Identity Politics – Why? 3

White privilege. White supremacy. The angry white male has become the bane of society. Why all this hate for white people? Who is generating all this hate? Why?

It is a culture of victimization. It is totally political, and has its roots in the writings of Karl Marx as practiced by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and German Fuher Adolf Hitler. These tyrants divided their world into groups and blamed real or perceptual problems on select groups like Jews, Gypsies and intellectuals.

This is called identity politics, and close to fifty million people died as the result. These deaths included people of all races, religions, sexual orientation, education, and occupation as defined in groups.

The Democrat Party is heavily into identity politics. Everybody can be a victim, and victims can be persuaded to vote for Democrats as long as there is somebody to blame for real or imagined problems.

Typical Democrat identity groups are listed below.

  • Black people are victimized by whites
  • White privilege is the only reason whites can be successful
  • Hispanics are victimized by whites
  • Women are victimized by men
  • Homosexual people are victimized by straight people
  • The rich are victimizing the poor

The common thread throughout the identity groups is that all are supposed to suffer from maladies caused by white people, especially white men. Imagine that. Maybe if we get rid of white people we can solve the nation’s problems. Isn’t that racist?

Harvard University

Another example of privileged individuals are black college applicants who are given an advantage over other applicants. This is true at Harvard University where blacks get preference over Asian (and other) kids who have high SAT scores. Black college applicants have been receiving these privileges for decades. Could this be called a black privilege?

This is identity politics and accusing all white people of having benefited from white privilege could be true, but not necessarily. In any event it is a clearly racist view. Seeing the world through a racial lens is a definition of racism.

We know where Democrats get their ideas about race and why they practice identity politics. They try to appeal to groups by fomenting hate. Unfortunately, the world has already seen the results of identity politics.

 

Freedom Is Just Another Word… Reply

Janis Joplin

I got song-bombed! This is the month of Janis Joplin’s birthdate and I got suckered into listening to her sing “Me And Bobby McGee”. Wow. What song and what a singer. Her performance is close to being immortal if you can imagine such a thing. At least her fame continues even if her life doesn’t.

Now, all I can hear in my mind is Bobby McGee’s words, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, and I am going crazy. I am going so crazy I started to research what freedom really means. Oh, my soul, did I get into it!

When I think of freedom it is not in the context of having nothing to lose. People may feel that way after a big loss as in losing a loved one, or a job, or having a love affair gone bad. Something has to be taken away from you or something lost for this freedom to exist.  Maybe I can agree that there is a certain feeling of “I don’t owe anybody”, or “what do I have to lose” being called freedom, but I don’t see those situations necessarily as being free. 

In the grand scheme of things are we free to exercise free will? Is free will thwarted by law or custom when we wish to do certain things? Do we really have the freedom to exercise free will? As so poetically written in the song Bobby McGee, nothing is free.

It may be better to get down to appreciating the music and forget about the words and philosophical meaning of songs written by brilliant Rhodes Scholars like Kris Kristofferson. Sometimes being song-bombed is easy compared to questioning everything.

What do you think?

 

Echo Chambers – Good Or Bad? 4

One of the most common criticisms of those who discuss and argue politics is that the other person just hangs around their own particular echo chamber, eschewing information from other sources. Therefore, their arguments are wrong.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of an political echo chamber.

In news media, echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system. By visiting an “echo chamber”, people are able to seek out information which reinforces their existing views.
 
Most people consider echo chambers to be a bad thing. After wallowing in my echo chamber for years and years, I believe that echo chambers are good things, and that everybody has their own version whether they admit it or not.
 
The assumption is that people will tune into a limited set of news sources, and their thoughts and actions will be influenced by what they hear. This idea appeals to Marxists, and uses the “stupid people” hypothesis. People are smart enough to know who they are and what they think before choosing a news environment.
 
People start hanging around echo chambers because they find places where they hear things they like. The chamber does not frame people’s opinion, but the people frame the chamber’s content. Individuals define and influence group dynamics.
 
In defense of a diversity of news and opinion I and others monitor different news and opinion sources just to see what’s going on. I don’t believe many opinions have been changed by the daily screed broadcast on CNN or any of the NBC blocks. I don’t see a lot of news on those networks, but just a constant meme of unsubstantiated speculation.
 
Fox News is part of my echo chamber, but I detest the style of contentious guests and passive moderators on the network. All I want is the current news without adornment of meaningless and awkward comments of anchors like Shepard Smith, or the continuous prattle of Shawn Hannity. 
 
I can do without the opinion programs altogether. I am better equipped to analyze the news than the average news anchor. A lot of people feel that way and have more to offer their echo chambers than they get.
 
How about you?