We’ve always made the point in these pages that one should carry on a never-ending, strenuous debate with oneself. One should constantly seek out inconsistencies, weaknesses… flaws in one’s point-of-view, in order either to strengthen that point-of-view, or to discard it entirely in favor of a superior understanding. If your views are important — to you or to others — then it’s important that you make the effort necessary to get them right.
At the very least, one should always shore up the pillars of one’s viewpoint to ensure that one has the best possibility of understanding things correctly.
The Left never does this, or else there’d be no one in America today calling himself a “Socialist.” As Thomas Sowell put it: “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
If the Left were to engage in this constant testing of their beliefs, there would be no Obamacare, no welfare, far lower taxes, no poverty, no racism of any kind in America today. A thousand other common problems would just… disappear. Oh, these things wouldn’t wink entirely out of existence, but they’d be around only in highly isolated backwaters, and would show themselves only very rarely.
As some of you know, we sometimes have gone to the mat with a racist internet blogger who calls himself “Brothawolf.” He’s not a debater, and even if he were, the greatest debater in the world couldn’t work with the points he’s trying to make. So we’ve always mopped up the floor with him. His “arguments” always come ’round to bite him in the end, proving our points rather than his. In our last set-to, for example, he managed to work himself into such a corner that he ended up arguing for all the things that he wanted to argue against. (Here’s where we pointed that out)
Brothawolf is convinced that America is awash in white hostility toward black Americans. His only “proof” of that suspicion is the occasional racist incident that, he says, can be generalized across all 190 million or so other white Americans.
The problem is that such anecdotes can not be used in that way, and in fact, because of their newsworthiness they only go to prove the exact opposite of what BW is trying to say.
Moreover, many of the anecdotes advanced by Brothawolf, and the rest of the Race Grievance Industry, end up — like the Michael Brown story in Ferguson, Missouri, or the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story — also being exactly the opposite of how the media initially depict them! Contradicting the very narrative they’re trying to advance.
Enough introduction! I’m telling you all this to give you an example of what I’m ultimately trying to say: In a previous post, in some of the commentary, I made the point that it’s important to have some cranks, yahoos, ignoramuses and wackos out there fulminating against the powerful, whether or not the powerful against whom they’re fulminating exist in any meaningful way.
Such cranks and yahoos are like canaries in the coal mine. While they’re active, they prove the point that what they’re saying is actually wrong. But it’s important that they be able to say it. If, however, they were to disappear, that, paradoxically, would make them right all of a sudden.
Over and over and over in these pages, we’ve made the point that if all the whining the leftists do about how Republicans are Nazis and Fascists were true, then, quite simply, those on the Left wouldn’t be able to whine about them. They’d be in prison, or in a gulag, or… worse.
Now, here’s where we argue against ourselves: Maybe we need racist cranks and ignorant yahoos like Brothawolf and Abagond (here), whining and flailing against old, defanged monsters, as our own canaries in the coal mine.
However… while they’re out there whining against long-defanged monsters, maybe that encourages white people to make sure that the monsters remain defanged.
What white people did to black people in America was inexcusable, and indefensible. It needed to stop, and it required atonement and redress. Atonement and redress that came along in the form of the transfer of trillions upon trillions of dollars in wealth, accompanied by a generalized, gauzy feeling of warmth and good will toward black Americans.
This feeling of warmth, paved the way for massive, society-wide improvements in the most important life characteristic any group can ever have: social, political and economic mobility. Real opportunity.
Previous to the global American state-of-mind change, that was what black people lacked nearly entirely. And that must never be allowed to happen again in America. No matter how paranoid the Race Grievance Industry is, white Americans need to be sure that their paranoia remains just that.
This is all at least tangentially related to all those recent polls showing how young people increasingly view Socialism favorably. Someone at National Review Online pointed out helpfully that young people are at the low end of the Education/Information bell curve. An endorsement of your position by America’s youth, is not something you’d point to as evidence of the rightness of your views.
Youth is a chronological as well as an intellectual thing. You can be quite aged and still very much in the young, low-information end of the Education/Information bell curve. You move up and out of the low end of the Education/Information bell curve, only with work and effort. Work and effort that come from a desire to move up and out.
There’s no doubt that all of society would be far better off if the Brothawolf’s and Abagond’s of the world were to make the effort to move up and out of the low end of the Education/Information bell curve, but until they do, maybe they need to have their say. While everything we’ve long said to Brothawolf was true, it is important in a free society that people like him be able to have their say, even if what they say is self-evidently wrong, and generally quite dumb.