“The devil...the prowde spirit...cannot endure to be mocked.” – Saint Thomas More
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” – Saul Alinsky
The Fifth Rule: You have taken yourself too seriously. – Paul Dickson, The Official Rules
Effective ridicule employs two elements: caricature and belittlement. Taken separately, these are wounding; taken together, they have enormous force. They strip their target of all characteristics but one, and reduce that one to risibility. Any other trait the target possesses is completely effaced.
But what’s truly deadly about effective ridicule is that the user enjoys it. He gets positive psychic feedback from it. That makes it self-reinforcing and self-perpetuating. Worse yet, the target’s attempts to shut it down make him look like a killjoy.
Note how beautifully the NPC meme, one of the easiest to apply that I’ve seen in political combat, fits the above patterns. Note also that the Left’s attempts to ridicule President Trump have fallen flat, in part because he ignores them and in part because of his own gift for ridicule.
This one will be with us for a long time. Let’s torment the Left and enjoy the hell out of it.