Monday, November 4, 2013

No Vice

Some of you young'uns might not know that the title of this post refers to the old Barry Goldwater quote:

 "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

That was a part of his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican convention. Listen to it below, and meditate on the fact that the American people decided to give the revolting slimeball LBJ a landslide victory over him. What was being referred to as "extremism" in those days was just about any opposition to LBJ's Great Society, which we're still suffering from today. But it didn't refer back then to the lifestyles and thinking of normal Americans. It does now. In short, it's become a useless word that means nothing more than "bad," as far as our elite thinkers are concerned. For example, if you consider solemnizing homosexual sodomy with a marriage ceremony to be culturally counterproductive, you are an extremist. If you think shipping in thousands of savage Somali Muslims to small towns in America and putting them on food stamps and other assistance to be an unwise policy, you are a racist extremist.

Jim Goad explains further what "extremism" has come to mean:

After leftist radicals shot and killed a pair of Golden Dawn members in Athens on Friday, news outlets referred to the killers as members of an “extremist” group. This was odd, as I’ve become conditioned to see that particular scare term used only for people and things deemed to theright of center. I hardly ever hear the word “extremist” used these days to describe communists or violent leftist radicals; that practice went out of fashion around the time Nixon waved goodbye from the White House lawn.

Without bothering to define the term “neo-Nazi,” headline writers made sure to remind everyone that Golden Dawn were neo-Nazis; still, it was strange to see their antagonists described as extremists. That term is usually trotted out to defame neo-Nazis, not the people who shoot them. In Europe you have well-heeled self-described “independent” (yet slavishly globalist) organizations such as Chatham House whose description of “extremism” is myopically fixated on the political right.

But one man’s extremism is another’s common sense. At least to themselves, I suspect that everyone makes perfect sense. I believe that hardly anyone considers his or her beliefs to be anything but entirely sensible. Rare is the individual who considers their beliefs to be extreme. The word “extremist,” therefore, is an exonymic term, meaning one that is almost exclusively applied to others rather than oneself. It is used as a weapon to establish social hierarchy and declare where one stands in the power equation.

As with all political terms, the meaning of “extremist” depends on who’s using it. As a general rule, though, it tends to denote any group or individual who, ironically, isn’t extremely powerful. In practical terms, an “extremist” is any rogue satellite that dares to resist the Death Star’s magnetic pull.

The right to wield the word against marginalized enemies gets passed like a baton as power dynamics shift and new elites emerge. So-called “extremists” launched every political revolution in history. Once they achieved power, they invariably reserved the right to deem themselves the status quo and to pin the “extremist” donkey tail on others.

Christ’s teachings were considered extreme while he roamed the Earth, but then they served to form the bedrock for much of Western Civilization.

It’s highly likely that Britain’s monarchists viewed America’s Founding Fathers as a motley band of upstart extremists.

The Stern Gang and their ilk were extremists until they bombed their way into power and established Israel. The Judeo-military-industrial complex then proceeded to expend great effort, move vast mountains of cash, and waste thousands of human lives in its quest to paint Islamists as extremists.

When MLK was an outsider, he was considered an extremist. Now he’s a patron saint of the political status quo.

Almost everywhere in American media, education, and even the military these days, the word “extremist” is increasingly applied to those who are unashamedly white, male, and Christian. What was once considered an average American has now become an extremist. Oh, how the whiteys have fallen!  (Keep reading HERE.)

1 comment:

  1. What the fuck is going on outside of El Paso, Texas?
    Seriously, this sick perversion of tolerance and diversity described in this article is nothing like what I see where I live. The cholos roaming the streets here are prouder to be Americans than the idiots you folk out there let take over our country.