The Who Whom of #NeverRomney

 

It looks like Romney made it to the second round of interviews and is on course to be the next Secretary of State. But it also looks like he’s been effectively ruled out already. It depends on who you read. Except if you read Scott Adams, in which case it all looks like business as usual for Donald Trump.

Trump is already pacing. That means acting like the people you plan to later persuade. In one-on-one situations, pacing might include matching the subject’s breathing, posture, and choice of words. In the public context it means saying what people are already thinking.

And after pacing come leading, where Trump, the master persuader, brings those subjects he’s been pacing round to his way of thinking. Or at least, that was the theory. Sadly, the Alt-Right seems less susceptible to their God Emperor’s directions than he might have hoped.

Or this from VoxDay:

Forget the apology. The Trump administration should just say no to Captain Underoos:

Considering how the Reagan administration was often led astray by its moderates, the God-Emperor Ascendant’s team should know better than to put any trust in Mitt Romney. While Romney is competent and probably will take orders and do as he’s told, he’s simply not popular with, or trusted by, anyone who isn’t a Mormon or a GOPe figure.

So has the God-Emperor messed up in his hypnosis game? If he was trying to bring the Alt-Right round to Mitt Romney’s way of thinking, he seems to have failed. But here’s another alternative. Moderates (like me) were genuinely pleased to hear that Trump was considering Romney for SecState. It made us feel like maybe, secretly, Trump was on our side.

Right now, he could throw up his hands and say, ‘Heck, I wanted Mitt, but these alt-right nut-jobs just won’t stick it. I guess I’ll have to find someone else who’ll do just as good a job who they haven’t heard of.’ That would be a way of leading people like me round to his pick. The only problem with that theory is that internet dwelling politics dweebs aren’t a demographic worth persuading right now.

Washington, on the other hand, is jam packed with self-styled moderates, and even if they labelled him a fascist racist crypto-Nazi just a few years before, all of them will be thrilled to find Captain Underoos joining the team. Even if they don’t work at in his department, just the presence of Romney right now makes collaborating with Trump more palatable. And that’s a demographic Trump needs desperately, if he’s to have any hope of running a serious administration.

My guess is that foreign affairs are a long way down Trump’s list of priorities. He might be calculating that giving a top job to Romney will smooth things over enough for him to implement his domestic policies. And later on, once he’s learnt the ropes and made a few allies, if he starts pointing out how Mitt Romney has suddenly started acting unreasonable…

Well, we can all throw up our hands and say, ‘Heck, Trump gave that guy a chance, but he turned out to be a real nut-job.’

 

The Awful Mask of the Alt-Right

In SJWs Always Lie, Vox Day writes that the statement ‘SJWs Always Lie’  is “not dialectically sound (or if you prefer, untrue).” But he asks us to believe it. Through the first third of the book, where he paints picture after picture of the average Joe getting caught up in the machinations of Social Justice Warriors, he reminds us that normal logic will be no help, common sense no guide, and fellow feeling no comfort against enemies who you had previously mistaken for mere colleagues, or even friends.

There is a white collar war being fought in the west. In offices, sports clubs, forums and even military barracks, a fifth column is slowly working to overturn civilisation, and social justice is the best tool they have found yet.

The news is filled with stories of once great institutions brought to their knees by the concerns of social justice: universities that no longer teach, newspapers and television channels that refuse to cover major stories, and police forces too scared to acknowledge the existence of crimes. At the root of these failures is always someone whose world has changed around them until they realise that the surest way of losing their job is to actually try and do it.

The second part of SJWs Always Lie offers a simple set of rules for anyone who finds themselves under attack (document everything, accept that you are probably going to lose, make the rubble bounce before you do…) which is also available in a shortened form as a pdf from Vox Day’s website.

Finally, in the most interesting section of the book, he moves from describing the tactics of the fight to advocating a strategy for winning the war. Personally, this is where things get most uncomfortable. While I can easily imagine myself falling foul of my companies HR department, or being hounded for being discovered holding an incorrect opinion – I have several – I struggle to imagine myself trying to get someone else fired in case they try to do the same to me. In fact, there is a section in the book devoted to the importance of keeping people like me on the margins.

Moderates… generally mean well, but they have a tendency to believe that goodwill, hand-holding, and being open minded will inspire even the most lunatic, hate-filled SJW to see sweet reason.

The thrust of the book is that the unvarnished truth is not worth speaking, because in the battle of ideas it will inevitably be defeated by persuasive lies. The only option for people who love the truth is to adopt a new way of speaking – a rhetoric – which crushes the lies that claim to be social justice, and at least allows a path for people to reach the truth, if they care to.

The rhetoric Vox Day advocates is cruel. It laughs at the mentally fragile, hurts by striking at weaknesses that opponents can’t do anything about, and offers little hope to those who want to live today in peace. Perhaps it is necessary for ensuring stability tomorrow. Reading the book is certainly necessary for anyone who wants to understand how our culture has changed.