No matter how many people believe a lie, it will still be a lie. And no matter how few people believe the truth, it will still be the truth...
Some people have a somewhat “casual” relationship with the truth, others have no relationship with the truth at all. To that end, there is a cohort of talkivists out there that will unashamedly tell lies about people in order to attempt to destroy their reputations. These people are vile, dangerous, and all-round disgusting beings, with nothing better to do with their time than verbally assault other people for no good reason. They often have nothing to lose, so they make a past-time of defaming hardworking, objective, and honest people, who happen to disagree with them on certain issues and who refuse to backdown to their bully-boy tactics.
Don’t mistake all of these people for fools. While many of them are vulnerable people, who are being taken advantage of by sly, manipulative people with vested interests, the “leaders” of these movements know exactly what they are doing. In addition to telling lies, a few of the characteristics of these bullies include: They refuse to participate in debates, and if you do get them talking they ask questions as opposed to give answers; they make outlandish claims about whatever the subject matter of the conversation is; they refuse to allow you to respond; they talk about something unrelated; and they always refuse to finish the debate.
It is obvious, to the well-informed, that these liars engage in these diversionary tactics in order to ensure their lies are not unmasked, and yes, it is hugely frustrating to their targets but what you have to realise is that they know they are wrong. They know they are telling lies. They know they are going to, eventually, be caught out, so, just wait. You know the old adage: you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you will never fool all of the people all of the time.
The reality is, that while these people are aware of what they are doing and are admittedly quite good at telling lies, they tend not to be too bright in a more general sense. They have no credibility outside of their own echo-chambers and the very restrained among us have the good sense to simply ignore them. The problem is, while you ignore them, the lies they tell about you tend to get worse and more dangerous, and eventually you have to respond. Like I am today.
Some of these idiots have called me a Nazi, a racist, a xenophobe, a white supremacist, and a propagandist. I’ve been placed, by some of these talkivists, into what appears to be an awfully big tent called the “alt-right”. Now, the reality is that I am absolutely none of the above, and I am most certainly not a member of the alt-right. But they know that already. They also know I’m right about most of the things I say. I’m not an extremist, nor a zealot. I’m rational and reasonable, and that scares the living daylights out of these liars. So, they take to lying about me in order to try to destroy my character.
I’ve been subjected to character assassinations in the past, by people who, while being evil-as-hell-on-earth, were simply trying to undermine me for their own political gain. They would spread lies quietly, with plausible deniability and their efforts always had a limited enough spread. However, the most recent shower of headbangers who have decided to put me in their cross-hairs, are doing so loudly and proudly. They spout their hate and lies on public forums and over mega-phones. They are far more dangerous.
This new shower is far more numerous, they’re more motivated, and they have a far more sinister agenda. They are part of a broader, leftist plan, which is instrumental in the destruction of free society. Most of these people are so lazy that they advocate for the redistribution of all wealth, by force, because they are unwilling to work. The people who go around telling lies about me, and other respected journalists, are the same people who haven’t worked, many of them, since the mid-nineties. They love the state, because they have suckled off the tit-of-the-state for decades and they wish to continue doing so.
These creatures are pitiful excuses for human beings and while they are dangerous, they spend most of their time high or pissed, or both, so guess what, I am not one bit afraid of them. Nor am I afraid to call them out on their bull-manure. They think they can bully people. They try to humiliate people into submission with their lies. But they will never succeed. Genuinely good people will never be cowed by violent, loudmouthed stoners. While they may say they wish for the proletariat to seize the means of production, they would even fear that, because it might mean them having to actually do a day's work. If they were honest, they’d admit that they’re quite happy to live off the fruits of the other’s labour, and call them names while they do it.
These people are walking, talking, hate-crimes, who incite hatred not against people of a certain race, gender, religion, orientation, or nationality, but against people who disagree with them. To give you a specific example, these people have gone so far as to lobby this publication’s advertisers and supporters to withdraw their support for us. They do this, of course, without any consideration for the five jobs they are putting in jeopardy by doing so. If they were to lobby our advertisers and tell them the truth, our advertisers would tell them to Foxtrot-Oscar, but they don’t do that. They call and email our advertisers telling them lies, saying The Democrat is a racist, misogynistic, nazi rag – all lies. These people are despicable, ignorant fools, and they will not be let win.
The beauty of a free-society, is that they’re free to do as they please, provided they’re willing to live with the consequences of their actions. And mark my words, they’re actions will have consequences.
While I might hold these people in utter contempt, I genuinely would fight to the death to defend their right to exist and say stupid things – that's what real freedom is. You see, I am a real advocate of liberty, equality, and justice, unlike these idiots who proclaim to be advocates of equality and justice as long as it is for them and their causes. God love you if you hold an opposing point of view to these radicals, they’ll fight to the death alright, but not to defend your right to exist.
On a lighter note
It is funny how some of the people I’m talking about take the time to read this opinion column each week. They usually read Hardwired before taking to their keyboards to start spouting. They do not start typing online to argue an opposing point of view or develop a contrarian argument to the one I pose, no, instead they tell more lies and simply make up stuff about this newspaper and I. I’d nearly be afraid to stop writing this opinion column for fear the paper’s readership would fall as a result of them moving on to annoy someone else.
There is a very worrying trend developing across the modern political landscape. It is the rise of the cult of leftist-liberalism, the members of which are ideologically brainwashed by politically correct cultural-Marxist non-sense. Squirrel-feed on both the left and right have become locked in a culture-war which cannot possibly have a good ending. However, the nuts on the left seem to be the ones gathering the body of steam and the ones most interested in increasing the size of government, so as to use the State to enforce their morality on everyone else. So, naturally, they are the ones I am most concerned about.
I consider myself a liberal, in the classical sense of the word. I am not, as regular readers will know, a leftist. Which in and of itself is a bizarre feeling, as until quite recently, I always associated liberalism with being on the left. So, when I see how frickin’ insane some of the people I used to admire on the left have gotten, it makes me a little bit sad. I never admired those on the right much, but I admit to having found comfort in the sensible-sane-right, and those who espouse classical liberal ideals. I can’t, however, find any sensible-sane-leftists in popular culture, only leftist-loons.
These hard-left ‘activists’ or ‘talkivists’ as I like to call them, brand their ideological opponents, such as I, as ‘right-wing’. We are branded right-wing for believing in liberty, equality, justice, individualism, and self-determination. Their ‘progressive’ ideals are, in fact, regressive ideals but they don’t want to believe that, because they are brainwashed in their ‘liberal’ echo-chamber. The laughable thing is, there is nothing liberal about their agenda at all. To be liberated is to be free to choose and to be liberal is to support the ideals of liberty. These people don’t support the ideals of liberty, they seek to force their notions of moral-liberalism on everyone else.
The classical liberal ideology essentially amounts to “live and let live”, and I’ll discuss that in practical terms a little further on. What the modern, insane ideology of leftist-liberalism or statist-liberalism advocates is state-enforced morality: “Do as I say, or else.”
In short, the people who advocate for bigger government are actually incredibly lazy. I mean, they believe they’re not, and in fact, they think they actually do more than anyone, but they’re wrong. They talk. They talk a lot. And sometimes, they walk and talk at the same time, but what do they actually do? Nothing. They just tell the State to do more, abdicating their rights and responsibilities to it.
Whereas you see, I believe that the people who are talking about doing should be talking about it less and doing about it more, as should we all for that matter. If they all took five minutes, stopped being faux-outraged, and worked on a solution to the problem they are shouting about, as opposed to shouting at someone else i.e. the State (who has no intention of listening anyway and they know that) the world would be a much better place.
Actions speak louder than words, and being outraged, quite frankly, doesn’t do very much. Saying that someone else should come up with a solution to a problem, and someone else should implement the fix for the problem, and someone else should pay to fix the problem, isn’t really very helpful at all. In fact, it is the opposite of helpful.
But do you know what all this talk is? It's easy. It’s easy to stomp, and shout, and roar, and march. It’s easy to say more should be done, it’s easy to say systems are broken, it’s easy to say more is needed. It’s all very easy to talk about, and suggest, and say - but when it comes down to actually doing? Oh no, that’s the States job. The ‘activists’ are just there to give instructions.
Tell me why the State, funded by taxpayers, should force their morality on everyone else? Why not individuals doing good deeds to help out their fellow man? Remember a single good deed is worth a thousand promises, and all governments do is make promises.
Somehow or another, in the mental world we live in today, the reality is that being a liberal actually places you further to the right-wing end of the political spectrum than it does to the left. There has been a total divergence in political ideology in recent years with liberalism and leftism now being totally different from one another.
According to the prevailing logic, on the left being pro-business, pro-work, pro-equality, pro-justice, pro-liberty, pro-diversity, pro-choice and in favour of more efficient government makes you ‘right-wing’, and not just right-wing but ‘far-right’ or ‘alt-right’. It's awful stuff, it really is.
I think most people are probably moderates, who believe common sense should prevail. And I would argue that most people who are truly liberal, in the classical liberal sense, would believe in limited government and free markets. I’d argue that they believe that what happens in a person’s home is their business and no-one else’s, especially not the State’s, that they believe that property rights should be strong, civil liberties should be protected, and if you are going about your business peacefully, the State should not interfere with you. I’d also argue that they believe that government should do as little as possible and do it really well, and that the government should ensure that there is a strong system to ensure the security of all the people, but not if it means their natural human rights are impeded upon. Most sane people would argue that the rule of law should be of paramount importance, but the laws which are passed and enforced should only act to protect individual freedoms and not oppress them, and the judiciary should be independent and fit for purpose. All very reasonable stuff, right?
If you apply the Classical Liberal ideals to a few contemporary topics, a pattern begins to emerge:
Marriage is a union into which any two consenting adults should be able to enter; man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, it doesn’t matter - the state should not be able to have a say in how you live your life, so long as you hurt no-one else. End of story.
With regards to migration, anyone who wishes to come and engage freely and peacefully with anyone else should be able to do so. Where they come from doesn’t matter, and the government should have no hand, act, nor part in it, other than to pass laws to ensure all people are free to engage with one another without fear of oppression.
All people are born equal and despite circumstances, we all deserve equality of opportunity but there are no guarantees of equality of outcome, nor should there be.
The welfare of the State should be left in the hands of the individuals of that State. People should be responsible for themselves, and the vulnerable should be cared for by the virtuous, not by the State. If the State has to do it, there is no virtue in the actions.
But above all else, people should be free to do as they please in order to pursue happiness without fear of interference from the State or its agents. Crimes should have victims, and those who cause harm to others through theft, assault, defamation, etc should all face the full severity of the law. But those who do nothing to hurt or impede others should be free to do as they please without fear of internment or infringement.
Most people want the same thing, and that is for society to be a better place for everyone. Some of us just want to go about it in different ways. As a real liberal, I want people to go about it as they see fit, without hurting someone else, whereas the modern leftists want the State to enforce their version of happiness on the entire population, under threat of force. What is virtuous or fair about forced morality, forced happiness, forced compliance with a social ‘norm’? I would argue nothing.
But don’t take my word for it, find someone you know who actually lived under a statist regime and ask them about the breadlines, the deprivation, the rations, the political oppression, the suspension of habeas corpus, and the torture but to mention a few human rights violations. The one lesson we must learn from history, if it is the only thing we learn from history, is that you can vote your way into a statist regime but you almost always have to shoot your way out of one. If you don’t believe me or the people who have lived through an oppressive statist regime, pick up a bloody history book.
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