb bitch” I use “silly goose” and instead of “mother fucker” I say “non-gender-conforming parental guardian consentual fornicator”. Look, I’m not equating delivering a speech to the world to the same standard as road rage but sometimes an emotional reaction can result in impulsive inappropriateness. And as Freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
My point is Crowder doesn’t like Maza. Why would he give a shit about Maza’s feelings? Sure, you’re a content creator and you shouldn’t appeal to outrage. And in an ideal world we would all be polite to one another. But Maza does the exact same thing by demonizing those he criticizes. Maza’s advocating for one identity group being a protected class over another identity group. Again, it always comes down to socialism with these guys. Political correctness is just fascism with manners. If social media wants to start promoting some content while censoring other content then how does this not make them a publisher? News media relies on all social media for their reporting now, it’s cited as a publisher source constantly. But everytime they favour one voice over another they are actively in conflict with constitutional rights. You guys want to end discrimination? Then there can be NO protected category of ppl over other ppl. period. Every time any protected class is favoured, all those outside the protected class are discriminated against.

Now as for Maza. All I can say is the guy isn’t real journalism, it’s the exact activist based narrative propaganda that he himself is so critical of. Crowder isn’t fooling anyone by using the word “Figs” instead of “Fags” on his shirt. Maza isn’t fooling anyone by advocating for acosting people with milkshakes isn’t an incitement for violence. I’ll tell you right now if you ever threw a milkshake at me I’d beat the ever living fuck out of you. I have my own hateful conduct policy. Kill me or regret it. So he violates actual laws but you’ll never see it enforced because society is adhering to this social justice rhetoric around protected classes.

I can appreciate that he may call himself a gay wonk and that doesn’t automatically exempt others from scrutiny for engaging him with the same language. I believe the word Nigger is reprehensible and should never be used. However I don’t care when I hear it in a song or in the context of news and the like. But the main point here is that Maza has entered the public domain to target and criticize others. This is his career. He gets paid to do this. This puts him squarely smack dab in the middle of the marketplace of ideas. His ideas and opinions are just as up for scrutiny as those he targets. He, himself, engages in the same demonizing language he’s critical over Crowder using.

He thinks he’s right based on his race and sexual orientation and Crowder is inherently wrong as a measure of his race and sexual orientation. Maza is wrong. He claims Youtube doesn’t care about it’s LGBTQ creators. This is a lie and his calls for protest are all simply aimed at damaging youtube and the creators on their platform. He even admits himself this isn’t really about Crowder. And he chose to do all of this at the same time of a vox walkout and during pride month. It’s calculated, manipulative and disingenuous. His proclamation of victimhood is, in my opinion, purely aimed at harming others. The mainstream hit pieces that have followed reinforce my feeling that this is just another attempt to reclaim lost ground against alternative media.

 

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Watch Philly D cover new main stream media hit pieces:

Watch Tim Pool’s coverage of Media hit piece:

Watch The Quartering react to the media hit piece:

Watch 1791 cover the media hit piece:

Watch Secular Talk cover the media hit piece:

Watch Ben Shapiro’s coverage of the media hit piece:

 

So in closing, I need to ask. What exactly are we talking about here? Is this just a fight between Crowder and Maza? Well neither knows each other personally and it’s pretty clear that both parties have their own personal agendas behind their faux feud. So this really isn’t a conflict between these two. Is this a conversation about censorship? Maza makes clear that it’s not enough to demonetize creators channels, citing websites like patreon. Youtube has nothing to do with Patreon. Is it not enough to censor a creator? Must there be a collaborative effort to destroy the lives of those we deem ‘problematic’? Youtube can change it’s policies every hour if they want, I don’t think that’s what the issue is really about.

I think this all comes down to the big question of what is social media? Is it a private company that is allowed to ‘hire’ and ‘fire’ anyone they deem harmful to their brand? Is it a publication that produces us with news? Well all mainstream media has no problem citing social media for anecdotes in their work. All media utilize social media for their content to reach far beyond the municipal boundaries of their broadcast. Is social media really just a company that aims at only making money?

Well if social media wants to continue to regulate content then it increasingly fulfills the role of publisher as it guides our attention and calculates it’s recommendations. Maybe a better question is what is social media to us? Internet in general is now considered a basic human right as more people do their banking, communications and coordination through their smart devices or computers. Trying to live without a phone or access to internet truly does present very real barriers to thriving in a society that demands instantaneous communication.

Here are a few other good questions. If you cannot network, plan, promote, advertize or advocate on social media, how does that impact your professional and/or social life? Would you suffer damages by being barred from utilizing social media? What advantages would others have over you if you were not allowed access to social media while running for political office? While others have access to it but you don’t. How would that impact the election of your riding? Better yet, could you ever become president/prime minister without a presence on social media? I don’t think you could run a competitive campaign without some degree of social media activity.

How significant is our online avatar? Is our online presence as significant as our physical self in real life? If you disappeared from social media, would it have a measurable impact on your real life friendships? Could that lead to falling out with certain friends? Your profile, your avatar, your page, your library. Are these personalized home pages shares? Does holding a personal account/home page equate to holding a share within the company if it’s profitability is derived from your account/content? Is there an argument there that your account is a form of equity? Canadian government ruled that points accumulated on reward cards like air miles is a form of equity that is owned by the card holder, not air miles. This after Air Miles attempted to retroactively apply an adjustment to terms and conditions around accumulated points. Government ruled that unconstitutional. They ruled that digital equity could be property. Does my participation on social media produce equity that I should be entitled to?

Are these companies monopolies? What relationship do we have with social media? Is it addictive? Could it be so intrinsic to our functionality that social media can become a symbiotic relationship with us? It may be true that social media are private companies. This also means they are unelected officials regulating the centre of public discourse. So what responsibilities do these companies have in the symbiotic relationship their products have with our lives? Are these platforms an open forum? I don’t have the answers but I think after seeing just how far you can flesh out the significance of social media it tends to feel more like a public utility than merely a private platform. Perhaps how it functions goes beyond it’s intended design. But if it meets the definition of a public utility then we cannot ignore the conversation around civil rights. And if access to these platforms is a civil right then it’s pretty clear the conversation around regulation is far from over and far more complex than it seems.

 

 

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth”

– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Apparently beheading the premier isn’t hate.

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This week there was yet another protest outside Queen’s park because #fuckford. It will forever be the conservative burden to inherit deficits in the billions, make the unpopular decisions necessary to balance the budget. Then they inevitably find themselves dethroned by tax and spend liberals who go back to running up deficits. We have created a culture in our politics where funding is commensurate with compassion. And unless we’re spending money on it, we don’t care about it.

By the way, ignore the marxist flag donning the hammer and sickle. Marxism is a conservative conspiracy. It doesn’t exist on the left or in academia or anywhere. The marxist lie is a conservative straw man. It’s probably photoshopped, right? PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN!

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If teachers experience cuts, the PC government must hate teachers. If healthcare experiences cuts, the PC government must hate doctors and nurses. If cut taxes then this must only mean the PC government loves evil corporations. Are we really making the case that government has been 100% efficient and there is no room at all for cuts of any kind? Are we really arguing that while the rest of us in the private world have to endure the fluctuating risk the economy threatens us with every day, those who work for the government, whose payroll exists off of the taxes we pay, should never have to worry about their job security? Are we really arguing that there is NO wiggle room for innovation  to find efficiencies in government at any level?

What’s been really bothering me since the election is to see the change in Andrea Horwath. The language she’s been espousing has been increasingly unparliamentary and she now has taken a position to simply oppose anything and everything proposed by this conservative government. The latest example was her absolute opposition to free dental care for seniors. I believe Horwath is now in part responsible for an increase in vitriolic anti-government activism we’re seeing unfold.

TVO featured “Ontario’s new political landscape” where a panel reacted to the election results where Brittany Andrew-Amofah of the broadbent institute literally said, “what happened last night was a false majority that can only be produced under a first-past-the-post system.” Keep in mind that the conservatives took 76 seats out of the total 134 seat legislature, the NDP won 40, the Liberals 7 and the Green 1. To form majority a party only needs 63 seats. With 76 seats awarded to Doug Ford’s PC government, I have no problem speculating that even if we had used a different method besides first-past-the-post we likely still would’ve seen a conservative majority.

What Brittany is really saying that unless they have a political party who promotes their ideologies then that government will be illegitimate in their eyes. In the panel discussion Steve Paikin asks Brittany, “Are you prepared to give this guy a chance or do you see job one right now as defeating him?” This was Brittany’s response:

I see job one right now as amplifying the need for progressive movement within our province and also discussing what will potentially be at stake. So the search for efficiencies is a very scary search. Where are we going to be cutting from? Where are the efficiencies going to be coming from? And I think that needs, that deserves interrogation and hasn’t been interrogated enough. When we talk about efficiencies are we talking about social services? Are we talking about the money that is being given to our shelter system?

Steve: Well you do know he’s got a pharma care plan. It might not be as good as the other two parties but he’s got something. He’s got a childcare plan. You may not like it as much as the other two parties but he’s got one. He’s got a mental health spending plan as well. He’s got a transit plan. It may not be –

Steve’s interrupted by Brittany, “as in depth as it probably should be.”

“Or might be,” Steve continues, “but he’s got something to say about these things. Does that help you at all?”

Brittany, “no, because this party has been focussed on talking about efficiencies and talking about cleaning up what’s happening at Queen’s Park. Yes, Wynne has gone wrong and maybe several different areas when it comes to hydro, when it came to a number of different issues but there are a lot of progressive gains that need to continue to be made and that needs to be built upon from when Wynne had left. So I think that’s a risk here and if we’re focussing solely on his (she then performs air quotes) “search for efficiencies” then I don’t know how true those statements are.

Let me remind you that the recording of this episode took place the day after election day. This is her reaction to the conservatives the DAY after election day. What we see here isn’t a realistic critique of job performance or policy legislation, this is her simply disqualifying the new majority government as elected by the people due to nothing more than their political identity. This is what hyper partisanship looks like. She sits there and equates budget cuts to punishment and uses it to fear monger that this government will use their power to punish the weak and marginalized. It’s not a political analysis, it’s a post-modern style deconstruction framed around intersectional narratives. Notice her inability to acknowledge minority group support for Doug Ford and Ford Nation? Because it’s counter narrative, which could never be true, so it’s obviously just lies. Conservative Rhetoric. Misinformation. Fake news. Far-right conspiracies. etc, etc, etc.

This was the rhetoric coming out of those left of the political spectrum the day after election day. The NDP put forth more radical candidates than ever before. Like Laura Kimiker who ran in my riding of Mississauga Center was a self described Marxist and called Poppies war glorification. I’ve greatly respected Andrea Horwath throughout her role as opposition throughout my lifetime watching provincial politics. She’s a veteran in the game and I truly believe she sincerely advocates for truly vulnerable people and for opening opportunities to everyone. However she’s seen how greatly her party benefited from a more populist, radical campaign message and she’s changed her tune to appeal to exactly this populism.

That’s why Andrea Horwath today has no problem openly calling Doug Ford a ‘dictator’. Which if it came from a conservative, would be called a dog whistle promoting violence and hate. So what is it when it’s done on the left? Oh, NOW it’s just free speech. Horwath has the freedom to express any view she wants. And I’m equally allowed to call her a silly fucken hack for choosing to do so. I believe the more she shifts towards the social radical marxist types, the more she will dispossess the grass roots supporters of the parties who just wanted better health care, not a marxist reform. My prediction is once the party is nothing but radicals then this will simply disqualify them and I think we will see more surge in Green support as an alternative to what has been the alternative for decades. I think Green will replace the NDP.

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She’s had no problem throwing out slurs, parliamentary disruptions, calls to activism and yet she refuses to take responsibility for how discourse has been changing around Queens park. If you only pay attention to the mainstream news outlets, CTV, CBC, Macleans, etc, you’d believe that the only reason conservatives are surging in support around the country is believe of Facebook fake news and white supremacy. When in reality we’ve seen, in my opinion, more openly hateful protests against conservatives than anyone else.

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The following images were taken from the office of MPP Laurie Scott’s office upon amending the minimum wage bill.

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Several months ago truckers from around the country rallied and drove to Ottawa to show their support for pipelines. They donned yellow vests inspired by french protests against their carbon taxes. They felt Trudeau has turned his back on Albertans and waste billions of dollars and Saudi Oil rather than cycling it back to the Canadian economy. There were online forums where these people organized and shared talking points. Apparently some have shared anti-immigrant sentiments. Faith Goldy and Rebel Media also attended the protest. The media took these details and slandered the entire protest as one of promoting hate and violence. The convoy was portrayed as just a group of white supremacists. The usual slurs aimed at disqualifying dissent and aimed at banning wrongthink.

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The only point I’m making here is simply this. Populism is increasing as polarization increases. This is not just happening among conservatives but also with liberals. If not more. We all need to hold ourselves accountable at the individual level. But this is just another example of the media’s bias against conservatives. Conservatives simply show up to peacefully protest and they’re labelled racists. But if you’re protesting conservatives, that’s just your civil right. Despite how inappropriate your conduct is.

Like, what exactly are they trying to say here? If you question social justice initiatives you disqualify yourself from public discourse? Well, that seems to be the case from what I’m seeing media wide. You watch how the media treats Scheer or Ford versus how they treat Trudeau and Horwath and it’s easy to see. If you have anything to say about Trudeau’s #welcometoCanada? Guess what, you’re a nazi. Bring a guillotine to Queens Park and behead an effigy of Doug Ford? That’s just you’re civil right.

Do these people have a right to call for the death of politicians? Actually no, that’s incitement of violence. Murder and policy critique are two very different things. If I followed the same logic that the social justice leftists follow then Andrea Horwath would be a Marxist for having posed for pictures with a group who had Marxists among them. However I don’t follow social justice logic so, no, I don’t think Andrea Horwath is a Marxist by association. But when she’s posing next to a skeleton and signs reading #fuckford then I simply have this to ask you. What if roles were reversed and it was Doug Ford protesting an NDP government by posing with skeletons and hashtags #fuckhorwath. All media everywhere would be reporting this as a KKK rally. So if it would be inappropriate to one party, it should be equally condemned on the other front.

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But what we’re seeing here isn’t any effort to consider any of that. Even if this conservative government for some reason matched the same policies as the previous liberals and their government mirrored one another, you would still see vitriolic protests. There is nothing this government can do to appease the angry social justice mob. It’s not about the cuts or the budget. It’s about capitalism and hatred. Hatred for everyone who disagrees with the social justice narrative. Feminist narratives of empowering women fall short when conservative female MPPs need to hire security over death threats. It is literally and metaphorically a call for the death of our political system and a call to complete reform to socialism. And while the conservatives come under constant attack on all fronts, they’re tasked with saving this province from itself. Remember this in 3 years when we’re back at the ballot box.

Even Slavoj Zizek himself thinks that political correctness is exactly what perpetuates prejudice and racism. So put that in your Marxist Vape Pens and smoke it 500 metres away from any public entryway.

 

 

“one needs to be very precise not to fight racism in a way which ultimately reproduces, if not racism itself, at least the conditions of racism.” – Slavoj Zizek

CBC interviews terrorist on EASTER SUNDAY

Watch the True North Initiative recap the events of Omar Kadhr:

Watch CBC episode on Omar Khadr:

 

Dear everyone who claims there is no culture war going on and everything is a conservative conspiracy, why is CBC choosing to interview a convicted terrorist who fought alongside a terrorist organization responsible for killing hundreds of Christians every year? A terrorist who pleaded guilty to murdering an american medic and injuring another american soldier?

Why, out of 365 days in a year, does CBC choose EASTER sunday to hold this interview with this terrorist? Is there a place and time to hold this conversation? Sure. I don’t like it but sure. But EASTER SUNDAY? from now on anyone who wants to cite any CBC article to me, you can expect me to simply refer you to this as my response. CBC is completely morally bankrupt at this point as far as I’m concerned.

I can appreciate the exploration of grey areas but this is pretty black and white to me. I have no problem seeing what’s obviously wrong with this. But I’m not surprised by it. And this is why it’s clear to me that the CBC should no longer receive federal subsidization. Let their ideas face the free market and see if anyone will support their trash out in the real world alongside all the other media.

how is this not a direct assault on Christians? and a slap in the face to all of our veterans? You want to talk about dreaming of an ordinary life? Why don’t you ask that of the widow and children of the medic HE MURDERED? Just when I thought the Omar Khadr affair couldn’t stoop any lower, CBC proves me wrong. Wow. Defunding the CBC just became a huge voting issue for me.

 

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“Terrorism works better as a tactic for dictatorships, or for would-be dictators, than for revolutionaries.”
― Christopher Hitchens

Rule #4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. An Easter reflection of my journey to better understand God.

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In a few months I will have been attending church for a year now. But I haven’t admitted this to any of my close friends. There’s just so much stigma attached to church-goers that I worry that it will actually damage my friendships. I’ve justified keeping it to myself by trying to form good arguments to defend why I would do such a thing. Aimed at challenging the stereotypical preconceptions and typical tropes against Christianity.

But I think this also may just be an excuse to hide behind my own embarrassment. Which, I think, comes from a place of insecurity. I never grew up with any religious upbringing and I used to be that guy who mocked religious people as brainless cultists. Sam Harris would’ve been proud. So I feel like a complete imposter when I find myself sitting in a pew.

That being said, there I find myself, watching an easter play about Jesus saving us. So how did I get here? I never grew up with any religious upbringing. I’ve never studied the bible before now nor have I ever attended any sort of Catholic school. I grew up on Star Trek, The Next Generation. They were having conversations around AI, finite resources, authoritarianism, democracy, genocide, racism, social hierarchies, trauma, foreign aid, foreign conflict, and so much more. Hell, if Picard broke the prime directive I lost sleep! What if their interference changed that civilization forever?

It represented a future where we truly transcended all the petty issues which hold us back. All of Earth was united by what was the greater good for humanity as a whole. Though the planet united under one federation it didn’t stand in the way of national pride or prevent the celebration of individuality and local culture. People got to choose their career paths out of sheer self interest and for pride in serving humanity. Secular values could unite where our individual differences could divide.

We would be a shining example of diversity, inclusion and equality. And because of our values we would shock the universe by our adaptability and our ability to outpace other planets who did not share the same ethics. We had the ability to look to our past as it truly was and learn from it. Exploration of Earth came with it colonization that could reap dramatic consequences to foreign peoples in foreign lands. From this we would establish the prime directive, the law against intervening with any underdeveloped planets. And instead the exploration was focussed more on the pursuit of knowledge and truth than that of conquering and assimilation.

Finally, the utopia was here. This vision of the future would be the basis of my optimism as I grew up. And then 911 happened. And it would set in motion a series of events that would, I believe, take us to our current culture war which threatens the future of the entire western world. A war that, if lost, will make the burning of the library of Alexandria look like a dumpster fire by comparison. And here I sit, pondering how we got here from when Gene Roddenberry dreamt up his grand dream.

 

Watch Inspirational speeches of Star Trek:

 

The reality is he took for granted the actual complexities around what a meaningful life represents. He dismissed the narratives of the Bible as “the dark ages of superstition”. Roddenberry underestimated the narratives in the Bible which provide a framework to guide us through life. It is ancient wisdom which provides a context from which we can discern reality. Truths that predate science. Symbols and interpretations which can provide helpful perspective.

Nietzsche proclaimed that God was dead and in his estimate he believed that we would need to produce our own new system of values from which society could function. But there’s this odd assessment from people in today’s society that the only rule we need is just simply to just ‘be good’. ‘Care’. Because if we all just agree to love instead of hate then we will never have differences or disagreements. While being totally naive to the fact that we almost ended the world in the 20th century over our philosophical and ethical disagreements.

The cold war revolved around communism over democracy. The second world war revolved around one single man’s warped Darwinian conceptualization of a master race. Social hierarchical restructuring that resulted in genocide and concentration camps. Paranoid conspiracies that would divide nations from within. And in a post-theistic world, we now see the creation of more religions today than there ever were. If you don’t know what I’m talking about do yourself a favour and read a couple books. Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men or Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil. It probably also wouldn’t hurt reading books from Ayn Rand or about Ayn Rand.

The point I’m trying to make is that secular values may claim to consist of logic, empathy and reason but people widely believed that the enlightenment was a breaking off from religion however it ignorantly dismisses the foundation religion provided which influence logic, empathy and reason. With a Christian context the basis for logic, empathy and reason was nested in virtues the Bible impressed upon us. The sovereignty of the individual, the discipline to identify the vices that make us weak and relationship building that allowed us to be better neighbours, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues, etc. Through this foundation our logic would be sound, our empathy wouldn’t be misplaced and our reason would remain reasonable. Without that foundation the only thing we have is self interest.

Logic, empathy and reason is not presented to us by a world of objective truths, it is concluded based on the motivations of our worldview. Or the ideology from which we subscribe. And this means we do not live in a world of objective truths, we live in a world of narratives and we map out the world by projecting those narratives onto it. I can pick up a tree branch and depending on the circumstance that branch can be firewood. Or it could be a weapon. Or a tool. Maybe it can be all three but is it equally all three despite the circumstances around it?

We underestimate how subjective logic, empathy and reason are. Some of the best work documenting this, I feel, is Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind and I think Amy Chua’s Political Tribes also offers a lot of great insights into this. Globalists hold different values than nationalists, liberals hold different values than conservatives, socialists hold different values than capitalists. Adolf Hitler was a nationalist but so were other people George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Socialism has resulted in the deaths of millions of people but that’s not to say incorporating certain socialist concepts can’t be beneficial, such as universal healthcare or variations of it.

This is why the cake of utopia was always a lie. There are certain differences between cultures and ethnicities around Earth that make it impossible to unite under one single umbrella. In this post truth world there’s no way we would ever achieve a united earth federation like that from Star Trek. But that’s not to invalidate Roddenberry’s dream. His vision of the future may not be exactly as he foresaw but it serves as blueprints towards building whatever is next to come. If we can manage to survive today’s culture war and whatever comes from it’s fallout.

 

Watch Mark Osborne’s short “MORE”:

 

But going back to how I, personally, found myself on this path today. I grew up in a relatively significantly dysfunctional household. However compared to how the majority of how everyone else grew up I am reluctant to even acknowledge it as really much of a deviation from norm. I am no historian but I’d gamble that families have never been more dysfunctional today than ever before. Children are growing up in single parent households where they reach adulthood without having even seen a two-parent household. The rate of fatherhood was better in slavery times than they are today. Despite all the incentives and welfare programs that were put in place to make poor families stronger.

We are anti-fragile beings who can adapt to whatever tragedy comes our way but it’s malevolence that traumatizes us, destroys us. Without a foundation to assist us with reacting to the malevolence of the world we are vulnerable to disaster fatigue. Without inspiration we can become bitter and cynical about this malevolent world. Because life is suffering. If you have nothing to offset your suffering you can easily slip into apathy and nihilism. The kind of apathy that places you behind the wheel of a vehicle after too much to drink and ends with wiping an entire family off the face of the Earth. The kind of nihilism that finds you bringing a gun to school or workplace. Misery loves company it’s far easier to tilt the world towards hell than it is to tilt it away. It’s easy to find a devil behind a transformation like this. And we all hold the capacity for evil like this.

I used to be the champion of the grey area argument. I prided myself on my centrism. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative. A man’s man with a soft side. But now I see a society obsessed with the grey area. Where all rules are oppressive and must be torn down to mean nothing. Everything must be open ended and all variations of the truth must be valued as an equal truth. Like in today’s gender debate. Where radical leftists actually believe that biological sex does not exist. To the point where Twitter will now ban you for misgendering an individual and doctors are being compelled to not specify the sex on the birth certificate of newborns.

It’s gotten so out of hand that it has actually fractured the feminist community to where women who now advocate for women-only spaces are being discredited as “radical feminists” and labelled as “TERFs” (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists). So if you believe we should have a woman-only gym or shelter to protect women who have been sexually assaulted and traumatized by male genitalia then you are being deemed a bigot for simply not qualifying a trans-woman as a legitimate woman and insisting they be segregated based on their genitalia. Some people now actually referring to biological women as “bleeders” in an attempt to be “inclusive” to trans-women. How about you? You ready to sit your daughter down and explain to her that she is a “bleeder”? All in the name of progress.

These ideas are nowhere near as fringe as I would’ve thought. I saw this in my own friends who are all well educated people. Justin Trudeau initiated a new rule at Service Canada where staff are no longer to refer to parents as “mother” and “father” because those terms are now deemed offensive. Yet my friends react to these things with this odd acceptance almost as a way of signalling how accepting and compassionate they are. Compassionate to who, exactly? We ALL have a mother and a father regardless whether or not that relationship extended to our upbringing it was the very product of our conception. This remains true through the animal kingdom. All Mammals have a mother and a father. So how the fuck would that ever not apply to anyone existing on planet Earth today? There is no exception to that rule.

But such is the consequence of conflating subjective identity with biological realty. Because the social construct argument denotes reality itself. Which means legislature accommodating such beliefs are actually legislating law that actually contradicts factual reality. All in the name of appearing progressive by accepting ALL world views. Even though the worldviews you’re attempting to accommodate for actually hold you in contempt and actively seek to cause you direct harm. Because it’s not gay as in happy, it’s queer as in fuck you. Google it.

This virtue signalling doesn’t prevent us from calling our own parents mom and dad. This acceptance of biological fluidity doesn’t prevent us from wearing our girly clothes or guy accessories. It doesn’t prevent us from seeking partners that are identifiably attractive based on their biology. It doesn’t stop women from loving their chick flicks or guys from building their man caves. But we’re expected to constantly contest any form of stereotype that reveals itself to us. As if adopting the progressive narrative has become more important than just living in reality. It’s scary to see the level of self flagellation we will embrace towards seeking the approval of others. Of complete strangers.

We are all expected to condemn masculinity in all it’s forms and deem it toxic but then we turn around and reminisce of our hockey days and how much fun it was scrapping with the opposing team. But we must advocate against exactly these fond memories to the next generation, without a single mindful thought on how shaming and social engineering children for their sex differences would impact their growth into adulthood. Despite the declines we are seeing in sexual relationships, academic success and overall competence among boys growing up today. Warren Farrell documents these declines in his book The Boy Crisis and Christina Hoff Sommers in her book The War Against Boys.

But we put seeking approval above actually improving the quality of life. Above fixing the world. I mentioned 911. After 911 it’s like we awoke to a reality we never really knew existed. I started watching news for the first time and I never stopped. I felt naive and vulnerable that I didn’t know what the Trade Towers were and I wanted to develop a sense of defense by understanding the world around me better. Images of Muslims celebrating the attack filled the news coverage of the day. The assault on America was an assault on the entire western world and, to paraphrase Jordan Peterson, the question wasn’t what fell but what remained standing.

The loss of thousands from that attack would have a ripple affect around the entire world but largely within all of America. Every single American and many Canadians were either directly or indirectly attached to a family who suffered a loss on 911. That tragedy would transform into anger. We needed someone to blame in a situation where those directly involved were already dead and we needed to make sense out of a situation that would never make sense.

We discriminated against people different than us. We mocked and attacked Indian Sikhs when the people who committed the crime were Wahabi Muslims from Saudi Arabia. But that didn’t stop us from calling Sikhs diaper heads or terrorists. Nor did it stop America from doing billions of dollars in business with Saudi Arabia. A large portion of the American public believed that Barack Obama was disqualified to run for president simply by the fact his middle name was Hussein, like Saddam Hussein, and his last name was Obama, similar to Osama (Bin-Laden).

Luckily this alone did not prevent the rest of America from voting for America’s first black president. Twice. But this was right at the same moment the great recession hit the world economy. And in those 8 years of Obama’s presidency we started seeing a cultural shift. As social media grew more powerful and attractive it drew in everyone around the world from all the corners of the internet into one single place where we would now all be faced with one another. Websites like Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram would centralize public discourse.

Now the fringes of the internet like 4chan would be more accessible than ever before with all it’s content, good and bad, constantly being shoved in our faces by trolls and clickbaiters. And all our cleeks and tribes would clash in ways like never before. And for the first time we had to take a hard look at ourselves for how prejudicial and ignorant we ALL are. The fallout of this would spark real world movements like black lives matter and occupy wall street.

However a new form of progressive politics would emerge out of these movements. Early in things like #gamergate and later in things like #Metoo. Other more specific moments like when Kathleen Wynne would tell Ontario media that systemic racism did exists and was thriving well. Moments like Justin Trudeau making it mandatory to be pro-choice in order to sit on the Liberal caucus and initiating a gender parity cabinet “because it’s 2015”. By all accounts the data shows that America was left more polarized and prejudicial after Obama’s 8 years in office. Coming up to the 2019 Canadian federal election I would say the same is true for here in Canada after 4 years of a feminist Prime Minister. And this is to not even mention the Brexit vote in the UK or any of the events coming out of the Asylum seeker crisis. And then Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, in many ways, represents a boiling point when everything in our culture just erupted in chaos. In many ways on both sides of the political spectrum. I truly believed that Trumps reputation alone was enough to disqualify him for president so when I saw him win the republican primaries I was stunned and thought this would be a shoe in for Hillary. Not to my pleasure, I have never been a fan of Hillary Clinton. But I believed she was the obvious choice in comparison to Trump, at least. But I was wrong.

And in 2016 after I watched Trump win his presidency when all polls claimed a landslide victory for Clinton, I decided that I was in a bubble and I needed to start doing more listening and looking for my news beyond the usual ABC, CNN, CBC, BBC, PBS, TVO. I came to the realization that ignorance was no longer an old world concept that would die out with the aging generation of yesterday but it was thriving in today’s youth in ways I was blind to. I would seek out truth and call out ignorance wherever I saw it. But to my further shock, the most manipulative, audacious ignorance I would find would actually be on the left-wing. Not the right-wing.

Right-Wing media would report with it’s obvious right-wing bias. This is why I’ve always dismissed Fox News as not actual news because they couldn’t be objective. However other channels like CNN and MNSBC went absolutely bonkers, reporting actual lies on top of a new doubled down left-wing bias like never before. The language I see coming out of those on the left is more dehumanizing than I’ve ever seen before.

And these views really are only from a fringe minority but they are propped up by the left-biased media to create the perception that these are majority views. An effort to kowtow everyone into their respective lanes where they are expected to stay and shut the fuck up. I fell in love with Stephen Colbert when he roasted Bush at the 2006 white house correspondents dinner. Now he is more of an embittered Trump fact checker than anything that passes for comedy. I’ve never seen more vitriol than jokes in comedy than what I’ve seen since Trump won presidency. Which, fair enough, but what is the role of a comedian when they stop being funny? I won’t even address the changes going on in the Comedian world.

This is true with Brexit, it was true with Trump and it was True in Ontario with a super majority conservative provincial government lead by Doug Ford. But the reaction to this was not humility and introspection, it was of doubling down with identity politics and intersectional narratives coming out of academia and political circles. One of the most successful and outspoken proponents against tribalism and ideological possession would have to be Jordan Peterson. He warns about the dangers of equality of outcomes and censoring free speech. And it’s because he’s been so successful in his lecture based world tour he has become the single largest target of fake news hit pieces next to Donald Trump himself.

Jordan Peterson and his book 12 rules for life helped me see the errors in my own thinking. He taught me just because the ideal judged me, that did not mean the ideal was not worth striving towards. To merely condemn it out of my own insecurities would only produce more suffering than it would prevent. And in his 4 part debate with Sam Harris he truly challenged my preconceived notions around both the Bible and of reality itself. This was where, I believed, he proved that in order for us to come to the proper logic, empathy and reason we needed the proper context behind it. That context was best provided by the Bible. Ancient wisdom that was designed to unlock deep truths about ourselves. Thousands of years in refining and interpretation, the Bible was much deeper and thorough than anything drummed up since the enlightenment.

 

Watch Jordan Peterson on the meaning of life:

 

I learned that we truly need that context. Or as the marxists call it, the ‘lense’ from which our reality is shaped. Because the reason why smart people buy into stupid, dangerous, regressive ideas are because you can convincingly argue the reasons why. If you live in nothing but grey area then you have no foundation in which to oppose these bad ideas so you are compelled by logic, reason and empathy into submission.

That’s why everything in the social justice movement is presented to us in the guise of compassion. More similar to the compassion a mother bear has for her cubs when she has to decide whether you are friend or foe. But compassion nonetheless. So who doesn’t want to look empathetic, caring, kind and ‘inclusive’? But in your submission in guise of your compassion is also consent for a worldview you are now subscribed to. You don’t get to be a mom or a dad in social constructionism. That’s biological essentialism and that’s bigoted. You’re not a bigot, are you? Even if you like to play one at home, the people you propped up will condemn you for doing so.

No one is realizing that if speaking out about these issues represents protest then silence and complicitness is by the same logic consent. And we are dealing with a movement that by design pushes you to the cliffs edge of your comfort zone and only lets up when you push back. Otherwise you will find descending the cliffside and it will be considered consensual. But the problem with arguing with these ideologies is that you as soon as you play the game by their rules you are destined to fail. In their game they decide the rules of engagement. This is how they eliminate the grey area and all forms of centrism. There is no intersection for that.

As a “CIS white male” I am disqualified to have opinions about anything outside the boundaries of “CIS white male” issues. There’s a reason why people seek “allyship” and not membership. Because you do not belong and you will always be the enemy. It’s just a political correct form of racism, discrimination, ignorance and hate. Fascism is something we all agree must be opposed but make it look progressive and it’s just the latest hipster movement. In that is a deep seeded ignorance which is a product of the arrogance that comes from conventional education but with a lack of knowledge about the history of the systems we rely on to function in daily life.

We are born into this world and we only live to a point and the accumulated knowledge and wisdom we obtain in that life dies along with our body. We only trust that the legacy we leave behind can be utilized by the next generation to pick up where we left off to improve the future in the same way for the next generation. Of course society grows, evolves, changes as we also grow, evolve and change as individuals and not all rules of yesterday can work in the society of tomorrow. But in today’s culture war we are faced with a very judgemental ideal and instead of contending with this ideal we are attempting to burn it down. With complete lack of appreciation that you can only hit the big red reset button so many times before there is no recovery. We attempted that enough in the 20th century to prove this point to be true.

When I look down the road to where this all leads us, what the naive utopians see as a renaissance, I see as a cultural collapse. We have a resentment of our father and we are conspiring to erase him. But the truth is we need to journey into the abyss to save him otherwise we will share his fate. I mean that we need to truly understand the history we come from and view that history accurately. In the context that we are those people from our history. We are as capable of the atrocities they committed but also as capable of the miracles they performed. To see yourself as both the nazi camp guard but also as Mother Teresa. That’s the only way to truly understand history. And to appreciate our role in carrying the torch before passing it on.

I believe there is no reasoning, no logic, no empathy without a strong foundation to provide a sufficient context. And so how do I participate in this culture war without becoming the same beast that I am opposing? How do I not find myself slipping into some tribal group of just a different variation of mob justice? This is how the real white supremacists are recruiting. But out of all the ideologues I have noticed that it’s the Christians who seem to be the boldest in their opposition to the SJWs, best at discerning right from wrong and best at drawing clear boundaries around virtues and vices. Though they worship as a tribe, as a community, they operate as individuals.

It’s that acknowledgement that we are all made equal under God that I believe can serve to be the best method of inoculation against this regressive movement of hate and division. The entire structure to intersectionality is predicated on segregating us based on our superficial differences and sorting us out on an artificial social hierarchy where those who are deemed guilty and tainted have no human rights and those higher up the ladder are deemed righteous and operate as a protected class. This movement has been tried and defeated before. It was a sentiment held by the Nazis, the communists, Islamists and it’s always been defeated and it will always be defeated. Because this notion that each human being is not of individual intrinsic value equal to that of the next individual human is just wrong and it always will be wrong. None among us are perfect, therefore there are none among us who are above scrutiny. Period.

 

Watch a reading an conceptualization of “Tarantulas” by Friedrich Nietzsche:

 

Fighting this battle as a CIS white male from the bottom of the hierarchy is a fight that has been lost from the start. But as a man created by God, with a destiny of my own, I can refute your reality and invite the dispossessed among you back into the fold through offerings of a meaningful life of love and happiness. Because good Christians love their enemies. Good Christians attract others from the inner peace they radiate outward into the world. Because love will always conquer hate. Seeking the approval of man will only result in conflict whereas seeking the approval of God will only bear fruit.

The utopia is a lie. There are no entitlements in this world other than the guarantee of suffering. And you cannot transfer suffering, you can only create more. And there are a lot of people who are tilting this world towards hell. And I believe this is the only way to correct for what is going wrong. That is what has put me on the journey for deep truth so I can equip myself with the tools I need from the narratives of the Bible to bring peace. The peace can only begin from within so this is where I start.

It’s also clear to me that by now that none of us ever stopped worshipping. I think worship is far deeper ingrained in our DNA than we realize. Even atheists who denounce religion still operate in terms of idolization and engage in the sacred. Only the idols we worship on mass today in the west are things like iPhones and clothes brands. We engage in sacred language as we emphasize on things we view as pure and other things we regard to be tainted or corrupted.

I believe this has also manifested itself in the trend of organic foods, GMO free foods and other dietary quirks. We are desiring purity. This is also evident in how trendy yoga has become. There’s a taste of spirituality to it. Look at Sam Harris, the most outspoken atheist out there next to Dawkins himself. One of the 4 horsemen. Constantly promotes the benefits of meditation. Well what is meditation? What are you actually doing? You don’t believe in a man in the sky by apparently you can connect to the universe by sitting cross legged and square breathing? Get real dude, if this isn’t the biggest case of denial, I don’t know what is.

I truly believe we are a body which requires sustenance, we are a mind which requires stimulation but I now also truly, deeply believe we are also a spirit which also hungers. And the more we deprive ourselves of spiritual fulfillment the more we seek it out. Like desiring a food containing a vitamine you’re deficient in. So instead of eating junk food you’re serving yourself better by eating higher quality food. A baby cries because it’s hungry. If it’s not hungry there is something wrong. This is literally true about us, symbolically true about us and metaphysically true about us.

Just looking at how political parties are treated in the US shows that party membership is synonymous with religious communities. Families are not coming over for holiday dinners over how they voted in the last election. It has devolved into religious warfare. Intersectionality operates just the same. Original sin to the SJWs is the white man and whiteness, colonization and european traditions. You are inherently guilty and tainted if you fit in this identity group membership. If you speak out against the narratives being put forth, if you are Terry Cruz questioning whether or not Liam Neeson is a racist then you are guilty of wrongthink and you are henceforth a heretic until you repent. You spoke out against the group consensus and deviated from your ‘lane’. We all know you must stay in your lane and shut the fuck up. It absolutely has rituals in which people engage. Just look at land acknowledgements.

What we have are two incompatible sacred values in society and until one value system wins the culture war will continue to rage on. And there’s no telling how bad things can get. The grey area is wrong and centrism has no home anymore. So I will look at where I see the persecution and I will identify with the persecuted as God revealed himself to the lowest of man, the sheppard. I believe there is no coincidence that my pursuit of truth has lead me away from secularism and on the path to God.

 

Watch Jonathan Haidt discuss incompatible values in universities:

 

However now I have the huge task ahead of me of understanding what it means to build a relationship with God. I don’t think I even really understand what worship is, what that means or what it looks like. I have never prayed, at least not in the way I see others pray. Because I don’t understand what it means to speak with God. But I do know that when I’m watching the sun come up as it beams rays of light through the clouds, it sure feels like God talking to me.

I’ve been really enjoying speaking with members of the church I’ve been attending about what God means to them and how their relationship with God has improved their lives. In a time where I see nothing but self interest and deep narcissism and cynicism about the world, I found myself at church surrounded by people who could not be more grateful for simply having another day on this planet. Grateful for the gift of life and even the trials that life presents us. And the courage to trust God in the face of adversity. It was something that reduced me to tears to witness. It felt like affirmation that this is what’s correct.

On this Easter weekend I reflect on my life and realize that I’m becoming a new version of myself as I follow this path. But part of growing up, part of becoming wise is burning off the dead wood that was your old self. Our life and society itself constantly goes through a state of life, death and rebirth. That is how I see the resurrection to be real. I don’t have all the answers nor do I claim to have. I don’t even understand God and may never really have the capacity to conceptualize God anymore than an ant can conceptualize man.

I do know that I’ve witnessed enough of this natural world to believe there is a design to it. And you simply do not have a design without a designer. Whatever that may be. So my challenge ahead is to embrace this path and solidify my beliefs. And stand in the light wearing my truth in the open unafraid of petty, superficial trials. I went into this to battle conflict, so I can’t allow myself to shy away from it. I seek to do right by all those around me. I will carry my burden and ascend to the city of God where I will take my place in the greater destiny of the world. I encourage you to contemplate on this and at least step outside of your grey area to stand for something. Because if you stand for nothing you fall for everything. Happy Easter.

 

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“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8)

Jordan Peterson is Marilyn Manson From 1998

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Having had some time to digest Christchurch I couldn’t help but think back to the gutted feeling I felt back when I heard about the columbine shooting. Which brought on the question, “was bowling for columbine the first documentary that got me into documentaries?” Good old Michael Moore. And then I thought of my favourite part of that movie. The scene where he sat down with Marilyn Manson, who was largely being blamed as responsible for the Columbine shooting because of the manipulative nature of his “evil” song lyrics. Parents were deranged by the Marilyn Manson hysteria, thinking his music would seduce their children into becoming Satanists. Even my mom didn’t want me listening to Marilyn Manson. She was afraid it would radicalize me.

Watch Michael Moore interview Marilyn Manson in Bowling for Columbine:

That’s when it hit me. Jordan Peterson and other alternative media content creators who are finding themselves being blamed for the Christchurch shooting is all based on the same ignorance that came from blaming Marilyn Manson for Columbine. Perhaps there’s a link there. And I think there is. Perhaps it’s the ‘ignorance’ part. Back when I was a kid Marilyn Manson was accused of radicalizing teens into Satanists. Pokemon and Harry Potter allegedly corrupted children’s minds because wizardry was the work of the devil. Seriously, anyone my age remember this?

Watch old video on the evils of Pokemon:

Now, for all the pointing and laughing I did at these people I find myself today looking at shows like Sabrina on Netflix and literally hoping parents don’t let their kids watch such a morally ambiguous, ultra-dark, adult-themed show. But let’s be real, this fucken show is 100% aimed at robbing children of their innocence. It’s completely fucked up. I am a guy who loves his adult themes and dark side to humanity but Sabrina is darker than dark. It’s actual occult indoctrination. And that’s fucked up. Can’t wait to see the next generation post generation Z.

Next I will be the one holding the signs at the street corner preaching the end is Nye. Bill Nye. When morals are politicized and dictated to us by the morally ambiguous.  After the Christchurch shooting one of the first people to find himself a target of the SJW mob was Jordan Peterson. The greatest intellectual of our time that we don’t deserve. Only in today’s world could a self help book be banned in the wake of a mass shooting by a white supremacist. But you still have complete access to mein kampf. With a lazy excuse cited regarding someone Jordan took a picture with.

Watch We the Internet TV debunk Bill Nye (+ Is Bill Nye Thanos?):

Having attended one of Jordan’s lectures as he tours the world, I happen to know in order to get a photo like this with Jordan you need to buy a VIP ticket. Then at the end of the talk you line up with all the other VIPs and one by one each person gets about 15 seconds with Jordan to say a quick hello and take a photo then you move on and are issued a password to log onto the website later to search for your photo. Jordan has done this with literally THOUSANDS of people and frankly whether or not he was aware of what this shirt read is totally irrelevant.

What’s he going to do? Tell the dude who paid $200 for a VIP ticket to go change his shirt? To leave? Sure, he could, if he was a dick. Do you take responsibility for every single person’s political and moral views before you take a photo with them? Oh but sure, let’s hold others accountable for a standard we don’t hold ourselves to. Let’s all get out our yearbook and now own the guilt by association of everyone from that class photo who went on to commit wrongdoing. No holes in that logic. None at all. I genuinely do not understand this guilt by association concept. As if you need to justify why you follow a certain individual.

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I watch people like Tim Pool, Styxhexenhammer, Ben Shapiro and others. Does that mean I automatically agree with everything they say? Not at all. These are all guys who have a knack for thinking about things in very different, creative ways than how I’m use to looking at them. And I value that. Ben Shapiro in particular has challenged my views on abortion in a very big way. And it’s shown me that there is a lot more to consider before making up my mind. I appreciate having my ideas challenged.

Jordan Peterson challenged my simplistic views of the bible and of western society. And after reading his book I’ve applied his rules to my life to the best of my ability and I’m seeing my life improve dramatically. If this doesn’t work for other people, fair enough. But why does that make ME a bad person? Why does any of this make Jordan a bad person? It doesn’t. Is it better to follow people like Kim Kardashian and live a superficial, mediocre existence?

People are more engaged in real issues today more than ever and that’s only a good thing. If the only reason we shouldn’t be following people within the Intellectual Dark Web is because they’re contrarians and disagreeable people make you feel bad then frankly it’s time to grow the hell up. Bill O’Reilly reacted to the tsunami in Japan which caused the Nuclear plant meltdowns by saying, “God remembers pearl harbour.” People didn’t say shit then nor do they care now. Rush Limbaugh has said shit that would probably actually justify comparing him to Hitler. There’s a reason why people don’t give a shit about those ACTUAL far-right wing figures. They’re not very influential. Because that brand of extreme politics actually isn’t very popular.

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And the majority of people who tuned into their shows were old, retired, hard leaning conservatives. The “get the F off my lawn” crowd. That brand has nothing to do with the IDW crowd. Yet the IDW crowd continuously gets labelled as “alt-right”. And I really do believe that the reason things are so polarized now is frankly because of Trump people are only paying attention now. Most elections don’t see a large voter turnout. If you’ve discovered politics for the first time then, yes, I understand the hysteria. Politics is ugly. And if you don’t understand how politics work then you’re just going to act like chicken-little screaming about the sky falling. Which pretty accurately describes SJWs. Oh if I don’t get a gender neutral bathroom then that’s genocide. How about we drop you off in the Congo, todays Congo. And if you can survive the month, you’ll come home as grateful as you should be and you will kiss the dirt ground.

Richard Spencer and his brand of legit ethno-nationalist views are what true “alt-right” is. He’s the one who coined the term. No one in the IDW sits down with Richard Spencer (because his ideas are just not interesting and no one is interested in ethno-nationalism). In fact now that Milo has progressed further right, interacting with the ethno-nationalists, has caused the IDW to no longer sit down with Milo either. Nor is anyone in the community pushing to hear from either of them. Yet the media still labels the community as alt-right.

It’s not meant to accurately describe the community, it’s just meant to slander. And frankly anyone who fails to see this clear as day is just selectively ignorant and obviously perfectly happy mischaracterizing good people and are totally cool with supporting the billion dollar corporations who seek to amend our rights until we’re essentially living in our own social credit system like China. The IDW is the last non-conformist movement left and it’s under constant assault by people looking to strip the world of all differences. In the name of diversity. Maybe we need to check what you think diversity actually means.

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*Rare image of the pope co opting the ok symbol to signal his white supremacy to billions of nazis*

But believe it or not, to a large mass of people, this makes a lot of sense. So what do these people have in common with the Pokemon, Harry Potter, Marilyn Manson blasphemy law enforcers? Their ignorance. None of those people really actually looked into pokemon or ever read harry potter or actually listened to what Marilyn Manson was saying. They allowed their emotions and assumptions the bias of their individual worldview to guide their judgements. In this same way, most people who buy into these cheap insults of Peterson aren’t actually familiar with any of his content. It’s no coincidence such lazy thinking leads to people actually believing that Peterson promotes ‘enforced monogamy’.

Watch Jordan Peterson explain ‘enforced monogamy’:

That’s exactly what’s going on with those who condemn people like Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro and Bret Weinstein. Slander is dressed up as “critique” where activist based narrative news media refer to these people as “alt-right, problematic or grifters”. Because these terms are intended to disqualify without requiring a cohesive argument to contend with the credentials behind the person espousing such ideas. When in reality it’s, as they call it, a ‘dog whistle’ to signal that these individuals and the content they represent is pure blasphemy. There’s a reason why replacing the word “alt-right” with the word “heretic” ends up meaning the same thing. Because the SJW mob is just a modern day witch hunt.

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Where disagreeability represents the embodiment of sin when ideology becomes worshipped as sacred. The calls to ban in 1998 were no different than the calls to ban in 2019. We are now the exact ignoramuses from our youth. And instead of engaging in honest discussion over the ideas that people like Peterson share people fall back on a misconstrued clickbait article or sound bite that allows them simply defame the man so they don’t need to contend with the ideas. But with now over 3 million copies sold around the globe, Jordan Peterson isn’t going to be losing sleep over any of it anytime soon regardless. But I sure would appreciate someone explaining to me the difference between modern day book bans and old school book burning.

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Going back to my main point, I think it was wrong to blame Marilyn Manson for Columbine, but blame they did. I think it’s also wrong to blame people like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro (who constantly call out ethno-nationalists) for what happened in Christchurch. And while I’m in a reflective mood, if I think back to what’s been going on during this culture war. I suppose it really kicked off when Pepe became officially deemed hate speech by the SPLC. In a world where text dominates human interaction it’s no surprise that memes have been used as a form of expression to convey reactions, thoughts and feelings. And sometimes when peering into that abyss, it takes us to dark places. And there could be no better example of this then that of Pepe.

I also believe that it’s worthy of noting the symbolism of the frog itself. For many cultures the frog represents transformation, change, adaptation. Like tadpole to frog. It can represent the transient nature of life itself. Often a positive sign of fortune or wealth. As an omen, it can indicate a pending disaster in the future. Pepe did exactly this. Transforming from one conceptualization to another based on the individual poster, creating an actual auction market for unique Pepe art but also valuable to each individual using the meme to articulate a reaction or feeling or identity in a way that they couldn’t with words. And possibly foreshadowing the coming culture war that would revolve around exactly these reactions, feelings and identities. RIP Pepe.

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I think the most notable next major meme evolution must be the NPC meme. Inspired by things like Trump derangement (orange man bad) and exactly the bad faith hit pieces I’m mentioning here, Memers created the NPC meme. I believe around the same time this simulation theory became popular. Where people actually believe that this world isn’t real and everything is just a simulation like the Matrix with Keanu Reeves. A conspiracy seducing even the smartest among us as Elon Musk mused over it with Joe Rogan.

The point being everyone starts looking the same and sounding the same and ideas start becoming less and less interesting when all you see everywhere around you are the same narratives being preached by the same ‘bad actors’. This is why all those who manage to break free of the narratives and see the world for what it really is, is considered “red pilled”.

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Watch Jimmy Dore covering Rachel Maddow; All Russia. All the Time:

But now we are seeing a new meme emerge and it seems to be sticking. It’s a type of clown world meme where Pepe is now donning clown garb. It’s being used to convey feelings of dismissal over the hypocrisy and hyperbole people see at every angle from all sides. It may be perceived to be a way of making light of the heavy times we live in. But I think it’s actually deeper than that. It’s a product of deep nihilism where you laugh off serious things that are not jokes. It’s a way of opting out, shutting down and closing our eyes from real things that really matter.

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Watch Paul Joseph Watson discuss the clown world meme:

A guy who by all accounts disqualifies himself for presidency goes on to become president. A feminist Prime Minister boots 2 powerful women from the party caucus for a scandal HE initiated. He lies about the scandal and about both women but then threatens to sue the critical opposition for “telling lies”. A nazi shoots up a mosque and a self help book gets banned but you can still buy Mein Kampf. Police show up at the doors of those who misgender people on Twitter.

Public trust in news media is at an all time low then time magazine names the news media people of the year. It’s easy to understand why people feel the world is upside down. But the honk honk comes from a place of deeply seeded apathy. And that’s a really dangerous place for dispossessed people to be. Is this the blue-pill alternative to the red-pill? Or is this pill black?

Watch Styxhexenhammer discuss the blackpill generation:

The reason why I enjoyed Bowling for Columbine so much when I was younger was because of the interview with Manson I featured at the start of this blog. When it seemed like EVERYONE had an answer to why the columbine shooting happened, Manson was the only one to say that what HE would do was just listen to the kids, because that’s what no one else was doing. And it’s a sentiment that rings true to this day. The teen angst of the 90s society of high expectations is the same as today’s wrongthink in the post truth era.

The tools of censorship, used by conservatives in the past, are the same tools now used by the leftists. Only in today’s social media world the stakes are higher than ever before when it comes to exactly what gets censored. There is overwhelming evidence that the way to actually de-radicalize someone who’s gone too far is to allow them to feel free to speak their mind, make them feel heard and open opportunities for them to walk outside of their bubble.

When dealing with deeply rooted tribal individuals you must present them with an even greater tribe for them to identify with. Like most people with most issues, all they really need is a simple change of perspective. These are paranoid individuals. You do not want to back a paranoid individual into a corner. But people are happy to do it regardless, because revenge is more fun than justice. Honk honk.

Watch Daryl Davis speak at TEDxNaperville:

Watch Aaron Stark speak at TEDxBoulder:

Watch Theo E.J. Wilson speak at TEDxMileHigh:

Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Life After Hate:

I believe, symbolically, this represents a numbness that comes from disaster fatigue. When people become overwhelmed by bad news. Similar to compassion fatigue. Where we begin to drown in our own empathy by grieving vicariously through other victims or  unfortunate situations totally detached from our own individual lives. I, myself, needed a couple of days to tune out after the Christchurch shooting. Sometimes you just need time for your heart to grieve. I think there’s something healthy about feeling grief for others’ suffering. Almost like the heart’s way of saying a little prayer for someone else. But having the awareness to identify these feelings and embrace them by providing an outlet for them is the healthy way of handling it.

Watch TEDx with Juliette Watt; Compassion Fatigue: What is it and do you have it?

I believe it’s when you try to repress such feelings is when you run the risk of burning out or even worse, lashing out. And let’s face facts, it’s the lashing out part we are all concerned about when people feel that they are at their limits and ready to burst. In my opinion I think the clown world meme represents being burnt out but the fact it is a circulating meme tells me it’s acting as an outlet so I can only hope that after a few chuckles people can return to their seats at the table for dialogue so we can continue to move forward together.

Maybe the whole Trump derangement stuff is just that, disaster fatigue without a sufficient outlet. Certainly lying about good people like Jordan Peterson isn’t going to help anyone. It’s just going to further polarize society. And it’s the polarization that’s the real threat to society and the real people and families trying to live their lives. Jordan has worked miracles in bringing meaning to people’s lives. And he’s done more to actually de-radicalize individuals than ANY mainstream media or government body anywhere.

Not to suggest that Peterson ought to be exempt from any scrutiny, of course not. And many people have taken aim at him. His debates have been a large part of how he’s risen to international fame. But when people read something from the New York Times they expect a certain level of journalistic integrity and intellectual rigor. But instead what we receive is mischaracterizations, misleading statements, slurs and literal baseless lies. It’s pretty precious that these are the same institutions who preach to us the importance of truth and accuracy. But worse yet, they are refusing to actually utilize Peterson’s growing influence to spark a real dialogue which actually could serve some good in the world. But that’s not happening because these people don’t want to make things better, they only wish to tear things down in utter contempt.

One critique of Peterson is that his world-tour lectures attract a lot of “young white men”. Well if that’s a point of contention with you then that only tells us more about you then it does about Jordan. I’ll just leave it at that. In a video critique of David Pakman he claimed, without any citation, that Jordan’s ideas around hierarchies have been ‘widely debunked’. Like really dude? If anyone hears that and thinks there’s any legitimacy in it you need to give your head a shake and start exploring outside of your bubble. Because Jordan has never claimed that hierarchies were ever HIS idea in the first place.

Watch a fan-made parody impersonation of the odd nature of the Peterson critiques. A comedic attempt to demonstrate how manipulative taking speech out of context can be:

The whole point to chapter 1 in his book: Stand up straight with your shoulders back, is to simply point out that lobsters, one of the world’s oldest creatures have operated along a social hierarchy system. This means that evolutionary trait would’ve dated back to when WE would’ve been fish. That means hierarchies are older than the existence of trees. Not hundreds of years old, billions. We see other creatures in the animal kingdom play out other hierarchical orders as well. The “stand up straight” part is to reference the evidence that suggests when we do just that, we feel more confident. Because this is a self help book, after all.

This whole point was simply to rebut the lazy notion that capitalism invented social hierarchies simply to dispossess and marginalize people. It has nothing to do with capitalism. No one is proud to see we have homeless among us. Or that others live in poverty. It’s a multi-varied social phenomenon that will not be solved by merely altering our politics. These are not otherwise PERFECTLY ‘normal’ people who are simply oppressed by the patriarchy or of capitalism. According to ScienceDaily.com roughly 50% of homeless men had at least one traumatic brain injury in their lives. And that’s just one contributing variable to consider.

The point is social hierarchies aren’t a product of politics. It’s deeper than that. But sure, you can go on calling Jordan the crazy lobster guy. He’ll continue profiting off of that by selling his lobster merch. So go ahead, ban his book. But if you think you’re hurting Peterson by doing that, you’re wrong. It’s everyone else who have reasons for buying a self help book that will be the ones to suffer. So it’s no surprise to see the clown world meme emerging from an ever more ignorant world developing around us.

Maybe if we all just wrapped out heads in Hijabs and joined in Muslim prayer that would solve all the world’s problems. This is the real problem with guilt by association. If you let the boundaries around such blanket sweeping conditions become too loose then it’s just a matter of time until you’re assigning ALL people of a group identity as guilty and tainted for the sins of a minority among them. Merely on the basis of their biological makeup. Bringing nothing but shame to otherwise completely innocent people. Not to say there isn’t a place for discussions around culture but to infer that white supremacy, ethno-nationalism and mass murder are all products of ‘white culture’ is profoundly ridiculous and just straight up racist. Not only are these sentiments shared in other areas around the world but these are very fringe minorities who subscribe to such ideologies. The western world was founded in exactly the opposite of such sentiments. Where the individual was of unique infinite value and therefore was entitled to rights and freedoms as an individual sovereign entity. But you don’t hear about that anymore

Watch the New Zealand Prime Minister wearing a Hijab:

Unless the New Zealand Prime Minister is Muslim, why would she wear a Hijab? It’s not like she was “off duty”. A Prime Minister is never “off duty”. So what message is she sending to her country or the world? Should we all convert to Islam? Are we bad in some way if we don’t at least attempt to conform to Muslim Culture? Whites are wrong? Muslims are right? The only thing weirder than how Justin Trudeau looked on his India trip would’ve been if he looked that way here in Canada. That’s no knock on Canadian-Indians but even the Indians over there were standing around him in suits like, “dude what the fuck are you wearing”.

Aside from this breaking the PC narrative around cultural appropriation, how is this not an attempt to politicize a tragedy? Maybe she had good intentions but she’s ignorant if that’s all it was. If this was one of the hundreds of Islamist attacks that go on every year killing people all around the world, would it ever be acceptable to hold all Muslims culpable for the actions of Islamists? This is not a false equivalency argument either. Islamists are a real threat. Just like white supremacists are a real threat. If what we want to work towards is true equal rights and opportunities for all people then we must hold everyone to the same ideal standards.

There is no harm in calling out inconsistencies anywhere they may occur. Because the funny thing about ‘the ideal’ is it judges us. To differentiate others based on ignorance is a form of prejudice. Assumptions based on preconceived notions. Usually rooted from anecdotal evidence rather than the scientific method. But repentance for actions that are not our own can also be based in prejudicial ignorance. Both serve to develop stigmas against groups of people rather than holding individuals accountable as the deviants they are. Don’t get me wrong, we should all seek repentance but forgiveness can only be granted to us as individuals over our individual actions. No amount of finger pointing ever granted anyone righteousness. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.

Jordan Peterson has nothing to do with nazis nor does he radicalize anyone. And as long as we keep playing this stupid game of pin the tail on the alt-right we actually end up doing what the Christchurch shooter actually wanted from what he reveals to us in his own manifesto. Further polarization. Because what happened in Christchurch wasn’t the end game for this man. It was a recruiting tactic for his cause. And he was smart enough to understand that if you can’t recruit by seducing people into your tribe with your ideology then you just need the other tribes to exile their own.

And when those people have nowhere else to turn, the ideas won’t matter anymore. And the media is doing a fine job carrying out this man’s wishes. Which, at best, is a disgrace to the families and community who suffered at the hands of this monster. And, at worst, is nothing more than an attempt to ignite an actual civil war in the western world. Rule #6: set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.

Watch Jordan Peterson in his own words:

 

“Yes, I’m reckless and sometime express no concern for my own well being, and I express a misanthropic view of the world, but to have an opinion, you can’t be a nihilist.”

– Marilyn Manson

Jesus for Dummies

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Reza Aslan presented a talk at the Aspen Institute in July 2015 where he performed a deconstruction of Jesus. This was pitched to us as the Aspen Institute titled “The Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith”. The only problem with that title is that it suggests that we would explore the significance of the many roles Jesus has played throughout time and history. What we got was a neo-marxist deconstruction of Jesus through the intersection lense of TODAY’S sense of social justice. As you could probably guess, it was a rather less than charitable interpretation of Jesus.

Reza is theologically unqualified and intellectually dishonest at best but he’s a comrade who furthers the narratives of the culture war so why not put him on a stage to speak to a crowd. Clap, clap, clap. How woke. Have a watch and if you care to share, comment below.

 

Watch Reza Aslan in, “The Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith”:

 

If anyone thinks this was an honest discussion about Judeo-Christian faith can think again. This was nothing more than a marxist deconstruction and the only context from which Reza was speaking was through the ideologically possessed lense of post-modernism and intersectionality. held to a modern standard of what social justice means today, there’s a reason why even his question period had to consist of a gender parity. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that, just funny how he had to virtue signal that to premise the Q&A.

The only goal here was to undermine Christianity by attempting to remove the righteous claim from Jesus and to paint him as just a flawed man, not someone who lived a life on the path to God. And to slander jews by questioning their motivations behind their religious institutions as a front for Muslim segregation and discrimination. Sure sounds pretty similar to the Jewish conspiracy to me. I personally consider his discussion around Jews to be anti-semitic.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what sheer contempt hiding behind a smile looks like. There are far more interesting and intellectually honest theistic conversations going on through Jordan Peterson’s psychological biblical series and through the various youtube channels by churches and theologians like the Logos Christian Family Church channel or the Living Stones Christian Reformed channel. But let’s be real. You don’t see academic institutions entertaining theologians. We all know they aren’t intellectuals right? Because NO indoctrination ever occurs in academia. Ever.

What we saw here wasn’t a religious conversation about pluralism or even an honest critique about judeo-christian ethics, it wasn’t even really about jesus. It was a lecture about the religion of intersectionality (neo-marxism) and we see clearly here that deconstruction is solely designed to break down concepts to highlight their vulnerabilities and represent them as weaknesses, it is not a method which has ever been used to actually solve any problems.

And intersectionality truly is a religion in the various ways it’s cultists refuse any other version of reality to exist. And like Islam, those who do not adopt the teaching of Intersectionality are infidels and apostates are condemned and shunned. You are not sovereign in your individuality, you STAY IN YOUR LANE. And that lane is dictated to you by the authoritarians who claim to ascend the intersectional high ground. You are assigned to a group and that is where you will conform.

To the intersectionality crowd, this world is nothing more than oppressors and victims and there are no unique individuals, only groups based on identity and life itself is a zero sum game over power struggles. And in that game you have players like Reza who are desperately trying to climb up the hierarchy with his woke points. No different than scientology’s tiers to xenu.

The fact Reza seems almost giddy to answer questions like “could you talk about jesus family life, like his sketchy girlfriends” (36:10) I think really just highlights the real motivations behind the entire talk and just how misleading a title for this content is, “The Jesus of History versus the Christ of Faith” from the Aspen Institute. Clearly a more accurate title would’ve been, “a modern deconstruction of Jesus through history”. There’s a reason why they want to frame such a narrow minded view of Jesus as this sort of “Jesus for dummies” approach. because they’re expecting you to accept this opinion as fact. Reza Aslan who is theologically unqualified and intellectually dishonest at best. do yourself a favour, don’t drink the kool aid.

 

 

“The kids are starting to burn this place and to trash it. They’re dragging a grand piano down the stairs. It’s the destruction of high culture, about which they’re nothing but cynical, because they don’t believe that hard work and sacrifice can produce something of any value. They want to bring it down and destroy it. You can see it in the story of Cain and Abel. Abel is hard working and everyone likes him, and he makes the proper sacrifices, so his life goes really well. And that’s part of the reason that Cain hates him. He’s jealous and resentful, but worse than that – if you’re not doing very well and you’re around someone who is doing very well it’s painful, because the mere fact of their Being judges you. And so it’s very easy to want to destroy that ideal so that you don’t have to live with the terrible consequences of seeing it embodied in front of you. And so part of the reason that people want to tear things down is so that they don’t have anything to contrast themselves against and to feel bad. And that’s exactly what’s happening here. Kids are destroying all of this culture, because the fact that it exists judges them.”

Jordan Peterson – Maps of Meaning 4: Marionettes and Individuals (Part 3) [54:55-56:15]

Jordan Peele Finds Himself in The Sunken Place

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Watch Philip Defranco discuss the controversy around Jordan Peele’s comments:

Today Jordan Peele found himself in the sunken place of the culture war when he advocated for white genocide. Or so you would think given the reaction of some people online. But such is the state of our polarized, outrage addicted culture. The quote that the clickbait journalism ran with to illicit the backlash was, “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie.” And with that the culture war exploded in outrage as all the SJWs, Nazis, shitlords and Otherkin converged on their local parks and engaged in a Ron Burgundy style brawl that was so intense that I’m sure we’ll see some popular figures in the new Smash Bros DLC.

Ok, it wasn’t THAT bad. And in fact Jordan Peele went on to say:

“Not that I don’t like white dudes but I’ve seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is the feeling like we are in this time – a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false. The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”

But in the cesspool that is the twitterverse we, of course, saw a lot of people take the bait. Of course the point of this tabloid was to incite outrage and draw attention and benefit from all the clicks and views propped up by everyone on all sides road raging about it online. Because like the ex girlfriend who stalked me, negative attention is still attention. But we all apparently have yet to truly learn that. And one such poor bastard happened to be someone whose content I enjoy, Jeremy over at TheQuartering (on twitter, youtube, minds, facebook). Jeremy tweeted out the article with the comment, “Imagine saying…’I don’t see myself hiring white dudes’ and being applauded. These times…”

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Watch TheQuartering explain the situation around his tweet:

This picked up attention from others online and made its way onto the Philip Defranco show who reported on the controversy. Now I’m just not going to touch on the ouroboros nature of these incidents where journalists produce clickbait, then content creators expose clickbait, therefore effectively taking the bait. Then indie dude, like myself, with nothing better to do shares said click baited click bait to all his friends which only produces further clickbait. BUT there’s a real point to be made through all this noise. Jeremy isn’t wrong. But he’s also not right. And most of us are usually in this boat.

To simply dismiss legitimate claims of racism is only making the situation worse. There is no such thing as ‘reverse racism’ or the ‘false equivalency’ of comparing blacks and whites to black and white situations. But the real question here is was there any real racism that took place here? On the surface it sure looks that way. And let’s not kid ourselves, you replace the word “white” with the word “black” or “latino” or “asian” or whatever and of course it would be a morally wrong thing to say. So if the goal here is equality then we should be striving for nothing less. But is this a racist incident?

I’m about to sound like I work for Patreon but I really think these things need to be observed through a case-by-case basis. And in order to understand the words we really must understand the person. Look at what happened to Kevin Hart. He was fired from hosting the Oscars after online outrage over a tweet from 2011 which read, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

Watch Ellen sit down with Kevin Hart to help re-hire him as Oscars Host:

Despite the fact this is something Kevin Hart has already addressed in the past, according to him, this didn’t stop the Oscars from dropping him faster than they hired him. Like Hart said himself in a snapchat reaction to the news, do people actually think that someone can’t grow and learn in 8 years? Do we all just start to view all of history through the critical lense of today’s cultural context? And where exactly are these flawless people? These pure, innocent people, who’ve never made a mistake, that these trolls seem to believe exist. Guess what? They don’t exist. We’re all horrible, flawed monsters navigating our way through the fog of life, just coasting along to whatever solid ground we can find.

Kevin Hart watched a life-long dream crumble beneath him. Even after Ellen sat him down and attempted to get him to fight for his job, the damage had already been done. Not the defamation against him but the damage to his dream. The fun, glamour and social relevance that this ceremony represented to him throughout his life, which he put on a pedestal, all came crashing down with their weak willed, bad faith, reactionary abandon of principal at the first sight of risk.

Oh, and the online trolls then came for Ellen, attempting to reduce probably one of the biggest LGBT icons to “just another white woman”. I’m sorry, Ellen is one of the kindest, sweetest, most positive people we have out there so to try and diminish the reputation and presence she’s earned, only reveals your own ill intentions. Ellen didn’t emerge in a time when your ethnicity and sexual orientation were celebrated in society like they are today. She was the rose that bloomed from the crack in the hard concrete when you lost you’re sitcom for your sexual identity.

But to be real, that’s really all she is to the intersectional community. Just another white woman. How dare she not stay in her lane. These social justice warriors are sadists. Sadists who are addicted to the dopamine hit that a good lynching provides. To me, they’re just as dangerous as these white supremacists advocating for a civil war. So don’t kid yourself, there’s no difference between antifa and those antifa target.

Watch SJW mob surround Tucker Carlson’s home where his wife hid in their closet:

The only thing more pathetic than the boy who cried wolf is the fool who listened to the false claim. And after everything the Oscars represented to Kevin, for them to sell him out so quick to appease a minority, faux-outrage mob of trolls reveals that, to them, he’s really nothing more than their dancing monkey to use for ratings. And once you see it, you cannot unsee it. Good on Hart for not giving THEM a second chance. They don’t deserve him. And so ever further the Oscars spiral into irrelevancy. Because they bent the knee to the social justice mob who aims to run black men out of town in the name of progress. When you don’t stand for anything you’ll fall for everything.

My point about Jordan Peele is just that, context. I wouldn’t describe myself as a Jordan Peele “fan” but I’ve always enjoyed his work. And When I watched “Get Out” I didn’t see the persecution of white people despite the fact literally every white actor in the film was a villain. I empathized with the main lead, believe it or not, despite the fact our skin looks different. Go figure!

But I know I was able to do so because the story and the actors enabled that relationship. When I was presented with the “black boyfriend” narrative it didn’t come across as political propaganda. It felt like cultural relevance. Even if it was a little political. But I was happy to support it given that if this was political, this is how you do it right. Because the concept, the acting, the writing was good. It was something the entire audience could unite under.

Watch Jordan Peele discuss how white audiences reacted to “Get Out”:

The issues he’s talking about are real issues. It’s always been cringey when studios feel the need to cast white actors in place of other ethnic roles like when they cast Christian Bale as an Egyptian. I think there is a real conversation to be had around visible representation in movies and shows. BUT THAT BEING SAID. So much of our content has been used as social justice propaganda that I completely understand people who may be suffering from political fatigue and just groan at every mention of “empowerment” and “dominance position” this versus “power group” that, yadda, yadda, yadda.

There just seems to be this odd idea that the only way to empower someone is to tear someone else down. Like the only way for a white person to be an “ally” is to just SHUT THE FUCK UP. Wow, great. For me, to be honest, I take more offense to the part where he says, “I’ve seen that movie before”. I totally understand push back against that. What is he even saying? Everything Hitchcock made, everything Kubrick made, star wars, lord of the rings, star trek, etc etc etc are all just the same movie because they were made and starred by whites? I have a feeling that Jordan, himself, was really caught off guard with this interview and was baited into saying some stupid crap. Otherwise he needs to invest in a publicist before he opens his mouth.

Be honest with yourself, when you go to a movie do you think to yourself, “I can’t wait to see all the statistically accurate visible representation according to the demographics of the region where the movie takes place,” or do you think to yourself “this movie looks interesting, I want to see what happens,”?

Racism is racism. Period. Whether you’re white or black or whatever. Period. And like Jordan said himself, the reality is he can now turn to a studio and say “I wanna make a movie about black people” and receive funding. That’s progress. So to keep moving forward let’s focus on how to unite audiences, not divide them. The less risk to a studio the less doubt they can have to fund these sorts of projects. And take risks on new up and comers like Jordan Peele.

I just don’t understand why Peele felt he had to even say this at all. He would have meant the same thing by just saying, “I hire who I feel best fits into my story,” and just left it at that. I feel like he was probably baited into weighing in about identity politics and just fell for the bait. Probably an example of someone who surrounds themselves with yes people and gets so caught up with confirmation bias they are lulled into a false sense of security by the wrong people.

But that being said, Jordan Peele is now a Hollywood elite, regardless his roots and so if what we want is true equality then he needs to take the public reaction for whatever it is and deal with it. This is the nature of the Hollywood beast. And he’s a big boy, he can take responsibility for the things he says. I’m sure he’s not losing sleep over what guys like me think. Nor am I losing sleep over shit people like him say. Everything else from everyone else is just playing the outrage game. On both ends of the spectrum. I didn’t really care for “US” but I’m still looking forward to his next one.

It’s easy to see politics everywhere you look these days. But I do think these situations must be evaluated as a case by case basis otherwise we just paint with broad brushes and end up dehumanizing people in the same way as the SJW. We can’t rob people of their individual sovereignty based on surface level evidence that we use to act as judge, jury and executioner. We’re all entitled to our opinions but we also all need to be mindful of when dialogue devolves into rhetoric. Because we’re ALL guilty of that.

Sometimes if we forget to take proper care of ourselves and reconnect with the outside world then our oversaturated minds can easily regurgitate these narratives as we project this rhetoric overtop of otherwise innocent situations. Not that these comments are innocent but I do not believe Jordan Peele is guilty of any wrongdoing.

Dear outrage mobs, this is how you look:

 

“I’ll say this: The scariest monster in the world is human beings and what we are capable of, especially when we get together.”

– Jordan Peele