Imagine two opposing political factions. One of these toil tirelessly to consolidate the victories of its antagonist, as the other works just as diligently to delegitimize resistance to its agenda. Let these effects season for a couple of generations and then guess which side is winning.
That isn’t a particularly novel insight, as the American cuckservative has been studiously conjugated by every commenter south of Barrow by this point. But it does bring to mind an even more belabored subject: Hate.
Younger readers might be astounded to learn that there was a period, subsequent to the passing of pteranodons, when Hate caterwauling was not a viable means of attack. Serious adults in heated political, racial, or cultural clashes may have called one another a bum, scum, or dumb, but they didn’t make accusations of emotional states. At least none I ever heard. This wasn’t because of faded congeniality, but because it would have been mocked out the door.
Hate? Wtf does ‘hate’ have to do with anything? Get this tongue-muncher in a straitjacket.
I remember first hearing the concept of ‘Hate-Crimes.’ Political debates followed and I was naively optimistic that nothing so ridiculous or ripe for manipulation could ever be ratified. So whatever some polyp-faced prosecutor says is hate will be illegal, and whatever they say is not will be copacetic? Good luck getting that passed, Dems.
You really have to take your optimism in moderation, it turns out.
In the passage of time since, most in the mainstream have agreeably jettisoned their critical faculties and now join the left in bellowing about Hate like a banded bull. Of course it goes without saying–literally, it is never said–that Hate is a perfectly normal emotion that can be seen in lurid detail on the face of any lib foaming about right-wing haters. Hate is native to being human, and no man born by physical conception hasn’t experienced it many times.
Hate is not just part of what makes us alive, it also helps keep us that way. Like most visceral impulses, it is highly adaptive. Hate inspires resistance to those who would harm what we love. It motivates in a way mere intellect never can. No successful army has ever loved its opponent, and men who feel warmly toward their enemies don’t write history books.
All of which is wholly irrelevant. The architects of ‘anti-hate’ initiatives know these things as well as you or I. As surely as they know Mark Hamill isn’t really a master flash-light fencer. But every objective needs a good show.
And the objective is to make opposition illegal (or otherwise personally ruinous). That’s Hate’s modern utility. They could have chosen any word, I suppose. The term itself isn’t meaningful other than the requirement it be able to bear negative emotional connotations. And Hate sounds like a mean face looks. Once established, you accumulate consensus against this abstract term, then define it however necessary to harm your opponent. When that proves inadequate, you simply import additional constituents until your enemy is swamped and chant at your totem to inhibit his response.
I can’t say it isn’t a valid tactic. I remember arguing with my siblings growing up, and often having decisions reached by a vote. In hindsight it was pretty foolish to expend such persuasive effort in logic or cajoling when I could have more easily just brought seven Guatemalans into the house as proxies and had my brother locked in the attic when he hated the results. Really people, this is how you win debates.
Like most industrial efficiencies, Germans understand this.
Facebook must ban abusive content, says German Justice Minister Maas.
Certainly, they must. Abusive content sounds closer to Hate than I feel comfortable getting. Do you have any examples, Herr Maas?
Given the recent rise in anti-migrant and xenophobic posts, he has called for a meeting with Facebook’s European managers.
So abuse is not raping German women, or murdering German men, or declarations of a German caliphate. And abuse is definitely not a blitzkrieg dispossession in the form of 40% migrant youth. No, abusive content is expressing opposition to those things. And that’s illegal. Pretty clever, eh little chum?
Fortunately, law and order German conservatives will be heartened to learn that faceberg has in response deleted 100,000 illegal Hate excretions, defined (seriously) as those not liked by German liberals. Though this was a mere drop in the deplorable basket, and Maas has called for much more strict policing of Teutonic shitposters. At least until that 40% figure can push through the Russian winter all the way to 100–that’s when Hate tends to resolve itself.
And while it must be endlessly amusing to the Chinese, none of this theater is even remotely concerned with human emotions. The left is as impassive to who you hate as who you love. The ploy is simply to render resistance inert. Who knew Hate could hurt so good?