August 14, 2012

Going Dada

Occasionally I'm in the mood for a pessimist or the near-cheerful apocalyptic. In this case Thomas of formerly "Endlessly Rocking" and now "The Pebbled Shore" has a lot to quench one's thirst:
We must be prepared to turn the world upside down. Only then will we right it.

Who are the Allies? The Vatican, Moscow, Missouri, an assortment of Calvinists, Baptists, Methodists. It’s not promising.

Most on that roster lack a sense of humor, and there is nothing more indispensable in this hour than a sense of humor.

Now, I’m relaxed. It’s a delightful day.

It’s good to take a break from the Apocalypse.

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Revolutionaries use magic words. They indulge in magical thinking. ‘Change,’ ‘activist,’ ‘equality,’ ‘reproductive health care,’ ‘hate,’ ‘love’ – all these and more have been invested by the revolutionaries with magic qualities. Counterrevolutionaries are not as practiced in the use of magic words. We can rarely hear them as such. We usually imagine they’re simply words. This is why we failed... The Revolution must deal harshly with those who refuse to be saved. It does this not by rounding up the reprobate and throwing them in a Gulag Archipelago. That’s so modernist. No, it does so by so controlling the language that even the reprobate must speak and think in terms and categories given them by the Revolution. The reprobate thus will subtly, yet inexorably, punish themselves for their thought crimes. They will censor themselves. They will come to hate themselves more than even the revolutionaries do. And through it all, the reprobate will never even notice their defeat.

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Seems Narcissism Inc has Chic Somethingorother [Chick Fil-A] in its sights. If Chic Somethingorother doesn’t spare their tender feelings, then Chic Somethingorother is manifestly intolerant. Wheeeee! I always say that when I fly off the edge of absurdity into an abyss...

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The Revolution is over. It was in fact over long ago. You won. Follow the money. You have achieved broad corporate sponsorship for what a more benighted age called perversity. Not only can you kill children for convenience, but you have found a way to make child sacrifice a multibillion dollar industry. We stand amazed at the Late Capitalist Revolution of the Left in this country. You even control the language all of us use when we ‘debate the issues’. (It is touching, the way you allow us our illusions.) Of course, controlling language is the key to winning any ideological battle. You grasped this and acted, we did not. We don’t have corporate sponsorship, our parades will always be way too solemn, and we don’t define the language. So, given that we’re in this absurd situation, let’s act like it. Embrace the absurdity. Use outrage, provoke insult. They’ll insult you anyway, so enjoy it. Don’t expect nuance, historical accuracy, philosophical sophistication. To their non sequiturs offer your own. Go Dada on them.

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The desire to rebel, to curse God and man, while not believing that one is cursing God and man... is itself a variation of the narcissistic need to define oneself by a story told rather than by one’s actions. It’s about being seen as daring, which is easy to do once your party controls the ever-dwindling money supply, the hierarchy, the seminaries. It’s also about being seen as open-minded, cool, hip, exciting, and full of love. One needn’t actually be open-minded, cool, hip, exciting, and full of love. It really doesn’t matter, because those are not real qualities of real human beings, but tropes that define a brand.

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Yes, the American Left is authoritarian, totalitarian even... Their control of public discourse is absolute. They achieve this with an elegant simplicity: their polemics are all variants of the classic trap, ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ Once you realize that, you can begin to work out ways of evading their rhetoric. If you don’t realize that, then their rhetoric is for you.

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To be in the ’99%’ it suffices to have all the vices of the ’1%’, and none of their virtues.

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Has it occurred to anyone that ‘The Cloud’ is really just an aggregation of server farms, all connected by cables and powered by electricity? Cut a few of those cables, or overheat the servers, and ‘The Cloud’ dissipates faster than the value of Facebook stock. What does ‘The Cloud’ signify in reality? We’ve decided not to store stuff on our own machines. Instead, we pay others to store stuff on their machines. This is the reality behind the alleged Technological-Epistemological Revolution Of Our Times. Try not to give in to despair.

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Yes, we’re that powerful, even fallen and frail. We are, after all, meant to be gods. It’s just that, fallen and frail as we are, we’re all stupid, so we don’t know how to be gods in the image of the One True God. We think it’s about calling down fire from heaven, so that’s exactly what we’ll do. Remember one of the fundamental axioms: we get whatever we want.

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