I don’t care about the holocaust. I don’t care whether it happened or not. I don’t care if it was three million Jews or six million Jews. I don’t care how many Gypsies and Polish were added to the mix. I don’t care.
Some of my in-real-life friends think I harp on what a massive exaggeration the holocaust is. They think it is an obsession.
The point isn’t whether or not the holocaust happened, because I don’t actually care. The point is that it’s one of those few topics in history you aren’t allowed to question. Which would make me want to honestly question the holocaust, except I don’t care about the holocaust. Therefore the only way to make the holocaust not matter is to make fun of it.
And this is part of the problem with holocaust revisionists (since deniers are almost non-existent). They want to take down the narrative, and of course I’m all for honest inquiry. But they make it such a life mission that all it does is validate how the holocaust is the most important thing ever and the only genocide that’s ever happened.
Yes the holocaust was bad. So was the Armenian genocide. So was the time of troubles in Ulster. So was southern slavery and scrip mining and the Hawaiian annexation.
So what? Why is someone trying to get me to feel anger? I’m being coerced into feeling an emotion that isn’t relevant to my life. Your attempt to defy the system only validates the system.
I’ve made this point a little before, that I don’t even really care about the Civil War. The Rebel flag is more of a libertarian thing. Except I’m not really a libertarian, so really it’s just a means of angering the moral busybodies who are trying to give me their anger. I only wear it because you told me I can’t.
I didn’t care about the Confederacy until you told me it was Evil and that I should definitely not do anything to associate with it because it’s the epitome of Hatred and Racism and Oppression and totally deserved every bit of unmeasured justice done against it. The Confederacy was Lex Luthor, so of course the Union and Lincoln could take any Avengers measure necessary.
Might there be an agenda in that? Perhaps a means of excusing government over reach for the greater good? And neo-confederates have tried arguing against these people for 150 years, but it doesn’t do any good, so just wear the stars and bars and give them the middle finger. And while you’re at it, do the same for the Crusades and Rhodesia.
There’s some value to arguing seriously against these people, but if that’s all you do, then you take them seriously and only seriously. The best way to argue against those who can’t be argued with is to just make fun of them. If you insult their intelligence, it deals a much greater blow.
Because that’s all they have. The social justice brigade doesn’t care about facts or truth. They care about feeling superior to you.
It’s why I use “fag” so casually and make fun of any gay pride identity pandering I see. What, am I supposed to take gay pride seriously?
Scott Alexander explained this general concept extremely well, though admittedly he would hate this blog.
It’s the reverse of the 1950s. Assume you’re a hip young intellectual in the 1950s. You see all these stodgy conservatives around you – I don’t even know what “stodgy” means, I just know I’m legally obligated to use it to describe 1950s conservatives. You see Mrs. Grundy, chattering to her grundy friends about how scandalous it is that some people read books about sex, lecturing to the school board on how they had better enforce her values on the children or she will have some very harsh words to say to them.
And you think “Whatever else I am, I’m not going to be a mediocrity like Mrs. Grundy. I’m not going to conform.” Which, in the 1950s, meant you became a leftist, and talked about how stodgy society was fundamentally oppressive, and how you were going to value different things, and screw what Mrs. Grundy thought.
And gradually this became sufficiently hip that even the slightly less hip intellectuals caught on and started making fun of Mrs. Grundy, and then people even less hip than that, until it became a big pileup on poor Mrs. Grundy and anyone who wanted even the slightest claim to intellectual independence or personal integrity has to prove themselves by giving long dissertations on how terrible Mrs. Grundy is.
But when Mrs. Grundy herself joins the party, what then?
I mean, take that article on Dartmouth. A group of angry people, stopping just short of violence, invade a school building and make threats against the president unless he meets their demands. Every student must be forced to attend moral instruction classes inculcating their (the protesters’) values. Offensive terms must be removed from the library. And the school must take care to admit people of the right race. When was the last time you could hear a story like that and have it be even slightly probably that the mob was rightist?
It’s hard to argue that Mrs. Grundy is not a proud leftist by now, still chattering about how scandalous it is that people read books with the wrong values, still giving her terminally uncool speeches to the school board about how they had better enforce her values on the children (and if she can get the debate society on board as well, so much the better).
There must be overwhelming temptation among hip intellectuals to differentiate themselves from Mrs. Grundy by shifting rightward.
You’re telling me that whites robbed blacks of their culture and should pay them money? Lol-ercoaster. Am I really supposed to take you seriously? You think Muslims can assimilate into Western society in mass or that socialism won’t end in death camps and a crashed economy?
It’s like facts don’t matter at all to these people. You could almost make the argument that they love lies for the sake of lying.
Yeah I’m going to make fun of Black Lives Matter. It’s the best way to delegitimize it.
Why is holocaust denial linked with being a Neo-Nazi? Is that saying that people who believe the holocaust is a lie wishes it were true? Like, “I think Hitler was totally innocent and would never kill an innocent civilian, but man I really wish he had put the Jews into the gulag.” One would think holocaust denial is the opposite of being pro-Nazi.
Nazis, klansmen, and white supremacists. These are the goblins that live in the forest. They don’t exist in reality. Even the alt right has been conflated into an actual political movement instead of an umbrella term to describe social dissidents. (I have never identified as alt right, but people think I am anyway.)
They are the monsters under the bed who will steal your children in the night. The boogeymen we have banished into the abyss. We’ve sprinkled salt and garlic all around hoping they won’t come back, not realizing that they are just dumb superstitions.