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January 22, 2019

God Save Us from #Woke Fake Conservatives

Via @davereaboi's twitter feed. If you're still on twitter and still not following, fix one of those two things.

Either get off twitter or follow reaboi.



(1) At this point, there's nobody on the Right who's the slightest bit surprised a Leftist agitator would create a provocation that would be used to create a slanderously false story against their ideological enemies on purpose.

(2) They're not surprised that the media ate it up, ran with it, and created a virtue signaling outrage mob--not like journalists but like press flaks and community organizers. Unsurprising, but we can't hate them anymore than we already do.

(3) There's been this social media phenomenon that’s bothered me for a long time: the weird compulsion to tweet your opinion on whatever is being talked about--even if it serves no rhetorical purpose--as if every news story **requires** your drive-by take.

(4) This compulsion is especially acute when it comes time for ritual denunciations. It feels like 80% of tweets are people who feel they need to put a marker down as denouncing this or that horrible person. (The apolitical form is "I hate [FOOD]" and then waiting for a debate.)

This is a Twitter Addiction thing. There are losers who have no other social connections except their fake internet palz on Twitter, and so they're never off the fucking thing, and of course this means that they must have opinions on every single "trending" thing on Twitter.

And when there's no trending thing on twitter, they make up some childish cutesy-patootsie bullshit to flirt-fight about like whether "[FOOD X] Is the Devil" or "[VILLAIN Y] was the Secret Hero of [MOVIE Z]."

It's fucking pathetic. They're so desperate to connect with anyone they will gladly join a lynch mob to scalp-hunt children just so they can feel the warm bustle of a virtual mob at their shoulders.

The other day I saw someone write, "Wow, watching football on twitter is really wild!"

Saddest thing I'd ever seen.

Living Your Best Life, I guess.

(5) Social media is inherently something of an affinity group echo-chamber, so there's a good deal of pressure to have your take marked down to reinforce your place among your peers, colleagues or in-group. Few people want to be ratio'd by their own followers if they dissent.

Yeah, and despite these people's belief that they're all Courageous, they're all pitiful cowards. They think they're courageous because they fight with people they do not know and are not in any peer group with.

But the amount of influence someone can exert on you is inversely proportional to their distance from you. In other words, there's not much bravery in telling some rando you never met and who isn't part of your little Twitter Jerk-Off Circle to fuck off, because he's far from you. You don't know him, you'll likely never see him again, and if he does bother you, you can block him.

It's the people in your social group that have the most influence over you. And this is where you'd show bravery, if you had any -- by disagreeing with them.

But the cucks don't. The cucks daren't. The cucks are like herd-animals gathering in a big circle, all trying to get to the very middle of the bustling crowd where it's the warmest and the safest.

They never disagree with each other. Indeed, they agree with each other so quickly on Twitter that one strongly suggests they get on the same page together in JournOList-style private list serves before all rushing out with the Consensus Group Opinion simultaneously.

When one cuck domino falls, all the cucks start toppling over in sequence.

One of these Soyboy Beta Cucks would have shown actual independence of mind, actual courage, and actual strength of character by disagreeing with the Herd of Independent Minds by simply saying, "this video is chopped up and it comes from a completely anonymous source. Have none of us learned anything the past six years of viral video scalp-hunting? Let's wait for the full video before condemning anyone."

But none of them did that. That would have separated them from the herd, and they are sniveling cowards who cannot bear the thought of being outside their pathetic pack for five Twitter Minutes.

But they're very much against Tribalism. Just ask them!



(6) Put another way, this phenomenon can be called Virtue Signaling. The VS doesn’t always have to be a bad take, or an incorrect opinion. Based on the folks I follow in my particular echo chamber, a certain type of moderate conservative seem to be prone to engaging in it.

(7) IT COSTS YOU NOTHING TO NOT HAVE A QUICK, KNEE-JERK CONDEMNATION OF EVERYTHING ALLEGED ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Well, some of us know you guys understand that; after all, there’s *plenty* of skepticism to go around when it's a story emerging from the Right.

(8) For 3 years, many have used the excuse of Trump to want to believe anything the media alleges about him or people in his orbit. Suddenly, the media had become trustworthy, at least as it relates to Trumpworld--and everything from BuzzFeed or NYT was treated as on the level.

(9) Many of us grew to resent this, not because we were such fans of Trump--what you allege--but because our view of the media and the Left didn't soften.

This can't be repeated enough. Some of us didn't change our beliefs.

But some of us sure did reverse ourselves regarding the integrity and credibility of leftwing media outlets.

For some, suddenly these were the Bee's Knees.

Just before the Special Counsel announced the BuzzFeed story was FakeNews, Seth Mandel had a multi-tweet screed condemning those who didn't accept BuzzFeed as a legitimate, credible news organization.

But see, xis principles are eternal and unchanging.

(10) People are furious that those of you who bought into it and couldn't resist making knee-jerk Virtue Signaling condemnations have not yet learned about the nature of the enemy we're fighting:

(11) Activists are trained to set up these scenarios, the media runs with stories that are too good to check because they reinforce their biases. They do this on purpose. You just have to read Lefty activist literature. It's all there, for decades. *Not knowing is your failure.*

Correct, and this is similar to my point: The "I didn't know the media and leftist agitators could lie to me" defense was always bullshit and we're not accepting it any longer.

If you offer it: You are a fucking liar. Full stop.

You know damn well they lie. You just approve of the lies and wish to help spread them.

(12) Considering that it costs nothing to wait for more facts, many of us have noticed that your biases against a large chunk of the Right are pretty similar to the Left's. You seem to agree with the Left that the conservative base is a bunch of racists.

Correct. The left looks at every single white conservative kid and thinks, "Most likely a racist rapist."

It's increasingly obvious that the swathes of the "Right" which dominate Our Media see white male kids as likely racist rapists, too. Exactly as the left does.

In what way is someone who has such vicious bigotries about you and your children an "ally"?

Are there any cases in history where people held such viciously bigoted views of people and yet called themselves "political allies"?

No, there are not. It makes no sense. These people are now functionally on the left, even though it is not economically prudent for them to admit it yet.

Political association is mostly a negative thing. You don't join the party you love; you join the party opposing the party you hate.

It is very, very clear that the alleged Conservative Media Class hates and deplores the actual conservative voting base as much as the left does.

And it is only a matter of time before they begin admitting that they are more and more enamored of progressive policy prescriptions. We saw this with Jen Rubin and Bret Stephens and Rick Wilson and Bill Kristol.

Do you think those are isolated cases? No, because political affiliation is about the gut and the heart more than it is about the head. People who grow up in liberal areas don't adopt liberal positions because they've been intellectually convinced of them. They adopt liberal positions because the people they know and like seem to believe in liberal ideas, and they like those people and want to get along, so they naturally adopt those beliefs as well.

We are now in Year Three of the Conservative Donor/Media Class' increasingly vicious, personal war on the actual conservative voting base.

Does anyone really think that after years of complete emotional alienation from actual conservatives these Paycheck Conservatives are still going to be pushing the second amendment and the pro-life cause?

No. They will slowly but inexorably take the same path that Rubin, Stephens, Kristol, and Wilson took -- they will begin realigning their political/intellectual selves to comport with the dominant mode of thinking of their actual kinship Tribe.

They're already doing that, of course. Suspecting that any white conservative boy is probably a Secret Racist is just one part of adopting the entire Progressive Ideology.

13) Rather than thinking the totally reasonable thing--"hey, that looks bad, but this is my tribe, so at least they get the benefit of a few hours where the full story will emerge"--there wasn't a moment's hesitation about thinking the worst of these conservative kids.

Yup. Because, like the progressives they are/are becoming, they fundamentally despise conservatives and want to hurt them.

(14) So there's a choice: either (a) you acted foolishly in believing the media and the activist Left, AGAIN; or (b) the Right is really not your tribe after all. There may be more options, but for the people who are raking NRO over the coals today, that's what they see.

(15) I just read @AceofSpadesHQ, who put this same choice in his inimitable style http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=379322

"Actually his style is quite imitable." -- Jonah Goldberg, progressive, plagiarist

(16) One more thing: The moment I saw an old Native American man show up at a Pro-Life protest beating a native drum, it was reasonably clear that the guy was, at the very least, an experienced political actor. That alone should've given pause to the narrative!

Fucking racist Deplorable.


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