Domestic Abuse

“The police” ( as in “Defund the”) are now sitting, or hanging, where “the priests “ were ‘long about 2 years ago now. To paraphrase the great Dr Seuss in  his book about the Star-bellied Sneetches: To be wearing a badge now is frightfully bad!
Welcome to the “Police Abuse Scandal” , coming hot on the heels of the “Priest Abuse Scandal”.  And in between, we had the  “White Heterosexual Male Abuse Scandal” which, witness Ed Henry, hasn’t abated a whit.

I have no brief either for priests or police.  But I do like men.  So it took me till now to realize what this clump of “abuse scandals” have in common, and what’s at the back of my mind that makes them all…familiar.

These selective hysteria-storms  resemble purges like the “Doctors’ Plot” hoax in early 1950s  USSR, when Stalin put it about that there was a cabal of (at first mostly Jewish)  doctors who were plotting to assassinate him.  Overnight, physicians went from healers  to KILLERS!   Get ‘em!

Is it really that easy, now, in 21st century America: you just announce from a Leftist totalitarian platform that all members of some group,  distinguished by its training or class or belief or simply race-gender cluster,  be and they hereby are:  pariahs?

Apparently yes.  Everybody knew for decades what priests were up to, witness all those altar-boy jokes.  Everybody knew police were brutal; they’re probably a lot less  so now than ever before.  And everybody, absolutely everybody, knew about the “casting couch”.  All of these, the fodder for a million jokes, became—overnight, it seemed—odious, sinister, predatory, criminal.

(Of course it’s only possible if the Left seizes  control of the news media. Check. )

 

You may balk at comparing this to a Stalinist “purge” , but, well : persons who don’t immediately whip around to endorse the new orthodoxy  are now Instantly marked and no longer “permitted to buy or sell“.   Those words are from Revelation of course.  And although  maybe in John of Patmos’ time, people could still survive if excluded from the stream of commerce, today, they cannot.  These words of dire prophecy amount to a death sentence.

What profession, what creed, what subset of our citizenry will be the next victims, the next instant pariahs?

Because in 2020 America, it apparently is  that easy  to engender obloquy by fiat.

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7 thoughts on “Domestic Abuse”

  1. I am thinking of Lincoln’s “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.

    I think people have gone from no/low fat diets to no/low facts diets. They are becoming fatheads who intellectually don’t look good in swimwear.

    Rule of law has been taken over by mope rule. (These people complain a lot.)

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  2. John of Patmos

    How dare you, HOW DARE YOU! wield – even possess- a knowledge of factual history!  “Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” George Orwell, 1984.

    The trustworthy pivot at a moment’s notice to slay the discovered traitor beside them.  The Part’s sole marketable asset is loyalty.

    Purge is Peace
    Opinion is Treason
    Ignorance is Power

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  3. Robin Hanson has been one of my intellectual heroes for some years.  An economist at George Mason University, he has researched out of the box ideas in a multitude of fields for many years.  His book, The Age of Em, was my nonfiction Book of the Year for 2016.

    Today, he issued a cringe-inducing apology for something he tweeted on June 17th (I don’t know what it was).

    This is groveling, by a tenured university professor at the top of his profession, on the order of a “confession” in Stalin’s Great Terror or Mao’s Cultural Revolution: “I was too slow to see how what I said could suggest ill racial intent. I say this not to excuse myself, but to explain. I will work to learn from my mistake and become more sensitive to the concerns that I neglected here. I welcome suggestions for training programs, readings, and other appropriate activities.”

    All that’s missing is praise for the Great Stalin and his charting the One Correct Path.

    If they can get to Robin Hanson, they can get to anybody.

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  4. John Walker:
    All that’s missing is praise for the Great Stalin and his charting the One Correct Path.

    I want to praise the charter of the One Correct Path and for the insight of having a Bolton ‘stache before its time.

    I also denounce John Walker as an enemy of the state and for being a capitalist corgi!

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  5. John W:  “If they can get to Robin Hanson, they can get to anybody.

    They can get to anybody who wants to play by their rules.  But why should anyone be prepared to play by their rules?

    I may be behind the times, but I thought the point of being a tenured professor was that the fortunate individual with tenure could follow his intellectual curiosity wherever it took him, and no-one could take away his guaranteed job or income.  I guess there are always other things that can be denied to the tenured professor — research grants, invitations to Davos, high-priced speeches to corporate audiences, massive book advances, articles in the New York Slimes.  But if a tenured professor is prepared to forego the trinkets which Lefties dangle in front of him, he really could be a free thinker.

    Hanson’s big mistake, of course, was being on Twitter to begin with.  Never, ever have a Twitter account!  That truly is selling one’s soul for a mess of potage.

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  6. Gavin Longmuir:
    John W:  “If they can get to Robin Hanson, they can get to anybody.

    They can get to anybody who wants to play by their rules.  But why should anyone be prepared to play by their rules?

    I may be behind the times, but I thought the point of being a tenured professor was that the fortunate individual with tenure could follow his intellectual curiosity wherever it took him, and no-one could take away his guaranteed job or income.  I guess there are always other things that can be denied to the tenured professor — research grants, invitations to Davos, high-priced speeches to corporate audiences, massive book advances, articles in the New York Slimes.  But if a tenured professor is prepared to forego the trinkets which Lefties dangle in front of him, he really could be a free thinker.

    Hanson’s big mistake, of course, was being on Twitter to begin with.  Never, ever have a Twitter account!  That truly is selling one’s soul for a mess of potage.

    Now he has not only a blue check by his name but a black mark also.

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