Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Down with Strong Female Characters: The Final Insult

John C. Wright has helpfully linked to all of his entries on the subject.
For this, I got hate-mail and hate-pingbacks (if there is such a word). I confess to a mild  surprise at the sheer vehemence of the hate. Some of my surprise is that anyone would regard yours truly as important enough to bother hating, since, to the best of my knowledge, I threaten no one and nothing, and my opinion is of no concern to anyone who does not take steps to have it made known to him.
Wright is being modest here, but he knows that being outraged over crimes committed in other people's heads is what our cultural overlords do.
Some of the surprise is that anyone would condemn what he has not read. That strikes my poor, innocent, naive, but icy and dispassionate Houyhnhnm heart as illogical. And there is nothing we icy and dispassionate Houyhnhnms regard with our icy and dispassionate equivalent of pity as much as that one sin of which our island of pure reason disapproves, namely, a lapse in logic.
Much of the surprise was that no one saw fit to argue the point with an actual argument. We seem to have fallen into a stage of society where disagreement with Political Correctness is regarded as an unforgivable moral depravity rather than a error in reasoning open to correction by reason.
This is a symptom not of the strength but of the senility of Political Correctness: it has lost its confidence to win in the marketplace of ideas, so it  rules the marketplace to be out of bounds. There seems, however, to be no provision to enforce the ruling, nor any reason to regard the ruling as legitimate.
Therefore, as a public service, and a gesture of conciliation, I here gather all the links of the sprawling essay in to one place: so that any readers deeply offended by the essay be allowed the opportunity to read it before condemning it.
Did it ever possess confidence to win in the marketplace of ideas? I'm younger than Wright so I only have vague recollections of the Cathedral's ascendancy. They've always disliked any sort of marketplace. Perhaps they engaged in reasoned debate once upon a time, but only long enough to acquire the levers of power. They don't argue with Dark Enlightenment types so much as they use words like "unacceptable" or "not cool" or dismissing them as "crazy." If you ever manage to make a SWPL say "Wow... just wow," then you may rest assured that you have triumphed over your foe.

That's why it is sometimes such great fun to be a reactionary. You get the thrills of youthful rebellion without having to traffic in destructive lies. One way or the other, truth will out.
 

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