Agents of Totalitarianism

It’s a shame that instead of telling the nasty little twerp who wrote this piece that she’s a horrible person and needs to be ashamed of herself, people approvingly repost this ridiculous screed.

This kind of person makes every totalitarian regime possible. We should stop pretending this is cute and start pushing back against such people.

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31 thoughts on “Agents of Totalitarianism”

  1. Although this young lad is completely paranoïd, I’m not sure about this; one of my regrets is the fact that I didn’t report a professor who told me to “stop helping other students in my class because I want 30% of failure in my class, or else you will get problems.”… and after that this was a downright spiral in my Economics Ph. D. program.

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        1. At least in her rant she correctly calls the KKK the “KU Klux Klan.” The illiterate idiots at UT’s Office for Inclusion and Equality refer to the “KLU Klux Klan” in their formal report!

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  2. Thank you for this hilarious post, Clarissa! Some of the insane articles that you link to are almost as entertaining as Melissa McEwan’s late great website. 🙂 🙂

    (No, I didn’t read the entire 7,000 words in that endless rant.)

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  3. “she’s a horrible person”

    Lord o’mighty that was….long. I bet she could give Karl Ove Knausgård a run for his money in a few years… IINM the totalitarian mindset seems to be completely absorbed in soaking up other people’s time in order to exhaust them.

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  4. ” needs to be ashamed of herself”

    I noticed in her self-description, she calls herself ‘chingona*’…. my first response was she should wash her mouth out with soap, my second was that there is nothing at all bad-assed about running to authority figures to regulate the world for you and wanting them to discipline wrong-thinkers and/or wrong-be’ers.

    And the magical thinking involved…. more like a six year old than a STEM student

    *for those without Spanish, it’s Mexican slang, roughly ‘fucking awesome’ but it’s a noun in the feminine form

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  5. From la chingona: “I wanted to say what was on my mind, which was to have this professor fired. He’s only a math lecturer, and he’s not tenured, so it felt like a possibility”

    She’s not even shy about that. Vicious.

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    1. “‘I wanted to say what was on my mind, which was to have this professor fired. He’s only a math lecturer, and he’s not tenured, so …'”
      “She’s … Vicious.”

      She isn’t really “vicious,” because effective viciousness requires a minimum ability to keep your anger forced on a specific target. Her scattershot rage is all over the place, directed at everybody who misunderstood or misquoted her or failed to respond in the manner that she’d hoped.

      She’s simply an emotionally and psychologically deranged loon. One hopes that her ability to crunch numbers and do math is superior to her skills at logical thought and writing, or she has no business at any university at all.

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    2. There is currently this trend I’m seeing of treating “young adults” the way one treats toddlers. Everything they do is celebrated as incredibly cute. Every tantrum is immediately forgiven and justified. Every word they say is taken as evidence of profound intelligence. In the expression “young adults” everybody seems to forget the word “adults.” So they keep unleashing their inner 2-year-old because there’s no reason not to. There’s no social penalty for being an overgrown brat.

      Back in Ukraine, when I was this age, if I showed up with this kind of a complaint, people would have been very unkind. But I would have learned and grown, which is the whole point.

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  6. No, not “totalitarian,” so stop throwing that word around. Spoiled, incoherent, judgmental, victim-posturing–all that and more. But the adults at the university handled it just fine.

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      1. Hmm. If you think use of the imperative mood in an internet comment is barking orders at strangers, then I can see how you confuse a garden-variety undergraduate tantrum with totalitarianism.

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          1. I think I’m with JD on this one, tone aside. I hate when people throw “fascism” about like it’s confetti, and “totalitarianism” seems to be the go-to equivalent of the people I actually like listening to.

            A lot of the weight of that term is due to the countless deaths and misery those regimes have caused. I know your larger point is that what’s happening in America today is roughly equivalent to either the formative stages to something akin to those (but nothing I’ve seen on this blog leads me to believe that this is what anyone here actually believes, or we’d all be putting effort into stopping it rather than quipping about it mercilessly); or that it’s a new form of totalitarianism, one that forces you to constantly clog through brain fog, but isn’t as murderous. But it being not as murderous isn’t some throwaway fact. Sure, important things are under threat, but jobs are not lives and universities are not the state.

            If this is venting, eh, whatever goes.
            If this is analysis, I think coining a new term for the new thing may be best.

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            1. The totalitarian regime I grew up in wasn’t killing anybody. In the USSR, mass executions – or actually any executions – existed only until Stalin’s death. After 1953, the totalitarian Soviet regime wasn’t murderous in any meaningful sense of the word. When I was growing up, our lives were definitely not under a threat. Nobody was under a threat of being executed or sent to a concentration camp.

              But nobody is arguing, I hope, that the lack of purges or labor camps in the post-stalinist USSR turned it into something other than a totalitarian regime.

              I’m recognizing in the US the beginnings of the kind of totalitarianism that I personally experienced in the USSR. It wasn’t killing anybody but it was still oppressive and degrading.

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              1. It’s not quite my generation, but I know what you’re talking about.

                Still, as far as I can tell, in the Soviet Union, ideology had force, aside from the thousands little everyday ways it was constantly developed, because of the recent memory and thus easily imagined possibility of deaths returning (if not that, what?). What’s happening in the US is largely new, so isn’t following that kind of path at all.

                As for the American version being oppressive and degrading, yes, it is, but then a lot of things are. Why should we care about it in particular? (This may seem like a wankoff question, but it’s a real one.)

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              2. I always thought that a couple of decades of mass executions were needed to make people accept this kind of ideological control. This was always our excuse. We experienced Stalinism, so no wonder we were easily scared.

                But now I’m seeing that it’s not true at all. People willingly herd themselves into ideological serfdom without any terror or memory of terror. This throws me off because now it seems like any society can just get the ideological bug for no reason and people will start eating each other as a result. This is precisely why I’m freaking out. Nothing is causing this! There’s no reason for any of it. And there’s no Stalin or Hitler to blame. I liked it when there was somebody to blame.

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              3. What I don’t get is why now. Why are Americans succumbing to this now? Not 10 years before or after? What is it about right now that’s causing this?

                I see perfectly normal people in their 70s busily and completely sincerely examining their white privilege on FB and spotting Nazis everywhere. They had 70 years to catch this bug but they chose right now to do it. They weren’t like this 10 years ago! What happened? What’s so different all of a sudden?

                What, smartphones? It feels like a stupid reason.

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      1. “Instead of totalitarianism, I could use ‘similar to what existed in the post-op USSR.'”

        Well, you’d be following the current idiotic trend to replace short, specific terms that everybody knows with multiple words designed to confuse:

        In San Francisco, a felon is now a “justice-involved person” and a parolee is a “person under supervision.”

        AP guidelines say “addict” should no longer be used as a noun.

        Current official psychiatric diagnoses no longer use the terms “paranoid schizophrenia” or “catatonic schizophrenia.” Psychiatrists are now required to use the single diagnosis of “schizophrenia” and then write a paragraph describing the specific symptoms that could be summed up in one adjective.

        Klara will be required in school to refer to a red rose as “that odorless flower with thorns and pedals the same color as blood.”

        So join the club, Clarissa.

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        1. That’s so crazy, no pun intended. What can possibly be wrong with saying “paranoid schizophrenia”?? It’s a time-tested, meaningful diagnosis that nobody in their right mind (again, no pun intended) ever disputed.

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          1. The top clinicians in the American Psychiatric Association who periodically revise the official “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)” have to do something to justify their ridiculous salaries, so they periodically revise the book — and take it downhill with each revision.

            When I was a psychiatric resident in the early 1970’s, the DSM-II was about 60 pages long. The DSM-III (released in 1980) was about three-hundred pages. It had taken diagnoses like “Substance Addiction” and turned it into dozens of separate diagnostic categories: “Illicit Drug Addiction,” “Prescription Addiction,” “Caffeine-related addiction,” etc. and on forever.

            “Homosexuality” was removed from the “Sexual Deviations” category in DSM-III (called by the definitely non-PC “Sexual Perversions” in DSM-II) for exactly one reason: the gays had raised enough public hell through raucous protests to scare the psychiatrists out of their skulls. The APA took a vote at an annual meeting and instantly cured all the homosexuals in the world by counting hands — diagnosis by democracy.

            The transsexuals and all the women who go crazy every month with their periods weren’t so lucky — took a couple more revisions to declare them normal.

            Schizophrenics don’t have a lobby, but they aren’t important, anyway. They were all dumped out on the streets in the 1960’s and 1970’s when states like California and New York closed all their state hospitals and said, “Good luck and goodbye.”

            You have no idea how happy I am to be retired.

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  7. Well, the girl is indeed snowflaky, but the university screwed up on many levels.
    First, the professor was acting unprofessionally. Joking without offending people is a skill. We all know the difference between good stand up comedians and bad ones. If you cannot joke properly, do not joke at all and stick to the triple integrals. Of course this is not a reason to fire him. But he was not fired, nothing actually happened to him for that matter. The girl in fact did not request him to be fired. Yes, she ranted that she felt that way, and it was not a nice rant, but this is just it – an emotional outburst, not that different from your “telling the nasty little twerp who wrote this piece that she’s a horrible person and needs to be ashamed of herself”. Everybody has emotional outbursts. What matters is what she did or did not DO.
    If the university dealt this this issue promptly, and let the girl drop the class right away, and perhaps told the professor that he should choose his words more wisely and “I just have this tendency to get carried away” is not a proper excuse, in all likelyhood the issue would die quietly. Most of such issues do, even those that perhaps should not die…

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      1. 🙂 🙂
        In just the last couple of weeks, I have written, on Facebook, under my full real name
        a) what I think of Greta Thurnberg (short summary – psychologically disturbed people should get help, not be encouraged and celebrated; I also likened her to child-soldiers)
        b) what I think of my university for cancelling classes this coming Friday so that the students could go to the Climate March without a tiniest shred of inconvenience
        c) what I think of the “racist” scandals around Justin Trudeau
        d) shared a link to the recent long interview with Edward Snowden who is, horror-horror, in Russia of all places.

        And the sky did not fall down on me. So please forgive me if I base my responses to various situations on my own experience. Which also includes actually dealing with various student complaints, including the ridiculous ones, in my capacity as UPD, GPD, academic adviser and the department chair (in different periods of time, of course).

        In a less confrontational tone – yes, the university screwed up how ever you look at it. The SJW zealots should have investigated quickly and distributed the punishment swiftly. And normal people should have diffused the situation. They failed to do either, so yes, they are unprofessional. Regardless of if you are right or wrong about totalitarianism.

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        1. We are all fine right until the moment it starts happening to us. It’s great you are standing up to the insanity. But I already lost one friend when I shared the MLK gang rape story, another when I ridiculed the climate strike, and yet another when I mentioned my belief that there are no transgender toddlers. And I don’t even have that many friends. This was almost half of all I’ve got.

          And yes, we can blame me for being bad at managing my friendship list. Everything can be individual responsibility.

          By the way, I haven’t shunned a single person I have been friendly with no matter what kind of ridiculousness they have spawned about Ukraine and Russia.

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