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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to speak Thug

Moldbug wrote to Auster:

From the NYT article [ed: NYT], “Islamists’ Growing Sway Raises Questions for Libya”: All offices here must make sure that they are headed by an acceptable person within seven days of this notice,” read a leaflet pasted to the doors of offices throughout Tripoli Central Hospital, dated Sept. 3 and signed, simply, Etilaf.

Who says America can’t learn anything from foreigners? We don’t even need to let them into our country. We can just imbibe these pearls of wisdom from far Araby. They have different ways, it’s true. But it doesn’t mean their ways can’t work for us.

Just imagine. Rick Perry is elected president on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. On November 15, a leaflet is pasted to the door of every office in San Francisco General Hospital. “All offices here must make sure they are headed by an acceptable person within seven days of this notice,” it says—signed, simply, Tea Party.

What does it mean? Well, is there a closet Republican, or, even better, a fundamentalist Christian, in your department? Guess what—he’s the new department head! Isn’t there? Well, someone will be appointed soon, I suppose. You’ll be amazed how many Christians come out of the woodwork when President Perry’s handing out the promotions. Of course, one could also question whether the new America needs your office at all … and so on.

That’s the great thing about this Mr. Belhaj. He knows the difference between a fight and an argument. I like the cut of your jib, Mr. Belhaj! Who says American and Libyan traditionalists can’t get along? Why can’t the enemy of our enemy be our friend? We sure do feel the same way about liberals.

If any reader had aught to add, Auster didn't post it. But some of us remembered, filed it away. Two days ago, along knocked Opportunity: Alice Goffman, sinning against Positionality.

In Positionality we deal with a form of the Orientalism fallacy (and its inverse, Occidentalism), that if you sit on the outside of a topic you must show Due Respect to the topic. As for who decides on the definition of "Due": that's not the object of the original topic - Goffman was with her charges for six years, and none of them have yet complained. It's whoever claims the power. Some group of "students" - mainly local thugs - have banded together and claim to number over a hundred.

The cant phrases I noticed immediately is that Goffman has imputed hypercriminalization / hypersexualization of black men / women respectively, and extracted profit from black lives. Thus - the threat alleges - Goffman is Africanising her subject, like a racist; and that she is sinning specifically against the Movement For Black Lives, known for the chant "Black Lives Matter". Failing to appease the extortionists will amount to granting to her a platform. And what happens to an evil platform? It gets no-platformed: the letter goes on to make its most explicit threat, direct action. That is what Saul Alinsky was all about: action somewhere in the haze between a picket and a riot.

I am unsure that President Trump, nor the Right generally, understands just how oppressive the climate of free inquiry has gotten, in the universities and along coastal California and in the intersection between both. The good news is that the thugs felt they needed to make their "or else" explicit. In 2010, proto-Libya Dawn needed no such threat. So the thugs in Pomona are weaker than they pretend.

PORTLAND 4/27: WaPo quotes - You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely. Ann Althouse points out that if Portland, or if Oregon generally, wanted to protect the Republicans: they could.


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