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November 26, 2017

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Jonathan

Henry George on the Clown Quarter’s pathological coddling and its strange selectivity:.....the university’s Islamic Society hosted a speaker who failed to condemn stoning for adultery..

Could this be a clue?

President of King’s College London Students’ Union, Momin Saqib..

No, that's just crazy talk.

Jonathan

From Momin Saqib's Twitter:

http://twitter.com/kclsu_president/status/887589181567926273

Instructive, I'd say.

Jonathan

I don't know why, but everything i post appears bolded. Any chance of a fix, David?

David

Fixed.

The Scold-O-Mat 9000™ is fired up and ready.

Jonathan

Thanks Guv'nor. You're a gent, but please not the 9000....

sH2

Moron SJW who ran into interstate traffic and got knocked down is now suing her university.

http://iotwreport.com/student-sues-uc-san-diego-for-injuries-in-anti-trump-election-night-protest-shutting-down-freeway-claiming-university-organized-it/

It's never their fault.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'm afraid Ms. Shepherd is doomed at Laurier, here is an op-ed from one of her MA faculty who also apparently thinks "free speech" should exist only for approved speech.

The brand of free speech being promoted in most of the articles is hypocritical. It is actually a silencing form of speech. Other than a few champions of free speech who are using this as an opportunity to advance their neo-conservative agenda, all other voices have been silenced.

He said, ignoring that if he has an op-ed, there is not exactly a lot of "silencing".

The tightly controlled framing of this story has helped to reaffirm the message of peripheral and extreme alt-right scholars like Jordan Peterson and his followers: that the voices of trans people do not matter. Sit silently on the side and wait for your turn, if it is ever presented, to speak up and defend yourself. Wait for those who question your existence to present their case first. Those who deem your very existence to be illegitimate are legitimate voices. Peterson's opinions have been given a carte blanche and thus validated.

There you have it, Peterson's wrongthought has been "validated", and we can't have that.

Universities are supposed to be spaces where students should learn, grow, and flourish. They are not supposed to be violent institutions that teach students to feel shame about who they are, to remain silent, and to repress themselves. ?

There is that "violent" crap again, and as we have seen, the loudmouths are hardly repressing themselves. Read the whole idiotic screed at your own risk.

Meanwhile, for a bit of comedy relief and since Ms. Shepherd was compared to Hitler, his own take on the matter.

David

Moron SJW who ran into interstate traffic and got knocked down is now suing her university. It’s never their fault.

But of course.

As I said at the time, do we think that the “woke” students who amused themselves by blocking the motorway will eventually come to realise that they were the aggressors? Will any of them empathise with the random drivers on whom they gratuitously imposed themselves in order to seem radical in front of their equally narcissistic friends? Will they, of their own volition, pause to consider how frightening it must be to be driving home, perhaps with the kids in tow, and then suddenly being confronted by a screaming mob sprawling into your path, in the dark, on a motorway, intent on who knows what? And will they understand how unwise it is – given events like those linked in the post above - for a driver to stop for a mob and allow themselves to be surrounded by it?

I’m guessing that in each case the answer is no.

David

their neo-conservative agenda... all other voices have been silenced... alt-right scholars like Jordan Peterson

Another teetering pile of lies. They’re quite shameless. A conscientious parent would not allow their children to be in a subordinate position to so-called educators whose default mode is dishonesty.

Jonathan

.. the voices of trans people do not matter. Sit silently on the side and wait for your turn...

Given that 'transgender' people are about 0.01% of the population, their opinions literally don't matter.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And will they understand how unwise it is...

By "unwise", I am assuming you mean criminally irresponsible.

David

Given that ‘transgender’ people are about 0.01% of the population, their opinions literally don’t matter.

My point isn’t the number of people the issue concerns, but rather the eagerness with which some of those concerned, the loudest and most dogmatic, wish to limit and predetermine how any discussion can occur, and how readily those loud, dogmatic voices mouth outright lies.

WTP

Re the bolded part of Farnsworth’s post, when will this SOB be forced to apologize or GTFO? Such madness. I understand this is not one of Canda’s finest institutions, but it is government funded (BIRM), correct? WTF, Canada? I thought you people were supposedly known for your politeness. Or perhaps that’s the problem.

Sporkatus
Another teetering pile of lies. They’re quite shameless.

I'm beginning to realize that provocative and slanderous statements of this kind are much less about silencing the speaker than to serve as Dalrymple's necessarily-outrageous propaganda. The more wild and lunatic the statement, the better the breaking and molding effect on the spirit of acceding to the lie. It's an attack on any truthteller bold enough to disagree.

Moreover, those who claim that this is about silencing Peterson only are knowingly mendacious. This is all about vesting power over the "truth" only with chosen and correct individuals. Put another way, the unchallangeable statement of cause to ban Peterson is the deeper attack on free speech. "We forbid this person, and you may not question it".

Monty James

The legendary days of iron children:

Back in 1984, the social studies class at Highland Middle School in Louisville had a six-week study of the American pioneers' way of life, in honor of Thanksgiving. This included having the eighth graders decapitate a live turkey named Willy Wally. Some of the students held down Willy Wally while a student named Robin Ham swung an ax down on its neck.

Said Ham, "It was bleeding everywhere. It was flapping around a little. It was kind of grossing me out." Then added, "It was a neat experience. I feel it was pretty enriching, but I don't think I want to do it again. I've had enough of enrichment."


Monty James

Oops, found here:

Ham kills turkey

Joan

do we think that the “woke” students who amused themselves by blocking the motorway will eventually come to realise that they were the aggressors?

That would take some self-awareness.

David

That would take some self-awareness.

Vanity is a powerful drug, and one of its effects seems to be to inhibit even rudimentary self-awareness.

Jonathan

My point isn’t the number of people the issue concerns, but rather the eagerness with which some of those concerned, the loudest and most dogmatic, wish to limit and predetermine how any discussion can occur

My point was similar, but more along the lines of minorities not being entitled to dictate to the majority in a democratic society.

Equality under the law, certainly. Tolerance, definitely. Veto power, no.

David

The Safest Space spies some feminist scholarship.

Jonathan

Two words that don't belong next to each other in the same sentence: " Feminist" and "Scholarship."

David

Tim Newman has a footnote to the Lindsay Shepherd saga.

Sporkatus

Just because two words combine to mean "absolute rubbish" doesn't mean they can't be in the same sentence, you exclusionary hater, you.

R. Sherman

I marvel at Ms. Shepherd's innocence in demanding to know the precise nature of her offence. Doesn't she yet realize that ignorance of the nature of the offence is in itself evidence of her being insufficiently "woke." It's a variation on a the "Kafkatrap," substituting ignorance for denial of the offence.

David

I marvel at Ms. Shepherd’s innocence in demanding to know the precise nature of her offence.

At her age, I could still be caught off guard by such creatures and left a little nonplussed.

[+]

You just don’t get gulags out of benevolence.

That.

David

That.

But you will get gulags and all the other horrors out of sentiments like these.

Just add power.

champ

I'm afraid Ms. Shepherd is doomed at Laurier, here is an op-ed from one of her MA faculty who also apparently thinks "free speech" should exist only for approved speech.

What I don't get is how this Assistant Professor keeps saying that only the alt-right and conservatives get to speak, and yet, what Ms. Shepard showed to her class was a video of Jordan Peterson and some leftist professor debating the issue of gender, with Peterson stating that there are only two genders, and his opponent arguing for multiple genders. Seems that both sides got to speak their piece...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

@Champ.

Perhaps, via Ace, The Unified Theory of Madness that explains the enigma of the left will help.

Some snippets:

1. The Paradox of the Honest Liars
In the memorable phrase of Sayet, they have defined reasoning as a hate crime.

2. The Paradox of the Overweening Underachiever
Now, having turned their back on reason, evidence, facts and reality, the only thing they have to go on is emotion. And the one emotion necessary to their desire not to think is sanctimony...It is not based on lying, it is lying. It is the very essence of lying...It is the art of filling one’s thoughts with symbols that have no relation to reality, and with words that make no sense and form no internally consistent statements.

4. The Paradox of the Intellectual Ignoramus
It cannot escape the attention of any observer that the Left regard themselves as intellectuals. They use sesquipedalian polysyllabic words to express themselves, they assume an air of intellectual superiority, they deem themselves to have insights and compassion denied to the hoi polloi and the petit Bourgeoisie.

It may have escaped your attention, however, that these people are really, really, really stupid; I mean brain-breakingly stupid...Intellectual superiority can be proved in fields where there is a definite product, such as in mathematics and physics and engineering: hence these are precisely the fields that Leftists tend to avoid...The second part of the answer is that the theory of the Leftist is a theory that guides his life and gives meaning to it; he cannot and dare not question it, any more than a Christian deliberately tries to diminish or undermine his faith in Christ.

The whole thing is long, but worth your time.

[+]

But you will get gulags and all the other horrors out of sentiments like these.
Just add power.

That too.

Ps. I'd forgotten how slimy 'Minnow' was.

champ

A good short video from Gad Saad...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj12gqpzGcI

David

That too.

As I said in the original thread, I sometimes forget that we’re not supposed to actually read the more sadistic ravings of Marx and Engels - which, shall we say, hinted quite strongly at the horrors to come. Because if we did read them, and if we thought about what such people would do with any kind of power, then the likelihood of boneyards, both moral and literal, would be hard to miss.

Pogonip

I wonder what Canada's labor laws are like? I'm in the benighted U.S., and even here my union contract requires that if I believe I'm going to be disciplined I have a right to a union representative present to hear everything that is said. Meaning if that had been me, at any time during that struggle session I could have called in a steward as witness. I thought that in Europe and Canada, all employees had the basic rights enjoyed by the tiny minority of American employees who belong to unions? Is that wrong?

In most U.S. states, we have "at-will employment," meaning they can fire you at any time for any reason or no reason and harass you at will, as long as they're not stupid enough to use ethnic insults and suchlike, which is more like what Lindsay experienced.

Now that I think about it, I'm also one of the dwindling group of employees who are employees. Every day here, more and more employees become "independent contractors."

Spiny Norman

The Safest Space spies some feminist scholarship.

As one might expect, there is pretentious sniveling in the replies.

pst314

I'd forgotten how slimy 'Minnow' was.

Had to follow the link to be reminded of who 'Minnow' was. Slimy indeed.
I noticed one of Minnow's assertions which was not challenged in that thread, which bears note:

If they oppose immigration, for example, that will have the effect of making some people much poorer, so that others can stay even richer...Immigrants make counties richer, I agree. But controlling immigration is good for the wealth of some people some of the time. Just like restricting markets can enrich individuals at the cost of the masses.

Minnow never made explicitly clear who these "some people" are who are made poorer by restrictions on immigration, so it's impossible to be certain if Minnow was referring to foreigners or natives or both.

However, it is clear that immigration leads to reduced wages for natives due to competition for jobs--and in fact there have been numerous news reports in recent years about companies replacing native workers with cheap immigrant labor.

Furthermore, it is demonstrably false to claim that all immigrants make countries richer--some immigrants do little more than increase the welfare rolls and the crime rates--and sometimes the frequency of terror attacks.

The above problems are ones that you would think the Left would be concerned about, since the working class are those who are most vulnerable to increased crime and to downward pressure on wages. However, the Left now sees massive immigration as a political tool, to swamp the disappointing native voters with huge numbers of people who favor socialism and endless Free Stuff, to make people dependent upon the State and unable to even imagine any other life, and (of course) as a continuation of Lenin's infamous principle "the worse the better".

Pogonip

On the sexual harassment front:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/26/politics/john-conyers-step-down-judiciary/index.html

The significance of this is that Conyers, who was beaten up during a 1960's civil rights march--suffered a concussion and broken bones, if I remember right--is a holy man in liberal circles, absolutely beyond any criticism. If the witch hunt has ensnared him, it's gone beyond control and no man who's a public figure is safe.

I know little about Conyers--I don't live in Michigan--so I can't tell you if he's done nothing; done something that was never acceptable; done something that was acceptable 60 years ago but taboo today. I can tell you that we have reached the point where it no longer matters.

David

to swamp the disappointing native voters with huge numbers of people who favor socialism and endless Free Stuff,

From the same thread, this may be worth revisiting.

Hal

Every day here, more and more employees become "independent contractors."

I was chatting a bit back with someone else doing job hunting in the midst of hordes of others . . . His observation was basically that No, there is no such thing as the "gig economy", the accurate term is the scraps economy.

Spiny Norman

I know little about Conyers--I don't live in Michigan--so I can't tell you if he's done nothing

He recently paid an out-of-court settlement to a female former staffer who'd claimed sexual harassment in a (wrongful termination?) lawsuit against him. He's another of those about whom salacious rumors had swirled for years, but no one dared say anything because he was, as you say, a "holy man".

Pogonip

More detail on the Conyers topic:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/morality-will-to-power-pelosi/

pst314

From the same thread, this may be worth revisiting.

Thank you, David, that was illuminating.

And Stephen Fry hated Thatcher. A leftist and a snob?

Alex deWinter
Moron SJW who ran into interstate traffic and got knocked down is now suing her university. It’s never their fault.

Moron SJW is claiming UCSD 'organized' the tantrum, which is highly unlikely. While I have no doubt the administration and bulk of the faculty would've been completely on board with it, they had damn-all time to actually arrange much of anything. None of them had the slightest inkling that Trump would win, and it was only confirmed in the middle of the night. 99% of them wouldn't even have been there to wave pitchforks and torches, let alone hand them out.

That said, I'm greatly enjoying watching Eschewing Personal Responsibility 101 whip around and bite them on the ass and looking forward to a veritable motherlode of idiocy being mined in discovery.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Need a gift for Secret Santa ? Perhaps a White Elephant party ? A relative you hate ?

Here it is, Feminist Baby !

pst314

This gift seems more appropriate to the season and more fun:

https://darkbunnytees.com/product/die-hard-christmas-jumper-red/

David

As I was saying, vanity is a powerful drug.

Via Darleen.

Clam

From the same thread, this may be worth revisiting.

Halfway through the video. The thread is awesome. :-)

David

The thread is awesome. :-)

It is, I think, one of our better ones. And do stick with the video. Much of the good stuff is towards the end.

David

Vanity is a powerful drug, part three.

Codex

The tightly controlled framing of this story has helped to reaffirm the message of peripheral and extreme ctrl-left scholars like Professor Greg Bird and his followers: that the voices of reason-loving people do not matter. Sit silently on the side and wait for your turn, if it is ever presented, to speak up and defend yourself. Wait for those who question your existence to present their case first. Those who deem your very existence to be illegitimate are legitimate voices. Irrational "trans" opinions have been given a carte blanche and thus validated.

There. I fixed it.

David

Meanwhile, in other news.

David
A recent poll in the UK found that half of 16-24 year olds had never heard of Lenin. 70% said that they’d never heard of Mao. And 72% had never heard of Pol Pot.

Douglas Murray on the human cost of communism.

Burnsie

And it seems to me that when your chosen means of expressing piety and high motives include terrorising a lone female driver, picked at random, and trying to smash her car’s windscreen into her face while videoing her distress, then some self-reflection may be in order. And likewise, when Black Lives Matter activists and “social justice” juggernauts deliberately and laughingly obstruct ambulances and other emergency vehicles, and endanger the lives of random people, while giving the ambulance drivers the finger, this doesn’t exactly indicate some lofty moral purpose.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/25/black-friday-posts-new-single-day-record-gun-checks-more-than-200-000/894706001/

These two things are not unrelated.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Much of the good stuff is towards the end.

I am stunned that there is a person on the planet without severe brain damage or developmental difficulties so unable to look at a can opener and figure out how it worked without a struggle.

Back in the day even the Cat IVs could figure these out, or they didn't eat, though I suspect it would make Miss Millennial in the video collapse in a pile sobbing..

R. Sherman

From David's Thatcher thread above:

My work-mate Bill then noticed that amongst the more socially elevated individuals present, despair at the loss (again) of what had once been a Labour safe seat gave way to some particularly spiteful commentary about its electorate. Bill had to listen - with increasing anger - to a series of sneering remarks about white working-class voters in Basildon, and how stupid they were. The straw that broke the camel's back was a throwaway remark about how the Tories had evidently bribed voters by giving them a free Doberman. Whilst others guffawed, Bill exploded, rounding on the author of this bon mot with the words 'It is precisely attitudes like that that make working class people vote Tory!' Bill burnt more than a few bridges that night, but he had basically ceased to give a fuck.

A description of upper class reaction to the 1983 elections in Britain. Note the similarities to the reaction following our election last year. Lefties never change.

David

Note the similarities to the reaction following our election last year.

Yes, much of the documentary has a certain resonance.

Pogonip

Now that I think of it, doesn't everyone FAVOR endless free stuff? The difference of opinion seems to be whether that's possible or not.

Still sick; off to doctor today. Poo.

I used to hate those itty-bitty can openers like Farnsworth showed. I hadn't seen one in years and hadn't missed them! I remember the introduction of the electric can opener. I used to think my aunt was tres cool because she had a dishwasher, an electric can opener, and one of those big color TVs that sat on the floor (a console TV, I think it was called). My parents refused to buy any of that stuff. They were "minimalist" before it was cool.

R. Sherman

"I'm not Milo . . . I'm not even gay. I just have short hair. Those are two different things."

Mags

Meanwhile, in other news.

Career girl.

Trevor

... a console TV, I think it was called ...

Kenneth Williams used to tell a story about his elderly mother's response to news that a neighbour had acquired a new television (described as 'a 17" console'): 'I'd have thought that seventeen inches would console anybody.'

I'll get my coat.

Pogonip

*chortle*

Triumphant Ape

Jordan Peterson is the lighthouse of hope in this fog of stupidity.

Jon Powers

As a WLU grad, I can attest to how things have changed since I graduated in 97, however looking back, there was shades of this type of thinking. For example, in a Canadian History course about our Native Peoples ("Indians", for you politically incorrect heathens) my professor at the time had very forgiving views towards some of the more heinous native cultural practices.

her "The act of taking scalps was in fact a wondrous deed where the warrior would take a piece of the soul of the other, and the person being scalped would now be welcomed into the afterlife with honour..."

me "umm, they were literally cutting the off the top of someone's head while they were still alive.."

her "yes, how wonderful. And, slaves taken by natives would sometimes become a member of the tribe, so that is another example of how wonderful they were...

me "I thought all slavery was wrong, I'm sure some Americans treated their slaves well, but we still judge them critically...?"

Basically, I survived her course by agreeing that Canada's Native Peoples were essentially Tolkienesk elves, and Europeans were bad. Like the Orcs.

David

I’ll get my coat.

I’m afraid the henchlesbians threw it into the street and then set it on fire.

Trevor

... then set it on fire.

Philistines. I'll have you know that was my second-best Astrakhan.

Sam

Why is there a burning coat on the street outside?

*reads joke*

Never mind.

Daniel Ream

As a WLU grad, I can attest to how things have changed since I graduated in 97

There is a better than even chance we have gotten drunk together. (U(W) Engineering, '96, U(W) Math '08)

It's gotten much, much worse. Now they don't even try to lionize these behaviours; they've gone down the memory hole. If you bring them up you're told that either that's a vicious, vicious white-person lie or else the natives learned those practices from the Europeans. Seriously.

I know two whiter-than-whitebread female friends with PhDs in Canadian History/Indigenous Studies that can't get jobs because they're white, and it's verboten to hire anyone but a native to teach those programs now.

The schadenfreude is delicious.

Jen

Instalanche.

David

Instalanche.

[ Hastily passes round some heavily-used roll-on underarm deodorant. ]

Geezer
Instalanche.

[ Hastily passes round some heavily-used roll-on underarm deodorant. ]

Keep the deodorant. Give me the link.

Jen

@Geezer https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/281832/#respond

Steve E

"...my professor at the time had very forgiving views towards some of the more heinous native cultural practices."

Today's cultural practices include drinking beyond twice the legal limit driving the wrong way on a street at over 180 km/h in 50 km/h zone t-boning a car, killing two of the passengers while seriously injuring two others then getting sentenced to 4 to 6 years in an aboriginal healing lodge. The sensitive souls of elves indeed.

http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/recommended-healing-lodge-sentence-in-fatal-drunk-driving-crash-a-joke

R. Sherman

[ Hastily passes round some heavily-used roll-on underarm deodorant. ]

*Sniffs*

I'm good, thanks.

David

*Sniffs* I’m good, thanks.

Found it in the gents. It’s still got some life in it.

jabrwok

Peterson: You just don’t get gulags out of benevolence.

Lewis: Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

I'm afraid that this is one case where I'm going to have to quibble with Dr. Peterson. Something about roads to certain destinations being paved with "benevolence" comes to mind.

Black Ball

It does, however, tell the rest of us, quite vividly, what you are.

In Australia there was a state election in Queesnland. PM Turnbull could almost qualify for the title of stupidest pollie alive.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/terry-mccrann

Pogonip

I don't understand the deodorant joke.

jabrwok

I don't understand the deodorant joke.

We wouldn't want to give the wrong impression to visitors that we are *uncouth*! Hence the deodorant.

Hal

I don't understand the deodorant joke.

We wouldn't want to give the wrong impression to visitors that we are *uncouth*! Hence the deodorant.

David is quite in favor of appearing couth.

R.Sherman

"Couth is good."--Winston Churchill

champ

Good Lord, has it come to this?

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/new-york-times-celebrates-sexualization-10-year-old-boy/

Pogonip

I thought we were PROUD of our lack of couth. Am I in the right bar? Let's see, the pickled "eggs" are fermenting away, the henchlesbians are at their usual table, the bouncers (all twelve of them) in their places with bright shining faces--sure looks like the right bar. Was a new Couth Initiative launched while I was out sick?

Pogonip

Re the junior drag queen: when was the last time that poor kid dared to go out onto the playground, and where is his father (the mother must be a lost cause)?

Pogonip

Was this picture photoshopped to give her a turtle neck?

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/11/beware-the-modern-day-heretic-hunters/

Or is she related to the turtlish guy we discussed a while ago?

Hal

. . . the bouncers (all twelve of them) in their places with bright shining faces . . .

Bouncers????

What happened to The Roaring Boys?

Pogonip

They got bounced.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Via Ace, a millennial job interview.

Daniel Ream

a millennial job interview

Sadly, being proficient in Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine is the job description for a "social media coordinator". Not only do a number of millenial women actively pursue this kind of "position", many of them seem to think it's an actual career. The fact that it's possible to combine image recognition with natural language processing to completely automate this job is going to take them by surprise.

Although I suppose it's marginally better than the ones who think they can cosplay for a living.

David
It really is demoralising, to have been at a university for five years now, and just having to constantly self-censor and feeling that you can’t really say what you want to say because there’s someone morally monitoring the room.

Further to this, Gad Saad chats with Lindsay Shepherd.

David

I’m afraid that this is one case where I'm going to have to quibble with Dr. Peterson. Something about roads to certain destinations being paved with “benevolence” comes to mind.

If we set aside the explicitly sadistic and murderous fantasies of Marx and Engels, and Lenin and Trotsky and all the others, I suppose we have to ask whether the claim of benevolence and altruism, or the delusion of such, signifies actual benevolence and altruism, or whether it can be used as camouflage, a fig leaf, for something else entirely.

I mean, what if someone - say, a politician and supposed intellectual - wants to confiscate even more of other people’s earnings and wants to do this regardless of whether such confiscation would have any of the social benefits they claimed it would have, even if it makes their stated objective impossible. Are we to trust in their self-image as a person of unassailable virtue?

And what about these guys here, the ones who want to compel us to live more simply, as they conceive it, and who claim, apparently in all seriousness, that not permitting us to own the “dispensable accoutrements of middle-class life,” including “cars, holidays, electronic equipment and multiple items of clothing,” will make us “better neighbours,” “better parents,” and better people. Do you trust their stated motives, of “healing” us, and curing us of our acquisitiveness, and do you trust their self-image as benevolent and just?

And when a Guardian columnist rages against a random family in the neighbourhood, about whom she knows nothing beyond the size and amenities of their home, and then exults, proudly and in print, at the thought of that random family’s downfall and suffering, and at the thought of the “aggressive redistribution” of their belongings, and that Guardian columnist tells us how pleasing this will be and that she “can’t wait,” are we to believe that her motives are selfless and high-minded?

And the above mindset can be found, daily, in countless tiny variations.

Connor

This is why I come here.

David

This is why I come here.

I think the last item is telling because it’s so small, so petty, and is evidently shared as a boast. It’s something that Mr Tyler Oakley thinks will make him look good among his equally woke peers. And the 32,000 ‘likes’ and subsequent comments, many savouring the thought of sabotaging a relative’s phone simply and solely because they didn’t vote Democrat, rather bear this out.

WTP

Re champ,
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than we'll know. And I think to myself: What a Wonderful World.

WTP

And what about these guys here,

Ah, the NEF “discussion” with Sammichman. We’ve reflected a bit on minnow above, now Sammichman. Trying to think who else may be missing...

David

Ah, the NEF “discussion” with Sammichman

Oh yes, Sandwichman. He seemed very keen on the idea of people being compelled to live in poverty by an overbearing state, and claimed that the rest of us were mere “drones” and “willing slaves” of consumerism, and suffering from “false consciousness,” when we should be “fighting the system” heroically, like him. As I recall, he got quite angry – well, angrier - when his various errors and habitual self-flattery were pointed out to him. After throwing a metaphorical scarf across his shoulder, he practically slammed the door.

I remember being amused when I discovered that ‘Sandwichman’ is actually a pseudonym of Dr Tom Walker, a professional educator in Vancouver who “teaches Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University.” He is, apparently, an expert in “the history of economic thought” and “alternative economics.” Given Dr Walker’s evident annoyance at being corrected on points of fact and logic, and given his apparent difficulties with simple reading comprehension, and his bare-faced dishonesty, you do have to wonder what his classroom environment is like. For a self-described “peace and social justice activist,” he did seem terribly ill-tempered, positively misanthropic.

[ Added: ]

Though I suppose if you spend every working day, year after year, surrounded by impressionable teenagers who are by definition unworldly and inexperienced, and who are obliged to defer, it must be quite unsettling to find the hokey Marxoid blather that you can get away with in class being poked at by people who aren’t quite so trusting. It must’ve been quite the culture-shock.

Jonathan

@Champ

Good Lord, has it come to this?

That doesn't seem like something a paedophile might do at all.......

MC

you do have to wonder what his classroom environment is like

Much like all the others I suspect.

Trevor

... a millennial job interview.

I remember a time when this could have been enjoyed as satire rather than simple ethnography.

I miss those days.

pst314

"...I suppose if you spend every working day, year after year, surrounded by impressionable teenagers who are by definition unworldly and inexperienced..."

"Because, sir, teaching young gentlemen has a dismal effect upon the soul.It exemplifies the badness of established, artificial authority. The pedagogue has almost absolute authority over pupils: he often beats them and insensibly he loses the sense of respect due to them as fellow human beings.He does them harm, but the harm they do him is far greater. He may easily become the all-knowing tyrant, always right, always virtuous; in any event he perpetually associates with his inferiors, the king of his company; and in a surprising short time alas this brands him with the mark of Cain. Have you ever known a schoolmaster fit to associate with grown men?"
--The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian

R. Sherman

... a millennial job interview.

What's amusing is that most businesses these days demand a social media presence across most/all of the major platforms. My eldest got conscripted into managing her tech start-up employer's English language social media footprint in addition to her other duties. (She's in Europe and the only native English speaker at her firm.) It's a lot of work--many eighteen hour days. The snowflake depicted in the video wouldn't last five minutes.

Darleen

or the delusion of such, signifies actual benevolence and altruism, or whether it can be used as camouflage, a fig leaf, for something else entirely.

Ivy Starnes

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