Another Episode In The Polarization Chronicles

     Yes, yes: Twitter’s board of directors has approved the sale of the company to Elon Musk and his partners. Though it wasn’t exactly foreordained, it was much more likely than not that a sale would occur at some price. Otherwise the Twitter board would have had to defend the decision to deny its stockholders a large profit, after several months of decline in the price of Twitter stock.

     But that’s not what has me grinning this morning. Rather, it’s the reactions of leftists with significant public profiles, a few of which Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit has gathered for us. Hop on over there and read them if you like; I’m too fully occupied with my chortling to reproduce them here.

     Note the consistent motif of “I’m leaving Twitter” among prominent Leftist crybabies. I have no doubt that some will depart for good and all. Others will maintain their accounts but subside into passivity. Few will remain active on the platform once Twitter’s censorship of assertions and opinions from the Right has ended.

     The reason is simple: Leftists know they cannot defend their convictions with evidence and reasoning. Therefore they will not remain in a forum where they can be challenged.

     After all, what other explanation would cover:

  • Leftist demands that the Right be silenced;
  • Left-wing journalists’ repeated “doxxing” of outspoken conservatives;
  • The thuggery and violence characteristic of Antifa, Black Bloc, and other Leftist activists?

     The Left is all about power: not the power to achieve by ingenuity and effort, but coercive power: the power to suppress, punish, and ultimately eliminate its opponents. Coercive power – evil in society’s saddle – is the Holy Grail of the Inadequate: they who have nothing to offer others that others would willingly pay for. What else, after all, is left to such persons?

     That isn’t a brilliant, unprecedented deduction from a Certified Galactic Intellect. Anyone of normal intelligence could reach the same conclusion from a dispassionate assessment of the available evidence. Why so many Americans haven’t done so is equally plain: Good people don’t like to think badly of others. We prefer to see those who disagree with us as misinformed, or perhaps as victims of an error in their premises or their logic. We’d much rather argue with them than abjure them. It’s part of the modern, badly misguided attempt to deny the existence of evil.

     “Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences. You’ve given up good and evil for behaviorism, Officer Starling. You’ve got everybody in moral dignity pants—nothing is ever anybody’s fault. Look at me, Officer Starling. Can you stand to say I’m evil? Am I evil, Officer Starling?”
     “I think you’ve been destructive. For me it’s the same thing.”
     “Evil’s just destructive? Then storms are evil, if it’s that simple. And we have fire, and then there’s hail. Underwriters lump it all under ‘Acts of God.’”

     [Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs]

     Nevertheless, evil exists. The dark side continuously beckons to us all. O’Brien’s future vision of “a boot stamping on a human face—forever” inexplicably appeals to many. And many of those succumb to its entreaties, its flatteries, and its blandishments. (Never mind about the cookies.)

     In today’s Left, the credulous are led by the evil – and it is unclear which group comprises the majority thereof.

     The developments ahead will be most illuminating. Many minds, till now highly resistant to the notion that evil walks boldly among us, will be opened to the truth at last. Some, regrettably, will not prosper from the experience. But we’ve had it coming for quite a while.


  1. Short-term, a lot of pain and chaos. Those that hang together –  families, sure, but also gangs – will do well enough. They won’t starve, and by banding together, they will provide defense for the weaker members.

    The ones that are WOKE will be horrified to realize that their “Big Daddies” – government, foundations, and other intermediaries between themselves and reality – will, given a choice between THEM surviving and the Woke surviving, chose themselves.

    Expect some nasty lashing out, attempts to confiscate guns, food, working vehicles, and other ways to extra-legally grab from the earners to ‘give’ to the won’t-workers. Amazingly, those who EARNED what they have will resist.

    Government employees and retirees will side with the Woke (well, except for me). That’s the nature of those whose allegiance has been bought. Can’t wait to see what they say when they find out that their services are either no longer required, or that they will be facing pay cuts or ‘necessary’ taxes on their income.

    But, long term, I’m optimistically expecting things to get better, little by little. People are creative about keeping the lights on, the house warm, and food in their bellies. The last major inflationary period (Carter Years) had people trading goods and services, actively flea-marketing and yard-selling, learning how to handle home and car repairs, retrofitting their homes with energy-efficient devices and insulation, and Making Do.

    • NITZAKHON on April 27, 2022 at 8:53 AM

    “The purpose of power is power”.


    As to Twitter, I strongly suspect Elon will experience what Trump did – resistance at every turn from the entrenched bureaucracy bent on “resistance”.

    1. The upside: no civil service nor union protections may make a difference.

      But personally, I await seeing this image surviving there as a symbol of real change.

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