Just a brief piece today, as I’m plunging toward the completion of The Discovery Phase…well, if a snail shackled to a boulder can be said to “plunge”…anyway, have three links that share a thesis:
I recommend that you read them all in their entirety. (The second one is just a Twitter capture, so it won’t take long.) Can you spot the common thread?
Now, now, let’s not always see the same hands! And no fair reading ahead!
Of course, the thesis that unites them is gradualism, which is the original term for what Francis Berger’s essay calls “salami tactics.” The wise (but evil) man determined to encroach upon your rights and what’s rightfully yours will proceed gradually, slice by thin slice, until you’ve given him the greater part of what he covets. The federal government has been steadily working to break us to unquestioning obedience for a long time now. The use of a pseudo-pandemic to bludgeon us into compliance is merely the latest slice, with the ineffective and demonstrably dangerous “vaccines” as one of its culminating strokes. The first and second links indicate the direction future federal pseudo-medical mandates are likely to take.
The third piece highlights something that’s actually been going on for a while now: the steady destruction of the boundaries around acceptable sexual conduct, such that today the protection of minors, unable to defend themselves and incapable under the law of informed consent, is seriously threatened. Others have already noted the progression as regards homosexuality:
- First they pleaded for “tolerance.”
- Next came a demand for “acceptance.”
- After that, a demand for legal privileges.
- And now, if you prefer not to associate with homosexuals or regard their behavior as shameful or sinful, you’re a “hater” they’ll do their best to cancel, ostracize, and (they hope) impoverish and / or imprison.
Start small and work your way down the salami, slice by slice. That’s how the Left works, in all its myriad manifestations. It’s the same with the demonization of the United States, the anathematization of white men and Christians, the delegitimization of free enterprise and private property, the war on gun rights, the sexual “education” of children, transgender evangelism, the “gender identity” foofaurauw, public lewdness, and the normalization of public defecation a la mode of San Francisco.
Those who hope to preserve our norms as they stood around 1950 cannot use gradualist tactics. Preserving something can’t be approached that way, for reasons that ought not to require a syllogism.
There is one ray of light, however. When those operating a gradualist / salami-slicing campaign sense that opposition is massing against them, they try for bigger and bigger slices out of the fear that their window of opportunity is about to close. I sense that this is happening today on several fronts. The persecution under color of law of Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Project Veritas, and Kyle Rittenhouse are harbingers thereof. But the leap to the “big slice” is likely to trigger a violent counter-reaction…as it should.
It’s time and past time for each American to decide where he stands and what he’ll do when the fecal matter reaches the air propulsion device. No man’s land will not prove hospitable.
To close, have a couple of illuminating graphics:
If thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee. – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche