Thursday, January 25, 2018

Vox Popoli: Leave no one behind

Brian Niemeier decries the excessive individualism on the Right:

The Left wouldn't bother trying to disemploy and de-platform hatefact purveyors on the Right if Conservatives didn't indulge them.

It's been said before, and it bears saying again: Conservatives' main weakness is their critical lack of solidarity. It comes from the nasty individualist streak in their capitalist and Liberal influences. I've seen right-leaning business owners flatly refuse employment to like-minded friends because the job-seekers' unemployment exceeded an arbitrary 18 month limit. Even an otherwise solid guy like Stefan Molyneux, who speaks passionately about the need to put winning first, says he won't hire people who've "lost momentum".

One big advantage of being on the Left is that, if you check the right boxes and recite the proper credal formulas, the cult looks out for you. Note the curious phenomenon of lefties in media and business "failing upward". SJW editors from protected groups who bankrupt venerable sci-fi magazines don't have to apply at Target. They're given cushy writing assignments at Marvel Comics. When their unreadable books are inevitably cancelled, there'll be junior college associate professorships waiting to break the fall.

Conservatives who publicly speak uncomfortable truths are in for a rougher ride. First, the bow tie-bedecked moderates can be counted on to show up and virtue signal at the victim's expense. "Sure, he denounced the harassment," they'll say, "but if he meant it, he'd disavow his unruly followers who're causing all the trouble." Always conveniently forgotten is the fact that it's the Left who are stirring up fake outrage to distract from their loss.

After that, the employer will decide it's best to discontinue their working relationship with the victim because nothing says "sound, long-term business planning" like sacrificing a productive employee who reliably adds value to the company for the sake of dispersing an angry mob that would've lost interest and gone away on its own if management had just ignored them.

As the years have passed, I've gradually been forced to recognize the truth of this. No matter how good you are, no matter how smart, no matter how capable, you can only go so far on your own. I can write, but I can't draw and I don't even own a working color printer, so how could I possibly produce a comic without the assistance of a whole team of others? How can one be a Dark Lord of nothing and no one?

I'm as guilty of not looking to help out those who have come under SJW attack as anyone, so don't think that I'm pointing fingers at anyone here. And I am fully aware that not everyone is going to take full advantage of any assistance that is provided. Some people are self-destructive, some people are just difficult, some are socially retarded, and some just seem to be born losers. The mere fact that someone is on the Right doesn't make them inherently productive, likable or competent.

Even so, that doesn't detract from the importance of not leaving people behind and looking to help those who have been successfully swarmed and disemployed.