Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Twitter, Facebook, And The USA

     “Any organization not explicitly right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.” – Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics

     You’ve probably read about Twitter’s actions against popular conservative writers Robert Stacy McCain and “most dangerous faggot” Milo Yiannopoulos. These events and others have stimulated many other conservatives to abandon Twitter:

     I’m done with Twitter. If you follow me over there, I’ll leave the account open to post blog links back to here and book ads, but other than that I’m not going to use it for any sort of conversation.

     You’ve probably heard about how Twitter is falling apart. Their stock price has been tanking.

     Recently they created a Trust and Safety Council, to protect people from being triggered with hurtful dissenting ideas. Of course the council is made up of people like Anita Sarkesian, so you know how it is going to swing.

     They’ve been unverifying conservatives, and outright banning conservative journalists. Then there were rumors of “shadow banning” where people would post, but their followers wouldn’t see it in their timelines. So it’s like you’re talking to a room that you think has 9,000 people in it, but when the lights come on you’ve been wasting time talking to an empty room.

     It doesn’t seem to have registered with Twitter’s board of directors that alienating half its potential audience is not a wise move when its stock is already in a death spiral. But as with the behavior of conventional publishing houses, so also with “social media.” The Left’s campaign to infiltrate, subvert, and subjugate such institutions to its liberal-fascist ideology trumps the profit motive...at least until the law of supply and demand catches up with it.

     Facebook has already succumbed to Leftist subversion. Open fora that admit leftists tend toward that fate, for leftists are obsessed with power, especially the power to control the expression and dissemination of ideas. That’s the force behind Robert Conquest’s Second Law:

Every expressive medium becomes a Leftist target.
If the Left can subjugate such a medium, it will do so.

     Which has me wondering how much longer I’ll be welcome here at Blogger.

     “As above, so below,” runs the old mystical mantra, and indeed it is so. The United States as a whole is enduring the same sort of partition: i.e., into places, institutions, and zones under the thumb of the Left, and those where ideas and opinions from the Right remain welcome.

     Educational institutions, whether public or private, are a lost cause. So also are the journalism and entertainment industries. Advertising is seriously imperiled. Vast swathes of the World Wide Web have become no-dissent zones. And it can get worse: law enforcement appears to be sliding leftward as well:

     The University of Texas at Austin police department issued a disorderly conduct citation to an outdoor preacher on Tuesday after students complained that his message had offended them. The preacher, who was standing just off campus, recorded his interaction with several university police officers, who explained that it was illegal for him to offend the students.

     The preacher was an intern with Campus Ministry USA, an evangelical ministry organization that travels around college campuses loudly preaching their message. The ministry is headed by one Brother Jed Smock, who told The Daily Caller that his intern Joshua “was speaking out against STDs, warning against anal sex.”

     The university told TheDC that the officer was responding to students who claimed to be “verbally harassed” by the intern-preacher. The video shows the officer explaining that the intern’s use of “anal” and “penis” offended students, before issuing a citation for disorderly conduct. “After a lawyer representing Joshua called the chief of police, the chief called Joshua and apologized. The citation was withdrawn.” Brother Jed told TheDC.

     Can anyone sincerely believe that the officer who issued that disorderly conduct citation didn’t know he was enforcing a nonexistent law? Even the rawest rookie cop has to know that except for incitements to riot, free expression in a public place is a Constitutionally protected right. But he would also have known that his citation would have the proverbial “chilling effect” on disliked ideas and sentiments.

     This is what the Left does. It’s been decisively defeated both by facts and logic, and by the verdict of history, so its remaining hope of prevailing lies in suppressing its adversaries. Inasmuch as it firmly believes in its moral and intellectual superiority, it will use whatever means are expedient toward achieving that end.

     Welcome to North Korea.

     In The True Believer, Eric Hoffer spoke of the Left’s “compact and unified church,” wherein any information or reasoning that might cause an adherent to doubt his affiliation is warded away by a “fact-proof screen.” That screen is composed of both institutions and individuals: institutions controlled by the Left, and individuals who will immediately descend upon a doubter to bludgeon him back into submission. It’s in the nature of things that such a screen will, over time, separate “true believers” geographically from all others. The process has been under way for a long time. It’s moving asymptotically closer to perfection. Note how the geographical distribution of voters has morphed over the century behind us: the coasts become ever more left-inclined while the inland states grow ever more conservative.

     The process probably won’t cause the fissioning of the U.S. into two separate, ideologically opposed countries. But it’s steadily arranging the ideological and geographical separation of Americans, such that with the best will in the world, one on the Right will be unable to sustain a friendship (or any more intimate relationship) with one on the Left. That’s the way the Left wants it.

     Is that the way you want it, Gentle Reader?


Ron Olson said...

Too bad it's not true. These amoral busybodies are attracted to celebrations of rightful liberty like bacteria to sterile wort. Just make a hellhole into a place of joy and these creatures will come, demand entry, and then demand change to accommodate their whims.

It doesn't take all kinds. It's just that we've got all kinds.

Bruce said...

I've never tweeted. Nor will I.

My facebook activity is pretty much seeing pics of my grandkids.

Joseph said...

Google tried shutting down anti-Obama blogs for a while. They had to backtrack. They set the PageRank of the AtlasShrugs blog to zero. They had to back track. They made major investments in "renewable" energy and had to backtrack after the engineers did some arithmetic.

For some reason, left-wing idiocies at Google are not persistent.