If It Quacks Like a Fascist…

Below, from Twitter, the excellent @gbelljnr on why what is charitably known as “irony” on what is charitably known as “the left” is not meaningfully different from its fascist antecedent. Only social climbing bullies and would be bullies countenance this shit. So it’s fitting that previously disparate factions of disciplinary, social climbing liberals, like the Snowwald dullards, Jacobin/DSA High School, and run-of-the-mill reactionaries like Freddie deBoer are all rallying around it.

The best thing about this crap is that it offers nothing to anyone you might want alongside you in a movement or who would primarily benefit from one. It’s a self-induced quarantine against juvenile sociopaths and vapid, upper middle class, mostly male, mostly white social climbers. That their “thought” leaders are counseling participation in the moldy old Democratic Socialists of America — MoveOn for Boomers, basically — is only slightly less wonderful than, say, watching them march off a cliff. Keep it up, guys!

Over to George:

The people you’re talking about are dissociative shitposting personalities heavily influenced by channer culture. Their entire means of communicating is characterized by habituated abuse, online mobbing and recursive irony. They purport to be on the left, and even occasionally mouth opinions which approximate mild social democracy. None of this, however, distinguishes them from the alt-right, with whom they share the channer cultural indicia.

Appropriations from the conceptual apparatus of the left, and ironic leftish roleplay are common within the alt-right. Many of the alt-right’s moving spirits, especially within the neoreactionary subcurrent, are “former left”s. Most ethnographies of the alt-right describe a particular use of irony to obfuscate political intentionality. It enables shitposters to waste time, intimidate, confuse and dissemble about their true intentions.

[They insist] earnestly on good faith in one exchange and then [deny] indications to the contrary under a veil of irony. In particular, this technique is used to constantly inject racism, homophobia, sexism & other bigotry into discussion, constantly probing as to the limits of acceptable discourse before switching it out as “irony” and “just a joke.” All of these characteristics are to be found within chapo fandom and the “irony bro” tendency generally.

It is not convincing when people who behave in most ways like alt-right accounts confess leftish sympathies. Anyone who has been paying attention for the last few years has numerous examples of shitposting trolls who were debuted to the world by prominent “left” accounts, and were sold as “left” and whose putative misogyny, homophobia, racism, anti-semitism, and professed nazi sympathies were excused as “just a joke man” “you just don’t get it” “omg grow a sense of humor” “read a book about irony”  only for them to blossom, at peak platform, into full blown nazis, even so as to make their patrons blush.

So, when people behave like this, as tens of people in my mentions have been behaving all weekend, why should anyone assume that it is their leftish opinions that they are not being ironic about? I mean, figure it out. None of this is rocket science.

The reward for engagement is always ridicule. I am sick of differentiating these people on their declared politics. Nothing they say is trustworthy, so why must their politics be treated as determinate based on their declarations? As far as I am concerned their objective politics is represented by their mode of interaction and communication, and by the reactionary character of their sense of humor. Their protestations can be ignored as what they are: distractions. These people are all fash or proto fash.

George said all this in reply to a troll pretending an interest in discussion, after George had been swarmed by irony vermin for lamenting veteran fascist enabler Glenn Greenwald’s Chapo patronage. Of course he was completely vindicated by the thoroughly predictable, juvenile, hackneyed response. Probably the worst thing is this shit isn’t even funny.

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UPDATE

I love them in their earnest moments most of all…

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And The Ruling Class Trembled

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Yesterday a billionaire’s clerk updated his brand started a circle jerk joined a movement of truly revolutionary proportions.

I, for one, welcome the consolidation of previously separate pseudo-left factions into the DSA (Democrats of Something Awful).  It’s clarifying and hopefully helps clueless fucks get a purchase on reality if they still regard their favorite pseud as some kind of exception. Like perhaps the radlib Craphouse haters who have been WTF-ing Greenwald over this. Why the surprise?

Greenwald is the spiritual leader of an entirely de-politicized “left” defined by insipid, ahistoric disaffection, sneering superiority, anti-radicalism, and a soft spot for fascism. He places his pro bono defense of a violence-inciting white supremacist among his proudest achievements, is ardently anti-communist, regards the Skokie decision as a peak moment in Western Civilization,  and was one of white nationalist Weev’s earliest and most enduring champions. It was through Greenwald that fascist trolling as a substitute for argument became normalized on the scare quote left, and he cultivated Chapo’s Felix Biedermann and pals for sociopathic micro-jihads against his critics. Remember when they swarmed writers who dared to implicate his billionaire boss in Ukrainian neo-naziism? No? Perhaps you were too busy jerking off to surveillance porn.

What other than the most abject fucking stupidity can possibly explain surprise or disappointment at Greenwald burnishing his brand where 4chan proto-fascism and liberal disaffection intersect? Greenwald doesn’t just belong here. This is the house he built. Why do you think these repellant assholes compete to get their mouths around his nutsack in social media, as in the truly grotesque display featured below?

Among capital’s anointed “lefts” there are no exceptions, you fucking idiots. When will you grow the fuck up???

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What’s Happening To Jim?

Via our pal, BLKDGRD, something visual for a change, from Honeytrap friend davidly.

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Professor Tarzie If You’re Nasty

Sheesh, the people they publish in academic journals these days. Like yours truly, for instance!

Yes, it’s true. The high-faluters who run the American Journal of Economics and Sociology have included me in a special issue dedicated to the CIA and Hollywood. How appropriate, too, given that I am the world’s leading expert on the film career of Edward Snowden, the Adrienne Barbeau of cliche-riddled, CIA-anointed spy movies and real-time facsimiles.

Finally, someone has given Snowden his due and that someone is me! No mere whistleblower, he, I argue, but rather, a movie star in the tradition of Gene Hackman and Will Smith, if you put aside the amateurishness of his performance and his utter lack of a single interesting quality.

More specifically, I situate the Snowden Affair in relation to Enemy of the State, the 1998 Tony Scott NSA thriller, which, like Snowden, had a great deal of assistance from the CIA and which disclosed a strikingly similar message: There’s no place to hide.  You can’t do shit about it. Spying is nonetheless necessary and good. On the way there I say unkind but much deserved things about this over-exposed, dishonest mediocrity; his cheesy, vulgar publicists; his unutterably stupid fans; and the unbearably shitty films Laura Poitras and Oliver Stone have made on his and the security state’s behalf. I also go 11,000 words without saying fuck even once.

A sample:

In light of Greenwald’s candid placement of the Snowden Affair in the entertainment world, it’s fitting that the whistleblower anointed a filmmaker, Laura Poitras, to be among the few custodians of his leaks. In addition to practically assuring at least one feature film about him would be made, Poitras offered a brand built on her own run-ins with the security state. A year and two months before Greenwald met Snowden in Hong Kong, he wrote a lengthy article about Poitras’s allegedly numerous detainments at airports by Homeland Security officials, ostensibly because of films she had made about the War on Terror. Because of this harassment, Poitras is reportedly a “digital exile” in Berlin, returning to the United States only when the extremely necessary work of collecting Pulitzers and Oscars needs doing (Cadwalladr 2014).

As dissident artists hounded by state authorities go, Poitras seems unusually well-connected to the people and institutions that could make a crucial phone call on her behalf. Her parents are multimillionaires who, in 2007, donated $20 million to MIT (Jennings 2007). She is a recipient of MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation grants. Her patrons include Pierre Omidyar—who funds The Intercept, an online newsmagazine Poitras co-cofounded with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill—and Jeffrey Skoll, whose Participant Media produced Citizenfour. Omidyar and Skoll seem particularly odd partners in fighting state power, given that they both have very close relationships with USAID (2012a, 2012b, 2014), which for decades has been linked to the CIA as a front for covert operations (Ames 2014a). The Omidyar Network has been linked to both the Maidan uprising in Ukraine and the ascent of ultra-nationalist Narendra Modi in India (Ames 2014b, 2014c). Skoll’s Participant Media produced Charlie Wilson’s War, a film that enjoyed official assistance from the CIA (Alford and Graham 2008). Spy Culture’s Tom Secker placed it among “the most overt and obvious propaganda efforts” he had ever studied (Redmond and Secker 2015).

If Poitras’s ultra-connected patrons wanted a film in which Snowden’s secrets and the agency he stole them from hardly feature at all, then they got their money’s worth…

I regret that reading me this time around isn’t free, but surely the resourcefully cheap among you can get around that. I’ve already been paid, so it ain’t shit to me. Many thanks to Porkins Policy Radio‘s Pearce Redmond and Spy Culture‘s Tom Secker, who invited me to contribute and who have also written excellent pieces for the issue.

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, March 2017

 

 

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LOL at The Macho Left

You fucking idiots haven’t got a clue, have you?

I can’t be bothered to waste words on how stupid everyone is.  Keep it up. Communism is only a few macho LIBERAL spectacles away. Looking forward to your no-platforming a single imperialist or corporate parasite in a spectacularly idiotic way. When’s that gonna happen, by the way?

PS: this means I love milo, and nazis and that I’m a liberal, not that clueless, antfucking juvenile adults addicted to violent television doing PR for reactionaries and begging to be played by the security state disgust me.

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Arthur Silber Needs Support

It is my very sad responsibility to report that sickness and fear are this month’s themes. I’m still very sick, and I’ve finally concluded that I should probably be in the hospital, at least briefly. The overwhelming fatigue and weakness that won’t go away (plus a number of other symptoms I’ll spare you here) would seem to require some medical intervention. So I’ll call 911, but probably not until next week, because…

Read the rest on Arthur’s site and help out if you can.

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Denver Cop Resists Magic Document’s Awesome Power

Among the most entertaining features of USian protest movements fads are the videos of protestors explaining The Constitution to cops. Invariably the protestors are flummoxed that state employees holding a veritable monopoly on extreme violence seem either unaware of, or fearlessly unimpressed with The Super Dooper Document’s magical power to keep them in check. The protestors in a recent video making the rounds have actually brought copies to the protest, perhaps to wield defensively if things get rough, the way one uses a crucifix against a vampire.

The cops in these rituals are usually silent, letting the young ‘uns blather to themselves from the cozy confines of the pen they’ve been caged in about the one thing they seem to have learned in school. But the officer in this video offers a novel twist by engaging to explain that the First Amendment protects only a certain kind of speech. The kind that requires a permit.

Oh har har, how stupid!!! But of course he’s right. If he’d said the First Amendment only protects vowels, or  “All Lives Matter” or the phrase, “I’m a conformist dipshit with laughably incoherent politics”  he’d be right about that too. That’s because, for the duration of the protest at the very least, the First Amendment protects whatever the fuck Officer Lopez and his colleagues say it protects. This should be entirely obvious to anyone with common sense, and certainly to anyone even casually familiar with any part of movement history, but USian protestors prove again and again that they are among the dumbest, most tactically and politically ignorant people on earth.

It’s not really their fault. They’re victims of Free Speech Doctrine, a brainwashing program which they suffer first in school and then later as wielded by admired public figures, which leaves them entirely unable to comprehend how power actually works, as well as deeply confused on what is and is not compatible with principled anti-fascism. This affliction needn’t be permanent, and for those who suffer from it, I wrote this. In honor of Officer Lopez, and those whom he has confused, upset or left overcome by feelings of liberal intellectual superiority, I’ll quote what I wrote about cops in that piece:

…in practical terms, the arbiters of civil liberties are less the courts than the cops. They can issue the permits or not. They can block streets or not. They can pepper spray protestors or not. The Bill of Rights, if it matters at all, frequently applies retroactively. It’s very nice that a lot of the The Occupy protestors who were pepper-sprayed, beaten, sexually molested and jailed won court judgments in their favor, but it didn’t do anything to revive the movement the brutality intended to crush or relieve the chilling effect the protestors experience might have on their political expression in future. The cops will do it all over again when social conditions require it and cities will pay the court costs and legal settlements with public money budgeted for that very purpose.

We see this at work in Ferguson, Missouri when, after a cop murdered Mike Brown, police fought protests with curfews, sound cannons, mass arrests, brutality, and the harassment and incarceration of journalists. It’s great that the ACLU and so many media liberals wring their hands over the First and Fourteenth Amendment violations — and there may be some successful lawsuits, too —  but in the absence of any political leverage to radically change conditions on the ground, and the absence of recognizing the need for such leverage, all the outrage is just vanity, fundraising and brand-building. It’s also toxically disinformative to the extent it depicts not-really-unusual police conduct as some horribly new “constitutional crisis” that can be resolved with Member alerts, opinion columns and court briefs.

This explains why cops vigilantly protect Nazi and KKK marches from assaults by counter-protestors, but routinely beat up leftists, in keeping with the state’s historical bias toward fascism and against radicalism generally. We’re headed toward one of those periods when this disparity is particularly profound. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  Read the rest if you haven’t already.

 

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