A fundamental truth behind PC humor reveals something critical about the modern Left

A fundamental truth behind PC humor reveals something critical about the modern Left, by A.C. Gleason.

Recently Robert Tracinski mistakenly argued that “there’s no way to make comedy didactic…this is the ultimate contradiction in terms.” This is absurd. The best comedy is didactic. That’s because the best comedy is about revealing hilarious truths. …

William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” is didactic. “Duck Soup” and “A Night at the Opera” are didactic. “The Producers” (original only) and “Blazing Saddles” are didactic.

Monty Python is didactic, especially in its masterpiece, “Life of Brian.” “Seinfeld” is didactic precisely because it’s about nothing. From “Dr. Strangelove” and “Meet the Parents” to “30 Rock” and “I, Tonya,” you will find great comedy is didactic.

The problem Tracinski has identified is not that woke comedy is didactic, but rather that the woke side of the moon has no light of knowledge to impart. Woke “comedy” tries to be didactic and fails because it has nothing profound or interesting to teach.

Example 1:

“Much Ado about Nothing,” for example, is a brilliant and hilarious play that examines some of the most wonderfully dumb parts of human nature. Kenneth Branagh’s joyous film adaptation of this play contains an instructively hilarious interpretation of the ironies of erotic love.

In one scene, we find two people being tricked into falling in love. They are perfect for each other, but their passion has produced too much rhetorical heat, keeping them at bay for years.

All it took was a little deception from their friends to help them see the truth. How is this not instructive about the nature of men and women? Love is a hilarious game cleverly put on naked display by the Bard’s wit. …

Example 2:

“Duck Soup” is a scathing indictment of fascism and arguably the Marx Brothers’ funniest film. “Blazing Saddles” does the same for American racism.

Neither is necessarily meant to be interpreted along propositional or pedagogic lines. Regardless, those films teach and they teach well. They expose the absurdities of reliance upon authoritarian government and identity politics to solve our problems.

The left has a problem — it’s not realistic:

The problem with woke comedy is that woke comics want to convince people that things like socialism are good. But leftist politics are fundamentally ridiculous. That’s why they can be so easily used for comedy: their core concepts and assumptions are easy to mock.

Commenter Servo1969:

Q: How do you know when Social Justice Warriors are around?
A: No one is laughing.
SJWs: THAT’S NOT FUNNY!

The Left Is Actually Afraid Of Jordan Peterson Because He’s Leading A Revolt Against Their Corruption

The Left Is Actually Afraid Of Jordan Peterson Because He’s Leading A Revolt Against Their Corruption, by Joy Pullman.

“A parallel culture of ideas has emerged [such as by Jordan Peterson] to replace a corrupted system,” [Caitlin Flanagan] writes later. What’s the corrupted system? The political and cultural left that “currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable.” Identity politics, she says, are one evidence and cause of this corruption.

Flanagan does not delve into why identity politics is a cause and result of corruption, but I have a suggestion. It’s because identity politics, and so much else of what passes for politics and culture today, is largely an elaborate system of virtue signaling. Indeed, scholar William Voegeli has shown in great detail that the left’s entire political program is wasteful, utterly ineffective virtue signaling.

Virtue signaling, of course, is essentially to present the appearance of virtue without its substance. It’s a dressy lie, a form of self-corruption. Its polar opposite is “dangerous” competence, and it is this that Peterson preaches. It’s deadly to the left because the left is anti-comptetence, and pro-corruption. Identity politics is merely the most visible proof of this reality.

In Aaron Renn’s email newsletter The Masculinist, he writes: “Populism is not our problem today. Our problem is that the American elite, of which many of us could be considered members at some level, is corrupt and inept. There are many good individuals and leaders in this group, but collectively our elite is bankrupt and has failed.” …

At precisely the most credentialed moment in world history, we have a competency crisis, due to running things according to politically convenient lies rather than accuracy, competence, and efficiency. …

We the people are well aware that we have to pay for a fat layer of incompetents to pretend to serve us atop the costs of doing things right ourselves. …

Whatever you think of Peterson, he is clearly competent. His command of general and expertise-specific knowledge is instantly evident, and earns him credibility and authority. …

Clearly many in the West have not been introduced to their own inheritance. Many are orphans with no knowledge or only faint knowledge of their own intellectual and spiritual ancestors and homes. This is a source of the alienation, the hunger, and the loneliness that mark our age.

It is not that there is no home to go to, either. Western history is rich with sustenance for mind and soul. Its longevity, richness, and vibrance are proof enough of that. It is that the people who consider themselves our leaders now deliberately strip America’s young of their roots.

Peterson and many others note rightly that most of our universities, and the other cultural institutions they gatekeep such as media and public schools, are anti-education, anti-culture, and anti-American. They gain power by separating people, by not only refusing to cultivate the capacity for self-government, but also actively cultivating intellectual, economic, and spiritual dependency.

Intellectual and moral war against our corrupt PC elite:

The phenomenon he’s sparked cannot live upon YouTube videos alone, but requires those ideas incarnating into thousands, even millions of people consciously choosing a lifetime challenging themselves with the rigors of true service to and friendship with wives, husbands, children, neighbors, and God himself. This is what it means to be human, to be fully alive.

That aliveness is a challenge to the deadness of political correctness and the mentally enslaved habits it demands and enforces. The PC zombie shock troops take it as a declaration of intellectual war, and it is.

London Westminster parliament crash being treated as ‘terrorist incident’

London Westminster parliament crash being treated as ‘terrorist incident’, by Fiona Hamilton.

A suspected terrorist spent 90 minutes trawling the streets of Westminster before crashing into cyclists and pedestrians outside parliament last night.

The 29-year-old man, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, brought the spectre of terrorism back to London when he allegedly drove his Ford Fiesta into commuters and towards police officers before hitting a security barrier.

The ABC News last night carefully gave no clues as to the terrorist’s name, origins, or motives. Just his sex.

The suspect had travelled to London late on Monday from Birmingham, where he had recently lived in a rented flat above a barber’s and internet cafe in Sparkbrook, an area that has been previously linked with terrorist plots. His name is understood to be Salih Khater. …

The suspect’s Sparkbrook rental property is a 10-minute drive from the former home of the Islamist terrorist Khalid Masood, who struck at Westminster last March. …

Witnesses described the silver car being driven at high speed and believed the crash was intentional. …

US President Donald Trump called the incident “another terrorist attack in London.” Mr Trump tweeted: “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!”

But it’s “racist” unless the UK lets in everyone. As we all know, Africa is for Africans but white countries are for everybody.

The blank slate theory says these are just teething problems, because everyone is the same and soon the immigrants will be just as British as the natives. Another PC fantasy.

Btw, did the British people ever get to vote on the fundamental transformation of their country via immigration from the third world? Obviously not. So who made the decision? Who is responsible?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Conservative Queensland senator Fraser Anning has evoked his former party leader Pauline Hanson and called for an end to Muslim immigration

Conservative Queensland senator Fraser Anning calls for an end to Muslim immigration to Australia, by Rosie Lewis.

Conservative Queensland senator Fraser Anning has evoked his former party leader Pauline Hanson and called for an end to Muslim immigration in a contentious first speech that praised the White Australia policy.

The Katter’s Australian Party senator declared the “greatest concern for Australia’s future” was immigration and singled out Muslims, as he called for a people’s vote on “who comes here”.

Senator Hanson also wants a plebiscite on migration levels and warned in her first speech in 2016 that Australia was “in danger of being swamped by Muslims”.

“The one immigrant group here and in other Western nations that has consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate is Muslims,” Senator Anning said.

“I believe that the reasons for ending all further Muslim immigration are both compelling and self-evident. The record of Muslims who have already come to this country in terms of rates of crime, welfare dependency and terrorism are the worst of any migrants and vastly exceed any other immigrant groups.” …

Senator Anning said his use of the words “final solution” meant nothing other than “ultimate solution”, and claims otherwise were “ridiculous”.

“Some in the media and left wing politicians are simply afraid of the Australian people having a say on who comes here,” he said. …

Other points:

He lashed the Whitlam government for completely eliminating the White Australia policy in the 1970s.

“The huge numbers of people allowed to flood into Australia in recent years are unsustainable, with immigration quotas apparently set by successive governments on a whim, without any regard for the necessary infrastructure that these people would require or the ability of those that came here to assimilate,” Senator Anning said.

“Ethno-cultural diversity — which is known to undermine social cohesion — has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs.”

Naturally the PC groups have (1) leaped on his use of the phrase “final solution” to shout that he is a Nazi (thus they hate him because he is a hate-speaker), and (2) avoided the reason Anning gave, namely cultural incompatibility.

If a group comes to Australia that is intolerant, supremacist, wants everyone to join it, and is against free speech, liberty, and tolerance for others, then obviously it is a threat to our society — which currently values free speech, liberty, and tolerance for others. Tolerance for the intolerant is nonsensical and suicidal. But the left love them.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Free-Speech Monopoly – The Game Is Rigged and It Will Get Worse

Free-Speech Monopoly – The Game Is Rigged and It Will Get Worse. By Ben Garrison.

The Internet is today’s town square. The soapboxes are social media.

The Deep State and the left are intertwined with Silicon Valley. The CIA helped Google and Facebook get started. Why? To make it easier to spy on people. Over time, millions gravitated toward Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Conservative and Libertarian voices became very strong and that alarmed the Deep State. So they began demonetizing conservatives. Then they shadow-banned them. Now they are deleting them outright.

For many years, Alex Jones reached millions with his journalism and rants. His tirades helped wake people up. He yelled at us about the Deep State, including the corrupt security agencies, the Bohemian Grove, the CFR, the Bilderbergs, fluoride in our water, the lies about 9-11, and yes, even Sandy Hook. The latter had many anomalies that should be questioned. Alex brought all of this up and more before anyone else had a inkling about what was really going on with such matters.

He was routinely dismissed as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ by the establishment. However, much of what he has been saying over the years is now acknowledged as self-evident. The legacy media, the Deep State, and Silicon Valley could not stomach the fact that he was informing and influencing minds and elections. They all got together and confiscated his soapbox. Their lame excuse? They claimed he was a purveyor of ‘hate speech.’

Having previously endured years of hate speech aimed toward me, I know what it is and what it isn’t. To me, it’s libel, defamation and death threats. Alex Jones has never engaged in hate speech. Questioning climate change is not hate speech. Jones is not a racist, a bigot or any of the other ‘phobic’ names the left enjoy pinning on ideological opponents. ‘Hate speech’ sounds alarming and terrible, but it’s also vague. Who gets to decide what it is? …

It will get worse. PayPal is already banning users who are being smeared as ‘haters.’ The left will make that tactic seem fashionable, so it’s a matter of time before banks get in on the act. Maybe even the Bezos-owned Amazon?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Firebomb attacks on homes and cars as Melbourne suburban crime war escalates

Firebomb attacks on homes and cars as Melbourne suburban crime war escalates, by Nino Bucci.

A series of firebombings have hit Melbourne’s suburbs as part of an escalating gang war.

Properties linked to Mohammed Oueida, a significant organised crime figure who spends much of his time in the Middle East, were badly damaged in the fires.

Multiple cars were completely destroyed in the attacks, which took place in suburban streets in Melbourne’s outer north.

Sources familiar with the firebombings believe they form part of a troubling new chapter in gang violence related to the drug trade. …

Mr Oueida was shot in April last year as he left lunchtime prayer at a mosque in Coburg. Two members of the Tiba family have been charged in relation to the shooting.

Mr Oueida has been overseas for most of the time since the attack, predominantly in Lebanon and Dubai — a haunt for a string of Australian organised crime figures.

The city was considered an enclave from Australian authorities until last August, when four men — including two brothers of Sydney identity John Ibrahim — were arrested by United Arab Emirates police and then extradited in relation to an alleged international drug smuggling syndicate.

Wouldn’t a world of no borders be wonderful? Imagine how much more diverse and vibrant Melbourne could become.

CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’

CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’, by John Nolte.

Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as “bigots” — which, according to the network’s editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

To legitimize political violence, Cuomo said, “All punches are not equal morally… Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it, because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimized hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out.”

This is a dramatic turning point for the far left. Not only is CNN offering moral cover for those who engage in political violence, but — thanks to the ever-widening definition of “hate” — CNN is also calling for the left’s political opponents to be “stamped out.”…

The much ballyhooed “Unite the Right” rally by a bunch of Nazis inadvertently struck two big blows against the left. The first was to reveal the propaganda and hype that tried to frighten us with tales of Nazis everywhere, even under the bed:

Only a handful of Nazis showed up. Antifa arrived in droves.

The second was to reveal who was committing the violence:

This pathetic group of white supremacists committed no acts of violence that we know of.

Antifa rioted. …

Even though the Nazis decided not to come out of their mother’s basement, rather than declare victory, Antifa still rioted, still turned its hate and violence against those who did show up. This included innocent bystanders, the police (even black police officers), the Secret Service, the government, the United States of America, and members of the media. …

Oh, the lies that the media have been telling us:

Even though Antifa has proven over and over that it is a terrorist organization, the media have portrayed this group as a virtuous but misguided organization that fights Nazis. Now, to anyone paying attention, this has always been a lie. Time and again and again we have seen Antifa use their Brownshirt tactics against everyday Trump supporters. But because the media want Antifa out there terrorizing Trump supporters, the narrative is Antifa vs. Nazis.

The media is encouraging political violence:

Unfortunately for the media, this weekend’s violence, which was wholly caused by Antifa, exposed that media narrative as a lie, and this, in turn, forced CNN to come out and finally admit to what we have known for years — that the far-left cable outlet is an advocate for utilizing political violence to reach its partisan goals, including violence against police officers, black-owned businesses, President Trump, and his supporters.

The second important point here is that CNN is now openly encouraging and excusing violence against “bigotry” and “hate” only after CNN has spent years defining “bigotry” and “hate” as anyone who supports Trump.

Boris Johnson’s offence-seekers avoid the issue

Boris Johnson’s offence-seekers avoid the issue, by Janet Albrechtsen.

The brouhaha over Boris Johnson is a salutary tale about how to screw up a free society. Last week Johnson made a serious point about freedom, that women in a free society should have the right to wear a niqab or a burka. The former British foreign minister also poked fun at these women dressing like letterboxes and bank robbers. A week later, the spirit of the times has been confirmed. Taking offence over a dumb-ass joke trumps defending the freedom of women to wear what they damn well want.

That’s not what it is about. It’s the PC ruling elite — the globalist “progressives” and anyone who wants to get ahead by sucking up to them or anyone who listens to their propaganda and is sucked in — versus the rest of us. It’s simply tribal.

Boris is not in the PC tribe, and indeed is a threat to the PC tribe’s dominance, so he is hounded for any transgression of PC. Don’t look for principles about free speech or jokes or liberty — that’s not what’s going on. It’s just the PC rulers saying “it’s our way of the highway”. It’s about power — punish Boris, reduce his power and influence.

The PC elite have a million speech codes and contradictory rules Everyone breaks them all the time — how could one not? The clue is selective enforcement — punishment only for those in the non-PC tribe. If everyone is always guilty, power falls to those who decide who to punish.

Until the non-PC commentariat cottons on, they will be less effective at countering this tactic. Listening Janet?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

At Unite the Right, black-clad antifa again give peaceful protesters a bad name

At Unite the Right, black-clad antifa again give peaceful protesters a bad name, by Petula Dvorak. (Note: in the very-PC Washington Post.)

Hours into what was supposed to be the epic redux of last year’s white nationalist/neo-Nazi/fascist/whining white male hate fest, even the Popsicle and water vendors seemed to outnumber the Unite the Right marchers.

“There they are! Nazis!” someone shouted, as a knot of about two dozen helmeted, masked, jackbooted marchers clomped through the back of the crowd down H Street NW. A sneak attack!

“Go home, Nazis!” some counterprotesters shouted, as the crowd began to turn and surge toward the militant-looking group.

“Wait! No!” someone yelled, one hand up.

“They’re on our siiiiiiiiiiiiide!” another love and unity demonstrator shouted.

“Stop!”

Oh.

It was the antifa, the flip side of the Heil Trump crowd.

Easily mistaken, yes.

Conservatives Are In Danger; Democrats, Media Helped Put Them There

Conservatives Are In Danger; Democrats, Media Helped Put Them There, by Katrina Pierson, an adviser for Donald J. Trump for President Inc.

CNN’s Jim Acosta recently declared himself a candidate for the most out-of-touch person in the country. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt,” Acosta tweeted after being subjected to a “CNN sucks” chant during a Trump rally.

Acosta’s lack of self-awareness is reflective of the mainstream media as a whole. Liberal journalists may fear the dystopian fantasy they’ve concocted in their heads, but outside of their self-aggrandizing bubble, it’s Trump supporters and conservatives who are routinely harassed and attacked.

And the hostility whipped up by the reckless rhetoric of Democrat leaders and their collaborators in the media is largely to blame for this travesty.

Last week, conservative activists Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens were attacked by a mob of liberals affiliated with Antifa while eating breakfast. Just the week before, a Massachusetts woman intentionally rammed her car into another car because it had a Trump bumper sticker on it. …

There follows excerpts from the long and growing list, then:

These attacks aren’t new, either. Trump rallies throughout the 2016 presidential campaign were mired in violence. Trump supporters were attacked at rallies in California, and violent, anti-Trump “protesters” in Chicago showed up with such force and intensity that a Trump campaign rally there had to be shut down.

Ever since Donald Trump first secured the Republican nomination for president, the mainstream media pushed a steady stream of propaganda comparing President Trump and his supporters to the most evil characters in the history of the world, including those guilty of genocide.

For over two years now, the Democrats’ media henchmen have been spreading this message of fear, trying to convince vast swathes of Americans that Trump supporters threaten their way of life. Meanwhile, radical Democrats such as Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters employ “resistance” rhetoric that risks further encouraging violence against the Left’s political enemies. …

In their zeal to subvert a sitting president, the mainstream media and the Democrats are stoking a wave of political violence that hasn’t been seen in this country for decades.

The Great Potential in Artificial Intelligence (And the Evil)

The Great Potential in Artificial Intelligence (And the Evil), by Robert Wenzel.

Although it is easy to conjure up images of how artificial intelligence will result in robots that can take over the world, such a possibility in the near future is remote. And if robots get that smart, with super robot physical capabilities and their own, or programmed, value scales, then we would have something very serious to worry about. But, mini-robots with narrow bad actor artificial intelligence could be a problem at even an earlier date.

It would be kind of an alien invasion from within. The likeliest place for such dangerous robot development is, of course, in the military. …

“The short film “Slaughterbots” imagines a dystopian near-future, not unlike that in the popular Netflix show “Black Mirror”. In the film, a CEO of a smart weapons company presents their new technology at a Silicon Valley-style extravagant product launch. Their tech is very good at killing, but only “the bad guys” as the CEO reminds several times.

Of course, the AI-driven armed drone swarms developed by the company fall into the wrong hands and global chaos and destruction ensues.

Watch the first 90 seconds, at least. It’s almost here:

Hope George Soros or one of his organizations doesn’t get hold of these.

Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil

Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil, by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian.

A major human rights crisis is unfolding in northwestern China, according to the United Nations, which said last week that there were credible reports that the Chinese government is holding one million or more ethnic minorities in secretive detention camps.

Yet even for those who have escaped China, surveillance and intimidation have followed. As part of a massive campaign to monitor and intimidate its ethnic minorities no matter where they are, Chinese authorities are creating a global registry of Uighurs who live outside of China, threatening to detain their relatives if they do not provide personal and identifying information to Chinese police. This campaign is now reaching even Uighurs who live in the United States.

A few months ago, Barna, who lives in a major U.S. city and requested that her real name not be revealed, received an odd message from her mother, who lives in China. Barna’s mother asked her to send her U.S. car license plate number, her phone number, her U.S. bank card number, and a photo of her ID card. Barna’s mother said that China is creating a new ID card system that includes all Chinese, even those who are abroad. …

In recent months, many other Uighurs living in the United States have received similar demands from Chinese authorities, relayed by family members back in China who were paid official visits from local public security bureau officials. One Uighur living on the east coast told The Daily Beast that Chinese police had demanded a copy of the individual’s employment contract with their university; another was told they had to provide a letter from their academic supervisor. If they don’t comply, these Uighurs know that their relatives may be detained. …

The future is not looking good for the common man:

Beijing has been constructing an experimental high-tech totalitarian regime in Xinjiang. They’ve lined the streets with security cameras equipped with facial-recognition software, created a region-wide DNA database of all residents, and implemented a rating system encoded in every person’s ID card, categorizing the individual as “safe” or “not safe” based on criteria including how often the person prays.

“The reason that Uighurs are a canary in a coal mine,” explained Millward, “the reason that everyone should pay attention to this, even if they aren’t concerned about the fate of this ethnic group, is that these are tools of control that are now being employed by the CCP and are easily applied to other individuals as well.”

“The totalization and securitization of information in China, and then the globalization of that reach, is most apparent with regard to the Uighurs but is by no means limited to Uighurs,” he said.

Who is responsible? Xi.

The global progressive elite are only a few of steps removed from full-on communism. How long before the West does some of the same?

China rips down posters of Jesus and replaces them with President Xi and ban kids visiting Church

China rips down posters of Jesus and replaces them with President Xi and ban kids visiting Church, by Sofia Parker.

CHINA has taken extreme measures to wipe out all traces of Christianity in the country, by tearing down posters of Jesus and replacing them with images of President Xi Jinping.

The country’s ruling Communist party has chosen to eradicate the faith amongst its 1.38 billion residents, going as far as banning children from visiting churches.

For the government, China’s Christian community has long been a source of embarrassment, resulting in bans on the Bible and on public displays of the cross.

Church leadership is also required to request approval from the Communist party and even church teachings must now be in line with party ideals. …

Many of China’s Christian communities have responded in a time-honoured fashion by continuing their congregational worship in secret. …

Move over, Jesus

Diversity? Ha! Not in China:

It has become the primary focus of President Xi’s plans to eradicate “differences” between Chinese communities across the entire country.

Marx’s pet hate was Christianity, because it was a political and moral force that stood in the way of the left’s reshaping of society.

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities, by Tyler Durden.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action. …

Opinion polls put the Sweden Democrats on about 20 percent support, up from the 13 percent of votes they secured in the 2014 election and the 5.7 percent which saw them enter parliament for the first time in 2010.

The Sweden Democrats’ rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. …

Their policies include a total freeze on asylum seekers and accepting refugees only from Sweden’s neighbors in the future. They also want tougher penalties for crime and more powers for police, and say tax cuts and higher spending on welfare could be funded by cutting the immigration budget.

Jimmie Akesson, the leader of the Sweden Democratic party, has described the situation as “pretty fantastic”.

“We are dominating the debate even though no one will talk to us,” he told party members.

Sweden used to be a safe country. So safe, high-trust, low-crime, and free from external threats that feminist notions of males being dispensable took root. Wouldn’t happen today.