The Last Word


### I don't like what I'm about to do here; this is not something I normally do. But these are not normal times I guess... I'm going to react to a video one of my readers on Steemit posted in reaction to my latest post on Trump's lunacy, Tweety And Disaster.



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I started typing a response, looked up at the clock, and decided to make it a post of its own; I fully admit to having mixed motivations to do this, but I assure you that part of it is that this is important in my eyes. Part of it is also that I'm angry. Not so much about the blatant racism echoing through some of the online discourse, but about the ignorance and stupidity that lies behind the racism. And sometimes the sheer malevolence behind it.

So the response I got was just this video by Steven Crowder, and nothing more; the video is linked below this post for you all to enjoy. Right of the bat, it doesn't speak for you if you don't speak for yourself, and rather let someone else do the speaking for you. That makes it look like you can't form an opinion of your own by taking into account multiple perspectives and combining them with your own world-view. No one person 100% agrees with any other person in the universe on any topic involving human beings and their interactions. None. That's exactly the only truly unique thing in the entire universe; your personal perspective on that universe. No one exactly shares your world-view. A video with some personal commentary might work, but letting Crowder be representative of your own personal opinion is, well, ill informed. Without such commentary I'm to assume that Crowder speaks for you, so I'll react to Crowder's video from now on.

I'll first help him with some basic language, the meaning of words; genocide: the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group. What Crowder is trying to make us believe here is that the genocide of the native Americans wasn't genocide at all, because not ALL of them were killed, and we, whites, have even made children with them... He even goes on to compare this situation with The Holocaust; I can't imagine that anyone can listen to this without actually feeling their brain-cells die at a fast rate...

When have you met a racist that advertises the fact they're a racist? Why did KKK members wear these ugly pointy MASKS? Yeah yeah, Crowder would respond with pointing to [Antifa](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifa_(United_States)) members also wearing masks, thereby committing the same fallacy as Trump so often has done; he equates the fascists to the ones fighting against fascism. Trump said about the tragic events at the Charlottesville protest that there were "very fine people on both sides," committing the logical fallacy of a false equivalence. They've been taught this by watching too much television, where the profit-margin demands sparkling debate. For example, the opinions of creationists are put on the same level as the opinions of evolutionists; these opinions are NOT equal in validity, I hope that one day Crowder will understand this.

To preface the next point, here's the verbatim of Trump's famous Presidential Announcement Speech:

> When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Crowder claims that Trump never said that ALL Mexicans are rapists. Crowder claims that Trump has said, on numerous occasions no less, that he likes and respects Mexicans and Latin-Americans in general. Crowder claims that this is proof positive that Trump is no racist at all. He goes further even, and claims that the "leftist media" demonize Trump when they keep repeating that Trump said that ALL Mexicans are murderers and rapists... Now read that quote again. "And some, I assume, are good people." When you say that they are rapists, but some of them are good people, you've made a racist statement. And Trump does this time after time after time. Crowder doesn't get that. Trump doesn't get that. Their followers and defenders don't get that. What am I to make of this? You tell me...

A racist will typically never admit to, or even be aware of his or her racism. They'll say things like: "Some of my best friends are immigrants," or "my sister is married to an immigrant," or even "I myself am an immigrant," and therefore I could never be racist. They'll say things like: "They're not less than us, they're just different." And then go on to say something even more stupid like: "Black people are, on average, better at sports. And I love sports! So I'm not racist when I claim that white people have, on average of course, a higher IQ than black people. Here's the study that proves me right! And talking about IQ, Asian people have a higher IQ than white people; am I racist when I say that? Or am I just being realistic, like a race-realist?"

Well, you're racist of course. Without addressing the environmental reasons for these differences, like abject poverty, or state-run universities, or the fact that Asian immigrants are generally from well-off families that enjoyed high education, or deliberate historical and current policies that might have resulted in an uneven playing-field, you're assigning race, and race alone, as the cause for these differences, which paints you a racist, no matter how often you call it "race-realism" or some other creative euphemism. Crowder has made all these points in several of his videos; I really can't understand anyone who would listen to this man for any information or advice on ANYTHING, and take it seriously.

Watch the video again; he's sitting there LAUGHING and JOKING about the genocide of the native Americans, while rationalizing that this is how history works; when an inferior culture meets with a superior one, the first either adjusts and submits to the will of the latter, or they get crushed. "Don't worry about it! Genocide is just this thing that happens between well-meaning peoples in history. It is what it is bro!" He unwittingly makes another fallacious argument known as an appeal to tradition. He's saying that "this is right because we've always done it this way." What makes this even worse, and speaks even louder than Crowder to the malevolent intent of Crowder's video, is that there are also GOOD arguments to make against Spike Lee's performance in the video that Crowder critiques. The video that Crowder makes baseless fun about, I should say, as I'm afraid that any serious "critique" on these matters is a bridge too far for the likes of this loud-mouth Crowder... For the sake of me not becoming inflammatory, I'll leave it here, and give this whole topic a rest for a while; you have the last word.



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Yes you would know what a racist is because you would have been guilty is it. I posted that video everyone. And no I did not let Crowder speak for me. It was a shit post to an already shit post I had read. I follow you because some of the things you quote struck at me and agreed to them. And some are just pure lunacy.
As if you were guilty and are making atonement for them by making everyone feel guilty too.

And personally I think Trump is not racist and you seem like a smart person soo your nit pickin and jusstification is uite convincing. Language is a dangerous weapon and I think you consciously use them to satiate your guilt for what ever atrocities you or your forefathers committed in the past.

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25.08.2019 02:50
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Agreed.

26.08.2019 03:49
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I apologize, @akumagai, for anything I said that might have hurt your feelings; that was never my intention, but I realize how you would feel like you're being put in a spotlight by me using my response to you as a post of its own. I truly apologize for that. We just have different opinions on a complex man and a complex subject; this happens all the time and I admire anyone who enriches discussion by adding their genuine thoughts on the subject to the mix; that includes you too.

26.08.2019 04:31
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The whole “good people on both sides” bit by Trump has been routinely debunked. He makes it very clear soon after that moment he was not talking about white supremacists. He said he “condemns them totally”. Also, racists DO routinely show their faces. Richard Spencer, David Duke and that many others on YouTube. It’s important that you avoid using that tired and untrue bit to bolster up the parts of Trump that are genuinely bad. It hurts your arguments.

Trump MAY be racist, but he has never given us anything to suggest he is a white nationalist. Those are two very different things. Many, many people hold casual, racist beliefs but are definitely not white nationalists. Most racists are like anyone else and willing to leave others alone so long as the same courtesy is reciprocated. White nationalists are the exact opposite of that. They want the explicit and violent domination, expulsion or enslavement of anyone not white.

And Antifa may not be fascist but many are certainly communist and authoritarian. Both those variants of socialism are violent and tyrannical and should be rejected always. Actually, socialism is also tyrannical and should be rejected at well.

I think Crowder is often a jerk for effect and agree with you that the whole “well that’s how clashing cultures works” bit, while accurate, doesn’t excuse the practice. Ghengis Khan, Nazis, Ancient Persians, Muhammed and many others benefitted from this mindset and I for one think it’s gross and evil. I do think it’s worth considering though that Crowder does have a point, that while the US government has treated the Native Americans poorly, the relationship was indeed more complex with it as an institution and with the people it governed and took place during a very different time with rules very different by today’s standards.

Finally, Spike Lee sounds like a dolt when talking about the 1619 project. He’s a good filmmaker and tells really good, visual stories but he really can’t communicate well during an interview. I think he was a bad choice as an ambassador for that project, as ill conceived or well intentioned as it is.

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25.08.2019 15:50
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True. I don't understand why Steven Crowder said he did not agree with everything Alex Jones said just a week ago when he was interviewing Alex. I agree with Alex with everything except maybe how Alex can sometimes say that he feels likes Bitcoin has some potential problems because of Soros and maybe Rothschild trying to buy up Bitcoin coins. Alex kind of says he knows blockchain and decentralization and cryptocurrencies is the future and I am trying to tell him to turn his website into a blockchain and to join Steemit. Steven Crowder should be on Steemit too.

26.08.2019 03:47
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Alex Jones is an interesting character but I think he’s more of a showman than anything. I believe Infowars has an account here. Crowder should definitely be here.

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26.08.2019 03:49
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I'm a showman, like Alex Jones. Because that is how you influence people.

26.08.2019 12:00
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Or you could do science. That is also very influential.

26.08.2019 19:30
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You have not seen Mike Adams or Ken Ham?

26.08.2019 20:04
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No, but I also don't find intelligent design or creationism convincing as a cosmology. I'm much more Lovecraftian in how I see the universe.

26.08.2019 20:13
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In other words, we are all mistakes. We came out of nothing. So, anything goes. If I want to kill you, then as long as I can get away with it. Why not? Life should be about doing what you want to do, right? Freedom. Don't tell me it is wrong to kill. I say it is right. If I can get society to agree with me, then why not?

27.08.2019 07:51
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I didn’t say anything of the kind and don’t believe that. I don’t think the emergence of our universe is knowable, and if there are minds behind it, neither are they.

27.08.2019 14:01
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I love the X Files, the truth is out there.

28.08.2019 01:09
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That's a well thought out and eloquent response, which I appreciate a lot @distantsignal, thanks :-)

There are problems though, nuances your response doesn't take into account. As you rightly point out, if we attempt to dive into the deepest motivations of human beings, it's nigh impossible to deny that there's a scale for everything, and that no one individual resides at the very extremes of these scales; there's shades of gray, no black and white, and this goes for racism as much as for any other idea or idealism we hold on to. I like that nuanced approach, it shows a willingness to not reduce these complex issues to simple, and easily marketable memes.

I also agree that the darker and lighter shades of gray are both guilty of reducing the discussion to mere slogans and generalizations; I do not exclude myself from that observation. We're also all equally affected by the usual restrictions where it comes to form a truly objective opinion on anything; cognitive biases, cognitive dissonance or the mere fact that we operate on auto-pilot 95% of the time. This is all to say that there are no singular one size fits all truths, certainly when we try to creep inside the minds of the people who reside in a different shade of grey.

Having said all that, it is my strong opinion still that Trump is a racist. Or just even dumber than I thought. And you've given no argument I haven't heard a thousand times before. Of course Trump follows up any racist remark with a strong remark in the exact opposite direction. It's his instance of the "some of my best friends are immigrants" ploy. In my book that's a far cry from a "debunking" of anything. And it's no surprise that Trump isn't aware of his own racist biases; most of us aren't aware of our own biases, most crazy people don't think they're crazy, most racists don't think they're racist. And those who are aware don't, as you claim, routinely show their true faces, which brings me to the false dichotomy between white nationalism and racism. The term "white nationalism" itself was invented as a euphemism for "white supremacy," and white supremacists are simply white racists; yes there are racists with other complexions as well. It's the same creative use of words underlying that other dreadful term, "race-realism." Now they're just concerned with protecting their culture, or afraid they will become a minority, be replaced... Give me a break...

And besides all that, what is the threshold for calling someone racist? Do we believe someone is a racist only when they go around shooting people with different skin-color? Or when they shout out "I'm a racist"? Look, Trump was already at the front-lines in the birther movement that sought to defame Obama by publicly painting him a Muslim from Kenya, demanding he shows his birth-certificate and implying his position as the POTUS was illegitimate. A position consequently championed by the likes of Ben Shapiro, Stefan Molinieux and many prominent members of the GOP. To be honest to Crowder here: I believe he went against all that at the time. In his political as well as his business-life he has sufficiently shown to have no qualms whatsoever about lying with a straight face in front of a large international audience. He is not just some guy; higher standards should apply to him than to just some guy. I gave one example and that one example should be enough to disqualify this man from the position he holds, but unfortunately he's a regular avalanche of speech and policies that comfort white nationalists and strengthen them in their ill conceived convictions. Even if Trump doesn't believe he's a white nationalist or racist, don't you think he should then at least be concerned about the way these fascists seem to gather around him? When your supporters start chanting "send her back" you should take a step back and meditate on where you took a wrong turn. Or not, if you indeed agree...

As for your remarks about socialism, well I won't go there, but you're severely mistaken there too in my opinion. Let me just say that the fact that a person or a country calls itself, or is called by others, socialist or communist, doesn't make it so. Just like Trump claiming to condemn fascists doesn't exempt him in any way from all the other things he says and tweets. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea isn't democratic, isn't for the people or from the people, and isn't a republic. The National Socialist Democratic Party from Germany wasn't socialist. Stalin's USSR, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia were not communist, not Marxist, not socialist. Sweden today is more socialist than China has ever been, even though it's a capitalist country. Only shades of grey, right?

So, when you say "Antifa may not be fascist but many are certainly communist and authoritarian", I don't understand what you're saying. Fascists are authoritarian, yes, but communists and socialists are the exact opposite, yet you go on to say that "both those variants of socialism are violent and tyrannical". The definition of communism, the imagined society of the Guru for socialists all over the world, is as follows: a socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money, and the state. No state. No classes. Collective ownership. Nothing in there suggests the use of violence or any other form of exercising economical or social power. Communists are the only true anarchists, and many Antifa members are just that: anarchists. ... Okay... now I did go there... ;-)

Like anyone else I too have my own biases and strongly anchored convictions, and I'm aware that I may be wrong about all of this, and that I'm wrong about this for sure in many other people's minds. It's difficult for anyone, myself included, to discuss topics that touch so closely on our deepest convictions, and not fall prey to the many pitfalls that go hand in hand with political and ideological discourse. All we can do as individuals is try to navigate the treacherous quicksand, but at the same time treasure trove of well meaning souls that all strive for their version of a better tomorrow, that is this marketplace of ideas. And you've navigated it very well my friend, even if we don't see eye-to-eye :-) I'm grateful for your response, and apologize for ranting on...

26.08.2019 04:21
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No worries.

RE: socialism. Any form of it necessitates total economic control from a central authority once you scale it up. Socialism, i.e. common ownership, works very well on small scales because everyone is very close to the decision making. Families, farms, collectives, et al. However, once you scale it up a central authority has to materialize to coordinate the economy and that's where you really run into its totalitarian nature. Socialism is really economic totalitarianism, and since all our decisions routinely interact with the economy centralizing those decisions leads to total control over our lives, and since all of us are different and have different priorities, socialism requires the forceful homogenization of economic choice. Fascism adds the dimension of centering its socialist ideology - or flavor if you will - around a race / people / nation to that equation. That's it's big distinguishing feature.

As for the Nazis vs Communists, they are definitely variants of socialism, just veering off into different forms. In Europe at the time of fascism's and communism's rise, my understanding of the political zeitgeist was a debate about what kind of socialism was desirable, not between free markets and socialism. One centered around a global, proletariat or the worker, and the other into race and the nation. What makes them the same is that they both desired total control over individuals, so the hairs I'm splitting here don't really matter. Every form of large scale, applied socialism has led to authoritarianism, starvation and mass murder. I don't really care if it's communism or fascism. The experiments have been run. They're both violent, oppressive garbage.

The Nordic countries you speak of are definitely not socialist. They're market economies with large welfare states. That's totally different.

My problem with your arguments when it comes to Trump's racism, or racism in general, is that you exclude the evidence that speaks contrary to your conclusion. If someone says "I think we should limit immigration" but then follows it up by saying, "and I have a lot of immigrant friends" you blatantly state that it's the former response the one that truly matters. That reveals their true nature, their racism, etc.

Both statements can be true. My family emigrated to the US in the 20th century so I recognize not only the importance of allowing immigrants into our country but ALSO the need to strictly control borders.

Trump will say he condemns white nationalists TOTALLY, but that's dismissed because of the other things he says. You're either being dismissive or attempting to divine the true meaning of his soul, when it could be that he's a shit communicator - obviously - or you are only hearing what you want to hear. He can be both against white nationalism and be pro nationalism, and while there are racists and white nationalists that have rallied around him, there are others that dismiss him, like Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist. There is also a lot of regular people rally around him too. Working folks of all stripes, rich people, republicans, nationalists, hispanics and blacks, so I'm not willing to dismiss him or the people that support him outright as racists. I mean, there ARE, but the same goes for the left. Identity politics has morphed the liberal minded democrats into a mess of racists and sexists. Everything is related to your identity now and how oppressed you are. If Trump is tapping into that then so is the Left at every level.

I reject both sides of this manifestation. Racism is stupid, white supremacists are assholes and identity politics is for suckers.

26.08.2019 19:21
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@Stefan.Molyneux made some great videos about the Native American Indians. Great oatmeal videos. Very historical and educational.

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