the rise of woketron
5 pernicious memes, one giant robot
hey, remember that time a cat on the internet told you that all these technocratic progesso-woke ideologies were really just one big post-modernist authoritarian pretext for the usurpation for top down societal control?
well, here’s what it looks like when they come together. (and yes, this is real, i checked)
clearly, we’re about 15 minutes away from having to call hurricanes by their preferred pronouns and of sunny days identifying as cumulonimbus.
and yes, the absurdity is palpable. you think it’s a bug, but it’s not. it’s a feature. worse, this is the actual call to war.
convincing people to believe absurdities is how you get them to commit atrocities.
and they will 100% think they are the good guys when they do it.
this is not about finding the center or reaching consensus, it’s about identifying and rallying the true believers, the frothing zealots who will act as shock troops.
this is what that looks like. it’s the same people and the same end game with a fresh coat of pretextual paint to find deeper fealty in the next cut of credulous cultists.
its intensifying rarefication is not a sign that it’s eating itself. more often, this is a sign that it’s getting dangerous. this is how they gather the hyper-committed vanguard for the next push.
the fact that it looks absurd to you is just a screening mechanism akin to the way that nigerian finance minister internet scammers make deliberate grammatical errors so that only the most gullible marks respond or the way stage hypnotists run through an audience to find those easiest to mesmerize.
make no mistake, there are people that gender transformative climate action will make quack like a duck every time you say “oppression” and those are the ones that the build back better gang wish to rally to them like sauron calling the ring wraiths (if nazgul had weird dietary restrictions and identified as genderfluid demihobbit climatologists).
the overt integration of these weaponized post modern ideologies into one vast fighting machine is the coming field of battle. it always was. they are the fingers of the same grasping hand.
this penetrates every sphere of life from economies to personal interaction. that’s why they chose it. these are their plans for you and if you think these philosophical underpinnings are too far fetched to find currency, take a look at what passed for sane and what got murdered for being “reactionary” in the last marxist “cultural revolutions.”
adherence to ever shifting absurdity functions as a potent form of brainwashing. it’s a powerful invitation out onto the limb of “no one understands you but us” from which there is no return without identity collapse. this is especially so for those who cannot separate their ideologies from their sense of self and validate this identarianism through external validation of and signaling of commitment to dogmatic ideals.
this is not even surreal yet. (and you do NOT wanna see what that looks like)
performative obeisance to this unified structure is absolute subjugation.
covid was just one facet of this hydra.
5 wokester warrior tribes become one giant robot.
and make no mistake about whose freedoms it will come to “liberate them from.”
they can probably ensure that in the future you will own nothing.
but the “happy” part will be forgotten and then branded “anti-social” and a “sign of bourgeoise/race/gender privilege.”
if you have never spoken to someone who lived through the maoist cultural revolution, i really recommend that you do. the stories and the scale of the insanity beggar belief.
but this fundamental absurdity is a weakness as well as a strength because, of course, it’s completely, barkingly absurd.
it derives its power from being uncriticizable.
the whole trick of weaponizing these belief sets is dropping non-interrogatable salients into post modern deconstructionist systems to transform what ought to be the intellectual parlor game of derrida into a secular jihadi religion.
it’s a sort of neutron bomb for the values of the enlightenment: all else save the arbitrary ideological payload can be pixelated past meaning in a sort of semantic unravelling, leaving only doctrine behind because we have a priori deemed it sacrosanct from questioning.
this is the very definition of dogmatism, and yet they will believe themselves to be the intellegencia not even in spite of but because they so fervently adhere to a secular religion.
but this only works if we agree that these ideas like “all human relationships are about power and all power is about race/gender/class/whatever i just made up” are, in fact, non interrogatable or that “the science is settled” and that detractors may be shouted down, attacked as “deniers,” and pilloried.
this is the critical vulnerability.
this is why they attack so viciously any who seek to debate or even question their foundational precepts and shriek “if you are not anti-whateverist you are whateverist!” (a tidy little piece of doctrine, that. all non believers are heretics and therefore evil…)
this is why they accuse any that do not want to see every issue through the prism of race as white supremacists and those who will not kowtow to the struggle session of gender privilege of being misogynists and gender aggressors.
it’s not about fact or sense or reason; it’s just emotion. it’s just an easy way to attack rapidly using rote epigrammatic assaults to intimidate and to cow.
“question me and i will instantly hurl the worst words i know at you and gather others to howl them with me in chorus until you fear us.”
this is why they choose as mascots those like poor abused weather potato greta whose youthful appearance and OCD issues make her a difficult target to attack without looking the villain.
power over these memetic assaults comes from calling them out.
it’s just the parable of the emperor’s new clothes. once the fear of being isolated and attacked for accepting and speaking aloud the input of your own senses and sensibilities is overcome this silly pastiche of intellectualism and science is revealed as the vapid nonsense it is.
but responding to an accusation of being racist with “no, it is you who are racist” lacks heft. even when true, it sounds childish as though one is resorting to “i know you are but what am i.” i suspect this is why this meme has been so successful.
in addition, the logical chain to validate the claim of just who is being racist here is complex. it’s hard to fight shouts with paragraphs. countering emotion with intellectualism is simply too slow.
the effective memetic jiujutsu here is to lampoon them.
decline to accept their premise and just make fun of them and their ideas instead.
laughter kills the woke robot and that makes mockery a VERY potent tool. master manipulator saul alinsky who invented or at least elucidated many of the tactics used today feared it above all else for a reason.
engage these ideas on their own terms and you get sucked into the struggle sessions and hallucinatory terrain of dogmatic assertion presented as gospel. sidestep them and reveal the hilarity of their lack of foundation and they fall over.
so the winning move is to dismiss and to parody. this stuff is a joke (albeit an unfunny one), so why not joke in return?
this has the added advantage of replacing the infuriating and sisyphean task of trying to lead to logic those determined to argue by dogma with something that’s actually fun.
the progresso-wokester inability to meme is legendary. they are neither funny nor poignant, only angry and as the great feline philosopher tells us:
in this way we will make them speak the quiet parts out loud and reveal their true natures and aims and play the sputtering apoplectic fool while getting to have a laugh of our own.
the bully cannot stand against laughter and this is why laughter truly is the best societal medicine.
fortunately, i know some folks that simply adore engaging in just such righteous ridicule…