Building Better Beliefs

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.

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12 thoughts on “Building Better Beliefs

  1. It’s very scary when even the thinnest veneer of pretense is stripped away.

    It would hardly be a surprise if by next year the UK justice system is conducting on the spot stoning.

    I was hoping you would comment on the plight of Tommy Robinson.
    There’s been complete radio silence from Fox News.

    A man who put bacon on the steps of a mosque died while serving his 12 month sentence and people could not care less. It bodes ill for Tommy.

    Another bad thing about being a Western pessimist is learning you were actually an optimist.

    • Well part of the problem is that Tommy left a lot of alt-right people swinging in the wind after Charlottesville. He too called them Nazi’s and said he would have been out in the streets against them too if he had lived there. And Fox News did run a story on Tommy. Briefly. Then it was pulled from their website. So there’s that.

      One of the UKIP bigwigs said if a hair on Tommy’s head was harmed he was personally going to sue the govt so they are at least aware that there will be consequences. If a hair is harmed however that will likely be the spark that sets off the torches and pitchforks over there and armed or not I would hate to see what happens then to a lot of innocents on both sides.

      • I’m guessing you posted your comments prior to Tommy’s face impacting several fists over the weekend.

  2. Another bad thing about being a Western pessimist is learning you were actually an optimist.

    Ha, indeed. I wish I had thought to make that my line.

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  5. Optimist: “we have the 2nd Amendment and guns so this will be the last bastion where freedom can make a stand.”
    Pessimist/realist: “the army is fully converged, and have you seen those videos where a drone in Iraq, directed by a soldier hundreds of miles away viewing thermal images, picks off about 200 guys fleeing their convoy in the middle of the night? Tell me again how your 30-06 is going to protect your freedoms.”

    • Pool,how would a 30-06 protect your freedoms,eh,perhaps a well placed shot to said drone operator while they are getting into or out of car ect.,just a thought.

    • You don’t “fight” a modern military in a way they would consider “fair”. They are very good at hitting a target, like a Taliban wedding (known terrorist attending, acceptable collateral damage of fewer than 300 “non-important” civilians likely). For one thing, a modern military does not fight well behind their own lines of production against people who look like them and speak their language. All the SuperWeapons don’t work when you CAN’T kill a few people standing next to or living near “the enemy”. This is a war of names and we are all on the list (lists work both ways). Asymmetric warfare is the most difficult war to fight for the BigArmy, especially on your own ground, because they must win DECISIVELY without (visible) cost or inconvenience to the governed or they lose confidence/legitimacy. Double-especially when the people doing the opfor work are people who have been trained by (or were trainers of) your military. There will be a political solution, unsatisfactory to the Communists, or there will be a political solution after the Communists have been liquidated.

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