"One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given." -Andrew Breitbart on Evan Sayet's talk at the Heritage Foundation, How Modern Liberals Think
Evan Sayet, a professional comedian, grew up a liberal, New York Jew. He reached a turning point after 9/11 when he started truly listening to what his fellow liberal friends and associates had to say: America is evil and got its comeuppence. His search to understand how seemingly intelligent and good people could hold such views led him to a statling realization: Leftists see rational thought and the striving to create moral societies as failures. Even more than failures, they credit them with being the cause of evil in the world. Since they are evil and have failed, they view any success as stolen
Ever War Series
Winston Churchill once famously stated that only the victors write history. He was wrong. The vanquished do too only their history gets erased. Ever War is a history of the vanquished. It will soon disappear along with the remnants of our once proud, free society. Other Ever War Posts Include:
The Skulls of Chou Kou Tien, Part I: The Fall
...and Nobody Gives a Damn, Part I
President Lancer and the Honeytrap
The al Qaeda, Iraq Connection
Stalin, Hollywood and the Editing of History
Heritage Foundation - "How Modern Liberals Think"
Here is the actual Heritage Foundation talk:
Transcript of the talk:
Heritage Foundation - "Regurgitating the Apple: How Modern Liberals "Think"
9/13 Republican - Battered Women's Syndrome
"From an evolutionary psychological perspective, love and other emotions are proximate mechanisms that compel organisms to engage in behavior that, in the context of the ancestral environment, would have increased their inclusive fitness." -Satoshi Kanazawa, Evolutionary Psychologist
While Evan eventually develops a theory to explain why Liberals with a capital "L" think the way that they do, he does not address why people like himself, a liberal with a small "l," are so easily duped by leftists, often for their whole lives, into not taking what espouse seriously. His comedian story above reminds me of the classic abused woman's line:
“You don’t know him like I know him, he’s really sweet and he loves me!”
Trait #5 They Don’t Know What True Love IsHe Hit Me: 13 Common Traits of Victims of Domestic Violence
The Scientific Fundamentalist - Why Do Some Battered Women Stay?
1) Women mated to abusive partners have more sons.
2) These sons of abusive fathers tend to have higher baseline testosterone level. This perpetuates the abuse cycle.
2) While violent men do not do well in modern society, in ancenstral times they probably did quite well in the competition for status. Our brains are still hardwired to believe that abusive personalities are high status.
One possible such benefit is that, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, women mated to abusive partners have more sons. In the British sample, women who are mated to abusive husbands on average have one-eleventh more son than those who aren’t (.7912 vs. .7007).
Violent men tend not to do well in civilized postindustrial societies like ours; they tend to be overrepresented in prison populations. However, our brain doesn’t know that. The human brain, including all of its evolved psychological mechanisms, are designed for and adapted to the conditions of our ancestral environment. In our ancestral environment, violent men probably did very well in their intrasexual competition for status, and thus for mating opportunities
In species characterized by high male parental investment (such as humans), males in higher dominance ranks on average make better fathers because of their greater ability to protect and invest in their offspring than men in lower dominance ranks
The Relationship Between Stockholm Syndrome and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Battered Women - Student Pulse
Kuleshnyk (1984) stated that any person who found themselves in a hostage situation was best served by fostering Stockholm Syndrome. Doing so allowed the hostages to better identify with the attackers and survive the encounter by working with the aggressors rather than against them. From this, it can be argued that Stockholm Syndrome is another method of coping with the stress and danger of the hostage situation while simultaneously allowing the victim to avoid the inherently dangerous option of resisting their captors by identifying with them.
The Battle for Your Mind: Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today by Dick Sutphen
at least a third of the population are what Eric Hoffer calls true believers. They are joiners and followers ... people who want to give away their power. They look for answers, meaning and enlightenment outside themselves.
Hoffer's book The True Believer (Harper & Row, 1951) is a classic on mass movements. He says, "True believers are not intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but are those craving to be rid of an unwanted self. They are followers, not because of a desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy their passion for self-renunciation!" Hoffer also says that true believers "are eternally incomplete and eternally insecure."
the basis of persuasion is always to access your right brain. The left half of your brain is analytical and rational. The right half is creative and imaginative. That is overly simplified but it makes my point. So, the idea is to distract the left brain and keep it busy. Ideally, the persuader generates an eyes-open altered state of consciousness, causing you to shift from Beta awareness into Alpha -- a shift that can be measured on an EEG machine.
First, let me give you an example of distracting the left brain. Politicians use these powerful techniques all the time; lawyers use many variations which, I've been told, they call tightening the noose.
Assume for a moment that you are watching a politician give a speech. First, he might generate what is called a yes set. These are statements that will cause most listeners to agree; they might even unknowingly nod their heads in agreement. Next come the truisms. These are usually facts that could be debated but, once the politician has his audience agreeing, the odds are in the politician's favor that the audience won't stop to think for themselves, thus continuing to agree. Last comes the suggestion. This is what the politician wants you to do and, since you've been agreeing all along, you could be persuaded to accept the suggestion.
Federal Observer - Obama & the Eighty-One Percent True Believers
Rejection of Good
"So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot." -George Orwell
Here is how Evan explains his theory on why the left rejects traditional concepts of civilization:
What I discovered is that the Modern Liberal looks back on 50,000 years, 100,000 years of human civilization, and knows only one thing for sure: that none of the ideas that mankind has come up with--none of the religions, none of the philosophies, none of the ideologies, none of the forms of government--have succeeded in creating a world devoid of war, poverty, crime, and injustice. So they're convinced that since all of these ideas of man have proved to be wrong, the real cause of war, poverty, crime, and injustice must be found--can only be found--in the attempt to be right.
If nobody ever thought they were right, what would we disagree about? If we didn't disagree, surely we wouldn't fight. If we didn't fight, of course we wouldn't go to war. Without war, there would be no poverty; without poverty, there would be no crime; without crime, there would be no injustice. It's a utopian vision, and all that's required to usher in this utopia is the rejection of all fact, reason, evidence, logic, truth, morality, and decency--all the tools that you and I use in our attempts to be better people, to make the world more right by trying to be right, by siding with right, by recognizing what is right and moving toward it.
THOMAS HOBBES: FROM CLASSICAL NATURAL LAW to MODERN NATURAL RIGHTS by Robert P. Kraynak, Colgate University
Lucifer the First Liberal Lucifer, The First Liberal By ARTHUR M. HIPPLER , Wanderer .March 03
This rebellion was imitated by our first parents, when they decided to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of God and Evil, and "be like God." While sharing in the divine image and likeness is part of our perfection, St. Thomas teaches that man desired this divine likeness in a disordered way by eating of the forbidden fruit: "The first man sinned chiefly by coveting Godπs likeness as regards knowledge of good and evil, according to the serpents instigation, namely that by his own natural power he might decide what was good, and what was evil for him to do" (IIaIIae, Q.163, a.2). Here is the liberal principle in its first expression: Man alone should decide good and evil apart from God.
Imagine There's No Heaven
“That radicalism was phony, really, because it was out of guilt. I’d always felt guilty that I made money, so I had to give it away or lose it. I don’t mean I was a hypocrite. When I believe, I believe right down to the roots. But being a chameleon, I became whoever I was with. When you stop and think, what the hell was I doing fighting the American Government just because Jerry Rubin couldn’t get what he always wanted - a nice cushy job.” -John Lennon, Newsweek Interview, September 29th, 1980
John Lennon: Albert Goldman v Hunter Davies. (2 of 2)
The NYT Review of Books - ‘The Lives of John Lennon’ Albert Goldman, reply by Luc Sante
Down with Good, Up with Evil
Cult of the Undiscriminating
Marcel Duchamp 'FOUNTAIN' - IS IT ART? from arlen figgis on Vimeo.
Michael Medved, Hollywood Vs America - C Span
Rational and Moral thought is an act of bigotry.
The Closing of the American Mind
Discrimination - The Essence of Rational Thought
Simply Psychology - Information Processing
The Rawness - In Defense of Stereotypes, Part 1: The Two Drives
The Rawness - In Defense of Stereotypes, Part 2: Why We Focus On The Bad
Nation of Kindergartners
Success is Stolen
Living for Today
in the middle so there is nothing left to fight about.