When I think of censorship the first thing I’m reminded of is how successful prohibition was. I suppose that’s because when I was growing up, my family made alcohol extremely taboo. There was always this aura and mystery surrounding it. It was always so evil and the cause of so many problems. Any time a marriage in the church fell apart, it seemed somehow due to alcohol. Anytime a kid left the faith, it seemed somehow due to booze. And yet I noticed that all the older men, when they weren’t within earshot of their wives, seemed often to be joking about alcohol or sneaking a few drinks. Alcohol became more and more of a forbidden fruit. I couldn’t reconcile how evil a substance was with the observation that so many men I knew drank in moderation, during holiday meals and such, and seemed to really enjoy it without any negative results.
As you can guess, when I was able to, I began enjoying alcohol, and quickly slid into over-consumption. It took me years to find a balance.
Censorship is like anti-bacterial soap. At first, it gets rid of 99.9%: basically all who want to be seen as good and be left alone follow suit. But there’s always that .1% that simply doesn’t give a fuck. And, the more censorship is used, the more it’s abused, the more that .1% strengthens and grows. The censors desperately scrub harder and harder, but all they are doing is removing the ‘neutral’ and ‘good’ bacteria, allowing the worst free to dominate.
The anti-censorship crowd will always win in the long run. The vision of those who favor censorship is completely undesirable to all who enjoy and appreciate the human experience. Watch this video, I dare you:
The Horrifying PC Vision
I grew up near Disneyland and was subjected to that ride a few times. Even in my youth, I felt there was something hauntingly unsettling about a bunch of kids from different races all singing the same song with plastered smiles. Life’s just not like that. When I was little, I perceived it as forced happiness, but I came to understand it as the utterly distasteful propaganda it is, and as a horrifying example of the bland, brainwashed future the PCers desire.
Watching that, it’s hard to understand the reasoning behind the censors. Can’t they see that life is so much more diverse, multifaceted and nuanced than their vision allows. Just walk around any group, even a homogeneous one, and by simple observation you will understand the absolute uniqueness of individuality. It’s really sad and short-sighted to believe one can and should box that up.
The desire to censor reveals the weaknesses of the person. They are saying that they can’t handle opposition: their beliefs and understandings of the world cannot withstand scrutiny.
We should pity them. They truly do live in a small world.
Much of the current censorship has been around language. And if anything reflects the nuances of human experience, it’s our many languages. Words are incredibly awesome. Just step back and think about all that has become communicable. Instead of being a static medium, language is constantly adapting and transforming in a sort of reciprocal relationship, intertwined with the culture it’s found in, ever much as alive as the individual’s using it.
The absolute gall of a person thinking they can control it is astounding. Like Jurassic Park instructed, language finds a way. It’s been instructing to watch.
I was young when the initial feminist push to block out all words that referenced the generic ‘man’ began, and even then I knew it was absolutely silly and doomed to failure. I still see and hear references such as ‘mailman’ or ‘fireman’ or more colloquial expressions such as “you guys” constantly. People need a way to reference gender neutrality, and in English that’s by referencing the masculine. It’s not going anywhere. Similarly, those trying to banish the shame inherent in words such as ‘bitch’ or ‘slut’ also find themselves hitting a brick wall. The words and their shameful meanings still exist, all they’ve done is highlighted their weakness and insecurity.
Another current effect of censorship, is words losing their impact, such as ‘rape’. That used to be a scary word in my mind, conjuring up the image of a victim pounced upon out of nowhere and horrifically forced against their will. Now any time I hear it, all I think of is another girl wanting to be a victim, and looking for anything to blame. So, the word now often has the opposite effect for me, seeing men as the victims of women instead of vice versa. Feminist failed to learn the lesson of the boy who cried wolf.
And, lastly, words that used to be shameful (like ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’) are now seen as badges of honor. ‘Racist’ used to mean those who actively hated others simply based on their skin color. Now it simply refers to anyone who recognizes and acknowledges the obvious differences between the races. Being called a racist is like earning your first merit badge; it just shows that you don’t drink the PC juice, and can adequately observe reality over propaganda. Likewise, the word ‘sexist’ used to be reserved for horrible wife beaters and those who believed women were a sub-species. But now it’s just used against anyone who toe the line that women and men are equal in every way. Now being a sexist or racist simply indicates that you acknowledge reality over indoctrination.
Embrace being called sexist as all it means now is that you appreciate the beneficial complementary nature of the sexes: you appreciate masculine men and feminine women.
Embrace being called racist as it means that you actually appreciate and understand the diversity of mankind, and don’t just pay lip service to the fact while attempting to mold everyone the same.
Prohibition was one of the early “achievements” of feminists–in quotes, because a cursory study or simply a quick viewing of Boardwalk Empire, will show anyone what a failure it was. Not only did it absolutely fail to get rid of alcohol and actually increased consumption, it also enabled the rise of organized crime.
And yet, the censors, PCers, feminist still have not learned their lesson.
Every time you try to squash out an aspect of our culture, you strengthen that counter-culture.
Michael Sebastian on Return of Kings recently reported how the tide has begun to turn via the success of the twitter campaign #BringBackThePatriarchy.
What’s funny is that Cernovich and campaigns like Bring Back the Patriarchy are actually quite moderate.
It’ll be interesting to see the immoderate counter culture that inevitably reigns.
‘Sexist’ & ‘Racist’ will be the softest way to describe it.