Category Archives: Political Correctness

Good Ridance Cathy Reisenwitz

Remember Cathy Reisenwitz? She’s the PC libertarian who caused a storm when she called a lot of past libertarian icons racists. Well, she’s leaving full-time libertarianism. I’m not sure I share Robert Wenzel’s certainty that this is because there is no market for PC libertarianism. Just look at the PC libertarian reaction to Ferguson. But I do think she overplayed and misplayed her hand.

Robert Wenzel at the Economic Policy Journal has the story: “Cathy Reisenwitz Leaving ‘Full-Time’ Liberty Movement

The Sarkeesian Effect?

Oh boy! Seriously, who knew that gaming culture has been so taken over and terrorized by the PC police, apparently now called Social Justice Warriors. What a joke. Those fools aren’t warring against anything except their own cognitive dissonance. (To be clear, these fools refers to the SJW’s, not the people who made the video. Some have apparently misread this.) And since they are always whining that they are being attacked and how they don’t feel safe, I’m sure if they were exposed to actual warrioring, they would quickly crap their pants and assume the fetal position. Their influence has become so noxious, that now a couple of fellows have decided to make a movie about it. Here is their spiel.

Here is the web page the above video is from.

The second guy seems a bit odd, unless he is putting on an act, which may detract from whatever product they end up putting together, but he describes himself as a neoreactionary monarchist, so he can’t be all bad.

But I don’t get this. These Social (sic) Justice (sic) Warriors (sic) have apparently exerted a lot of influence across multiple subcultures. Apparently they are wreaking havoc in the atheist subculture as well. Because, you know, Darwinian theory obviously rules out the possibility of gender roles and racial differences. I don’t know this because I have any use for atheism. I’ve just run across the issue in my travels through the alt right sphere. How can such obviously unserious people gain so much power? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they seem to have disproportionate influence in communities that are already somewhat marginalized, like gaming and God-hating. For intellectually serious people, the first time one of these thought slave stooges utters the word cis she should be consigned to intellectual irrelevancy.

Ilana Mercer Takes Libertarians to Task on Ferguson

Ilana Mercer is a libertarian who isn’t stupid about it. Here she takes her fellow libertarians to task for uncritically accepting the PC cry of racism. I’m a little disappointed that Paul Craig Roberts dropped the r word. His point, that different races coming to different conclusions re. the shooting being based on their preconceived biases is unobjectionable, but to label those biases racism only when they belong to whites is unfortunate. If preconceived biases are to be condemned, as PCR seems to indicate, it’s equally objectionable for blacks to presume negatively about the motivations of whites.

Hat Tip: Jack Kerwick

Ferguson Thoughts

Prediction: Darren Wilson will not be indicted and once again the PC grandstanders who jumped to conclusions before the facts were in are going to look like fools, not that PC grandstanders need any help looking like fools.

I strongly suspected from the start of this mess that the police officer would be vindicated, and I stand by that. And as the facts continue to pour in, it looks more and more like I will be proven correct. Here’s why I thought this.

As anyone who knows my writings will attest, I am not reflexively pro law enforcement. I was very critical of the post Boston Marathon lockdown for example. But whatever one may think about the police, police excess and brutality, etc., there clearly is not an epidemic of white cops willy-nilly shooting black suspects because they are black, and if you think there is then you need to check your ideology because it is overcoming your good sense.

So from the start, facts unknown, the high probability outcome was that the shooting was justified or at least arguably justified. That the shooting was blatantly unjustified was always a low probability, just based on the nature of such low frequency events. I don’t doubt that law enforcement disproportionately attracts a certain personality type. I don’t doubt that many suspects are roughed up more than necessary during or following apprehension. But that is an order of magnitude different level of offense than suggesting a police officer grossly inappropriately discharged his weapon and that race was a primary motivation for this. Seriously, step back and listen to yourselves. If you believe that is normal police behavior then I don’t know what else to say to you.

So at the very least, whatever your bias may be to believe one way or the other, in a highly emotional situation like this you have to wait until all the facts come in to make an informed and reasonable judgment. The early “facts” that come from an emotionally overwrought crowd and a sinister liberal media always eager to inflame sentiments against evil Whitey, are simply not reliable and to not wait for more balanced information to flow in is irresponsible, and allowing your emotions to overcome your rational judgment.

Have we learned nothing from past incidents? Based on the early info and media spin, Zimmerman should be rotting in jail. But guess what. He isn’t, because a jury said there was insufficient proof, just as the local jurisdiction initially claimed before the PC lynch mob got involved. And for the record, I called that one very early as well.

This rant is of course directed at PC liberals, but it is also directed at PC grandstanding and anti-police libertarians as well. That so many libertarians allowed their anti-police bias and eagerness to PC grandstand to overcome their rational good sense is extremely disappointing. I thought libertarians were supposed to be the hyper rational ones. Mr. Spock would not be proud. To not have at least as much skepticism about our blatantly PC mongering press and media as you do about police, is foolish. And if you think empowering the PC narrative, which is what you do when you accept it uncritically, furthers the cause of liberty then you’re not just foolish, you’re delusional.

Agrarianism & Gay “Marriage”

As some readers may be aware, a while back the agrarian activist Wendell Berry announced his support for gay “marriage.”  At Catholic World Report, one disgruntled former Berry fan critiques Berry’s position thus:

[...] Berry’s insistence upon a wall of separation between church and state reveals a profound confusion inherent to liberalism itself. How can any church possibly be relevant to the world we live in without in some sense being “political”? How can the religion which is abandoned every time one enters a voting booth or assumes the lawmaker’s chair or dons the magistrate’s robes be anything other than a hobby?

The Church & State issue aside, there is something bizarre about the cozy coexistence of the “localist” movement with the sodomy lobby.

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My New Game Idea: Cathedral Quest

Video games have never been my thing. Not even when I was a kid. Video games stress me out. What fun is it to sit there all tense pressing buttons as fast as you can? When I have free time I want to relax, like watching TV, reading a book or surfing the net. So the whole game scene is completely off my radar screen. But one benefit of having Facebook friends from all across the dissident right spectrum, is that you get exposed to all sorts of things you might not otherwise experience. I guess gaming is big in certain parts of the alt right sphere, and who knew gaming was plagued by a bunch of shrill feminist PC police?

Check out this video. I apologize for the language and subject matter, but it’s worth it just to wallow in all the drama. It’s like High School all over again.

A game called Depression Quest? Seriously? Who in their right mind would want to play a game called Depression Quest? I have an idea for a game. It’s called Cathedral Quest. In it, a group of intrepid wrongthinkers explore the Cathedral while overcoming obstacles like loss of career, Free Beacon hit pieces,  etc. in search of one honest righthink enforcer who is willing to actually engage in a reasoned and intelligent debate. I toyed with the name Unicorn Quest before settling on Cathedral Quest. One challenge involves having to successfully distinguish a Slate article from an Onion article with at least 50% accuracy. It’s very tough.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney again

Thought Police Go After Gavin McInnis

Yawn. Another story about the crazed thought police. But if these clowns keep thought policing, we’re gonna keep on exposing their small-minded bullying behavior. This time the alleged victims group is transgendered people, and the alleged offender is Gavin McInnis, who appears on Fox News and writes for Taki Mag. I’m sure those affiliations had nothing to do with the oh-so-sensitive censors’ jihad against him.

Hat Tip: Matt Forney’s blog.

My Thoughts on the Mark Driscoll Drama

The church affiliation and planting ministry that Mark Driscoll founded, Acts 29, has removed Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church from their network and asked Driscoll to step down. Since I first read about this story, LifeWay Christian Bookstores has announced they are going to stop selling his books. This is all very unfortunate, although some nuance is called for.

As I said below, I do think that some of what Driscoll said and did was indecorous and intemperate, but he has largely admitted as much and apologized. He said in the past that he thought rabble rousing on a forum under a pseudonym was not the right way to go about it, and he apologized. This new brouhaha is largely because those posts which he apologized for and admitted were unwise have surfaced.

But here is the problem. All the above conceded, Driscoll’s fundamental points are correct. The Bible, history and nature do testify to the reality and importance of gender differences and gender roles. And Christian men, and American men in general, have stopped acting like men. And not only is Driscoll correct, but these are issues of utmost importance that desperately need saying if we have any hope of salvaging the Christian Church as we know it.

The feminization of American men, both behaviorally and biologically, has been much commented on in dissident right circles and is largely the impetus, along with the concomitant masculinization of women, behind the growth of the so-called manosphere. (I have a strong hunch that Driscoll is familiar with the manosphere, because he sounds like he is.) But the manosphere is largely amoral and often dismissively refers to those of us who encourage sexual continence as tradcons. Do we really want to cede primary advocacy of gender roles and masculinization to people hostile or indifferent to Christianity? This is why we need Christian voices speaking out on this matter who care about the state of the Church and the country who aren’t just looking for a way to get women in bed.

By booting Driscoll out of the Acts 29 Network, without the appropriate finesse, Acts 29 is empowering the Rachel Held Evans of the world. By not selling his book, without making the action and behavior vs. thought distinction, LifeWay is empowering PC ninnies like  Warren Throckmorton. Do they really want to do that? What are Acts 29 and LifeWay objecting to, actions or beliefs? The fact that they took these actions in response to a PC outcry makes it look like they are accepting the PC narrative unless they make it entirely clear that they aren’t, which they haven’t.

So you know that I’m not just cheerleading for Driscoll, I do think Driscoll is somewhat the victim of his own devices. He is closely associated with the emerging church movement, but in my understanding has distanced himself from it and is, as far as I can tell, doctrinally sound on the essentials.  Unlike Rob Bell, for example, who has clearly flown the coup. But in the doctrinally conservative wing of the emergent church movement’s efforts to make the Church relevant, they largely adopted “contemporary” modes of worship. I don’t think I’m breaking new ground to suggest that contemporary worship is an arguably feminized form of worship that appeals to female sensibilities. You want to man and woman up your Church? Then wear coats and ties and dresses and stop singing praise songs that sound like “Jesus is My Boyfriend.” Grab a hymnal and sing “There is Power in the Blood.”

For those who didn’t quite get my earlier attempt at humor, by feigning outrage at a minor point, I was primarily dismissing or belittling the larger outrage. But there was a little more method to my madness. In every picture I have ever seen of Driscoll, he is wearing a vest (not sweater) and looks like he needs a shave. I’m not dissing vests or facial hair. In fact, from the standpoint of masculinity, I think there is something to be said for facial hair. But the distinction that Driscoll seems to be making is a tame or lame vs. cutting edge or unconventional distinction, with tame associated with femininity and cutting edge associated with manliness. While there may be some truth to this in the milieu and context Driscoll finds himself in, this is a problem with his milieu. In the grand scheme of things, a traditional combination of loafers, khakis and an oxford cloth button down says man’s man much more so than does a vest and whatever Driscoll’s footwear of choice may be. In fact, the best way to be counter-cultural in our crazy modern world is to be radically traditional, affectionately referred to as rad trad. (For the record, once I lose weight … err … I mean my wife quits shrinking my clothes … and invest in a new wardrobe, I’m going rad trad all the way!) If Driscoll paired his vest with a suit and a pocket watch and a pair of wingtips, he would be making a much more masculine and traditional statement than he does now. Actions, not words on a forum, speak loudest.

Now that I’ve  ticked off every possible element, please discuss.

PC Hysterics Claim a Virginia GOP Scalp, VA GOP Cheers Them On

Bob FitzSimmons, the treasurer of the apparently ball-less Virginia Republican Party, is stepping down because some poor PC sensitive babies got their diapers in a bunch over the inconvenient hate facts he posted on his private Facebook page.

Briefly, Obama issued a Ramadan related statement praising the contributions of Muslims to the “fabric of America” and the “core of our democracy.” Mr. FitzSimmons posted a Facebook reply calling the President out for his obvious hyperbolic pandering. The hysteria quickly ensued. Take a look at this HuffPo article, and you’ll see that it wasn’t just Dems and libs wetting their collective pants. Some of his fellow Republicans were wetting theirs as well. I guess cutting off your balls causes problems with continence.

I got in a debate about this with a bunch of PC squishes and Establishment water carriers on a Facebook. (Is there a bigger waste of time?) Here is what I wrote:

Here is what Obama said. “In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” This is so obviously hyperbolic and pandering it’s laughable. He didn’t say Muslim have contributed to our economy for example. He said “very fabric of our nation” and “core of our democracy.” Please PC apologists, work that out for me. Fabric of our nation? Core of our democracy? Please explain.

And:

Here is what Fitzsimmons said. “To mark the end of Ramadan, on Sunday, Obama released a statement thanking Muslim Americans “for their many achievements and contributions….to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”

It is one thing to be gracious on religious holidays, but this is pure nonsense. Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims? What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”

FitzSimmons is equally obviously correct. Obama’s statement was “pure nonsense.” Perhaps FitzSimmons, knowing the current PC oppressive intellectual climate, could have phrased it differently, but he was speaking truth and calling Obama out for his lies. Before the PC hysteric chorus replies in outrage, take a few deep breaths and just think. That Obama was FOS and FitzSimmons speaking truth is hardly debatable. Truth is under no obligation to conform to modern PC sensibilities.

I wish he hadn’t stepped down. The PC Beast must be resisted, not caved into.

The Rachel Held Evans vs. Mark Driscoll Throwdown

Rachel Held Evans is an ex-evangelical Christian turned liberal “Christian” blogger who whines a lot about traditional Christian gender roles, sexual rules, etc. as she plays the role of ex-conservative (religiously speaking) Christian trying to come to grips with doubt and uncertainty while wholeheartedly embracing modern PC mores. You know the type, of which she is a virtual caricature. To illustrate the kind of insufferable foolishness we are dealing with here, in her blog post accusing Driscoll of a “disturbed mind” she warns her readers that the post contains “crude language, slurs, misogyny, homophobia.” Oh no, not that dreaded homophobia. Get it? If you don’t embrace wholly modern PC norms, then you have a disturbed mind. Meaning, I guess, that every human being that ever lived on the earth prior to 50 years ago +/- had a disturbed mind.

Mark Driscoll is the Pastor of the Mars Hill mega church in Seattle, WA. There is something to be said for decorum, and I believe that Driscoll does at times use indecorous and unwise language. The Church should be clear, for example, that the Bible explicitly condemns all sex outside of marriage, but discussing licit sex within marriage from the pulpit is generally unwise and in popular intended books is questionable at best. It is a subject that is best left to individual counseling and perhaps a specialty book. Some of the stuff Held holds up as evidence of Driscoll’s disturbed mind is intemperate, although for context he was writing anonymously on a blog with the intent of shaking people up. But all that said, his basic underlying premises which are upholding Biblical, historic and natural gender roles and bemoaning the sorry state of the modern American male desperately need saying. What we need is a more gentlemanly and prudish Mark Driscoll to compete against the Rachel Held Evans types and the largely amoral manosphere.

Mark Driscoll Has Done Crossed a Line!

“And the pastel cashmere wearing sensible haircut clean shaven loafer wearing minivan driving suburban sympathizers contend “But they really really love each other.”” ~ Pastor Mark Driscoll

Ok, that does it! Driscoll has done gone and crossed a line! How dare he insinuate that there is something wrong with loafers?! Yeah, pastel cashmere is too much, but loafers, khakis and an oxford cloth button down are about as much of a man uniform as you are going to find. Personally, I’m a wingtip guy, but what kind of un-American freak disparages an American icon like loafers?! Dissing loafers is like dissing apple pie and baseball. What is this guy? Some sort of communist? What’s next? Will he be recommending Extra-Crispy? May the spirit of G. H. Bass haunt him ’till his dying day!?

Addendum: I suppose I should clarify for those who don’t get the context, there is a serious issue here that I’m playing off of that we might call the Rachel Held Evans vs. Mark Driscoll throwdown. I’ll comment on that separately.

The Daily Beast Plays Thought Enforcer Regarding Nullification

Per Tom Woods:

The Daily Beast, like its neoconservative counterparts at the Free Beacon, is a thought-control site that aims to ferret out unapproved opinions. We are supposed to confine ourselves to the McCain/Obama box where the Daily Beast is comfortable. Anyone with opinions outside that box is by definition an “extremist,” and probably kind of crazy. Why else would someone hold an opinion that can’t be found anywhere in the whole three inches separating McCain from Obama?

So I actually laughed out loud when I read this classic thought-control headline: “Exclusive: GOP Senate Candidate Caught Saying States Can Nullify Laws.” (Thanks to Per Bylund for sending the link.)

So wait a minute! You mean someone asked a fundamental question? She must be destroyed, citizen!

Here is the comment I posted at the Daily Beast:

Ummm … the only problem with this article is that states CAN nullify laws. What the “mainstream” thought enforcers here need to ask is did the Framers intend nullification to be an option, and the bulk of the historical evidence suggest that they did. See Tom Woods’ book on the subject.

New Word: Likudzi

The pejorative “Nazi” is said to derive from the German word “ignatz”, simpleton. Many abusing this word “Nazi”, against others who are not Nazis, are themselves Jewish, and even Zionist. The most aggressive of these Zionists are those following the Likud Party of Israel, which many of the American neocons, and perhaps the Israeli lobbies (multiple and powerful), support.

And so I suggest, in light of recent barbarity in Israel (1, 2), adopting the pejorative “Likudzi” in defence from the mighty pejorative, “Nazi”.

Anyone to the right of Bill Ayers is frequently slurred as a “Nazi”, which our society perceives as the ultimate evil. If asking a modern American to give an example of pure evil, he’ll likely mention Hitler. All values opposing Hitler then are good, so for modern America perhaps Ayers is an example of pure good. Unfortunately, nearly all Americans are somewhere in the grey area between. And so, we’re attacked with the slur “Nazi” for being to the right of Bill Ayers.

In closing, if attacked with the dreaded word “Nazi”, or its terrifying twin “racist“, by a person who happens to be Jewish, I recommend happening to counter with, “Likudzi”.

Note though: This is a defensive action. And pejoratives are powerful, very powerful. What Zionists do to Arabs on the other side of the globe is really none of my business. I wish for peace, but I don’t pretend to have the right to meddle there. Greater Israel, Lesser Israel, no Israel, none of my business.

Raw Story Goes on PC Witch Hunt Against Michael Peroutka

For those who don’t know, Michael Peroutka won the Republican primary for a seat on the Anne Arundel County, Maryland City Counsel.

Now the PC Gestapo is up in arms. What amazes me about some of these stories is how out in the open they are. Anyone who is at all familiar with dissident right and third party politics should know very well where Michael Peroutka is coming from. Obviously these lefty PC thumb breakers don’t follow the other side except maybe what the SPLC says about them, so they act like they have stumbled upon some scandalous revelation. So Peroutka is a young earth creationist? Yeah. So Peroutka uses the Bible to evaluate laws. Yeah. So Peroutka was (is?) a board member of the League of the South and thinks secession is a legal and constitutional remedy. Yeah. The guy is not a phantom. He is a past Constitution Party nominee for President and his association with the League is well documented. Ever heard of the internet and YouTube Mr. Raw Story investigative reporter? Wow, you’ve really managed a scope here. I don’t follow all the ins and outs of far left politics in America, but if someone said lefty X once said nice things about Trotsky or Margaret Sanger or something, I wouldn’t be shocked. That’s what far lefties do. (As opposed to far rightists who scandalously say nice things about the Founders.)

Here is another breathless Raw Story article about Peroutka. This one is about a supposedly scandalous video of Peroutka addressing the League of the South, that was “uncovered” by a professor at Grove City College, a supposedly conservative Christian school. We have discussed this professor before. He seems to specialize in PC thought policing. If someone wants to write a real investigative report, maybe they can write one “exposing” Professor Throckmorton as the PC water carrier that he is despite teaching at a college known for it’s conservative and Christian beliefs, particularly its refusal, like Hillsdale College, to accept any federal funds. Does the Professor not realize that the PC forces he shills for hate all things Christian and conservative, and surely think Grove City is a bastion of racist, sexist, Christianist oppression?

Anyway, back to Peroutka. According to the second Raw Story article, it says Peroutka is a former board member of the League of the South. If this is true, it is news to me but I don’t necessarily doubt it. As for Peroutka saying he does not support Southern secession, this may be technically true, but I doubt it is the whole story. Unless Peroutka has had a complete change of heart, which I seriously doubt and would be very unfortunate if true, I know he believes in the right to secession and he believes Lincoln was wrong to invade the duly seceded South. What he may have said is that he doesn’t support Southern secession at this time and wants to give reforming the US a college try before resorting to it. This would be consistent with the belief of a lot of constitutionalists.

As for Perotka and race, the League has always been implicitly white as is conservatism in America as is constitutionalism as is the Tea Party, etc. but has recently become more explicitly white. That Peroutka specifically endorsed this new direction or was even aware of this change, I doubt. Peroutka has always used colorblind conservative language. In fact, I remember seeing a column he wrote fairly recently that used typical colorblind conservative language and thought to myself that there might be some League members who would object to the language. (With a lttle Google digging, here is a recent article he wrote dated July 15 that looks like an attempt to ward off his critics. It is essentially the same column as this one dated Jan 20 that I recalled. It seems to be inspired by the MLK holiday.)

So if the Raw Story PC storm trooper is really shocked that a former Constitution Party Presidential nominee and well known sympathizer of the League of the South has beliefs that are outside those of the tame “mainstream right,” then perhaps he needs to familiarize himself with the outside the mainstream right before he writes about it. Again, I’m not tuned into all the inner workings of the far left, but I would expect people of that persuasion to have beliefs and associations that are outside the mainstream left, so if I wrote an article about one of them I wouldn’t pretend to be shocked by such revelations or act as if such revelations only need to be trotted out in order to discredit someone. But of course, I’m intellectually honest, unlike PC hacks writing click bait hatchet jobs for liberal websites and PC peddling professors who “uncover” things in plain sight.

Jack Hunter and Rare.us Go PC on Border Crisis

This is pretty bad stuff. People worried about the border invasion are, of course, racists.

As I have said before, I like Jack Hunter, but he is unfortunately still trying to pay penance for his Southern Avenger days. No self-respecting conservative should make the charge of racism because it is a meaningless Trotskyite slur term that is meant to thoughtstop rather than illuminate. Perhaps what the town hall folks said was insensitive, but to use the r word is cheap. Since Jack likes wrestling, it’s the political equivalent of cheap heat. The issue of disease also misses the main point. The real issue is where are these kids parents. Kids from distant Central American countries don’t just show up in mass. This is part of a systematized program.

Neocon PC Hack Goes After J. Arthur Bloom

Sorry, this is a couple of weeks old now, but it just came to my attention. The Editor of The Washington Free Beacon, which specializes in neocon hit pieces, published this blog post attacking J. Arthur Bloom (a.k.a. Jordan Bloom).

Goldfarb criticizes a passage Bloom wrote as obvious “Jew-baiting.” While the passage is harshly critical of neocons, it doesn’t strike me as “clear as day” Jew-baiting. In fact, the references are kind of inside baseball so you have to know a little something to even get some of the references, “casino magnates” for example.

Note the distinction mentioned in the article between Freedom Conservatives and Liberty Conservatives. (Follow the link in the article also.) While I’m not sure how helpful the distinction really is, it seems to be an increasingly popular formulation that I suspect you will be hearing a lot about.