I have been unhealthy in my passion for politics, history and geopolitical news since I read “Revolution: A Manifesto” by Ron Paul in 2007. My interest in history went back long before that, but I entered into the political realm with that election cycle. I took in any knowledge I could, trying to build a wealth of understanding of who the players were, how it worked, and what the correct view of it all was. I fell in love in libertarianism by reading Paul, Schiff, Woods and Murphy. Eventually moving on to the Jedi masters, Mises and Rothbard.
With the election of Barack Obama, I saw this has an opportunity to follow closely the first elected president in my post-college life. I would point out his errors, things I disagree with, actions he took that fell outside his promised goals. This was the way political involvement works right? When you pass your knowledge onto others and maybe fill them in on news they were unaware of, they say “thank you” and expand their own base of knowledge.
I was young and naive.
As time went on, I learned the truth. Politics is a sport of teams. It’s dominated by the emotional masses, feeding into the lies of their team leaders. Acknowledging their leaders are liars, but that they’re THEIR liars.
Moving into Obama’s second term, after watching him ignore the promises he made to his base, I was still confused why so many otherwise rational humans I knew could still support him. Not over another politician, but that they supported him at all. I never understood that from the beginning of my time in the arena. I had made a deal with Ron Paul from the moment I read his first book. “You turn your back on these principles, we’re done”. I think most of his supporters made this same deal, which was why he had a movement in the first place. I couldn’t understand why others never made the same deal with their political leaders.
As Obama moved on to drone killings of Americans, the NDAA, arresting whistle blowers, lying about Obamacare, feeding the racial divide, I still had some hope people would come around. I mean, you had the Occupy Movement. But that was quickly discovered to be a useless movement, as they forget to direct their anger at the Federal Reserve, instead asking the governmental banking structure of help.
With 2016 coming into view, I jumped behind Rand Paul. I immediately started to see the writing on the wall though. The intellectualism behind his father’s movement wasn’t there. Compromises of principle were already being made, playing into the game of politics became the strategy of his campaign.
Around this time the social media platform for political news and thought exploded. Youtube shows spanning the political spectrum sprung up with popularity, and everyone moved to their selective corners. Teams were molded, dogmatic loyalty became the politics of the day. Discussion and disagreement turned into emotional pleas and screaming.
The media had fed the left a steady diet of “Anti-Obama = Racist”, and they believed it. So when the right and actual progressives on the left dared to put up candidates of their own, they were shocked that racists still had a platform.
These “racists” began playing their game, getting behind their own liar and created their own buzzwords, pushing intellectual thought and debate to the internet. Making it almost impossible to reel the masses back in, the small minority of still rational actors found each other on the edges of social media and hung on tight.
This is where we are today. Where everyone is a “Nazi”, everyone is a “Communist”.
Pointing out nuance, or more importantly, pointing out hypocrisy is completed ignored. Only in this culture can John McCain get praise for “denouncing Nazis”, while supporting Nazis in Ukraine. When presented with this fact, no rebuttal is heard.
The list of people considered “alt-right” today is breathtaking:
- Joe Rogan
- Dave Rubin
- Tim Pool
- Glenn Greenwald
Anyone who wants to discuss the dogma of the left is on the right. This parroted in the media, in entertainment, by the establishment political structure. Members of the left and the right that wish to have discussion find themselves on the same side now. Fighting to get their message out.
I have recently been beaten down by this force of anti-intellectualism on social media. It’s nothing new for me, but my last straw has been reached. I can no longer post a thought or an article without a shallow comment from someone, repeating some half-truth mixed with a hint of moral superiority.
I have no issue with moral superiority, if you actual have consistent moral values. But getting high-fives for virtue signalling something as elementary as “racism is bad” while never looking inward to all the immorality you support is tiresome to combat.
So to sum up, THANK YOU STEEMIT for a platform of rational human beings with the mental capacity and intrigue to allow polite discussion.