February 4, 2017

Beating out "1984" as the #1 best-selling book at Amazon — it's Milo Yiannopoulos.



Is this book even written yet? You can only advance-order it. The publication date is March 14th. Here's the link to buy it and simultaneously make a contribution to the Althouse blog (without paying extra).

My son John writes:
The Streisand effect: you attract publicity for what you were trying to conceal

The Milo effect: you get free publicity by rioters and arsonists trying to stop you from speaking, and your book becomes a #1 best-seller before it's released
And at that link, there are people talking about something I was going to bring up earlier this morning when I was writing a post about Robert Reich's floating the rumor that the Milo protesters were actually right-wingers. If we see that Milo benefits, it makes sense to explore the possibility that the protesters were pro-Milo. I don't believe that. I think the protesters are just very bad at understanding the consequences of their behavior (or they just don't care).

ADDED: "Dangerous" may have been #1 at some earlier point. At Breitbart, I'm seeing: "The book is now back at the top of Amazon’s rankings, holding the #1 best seller spot for books." Key word: "back." But the cause-and-effect of the protests is plain:
Pre-order sales of Breitbart Senior Editor MILO’s upcoming book Dangerous increased by 12,740% following the violent left-wing and “anti-fascist” riot that occurred at UC Berkeley on Wednesday in protest of a scheduled speech by MILO on campus.

87 comments:

PWS said...

Maybe the protesters were not Berkeley students but not "outsiders" either. Maybe they were just local anarchists or leftists or Marxists or troublemakers; whatever. Maybe they were recently graduated Berkeley students. I'd never heard of this guy, Yiannopoulos; I agree it is lamentable that his talk was disrupted, especially at a university. If you don't like the guy, ignore him or set up a parallel event. That's what our leaders should be advocating.

buwaya said...

Its been #1 for two weeks at least. The phenomenon has been noted in the Alt-Right sites for quite a while.

This isnt all the result of the Berkeley thing, though no doubt its added a lot of attention.

Anyway, that #1 is part of why the tour had to be shut down using violence as a pretext and the rioters, effectively, as props to prove the case. This isnt really about the rioters. They just didnt want a Milo-phenomenon at UC's flagship schools.

The universities may be ripe for a student-led overthrow of the lefts social and political authority. What it looks like from here. Milo has been getting overflow crowds at the lesser schools in CA.

Qwerty Smith said...

Their aim is to express hatred. Therefore, they have already succeeded. If asked, I'm sure they would say they wanted to stop Milo. But if they succeeded, they would have to find another Milo. Hatred is the cause of their opposition, not it's consequence.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

By that logic, if the protest movement benefits because Milo helps recruit violent protesters, maybe we should explore whether Milo is pro-protester. Let's remember that Andrew Breitbart cut his teeth at Drudge Report then helped Arianna start the Huffington Post.

buwaya said...

PWS, this guy is a phenomenon thats been ongoing since Gamergate (2014-ish). Its a thing, as they say.

The guy has almost as much energy as Trump.

Rob said...

If the protesters had been sent by Milo, they'd have been much more fabulous.

Ann Althouse said...

"Its been #1 for two weeks at least. The phenomenon has been noted in the Alt-Right sites for quite a while."

The NYT was touting "1984" as the #1 best seller at Amazon back on January 25th, and when I blogged about it on January 29th, I was seeing it as #1.

Just some "alternative facts"....

Maybe you mean in one of the categories like "politics."

buwaya said...

The "violent protesters" are staff of the local NKVD.
They aren't recruited, they are already on retainer, as it were. They are simply directed to do the needful, as my friends in Chennai might put it.

cf said...

Regarding Berkeley and white-man-hating Reich who lies like harry reid:

I have no doubt there are nefarious schemes going on among Milo's attackers. I think the Veritas work that uncovered professional disrupters and troublemakers like -- what is his name? Creamer? is an investigative wet dream. researching the makeup and source of these fellows is low hanging fruit for an actual journalist, and we could use someone truly examining who these people are. Who interviewed these rioters? Surely they would have loved a moment getting their say.

No doubt a good many are innocent young souls whose amygdulas have been conditioned to despise their own good fortune, and have gotten hypnotized by the wrong wymyn and other co-dependents. Who was paid to be there? What were they hired to do? What were they earning for being there? someone get the real story.

[Go Milo Go. godspeed]

roadgeek said...

I'm not even certain who Milo is, but I pre-ordered the book. I also noticed the juxtaposition with Orwell. My wife and I had a good laugh.

Alex said...

Milo Yiannopoulos is the 2017 Paul Revere. The SJWs are coming, the SJWs are coming!

Trump is General Washington.

Ann Althouse said...

@buwaya

Check my update to the post.

Sebastian said...

"I think the protesters are just very bad at understanding the consequences of their behavior (or they just don't care)." Yes and no. Yes, they don't care what the deplorable bourgeoisie thinks. Yes, they underestimate the possible backlash. But they understand very well that leftist thuggery produces results: it forces spineless university admins to cower in fear and the liberal establishment to move left, it imposes ideological homogeneity in many places around the U.S. and sends the message that resistance to the left carries high personal costs, and it symbolizes that they are ready to fight, for real, always and everywhere. They demonstrate the will to win. They count on the triumph of the will.

buwaya said...

Those are good alternative facts, but to add another, as per Wiki the day after the book was announced by the publisher it was #1 on Amazon. Thats how I recall it. That was sometime in December, I want to say Dec 30.
There are various stories about it from that time.
That it wasnt #1 consistently since then is a fair correction.

Commander Crankshaft said...

That's wonderful. It's great that he makes enough money to not have to troll college campuses any more for publicity. Next, will be stadium tours! Go, Nerd-Name Phonyopoulos!

Commander Crankshaft said...

Now that he's become a celebrity, can I disregard his political opinion as just another example of celebrity hounding attention whore abuse of platform, the way right-wingers do to real/actual celebrities?

Thanks.

buwaya said...

University admins dont cower in fear, they are just hoping for pretexts. These sorts of speakers are just as unwelcome to them as to the black block.
Been the case for a couple of decades.

buwaya said...

Ritmo,
This is classic filibustering.
Ref "El Filibusterismo" - Rizal, 1891

He is drumming up a revolt. I believe he is financed by a third party, he must be, as the shows are free, he has a staff, and "donors" always show up to pay security and venue costs.

Bay Area Guy said...

Milo was on Tucker Carlson the other night. He was outstanding. Here's the link:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/02/milo-yiannopoulos-tucker-carlson-tonight-berkeley-protest

He's a gay, British, libertarian. Yes, he can be obnoxious. But he is the perfect (and necessary I would argue) anedote to the stifling, sclerotic political correctness that has blanketed our universities.

Althouse - can you invite Milo to speak at UW? The Emeritus privilege or something? You can expressly say that you disagree with his tone and many of his messages. But, disagreements are ok.

The kids may learn something.

Lyle said...

Is there a more interesting gay man in America right now? The other one might be Peter Thiel. Left is trying to pooh pooh him too.

I don't think they can do it.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Does it dawn on cons that ordering this (and using the Althouse portal) is making Seattle rich?


Carry on.

Mike Sylwester said...
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Mike Sylwester said...

Robert Reich said he saw the violent, masked Breitbart false-flag rioters and did not recognize any of them as students.

What was Reich doing there? Was Reich protesting against Milo's speech?

Michael K said...

"The kids may learn something."

I think they got a basic rioting course with Walker.

I posted a link to a group that is trying to infiltrate the rioters and their management. To get up to the real anarchist organizers is pretty dangerous.

The anarchists are by far the most dangerous of these groups. They are organized like militias. They actively train and practice their operations. They have discipline and zero tolerance for weakness. They have a number of former military personnel providing expertise to enhance security, logistics and martial arts capabilities. The majority are physical fit, military age males. They are primarily white with few minority members. Their leadership tends to be either former military, a proven leader from the occupy movement or a highly educated alpha-male. They are far more capable than their recent activities would demonstrate. They have formed community defense organizations and are idolized for their willingness to take action from the other groups discussed above. They are however anarchists that despise communism as much as they despise capitalism. They see patriots and constitutionalists as their primary enemy. To them, everyone is a NAZI or a fascist unless they are an anarchist. There is no debate allowed on these issues, ever. They operate under various names, but the vast majority identify with the anti-fascist movement. With the election of President Trump, their membership has increased exponentially. There are at least 50,000 nationwide.

They remind me of Hitler's brownshirts that eventually got even too dangerous for him.

Bad Lieutenant said...

So, COINTELPRO. I wonder if these were on the radar under Obama, at all? Hope Comey can deliver, having been kept on.

Drago said...

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman: "Does it dawn on cons that ordering this (and using the Althouse portal) is making Seattle rich?"

I certainly hope so.

The lefty children need more stuff to break.

buwaya said...

Amazon is a two edged sword, a disruptive technology.
On one side it supports Bezos, a would-be crony and monopolist; on the other it subverts and bypasses the traditional gatekeeping role of publishers which are all consolidated into a few firms directly tied into the hegemonic system.
A classic case of the plutocracy inadvertently selling rope to the revolutionaries.
Its even more rich in this case as the publisher actually is Simon&Schuster, owned by CBS.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Drago,

Here's a thought experiment: cons should boycott all lib companies and companies that have major workforces in lib cities (these workers/companies are transferring your dough to support lib-ness where they're located).

Well, that's the America that DJT and Rs want to bring to ya! Why not start livin' it by choice, today?

If that's not MAGA-wet-dream enough for ya, you can also stop buying anything from China or Mexico.

Ha!


Carry on.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

That's right Buw,

The revolutionaries are losers in flyover areas that do meth and work (or worked) in olden days industries.

They will rise again!

Drago said...

Lyin,

Here's a thought experiment: libs should figure out how to stop losing elections and then, you know, do that stuff.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

The sad thing is that if these losers were motivated enough and smart enough to really fuss, they'd have long ago worked hard so they could leave loser-ness and join the industries that actually have promising futures.

Sure, they can sit home and read homo Milo while drinking and drugging themselves to an early demise. But, that's not much of a revolution.

Just sayin'

buwaya said...

Heh.
The "losers" are the people actually writing and maintaining the code in the "cutting edge" industries, such as they are. Look in the back rooms, or at the other end of that VPN, and wonder what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Behind that face, what does that man think? Can you be sure? Who can you trust?

Drago said...

Lyin: "But, that's not much of a revolution."

I guess you just missed the biggest political upset in our nations history a scant 3 months ago.

Which is strange. It was in all the papers.

Carry on!

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

"I guess you just missed the biggest political upset in our nations history a scant 3 months ago."

Sure Drago,

The job creators will be freed from regulations and taxes. And, gals will find it harder (impossible?) to kill their own children.

And, this is really gonna hurt the elite coast folks, while the flyovers, who are suffering, rise up and become great again.



Got it.


Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Additionally Drago,

The flyovers will keep buying everything we sell them (w/ our lower tax and regulatory burdens)

That'll really MAGA the left-behinds.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

At least wearing a red hat and being in-PC seems to be cathartic.

If these folks were less easily placated, they'd be somewhere else, doin' somethin' else.


Carry on.

Drago said...

lyin: "The job creators will be freed from regulations and taxes."

You're welcome.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

in-PC = un-PC

Drago said...

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman: "in-PC = un-PC"

Probably a safe bet that is the first equation Lyin has had to deal with since the 3rd grade.

Carry on!

Drago said...

Lyin, if you post faster it might be possible to reverse space-time and go back to ensure a Hillary win.

So, speed up little one. Your team needs you!

Carry on!

buwaya said...

PB&J,
The elite coastal folks depend on lots and lots of guys who actually write and test stuff, and run their apps and infrastructure, and for that matter actually come up with ideas.
These people hate their bosses with a white hot passion.
The bosses keep them politically in line with the threat of professional and career sanctions.
They are a fifth column living among you.
The elite are living off a converged industry that long ago stopped truly innovating. They are stagnant.

Big Mike said...

I think the protesters are just very bad at understanding the consequences of their behavior (or they just don't care).

@Althouse, embrace the healing power of "and."

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

"if you post faster it might be possible to reverse space-time and go back to ensure a Hillary win."

I was more counting on entanglement.


For the record I voted for the (homo?) Aleppo dude (all seven continents!)

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Buw,

Sure, that's not much of a secret because many bounce around. I call them (when I know it can't be traced back to me) mercenary employees. This may be a chick v egg thing, I dunno what happened first but both sides are primed to F each other.

Even so, there are also a lot of "true believers," and that, like the adversarial/untrusting situation, also works as a two way street: back scratching.

buwaya said...

These places, the coastal enclaves, are merely enormous iterations of Versailles, where the aristos promenade among hordes of courtiers.
But they themselves produce nothing.

Drago said...

Lyin: "I was more counting on entanglement."

Things don't go your way quite I bit I would guess.

Hang in there and carry on!

buwaya said...

Come the day, the tumbrils will roll, and its not a question of if. You can't have an elite relying on simple inertia, that produces no value, is disconnected from the people, and is not valued.
The modern world works very fast and obsoletes elites very quickly.

Earnest Prole said...

I think the protesters are just very bad at understanding the consequences of their behavior (or they just don't care).

They are very good at understanding the consequences -- they call it "heightening the contradictions of capitalism."

Bad Lieutenant said...

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...
That's right Buw,

The revolutionaries are losers in flyover areas that do meth and work (or worked) in olden days industries.

They will rise again!

2/4/17, 5:49 PM



You hate them so, so much, don't you? It's a pity you can't just kill them all.

Oh wait it's not.

Birkel said...

The natural implications of some of the things Lyin'PB types above are interesting.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

"The modern world works very fast and obsoletes elites very quickly."

If dopey red hats and verbal red meat can con the rubes into giving the elites even more, I'm sure we've got eight years, even twelve seems doable.

The problem will be that the math (between geezer & mooocher benefits and dynamic scoring that turns out to be not so dynamic) will be impossible to paper over. A war (maybe Iran) could probably keep the ball rolling beyond economic reality for a bit. But, at some point all y'all in these threads will see the light (i.e., the darkness).



Carry on.

Jay Elink said...

"Why....why... DON'T....YOU.....SEE?

By seeking to exercise Free Speech, Milo is only playing into the hands of the rioters!!

Far better that he just shut the hell up! Then they'll be appeased and go away!!! Win-WIN!!!

----- every Prog jerkwad

buwaya said...

Let me add (adding too much maybe) that labor relations inside "traditional" industries, which may be far more high tech in fact than the Bay Area virtual-only ones, were and are better than these virtual industries. The virtual ones are extremely vulnerable, their own people are their greatest danger.

Change a few laws and rules to reduce barriers to entry and economies of scale, and the whole apple cart can flip, because there are hordes of people itching to go their own way and take markets from the aristos of the moment.

buwaya said...

PB&J,
I dont think you understand - your lot are the aristos.
Very, very lame aristos.
The plebs will get you, under one leader or another.

Jay Elink said...

cf said, inter alia:

"No doubt a good many are innocent young souls whose amygdulas have been conditioned to despise their own good fortune, and have gotten hypnotized by the wrong wymyn and other co-dependents."

************

Agreed. They need a good kick in their medulla oblongata to get their minds right.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Buw,

You're being a bit cryptic. But, I'm hearing fussing that's common for not at the top folks who think, all things being just and right, they'd be at the top of the heap.

That's the result of the loser-coddling nature of our society. Sure the folks that make it big caught breaks along the way, most (all?, at least all the self-aware ones) know that.

Likewise, the grumblers at the lower levels should know that they're where they belong, that's how life works. If they have this or that bad attitude, or whatever, it's fine to fuss if because doing so provides some sorta psychological building of the ego. But, if they get too carried away: F-them.



Buw, don't get all BHO-y:

"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together."


Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

BTW,

Is that first paragraph of the BHO quote refereeing to DJT?

The dude seems more willing to pin his success on his "German blood" than his daddy bailing him out w/ many millions, not to mention getting him started on third base.

Y'all sure know how to pick a dude to follow.

Sheesh.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

referring

buwaya said...

PB&J,
When I came to this magic valley, yea these decades ago, the place was turning over every few years because some disaffected group from some relatively-established firm broke off and competed with them, often turning the tables. There were a lot of tables turned. Or someone had a new big thing that got funding, and made the old stuff look stupid. Those who were low rose, and the mighty fell.

This does not happen anymore.

My son and I were in San Jose last week, passing that pile that Adobe built. Its still there, and still has its name on it, and a stupid little virtue-signalling windmill on top. Adobe and so many others should simply not exist anymore.

This stagnation has affected the politics of the place. The little windmill on the Adobe pile tells the story.

buwaya said...

I highly recommend the HBO show "Silicon Valley" - Mike Judge
Its very well written, very funny and very rude.

Its also very nostalgic, because it is based on a thousand Silicon Valley (and elsewhere) tales of the industry. They even had identifiable characters, thinly disguised, like Peter Thiel. But these are folklore really, stories of times past for the most part, because its no longer really like that, and hasnt been for a decade or more.

Peter Thiel has often spoken of this stagnation.

Drago said...

PB&J: "The problem will be that the math (between geezer & mooocher benefits and dynamic scoring that turns out to be not so dynamic) will be impossible to paper over."

Yeah. We had you pegged as a static analysis guy already.

History is linear! Carry on!

Jon Ericson said...

Pee-Wee:

Keep hope alive!

Seeing Red said...

Bwaaaa, PB doesn't think we know about the Debt Star?



Lololol

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Peter Thiel has often spoken of this stagnation.

While also looking into having blood transfusions from young men and moving to the popular plan-B, i.e. New Zealand.


BTW, re Adobe, ask Doc Mike's daughter about that. Adobe is important. They're like Autodesk that dominates CAD. Sure, there's BricsCAD, which does sorta the same thing for a lot less. And, some companies will do the stuff that matters in some Autodesk thing, but they'll also do a so-called quick and "pretty" (w/ shitty rendering) 3D model in something like SketchUp.

Anywho, I guess it's ok to hate the game, don't don't hate the player.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Seeing R,

What ya gonna do when the DJT budget blows the budget apart?

Cheer?


Carry on.

buwaya said...

A lot of outfits were important. Even critical.
Dead now.
Remember DEC ? Huge lot of critical stuff ran on DEC, and the codebase was enormous. Irreplaceable.
And Lotus. Long ago ubiquitous in a way Adobe never was.
And Sun
And SCO
And etc ad infinitum.
They dont die, anymore. Nor is there much if anything really new, not in many years. Why is that?
The game is broken.

Drago said...

Lyin: "What ya gonna do when the DJT budget blows the budget apart?"

LOL

How much additional debt in just the last 8 years? NOW you are concerned about the budget?!

Hilarious.

Carry on!

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

Buw,

There's a bit of a jump ball for VR/AR. Who knows, maybe the kids will pick the winner w/ the Spectacles being the foot in the door that matters. [OTOH, the next iPhone may be poised to dominate. Not to mention the real cool stuff still needs more power than phones currently contain. And, non-dorks may not want this stuff, anyway.]

Anywho, you're too close to a particular vantage re a particular tree, or two, in the forest. We still, more or less, have Standard Oil and Ma Bell, your fussing w/ what you perceive as unsatisfactory tech turnover seems a bit hysterical, imho.

chuck said...

> which may be far more high tech in fact than the Bay Area virtual-only ones,

Or as I put it: f$cking with mother nature vs diddling bits.

buwaya said...

Thats not even my tech tree.

I have used the products of the valley, (we were Vaxen, once, and elsewhere HP9000/HPUX as anyone with instruments was, and Solaris, etc, I know a lot about things getting obsolete) but been in entirely parallel industries. The closest I've been to the Silicon Valley industry-industry was in manufacturing satellites.

Every tech tree is stuck, paralyzed, or crawling slowly compared to @1985.

Long term you will see ongoing consolidation and concentration in the US economy over the last 20 years, with growth in revenues and employment going to large companies. This is a clear sign of decadence, of creative failure. There are several articles about exactly this in for instance the Harvard Business Review.

Michael K said...

"When I came to this magic valley, yea these decades ago, "

Have you ever read Jack London's two dog novels, "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang?" They were about that valley, and of course Alaska.

I had some English friends (as opposed to British) visiting about ten years ago and took them on a tour of California. One place we went was Jack London's ranch, now a state park, near Sonoma. They had never heard of him. My son took us all to a tavern where he had hung out and which had survived the 1906 earthquake. I gave a couple of his books.

We returned the visit in 2015.

The English all seem to be moving to the south coast if they can afford the housing prices. Avoiding Londonstan.

Fred Drinkwater said...

DEC.
Wow, memories.
Sometime in the 80s I was tracking DEC stock at around 94, when it dipped to 88 for no reason I could see. So I bought a few shares. Moved nicely to 106 where I sold.
It then proceeded to go to 199 while I cursed.
But soon it turned down and went all the way to 0.
From this I divined Drinkwater's First Law of Investing: "Never complain about taking a profit."

The Godfather said...

I wish you'd stop feeding the trolls. There are usually intelligent comments on this blog, but it gets hard to find them with all the BS floating around.

Jon Ericson said...

Well, we have trolls, (which should be ignored), and then we have seemingly drug-induced, permanent agitators, insulting, swearing, and taking ludicrous positions, and defending them.

What to do?

At least Once... onced his last.

Lyin'PB_Ombudsman said...

GFather,

Why don't you save this thread by dropping your intelligent comment re Milo?

You're already on such a roll. That pissing and moaning about other comments lacking intelligence was really intelligent. I'm thinking anything less than a 180 couldn't have composed that, but what do I know, I was tested at 69.

So, re your intelligence re Milo............

Jon Ericson said...

The Lying Peanut Butter NYT Ombudsman is a case in point.
We call him Pee-Wee for obvious reasons.
I don't think that the mental diarrhea that he flushes onto this forum needs to be left unchallenged.

fivewheels said...

In a similar "leftists don't understand the consequences of their actions" dynamic ...

If all the silly Trump hysteria leads idiots to recommend that people read "1984" because they fear dictatorship suddenly, is it possible that many people will actually read "1984" and learn something useful about where the source of totalitarian impulses these days? That would be pretty ironic.

Achilles said...

buwaya said...

This does not happen anymore.

My son and I were in San Jose last week, passing that pile that Adobe built. Its still there, and still has its name on it, and a stupid little virtue-signalling windmill on top. Adobe and so many others should simply not exist anymore.


The SalesForce effect. Schlerotic. GoogleAppleMSoftSalesForce hoover up all of the little players. Everyone's business plan is to build their app and get bought out.

People think the Singe Page App is disruptive! technology now. The tech industry is due for a declogging of the arteries.

Achilles said...

Jon Ericson said...
Well, we have trolls, (which should be ignored), and then we have seemingly drug-induced, permanent agitators, insulting, swearing, and taking ludicrous positions, and defending them.

What to do?

At least Once... onced his last.


This blog would be a boring echo chamber without the trolls. Don't get all crazy. There are a lot of boring echo chamber comment areas. Don't turn this in to one. No I don't think Once Written added anything useful to this blog. He was a stupid one trick troll. Most of the others try at least.

The only litmus test I would apply is that any intelligent person should condemn the violence currently residing on the left. If LyinPB and the other people can't even do that then they will never win another national election again. It is on them to fix that.

Jon Ericson said...

Achilles:
You are correct sir!
(BTW I am not yet all crazy, just 2 IPAs over the line sweet Jesus)

Birkel said...

The economic sclerosis described above cannot happen without Leviathan. Breaking Leviathan is not a vendetta against government, but a cry for freedom on all the fronts that are foreclosed as government is captured and/or rents itself to the highest bidders.

All of the innovations that never happen, all the human capital sacrificed to the state, all the lives snuffed out and the millions more condemned to meet existence -- all of this is caused by Leviathan.

We live in a country with an economic system like that of Europe in the 1400s but without a New World to which people can flee.

And Leftists cheer the enslavement at every turn.

Jon Ericson said...

Look on the bright side. Since losing Once... we can concentrate our fire!

Jon Ericson said...

concentrate fires.

exiledonmainstreet said...

"is it possible that many people will actually read "1984" and learn something useful about where the source of totalitarian impulses these days?"

Yeah. The massive bureaucratic state is the oppressor in "1984, " not "Big Brother." It's not even clear in "1984" if "Big Brother" is actually a living person or if he is a character wholly invented by the Party, so the masses have a concrete symbol, a face to love and worship. The faceless, remorseless government and government flunkies like O'Brien are the true villains of "1984."

And the leftists buying "1984" clamor for ever-expanding government.

Martin said...

I ordered it the day after I heard that some people were organizing a boycott of the publisher (Simon & Schuster, iirc), by way of helping S&S find its backbone.

Just as I now buy Georgia Pacific paper products (a Koch company) whenever I can, since in 2015 or early 2016 some a-holes started organizing a boycott of everything Koch.

I would rather we separate commercial transactions from politics except in the most egregious cases (like, South African apartheid in the 1990s), but if this is how the game is to be played, so be it.

Fortunately, most movies and television are utter crap, so it's not hard to boycott Hollywood when they start telling me what I should do, politically.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Martin said...

Just as I now buy Georgia Pacific paper products (a Koch company) whenever I can, since in 2015 or early 2016 some a-holes started organizing a boycott of everything Koch.


Interesting, that might have moved me a year or two ago but now that they tried to shaft Trump I don't think I care a button for the Koch brothers' fortunes.

Anonymous said...

I always felt that "1984" was the beginning of my awakening as a conservative! So I'm thrilled that both are at the top of the list! -- Jessica