Transcript of November 4th, 2015 Harsh Reality podcast. You can listen to it here.
Do you remember being a kid and being told to MYOB? That is, "mind your own business"?
It was a foundation of American culture. Along the lines of "Don't be a tattletale", "Keep your hands to yourself", "Treat others the way you would have them treat you", "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" and maybe 100 other informal social rules that permeated American culture. Ingrained and often repeated to the point that good citizens would recognize and disprove of someone who violated these cultural boundaries.
Notice the common denominator in all these rules? It's respect for individuals. Respect for their personal property. Respect of their personal opinions. Respect of their physical person. Respect for the larger community to not drag them in to your personal drama. Do what you want, but mind you own business and leave other people to theirs. Especially when they're not asking for your opinion.
Whatever happened to that?
There's this thing out there called being a social justice warrior. "SJW" for short. These people are the opposite of everything described above. Your business is their personal business. Everything you do in life is for them to judge and either approve or disapprove. There is nothing off limits to them. What you do in your bedroom, what you eat, how you raise your children, how you vote, what you drive, where you work and what funny pictures you share with your friends on social media are all their personal business. At least, they think it is. And they act accordingly. For lack of a better illustration, it's the stiflingly fascist politically correct culture that's infected American campuses for the past few decades, only it's on steroids and wandered off the campus and into the streets, businesses and neighborhoods of America. You've no doubt seen it. And maybe even experienced it.
Here are some examples of how it goes:
"I've never been to South Carolina and I'm not black and I have zero personal connection in any way to the Confederate battle flag, BUT I'M OFFENDED ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE IN THAT STATE AND DEMAND YOU TAKE DOWN THAT FLAG!";
"I'm not gay, BUT I'M OFFENDED ON BEHALF OF GAYS AND SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT FORCING YOU TO BAKE CAKES FOR PEOPLE AGAINST YOUR WILL!";
"Those aren't my children, BUT I'M OFFENDED AT YOUR ALLOWING YOUR CHILDREN TO WALK TO THE BUS STOP ALONE AND I'M CALLING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ON YOU!";
"I don't go to smoky bars, BUT I'M OFFENDED ON BEHALF OF NON-SMOKERS WHO MIGHT POSSIBLY WANT TO WORK IN A SMOKY BAR AND DEMAND THE GOVERNMENT BAN SMOKING IN THOSE PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS!"
"I don't hunt and I've never been to Africa, BUT I'M OFFENDED ON BEHALF OF (????lions????) AND DEMAND THAT HUNTERS BE PROSECUTED FOR KILLING ANIMALS!"
"I don't personally like to pray, SO I'M DEMANDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT BAN EVERYBODY FROM PRAYING AFTER THE FOOTBALL GAME!"
Remember the Chik-fil-A "controversy"? The (now deceased) octogenarian founder of the restaurant chain merely mentioned his personal belief in traditional marriage in his church bulletin, or some such. But that was more than enough to set off the explosion of outrage and boycotts. His personal opinion was not tolerated. His family's business was attacked. His employees nationwide were subjected to hate-filled rants and threats. Former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel banned Chik-fil-A from Chicago.
Notice the theme? Sure, there's the moral superiority element. But America could just laugh this off except these idiots have managed to get the muscle of the government behind them. Whether it's lawsuits in our courts or regulatory harassment by government agencies or actual laws passed by their liberal politicians at whatever level. The common denominator in all this is that the leftist, liberal, socialist point of view is the "correct" or approved opinion and any other points of view are slowly being made illegal. The enforcement mechanisms are through the government. The storm troopers are the social justice warriors who roam through social media, the hallways at work and school and through our neighborhoods looking for something to be offended about.
And they come in all several varieties. The feminist variety is one of the more virulent strains. There's the racial antagonist who throws around accusations of "racist" at anyone he disagrees with about anything or is just personally offended by. And this works for several racial identity groups. That Gutierrez guy in Congress is an example of a hispanic SJW. Or "clock boy"'s dad. Anyone who wants to be a famous and gets on TV calling everyone racist is an example of a SJW. But there's also the angry gay crowd, animal rights people, environmental activists. Pretty much anyone who's angry and accusing people of being something-"ist".
This is a sickness. Unimportant little people who make themselves feel important by using the government and courts to bully everyone else into living their lives the way the social justice warrior thinks they should. I want to start a trend. Everyone should mind their own business. In everything.
And it's having a tremendous impact on American culture. I always like to reach back into history and find examples of where people have done the same or similar things in the past and how that turned out. There is, as they say, nothing new under the sun. But I'm not able to come up with anything like this at any time in human history. This idea that everything is now everyone's collective business. I simply can't come up with an example of this having happened before. The Stasi? The KGB? Big Brother in George Orwell's "1984"?
But those were all a fascist oppression of the population. In modern America the population is judging, bullying and suing each other into conformity. It's a strange phenomenon.
I suppose the East German Stasi is probably the closest thing to the SJW phenomenon, even though it's not a perfect analogy. Here's a link to the wikipedia article about it. It was evil. The population living in a constant state of paranoia because East Germans never knew when it would be their turn to be hauled away for words or thoughts or actions that were unapproved.
Author, lecturer and columnist James Howard Kunstler has the best article I've ever read on this phenomenon here: http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-little-maoists/ He writes:
"There is no American Mao, but there are millions of good little Maoists all over America bent on persecuting anyone who departs from a party line that now dominates the bubble of campus life. It’s a weird home-grown mixture of Puritan witch-hunting, racial paranoia, and sexual hysteria, and it comes loaded with a lexicon of jargon — “micro-aggression,” “trigger warnings,” “speech codes,” etc — designed to enforce uniformity in thinking, and to punish departures from it.
...[C]ampus life is preoccupied with handwringing over the hurt feelings of every imaginable ethnic and sexual group and just as earnestly with the suppression of ideological trespassers who don’t go along with the program of exorcisms. A comprehensive history of this unfortunate campaign has yet to be written, but by the time it is, higher education may lie in ruins. It is already burdened and beset by the unintended consequences of the financial racketeering so pervasive across American life these days. But in promoting the official suppression of ideas, it is really committing intellectual suicide, disgracing its mission to civilized life."
Even the very concept of MYOB seems to have vanished from American culture.
So, where does it go from here? You can't reason with these people because they're irrational and they don't want to hear anything you have to say. No explanation, no defense. They just want you to take their beating because the whole point of what they're doing is to make an example of you for anyone else who might have a different opinion from them.
Arguing with them is pointless, because you are necessarily letting them set the agenda. Not smart. Best bet is to stay away from them. Block them on social media. Don't politely listen to their tirades. And, whatever you do, do not introduce this infection into your place of business or social group. People with an inability to MYOB are like an infectious disease and the SJW stain will cheerfully destroy lives, careers, businesses and friendships.
I want to start a trend. Of everyone minding their own business. Re-introducing that formerly great American cultural character trait of not sticking our noses in other peoples' business. Maybe if enough people practice this and it becomes normal again, combined with the refusal to even give the social justice warriors an audience about their disapproval of us or anyone else, maybe be can vaccinate enough people to effectively end this disease.