The worst aspect of being a western pessimist is always being right. I was recently recalling how right I was several years ago upon first hearing of legislative debate over some novel formulation called “hate crimes.” At the time, it struck me as utterly ludicrous. After all, few criminal actions are committed by a charitable mind. And would a cracked-skull by any other thought feel so unsweet? But far more important was the plain avenues by which “hate” would be converted to political prosecutions and a tiered criminal system. The crouching abuse and disfigurement to the concept of blind justice was so apparent that I was certain the idea would be laughed out of Congress. I guess I should say I’m just mostly right.
But mostly right is mostly enough to change society, and so it was for a Utah man named Mark Porter (no relation). Mr. Porter was convicted for using the N-word in his outside voice while tapping an antagonist on the side of his noggin with a cane. This was obviously not appropriate. Porter should have instead used approved media euphemisms for interracial violence, and said instead: You’re in the wrong place at the wrong time! It was this failure to observe proper verbal protocol that landed him in the Hate seat.
And while this is all well understood by most people at this point in the cycle, it’s less well understood just how much of the Orwell we’re permitted to openly disclose. Because the key to living without Hate is knowing the rules without ever saying the rules. Here’s an example of letting a bit too much of those slip: commenting on the now-imprisoned Utah criminal, one of the concerned parties opined…
Mr. Porter is a violent and hateful individual who has deep-rooted erroneous beliefs.
Deep-rooted erroneous beliefs? And we’ve let him just walk around freely all these years? I think that mistake is precisely the one I originally feared our criminal justice system would seek to rectify.
There’s many interesting elements within this issue. One I’ve noticed is that whoever employs the most soldiers, tanks, police, and prosecutors consistently has the least deep-rooted erroneous beliefs. See if I have one belief and you have another, and I have federal marshals and you do not, then my beliefs tend to be less erroneous. I can’t pinpoint the source of this odd correlation, though am convinced of its strength. Why people on the pointy end of bayonets are so much more susceptible to believing erroneously is something liberal social scientists should examine. And I’m sure they will once we get the climate soothed back to 50 foot ice sheets in Florida.
But returning to the safety of knowing the rules while never saying them, an open admission of “erroneous beliefs” starts to drag the whole edifice into some awkward sunlight. And frankly it doesn’t get much more awkward than the sentence that was instantaneously rendered and remanded to English gadfly Tommy Robinson.
Of course the English are renowned for their intolerance of pro-English attitudes. These beliefs being far more erroneous to the Crown’s prosecutors than contrasting opinions on raping white teenage girls. And so Mr. Robinson was promptly arrested for possession of erroneous beliefs in public, and spirited away to chambers, where he was sentenced to 13 months in prison beginning that very moment. That’s breakfast to cell in under six hours. As Anthony Kennedy might say: Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of erroneous beliefs.
In any event, a number of Mr. Robinson’s supporters have begun a public clamor for his release. Though whether their beliefs are equally erroneous may be determined precisely by asking how many divisions have they got. Until that answer exceeds zero one imagines English prisons are soon to experience another significant intake of erroneous believers.
All of which brings me around to a tedious complaint voiced around these parts: the refusal of goober-cons to use the effective weapons of their enemies. America and the West as a whole are abundantly stocked with bolsheviks, BLM, and antifa who share one conspicuous trait: erroneous beliefs. And as leftists have continually taught societies throughout the world for generations, only labor camps and lifelong imprisonment offer redemption for opinions gone awry.