Why They Fear Their Lying Eyes

From Niall Kilmartin at Samizdata.

cult conversions … occur by using doctrine to resolve some core emotional vulnerability. … A… clear sign that one is dealing with a cult indoctrination … is making the mark live up to contradictory demands. You must understand racism and admit that you cannot understand racism. You must admit to your complicity in racism and pledge to do better knowing that it is impossible to do better. You must be an ally but accept that you will always do your allyship wrong. … these impossible and paradoxical demands dramatically deepen commitment to the cult … The concept of “white fragility” in the antiracist Woke cult is exactly this sort of emotional shakedown. … Lead the mark to take a step further in, coach them into rationalizing why that step was good, and then repeat with a further step. … when the mark rationalizes these objectively bad decisions and the cognitive dissonance that doing them causes, they nearly always rationalize themselves much further into the cult.

The Cult Dynamics of Wokeness analyses how it spots and indoctrinates its marks, but says little about the mark’s original issue that the woke exploit:

Sometimes, the underlying emotional vulnerability is there for personal reasons, or as a result of life events.

Sometimes, indeed it is – their prime targets are students, who often arrive at university with plenty of youthful insecurity and teenage angst. But wokeness itself can provide the distress as well the abusive ‘resolution’. Students arriving at a politically-correct university are immediately plunged into an an artificial racial reality that they are forbidden to notice: affirmative-action admissions ensure that the academic ability of their fellow students correlates strongly with skin colour. Next, the disparate impact theory they are taught offers them only two explanations, one explicit, the other implicit, for the disparities it highlights:

– blacks are statistically unequal to whites because of white racism

– blacks are statistically unequal to whites because they are inferior

No third option is allowed into any target’s mind – not if the woke can help it (if they even know one themselves!). So the mark has a simple choice: believe in the explicit explanation, or become the moral equivalent of Hitler by believing the implicit one. No-one wants to be morally equivalent to Hitler, so, since they know no third option (since the very idea there could be any other alternative to the evil implicit one has never risen into their awareness), every doubt that subtle white racism explains the discrepancy, every argument that denies that white racism, however hidden, is at the root of the differences they’re taught to hate and the even more obvious differences they’re forbidden to notice, threatens them with becoming that object of loathing to their (and society’s) principles, a racist! When these two alternatives are the only ones that a student knows deep down (and up top, in the surface of the mind, they hardly dare think of the implicit one) then the claim that one is either a racist or else admits to being a racist seems to make sense.

(It was the same under Stalin and Mao. In both Russia and China, the mass famines were followed a few years later by the mass purges. Either you accepted that saboteurs, wreckers and enemies were fouling up the scientifically-proven socialist dream, or you were a vile capitalist-roader, an exploiter. One communist who had served the Party in the Ukraine famine and been shaken by what he saw, later wrote:

For that very reason, however, my conscious mind reached out desperately for alibis, for compromises with conscience. … It was imperative to squelch these emotions, to drive them into the underground of my mind. I laboured to repair my loyalties. With the purge in the offing, this urgency was even greater.

“With the purge in the offing …” – the far lesser but real dangers of cancel culture have a similar effect of ‘encouragez les autres’. This encouraging of indoctrinated minds to discipline themselves is as important to wokeness as the conscious fear that cancel culture inflicts on outsiders.)

So, does a better understanding of the problem point us towards any solutions?

The only ways I know of to effect a deprogramming of this are these three: (1) striking right to the heart of the point of vulnerability in a completely different and more healthy way …

The first of the three is what I will talk about. However,

None of this is easy. In fact, it’s all usually very difficult … … People who have been reprogrammed into a cult mentality will perceive all attempts to free them from the cult as malicious attempts to drag them … back to the Bad Emotional Place that they have come to strongly associate with that awful feeling of vulnerability that was used to initiate them into the cult in the first place. The doctrine is the opium that dulls their emotional pain … anyone trying to talk sense to a fully reprogrammed cult member … will be, in a very real sense, interpreted as trying to do harm to them … because the cult doctrine is the proffered resolution to the … emotional vulnerability that led them to be indoctrinated and reprogrammed in the first place. And you must appreciate just how much that vulnerability has been inflamed by the cult initiation, indoctrination, and reprogramming process.

At this point it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room; that third explanation (for why blacks in the US today can be statistically unequal to whites) which, of all others, wokeness most trains its victims never to see. Political correctness is a parasite on the backs of those it pretends to help.

“Although the big word on the left is ‘compassion’, the big agenda on the left is dependency.”

I owe that quote to Thomas Sowell, who has described how lucky he was to be born at a moment when the old prejudices about blacks were dying, and the new ones with which the PC would replace them had not yet grown strong (read his books). Sowell’s long life also lets him witness against what another coloured academic calls the woke’s “ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations”. A third black analyst concludes that

“woke whites would do more good by doing nothing”

Keep reading, there’s more. OK, here’s the thing, this is well out of my wheelhouse, I’m an engineering type, and a supervisor, not a specialist in how to screw up (and unscrew up) people, but it accords with what we are all seeing these days.

Education is good.

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10 Responses to Why They Fear Their Lying Eyes

  1. audremyers says:

    WOW, NEO!!! How in the world do you get this stuff together when you’re constantly bombarded with emails???

    You’ve outdone yourself here.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Scoop says:

    Two things sprang to mind while reading this.

    First, was an article from an anonymous professor from Harvard Medical School (circa 1980) that said that affirmative action left him with 1/2 a class of those who could not pass their exams and move on to their next year. He admitted that there was a lot of pressure on him to pass failing students and that because of this he had developed a ‘prejudice’ (which sprang from the reality of what he was seeing) to prefer a white doctor to a black doctor as you have no way of knowing if they really passed their medical courses or not.

    Secondly, when I see the bit about the ‘mentally broken’ spirit of those who are incorporated into the woke cult, I think of the YouTube videos of white (mostly females) who cried and were made to hate their parents and their forefathers. It is quite something to see people so psychologically destroyed by a false premiss cult that has swept our colleges these past years. It is no wonder that the BLM has on their website the bit about wanting to disrupt the ‘nuclear’ family. Since they are more likely to suffer from a non-nuclear family they must encourage those who do to renounce it and their families publicly. It is a rather frightening spectacle to behold.

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, I think so as well. A purely malevolent bunch, BLM, no redeeming good at all.

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      • Scoop says:

        I do wonder If affirmative action might have been the thin end of the wedge that was used to subvert the education system and introduce ideologies into the classroom and lower the standards of the graduates. It may be as simple as that . . . but now there is a precedent for stupidity as being brilliant new and more enlightened thought. What was up is down and down is now up.

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        • NEO says:

          I think it proved so, but have doubt that that was the intention, not that that matters.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Scoop says:

          True about intentions . . . although affirmative action by definition is socialism. It is giving to those who do not have the credentials exactly the same as those who have the true credentials that a diploma reflects. This is not only unfair to those who rely on the belief that a diploma is what it represents but it is unfair to the person of color who benefits as they think that they are deserving without having to earn it. That is a huge social problem that will drag down the whole and this ‘black privilege’ ruins many who are taught to expect that which they did not actually deserve. Not fair to the people that affirmative action was supposed to help . . . just the opposite.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so.

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  3. Nicholas says:

    What also annoys me on top of everything else mentioned is that conservative Christians get labelled as cultists and fanatics when the Left want to slander us, even though there is a world of difference between them and actual cults that function like the Hotel California.

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