What I learned today, redux
Since I’m still being hounded a bit on Twitter (well, a few putative conservatives are still talking about me, after having blocked me. Because IRONY), I decided to merely start replying to certain critics — one actually suggested there’s nothing conservative about me — with links to old posts. To see if maybe these people could put aside their pride for a bit and engage me on ideas I’ve expounded on over the years. I know, good luck, right?
Anyway, in order to do so, I looked back in the archives and plucked out a few links. And I reread what I’d written.
It’s an interesting trip down memory lane, but it also shows a kind of site trajectory. So in that sense, the exercise was instructive — at least to me. My Twitter stalkers won’t read them, because, you know, being challenged intellectually is not what this new brand of “conservative activism” is about. Instead, it’s go team — and maul the heretic!
Which, good luck with that. I don’t cow easy.
So here’s the plan: I’m going to post those links here in order to revisit some of the arguments I’ve made on this site over the years. If you’re interested, take some time to look them over. I’d rather talk about substance than deal with the kinds of people whom I now have to rely on to carry “our” battle flag. Because having dealt with them — and been blocked by a few who have 10s of thousands of followers — that’s just too damn depressing. Especially when I realize that some of these were written when the current crop of “conservative influence peddlers” on Twitter were probably in the 3rd grade.
In no particular order:
Link 1: 15 Jan 2007 — “There’s no such thing as race (and it’s a good thing, too)”
Link 2: 13 May 2004 — “The protein wisdom interview: Ted kennedy”
Link 3: 23 Apr 2004 — “The protein wisdom interview: Noam Chomsky”
Link 4: 05 Oct 2008 — “How the Left Hijacked the Magic Words”
Link 5: 09 Aug 2002 — “The Race Race”
Link 6: 01 Dec 2005 — “Defining the terms: racism, feminism, and the problem of identity politics”
Link 7: 16 Feb 2007 — “On cultural materialism, language, and the progressive gambit”
Link 8: 12 Mar 2009 — “Losing more slowly: an OUTLAW’s lament”
Link 9: 16 Mar 2006 — “Being Frederick Jameson”
Link 10: 15 Mar 2006 — “The Impeachment Agenda”
Link 11: 07 Aug 2011 — “outlawry”
Link 12: 09 Mar 2009 — “Hot Air: How I learned to stop worrying and love the f-bomb”
Link 13: 11 Apr 2010 — “Provocateurism, 11”
Link 14: 14 Aug 2008 — “Provocateurism, 8”
Link 15: 15 Mar 2009 — “This way lies fascism: an OUTLAW’s lament (cont.)”
Link 16: 29 May 2006 — “in which I spend my morning correcting a number of remarkably self-satisfied “academics” who, quite frankly, have no idea what they are talking about”
Link 17: 23 May 2006 — “I think SOMEBODY needs a little more frozen strawberry and a little less rum… ”
We all know — because I’ve bitched and whined endlessly about it — of my marginalization by those on “our” side who, though one-time pragmatists, have now evolved into full-throated conservatives pining for individual liberty and distrustful of the ruling elite. And we also know the marginalization was intentional and part of a back door email campaign, bits of which I’ve had forwarded to me over the years.
Be that as it may, however, I offer up these links as a way of reminding people what I offered the conservative movement (back before being a TEA Partier was edgy, or even before there was such a thing as a TEA Partier); and to perhaps introduce those who joined the movement at the time of my banishment to the kinds of things I used to write, be it on immigration reform, the establishment feminist movement, the antifoundationalists, and the necessary trajectory of our political system given our acceptance of incoherent linguistic premises.
I don’t suspect the post will gain much traction, or that any of today’s perpetually OUTRAGED putative Twittercons will have the attention span to engage most of the arguments. But you guys are smart. So if you have the time, take the trip.
If you need help, there are some red pills behind the sofa cushions that may help you out.
update: DEATH THREAT!
You know I'm not usually a fan of eugenics, but damn that moron sure makes the case for it. @PolitiBunny
— Ryan Jones GRAA (@RyanGRAA) April 23, 2014
Of course, after he wrote that he blocked me, too. The craven little suck-up.