Friday, 3 February 2017

ARCHDUKE MILO: USING A FAGGOT TO START A FIRE

Is there a bullet with his nom de plume on it?



It was still at the stage of clubs and fists

When that well-known face got beaten to bits.

The Clash, English Civil War


So just open fire when you hit the shore.

All is fair in love and war.

Tom Waits, Hoist that Rag



Faggot: A bundle of sticks or twigs bound together and used as fuel





The one prediction I would make about the current wave of anti-Trump-inspired protests is that somebody is going to die soon. That’s how it is with violence. And violence is, as the young people say, ‘trending’. I rather like the idea of things ‘trending’. On social media, as you and I sip our cocktails and idly attempt to toss horse-shoes over pegs in the ground, pegs placed there by our servants, topics are trending all over social media like button mushrooms in a dewy morning field. Various hashtags pop up their little heads, courtesy of a collusion between the Left and their compliant social media babysitters, and by golly there’s a trend.

Do you remember #BringBackOurGirls, #IllRideWithYou, #NeverTrump, #ThisIsWhatAFeministLooksLike ? Of course you do, although you may wish you didn’t. They are, essentially, graffiti on a special-needs playground wall. A hashtag is what you do when your impotence has been set free by social media, when the need to virtue-signal is so strong that you have to express it, even though you are not yourself actually virtuous. Then, when you see that your Leftist, Progressivist, millennial, snowflake, anti-racist, Islamophile, fascist-hating hashtag is starting to trend, you can feel the warm glow of being on the right side of history. What never seems to trend is reality. And the reality is that somebody is going to die soon. If or when that happens, and depending on who it is that dies, we may well move into an entirely new phase of this incipient civil war.

If Milo Yiannopoulos is to be the Archduke, and this is not impossible given the scale of violent protest at his speeches, then who will be his Gavrilo Princip? Princip was the young Serb who killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 with a home-made bomb, and effectively started the First World War. Whether or not there will be a civil war in the USA, that possibility is more likely now than, say, a year ago, when Trump was a laughing stock Yahoo having a fun day off from the office. Now that he has achieved what we, the people, were told was an impossibility, everyone even vaguely connected with the Alt Right is increasingly at risk from the aggravated assaults becoming a commonplace at Leftist ‘protests’. Look at Richard Spencer’s slug to the jaw and the pepper-spraying of a Trump-hatted woman at Berkeley. Either of those could have been a knife. Violence is in the air and threatens the luminaries of the Alt Right. Yiannopoulos is no exception.

The violence that now routinely erupts at Milo’s campus talks is becoming ever more audacious. Of course, much furore attaches to just how much of a spontaneous eruption these chimpouts are, and the name Soros is never far away from rumours of funded violence and paid agitators. Aided and abetted by the police – apparently told to stand down at Berkeley – these protests are becoming more and more chaotic and aggressive. It will not be long before someone is murdered.

What has happened since last year’s extraordinary and historic election is unprecedented, I believe I am right in saying, at least in my lifetime. For a political establishment bar none, in league with the MSM in its entirety, academia in toto, the public sector, social media CEOs, Uncle Tom Cobley and all to be so blatantly devoted to the horrid down-tumbling of a democratically elected president is the stuff of fiction. In this case, the truth is definitely stranger.

The boots on the ground for this extraordinary anti-Trump coalition are the people who set Berkeley alight, and their ilk. Chancers like Soros provide the payroll for this blitzkrieg, but the black-clad anarchists, the pussy-hatted feministas, the social justice warriors, the Black Lives Matter fatsoes, the various Islamic agitators and the well-meaning fellow-travellers are being motivated by what can only be described as an epistemological sleight-of-hand.

The Left are making the most extraordinary existential category mistake, made even more extraordinary by the fact that there is no mistake about it. A deliberate inversion of the usual meanings of words, an old Leftist trick, and of the range of effects of the language those words belong to, is funding the current mini-riots. What is happening, on an epistemological plane, is this.

The Left are equating ‘violent’ speech or text with actual violence itself. Furthermore, ‘violent’ speech or writing is not defined as language endorsing, inciting or describing actual, physical violence, but is viewed as speech or text which does conceptual violence to their cherished and immovable ideas. One of the defining traits of the modern Left is that Groupthink, intellectual lockstep, and the solidarity that comes from all hating the same enemies are the equivalent of not just a written constitution, but an actual set of physical rigidities such as Newton’s Three Laws of Thermodynamics. To disagree with the Left is, for the Left, to wound and kill, to threaten and menace. If you said it, it exists in the real world, like Adam naming the animals in Eden. Words are real things and events to the Left.

Once this conceptual Pepper’s Ghost is put in place, and imaginary violence takes on a phenomenological reality that enables it to be labelled as ‘violence’, actual violence perpetrated by the Left becomes a justifiable and morally correct response. This is a very dangerous place to be. Curiously, the looking-glass world we now inhabit is summed up not by a thinker or intellectual, but by ex-England soccer player Gary Lineker. He stated in a Tweet that the world was drifting towards the ‘Alt violent Right’. Of course, we may feign surprise that people pay attention to an ex-soccer player turned pundit, but we live in a time in which members of one profession – preferably one within the entertainment industry - are routinely, and even compulsorily, expected to shed light on areas which ought to come under the rubric of quite another.

Of course, the vast majority of violence is emanating from what we might call the Alt Left, but as I have pointed out, violence for these people is not an event in the real world, but an impertinence on the part of the Right when commenting on events, a refusal to come into line with management-style, immutable protocols. But this makes little or no difference when you are on the side of the angels, and the Left are so quasi-religious now that they resemble a sort of cross between Puritans, the Spanish Inquisition, and the self-flagellating millennial hordes described in Norman Cohn’s brilliant book, The Pursuit of the Millennium.

If Milo is ever lying on a campus tarmac, breathing his last breath while looking into the face of a paramedic, it will be little consolation to him to know that he took a couple in the back because of a category mistake. But with members of the media and the political establishment openly calling for the assassination of President Trump, I suspect we will not wait too long before the Alt Right has its personnel depleted by some Gavrilo Princip, Mark Chapman or Jack Ruby of the Left. Then the stakes, and with them the nature of the game, will change.

2 comments:

  1. This is such a good article, especially your last paragraph. Looking around me, I am figuratively holding my breath waiting for another Gavrilo Princip to show up and do his stuff. Then all bets are off.

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  2. A good article, but please reconsider how you use the term Alt-Left. Bloggers such as Robert Lindsay, Rabbit, Robert Stark and Lord Keynes are carving out a niche for themselves as the (economic) left wing of the alt-right. Their work is remarkable in that they generally support social values associated with the right, but eschew the 'right wing' neo-classical economics that have underpinned globalisation for the last 40 years.
    Needless to say, they have no time for the extreme left or any of its works.
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