Why Should We Be Punished?

The people who bash storefronts to run inside and get a new TV – I obviously don’t support them but I understand the desire to get a beautiful big TV. It’s very human to want a cool new gadget. The way they are going about getting it is clearly criminal but the desire itself is understandable.

But the bastards who want to steal our dignity instead of our gadgets are a lot worse. They will not be satisfied with big, shiny TVs. They already have those. They want power to intimidate and bully us.

Those of us who stayed peacefully at home, didn’t hurt anybody, didn’t loot, and who will be paying with our taxes to repair the destruction will now be berated, condemned, and extorted into constantly asking for forgiveness and trying to prove our worth through unconscious bias trainings and other ridiculous stuff like that.

13 thoughts on “Why Should We Be Punished?”

  1. Semi OT but too good not to share (it’s concerning a recent edition of the “What’s Left” podcast:


    1. One person (not me, though I completely agree) adds: “the PMC has a strata. The lower PMCs are the ones most invested signaling their virtue, the most atomized, the least humane and least trustworthy … If you can build an organization around these people, they (will) police each other, endlessly, minutely, and report everything to HR. They won’t leave because they’re afraid they’ll never get a job anywhere else. They really struggle to produce, though.”

      Sound familiar?


  2. cliff, have you read this wonderful article?

    Postmodern Religion and the Faith of Social Justice

    It’s full of great insights about postmodern mythologies, science and the role of academy in general. The author has a PhD in physics and it shows in the quality of the writing, the research behind it and the reasoning.

    One example (the entire essay is worth reading):

    // Social Justice, as a postmodern phenomenon, doesn’t have an explicit cosmology in the same way premodern faiths do because those are constructed from premodern mythologies. Postmodernism has no interest in such things and is content that the world exists and that the various human attempts to explain it are all equally quaint. This is because postmodern mythology is social mythology that, rather than seeking to place Man within the world, seeks to remove society entirely from nature. Therein, it has a cosmology—a phenomenological attribution schema for that portion of the world which it cares about: society and culture, and particularly power within these.

    Indeed, it isn’t so much creationism as special creation of humans that is the attribute that most plainly tips the hand of the profoundly mythological. In brief, creationist mythologies serve the ultimately vain but seemingly comforting purpose of elevating human beings to a status that is separate from all other biological organisms. Creationism is, if we might so sully the term, a philosophy designed to remove humanity from nature.

    In Social Justice, this denialism first removes society from nature by assuming constructivist origins and then further removes human beings from nature through the vaguely noble (and originally Enlightenment) idea of blank slatism.


    //Humankind is therefore Fallen because the dominance of dominant groups is an eternal corruption, and our sinful nature—privilege—expresses itself in bigotries that are, ultimately, the very attempt of our privileges to maintain and justify themselves. This belief is theologically identical to the Calvinist notion of Total Depravity, which insists that humans are so corrupted not just by (original) sin but by the inexorable desire to sin, that we cannot even choose righteousness (God) no matter how we want Him.

    This leads into yet another theme, which is nearly ubiquitous in Social Justice: the work of “Justice” is never finished. As with so much, this doctrine applies both extrapersonally (societally) and intrapersonally (individually). This applies societally, where we must constantly make the effort against Hate to reduce all forms of bigotry (as read through an applied postmodern analysis). It also applies to the person, who is expected to continually look inward to discover her (or his) own fallen nature—her unconscious, implicit, and incidental biases—and to attempt to make them and their oppressions visible. The guarantee of failure of such an intentionally interminable project concentrates faith and reinforces affective ties to the mythological core operating beneath it.


    1. I’m sure it’s a great article but I’m currently so angry about receiving half a dozen of emails from work berating me for not being “a good ally to African Americans” and not mentioning the violent destruction at all that I can’t process anything.

      If you read the official communications from my university, you’d think that crowds of angry white people trashed black neighborhoods for racist reasons.


      1. I’m currently so angry about receiving half a dozen of emails from work berating me for not being “a good ally to African Americans” and not mentioning the violent destruction at all that I can’t process anything.

        Are these emails aimed at you personally or are these general announcements aimed at faculty?


        1. They are general and everybody else is applauding them. I’d rather be attacked personally because I can defend myself but can’t speak on behalf of a group that’s ok with this.

          Are you doing fine? I never got the email you mentioned.


          1. I am fine. I waited a day because I figured you were busy and it wasn’t time sensitive. I can resend the email.


    2. “cliff, have you read this wonderful article?”

      I skimmed parts but haven’t had a chance to look at it in depth…

      “the work of “Justice” is never finished”

      That’s why it’s such a dead end… any successful social movement has clear aims and calls it a day after those have been achieved (or drifts into irrelevance).
      It’s also why woke politics don’t actually achieve any positive results – they don’t want positive results they want struggle (though they have no idea why).
      I remember a documentary from the 1990s on Cuba and how supremely depressing it was. It’s one thing to grow up (as I did) hearing about ‘the thirtieth year of the revolution!’ (as an ongoing process) on the radio, it can even be kind of funny. It was horrible watching adults having to repeat that and pretend to believe in it….


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