My site is still infected. So I’ve gotta write these at night. They’re probs gonna be weirder.
I was really into an edible when I wrote this: “You guys Gary Johnson’s campaign slogan for the primary should be ‘A bird in the hand…'”
What I mean is that Gary Johnson is who people are talking about as the alternative to Trump. So even thought John McAfee might be a better president than Johnson, Johnson is more likely to win against Trump. Maybe that is obvious. I’m still into this edible.
Oh my God, you guys. This essay. I really like Jack Hunter. I didn’t really know who he was until he wrote The ‘Southern Avenger’ Repents: I Was Wrong About the Confederate Flag.
I’m sure I’d heard of him, because he is quite famous, especially among my set. But I assumed he was a, well, everything he was in his youth. But Jack Hunter has my Southern Evangelical zeal about social justice. He’s a lot more genteel and charming than I am, so it works better. But I really identify with him. And I mean hell, he just told conservatives to sit down about transgender people. I found that while searching for the thing he wrote today that C4PM told me I had to read.
And it was amazing.
The alt-right is the polar opposite of libertarianism.
Analyzing a subset of the alt-right who call themselves “neoreactionaries,” Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains this important distinction, ‘Most modern libertarians are individualists, motivated by a desire to prevent the masses from oppressing the individual…
“Neoreactionaries are not individualists… neoreaction places huge value on group membership and group loyalty,” Matthews says.
“They are tribalists, and for the most part—let’s not mince words—they are racists.”
Meet Milo Yiannopoulos, the Appealing Young Face of the Racist Alt-Right, via c4pm (I don’t remember which one/s, and I’m too nosy to check the group chat.
Okay so this was good. Mark Manson is one of my faves. I got this through his email newsletter.
Meanwhile, Bernays went on to pull off these kinds of cultural coups regularly throughout the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. He completely revolutionized the marketing industry and invented the field of public relations in the process. Paying celebrities to use your product? That was Bernays’ idea. Creating fake news articles that are actually subtle advertisements for a product? Also his idea. Staging controversial public events as a means to draw attention and notoriety for one of his clients? His idea as well. Pretty much every form of marketing or publicity we’re all subjected to today began with Bernays.
Today my girl Rachel Burger came out about being raped last year on this day. I’m so proud of her. She has had to fight the misogynistic, lazy, sclerotic mess of a criminal justice system every. fucking. step. of. the. way. Just to get to an arrest. It’s insane how often they’ll try to get you to drop your case so they don’t have to bother with you. They’ll stall, and delay, and tell you your chances are bad. They’ll do anything but their jobs. But best believe they’re jumping to put people in jail over drugs.
For going through all that just to protect other women, and I’m not even counting every category of abuse she’s had to endure at the hands of the state in this process, that is some selfless fucking shit. That is some brave, altruistic, do-the-right-thing shit.
Speaking of awesome women in the liberty movement, I liked Avens O’Brien’s recent speech to the LP.
Also speaking awesome women in the liberty movement, Angela Keaton’s Twitter has been on fire lates. Or is it just “fire?” What do the kids say?
Oh shit, I’ve actually got another bad liberty bitch to call out right now. And that bitch is Cathy Young. As I said recently, the bad thing isn’t for me to hate you. I ignore people I dislike. The worst is to be liked by me but disagreed with often and passionately. That’s Cathy Young. She drives me insane with her “social justice warrior” coverage. But here’s the thing. What makes me mad is that her SJW stuff is the only thing I see of hers. And it always takes the same tack, which is, basically, to straw man but get the point across, “People who care about identity-based oppression and bigotry and are upset by it and want to find solutions and move society forward are the authoritarians of the left.” And it’s like, yes, some of us are. Fuck those ones though. I’m not an authoritarian! I’m a mofuckin anarchist. And a “social justice warrior.”
But like, Cathy Young is not like staking out a place for herself as aligned with the interests of white males and becoming their queen (or mom, or Based Mom). Cathy Young doesn’t do identity politics like that. Cathy Young is a “social justice warrior” in that she’s genuinely concerned about identity-based oppression. She just wrote about it, in fact.
The thing about Cathy is that, for all the ways I disagree with her, she is genuine. She’s got no agenda, really. She’s not pro-or-anti social justice. She’s a true libertarian. She’s just for free speech and other civil liberties.
I admire that. I don’t even aspire to that because I think it’s okay to identify a target market and be a little one-sided to make a name for yourself. But Cathy has made a name for herself. Not by advocating for any “oppressed” group, but just by cranking out a ton of interesting, thoughtful, balanced commentary. Does her rape reporting make me want to tear my hair out? It always will. But do I think she’s shilling for rapists for pageviews from gamergate? Hell to the no. Do I think some people do that? I mean fuck I might if gamergate pageviews paid well enough and I could turn off comments. (I am joking. I don’t believe in display ad publishing model.)
Okay, that’s enough awesome badass amazing liberty bitches for you all. They’ll do more awesome shit tomorrow and I’ll cover it too.