A Shakespearean Revival on the Political Media Stage

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A Shakespearean Revival on the Political Media Stage

PETRU­CHIO:

Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or ere I jour­ney to your father’s house.
Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Ever­more cross’d and cross’d; noth­ing but cross’d!

The Tam­ing of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 5
If there is one thing that I am con­stantly accused of by peo­ple who know me it’s being a sucker.

Like my father before me I find it very dif­fi­cult to believe the worst of indi­vid­u­als or to pre­sume less than noble motives to the actions of peo­ple I encounter. In many ways this is a pos­i­tive thing and a Chris­t­ian act, for exam­ple to be guilty of moral sin once must, in addi­tion to act­ing delib­er­ately on a grave mat­ter, have full under­stand­ing of the sin­ful nature of the deeds involved.

An exam­ple of this kind of thing comes in this post from instapun­dit link­ing Rex Mur­phy at the National Post con­cern­ing the book 1984:

As the gath­ered crowd got more agi­tated, masked ‘black bloc’ activists began hurl­ing pro­jec­tiles includ­ing bricks, lit fire­works and rocks at the build­ing and police. Some used police bar­ri­ers as bat­ter­ing rams to attack the doors of the venue, breach­ing at least one of the doors and enter­ing the venue on the first floor.”

Now what do we call it when peo­ple in black uni­forms and face masks storm a speak­ing venue, assault atten­dees, light fires and throw bricks at police with the express pur­pose of shut­ting down a speech? Would “fas­cist” work for you? In this con­text, and remem­ber­ing it is a uni­ver­sity cam­pus where this out­rage was per­pe­trated, I think fas­cist will serve quite nicely.

Mur­phy notes that the actions of these folk are objec­tively fas­cist but thanks sheer igno­rance of inex­pe­ri­enced youth who can say things like this with a straight face:

One pure­blood nitwit at the event whined that it wasn’t Milo’s talk, per se, that trig­gered her, but that she feared that in some future class she might unwit­tingly be sit­ting next to some­one who had attended it.

Thus the cow­ardly fear of, dare I saw asso­ci­a­tion, expressed by a phrase which could have eas­ily been uttered a cen­tury ago in the Jim Crow South, sud­denly makes join­ing what was essen­tially a lynch mob unable to reach it’s tar­get an act of courage.

Now one might for­give such igno­rance among col­lege who aren’t famil­iar with the “Sturmabteilung” and don’t know it when they see it, par­tic­u­larly in the mir­ror, but as Stacy McCain notes one can’t extend that same igno­rance to some­one like the spokesman for the Sierra Club claim­ing their efforts sup­port­ing Planned Par­ent­hood & Abor­tion are about pop­u­la­tion sus­tain­abil­ity given basic facts:

The total fer­til­ity rate in the United States is already sub­stan­tially below the so-​called “replace­ment” level (2.1 aver­age life­time births per woman), so why is “the num­ber of peo­ple we have” such a prob­lem for the Sierra Club? Isn’t the real prob­lem that the Sierra Club is a Demo­c­rat Party lob­by­ing group, which is try­ing to reduce the num­ber of Amer­i­cans who vote Republican?

The Sierra Club’s annual bud­get is about $100 mil­lion. How much of that money are they spend­ing in Soma­lia and Malawi? None, I’ll bet.

No, the Sierra Club spends its money from lib­eral donors to elect Demo­c­rat politi­cians whom it then lob­bies to enact lib­eral poli­cies. Whether these poli­cies are actu­ally help­ing the envi­ron­ment is less impor­tant to lib­eral donors than whether they’re help­ing the Demo­c­rat Party.

Thus we see, as in many a Shake­spearean Play, a dis­guise of envi­ron­men­tal­ism to fool the sim­ple, but there are those who like Kather­ine play along with this decep­tion for the sake of their polit­i­cal goal thus pre­tend­ing this pat­tern doesn’t exist:

So, what’s the pat­tern? How do fas­cists take power? First, they are angry with elec­tion results or how the coun­try is being run. Then fas­cists use mil­i­tant tac­tics to force the pop­u­la­tion into sup­port­ing, or acqui­esc­ing in, their cause, even though most cit­i­zens don’t actu­ally sup­port the fas­cist agenda.

Today, some per­sons who claim to oppose fas­cism have started using fas­cist tech­niques, such as blockad­ing roads and other modes of tran­sit into the city, per­pe­trat­ing vio­lence against those who dis­agree with them polit­i­cally, and using fear to sup­press those who have dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal views. But using fas­cist tech­niques is never right, and if you just removed “we will fight the fas­cists” from the Occupy Oak­land tweet, it could be eas­ily mis­taken for a quote from Ben­ito Mus­solini, Fran­cisco Franco, or Adolf Hitler.

And hav­ing sat qui­etly in media pools lis­ten­ing to reporters speak freely to each other con­fi­dent that all agreed when I see head­lines like this:
http://​twitchy​.com/​g​r​e​g​p​-​3534​/​2017​/​02​/​03​/​b​o​s​t​o​n​-​g​l​o​b​e​-​f​o​r​c​e​d​-​t​o​-​i​s​s​u​e​-​e​m​b​a​r​r​a​s​s​i​n​g​-​c​o​r​r​e​c​t​i​o​n​-​a​f​t​e​r​-​s​p​r​e​a​d​i​n​g​-​f​a​k​e​-​n​e​w​s​-​s​t​o​r​y​-​a​b​o​u​t​-​t​r​u​m​p​-​a​n​d​-​t​h​e​-​m​e​d​i​a​/​?​u​t​m​_​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​=​b​u​f​f​e​r​390​d​b​&​a​m​p​;​u​t​m​_​m​e​d​i​u​m​=​s​o​c​i​a​l​&​a​m​p​;​u​t​m​_​s​o​u​r​c​e​=​t​w​i​t​t​e​r​.​c​o​m​&​a​m​p​;​u​t​m​_​c​a​m​p​a​i​g​n​=​b​uffer
becomes this:


I’m afraid expe­ri­ence pre­cludes my nor­mal assump­tions of the good will of those involved and con­clude that the goal of advanc­ing the polit­i­cal goal, the defeat of Trump and con­ser­vatism, defeats the need for accu­racy or even pro­pri­ety which is why a ven­er­a­ble name like Newsweek can look at vio­lence and riot­ing and say…

and do so with a straight face mim­ic­ing virtue,their Hol­ly­wood allies would be proud, but I sus­pect that while this post calls it a Shake­spearean revival it will likely fin­ish more like a Greek Tragedy in the end.


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PETRUCHIO:

Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or ere I journey to your father’s house.
Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Evermore cross’d and cross’d; nothing but cross’d!

The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 5
If there is one thing that I am constantly accused of by people who know me it’s being a sucker.

Like my father before me I find it very difficult to believe the worst of individuals or to presume less than noble motives to the actions of people I encounter.  In many ways this is a positive thing and a Christian act, for example to be guilty of moral sin once must, in addition to acting deliberately on a grave matter, have full understanding of the sinful nature of the deeds involved.

An example of this kind of thing comes in this post from instapundit linking Rex Murphy at the National Post concerning the book 1984:

As the gathered crowd got more agitated, masked ‘black bloc’ activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.”

Now what do we call it when people in black uniforms and face masks storm a speaking venue, assault attendees, light fires and throw bricks at police with the express purpose of shutting down a speech? Would “fascist” work for you? In this context, and remembering it is a university campus where this outrage was perpetrated, I think fascist will serve quite nicely.

Murphy notes that the actions of these folk are objectively fascist but thanks sheer ignorance of inexperienced youth who can say things like this with a straight face:

One pureblood nitwit at the event whined that it wasn’t Milo’s talk, per se, that triggered her, but that she feared that in some future class she might unwittingly be sitting next to someone who had attended it.

Thus the cowardly fear of, dare I saw association, expressed by a phrase which could have easily been uttered a century ago in the Jim Crow South, suddenly makes joining what was essentially a lynch mob unable to reach it’s target an act of courage.

Now one might forgive such ignorance among college who aren’t familiar with the “Sturmabteilung” and don’t know it when they see it,  particularly in the mirror, but as Stacy McCain notes one can’t extend that same ignorance to someone like the spokesman for the Sierra Club claiming their efforts supporting Planned Parenthood & Abortion are about population sustainability given basic facts:

The total fertility rate in the United States is already substantially below the so-called “replacement” level (2.1 average lifetime births per woman), so why is “the number of people we have” such a problem for the Sierra Club? Isn’t the real problem that the Sierra Club is a Democrat Party lobbying group, which is trying to reduce the number of Americans who vote Republican?

The Sierra Club’s annual budget is about $100 million. How much of that money are they spending in Somalia and Malawi? None, I’ll bet.

No, the Sierra Club spends its money from liberal donors to elect Democrat politicians whom it then lobbies to enact liberal policies. Whether these policies are actually helping the environment is less important to liberal donors than whether they’re helping the Democrat Party.

Thus we see, as in many a Shakespearean Play, a disguise of environmentalism to fool the simple, but there are those who like Katherine play along with this deception for the sake of their political goal thus pretending this pattern doesn’t exist:

So, what’s the pattern? How do fascists take power? First, they are angry with election results or how the country is being run. Then fascists use militant tactics to force the population into supporting, or acquiescing in, their cause, even though most citizens don’t actually support the fascist agenda.

Today, some persons who claim to oppose fascism have started using fascist techniques, such as blockading roads and other modes of transit into the city, perpetrating violence against those who disagree with them politically, and using fear to suppress those who have different political views. But using fascist techniques is never right, and if you just removed “we will fight the fascists” from the Occupy Oakland tweet, it could be easily mistaken for a quote from Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, or Adolf Hitler.

And having sat quietly in media pools listening to reporters speak freely to each other confident that all agreed when I see headlines like this:
http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/02/03/boston-globe-forced-to-issue-embarrassing-correction-after-spreading-fake-news-story-about-trump-and-the-media/?utm_content=buffer390db&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
becomes this:


I’m afraid experience precludes my normal assumptions of the good will of those involved and conclude that the goal of advancing the political goal, the defeat of Trump and conservatism, defeats the need for accuracy or even propriety which is why a venerable name like Newsweek can look at violence and rioting and say…

and do so with a straight face mimicing virtue,their Hollywood allies would be proud, but I suspect that while this post calls it a Shakespearean revival it will likely finish more like a Greek Tragedy in the end.


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