Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

This stuff all went crazy in the last couple weeks, culminating with the Confederate flag in front of the Confederate memorial in front of the South Carolina capitol being taken down.

Of course, before that happened, the Confederate flag and any flags related to the Confederacy were taken down… at Fort Sumter.

The flags of the Confederacy that flew high over Fort Sumter, the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, have been taken down from the historic site.

The decision to remove the flags came from a directive by National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis in Washington, D.C. which reads: “Confederate flags shall not be flown in units of the National Park system and related sites with the exception of specific circumstances where the flags provide historic context. … All superintendents and program managers should evaluate how Confederate flags are used … and remove the flags where appropriate.” “Shall not be flown” is the only text that appears in bold in the letter.

The site of the Civil War’s first battle is clearly a “historic” one, but according to a Fort Sumter spokesperson, it doesn’t qualify as a place where “flags provide historical context,” local WMBF News reported.

Keep in mind again that’s where the war between the states started.

Meanwhile, in Memphis, suggestions were made to dig up confederate soldier corpses and presumably drag them down the street on fire before hanging them from bridge supports.  New Orleans radicals just want to tear down all the memorials in New Orleans and get rid of the fleur-de-lis.

Flag makers aren’t going to make Confederate flags anymore.

Golfer, idiot and coward Bubba Watson has stated he’s going to paint over the original Dukes of Hazzard General Lee car’s flag.

And people are calling the police when they see Confederate flags for sale.

A shopper perusing the merchandise at the Redwood Country Flea Market was so offended by a vendor selling Confederate and Nazi historical memorabilia, the person actually called 911.

Wallingford, Connecticut police were dispatched to the flea market to investigate.

The police chief William Wright tells News 8 “the reason no one was arrested was because the items were being sold on private property” — not to mention no laws were broken.

The caller demanding the police crush someone for the sake of their hurt feelings and burn some items they don’t like whimpers that they were “shaking and almost vomiting”.  And the natural result of someone who’s offended by memorabilia from a police state that ruled based on whims of tyrant’s feelings is to… call the police and demand they enforce a law based on whims of their own feelings.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
– George Orwell, 1984

Jazz Shaw at HotAir had this (and much more) to say at the end of the flag (and flagpole) tearing-down.

The flag flew on battlefields, it’s true. And there have been some hateful folk in more recent generations who chose to adopt it to their cause. But there were many others at various times who found a different meaning. There are families who pass down memories of not only the war, but of the crushing treatment the South received in the post–Reconstruction era and the postbellum South during the late nineteenth century. Traveling in time well beyond that, many of today’s families still feel the frequent reminders of the defeat. They understand that “The South” is still the safe harbor for comedians on stage and at the local bar… the butt of the last offensive jokes which can be told without fear of censorship. The stupid, southern rednecks who listen to unpopular music, go to NASCAR races, gig frogs, wrestle gators or whatever other stereotype you wish to apply. They speak more slowly. They have funny accents. And you can treat them like lesser people without fear of the SJW coming down on your heads. They’re just southerners… they don’t know any better.

And Jonah Goldberg pointed out that in contrast to the left’s vitriol against all things Southern, Charleston responded with dignity.

“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.

Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media — and the accused gunman, who had singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration.

Not a lot of talk about the people who were hurt, the people who were killed, or how the community was harmed and how the community has responded, just SJWs exploiting a tragedy to push social change and do a little cultural cleansing of a group they feel they need to eradicate.

First off, this piece from Salon, that says exactly what it says:

Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy
It’s crucial to see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy. If it fails to win people over it’s a futile tactic
Benji Hart

As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life.

We see ghettos and crime and absent parents where we should see communities actively struggling against mental health crises and premeditated economic exploitation. And when we see police cars being smashed and corporate property being destroyed, we should see reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.

I’m overwhelmed by the pervasive slandering of protesters in Baltimore this weekend for not remaining peaceful. The bad-apple rhetoric would have us believe that most Baltimore protesters are demonstrating the right way—as is their constitutional right—and only a few are disrupting the peace, giving the movement a bad name.

This spin should be disregarded, first because of the virtual media blackout of any of the action happening on the ground, particularly over the weekend.  Equally, it makes no sense to cite the Constitution in any demonstration for Black civil rights (that document was not written about us, remember?)

Benji’s pretty deep into social justice-socialist revolutionary communist rhetoric here, and it’s only with those red-colored glasses that he finds a world so warped.

To give him credit, he does actually acknowledge the violence in Baltimore as not just “a few bad apples” or “outside agitators”, but rather acknowledges that it is a big part of his community.

Of course, he’s in support of that.

I do not advocate non-violence

Clearly.

The political goals of rioters in Baltimore are not unclear—just as they were not unclear when poor, Black people rioted in Ferguson last fall. When the free market, real estate, the elected government, the legal system have all shown you they are not going to protect you—in fact, that they are the sources of the greatest violence you face—then political action becomes about stopping the machine that is trying to kill you, even if only for a moment, getting the boot off your neck, even if it only allows you a second of air. This is exactly what blocking off streets, disrupting white consumerism, and destroying state property are designed to do.

This is really hardcore social justice socialist revolutionary marxist communist rhetoric.

The political goals are to throw a violent, destructive tantrum.

The free market has a difficult time existing in the cities of the hard left.  Eric Garner, the “black man killed by a police choke hold” in NYC, was killed by positional asphyxia, and was arrested for selling cigarettes.  The socialist nanny state determined to save people from their own habits decided to massively tax cigarettes for the stupid masses’ own good, and when Eric Garner wanted to sell cigarettes for the going price on a free market, the socialist state put him down.

The free market was not one of “the sources of the greatest violence” faced by anyone.

The buildings and homes and businesses in Baltimore or any other riot-plagued city were providing jobs, incomes, and a steady life for people.

That real estate that Benji thinks is one of “the sources of the greatest violence” was something that provided for people.  It was a tiny glint of hope in a neighborhood that didn’t have stability.  It was the free market trying desperately to sneak in and give people there something reliable, stable, and hopeful.

And Benji the communist terrorist wannabe would burn it down because he thinks CVS is the enemy.

The elected government?  Oh, the elected government in Baltimore starts and ends with the hard left.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake empathizes with the rioters with her own brand of leftism, so much so that she called the police off so the rioters could destroy people’s homes and businesses.  And of course she’s in favor of giving people who wish to destroy space to do so.

The elected government in Baltimore is, as the quote goes, funded by people who work for a living and elected by people who vote for a living.  There’s no one to blame but the community and their community organizers.

The legal system?  If one were to trust it in Baltimore, it hasn’t been given time to go through the process to determine if there was wrongdoing by the police, which in a system of rule of law requires presuming everyone’s innocent until proven guilty (and they may well be).  But among the things missed in the last week were that Freddie Gray (the man whose spine was severed while in police custody) had an extensive criminal history.  There may well have been much more to his arrest than “looking at the cops wrong” as his lawyers have claimed.  Everyone knows that lawyers for defendants are always trustworthy.

As Alinksy said, all the angels must be on one side and all the demons on the other – can’t give the legal system a chance if it were to do the right thing.

And meanwhile, The Fourth Estate claims to have dug up info suggesting that Freddie Gray had a spinal injury treated the week before his arrest.

If this is true, then it is possible that Gray’s spinal injury resulting from his encounter with the Baltimore Police was not the result of rough-handling or abuse, but rather a freak accident that occurred when Gray should have been at home resting, not selling drugs.

So it could be murder in police custody (it does happen), or it could be an accident, an accident that’s got people like Benji sweating in their Che shirts dreaming of burning down convenience stores.  There’s not even a chance for the legal process to be concluded.  (And of course the legal process is only so slow because of the left dominating the law business both in Baltimore and Maryland government and courts.)

There is no “machine trying to kill you”.  The only “machine” is the hard left Democratic one that exists to perpetuate itself.  It dominates Baltimore, it dominates the discussion in Baltimore, and like the communists blaming the kulaks or people who wear glasses, it’s never the hard left system that people like Benji have instituted that’s the problem, it’s always that someone somewhere has resisted them.

“White consumerism” like the CVS that had a black manager and all black employees (at least in the video above) that Benji hates so much was the only thing helping those communities.  It did not have a boot on their neck.  It’s also only “white consumerism” to a marxist like Benji.

“Corporate property” is property of those who are stockholders in the corporation.  It’s also intrinsically valuable to the employees of the corporation and people in the community, who were crying at the loss of a major store in their community.  “Corporate property” is not white, and is not the enemy, unless you’re a hardcore marxist leftist.  Of course, judging by his writing, Benji is a social justice hardcore revolutionary marxist communist leftist.

Militance is about direct action which defends our communities from violence. It is about responses which meet the political goals of our communities in the moment, and deal with the repercussions as they come. It is about saying no, firmly drawing and holding boundaries, demanding the return of stolen resources. And from Queer Liberation and Black Power to centuries-old movements for Native sovereignty and anti-colonialism, it is how virtually all of our oppressed movements were sparked, and has arguably gained us the only real political victories we’ve had under the rule of empire.

With this kind of crazy true-believer communist, raised in an environment free of actual dangers, with no understanding of what came before or what will come after, there’s not really much you can do.  I did look up the author and find that the only Benji Hart that Google knows is a British actor, so maybe Salon just adopted a new marxist.

Kevin D. Williamson breaks down the riots of Baltimore further, pointing out that Baltimore is an entirely leftist, entirely progressive, entirely Democrat problem:

Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

When will the Left be held to account for the brutality in Baltimore — brutality for which it bears a measure of responsibility on both sides? There aren’t any Republicans out there cheering on the looters, and there aren’t any Republicans exercising real political power over the police or other municipal institutions in Baltimore. Community-organizer — a wretched term — Adam Jackson declared that in Baltimore “the Democrats and the Republicans have both failed.” Really? Which Republicans? Ulysses S. Grant? Unless I’m reading the charts wrong, the Baltimore city council is 100 percent Democratic.

That’s how the rebellion against “corporate property” and “white consumerism” and the “free” market and “real estate” comes about.  When the communists couldn’t find anyone to blame for the bad wheat harvests, it was the kulaks.  Once the kulaks were gone, it was outside influences or people who weren’t sufficiently revolutionary.  The application of leftist policy demands more leftist policy.

It’s never that it’s wrong, of they’ve gone too far – it’s that there’s someone out there somewhere who isn’t part of them, and there’s someone out there somewhere that’s ruining their “perfect” system that never turns out that way.  Everyone else is at fault, everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault, and if they’re in control of their own future it’s a lie because of cultural history and socioeconomic historic inequalities they’ll never be free of and someone else is really at fault.  There’s always someone else to blame – often out of mad jealousy that the others have something the leftist wants and they want and need it because of their own failures – failures they’ll never see because all they can do is find a fictional cause to their problems in someone else’s lack of problems.  Blame and destroy, and implode.

A is hungry.  B has food.  A is hungry because B has food.  A needs to take B’s food and destroy B, because if B didn’t have food, A and B would be equal, and B will always take food that A should have.  B must be destroyed.  Once B is destroyed and A is hungry again, it must be because of B again and because elements within A now think like B.  A(B) must be destroyed by A.

This is all the left doing itself in.  Problem is that they want to destroy everyone and everything else that’s successful out of mad envy and hatred at their own failure before they go away.

Minor addendum: It’s possible Benji Hart is just an elaborate troll by Salon to see what kind of responses they get from printing stuff the CPUSA would find off-putting.  But it’s difficult to tell.

Also, with the massive political storm and riots, it’s going to be difficult for authorities to go through the process of determining what happened as politics will be saturating the situation.  With Eric Holder’s racist cop-killing DOJ descending on Ferguson, MO, like a biblical plague, they still couldn’t find wrongdoing on the part of Wilson.  I’m much more suspect of Baltimore (as it’s run by Democrats and progressives) than I am of the Ferguson PD, but it’s only going to make things more difficult now, because assuming the Baltimore PD did kill Gray, who’s going to be the Democrat used as a scapegoat and what will they do to try to keep themselves from going down?

Obama can’t find arugula:

“As long as you can go in some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it is easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable, as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”

Clips.  Heh.

You can buy books all over the place.  You can also buy books online and read them with your Obamaphone.  This isn’t a question of literary accessability, this is a question of people’s choices.  Choices that are “nudged” a certain way by certain politicians.  If those “some neighborhoods” that Obama won’t describe any further started picking up “Capitalism and Freedom” or “Economics In One Lesson” or “The Vision of the Anointed“, he wouldn’t be president.

Also, you can’t buy a gun easier in neighborhoods like that.  It’s much easier to buy a gun at Cabela’s in Sidney, Nebraska than it is to buy from a fence in Detroit, Michigan.  But the neighborhood where it’s truly easier to buy isn’t someplace with rampant violence, because the character of the neighborhood is significantly different.  One is influenced by independent American traditions, the other has been tragically corrupted by leftist socialist dependence and corroded the culture into a self-pitying self-destroying quagmire of misery.

NRO asks “Where have all the air marshals gone?“:

The Transportation Security Administration is experiencing a mass exodus of Federal Air Marshals so severe that it may soon render the marshal service an “agency-in-name-only,” according to current and former marshals.

Agents across the country are looking for any excuse to exit the marshal service, repelled by the agency’s pattern of mistreating and endangering its employees, and its own concerted efforts to thin ranks through a hiring freeze and the closing of field offices. Richard Vasquez, a former marshal who resigned in January 2015, says his Washington, D.C., field office alone lost up to ten marshals per month in the year preceding his departure.

“The numbers are dwindling; now they’re not telling the public this, but that’s the fact,” Vasquez says. “The only people who aren’t trying to leave are people who are past that age-37 range and are meaning to retire.”

No one wants to work for the TSA.  Is anyone really surprised?

Travel every day, never spend time at home, get bureaucratic social justice BS from DC that tells you who you’re supposed to look for and who you’re not?  Not really a surprise that good people leave an agency that’s supposed to be good due to leadership.

Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ranks 313 of 314, Customs and Border Protection 293 of 314.  It’s almost like there are winners and losers in this administration.

A CEO who isn’t lost (yet) talks about lost jobs:

Clifton stated the following on CNBC:

“I think that the number that comes out of BLS [Bureau of Labor Statistics] and the Department of Labor is very, very accurate. I need to make that very, very clear so that I don’t suddenly disappear. I need to make it home tonight.”

After getting that out of the way, Clifton went on to eviscerate the legitimacy of the cheerful spin given to the unemployment data, telling CNBC viewers that the percent of full time jobs in this country as a percent of the adult population “is the worst it’s been in 30 years.”

He’s right, too.

Charts 5 and 6:

2015 bol employment rate Presentation-Employment-Population-Ratio-425x282

2015 bol labor force participation rate Presentation-Labor-Force-Participation-Rate-425x282

The “employment rate” goes up by percentage because the actual number counted as potentially working goes down.

Leonard Nimoy RIP

Posted: February 27, 2015 by ShortTimer in Culture, Heroes, United States Army

SSgt Leonard Nimoy, US Army, 1953 – 1955.

leonard nimoy army ssgt e5 1953 to 1955

And Mr. Spock, 1966 – forever.

kirk spock star trek 2 death

FOX 10 Phoenix, from Legal Insurrection & Jawa Report:

After shooting an unarmed man in a use of force scenario:

“It’s hard to make that call.  It shakes you up.”

Learning has occurred.  Hopefully it will stick with him.

A Couple More Opinions On Ferguson

Posted: December 5, 2014 by ShortTimer in Culture
Tags:

Johnathan Gentry, the guy who did the first video, has been saying things along these lines for quite a while.  It’s worth it to show that despite what the news says, with left news saying there is no problem and that it’s all white people’s fault (or Uncle Toms’ faults) and with some right-leaning news often asking why no one is speaking out – that there are voices from the black community calling for the black community to work out its own problems.

Booker T. Washington was also saying something that goes parallel to this 100 years ago, in a quote that’s being circulated quite a bit these days:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Because of that, there are many people from both outside and inside the black community who won’t listen to voices within the community saying “no, we have to deal with this ourselves”.

I decided to title this with the term “narrative” in there because it’s a term that Sargon of Akkad has been finding so infuriatingly despicable, and because it fits so well.  (I wrote this all two weeks ago and was delayed by life in posting, so undoubtedly there are new revelations – also when I say “a few days” that also means a couple weeks.)

HotAir linked to an Ezra Klein story a few days ago titled “Gamergate and the politicization of absolutely everything” that is a wonderfully spun narrative.  It is quite the story, and a story that, like most other mainstream reporting on Gamergate, leaves out very relevant facts and instead hangs around on others.

1. If you want to understand why Gamergate has blown up, you could start with …  (ST: edited for space – 7 points about politics that are totally irrelevant to Gamergate)

8. This is the result of the incredible rise in political polarization in recent decades. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties included both liberals and conservatives. Since parties contained ideological multitudes, it was hard for them to be the basis of strong, personal identities. A liberal Democrat in New Jersey didn’t have a lot in common with a conservative Democrat in Alabama. But now that’s changed. The parties are sharply sorted by ideology. What were once fractious coalitions have become unified tribes.

No.  Not at all.  Klein is telling the story he wants you to hear.

Gamergate political spreadThat graphic was pulled from a Gamergate site (reposted on KYM) where some datacrunching gamers went through a pile of prominent Gamergaters’ publicly posted answers to the political compass quiz, then put them all on the same grid to show the distribution.  Having tried the quiz myself, I found there were many questions that would require an answer of “situation dictates” that moderated my answers into a much more shallow right-libertarian than I’ve seen on other quizzes where it’s much easier to commit to an answer.  It’s still representative, and it gives us data for a conclusion.

Gamergate is much more left than right.

And that’s where Ezra Klein’s chosen politicized narrative falls apart from the start.

10. This isn’t a world in which we should be surprised that video games have been politicized. This is a world in which it was only a matter of time until video games were politicized. This is a world in which, sooner or later, most everything will get politicized.

I’m reminded of a quote oft-used by pro-Gamergaters when countering the anti-GG: “That which can be proven without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”  But just to help destroy the narrative, I provided evidence.

To someone who’s clueless about Gamergate, Ezra Klein already has a convenient yarn for his narrative about how not all Gamergaters are hardcore right-wingers, and not all hardcore right-wingers are Gamergaters:

11. Though there are liberals within Gamergate and conservatives opposing it, the broad coalitions that have emerged around Gamergate are very clear.

Funny thing is that first link goes to a random hard-left zealot on reddit who announces himself as this without a hint of irony: “devout lib/rad/prog and i’ve always taken the position that “reality has a liberal bias”… that the liberal world view is simply rational and true“.  lulz & trololol, buddy.  Based on the videos, interviews, discussions, forum and group postings I’ve seen, he’s not representative of the left in Gamergate.

The second link goes to lefty Slate to talk to Tea Partiers who don’t want to be identified with Gamergate… “We are offended by any attacks on women, be it in videos, be it in rap lyrics,” he (Niger Ennis) added. “Last time I checked there are not a bunch of rappers that are Tea Partiers, yet they use the same kind of misogynistic themes that go on in these video games.”  I’d bet Niger Ennis hasn’t spent much time on 8chan, and that the dicussion was more of Slate telling him “there are misogynist assholes who are like you,” which prompts him to respond no I’m not a misogynist and they’re not like me.

But it all fits with the narrative.

Now, I’ve already gone a ways into this, but there’s no mention in Ezra Klein’s article about GameJournoPros.  GameJournoPros was a secret mailing list of bloggers, writers, and games journalists that functioned to set a narrative and push an agenda.  A month after it was revealed, and after a month of “gamers are dead” articles, one member of GameJournoPros started trying to explain everything away according to the “Gamergate is all misogynist ragenerds” narrative… which was a rather dubious claim dissected by folks who know more about the bigger players than I do.

There’s a reason why Ezra Klein would leave out GameJournoPros’ existence.  He was the creator of JournoList.

For those who missed it, JournoList was a secret mailing list of bloggers, writers, and journalists that funcitoned to set a narrative and push an agenda.  Their agenda was a little more mainstream, with the objective to protect Barack Obama from difficult questions by suppressing the difficult topics that would lead to those questions.

Ezra Klein is in ideological agreement with the narrative-telling propagandists and charlatans masquerading as journalists against Gamergate – because he’s done the exact same thing.

Now, back to Klein weaving a fictional narrative:

The conservative site Breitbart has been a leading source for Gamergaters convinced there’s a media conspiracy against them.

Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.

This is coordinated enemy action:

a84

And keep in mind that with Ezra Klein, you’re dealing with a man who orchestrated a group of like-minded people to work behind the scenes to accomplish an objective surreptitiously… who’s now dismissing the exact same thing as a paranoid conspiracy theory.  I guess it must’ve worked for him to dismiss JournoList, so now he’s doing it with GameJournoPros and the corruption in games media.

Finishing his point, he adds this selective-reality point for his “it’s all silly politics” handwaving narrative:

Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has become the movement’s protector against claims that it’s anti-woman.

That’s a small fraction of the truth.  Based Mom is one woman who heard about Gamergate and took the time to look into it.  She works at AEI, but is a feminist first.  But there are a whole lot of other women who were already aware of Gamergate and came down for Gamergate.  There are also a lot of minorities, and a lot of people with their own views on gender and sexuality that makes them not the traditional straight white male demographic.

These Gamergate supporters are legion, and post under the twitter hashtag #notyourshield.

12. On the other side, liberal opinion is in lockstep against Gamergate. Outlets ranging from Salon (“#Gamergate is really about terrorism: Why Bill Maher should be vilifying the gaming community, too“) to Gawker (“#Gamergate Trolls Aren’t Ethics Crusaders; They’re a Hate Group“) to the Colbert Report have slammed the movement. The last, in particular, has created something of a cultural crisis within Gamergate, as the kinds of mostly young, mostly male, reasonably webby people who like Gamergate also like Colbert, and his rejection of them stings.

Here’s where you’re wrong again, Klein.  Liberal media opinion is in lockstep against Gamergate.  As shown above, folks who identify with the left are the ones who primarily support Gamergate – they just happen to be anti-authoritarian left.

As somebody who’s on the right side of the spectrum, I find Colbert’s (and Stewart’s) mocking schtick much more divisive and destructive, since it’s pretty much only pointed one way.  They have their agenda and they push it.  If they’re faced with someone who seriously could shut down their argument or offer a counterpoint that defuses them, they put the clown nose on for defense and make fun of it claiming to be comedians.

And from that right side of the spectrum, there’s also a very brief pang of schadenfreude as some folks find out their heroes in media really don’t care about them – that Colbert really isn’t their friend – and that the media will lie about them, too.

Welcome to the party, pal!

Welcome to the party, pal!

The David Mamet-style liberals in Gamergate who are having that illusion shattered are getting some perspective.  I’ve got some empathy for them, as we’ve all had folks we look up to in the media and in culture and entertainment not live up to the image at some point.  For some of them it’s a whole worldview change.  Those on the right who’ve found the media stands against them and uses the same deceptive tactics on almost every issue don’t really find it surprising, though.

At least Gamergater’s know The Hero of Canton is on their side.  (Irony abounds in the actor who played a fake hero being a real supporter and giving voice to gamers.)

13. What’s telling about the constellation of forces here is that none of them actually care much about video games. Prior to Gamergate, Sommers did not traffic in critical analyses of video gaming. Prior to Gamergate, Salon did not spend a lot of time writing about video games. Prior to Gamergate, the Colbert Report did not regularly cover gaming news. Rather, these are outlets and players that specialize in political conflict. And Gamergate has become a political conflict. Video games, at this point, are an excuse for that conflict.

Klein’s wrong again.  He’s trying to shift Gamergate into a realm of politics and into a paradigm it doesn’t quite belong in.  Sommers is reapplying her critical analysis to video games.  Salon, Colbert, and Klein are covering it because of politics and because of their political position when it comes to culture, which I’ll tie together in a few more points.

14. It’s worth stopping for a moment to say that Gamergate, as well as the reaction against it, isn’t any one thing. It includes horrifying, probably criminal, harassment against pretty much any women who dare oppose it.

Narrative-weaving.  Some of the women involved in the anti-Gamergate side are pretty well known to profit from saying they’re threatened – claim harassment, set up a donation page, financial gain – but that stuff is worth of it’s own post.  There’s also never any mention of the Gamergate supporters who have been targeted for harassment – including getting syringes mailed to them.

To be fair, his point #15 isn’t all wrong, but it’s still told as part of his political narrative, and to turn this into “everyone’s misunderstood and it’s all miscommunication”, when that is not the case.

16. Within Gamergate, there’s a deep sense of conspiracy — the belief is that the reaction to their campaign has been so unfair and so overwhelming that the only possible explanation is a wide-ranging conspiracy. Much of the subreddit Kotaku In Action is dedicated to try to untangle this sinister web. This has led to some…odd theories. …

And this is where 15 leads – Gamergaters are confused and believe in conspiracies of people out to get them who really aren’t there.  What a wonderfully crafted narrative.  It starts off by saying how groups are fighting over nothing, politics have been infused into it (rather than Gamergate relating to politics) and people are fighting just to fight because they’re different people (his irrelevant 1-8 points), and that really, Gamergaters are just poor, confused people who can’t understand that they’re wrong and so they get paranoid about nothing because no one’s out to get them.

If it weren’t for the glaring omission of SJW-oriented GameJournoPros and the fact that it was written by the same guy who organized the leftist political equivalent in JournoList, one might almost think he believes it.  And then you remember the “who” is involved is critical to the “what” they’re doing.

17. All this, too, is common within political conflict in polarized times: the two sides segregate into completely separate information loops. Politicized media outlets and activist information sources have incentives to cover the worst of the other side, and to play to the fear, anger and even paranoia of their own side. Structurally, each side only becomes familiar with the most extreme members and interpretations of the other side — and so comes to loathe and fear them even more.

This would be the corrupting, enticing idea that “can’t we all just get along?”  In this case, the answer happens to be “no”.  Gamergate is a wildly diverse group that due to its nature includes folks well across the conventional political spectrum.  Many of them are folks I’d doubtless disagree with on other issues (though we’d have some common ground now for a lot of discussions).  Gamergate is not the problem.

The media, both games journalism and broader journalism, has taken a side – the side of their chosen culture – which I’ll tie together soon.

18. The point here is not that both sides are equal, or equivalent. It’s not even obvious that there are two sides here, so much as there are two coalitions, each with multiple sides and competing interests. And no one should dismiss the very real, very dangerous harassment that’s happening under Gamergate’s banner.

One side is a loose coalition of individuals.  The “very real, very dangerous harassment” is a tiny minority – even the discussion about those who are claiming harassment is a tiny minority.

The point here is that the Gamergate fight is now being partly driven by forces that have nothing to do with the video gaming industry, or even with gamers. Forces that are very good at making these kinds of conflicts worse and deeper.

Yes, the point is the mainstream media has taken the position their dominant left culture demands: anti-Gamergate.

The few folks on the right who’ve picked it up see it for what it is, and for what the David Mamet-style liberal gamers are learning that it is.  It’s a manifestation of hard left culture.  It’s part of the long march through society by cultural Marxists.

21. Broad media coverage of Gamergate doesn’t focus on the debates about how video games should be reviewed and by whom because the media doesn’t much care about video game reviews. They care, on the right, about political correctness and speech policing, and on the left, about sexism and online harassment. Gamergate happens to be about video games but it could be about anything. Video games are the excuse for this fight, not the cause of it.

And here’s the narrative again.  The right cares about political correctness and censorship because it’s anathema to free people.  American conservative means conserving founding American virtues – and that means free speech.  The right cares about it because it’s the same kind of censorship used by the leftist media elsewhere, with the same tricks.

The left cares about sexism and claimed harassment as a vehicle to enforce political correctness and dictating culture.  They are the ones pushing for the forcible changes in video games.  Video games are a massive media enterprise, with people spending hours and hours in immersive environments and every little push by cultural Marxists is another step they can take to push their own agendas, make themselves relevant, and make themselves financially well-off.

Corruption within game reviews isn’t the same as commentary and criticism of video game culture.  You don’t write 20 plus articles that say “gamers are dead” if this is only a discussion about how to make sure there’s no nepotism in games media.  That’s the leftist culture-war component that’s advancing into the game industry.  Their vehicle is through games journalism.

f59

Gamergate is a matter of the hard left SJW crowd pushing into a media format that causes people who don’t normally pay attention to politics suddenly have to pay attention.

22. Some of the tactics that Gamergaters have innovated are going to be turned around with even more force. I agree with Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, who thinks it’s a chilling innovation to focus activism campaigns on the technology companies that run the ad platforms rather than the advertisers themselves. But Gamergate isn’t going to convince Amazon or Google to yank web services from anyone. Gamergate doesn’t have the cultural capital to do that; being against Gamergate isn’t socially dangerous in San Francisco or Seattle.

And there it is.

Buried in part 22, unknowingly, Ezra Klein, propagator of JournoList, has shown what no small part of the issue really is, deep down.  The political culture in those regions, and within specific industries in those regions, have become the stomping ground of the hard left.  To them, it’s no big deal – they don’t know anyone who voted for Reagan.  To them, sleeping with the subject of your writing is acceptable amirite?  To them, this is just the natural progression of their own cultural movement.

To them, the ends justify the means – and the ends are to keep marching their hard leftism into society, whether we like it or not.  The hard left SJWs get involved in games journalism not because they enjoy games – some even specifically say they don’t – but they go into them to have an outlet to spread their politics.

Those of us on the right see the culture war part a lot more, but now those on the left who just wanted to play video games are wondering how they’ve become monsters in the media – and it’s because they’ve found out that they were the next group to be put up against the wall.

Sargon of Akkad, who I referenced much earlier, has been looking into a lot of these ties to the San Francisco bay area progressive movements and their move into the gaming world.

It’s quite enlightening.

May as well finish up Klein’s piece.

23. But being against, say, marriage equality really can be dangerous right now. Remember when the CEO of Mozilla was driven from his job because he donated, as a private citizen, to a campaign against gay marriage? It’s easy to imagine a reverse Gamergate that’s much more effective in tearing revenue from rightwing media outlets that place themselves on the wrong side of a social justice fight. In the long-run, that would be a disaster for the media as a whole. My hope — and my guess — is that advertisers and web services will quickly acclimate to this new climate and these new organizing tactics, just as they have in the past. But ugly stuff can happen in transition.

No, there won’t be a reverse Gamergate, for the same reason there won’t be a reverse Tea Party.  The movements are both organically occurring.  They’re loosely structured, and they’re based on personal interaction.  They’re also symptomatic of culture – in a good way.

Gamergate is anti-authoritarian but mostly left.  The Tea Party is anti-authoritarian but mostly right.  Both demand things from the people who claim to represent them but aren’t.  They have specific grievances, varied grievances, and shared grievances.  Gamergate is mad because the gaming journalists who claim to represent them and are paid to represent them are horribly corrupt, incestuous, and so manaical in their agenda that they seek to destroy all gamers because their hard-left worldview paints them as the new enemies of social justice.  The Tea Party is mad because the government who claims to represent them and is paid to represent them is so horribly corrupt, self-serving, and manaical in its agenda to destroy people who oppose even greater government that will engage in even more corruption.

There are differences on social issues, but those are a result of the people involved and their respective beliefs as to what works best in society.  But their main foci are opposition to corrupt authority, to authority that claims to represent them while disrespecting and resenting them, and to demanding better from those who claim to represent them.

Klein is wishing there would be a hard left-wing Gamergate, an uprising of the SJW crowd to tear down “right wing media outlets on the wrong side of a social justice fight”.  He doesn’t think it would be bad.  He’s saying “wouldn’t that be terrible” in the way a mob racketeer tells someone they should buy fire insurance “cuz wouldn’t that be terrible if your place burned down”.

His own writing belies where he stands: “the wrong side of a social justice fight”.  The “wrong side” is already anywhere against the hard left media.  Those on the right are not strangers to this.  We’re already fighting against people who buy ink by the barrel.

Gamergate has picked up and learned this in the span of a couple months.  They’re fighting the whole of the media on this.

24. Gamergate is going to happen again. As polarization proceeds, our political identities become powerful enough to drive our other identities. As Washington locks up, the political outlets that normally spend their time covering fights in Congress need to find fights that will engage their audience elsewhere. As cultural mores change ever more rapidly, the battles over what’s acceptable to say and do will become even fiercer.

No, the political outlets won’t.  It took them months before they noticed Gamergate.

Cultural mores are only changing rapidly because they’re being forced to change by the SJW crowd.  The battles over what’s acceptable to say and do are coming from the hard left belligerents dictating that everyone must comply to their crybaby demands, and that they must have government force to crush those who oppose their new rules.

25. The result will be a cycle we’ll soon come to recognize: glancingly political fights will attract coverage from professionally politicized outlets and quickly be turned into deeply politicized wars. Once political identities are activated, these fights will spread far beyond their natural constituencies — in the Gamergate case, people who care about video games — and become part of the ongoing conflict between the red and blue tribes. Expect more Gamergates.

No, this isn’t something that became politicized afterwards.  This was a fight that was started by the hard left SJW crowd that moved into a medium that’s normally pretty neutral, a medium that due to its very nature is a color-gender-race-blind meritocracy based solely on how or how well the gamer plays the game.

This “political identity” stuff doesn’t hold with Gamergate – it’s an anti-authoritarian left-leaning movement rebelling against authoritarian hard left dictating to it.

The right’s involved because the right has seen it before.  Libertarians have seen it before.  Conservatives have seen it before.  Video gamers saw it before in the form of the authoritarian moralist Jack Thompson (I missed most of his censorship shenanigans of the early 2000s because I was busy fighting for freedom elsewhere).

The hard left has never seen it because the forces they’re fighting aren’t people who demand boots on people’s necks.  They have been the powerful authoritarians in academia and media for decades now, demanding censorship and demanding people who don’t conform to their worldview be shut down.  The hard left can’t understand they’re in a fight against people who just want to be free.

The whole piece is narrative-writing at its finest.  It’s a whole tale woven to express just enough sympathy for the misguided, think-they’re-oppressed-but-they-aren’t people in Gamergate who are now just reactionary tools of the right wing – just enough as to make them look pathetic, ignorant, and with just enough application of the truth that the glaring omissions that tell the whole story aren’t quite noticed, and that the origins of this are ignored.

The hard left are SJWs and vice versa.  They pushed for this, they stomped on people who put up with their politically correct crap because it wasn’t a huge bother.  Gamers didn’t mind for a long time, enough of them leaned left, they figured that was good enough.  They didn’t expect to be painted as counterrevolutionary reactionary misogynerd shitlord pissbabies who are worse than ISIS and need to gassed and beaten to death.  That’s what the left pushed for.

That’s who started this fight.