Monday, August 18, 2014

Clean Brains, Empty Minds

There are a lot of ways to describe the mentality of young (sometimes not so young) naive liberals. Limbaugh calls them "skulls full of mush." He's a good phrasemaker. Others call them zombies, hipsters, etc. It all comes down to them duckspeaking the prevailing dogma of the age, the ideological tenets that the MAG (Media, Academia, Government) has been pouring into their heads all their lives. Conformists at heart, they're really not interested in the truth of any issue, but the acceptable opinions allowed for any given issue. In short, as Jim Goad puts it, they're brainwashed. And, at TakiMag, he tells us

How to Deal With the Brainwashed

I awoke this morning to the creaking sound of the Western mind closing shut. I felt it squeezing in on me like a car crusher. Public discourse is more controlled and political dissent more squashed than at any point in memory. Try as I may, all the evidence suggests we are on the brink of an ideological Dark Age the likes of which America has never seen. It seems we’re only inches away from living in a world where stating the obvious will be criminalized.

Online, the chief enablers of this situation are the smirking young progtards, who are unwilling to even touch any viewpoint that hasn’t been spoon-fed to them in school or beamed into their eyeballs via TV. Their brains have never hatched a single original idea in their lives. They are mere hollow carriers of infectious ideas, not so much Trojan horses as little pink Trojan ponies.

The modern young leftist is a weak, wretched, psychotic creature, at once nasty and cowardly. Notice how these bespectacled, bearded nerdlings didn’t have one shred of bravado until they had the full weight of the government, media, and academia on their side. They are the sort of cowards who were terrified to make a peep until it was absolutely risk-free. They are extremely bold—at least behind a keyboard—until directly confronted when there’s no crowd around to protect them. A lone earthworm has more spine than any hundred of them.

Bandwagon-riders that they are, they tell everyone who doesn’t think in lockstep with them to “Get with the times,” which is a dishonest way of saying, “Be a conformist like I am.” Hence their smugness as they tilt at windmills that were destroyed generations ago. They are still deluded that they are fighting the power rather than working for it—often without pay or benefits.

It’s one thing to be unwittingly brainwashed, yet quite another to assent to one’s brainwashing once it’s been made clear. These hateful little fuckers are defiantly brainwashed, and whether it’s cognitive dissonance or doublethink or pathological lying, they’ve made it impossible to rationally engage with them. Believe me, I’ve tried. For decades. Honestly. Foolishly.

It took decades for me to realize I was dealing with fundamentally dishonest people. I naively thought I could politely discuss ideas with people for whom “reason” is a dirty word. But you can’t debate the brainwashed. Their cognitive dissonance is too powerful. The truth doesn’t matter to them at all. This is why, in nearly all cases, they will flee from the gentlest offer of an earnest discussion. There is to be no debate. There is a reason they won’t engage, and it is not because they are certain they are correct. Censors are motivated by insecurity in their own beliefs, but they are not remotely honest enough to admit it.

Their holy cause is all that matters to them, and they feel they’ve already established—or, rather,
declared—that the cause is unassailable. And anyone who challenges the cause must be vilified. So they don’t ever engage in debate, only vilification.

(Read the rest HERE.)
Quibcag: As is so often the case, Jim Goad's essay is crammed with quibcag quotes, so it was quite a challenge to pick one to use. As for the illustration, I found this picture of Kagura, of 
Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul"), eating something out of a bowl. We'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's actual corn flakes, not lies.

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