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a lot of thought over a long period of time, here and there, has gone into this thread about fasc!st sexuality. because...this is an *issue*, and it's one that I used to regard as completely baffling—because I grew up abused and isolated and sexually repressed.

~Chara
honest frank portrayals of fasc!sm in fiction have always throbbed with depraved and predatory sexuality. three examples that come immediately to mind from my own media experiences are Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta", Luchino Visconti's "The Damned", and of course Pasolini.

~Chara
mind you, I've never *seen* "Saló" but I'd read and seen enough commentary about it to know that it's devoted to examining just this topic: the nightmarish fusion of fasc!st ideology and sexual abuse.

these two things really do go together. the first implies the second.

~Chara
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so....

...the examples of @Sargon_of_Akkad, @MattWalshBlog, @ConceptualJames, and numerous other #conservative (or "#centrist") celebrities really has us thinking.

just *how many* right-wing propagandists are into sex crimes and pursuing sex with children?

~Chara
I'd like you to consider the following scenario. imagine that you're a right-wing propagandist, someone like @Timcast or @MattWalshBlog. okay you don't CALL yourself "right-wing" or "conservative", but that's what you are.

you think you're the best possible human being.

~Chara
that's plain egotism, and it's also the central premise of the b!got: @MattWalshBlog is a b!got and that means he thinks he's better than everyone he ever meets. he's the ideal human being, full of patriotism and #Christian values and superior genes; he's no "degenerate".

~Chara
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in the final chase scene of the Wachowski Sisters' 1999 film "The Matrix", there's a nightmarish moment where an elderly person cutting vegetables in a kitchen immediately transforms into Agent Smith, hurling the kitchen knife in Neo's direction as he flees for his life.

~Chara ImageImageImage
it's a shocking moment in a scene that's already amped up to maximum tension; it's already been well established in the film that the Matrix "Agents" can insert themselves into unwary human beings, but now they're emerging from every direction, right in Neo's path.

~Chara
and it's meant (I'm pretty sure) to teach us a lesson: when you live in a *police state*, cops are everywhere, and not all of them have badges.

George Orwell in "1984" gives some taste of what it's like to live in a society where any citizen might be an amateur spy.

~Chara
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@JoshKraushaar @benshapiro Sam Bankman-Fried is now serving the American reactionary-b!got #conservative coalition a valuable purpose: he's their latest antisemitic stereotype, the crooked businessman who does all the same things that any other crooked businessman like @elonmusk does, but he's Jewish!
@JoshKraushaar @benshapiro @elonmusk one is reminded of Alexandre Stavisky in France, whose get-rich-quick schemes and web of political connections gave the French fasc!sts so much material to exploit in their quest to destroy the Third Republic: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stavisky_…

~Chara
@JoshKraushaar @benshapiro @elonmusk there's nothing specifically *Jewish* about financial corruption; heck, there's probably not a single @GOP politicians who hasn't committed fraud or embezzlement or insider trading or some other financial crime. #capitalism *encourages* criminality. it's endemic.

~Chara
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this famous @benshapiro maxim is isomorphic with what's called "Biblical literalism" in the #Christian community. this is a fallacious method of interpreting a text in which fragments of the text are ripped out of their literary context, and treated in isolation.

~Chara
what do I mean by that?

"isomorphic" is a word coined from the Greek root word μορφή, which means "form" or "shape", and the Greek prefix "iso", meaning "identical" or "equal".

to say that one thing is isomorphic with another is to say that it has a *similar shape*.

~Chara
the goal of the Ben Shapiro maxim is to strip "facts" of all human social, historical, emotional, spiritual, and every other sort of context.

to them, a statistical value or poll result—even if it's a Twitter poll with ten votes—is a "fact", to be taken at face value.

~Chara
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of course there's lots of tools for automated posting, mostly available to elite-class @Twitter users like @mtaibbi—who, just like @jbarro and @bendreyfuss and every other leisure-class chucklefŭck on #Twitter, is just the sort of person @Twitter bends over to please.

~Chara
I have to write my long threads by hand; it's harder than it looks, trying to maintain a consistent train of thought while tweeting a page or two of text, and I've been trying to get better at it via practice.

@mtaibbi and the other @Twitter elitists get to *cheat*.

~Chara
that's always been the case; everyone knows it to be the case. that's one of the standard luxuries of the leisure class, the blue-check class, to which @mtaibbi and @pmarca and @elonmusk belong: they get better versions of EVERYTHING, but they always lie about it too.

~Chara
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the #conservative coalition is starting to grasp that their favorite straw villain, "wokeism", is starting to look like the comical stereotype it always was.

into the breach step @ButchieGee and @robhaskins and others with "presentist", which means as little as "woke".

~Chara
in a similar spirit the "gender critical" dullards, @Docstockk and @bindelj and @francesweetman and that crowd, have started to realize that "gender critical" (or "GC", which used to mean "gas chromatography" until the b!gots stole it) has become radioactive as a label.

~Chara
the same thing happened with an earlier label that the @bindelj / @HJoyceGender crowd had tried for their particular brand of fasc!st sexology, "trans-exclusionary radical feminist", or "TERF". they thought that label sounded *serious*, until it was hurled back at them.

~Chara
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if there's nothing a #conservative likes to see more, it's an antisemitic Black celebrity. the hearts of every person of "Anglo-Saxon heritage" or "traditionalist values" or whatever, the @pegobry / @charlesmurray / @EPoe187 / @Timcast crowd, see such persons as *proof*.

~Chara
"see? Everybody Does It™. that means we can do it." all #conservatives are moral relativists as heart, which is exactly why authoritarian right-wing blowhards like @DouthatNYT and @realchrisrufo love to blither about "moral relativism": it's because they need it to live.

~Chara
the @GOP and #conservatives have been dining out on Louis Farrakhan's antisemitism for decades now, because one of the cherished stereotypes of the @EPoe187 / @Sargon_of_Akkad set is that Black persons are "intrinsically" antisemitic—living proof that Everybody Does It™.

~Chara
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remember THIS old chestnut? Russell Mulcahy's 1986 urban fantasy film "Highlander". I mean, I guess you could call it urban fantasy. ish. very ish.

I remember really wanting to believe that this movie was cool when we first saw it, although...really it isn't.

~Chara Image
ugh. I really hope this isn't a bad omen, that I've had this film on my mind. and it's also the theme of Kamen Rider Geats...

...I hope I'm not gonna get hurled into some Battle Royale with twenty other Charas, or some such crap. can't I just surrender ahead of time?

~Chara
it's not exactly Arturia vs. Lancelot (Berserker), is it

~Chara Image
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okay, we are on a train. perfect thread writing time.

to recap: @elonmusk, like Donald Trump, is a habitual liar; the popular media, now dominated by "opinion" pieces from a club of sycophantic nabobs like @mtaibbi and @walterkirn, rewards Trump and #ElonMusk for lying.

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this brings me to a larger point: #capitalism itself rewards deceit. the pressure-cooker culture of #business and #entrepreneur life values only a few simple things, and none of those things is honesty.

#money? yes. #confidence? yes. #success? yes.

honestly? not hardly.

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any poor sap who's tried to get a job or a promotion knows the truth: the *expectation* is that winning job candidates are supposed to lie about themselves.

there's various euphemisms for this. it's "selling yourself", it's #marketing, it's "building your personal brand".

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it is the general belief of the Pnictogen Wing--whose Twitter presence comprises @KrisAtLarge and our account here--that no human being embraces any form of b!gotry, especially rac!sm, unless they believe deep down that they are a failure.

b!gotry is the *last resort*.

~Mona
we believe that's true even when the b!got in question--@charlesmurray, say, or @mtaibbi--has achieved a measure of social success and fame.

I don't know anything about Charles Murray's past, but I am hazarding the guess that he once felt he'd be something *much bigger*.

~Mona
at some point in the past of @charlesmurray, we surmise, he experienced a crucial *disappointment*--some shining hope or ambition killed by one mistake. and we think that this has continued to gnaw at him, and prompted his slide towards embracing rac!st pseudoscience.

~Mona
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one of the things that #capitalism has done most notably is that it's given us a "leisure class". it's given us a seemingly permanent overclass of people with lucrative but *non-productive* careers, the sorts of "careers" that require very little actual work or effort.

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our "ruling class" comprises an assortment of professional persons who are usually "in business", in some way.

they're corporate managers and executives, people working in finance, property owners and landlords, stockbrokers and traders, people with "passive income".

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by "passive income" I mean income deriving from someone else's labor. collecting rent and interest on loans, for example, is "passive income". you don't work for it; your tenants and your debtors are the ones actually *earning* the money. you're simply collecting it.

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that habit of pretending to be outsiders and rebels against a system, while also having official powers and duties within the same system, has a general name: #subversion.

American #conservatives have embraced subversion as a general method. they are masters of it.

~Chara
the "dark intellectual" @bariweiss crowd of right-wing frauds—@EricRWeinstein, @JDHaltigan (sexual predator), @sapinker, @wil_da_beast630 and the rest—are *subverting* academic authority.

they claim the benefits of such authority, while pretending to be apart from it.

~Chara
the only reason that @sapinker or @jordanbpeterson have ANY social influence is because they were granted power and status by association with reputable institutions—institutions that they claim are mere sinkholes of "wokeism" and "cultural Marxism" and whatever else.

~Chara
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the American #conservative movement and its political instrument the @GOP is overflowing with sexual criminals and child molesters.

to give some glimpse of the scope of the problem, here's *part thirty* of a @dailykos series on GOP sex crimes;

archive.ph/FqYfz

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there's links to news items for each of the Republicans who have been implicated in sex crimes. a sample:

#757 - Severance, CO, Mayor Donald Marceau McLeod, a Republican, resigned after being arrested for child prostitution.

kdvr.com/news/local/for…

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#758 - Kenneth Lewis Barrett, Republican Mayor of Winston, OR was caught in an undercover sting, thinking he was meeting with a 14-year-old girl.

kcby.com/news/local/win…

the @dailykos series keeps going, by the way. #conservative partisans will reject it, of course.

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it is difficult, but not impossible, to herd *cranks* into one general mass, but it can be done.

by "crank" I mean the person dedicated to a career of academic fraud—the publication of specious nonsense that's intended to mimic the style of genuine academic work.

~Mona
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the loose gaggle of academic burnouts and pseudoscientists whom Ms. @bariweiss got together into a flock large enough to write articles about, her "intellectual dark web" (q.v. her @nytopinion piece, archive.ph/FbVat) constitutes just such a herd of cranks.

~Mona
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@jordanbpeterson, @RichardDawkins, @sapinker, @EricRWeinstein, and Sam Harris—who fled @Twitter for safer parts, it would seem, with the advent of @elonmusk—are among the chief bellwethers of the @bariweiss herd.

forgive my bluntness; *titles* are not important now.

~Mona
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...I just realized that the fellow I knew from SDSU Classics classes, who lost two Latin teaching jobs for having CP...he just *might* have gone super hard core right wing, and I just don't know about it.

and now I have a terrifyingly *general* suspicion.

~Chara
here's the thing. I led such a sheltered and isolated existence, as a child, that I didn't see queer representation of *any sort*, nothing that made sense to me anyway, until I got to studying Latin and Greek, and learned about Sappho and _eromenoi_ and all that.

~Chara
and of course...it's impossible to learn about "Greek love" without knowing that a lot of it was paedophiliac.

now...I was (thank heaven) canny enough to rebound away from that Classics experience into learning a bit more about mainstream gay culture.

~Chara
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"Antlers" was a really unsettling horror movie—but I think it's a very good one, despite minor flaws. it is, however, extremely bleak.

ultimately it's a horror story about something too familiar—the cycle of abuse, and how clumsy intervention can *make things worse*.

~Chara
"Western civilization" has failed because it's not possible to build a society with no concept of higher-order organization than "nuclear family"—and no, "dictatorship" does not count as high-order organization. that's a *failure state* of human organization.

~Chara
and one of the things that happens in a society where the only thing that matters is *family dynamics* is...what happens when a family goes wrong? who's around to intervene? Western society has yet to figure it out—they throw cops, or proxies for cops, at the problem.

~Chara
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I wouldn't normally quote-tweet a right-wing gasbag like @stillgray, but I am amused to see he got something almost right: "wokeness", the straw villain created by such persons as Messrs. @realchrisrufo and @JackPosobiec and many other noisemakers, resembles a religion.

~Chara
they loosely heaped together a huge pile of intellectual disciplines they don't like and don't understand, called that pile "woke", and everyone flocked to the brand.

the new hit thing, "wokeism", the ridiculous (yet dangerous) social force that threatens civilization!

~Chara
they ritualistically defeat "wokeness" over and over, reënacting the Hero's Journey a million times. Mr. @dalepartridge has done this, and Mr. @Timcast.

these sturdy paladins of "the West" have stamped their enemies into the dirt, endlessly—in their imaginings.

~Chara
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the "Beatific Vision". the vision that blesses the person who sees it. I think of it as the totality of Creation, the fabric of the Cosmos.

it's a term I learned from Charles Williams, who sprinkles it lightly through his fiction—wisely keeping the mentions sparing.

~Chara
but the concept seems to be a old one, and somewhatg controversial even: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatific_…

I have memories of seeing its merest echo or hint. one does not forget such moments...the closest human analogue I can think of comes from Islam's spectacular tessellations.

~Chara wide-angle photograph of the ceiling of Jame Mosque of Yazd,
generally I haven't spent a lot of my human life filled with visions of Heaven. or indeed of Hell, although eventually literature would supply me with some depictions that still haunt me. this is partly due to "aphantasia"—our brain hasn't been good at visualization.

~Chara
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I have a lengthy thread / essay about *demons* brewing, but I'm not sure I want it to be a Twitter thing. I admit that everything that I have to say about #Christianity is stuff I'd prefer to be said in front of the largest possible audience: it's *important*.

~Chara
I am trying to *deconstruct* Christianity, from the perspective of someone with direct experience of the stuff—one flavor of it, anyway.

I think it's needed work: #Christianity and Christian civilization (so called) has been a terrifyingly destructive force in the world.

~Chara
I'm doing this partly because dishonest, evil #Christian partisans, people of the @MattWalshBlog / @dalepartridge / @Franklin_Graham stripe, are excessively fond of clobbering strangers over the head with Christian religious concepts: #faith. #sin. #salvation. #damnation.

~Chara
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there was one other vital point I was going to make about academic cranks.

thanks to #capitalism, the #Internet is fruitful territory for academic cranks and grifters. the potential audience is enormous, and mass communication of salable bullshıt has never been easier.

~Chara
but even in this rich ground for the nourishing and flourishing of academic cranks, true success depends on having powerful friends. academic cranks generally require *sponsorship*, because academic-crank bullshıt wouldn't sell on its own. it needs slicker packaging.

~Chara
@charlesmurray, for example, adds brand-name appeal to his specialty line in eugenicist cowflop: he's got a big #conservative sponsor behind him, the "American Enterprise Institute" or @AEI, and his "Bell Curve" is product placement for a corporate test, the @OfficialSAT.

~Chara
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there's a word I've used frequently to describe the typical #conservative intellectual: "crank", or "academic crank".

examples of academic cranks are people like @jordanbpeterson, @charlesmurray, @Docstockk, @EricRWeinstein—people who *pretend* to be great intellects.

~Chara
I'm not sure of the etymology of "crank", used this way.

I suspect that it's connected with the adjective "cranky", referring to a person (or indeed a machine) that's ill-behaved and frequently complaining, demanding constant attention. academic cranks tend to be cranky.

~Chara
but the word "crank" also suggests the *activities* of the academic crank, the @Docstockk or @charlesmurray or whoever.

such persons tend to behave rather like a hurdy-gurdy or street organ, forever grinding out the same tune—the same limited range of crackpot ideas.

~Chara
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something peculiar happened to #Christian public culture in the last few decades. probably this trend has been going for a longer while than I know about.

anyway we've arrived at a strange endpoint, a world in which ideologues talk as though #Christianity was "logical".

~Chara
these days, #Christian b!gots like @dalepartridge and @MattWalshBlog talk almost exactly the same way that #atheist b!gots like @michaelshermer and @RichardDawkins talk.

indeed, both the #Christian reactionaries and the #atheist reactionaries mostly *agree*, politically.

~Chara
one can guess, roughly, where this culture started: #CSLewis. Lewis made himself into a superstar of #Christian #apologetics. his arguments were wobbly, leading ultimately to Lewis's humiliation in the "Lewis-Anscombe debate" over his specious argumentation in "Miracles".

~Chara
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I've speculated idly in the past, in a few meandering threads, about the problems inherent in attempting to form an *army of cowards*. #conservative and @GOP people have this general problem with their movement: right-wing partisans tend towards blustery cowardice.

~Chara
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they're egotists and b!gots; such people tend to assign an absurdly high value to their own skins.

if you could miraculously drop Mr. @MattWalshBlog or Mr. @dalepartridge on the front line of some battle they'd race for the rear, saying they were "too important".

~Chara
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because they're cowards they pour out an endless screen of verbiage about how tough and manly and brave they are—for "everyone knows" that #conservatives are where all the tough manly brave people are. they're always "fighting" (i.e. always puffing out propaganda.)

~Chara
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