Why Aren’t the Commissars Satisfied?

If the 2010s were defined by the “soft” censorship of tech-company deplatforming, the 2020s are more likely to see a return to the more primal, hard censorship of state repression: a censorship more akin to the twentieth-century totalitarian regimes than anything we are accustomed to seeing in twenty-first century America.

This is a somewhat strange development. Americans in 2019 already live under the most effective system of thought control in human history. As the Internet becomes increasingly centralized, it is easier than ever for a few corporate gatekeepers to make dissident thought inaccessible. Fifty years ago, if the Stasi wanted to repress samizdat literature, they at least had to find and destroy the printing presses. Now, Google doesn’t need to go to the trouble; it can repress electronic samizdat quicker and more efficiently just by altering its algorithms, to bury forbidden websites (and amplify establishment attacks against them).

Our ruling class is weak and dishonest, but this system has worked for them as well as any can. As the libertarians never tire of telling us, private companies can do anything the government can better. Apparently they are even better at censorship. It would take a lot of resources for the slow machinery of the State to investigate anonymous Internet rightists, expose them, and then put together a legal case to imprison them for thought crime. Google offers to censor the same content with little effort and for free.

Private deplatforming and cultural pressure have permitted the once-feared alt-right to be crushed as a political force. Its leaders have been ridiculed, driven from the public sphere, and given over to endless infighting. Dozens of once-anonymous followers have been exposed, their personal stories spread out in the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post as a warning against anyone else who might be involved. The President himself has been rendered toothless, unable to achieve any of the anti-establishment policy goals that got him elected in the first place. Meanwhile, most normal people still have enough material wealth and comfort that they won’t risk anything to challenge the establishment, even when its corruption is obvious. Where was the popular backlash against the elites who covered for Jeffrey Epstein, covered up the burning of Notre Dame or the motives for the Las Vegas shooting?

But despite its wild success, the left is still plainly unsatsified with our system. Opinions like this in the Washington Post—calling for a hate speech exception to the First Amendment—are increasingly becoming the mainstream even among the center left.  The recent attacks against Mark Zuckerberg in Congress and the press are another ominous sign. While it is easy to hate Zuckerberg, the left hates him because he is too sympathetic to us and won’t censor enough. After years of complaints about right-wing accounts getting Zucked from Facebook, Zuckerberg’s downfall might come from an Elizabeth Warren Justice Department that never forgave him for insufficient gatekeeping during the 2016 election. It seems that they won’t be satisfied until they actually criminalize authentic rightist thought.

We should resist the urge to over-intellectualize this issue. The reason the left is so dissatisfied is very simple. They don’t just want dissident thought repressed. They also want to see us in pain. Simply having Google or Facebook delete us from the Internet does not cause us enough pain. They would trade a lot of efficiency for the sheer joy of seeing the object of their 2 Minute Hate beaten to death in prison. Until you understand this—the sheer sadism and evil of the left—you can’t understand where American politics is headed.

Indeed, most political issues become a lot clearer when you realize that, in America in 2019, the ideological left is made up almost entirely of bad people. The street activists, whether antifa or pussy-hat marchers, tend to be psychologically broken sociopaths. The ideologues of the upper tier, even when more civilized, are motivated by a burning hatred of traditional white Christian America—even while they mimic the comfortable bourgeois lifestyle that that same America once made possible for the masses of working families, not just the urban professional elites. If you read the American Sun, they hate you even more.

The best description of leftist motivations may come from Dostoevsky, who titled his own novel about a radical sect, with Slavic bluntness, simply Demons. These are not ideological true believers; true believers act more like libertarians, consumed by endless debates over every application of the NAP. When the mask slips on social media, leftist “ideologues” are just evil people who use ideology as a cover to justify their pre-existing hatreds and psychological dysfunction. Progressive ideas become clubs to beat opponents satisfying their desire to punish non-believers. They realize the leveling egalitarianism of the far left is the best weapon to dissolve the traditional culture they hate, so they seize on that, and will overlook any contradiction or inefficiency so long as it makes our culture worse. Consider how they react with anger at the idea of right wingers seceding and leaving. They want to punish others.

If you doubt this, consider that the same people who decry “rape culture” openly salivate at the prospect of Trump and his associates getting raped in prison, while Hollywood liberals spent years covering for Harvey Weinstein. The same people who attack middle class college kids for “culturally insensitive” Halloween costumes have no problem with Justin Trudeau or Ralph Northam wearing blackface. The same people who would criminalize any criticism of Jews or blacks will celebrate the most vile insults against whites and Christians. The same people who call Christopher Columbus a genocidal maniac express no concern about the human sacrifice that went on in pre-Columbian cultures: like this giant skull tower, the size of a basketball court, that the Aztecs kept.

It is tempting to say that a group motivated purely by demonic hate—pushing everything to the breaking point, allowing spite to override prudence—betrays a weakness that will ultimately cause its downfall. Unfortunately, the popular distrust and dissatisfaction that brought down old leftist experiments like the Soviet Union simply does not exist in modern America. Even if it did, it can still ruin a lot of lives before it falls. The left holds power now, and, if for no other reason than inertia, will likely hold it for a while still.

This means that in the immediate term, the left will continue to get its way and we are likely to see more criminalization of dissent. For a long time, the American right has benefited from the fact that, even if we lose our Twitter accounts, we at least won’t go to prison. We need to think about how to act in a world where that is no longer the case. We should not despair; the truth is on our side. In the 2020s, our primary goal will be to survive and adapt.

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  1. Spooky N says:

    Dissent may have been de facto criminalized (obviously), making dissent that isn’t tied to actual criminal activity a crime hasn’t happened de jure (yet). The reason Google and Silicon Valley makes it so easy is because everyone uses the same services they provide and was a major Achilles heel to the Alt Right (which deserved to crash and burn because it was full of faggots and idiots anyway, but they’re useful for all the wrong reasons I guess). Gab is still running even though it’s completely bloated and broken and Torba spends more time on twitter than he does with his own site which shows he’s incompetent or disinterested (or both), and Weev still operates the technical side of the Daily Stormer and still solicits donations from it’s users.

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  2. They are indeed motivated by hate and they are indeed a fanatical religious cult.

    But underneath all of it is a basic ethnic and class war.

    The non-whites have an obvious racial and ethnic hatred of whites due to basic resource competition; this requires little explanation.

    But among the whites in America, there is a rather clear dividing line too, and it’s obvious to see how it has shifted.

    The “traditional culture” that the “left” wants to destroy are the people that used to be called “Americans.” “American” was an ethnic signifier that included the groups that founded America: the English Puritans that settled New England, the English “Cavaliers” that settled Dixie, the Scots-Irish that settled Appalachia, and the early 18th century Germans that assimilated with these cultures. These people were almost all Protestants and the minority of Catholics were well assimilated into the larger culture.

    The second wave of immigrants included Irish-Catholics, Italian-Catholics, and a few other Eastern and Southern Catholic groups, and of course Ashkenazi Jews. These groups took much longer to assimilate into the larger culture. For a long while, these white ethnic Catholics were part of the Democratic party coalition.

    Even 20 years ago, Democrats would complain about “anti-Catholic bias” among “Christians” by which they meant Southern and Appalachian Protestants, especially rural people. Until maybe 10 years ago, you could claim “discrimination against my Irish and Italian grandparents” by the intolerant “WASPs” and Southerners.

    As this last wave of white immigrants assimilated, the push back began and the sides shifted. An example of this was the book “How the Irish Became White” by the Ashkenazi Jew Noel Ignatiev. Because the white ethnics had successfully assimilated with the pioneer stock and the first wave of immigrants, they became “white,” thus “racist.”

    20 year ago an “Irish American club” or the “Knights of Columbus” were acceptable, increasingly not so much. South Boston had their clover house decorations called “racially exclusive.”

    Since the 1965 immigration act, the game has been to import masses of non-Europeans and especially brown Mestizos from Mexico and Central and South America.

    The “left” has one specific target: the American ethnicity, the pioneer stock that is the posterity of the Founding Fathers – and all whites who assimilate with them.

    The only way that ethnic Americans can be “not racist” is if they get a college degree and join the “anti-racist” side – although increasingly, white skin is enough to get you cancelled.

    Already we see ethnic Ashkenazis attempting to hedge their bets due to being squeezed from the bottom by browns and at the top by Asians and Indians.

    The “left” only attacks the culture of the Pioneer stock. Protestantism is more hated than white Catholicism, which is more hated than brown Catholicism, which is more hated than Islam, which is more hated than Hinduism, which is more hated than Judaism, which is more hated than secularism.

    Everything else is a side show, this is the key ethnic war.

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  3. William P. Velazquez says:

    I am from Asia, and from here what I see is that after every “revolution”, the sociopaths of the west switch sides to the winning side of the revolution that just happened, and they ruin the winning side over the next few decades so badly until most people are against that side i.e. for a short while there exists a real democratic will in the country which gains legitimacy, which creates another “revolution” and all the sociopaths switch to that side to ruin that side.

    Why the current revolution (Trump revolution) is so painful is because the sociopaths haven’t still realized that the people have won their 2016 revolution, and they are still fighting the will of the people of 2016. The sociopaths happened to be on the Left this time which sells the Koolaid of moral high ground. If you drink it then there is no leaving the cult easily. Left also corrupts mechanisms society uses to measure itself, like media, religion, and statistics, so once you join the Left cult it is hard to see that “We are the baddies” even when they are doing all the evil.

    If this is not clear I will write up a more visual explanation on my blog in the next few days.

    What I predict to happen is after the Trump presidency, the sociopaths will switch sides to the Republican party and they will say “I am like Trump too” OR “I am better than Trump while being like/unlike Trump”, and engage in a lot of mischief and malice under the brand Trump created. So we can expect a lot more trade wars against China, carbon taxes against China by the USA, etc.

    My suggestion to the sociopaths is to make this whac-a-mole that people are playing even harder by inventing a 3rd or 4th political party which is allowed to win the next revolution, and the sociopaths switch to that party instead. The people won’t even know what hit them.

    My suggestion to the people of the West is to not give up your guns.

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