CBS Advocates for Political Violence

Several sites have picked up on a trailer that CBS put out for their show, “The Good Fight.”

https://www.redstate.com/diary/WrongthinkRadio/2019/04/13/cbs-posts-trailer-encouraging-violence-deletes/

The plot of the episode is Democrat and Republican poll watchers confront “neo-nazis” at an election site and a riot ensues.  In the video clip above, one of the actors in the show says that seeing white nationalist Richard Spencer getting sucker punched convinced him that the correct response to political speech that offends him is physical assault.

This is an interesting decision by CBS.  They have now openly advocated for political violence where free speech laws prevent any restraint against statements that they disapprove.  This might be a legally dangerous stance to take by a company that requires a government license to exist on the broadcast systems.

I could imagine a complaint being lodged by someone to the FCC bringing into question their fitness as broadcasters.  Granted the show in question is not on the broadcast channel.  It is some kind of streaming option called CBS All Access but that is probably not a barrier against the general public complaining about a CBS property that steps beyond the bounds of responsible political opinion into the realm of political violence against Americans.

I guess it remains to be seen if this escalation is part of any larger pattern where the radical left begins using violence as their main enforcement tool against their enemies.  After all, it’s one thing for TV actors to go on a nazi-bashing spree on the small screen.  It’s a little more tricky for Antifa to get away with it anywhere except the confines of the blue state confederation.  And how many actual nazis are there in LA, NYC and D.C.?  It’s got to be a pretty limited population in those locales.

The folks on the dissident right see this as confirmation that the future will be an increasingly polarized country that eventually will divide into two or more components.  Well, I’ll say it does show that the Left isn’t afraid to legitimize violence against those it sees as its enemies.  Whether that equates into a civil war is a slightly different question.

But apocalyptic conclusions aside, it is clear that CBS would like to be able to paint the people they don’t like as neo-nazis.  So if you wear a MAGA hat you’re a racist and don’t deserve First Amendment protection or even protection from assault in public.  This way of looking at things doesn’t seem to be the way these things are actually happening in the real world, even in the blue state version of the real world.  Recently a man in Massachusetts was accosted by (of all things) an illegal alien who objected to his MAGA hat.  Interestingly, even in that deep blue state, she was arrested and in fact deported.  That’s not to say that there won’t be abuses in blue states and even excursions of leftist violence elsewhere.  But it’s just not something that seems inevitable.  From my point of view what’s at the heart of this is worry on the Left that President Trump and his policies are becoming increasingly popular and his re-election is becoming increasingly real in their minds.  They want to have something to blame him for and manufacturing violence seems like a good thing to start with.  That would explain the Jussie Smollett hoax and some of the other incidences.  They really need nazis and will do whatever it takes to manufacture them.

Anyway, it probably wouldn’t hurt to complain to the FCC about CBS and see if we can’t cause them some trouble.  It seems well deserved and doesn’t take much effort.

Reflections on the Political Landscape

A while back I put Colin Woodward’s book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” in my wish list based on the Z-Man’s description of its importance.  I’m about twenty percent into it and I’ve got an idea of where it is going.  I also can tell that Woodward is a thorough going lefty but that there is a lot of useful information in the book.  The beginning of the book describes the origins of the various “nations” that he contends still underly the current political and cultural reality of the United States and its surroundings in North America.

As I said, there is a lot of slant to his description of the character of the various populations and you can tell where his sympathies lie and who he is virtue signaling to but there is also valuable information that actually helps to explain some general behaviors that can be observed at work today.

For example, Woodward waxes poetic about the New England characteristic of local autonomy and small-town democracy.  This is presented as a contrast to the feudal rule of aristocratic Virginia where great landowners lorded it over the common men and monopolized the government and the courts.  Supposedly this is still the reality today.  But anyone living in New England knows that any community that imposed any policies out of synch with the smothering regulation existing at the state level would be assaulted with the full force of the state’s judicial and administrative might and quickly the offenders would find themselves in prison and their families dispossessed and harassed out of the state.

One of the features of New England was its early adoption of universal education and the establishment of higher education as the basis of elite status.  This is also touted as a democratic virtue as opposed to the wealth-based basis of education in Virginia.  Looking at the present day it’s instructive to see that the educational situation is much changed.  The educational state of the poor even in New England has degraded to the point where claiming universal education is very debatable.  And the status of higher education has likewise changed to the point where elite status is more of a legacy condition than any kind of meritocratic status.  In other words, the state and poorer colleges have been degraded to where their degrees are approaching a worthless status whereas the high-status Ivy League schools are the domain of elite families and the affirmative action minorities that they include for the sake of appearances.

What seem to be happening is that the supposed egalitarian impulses of the New England nation and their descendants in the other Left dominated areas of the country have abandoned the pretense of equality and now embrace the model of an elect elite directing the lives of the rest of society as some sort of latter-day serfdom.  This conforms more closely to the Marxist model than any puritan world view.  And this of course makes sense.  As the New Englanders shed their Christianity, they reached out for what replaced it in their environment, the fashionable socialism of nineteenth century intellectuals.

I’ll have a full review at some point and other discussions of the ideas and the applications of these ideas to the present condition we find ourselves in.  Z-Man was right. There is useful information in this book overlaid with leftist smugness.

The Latest Twist in the Culture Wars

So all is not rainbows  and unicorns over among the LGBTQ crowd.  Apparently the L would prefer it to be LGBQ and the T may end up demanding it be GBTQ.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/lesbian-feminist-transgender-activism-is-a-mens-rights-movement/

A growing number of lesbians say that transgenderism is actually  a men’s rights movement and it is threatening the very existence of lesbians.  Apparently lesbians feel that men claiming to be trans-women are coercing lesbians into having sex with them even though anatomically these individuals are male.  Also they fear that young lesbians will be diagnosed as trans and forced to become trans-men.  Various lesbians are being ejected from the movement for hate speech and badness.

The world just keeps getting weirder and weirder.  How do you pick sides in something like this?  Maybe just throw fuel on the fire and hope they can’t sort it out.

The Z-Man Specifies the 1970s as When the Culture War Killed the Working Class

It’s a thoughtful essay.

The Age Of Ugly

At the end he says:

“That ugliness is what is fueling the populist movements. In Europe and America, the natives, physically and culturally divorced from their rulers, are now looking for alternative sources of authority. The people are recoiling at the ugly world created for them by their rulers, so the slow search for new rulers has begun. No one thinks about it quite like that yet, but in time, that corner will be turned. We’ll move from reform to the idea of starting fresh and leaving the ugliness of left-wing radicalism behind.”

That idea of searching for new rulers resonates with me.  But I think the people who have had enough are going to have to do a lot more than wait for new rulers.  We’re going to have to decide what the new agenda will be and won’t be.

The Way to Win the War

Back in September of 2016 I read an essay that continues to provide me with insight into the state of present day America.  That was Angelo M. Codevilla’s, “After the Republic.”  His thesis was that regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump won the presidency, thinking of restoring the United States to the same kind of governance that existed before the 20th century crises was futile.  As sad as this conclusion makes me, I agree with it.  Even if the appearance of our government remains the same, what we are now dealing with is not one where the loyal opposition negotiates with their partners across the aisle to give the American people the moderate government that made American life feel temperate and fraternal.  The Democrats (and to a lesser extent, Republicans) are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cultural Marxist Combine and to think of them any other way is delusional and suicidal.  With the advent of the #metoo tactic even their own pawns and bishops are now sacrificed to capture the opposing King.  We have reached the level of conflict where it is hard to imagine any action so heinous or bizarre that the Democrats would not use it if it provided sufficient progress in their war of attrition.

In such an environment of total war the priority is to destroy your enemy.  During war you set aside the normal priorities of growth and equilibrium and marshal all your resources and strength to dealing a fatal blow to your enemy.  Because if you don’t, he will.

So, the strategy is clear.  But the details of the landscape make tactics complicated.  The enemy knows full well what is going on.  But the American public is still only partly aware that a war is in progress.  Fully half of our nominal allies are sleep walking through this battlefield under the impression that we are at peace.  Of course, they realize that these are troubled times but they think we are still one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.  They must be awakened.  In the meantime, they are part of the problem.  They can inflict damage to our side through ignorance and gullibility.  This complicates things.  Subterfuge and misdirection becomes part of the tactical palette.  An extremely Machiavellian environment is inevitable.  So be it.

We have reached a very sad state of affairs.  We must adopt the tactics of the enemy in order to defeat him.  Honesty and chivalry won’t work.  Power politics and deals with the devil are the order of the day.  Look for a leader who can hold his own against the lies of the press and is undaunted by their attacks.  Forget flowery promises of future victories.  Measure actual results.  Be undaunted by minor flaws in your allies.  If you need reason to work with them just look at your enemies and the goals they embrace.  That should convince you of which side you should be on.  The politics of personal destruction will become the order of the day.  It is much easier to destroy the man than the idea.  Polarization will increase.  Friendships will be destroyed across the divide.  Sides will be chosen inside families.  Many men will lose wives and girlfriends as women will be the last to awaken to reality.  Jobs will be lost as cultural-Marxism converged companies purge the unbelievers.   It will get much worse before it gets better.  So be it.

How do you enjoy life in such an environment?  You build new friendships and associations.  Reach out to kindred spirits.  Support them.  Network with them.  We are not few.  We are many.  We just need to be connected.  Form some recreational or cultural groups with like minded individuals.  You can even pick activities that self-identify the participants.  For instance, how many left leaning hand gun target shooters do you think there are?  Or Bible study groups?  I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to come up with a few more.  And even relatively neutral activities are enhanced when shared with people who won’t throw a moral hand grenade at you from time to time.  For instance, I have a co-worker who shares an interest in photography with me.  Our relations are friendly.  When the Las Vegas shooting occurred, he spent a measure of my time that I’ll never get back trying to get me to say that gun control laws were the answer to this problem.  It was a futile conversation that left a bad feeling between us.  Wouldn’t I rather spend time with someone who wants to talk about something we agree on, like photography?  Yes.

And it doesn’t matter how unzealous you are for the cause.  You don’t have to be a hero.  You can tend to your own garden and just throw support of whatever kind to our side.  Even if it’s just friendship.  Just don’t be part of the problem.  Don’t attack to the right.  Are there people on the right who are outside of your comfort zone?  Fine.  Just don’t engage with them.  But don’t make it your mission to attack them.  If you need someone to attack look to the left.  It’s a target rich zone.  Every variety of degenerate and sociopath is represented on the left.  If you need something to strike go there.  My current project is to identify right-leaning businesses and organizations and maintain a list.  That way if I have a choice between Amazon or someone who wants to fend off a future solely inhabited by blue-haired cat ladies and footsy pajama wearing latte boys I can consciously make that choice.  If you know of any businesses or groups like that then stop by and add them to the list.  Be part of the solution.