Get Over Yourself Because We Already Have.

My favorite Asian badass, Opinionated Man from Harsh Reality, strikes again in a recent post today involving one of the biggest problems that plagues mankind; those who dare to disagree on the internet. In the words of a modern day Asian wiseman, “Get Over Yourself.

One of my favorite responses I often see on message boards, forums, my own facebook, ect. are responses and posts to my own such as:

  • “I can’t believe you said that!”
  • “Tell me you don’t think this!”
  • “How dare you be this ignorant!
  • “You can’t say that!”

Newsflash. I said that, I’m not sorry, and I’ll say it again. Fine, we disagree. I honestly thought it would never happen.  Let’s leave it like that right? Wrong.  The hounds start to bark, the crows start to circle, and the night starts to darken.  Demands for your head, your job, your blog, and your imminent seclusion from internet and blogging life.

Apologize?

A growing number of narcissistic individuals on the internet – I’m shocked – seem to think that they not only should own and control their own havens of internet brilliant dialogue, but that yours should be included in their Iron Curtain like grip.

Do you not concur with the popular group-think on your blog and even Facebook? Then bow down, present your ass for punishment,  and plead for mercy and forgiveness for having alternative thoughts.   These kinds of folks won’t even stop eating their own, so they won’t care if they eat you.  This is why you must ignore them like they aren’t there and never back down.

This was just a slight offense and an apology and clarification weren't enough.
This was just a slight offense and an apology and clarification weren’t enough.

It’s not enough to even delete a post, a tweet, ect these days. You actually need to dress in digital sackcloth and ashes as you admit your sins to an obvious disproving public.   This shit needs to stop and it STOPS with me, you, and all of us with balls.  That includes you ladies.

Let’s engage in a reality check. This isn’t your facebook. It isn’t your blog. You don’t control my blog. You don’t control Opinionated Man‘s blog. This isn’t Reddit. I know that particular mobs of people who can’t handle disagreement or alternative POVs want to downvote your thoughts into oblivion, but are stymied and enraged that they can’t!   This particular mob of internet group-think digital ravagers that inhabit fiefdoms with North Korean like intentions on internet discourse and dialogue however will give it all they have to make you recant. However, we won’t, because we dont give a shit.

Important lessons must be learned early for all self-respecting bloggers.  I’ll kindly, but firmly drill them in:

  1. Don’t give a shit.
  2. . You don’t need to care if people get offended over your blog, facebook, or twitter.  Life is short and you don’t want to be 90 on your deathbed having never voiced your true thoughts.
  3. As OM puts it ,“Even if the world comes crashing down upon you, own your views and don’t allow others to intimidate you into changing your opinions.” 
  4. Stand by what you think and NEVER back down.  Don’t apologize for what you think. Let the wave of intolerant naysayers crash against your polished steel sides.  You shall not be moved.
  5. Assert your thoughts, posts, and conclusions with the utmost confidence.

Don’t cave in on your blog for any reason, because it won’t end there. The pattern you set endangers yourself.  Imagine what is and has been next.  Your private life decisions may be next if you indicate you are willing to submit. Remember Brandon Eich from Mozilla? He lost his job because of this consistent subconscious desire by himself and his employer to give in and back down. Don’t be Firefox.  (Note that The Atlantic isn’t some religious conservative bastion of backwards thought.)

Armenia out. 

Recognizing the Armenian Genocide – Kind of

Yesterday, Thursday April 24th, was the day that Armenians and many others recognize the Armenian Genocide and all the horrors that took place.  Unfortunately, Turkey who perpetrated the genocide  rubs salt in the wound by refusing to acknowledge that it happened, so forgiveness becomes all that much harder.

One of president Obama’s campaign promises in 2008 that specifically regarded this subject made his then stance quite clear on the subject:     “My firmly held conviction (is) that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” he said in a statement. “The facts are undeniable,” Obama wrote. “As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Well, people – politicians specifically –  change when they hold public office and the president’s position appears to have changed on the genocide and many others. The irony.  Yesterday, the president called the Genocide, “one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.”  but yet again like every year since his presidency started, he avoids using the word, “Genocide” and breaks his promise yet again. His reasons may be clear to some – he doesn’t want to offend Turkey, a NATO ally, that is key to our foreign policy in the Middle East. However, he has made it clear to all Armenians that our suffering isn’t as important as the truth and the simple justice of calling what happened to our ancestors in 1915 what they were – Genocide. 

Learning from what happened to our Armenian ancestors is of vast importance – perhaps even more so that getting Turkey to acknowledge the genocide and for the president to call it what it is.  One political hot issue – gun control – is something that we can look back to the genocide to get a very specific perspective on.

The “Young Turks” who controlled the Turkish Government mandated that all Armenians register their weapons with the state.  Simple registration of the weapons was common sense, right? (Examine the book: Death by “Gun Control”) Well, the Turks then followed up that law by confiscating all those registered weapons before they put the Genocide into motion. A people who can’t defend themselves can be abused by those with immoral intentions, to put it somewhat kindly.  Learn from the mistakes of our Armenian ancestors and don’t let politicians or “the majority” take away or enact “common sense” gun laws.  An American government that is already so willing to trample on the rights of its people isn’t necessarily far off from further nefarious steps to deal with “domestic” terrorists and extremists. 

Food for thought:

1. Many of the same people who vehemently support “common sense” gun control would never support “common sense” laws concerning abortion, so don’t settle for any less than they would.

2. The Second Amendment exists to not only be able to defend ourselves from criminals, but to defend ourselves from our government and I daresay – the police – in times where desperate measures are needed. (Ask any African American who lives in Chicago about that last part and read the book, “Dial 911 and Die“) 

Marx’s Ideology: The advocation of force for the new revolutionary religion.

Many people, some of whom identify with the “heart” of Marx seem to believe that his ideas about government and society shouldn’t be confused with the modern day infamous examples of Communism that we have seen in the 20th century.

There seems to be a prevailing notion that the advocacy of force and violence to achieve  and maintain the ideals and the system of of “communism”  in a society were ideas outlined and utilized by ideologies that were influenced by Marx, such as the Bolshevik revolutionaries in Russia. This notion would suggest that Marx was not a proponent of violence and force to achieve his philosophy outlined in the Communist Manifesto.

I’ve seen individuals with various Marxist influence debate this notion with those of a clearly anti-marxist philosophical influence. What might shed some light on the accuracy of this notion is what Marx actually said, particularly during the rather violent revolutions which occurred across much of Europe during 1848.

Most people have never heard of the speech that Marx gave in 1848 upon his arrival in Paris, called the “I am a revolutionist speech.” This speech was his endorsement of what would become the foundation of the new revolutionary religion that would engulf much of Europe.In fact, I couldn’t find it online anywhere, and it’s not as if the history books would dare to relay back what he said in this speech. It would put him in too much of a questionable light.  Marx had entered Paris in February of 1848 and on March 4th he gave this speech to one of the revolutionary cells there:

“I am a revolutionist. I want to march in the shadow of the great Robespierre. Let blood drip from my hands. Let blood flow through the streets and victory shall be ours. Here is what virtuous citizens would say to you if he, our great lord and master, Robespierre were still alive today. When an overcrowded vessel is caught at sea in a violent storm, a part of the crew is thrown overboard to save the rest, and so we must kill those citizens who stand against us in order that righteousness may prevail. So let us kill. Let us exterminate the bourgeois in order to save society from catastrophe. We will save them, or we will kill them and save them. It is their choice.”

As Dr. George Grant in a lecture concerning the Revolutions of 1848 put it, “Not exactly friendly words.”   Marx, however, had more to say about violence and its role in his revolutionary ideals;

“It is obvious that in the bloody fighting that lies ahead as in the fighting in the past, the workers will be victorious chiefly through their own courage, determination , and self sacrifice. Far from opposing the so called excesses, those examples of popular vengeance against hated individuals or public buildings which has acquired hateful memories, we must not only condone these examples, but lend them a guiding hand. Let the mob be the mob.

Notice Marx not only endorses his fellow ideologues to encourage mob violence during the Revolution, but to utilize it.

I had never even heard of The Revolutionist Speech, until I started listening through Dr. Grants Modernity Lectures and heard his 10th lecture titled “Revolution 1848.” I mentioned that particular quote to several other people who all demanded sources, so I contacted Kings Meadow to see what the source was.

The source and the quote it turns out is from a book by James Billington entitled, “Fire in the Minds of Men.” I thought to myself, who is that? It turns out Billington is the chief librarian of the Library of Congress. Dr. Grant’s staff at King’s Meadow recommended this book  as stunningly insightful concerning the revolutionary faith. I’ve actually started reading through this book and am stunned by the amount of information it contains.

Now some of have dismissed or downplayed the significance of these quotes as simply hyperbole to be expected at the time, considering that the Revolution was occuring. Note the the influence of these quotes seen in Marx and Engles future signature work, the Communist Manifesto

Whether or not that is the case, what Marx said and his philosophical influence on today’s society should stand out. If speeches like this were given today, Marx would probably have been arrested of inciting mob violence and proposing “terrorism” against his opponents. Also imagine if someone else in today’s current society had said something like this.

Now this is just my opinion,  but what Marx had to say is just another example of why the word “revolution” always has dangerous and violent implications. History has taught us that almost every revolution to immediately affect a  society has resulted in violence and force of some kind to overthrow that current system of government would have to be employed. The various revolutions of the 20th century confirm this to even a more appalling degree.

To all future “revolutionaries”, here is a thought; instead of calling for revolution, we should instead call for reformation. This doesn’t begin legislatively, but rather in the community, the family, and the individual.
– If you have never listened to any of Dr. Grant’s lectures, I highly encourage you to give them a try. I have yet to hear anyone else who is as articulate an orator as Dr. Grant. His Modernity Lectures will give you a new outlook and a very important worldview lesson on what occurred from the early 1800s all the way up to the end of the Cold War.