Another reminder that what we are witnessing and have been witnessing over the last 5 years is an attempted creation of a new national mythology saying America was founded in slavery in 1619, not freedom in 1776, and that culminates in defeating "Nazi white supremacists" in 2021.
It is in every free person in the world's best interests to fight like hell against this narrative and to keep setting the record straight while calling out this horrific distortion for what it is. New story, new way of life, and you see who its cruel masters will be.
It is up to us right now to weigh every event in light of both of these stories and show how the new American metanarrative is a dangerous distortion and that we should not go that way. They torn down the old metanarrative and are replacing it with their horrific new one.
America was not created in slavery in 1619. It was created on the ideal of freedom in 1776. Trump was not a Nazi, whatever his flaws, and nothing like that was happening in our country. These things are poisonous distortions.
The United States was not perfect when it was created, and it isn't perfect now, but it was created on a belief that the rights of human beings precede the state and are safeguarded by a state that operates with the consent of the governed. That's the core of Americanism.
The new metanarrative holds something different. It holds that the United States was evil when it was created and remains so until the dialectical process of history can overthrow the system and install a perfected State that determines people's rights. It's exactly backwards.
Anyone at all who understands where these ideas come from and what they have led to every time they've been implemented (Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, Pol Pot, and we could go on) will understand that they are inimical to human flourishing and utopian.
The problem with these ideas isn't their vision; it's that they don't work. They're wrong. Human beings are born free, and systems in which the consent of the governed is required for governance promote flourishing and prosperity, though imperfectly, to the benefit of most.
For five years, we've heard that everyone to the right of pretty far left is a "Nazi," with Trump as "Nazi" in chief, which no evidence whatsoever can possibly support. It's a complete fabrication, half phantasm, half paranoia, willed into existence and "defeated" by magic.
The ideas upon which this new American mythology is based are literally rooted in alchemy--making something from what it isn't, or from nothing at all. Their original proponents (Hegel) said so, their modern proponents (Soros) say so. Alchemy isn't real. It'll kill you.
The way it works is that they create a magic narrative and push it until they all fully believe it, distorting little facts here and there and weaving a mythology that's mad as a hatter. Then, they can "defeat" the evil in it just by writing the next chapter of the narrative.
Compared to things that have happened in the past at the Capitol, the 6th was significant but not "unprecedented," and it hardly represented a serious attempt at a coup. Fuck, they held the vote in the same building a few hours later. Think, people.
The narrative alchemists whipped themselves into a frenzy, and within hours, it was the most insane thing that ever happened since 1812 (not even close to true), an attempted Nazi coup (way too uncoordinated to qualify), and reason to change the whole direction of the country.
Within hours, Pelosi was going bonkers (probably because her laptop got stolen) saying Trump is going to launch nukes, and everything has to be shut down around him and his enablers and supporters, and everyone who's been drinking cinnabar was like, YES! OMG! YES! CENSOR!
The trait of media alchemists is constantly whipping UP panic around a narrative, rather than ever trying to offer sober analysis or ratchet anything down. It constantly self-affirms a worldview that doesn't even make sense and requires tortured analysis to even comprehend.
Again, you're watching the production of a new national mythology that is using the events at the Capitol, both shameful and preposterous, as the basis for its victory over 401 years of evil and the beginning of a new, glorious (Statist) regime. Based on lies.
To point out to you just how seriously I take what I'm saying here, I -- yes, I -- will tell you that THIS is exactly what the postmodernists were trying to warn us about and were, in fact, right about insofar as they were observant and right (which is far, but not all the way).

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21 Feb
Doing a little reading. LOL. Look at that list!
One wonders what a "more inclusive and democratic economic system" refers to. And "energy democracy" with its "community-based public sector ownership" approach. 🤔🤔🤔 Looks like euphemisms for... something.
The real problems stopping climate justice: rationalism and liberalism. Hot dog! Pesky understanding things and freedom!
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21 Feb
I think the reason so many philosophers are such prats is because they work so hard to understand and think about difficult, esoteric stuff that basically nobody cares about, much of which is wrong, maybe dangerously so, to the point of missing the point and evangelizing for it.
Almost any major philosopher has good observations that are worthy and important (I'm particularly thinking of Foucault, Adorno, Hegel, and Nietzsche here) among others that are awful, ridiculous, or even idiotically dangerous. The question is how we judge these thoughts.
For me, one and only one metric matters: what happens with those ideas when they get out into the world—especially, how are they put into use in our own time. For cases where bad ideas are used dangerously, I see some, but only a little, value in trying to rescue the thinker.
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20 Feb
Sam once came to a course I did on Critical Theory, Postmodernism, and Left-wing Politics with @ThaddeusRussell, which was quite successful. I was kind and generous to him. He clowned me behind the scenes on Twitter, then, in the last class admitted I know what I'm talking about.
He has since returned to his insufferable habit of trying to take me down a few pegs, not least on this, which mirrors the EO by Trump that he said is horrible, ostensibly because he wants to defend his leftist cred and/or race/sex stereotyping, scapegoating, and discrimination.
It's kind of the best confirmation ever that the way he acts on social media is irreflexive of how he'd act in person. He was kind and helpful in the course and eventually complimentary of my knowledge base even while he acted oppositely on Twitter. It's disappointing.
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19 Feb
A few reflections after testifying to the legislative committee in New Hampshire regarding HB544 yesterday.

1) Leftists, both clueless and trained as activists, including academics, WILL SHOW UP. So you should too. Get strong personal or expert testimony and show up against CRT.
2) The general public and most elected officials are generally clueless as to what's going on. It is your job to educate them. While the activists say it's not their job to educate YOU, they know who to talk to, and how. They will do a good job of miseducating our leaders.
In the NH meeting, so far as I can tell, only the activist member and the bill sponsor have any idea what CRT is (in theory and reality—Maoist cultural revolution tool) and that it's actually being used in trainings and taught in schools. You have to show up and tell them.
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17 Feb
The funny part, and why I almost caved in and did the event anyway despite their rudeness, is that part of my talk was supposed to be about why I think a college education now, and especially an Ivy education, is perilously close to making you less employable, not more.
Unless in a field that requires specialist knowledge that you kinda have to go to university for, like engineering or medicine, I'd 10-to-1 favor no degree over a degree, 30-to-1 if Ivy, in hiring right now. Way too likely graduates have been trained to make "beautiful trouble."
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16 Feb
I suspect this year will be a huge lesson for a lot of liberal-minded people on the distinction between that which is downstream from liberalism and that which is upstream to it, and it will disquiet them.
Psst: The "marketplace of ideas" is downstream, not upstream. It is a fruit of a liberal order, not something that, on its own, can produce or even maintain one.
Liberalism is an unstable equilibrium state for societies. I don't really want to explain this on Twitter dot com, but I've been meaning to for many months, somewhere, eventually.
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