Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?"

There's a saying generally attributed to Voltaire, but which was apparently a much later aphorism (allegedly from Kevin Alfred Strom, a white supremacist):

To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?

I suppose it's ironic that it's from a white supremacist source, because the following graphic (courtesy of Wirecutter) is extraordinarily well suited to it.

That's so true it hurts.  If one even criticizes (much less condemns) any or all of the first four groups, the Social Justice Warriors, hard-left liberals and progressives will line up to condemn you.  If one doesn't condemn the last, they'll do it for you.

H. L. Mencken had it right, methinks:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

That aphorism fits the graphic above to a T.



Chris Mallory said...

You are mostly correct. But "anti-Semite" is used by the Republicans the same way that the others are used by the progressives. Go on Breitbart and say the US tax payer should not be sending welfare to Israel or any other nation. The "Anti-Semite", "Nazi", and "Jew hater" comments will fly faster than an SR-71.

Tewshooz said...

Well, I am an old lady and I say what I want. Bring it on lobbies.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Peter;

It is a sad stage of our society when stuff like this is acceptable and even encouraged. I keep remembering phrases that the soviets and the red chinese would use to discuss their latest great plan and what phrase was "acceptable" to their society and to the thought police.

Uncle Lar said...

Here in America all you suffer if your speech falls outside the approved guidelines is social pressure and criticism. In Europe and apparently now in Canada it can earn you jail time.
Always remember that the sole purpose of the Bill of Rights has always been to tell the government what they are not allowed to do to the citizens. And removing that control from their hot greedy hands drives the leftist socialist progressives insane.

HMS Defiant said...

America is stuffed with these people. I would share with you how much it hurts that people we spend $20,000 per year educating walk away with their stupidity intact. It survived 12 years of educating in really expensive schools by well paid teachers and it decided, screw it, I'm gonna stay stupid and spend my life in prison aftter they finally lock me away for life for raping and killing people that matter. Before that happens they generally rape and kill people that don't matter.

Sorry for that. I spent the night reading Russian history.

However, since it's your blog and not mine and there is no chance whatshername is reading it, Anybody who wants to get an understanding of the Russian, should read the Moon Daughter and the Sun AND you may correct me if I'm wrong. I got my first understanding of South Africa from the books by Wilbur Smith.

Everything I care to know about the place I served in for over 15 years I got from Leon Uris and a book of his I read at an impressionable age.

...and who reads comments anyway,