Two Non-Conspiracy Theories

Couple of things I noticed today. First Brendan O’Neill on Political Correctness:

…political correctness is not actually the handiwork of small groups of cultural Marxists or liberal malcontents. The rise and rise of PC is not simply down to the activism and agitation of unrepresentative sections of the chattering classes, who detest vulgar language and what they consider to be offensive ideas. If it was, how could we explain the actions of the US Navy? Why would one of the most powerful, well-armed institutions on Earth buckle under pressure from po-mo feminists or people who read the Guardian?

No, political correctness represents something far more profound than its critics appreciate. The victory of PC is built upon the demise and decay of traditional forms of authority and traditional forms of morality. It is parasitical on what we might call the crisis of conservative thought. In fact, I would argue that the power of PC is directly proportionate to the weakness of the old, taken-for-granted forms of morality…

Yet to look at political correctness in that way only – as a kind of new Ten Commandments enforced by tiny elites – is to miss what is the foundation stone of PC, the ground upon which it is built. Which is the inability of the traditional moralists to justify themselves and defend their way of life and moral system. It is that inability which, towards the end of the twentieth century, created a moral vacuum that was filled by instinctive and often kneejerk new forms of moral control and censorship.

Because when you have a profound crisis of traditional morality, which governed society for so long, then previously normal and unquestioned ways of behaving get called into question. From speech to interpersonal relations, even to nursery rhymes – nothing can be taken for granted anymore when the old frameworks have been removed. All the given things of the past 200-odd years start to fall apart. Political correctness is really the scaffolding that has been hastily erected to replace the old morality. It represents the tentative takeover by a new kind of modern-day moralist. And the end result is undoubtedly tyrannical and stifling and profoundly antagonistic both to individual autonomy and freedom of speech….

So political correctness is not a simple case of ‘cultural Marxists’ storming the citadel; rather the citadel collapsed, and we now have some rather opportunistic, instinctively authoritarian elements in society attempting to build a new moral system on the rubble.

That is why political correctness is so hysterical, so intolerant, so keen to govern everything from how professors communicate with their students to whether teachers can touch their pupils to when it is acceptable to say ‘blackboard’ – not because it is strong, but because it is weak and isolated. It has no real roots in society or history, like the more traditional forms of morality did. It enjoys no popular legitimacy or public support; in fact, the phrase ‘political correctness gone mad’ rather reflects the disdain amongst large sections of the public for today’s new speech codes and behaviour etiquette. It is the shallowness of PC, its parasitical nature, which makes it so insatiably interventionist.

An interesting thesis. And not another conspiracy theory.

The other one was James Delingpole drawing attention to Paul Homewood:

All Of Paraguay’s Temperature Record Has Been Tampered With



No, it’s not been tampered with. It’s simply that the data has finally caught up with the theory.

aircell2D0I mentioned a few days back that I’d had a new idea how to model climate/weather using “huge ping-pong balls” piled on top of each other. I got a simple prototype version of it working today. Here’s a snapshot of it in operation.

The ping-pong balls get bigger if they’re in the (hot) right-hand half of the container, and they shrink if they’re in the (cold) left-hand half. I was hoping that this would set up a circulation, with cooling and shrinking bubbles dropping down the left-hand side, and rolling from left to right along the bottom, and heating and swelling bubbles rising up the right-hand side, and right to left along the top. And that’s exactly what happened, first time I tried it.

So I’ve got a simple convection model of an atmosphere. The left-hand side might be the North Pole, and the right-hand side might be the the equator. And then I’ve got a Global Circulation Model.

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10 Responses to Two Non-Conspiracy Theories

  1. waltc says:

    Someone’s link yesterday to an article on “reforms” at Dartmouth seems to fit a discussion of PC. Among the reforms, a ban on hard liquor (but not wine and beer, though wait for it) and assignment of students into “communities” with “community values” instead of just to dorms. And here’s a verbatim:

    “A requirement for students to sign a code of conduct that defines expectations for “civility, dignity, diversity, community and safety”;”

    The idea as a whole ( signing a pledge) is creepy enough but I can’t wait for the academic bureaucrats to define “civility” or, for that matter, ” safety” and instantly cringe at pledging allegiance to “diversity and community.”

    The other thing PC has replaced is the entire concept of the individual and in that sense it is indeed Marxist, replacing traditional enlightenment values with Marcist values.

  2. The Navys change in policies is a direct result of Obama firing every commander that didn’t tow his leftist PC dogma……….he literally cleared the top ranks of all conservative or libertarian views……..

  3. ‘Purge surge’: Obama fires another commander…/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-com...

    Nov 4, 2013 – Is Obama purging U.S. military of top officers because of politics? … No, he’s just cleaning house of old, dead wood ….. in unprecedented ways,” she reiterated, “the brass has remained largely silent since the spring of 2010.”.

    Obama vs. the Generals – POLITICO Magazine…/obama-vs-the-generals-99379_Page3.html

    Nov 6, 2013 – That culture gap between the Pentagon and the White House frequently … It is far better, he argues, to have top brass be “out in the open and accountable ….. who failed to promote have a clean record with NO wrong doing.

  4. The Drive Is On for a White House Purge – LaRouche PAC

    Nov 2, 2014 – … top Pentagon brass and other sane elements to force a thorough house-cleaning at the Obama White House. The recent leaks on Pentagon …

    Obama Changes Direction Of US Military Command, Fires 9th…/obama-changes-direction-of-us-military-command-fires-…

    Oct 28, 2013 – Obama will continue firing top leaders do to his future plans. Check ISIS and the … the chrome plated brass balls of still reelecting him, is beyond my comprehension… …… JUST CLEANING HOUSE OF ALL THE TRASH.

    • Washington sources have confirmed that there is an all-out drive by leading Democratic Party circles, top Pentagon brass and other sane elements to force a thorough house-cleaning at the Obama White House. The recent leaks on Pentagon complaints about White House incompetence in managing the war against the Islamic State were sanctioned at the very top of the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff and are aimed at forcing the removal of some of the most egregious White House staffers. Among the top names on the “to-be-purged” list are Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and her top deputies, Ben Rhodes and Tony Blinken.

      According to one source, the JCS prepared a complex but serious war-plan for defeating IS in Iraq and Syria, but the implementation has been completely bungled by the White House and NSC team, that has repeatedly failed to even consult with the Pentagon before making public statements or sending communications to Congress. The source added that the top military planners belatedly realized that the White House and NSC team did not comprehend the plan at all and were therefore totally incapable of even explaining what the U.S. was doing.

      The most egregious incident was the memo written by Susan Rice to Congressional leaders, spelling out the request for authorization of funds for the training of Syrian rebels and the launching of bombings of IS targets. The memo was so poorly written that the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called the Pentagon immediately and demanded a total re-write, which was done. After six-and-a-half years, the White House/NSC team is more incompetent than ever.

      The stakes are such, according to the sources, that it is no longer feasible to ignore the White House/NSC fiasco. Right after the Tuesday Nov. 4 midterm elections, it is expected that there will be a new round of media leaks, accompanied by direct pressure on President Obama from leading Democratic Party “elders” to clean house and bring in a new team to run the Presidency for the duration. The sources emphasize that Vice President Joe Biden has become part of the problem and this adds a further complication to the situation.

      One source also clarified the significance of the Hagel-to-Rice memo on the failure of the White House to clarify the policy towards Syria. The Hagel memo, in contrast to some neocon media claims, was not a demand for more focus on removing Assad from power. To the contrary, Hagel simply demanded a clear policy from the President on how to operate inside Syria, where the U.S. has no authorization from the UN Security Council or any other body for action. The Joint Chiefs have insisted that the U.S. must focus on destroying IS and not engage in any actions that would diminish the efforts of the Syrian Army against the Islamic State fighters. Joint Chiefs Chairman. Gen. Martin Dempsey in particular has reportedly told the President that the U.S. cannot fight a three-front war against IS in Iraq, IS in Syria, and the Assad government and the Syrian Army.

      Expect a major escalation within days of the midterm elections, when the situation will heat up even further and Obama will come under more intense pressure to fire his White House and national security team. At least two major groupings within the Democratic Party are preparing their next moves with some measure of coordination.

  5. Maybe us Americans have a Nigel Farage yet…………………..

    Rand Paul rips Jeb Bush as a hypocrite for pot smoking past

    Rand sounded off on Bush as the Kentucky Republican kicked off his weekend in Texas, scoring a coveted endorsement from the Texas GOP Chair, Steve Munisteri.

    Sen. Rand Paul is calling out Jeb Bush for hypocrisy after revelations Bush smoked pot in high school even though Bush opposed legalizing medical marijuana as Governor of Florida.

    “You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul said on Friday, in comments to The Hill after the Boston Globe reported Bush had used the drug in the late 60s during his student days Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

    “He was even opposed to medical marijuana. This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do. I think that’s the real hypocrisy, is that people on our side, which include a lot of people, who made mistakes growing up, admit their mistakes but now still want to put people in jail for that,” he added.

    “Had he been caught at Andover, he’d have never been governor, he’d probably never have a chance to run for the presidency.”

    Rand sounded off on Bush as the Kentucky Republican kicked off his weekend in Texas, scoring a coveted endorsement from the Texas GOP Chair, Steve Munisteri.

    Paul, whose father Ron Paul is a retired Congressman from Texas, spoke at the Dallas County GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, and on Saturday will headline a Tarrant County GOP.

    The libertarian leaning Paul supports legalized marijuana and has called punishment for pot possession “ridiculous.”

    He has also suggested that he may have dabbled with drugs in his youth.

    “Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes,” he said in a radio interview in December.

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  7. caprizchka says:

    The problem with U.S. Protestant forms of “traditional” morality, such as which caught fire in the early Twentieth Century, is that they depend on shame. The backlash would obviously be shameless.

    I’m reading a book about narcissism which posits that an intolerance for feelings of shame is the root of narcissism. Specifically, somewhere around “the terrible two’s”, a parent imparts shame on the child without giving that child the tools to process the feeling. This results in an intolerance for shame that in turn impairs the child’s ability to feel empathy, or, perversely, in some, too much empathy but otherwise no real sense of “self” except that which is provided by other people. Since two-year olds are in the process of defining “self” as distinct from the primary caregiver, overdoing it with the “shame” teaching can backfire tremendously.

    I suspect that if people want to return to a strong “tradition” of morality, in the U.S., at least, they are going to have to go back further than the Twentieth Century. How far? I’m not sure given that megalomaniacs have tainted history and even the interpretation of language itself. Alternatively, I’m afraid that they’re going to have to invent a new one. Since “Political Correctness” also heavily relies on shame it too shall fail, one way or another, even if humans become so devolved into lizard-brains that they’re incapable of higher thought.

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