|April 21st, 2014||#261|
Grex and Grok
By Alex Linder [index]
April 21, 2014
1) grex -
This is a word I've encountered only one place: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), not the original in 1956, The movies are all about pods replacing people. The pods are aliens from outer space, and they are little green vegetables rather than little green men. The pods, which grow full-scale replica humans to replace the original humans, begin as small pink-flowering plants, and the character calls them "grex." Looking it up, it means "a group of plants that has arisen from the same hybrid parent group." Hmm...that helps a little, but this is better:
2) grok -
This is a term that used to be seen sometimes a few decades ago; it comes from sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). It means to grasp, to understand, to assimilate a concept. To get it. A water brother is grokking up what you're putting down...man.
3) give back -
We discussed this last column, and it was mentioned by Craig Cobb in a recent letter:
ALEX -- ONE OTHER FACT: AM RADIO & TV REPORTS HERE USED THE PHRASE "GIVE BACK" LIKE THIS -- "COBB HAS AGREED TO GIVE BACK HIS PROPERTIES IN LEITH TO THE CITY." I WROTE JIMMY MARR OR SOMEBODY ABOUT THAT RIGHT AWAY. LIKE I HAD HIJACKED AN ARMORED CAR & I WAS TO "GIVE BACK" THE LOOT. I DID'T EVEN BUY ANY OF THE PROPERTIES FROM THE CITY. SO WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE "GIVE BACK." THEN JIMMY SENT ME YOUR REVIEW OF THE PHRASE. SO THESE SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES -- AT LEAST, THEIR LOCAL MEDIA -- EFFORTLESSLY PLUGGED-IN THE "GIVE BACK" TO A LOCAL RIGHTIST'S QUANDRY.
TO BOOT, IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN COURT BY STATE'S ATTORNEY TODD A SCHWARZ (THE SAME GUY WHO REFUSED TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST A SINGLE ONE OF THE DEATH THREATENERS, THIEVES, VANDALS, BIRD-FLIPPING DRIVEBY FUCK YOUERS, NIGHTSKY LEITH SHOOTERS, BODILY-PUSHERS, ETC.).
4) correct use of reticence
"In fact, Venturi was the classic architect-intellectual for the new age: young, slender, soft-spoken, cool, ironic, urbane, highly educated, charming with just the right amount of reticence, sophisticated in the lore and the strategies of modern architecture, able to mix plain words with scholarly ones, historical references of the more esoteric sort -- to Luytjens, Soane, Vanbrugh, Borromini -- with references of the more banal sort -- to billboards, electric signs, shopping-centers, front-yard mailboxes." --Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House (1972), p. 106 [pdf]
So that makes Lew Rockwell (enormity) and Tom Wolfe (reticence) two examples of men who know what they're doing. Perhaps we've reached a sad state when correct use deserves recognition, but even so, I think it's worth pointing out. The reason for reading better writing is the reason for eating better food - better for your mind, as better food is better for your body. Empty carb fiction is ok, but the better stuff will teach you more than just its subject; you will learn new thing
When the anti-white media go after right-wing groups they hate, this is one of their favorite terms to throw around. Right-wingers, whites, never blame people for harm they've actual done, they 'scapegoat' innocent illegal aliens, black youfs or some other verbally protected and legally privileged class.
Scapegoat derives from the common English translation of the Hebrew term azazel.
Jews are the kind of people who create a god dumb enough to choose jews and accept this special-needs people's passing off responsibility for its sins onto a...barnyard animal. Mmmkay...
6) intensive purposes
Tardspeak most obnoxious. The retard doesn't read, it watches tv. The term intents and purposes is foreign to it. It is familiar with 'intense' through televised repetition, so it mishears intents and purposes to be intensive purposes. Which doesn't even really make sense, but tards aren't tards because they think about what they're doing or saying. Tards are not just those who don't know, they're those who don't think knowing matters. Meta-tards, some would call them. Society would be well served if a Spayer General were secretly employed to drive about the
country zapping the balls and frying the ovaries of dolts using this disgusting bit of iambic dumbtameter.
The more illiterate the country becomes, thanks to widespread public schooling, the more of ip we'll see:
Again - ur, not air.
8) poisonous vs venomous
Here I go the opposite way: I don't think this distinction matters. I don't observe it. I don't think it's a distinction at all. One is supposed to say venomous rather than poisonous when it comes to snakes, yet when you look up venomous what do you find?: poisonous. Venom is too easy to misspell; for that reason I prefer poisonous. It's also better to use venomous figuratively, for someone who is spiteful or hateful, rather than literally poisonous, as with a scorpion. My modest rebellion needn't be everyone's, but I think I can defend it. I used my artistic license in "Snake a Snake for Jesus" to put across the following line as a middle finger to our Grammasters:
A poison snake's the only kind
To demonstrate your faith is pure clean through...so...
(You can hear that song and two hours of other stuff here.)
9) Alljuda and Asphalt and Verjudung
Two NS terms pertaining to yids and yidkultur. Alljuda was a term common by 1920s "among anti-Semites as a shorthand term for the international Jewish conspiracy." Today, we'd say, "The Alljuda instructed Samaras to shut down Golden Dawn, and he leaped to comply, throwing the democratically elected leaders of the party in jail pending the May 2014 European elections." Asphalt was a negative adjective describing the effect of urbanization on people and institutions. The Nazis contrasted the pure urban farm life of real Germans with the polluted, morally and physically, big-city life of the yiddy dreckmeisters. Verjudung is the intrusion of Jewish influences and attitudes on German institutions, dating to at least 1880s. This concept is better put across as jewing, which I have used at VNN from day one. Our institutions have been jewed, whether our immigration control or our money supply or our mass communications. Jews means taken over by jews, instilled with jewish mindset, made to think and act like jews or like jews want or in accordance with an agenda set by jews.
10) misuse of PC
Stephen A. Smith refers to Donovan McNabb's "toeing the company line" as PC. Incorrect. PC has nothing to do with public relations, just as it has nothing to do with manners, good or otherwise. Political incorrectness means deviation from an ideological line. That line is set by jews, and it is always anti-white. Those who don't grasp the politics involved often misperceive the intent behind the term. They pick up only on its stridency. Thus any departure from any code will be seen as a politically incorrect looseness. The irony is that looseness itself is the ultimate politically correct double-plus good thing, as personal and political laxness are indicated for goyim by Dr. Jew in order to cure their body politic of 'anti-semitism,' which is the nonexistent disease the quack has diagnosed in them. 'Anti-semitism' is merely the natural reaction to jews experienced by whites, and not just by whites, by other races too. Jews think and act in ways hostile to the other races they live among. They know this. They design terms to prejudice the natural reaction as some kind of mental malady. This is 'anti-semitism.' They come up with an entire verbal code which must be followed in order to create the environment in which their kind can flourish. Departures from their verbal code, or from any behavior, verbal or otherwise, they dictate for whites, is true and genuine political incorrectness, and must be punished. Whatever is healthy and good and normal for whites; whatever is merely accurate in political terminology - these must be made illegal or immoral or in any case and by any means beyond bound, and any transgressions must be hard punished. See Paula Deen or a thousand others.
This is a Soviet term, from paleo-communism. It means reform through labor. It means 'reforging.' It was a newspaper.
Historically, perekovka connects with both the gulag generally and the White Sea-Baltic Canal project specifically.
12) si xiang gai zao
This is a term from Chinese communism meaning thought reform. Gettin' your head right, you dig? So perekovka means labor reform, and si xiang gai zao means thought reform. This guy oddly says it's not brainwashing, but, oh yeah, it is coercive. Thought 'redevelopment' - by any term, it means forcing you to think the way they want rather than the way you want. Guy says:
We'll leave it there for this week. It's Turkey Week in NEMO; one already in the bag, pics and perhaps video coming up. As always, if you have any grist for this language mill, do post. I'm down to my last two scoops of saved up words. New column next week by noon CST as always... Thanks for reading, thanks for circulating on twitter/elsewhere. AlexLinder5 on twitter. //
|May 5th, 2014||#262|
What is the provenance of this sad little homunculus?
By Alex Linder [index]
May 5, 2014
Ok...after a nasty interruption due to faulty wiring that laid my typing input mechanism low, we're back with a new column this week. It's May 2014 now, and, after nearly ten of these columns, I'm running low on stored material. I may even use up my 'bag' this week, so if you have any questions or new words or usages to discuss, feel free to post them. While I was offline, I read a bunch of David Foster Wallace and some older Russell Kirk, so most of the words we'll cover this week come from these two writers. These will be more obscure words than usual, just to increase our vocabulary a little. But we'll start with a more common term, a very useful one, and go from there. That term is:
This is a useful term. It occurs most frequently, perhaps, in discussion of artworks, such as paintings. What is the 'provenance' of a particular piece? This means, what is its history, background, pedigree, as it were. This term was also big with the older conservatives in National Review and books by their set of writers back in the '70s. They were concerned with the 'provenance' of a particular idea. Tracing an idea from an originator or through history, as it were advocated by different personages and groups. You could say, the provenance of this particular nostrum dates back to at least the French Revolution. But to do that you have to know that nostrum doesn't just mean notion, it means bad notion, bad idea. Nostrum is basically snake oil, originally. It is used to describe bad ideas, bad notions, dumb policy ideas - ideas which are the equivalent of snake oil. Many people do not realize that nostrum means something dumb and ineffective, they just think it's another way of saying notion.
Here's a definition of nostrum.
Now here's a definition of provenance.
As a word beloved of old-school conservative intellectuals, provenance always smacks at least faintly of Leslie Nielsen, the mock gravitas, or pseudo-heaviness, even when it's used straight. It's a term perfectly cast for achieving comedic effects, like all heavy words, or words that seem or sound heavy. When you're presented with anything recent, shabby or weightless -- anything with nothing behind it -- you can well play this up by using 'provenance.'
- what is the provenance of this "two buck Chuck"? - cheap wine. Wine without a story behind it, such as a bum might acquire to fortify himself for facing a freezing fall night.
On my latest podcast, MP3 here, I play a snatch of "
Since last column, I also came across another example of pareidolia...
...which you may remember from an earlier column, here.
You will see the relation to the word eidolon, which is of Greek origin, and means apparition or phantom. Notice it is pronounced with the accent on the middle syllable: eye-DOLE-un. (Most of the links to these words offer audio clips so you can hear the word spoken correctly.)
Eidolon is not common. I would have to look it up myself. But I have seen it in older literature from time to time. Fancy word for ghost, I guess you could say. Somewhat pretentious if you're using it straight in 2014, as opposed to using it in 1860 when you're studying sweetness and light (effects) under Matt Arnold. Or if we were going for a mock-pretentious effect for comedic purposes, as we often will be.
It's all about what the word can do for you. How you can use it. Comedically. Or simply accurately - for what it denotes. Comedically will really fix it in your mind, similar to the way lyrics are easier to remember than prose. When you know something well enough to play with it without thinking about it, it's just one of your tools, then you really know it. If you have to think about it, you're not there yet. It's still a stranger to you, somewhat formal and respectful. See what's in the word, lick its ear, get to know it, brew it some coffee, have a chat with it. Make it a part of your life, see what it's all about, how it fits with what you're doing. See if the two of you are compatible. See if its a workin', fightin', hard-charging word, suitable for drafting, reading to be sent off to fight in Laffghanistan. Well, that's how I see it, anyway. Grass nibblers can focus on: a) recognizing the term, b) spelling it correctly, c) using it accurately. This column has higher aims than the pedestrian, a term which means not just ambulant pavement-slapper but
2) a graphic of lowest-level language mistakes
3) she-werewolves: do they exist and if so what should we call them?
Here's a long and interesting if feminist article on the etymology and concept of the werewolf, with the ultimate silly-ideological aim of popularizing the use of wifwolf for she-werewolves. 'Were' simply means man. Man-wolves.
4) bai lao men - paying respects to the cell god.
This term comes from the Chinese communists. I can find no reference to it on google save on VNNF:
[I was going to say 'torture practices.' Then I said to myself - how is that any different from the 'frost event' you criticized in earlier column. What part of practices is different from or not encompassed in tortures?
The lesson here is that a lot of the best use of words and language is simply thinking carefully (can one think uncarefully?) about what one is doing.]
5) medborgarvärd -
Means: citizen host (Swedish). A PC/Swedish term. Link. Here it is google-translated from Swedish to English. Link.
I can't provide the fine points of this term because I don't know Swedish, or fully grasp what's going on here, but you can get the sense of the make-believe from the translation. Strikes me as parallel to calling taxes 'contributions'; the false analogy is constructed to make things coerced seem cozy. We let in all these raving, violent Muslims quite against your democratic will becomes, filtered through the conspiring media, "you get to host a dinner party for these wondrous creature-humans we celebrate as diversity, aren't you lucky?!"
6) factional tendentiousness
This is a communist term. Communists have an ideology. Many variants of the same basic worldview. Splinters, factions, sects - just as with any nutty religion. An ideology is defined as a political faith. A man is only accurately described as ideological when he side with his political views when reality refutes them. He lets his ideal trump actual facts. You can see the relation between this and the mentality underlying the pravda (noble lie or ideological truth) and istina - gritty, factual, real-world truth. White nationalism is not, properly speaking, an ideology. It, like any political position, can become one, if one allows it. An example of ideological thinking would be a man who says 2+2 can't be 4 because a jew said. Since jews are bad, according to WN, anything they say is wrong, or a lie. Even if what they say is demonstrably true. 2+2 is an overstatement, but there are plenty of things intelligent jews such as Murray Rothbard or Ludwig von Mises said that certain WN refuse to acknowledge as true purely because Rothbard and von Mises were jews. Letting ideology trump reality is a bad idea, for a number of reasons that should be obvious and aren't worth going into. Last thing to notice about ideology is that conservative big thinkers such as the Russell Kirk I've been going on about lately define conservatism as anti-ideological. It's not about constructing a system, it's about virtues and order. Ordering the soul, first. Being prudent. Respecting things, and trying to figure out why they are the way they are, rather than rushing to alter them or wholly revise them. That makes sense, doesn't it? But you can also see how it leads to a certain passivity where violent, quick action is required. Anything calm and reflective, anything appreciative, is going to be psychologically on the back foot when faced with the aggression of the ideologues like the communists or the neocommunists, the anti-white multiculturalists. This horrifying irony echoes in the often-quoted words a certain poet the conservatives like to quote to the point that the best are full of doubt while the worst are full of furious intensity. So it is. If you believe God created this, you must also believe he is not a loving god but a god of sadistic irony.
Communists are famous for splintering into competing intellectual factions. One of the more famous depictions of these was provided by Irving Kristol, NYC jew, and the godfather of neo-conservatism, in his memoirs,
Factional tendentiousness refers to communist command central's worry that the party was losing its unity in obsessions with immaterial details. But that's my guess, I can't find a formal definition, although there might be one in some of my old East German communist textbooks. We know that Lenin created the notion of political correctness, deviation from which it was his purpose to stamp out. Factional tendentiousness smacks of a hard, unified, effective party breaking down into squabbles over insignificant details, thereby imperiling the revolution. Kind of the way you will see black feminists getting into it with white feminists over intersectionality on jezebel. Sometimes they get so invested in internal squabbling over not-very-important stuff they forget the bigger picture: hating and defeating the white man!
7) soznanie (Сознание)
Russian for consciousness, as in 'class consciousness.' Link to translated Russian Wiki page here.
8) minor attracted persons
This is a political evasion for pedophiles. It's a deliberate attempt to avoid the term pedophile and replace it with something less repugnant sounding. As the left successfully achieved by turning sodomites/queers into homosexuals and then 'gays.' Minor attracted person is hazy, vague. Is it someone who likes 17-year-old girls, or someone who rapes babies? As always, the left uses language as febreeze. To cover up something disgusting. To hide it, conceal it, pretend it's not happening, to make it go away. At the same time, it comes up with a positive term for the class it seeks to protect and advance, it comes up with a negative term to characterize those opposed. With 'gays' it was 'homophobe.' Hard as it may be for you younger folks reading this to realize, there was a time when 'homophobe didn't exist. It was coined in 1969 by a professor, apparently, but it wasn't seen much in print until the mid-eighties, when the debate over AIDS took flight. At first, even then, it wasn't used in every single disagreement, but within 2-3 years, that's exactly what happened. Any term that works the left can't help but apply across the board - racism is the best example. Anyone opposed to any leftist policy on race is a racist, on sex is a sexist or misogynist, on sexual behavior is a homophobe, on history is a denier. None of these terms has any genuine meaning beyond: not on board with the leftist position on (X). They are all bomb-words, calculated smears. They succeed not because they are substantively valuable or inherently clever or meaningful, but because the left controls the mass media, they can be made effective through ubiquitous presence and continual repetition.
Here's an old VNNF post on the mainstreaming of the bogus locution MAP.
9) vanity sizing
Euphemisms: they're not just for breakfast anymore. Not just for words. They work just fine with numbes. Does the 14- or 18-sized she-fatty want to be a 4- or 2-? No problem! She can be whatever size she wants, so long as she comes with the credit card already. This too is the America mindset and retail reality. Seam-stressers can't handle the truth...so their clothing shops simply give them what they want: fake numbers. The customer is always right. "What size do you want to be?" says the whale handler to the land womanatee.
This is a quote from a comment at Jezebel, where I first came across vanity sizing:
It's like I say: reality is a strong secondary influence on most people's thinking.
And that will be enough for today. Didn't even get to my words from D. Foster Wallace and Russell Kirk, but we'll catch them next time. Until we meet again, remember that no one fills concert halls to listen to player pianos. Play with great expression -- which is an unindistinct thing from self-expression -- and maybe they will show up to hear you.//
|May 12th, 2014||#263|
The Pre-Draft Process Failed the Noble Negro
By Alex Linder [index]
May 12, 2014
Ok, after a heavy and exhausting week of gardening and the close of turkey season, back to wonderful words. I heard reticence and enormity both misused once last week. That seems to be about the average. Reticence, of course, was used to mean reluctance. Remember: anytime someone is 'reticent' to do something, it should be reluctant. And, enormity does not refer to size, no matter what whoretionaries may say in their lower definitions. Now let's get to the words. Most of what we'll focus on this week are simply new or unusual words found in self-departed thick-novelist David Foster Wallace.
Of course you know the word and its meaning; the interesting thing is that it seems to be used more often, as with guns, to describe things in relation to people than people in relation to things. Notice, you will literally never see a newspaper report stating that a nigger (what the media call a 'black man') failed something. By contrast, you will find many newspaper reports talking about how [X] "failed" a nigger. I've mocked this many times, but it's truly head-shaking. The media find a nigger-exculpating formulation in every sector and never depart from it. Here's one I came across the other day, stocking up background knowledge for my fall NFL column: "I’ve put my thoughts on [black Teddy] Bridgewater on record before; the pre-draft process has failed him in stupefying ways, and I firmly believe he’s an underrated asset." There's a new one to add to our list of things that fail niggers. Besides schools, police, social workers, government, the defrocked fake-planet known as Pluto, oh yeah, and all white people ever: the pre-draft process is letting down the coons too. I agree: it is stupefying how badly that process has failed our valuable negro, who just did all he could in perfect faith and loyalty, and yet was let down by a process. Next thought: could the pre-draft process be racist? I mean, it's a very in thing these days. Almost nothing isn't. It's merely funny to those who watched ESPN analysts and commentators verbally fellate the guy every play of every game last year. I guess artificially inflating the QB abilities of The Next Great Black QB isn't part of the pre-draft process.
The irritating thing about this use of 'failing' is the implication that the poower little negros just try so hard, they so want to succeed. It's just fate and all higher society are conspiring to stop them by providing them with inferior schools, guns and pre-draft processes. When in fact, niggers who care about books are scarcer than hens' teeth; niggers rather than pieces of metal are responsible for the murders they commit; and pre-draft processes don't fail anyone who performs well in their various trials. But whatever can be done to explain away or excuse the nigger's poor performance is always what you'll find in the jew-controlled mass media, where it's always the white attitude or inanimate object truly responsible for the nigger's behavior. It's always and every time the nigger that failed, but the jewsmedia spouting this sort of anti-white bilge will never admit that. Just notice how common this 'failed the (coon)' formulation is next time you're out there in the wide world of words. For wording is a sport too, a blood sport.
2) ...so we can schedule our lively nuncupative off the record collogue
Found these two in a story about some sex freak who invented a superior golf club. A man who turned into a woman, had other shady things in his past, tried to hide them, but they were ferreted out by a reporter, whole thing turned into a moderately big brouhaha. Read it here and here if you're interested. In these stories came across this:
Collogue - pronounced with accent on second syllable - kuh (as in duh) loge (with hard g) as in pogue. Kuh-loge. (Pogue in itself is interesting:
Or maybe it's not British, as The Pogues are, hence my assumption. 'Pogue' has been around a long time.
Meanwhile, the name of the band The Pogues comes from an entirely different place:
Anyway, there's apparently no connection between pogue and Pogues. Let's ponder this while enjoying(?) a Pogues video.
Now what is collogue? So far as I can recall, I have never seen this word before.
As for nuncupative:
The stress is on the first syllable, and the cu is pronounced as the cu in cupid. Thus, NUN-cyoo-pay-tiv. What is it?
3) sensitivity -
This is another of those not-inherently-political words that has been turned to political use by the left. Belongs to the same class as tolerant. In the story(ies) above, there's a big debate not over the shady past of the tranny, but on the reporter's need to bring out her strange sexual history. To a normal, or non-leftist, it's obviously integral to the story, since it's interesting and pertinent. To the leftist, mentioning that this curious creature, with a history of criminal behavior, is a secretive transsexual, is irrelevant. Hence, bringing it out and up is unwarranted - is insensitive. Since, you know, the world is full of evil racist nazis who might think someone who cuts off his dick and installs a pussy is at best a weirdo. Not everyone is a sensitive and caring and tolerant as the people who anoint themselves same are.
As with tolerant, sensitive only works one way. Whites or rightists are admonished for, essentially, resisting the left. They're beaten up verbally in a most insensitive way for refusing to treat as holy (for subjecting to rational inspection) one of the left's privileged classes - blacks, sexual freaks, some other racial or behavioral minority.
Leftism precludes sensitivity or tolerance because it's based on a simple binary: right and wrong. Absolute black and white. The good people are on the right side of history, and they oppose the bad people, who are bad because they're not leftists. It's that simple. They need to be abused verbally and legally until they come around - or at least learn to quake in fear and keep their mouths shut. You can only tolerate something if you have the idea that you might not always be right yourself, and that there are limits to politics. Leftists don't believe either of these. 'The political is the personal,' they famously said back in the sixties revolutions. Every last operation of life is a political act, they truly believe, and one for which there is a right way and a wrong way. They are moralists - angry Puritans of looseness. Hyper-moralists, real crusaders. Bent on stamping out evil, which is anything and anyone opposed to them. One doesn't tolerate evil. There's no need to be sensitive to it. They're as sure as any religious fundamentalist that they have The Truth, hence no need for any kind of gentleness, sensitivity, respect or tolerance for those who don't. They are merely the enemy; they deserve only crushing. To the leftist, you prove you are evil by opposing them, since they know they are Good. It's that stark. That black and white. This kind of zany, anti-human religious-crusading mentality sits perfectly well alongside high IQ, so it's often quite successful. Missing in these folks is any sort of humor or wryness; any sense that even their opponents are people too. Thus, the most they are capable of is verbally advanced snark, a sort of styled spitting hostility. You will be upbraided continually for not being sensitive to them and the disturbationals and sundry defectives they champion, but they will never ever be sensitive to you. The very idea that a leftist ought to show respect for or appreciation of or any kind of sensitivity to the particular needs or feelings of a hated white male never enters the white-hating leftist's consciousness, so absurd is the notion. You can't even really say the leftists are hypocrites in this regard, so deep is their fanaticism. These are true and genuine religious fanatics operating in the earthly realm of politics. "Doing right ain't got no end," as the union man says in The Outlaw Josey Wales. They can't rest until all the Bad People and Bad Ideas have been stamped out. As leftist jew and Frankfurt School honcho Herbert Marcuse said, "No space for the right." All contrary or competing ideas must be extinguished, so there's nothing left but leftism.
As I always say, the common thread of leftist terms and frames is that they exclude a priori the possibility of legitimate disagreement -- they pathologize it - turn it into a sickness -- which makes leftism inherently anti-democratic, which is ironic, in light of their love of the term democratic, and their crusades for same, yet fully in keeping with the eternal-policy-because-necessity of leftism: to sell their positions as their opposites (for example, sell the religious socialism of global warming as science). If you disagree with a leftist position, you're not simply of a different taste or attitude, or making a different but valid choice, rather you are a moral reprobate and thought criminal who probably ought to be locked up as an extremist hater before you genocide a race or two. All leftist political language prejudices opposition like this. It must! That's the crucial insight. As a minority position that can't attract the normal majority, leftism deeply recognizes that it can only win by undemocratic means: by preventing, stifling or forestalling opposition by legal or social pressure. By treating those who disagree with its agenda with extreme hostility and intolerance, beginning by labeling them something beyond the pale. All leftist political terms mean is 'this one's fair game.' Leftists don't have political terms, they just have point-and-shriek. Just like the pods do in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Those who can't persuade must stifle to achieve their ends, and the larger part of stifling isn't laws so much as media and social abuse. Laws simply record the victory, as often as not. Dominate the media, the teaching institutions, teach everyone to fear being called X. Condition the public to fear your labels and they'll never step out of line. Thus does a tiny minority control a large majority.
What makes politics difficult to understand is that we associate binary thinking and black-and-white moralism with the right, rather than the left. This is by design of the left, as most things are. Part of its necessary campaign of demonization of normal whites. Unfortunately, normal whites, broadly construed, includes lots of dumb-religious folks, who are easy to caricature. Indeed, mere description is enough to curl the lip. These salt-of-the-earth types, as they will be described at their funerals, think in black and white because they're not very smart, and that's how their level thinks. Yet the high-end left think in black and white too. That part is seldom mentioned. These types are every bit as fundamentalist as the ones the fundamentalists they denounce - and with less justification.
Anything that works against anger and fanaticism endangers illiberalism. The high-end right is where the good stuff is found - tempered, mature, serious, gray-seeing adult reflections: reflect, appreciate, understand...prescribe. High-end right is best suited to run things but usually doesn't precisely because of its virtues, which leave it unable to cultivate the unstoppable fanaticism frequired required to dominate the scene. The high-end right's entire way and mentality and preference-set militate against, well, militarism. It's too calm. It sees too far. It knows too much. Politics is usually dominated by the hot and close up. The perfervid, intolerant left usually wins, even as an extreme minority position, precisely because it refuses to listen to reason. It is galvanized by its hatred of reality. In a perverse way, rejecting reality for ideology requires a much stronger will and personality than reality-orientation... If you believe in God, you have to explain this curiously horrible setup. The believer takes recourse, I say refuge, in the sillyism "God works in mysterious ways" to avoid the logically inevitable (if you believe God is behind All This) conclusion based on what I said above - God is a sadist. That's too frightening for the believer. But look at the evidence: they are likeliest to take power -- in any system -- who are worst suited to lead. Thanks, God! As a man-manufacturer, you suck worse than China.
I cast my mindpool for examples of the 'sensitive' leftist mentality. I think of examples from Gawker ring writers and my twitter feed. The right tries to discuss the statistics of homosex, with an eye toward rational examination of its remarkable morbidity. This quickly becomes, to use the two examples that spring to mind, "obsess[ion] with anuses" (feminist Jezebel writer Lindy West), or 'fan of gay pornography,' as one twitter critic of Peter LaBarbera (a christian homosex critic) baited him. The left will do anything to avoid rational discussion of its agenda. That's obvious. Anyone reading the mass media for a month can see that. The insight is that it must be this way. It's not a choice. Why get involved with politics from an impossible-minority position unless you're willing to tyrannize and suppress the opposition? If you don't do that, you have no chance. So there's no point to getting into politics in the first place, as a leftist, unless you're willing to play unfairly while talking the good honest upfront democratic will-o'-the-people game. Either play to win, or stay in the closet is true not just for homosexualists, but for all leftists. Open borders? Hating the markets? Loving niggers? Loving deviant sex? Socialism/communism? All of these are minority positions. Even where the left ventures into something that does have majority support, such as protection of the environment, it turns out to be a fashionable cloak for the same old maggot-infested socialist corpse.
Demands that one be 'sensitive' amount to veiled demands that one not question or challenge the leftist or his agenda item. Just give in. Don't be 'controversial' - another seemingly neutral word with an easily defined function in practice. No one supporting the leftist, i.e., Big Jew-set, position is ever insensitive or intolerant. Those opposing always are. It's a silly game, but it works. So long as the right fails to unite on a racial basis and scientifically study and in general take seriously the verbal war, it will continue to suffer defeat, as the enemy holds all the high ground. Not the moral high ground, which is the silly obsession of congenitally-incapable-of-getting-it conservatives, but the high ground on which the transmission equipment is placed.
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Now let's get to those words I mentioned from Wallace. He killed himself a couple years ago; his last work, the uncompleted The Pale King (2011), was put together posthumously by his publisher.
4) swivet -
Wallace uses swivet at least three times over 700+ pages. Swivet is
5) lalation -
Well now...doesn't mean what I thought. I misremembered. That's vagueness for you.
But...it's not clear whether lalation exists, or whether it's simply Wallace's misspelling of lallation, which is defined:
Wallace, David Foster. “David Lynch Keeps His Head” A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. New York: Bay Back Books, 1997, p192.
From: A Linguistic Bestiary of David Foster Wallace
Ok...so we have something here. Lallation is either baby-babble or the Tom Brokaw disease. Food, noise or anything normally associated with babies is helpfully applied to anything nominally adult -- should we wish to criticize or make fun of it, as Wallace does in the usage above.
6) neotenous -
I'm not sure if Wallace means another way of saying baby-faced by this, or if he simply means that unlined and preternaturally fetal aspect that the visages of some people with comparatively undeveloped or unprominent features seem to have. He uses the term to describe the older, experienced David F. Wallace in the Wallace mixup at the IRS agency he's describing; if he used the neotenous to refer to himself, the younger DFW, I would think neotenous might refer to his lack of experience at the agency having left him unmarked, though he were fully adult, if young. But he uses it to describe the older DFW, so I'm not sure what to think other than baby-faced.
7) virid -
Yes indeed, from Latin viridis, meaning green.
8) celadon -
Celadon is a
9) lemniscate -
Let's leave it there and not kid ourselves we'll ever use it save we're in the math biz, which we ain't.
10) guilloche -
Pronounced gill-OSH. NOT like guill in guillotine!
We'll leave it there for today, having finished Wallace. Next week we'll look at some words I collected in Kirk's book on academia, which was some of the subject matter covered in my podcast #007.
Other than that, I am fresh out of collected material, so any questions or terms for discussion, feel free to post. In these columns, I try to cover ordinary terms, political terms, and new terms. As with everything I write, it dovetails and reinforces and calls back to things I've written and said elsewhere. Repetition and reinforcement help sink in the knowledge until it becomes a working part of us.
Until next time...stay low, don't get beat.//