Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Four-Sided Triangles and Other Woke Absurdities You're Expected to Believe

So what’s going on in the world today? Oh, not much…

Except a female actress claims now to be a he/they, and you’re canceled if you don’t deny the plain evidence in front of your own two eyes. The Party demands no less of you. If the Party says 2+2=5, then 2+2=5.

Meanwhile, in New York City, after letting woke rioters run rampant, undercover cops are finally going after the real criminals — arresting a bar owner who refused to obey the city’s useless lockdown edict.

And The American Conservative’s Rod Dreher warns us of the creeping corporate totalitarianism that will work with government to deprive you of your ability to participate in society and the economy if you hold the wrong opinion. First, a sponsor of a professional cyclist orders her to recant, Inquisition-style, of liking Twitter posts that expressed unwoke opinions. Software is being used to identify “hate” so you can avoid posts without ever reading them. (And who decides what “hate” is?) And in Australia, credit card companies are working with the state to track citizens’ movements to catch lockdown violators.

I would hope that reasonable people can see what’s happening here. There is a movement afoot to censor more and more speech on the basis of stopping “dangerous misinformation” that “causes real-life harm.” What started as social-media “fact-checks” that aren’t fact-checks at all but narrative control has metastasized very quickly into what’s beginning to look like China’s social credit system, whereby you’ll be frozen out of society — from social media to bank accounts — for not bowing to woke leftist dogma.

I’ve personally been “fact-checked” on at least four occasions on Facebook merely for reporting on COVID data that opposes the constant fear narrative. Not wild conspiracy theories, but rather CDC data on survival rates (well over 99% for anyone under 50 and 98.5% for those under 70), the fact that 85% of those who caught the virus had been mask-wearers, the fact that 94% of COVID victims had comorbidities but were declared to have died from the virus anyway, and a Danish mask study of nearly 5,000 participants that showed no statistical difference in infection rates between those who wore masks and those who didn’t. All facts, and all “fact-checked.”

This is the same thing the media did with hydroxychloroquine, of course. The propaganda machine went into overdrive, both silencing the doctors who had success using the drug and demonizing the drug itself as dangerous. HCQ has been around for ages as an effective treatment for malaria. It’s not some cutting-edge high-risk experimental drug. And that’s exactly why it had to be demonized. The establishment media couldn’t let you stop fearing the virus itself (remember how they melted down when Donald Trump told everyone not to let the virus dominate your life?), because then they’d lose their ability to get you to consent to ineffective lockdowns and mandates.

But even more than that, if a cheap decades-old generic drug were shown to help people, then the big pharma companies working couldn’t make millions off a new vaccine. Just think of how many pharma ads you see on TV and ask yourself if Big Pharma doesn’t have a vested interest in letting the media propagandize you.

So this is where we are — with media monopolies defending their growing censorship by claiming it’s for the common good, which is what every tyrant in history has used as an excuse to silence opposition and demand ideological conformity. Just like we were expected to hand over our liberties after 9/11 as the media spread fear of rampant terrorism, now we have to hand over our right to speak in the public square if we bring attention to rampant election fraud or even dare to suggest that maybe COVID isn’t the black plague. The claim that the truth is “disinformation” is itself disinformation — but again, we’re living in a world where Orwell’s warnings are becoming reality with unsettling speed. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

How bad is it? Look at this video of numerous local TV news outlets, parroting the exact same language about how allowing “disinformation” (i.e., facts that oppose the establishment narrative) to be spread is “extremely dangerous to our democracy.” This was happening a few years ago, and it’s only gotten worse since.

Borg-like groupthink demanding the suppression of free speech, from people whose jobs are made possible by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press. How has it come to this?

Well, in large part it’s because we’ve allowed it to happen. We don’t think for ourselves. We believe what the media tells us. We don’t push back. And we end up in a place where we’re expected to believe absurdities — and face severe consequences if we don’t comply.

G.K. Chesterton predicted the condition of our time way back in 1926:

We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four, in which furious party cries will be raised against anybody who says that cows have horns, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening a mob with the news that grass is green.

Just remember: The people who demand that you pretend that a woman is a man or be canceled are the same ones who insist there was no election fraud and that COVID is the black plague. There’s a theme here. They’re not defending the truth. They’re forcing their delusional narrative on you.

Don’t fall for it. It’s OK to speak up when you can see that the emperor has no clothes.

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