Our longtime commenter wildiris returned this morning to add another layer to our ongoing conversation. Late last night I had watched Bill Whittle’s speech from the Western Conservative Summit on July 29. It was fresh in my mind, and I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the two men’s arguments.
First, listen to what Mr. Whittle had to say. The most relevant parts are in the final ten minutes of the speech:
And this is wildiris on the same theme:
I long ago got tired of watching Western Society circle the drain. I want to fight back. But before you can fight back… and win, you first have to find your opponent’s weak points.
It has been noted countless times that when dealing with those on the pro-politically correct multicultural (PC/MC) side of the debate, that facts just don’t matter to them. Eric Hoffer in his book The True Believer captured this personality trait perfectly. But how do you break through the true believer’s shell? That’s the question. And what I was trying to suggest to the Baron was that point of vulnerability would be found in a person’s sense of self.
Speaking from the point of view of computing hardware, our sense of self forms the interface between our thoughts and our emotions. It is the “control panel” by which the meme sets that shape our thoughts are able to dictate our actions. (An emotion, for the sake of this discussion, being simply “that which motivates”.)
If part of your sense of self is found in a respect for truth, then arguments based on truth, be it historical, scientific, mathematical or logical, will have the power to influence your thinking and motivate you to action. But if one’s sense of self is grounded elsewhere, the approval of one’s peer group, for example, then fact-based arguments will come across as no more than background noise.
It has been via our sense of self that the PC/MC crowd has been able to control the debate all of these years. Accusations of racism, homophobia, and so on, only work on people because contained deep in their sense of self, are the Judeo-Christian notions of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and charity. And hearing those words of accusation has the power to shame them into compliance. Like a bit in a horse’s mouth, the forces of PC/MC have been using Western society’s better virtues as tools against it.
So if I could talk to people like Paul Weston, Fjordman, Pat Condell, and all of the other outspoken commenters whose words grace this site, I would remind them that they are dealing with people over whom the truth has no power. So if they want to win on the battlefield of ideas, truth by itself is not enough. They’re going to have to do two things. First, they need to immunize their own side so that the PC/MC crowd can no longer use our better virtues against us. Then second, they need to make the fight personal. Do to them, what they have been doing to us, find that point of vulnerability in their opponent’s sense of self, and kneecap their opponent’s arguments there.
Take note of wildiris’ final sentence, and compare it with what Bill Whittle said at the end of his speech about the need to (figuratively) “kick [your Progressive opponent’s moral superiority] in the knee as hard as you can”.
Bill Whittle and wildiris are definitely on the same page.
Note: This post, like the previous one, is about the need to re-cognize the nature of our current information war with the trans-national Left. It is not about race, IQ, Martin Luther King, or any other topic. Commenters are requested to stay with the primary meme here.
Hat tip for the video: Andrea Shea King.