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July 12, 2020

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TDK

Relatedly, claiming victim status can lead observers to hold a person less blameworthy, excusing transgressions, such as the appropriation of private property or the infliction of pain upon others, that might otherwise bring condemnation or rebuke.

None of this is a surprise. Take Hamas. A vile group expressing openly antisemitic tropes. Yet such behaviour is ignored or intellectualised away.

Silvana

In other words, victim status can morally justify the use of deceit, intimidation, or even violence by alleged victims to achieve their goals.

Typhonblue on threat narratives: How Sally destroys Sue, and How Sally destroys Stu.

David

None of this is a surprise.

Well, quite. What’s remarkable isn’t the fact that deeply obnoxious people and outright sociopaths will exploit tailor-made leverage, and ideological camouflage for their inclinations, but that so many people, and in particular leftist educators, will excuse, encourage and enable such behaviour.

See also this.

Nikw211

“self-promotion, emotional callousness, duplicity, and tendency to take advantage of others,”

Remember, everything this woman does she does because she cares.

    Fuck off, bitch!

    Stop pushing me, God damn it!

    I'm disabled!

    I'm disabled! I can't walk!

    I hope someone kills your whole fucking family.

    I hope they kill you, too.

    I hope someone burns down your whole precinct with all y'all inside.

    Can't wait to see it.

    Can't wait to see it.

Also, apparently, "disabled" and "can't walk".

Bill de Haan

Incentives work.

Anyone who has every raised/lived with/met a toddler knows that when they don't get their way, they throw a tantrum. And if throwing a tantrum gets them what they want, they know it works.

Most of the SJWs are arrested development cases, basically just toddlers in adult bodies. Their reactions to being held accountable are the same as three year old being told "no" for the first time, they're simply incapable of handling it.

If you can make it to age 20 without ever being told "no", of course you're going to be a narcissist. You've had a lifetime of positive reinforcement.

David

If you can make it to age 20 without ever being told “no”, of course you’re going to be a narcissist.

Somewhat related. As I said at the time,

Imagine the – dare I say it - privilege of assuming that you’re entitled to behave in this way, to harass other people, and slander them, and to gleefully spoil their attempts to hear an invited speaker and maybe ask him questions. Say, by invading the stage, screaming inanities, and hammering on stained glass windows. All while knowing bugger all about the person whose presence you’re supposedly offended by. And to do all this with impunity, knowing you won’t get punished or expelled.

If that isn’t privilege, I’m not sure what is.

Lancastrian Oik

Take Hamas....

Indeed. Hez’bollah, too. Both championed by the British hard left.

The contrast between the two rallies could not have been greater. Try picturing a Shiite-Muslim mega-church in a huge downtown tent, with separate entrances for men and women and separate seating (with the women all covered in black). A huge poster of a nuclear mushroom cloud surmounts the scene, with the inscription oh zionists, if you want this type of war then so be it! During the warm-up, an onstage Muslim Milli Vanilli orchestra and choir lip-synchs badly to a repetitive, robotic music video that shows lurid scenes of martyrdom and warfare. There is keening and wailing, while the aisles are patrolled by gray-uniformed male stewards and black-chador’d crones. Key words keep repeating themselves with thumping effect: shahid (martyr), jihad (holy war), yehud (Jew). In the special section for guests there sits a group of uniformed and be-medaled officials representing the Islamic Republic of Iran. I remember what Walid Jumblatt, the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party and also the leader of the Druze community—some of my best friends are Druze—said to me a day or so previously: “Hezbollah is not just a party. It is a state within our state.” It is also the projection of another state”.

(Excerpt from The Swastika And The Cedar by Christopher Hitchens. The other “rally” he refers to was organised by a loosely-organised and secular socialist contingent in Beirut. Hitch may have been a lefty but he was right on the money here).

aelfheld

The indulgence of petty malice breeds greater malice.

pst314

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being:

"If you had told me a couple of years ago that a book like Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism would be topping the bestseller lists and receiving accolades from all over, I wouldn’t have believed it. And I’m speaking as someone who, in my 2012 book The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind, warned about the dire ascendancy of identity studies..."

Cary Boy

Or murdering someone because they said All Lives Matter.

David

Remember, everything this woman does she does because she cares.

As Lionel Shriver put it, “Progressives seem especially prone to disguise one feeling as another.”

Not always very well.

David

Also very much related. The section about Mr Cameron Whitten is, I think, quite telling.

Daniel Ream

Most of the SJWs are arrested development cases, basically just toddlers in adult bodies.

“Progressives seem especially prone to disguise one feeling as another.”

As I've said here before, artificially induced Cluster B personality disorder.

Work with people who have severe BPD/CPTSD long enough, it's stunning how similar the behaviour and mentation is.

Squires

...artificially induced Cluster B personality disorder.

Or in some cases born and raised into it. Or a psychopath-spectrum individual taking cynical advantage of the neurotic hooks the left cultivates, simply because they are a handy means for bending and wearing down the will of another. As they are meant to be.

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Black Lives Matter activist, felon, arrested for allegedly extorting businesses. 'Pay me or you'll have problems.'

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/black-lives-matter-activist-felon-arrested-for-extorting-businesses/

David

Their reactions to being held accountable are the same as a three year old being told “no” for the first time, they’re simply incapable of handling it.

The update to this seems somewhat relevant.

David

Time, I think, to repeat this:

What kind of personality would seek out and embrace a dogma that offers endless opportunities to berate and abuse strangers, based only on their most trivial and generic attributes? A dogma that practically obliges you to do this. What kind of person would want to spend time ostentatiously scolding white males for being white and male? More broadly, what kind of psychological misfit would choose to harangue and assault a passing stranger for having the ‘wrong’ kind of hairstyle? And what kind of person spends their afternoon thwarting and intimidating random strangers who are trying to hear a lecture, and making them fear for their safety, to the extent of pushing people underfoot, kicking them repeatedly, and then lying about it?

To my eye at least, and contrary to their imaginings, Ms O’Donnell and her peers are not good people. They’re merely seeking out opportunities for leverage and malice without the usual risk of pushback. Suppose for a moment that I were a malicious little shit and wanted to spend lots of time harassing people, shoving them, scaring them, and mouthing racial abuse. In the real world I’d run a definite risk of censure, social disapproval and possibly a good kicking. But if I were at an Ivy League university and invoked “social justice,” claiming my behaviour was a reaction to some nebulous oppression, there’s a very good chance I’d be accommodated, encouraged, even applauded.

And for a certain kind of person, you can see the appeal.

Jonathan

I wonder what kind of people are at the top of BLM?

Must be why they're mostly peaceful.

WTP

Pay me or you'll have problems

From the link:

The owner spoke with him and informed Johnson that he supported the Black Lives Matter movement in the area.

Johnson replied, according to court documents from the FBI:

“What have you done here locally?”

It is to laugh.

Burnsie

Pay me or you'll have problems

He's obviously a rank beginner at this. Experienced hustlers know how to extort without the explicit threat. It's all in the inference.

David

Experienced hustlers know how to extort without the explicit threat. It’s all in the inference.

Thing is, there have always been those who take pleasure in the degradation of others, who prey on the credulity and insecurity of others, and doubtless there always will be. Such is human nature. But these predatory leanings and act of narcissistic spite, up to and including outright sociopathy, are now institutionally encouraged and actively reinforced.

It’s as if, as a society, we’re losing the ability to recognise malice and pathology when it’s staring us in the face.

pst314

Pay me or you'll have problems

He's obviously a rank beginner at this. Experienced hustlers know how to extort without the explicit threat. It's all in the inference.

While he's in prison he will learn better techniques from more experiences criminals. :-(

Steve E

It’s as if, as a society, we’re losing the ability to recognise malice and pathology when it’s staring us in the face.

People have no trouble recognizing it; they just don't know what to do about it. There was a time when those on the criminal side would have been incarcerated and those on the crazy side would have been institutionalized. Starting a long time ago(the 70s?), we stopped putting the crazies away and either didn't prosecute or early-released the felons. We lost control when we allowed responsibility to shift from the individual to society. As a result, there's very little we can do when shit happens.

pst314

Perhaps, Steve, we need to institutionalize our ruling elites.

Darleen

Racial victimhood extends to investigating napping disparity and demands for rest reparations.

NOT Babylon Bee.

JuliaM

But does it compare to the danger of cults? Cults running cafes, bo less?

https://twitter.com/_artsartsarts/status/1282656483952525313

Governor Squid

NOT Babylon Bee.

Yeah, but it IS Teen Vogue. I mean, c'mon. That's pretty well-trodden ground.

Darleen

Yeah, but it IS Teen Vogue

And the art installation they cover is real.

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