VJMP Reads: Free Speech Under Attack IV

This reading carries on from here.

Chapter Ten in Free Speech Under Attack is ‘China’s Sinister Influence’ by Robert Stanmore. In this essay, Stanmore describes the Chinese influence on free speech suppression in Australia and New Zealand. China is even worse than Islam, in Stanmore’s estimation. China has the money to buy off the Western free press. It has already bought the New Zealand National Party.

Stanmore recounts how China uses their network of Confucius Institutes to influence university culture in China’s favour. They also use a scheme called the Confucius Classroom Program to bring propaganda to primary and secondary students. New Zealand is in a dangerous situation because both National and Labour are beholden to China, although National more so.

Chapter Eleven is ‘”De-platforming” speakers’ by Tim Wikiriwhi. He defines deplatforming as when a speaker is prevented from using a platform because those in authority don’t want to let that speaker expound their views. Wikiriwhi recounts how Bruce Moon, Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern were deplatformed by authoritarian leftists afraid of criticism of their immigration policy.

Wikiriwhi quite rightly points out that censorship achieves little but introduce darkness and ignorance to a political discussion. He also, quite rightly, draws attention to the immense scale of Muslim rape gangs in the Western World, an issue that should be discussed. The essay ends with an appeal to the fundamental value of free speech and how governments should not interfere with what the people say or hear.

Chapter Twelve is ‘The Thug’s Veto’ by Peter Cresswell. This is easily the shortest essay in this book, at only four pages. Cresswell defines the Thug’s Veto as when people use the threat of violence or chaos to get an event they disapprove of shut down. This is a small part of what is more generally known as cancel culture.

Cresswell here points out that laws against “hate speech” are tantamount to laws against criticising evil. Moreover, it’s apparent from the beginning that such laws will not be applied evenly. Left-wingers will escape censure for levels of hate that right-wingers will be hammered for. Those pushing for hate speech laws are fighting for irrationality, and are against reason.

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Clown World Chronicles: What Is An ‘Inferiority Complex’?

The inferiority complex is not only a surface social phenomenon but, in Clown World, it is also one of the underlying causes of all such phenomena. It is arguably one of the structural elements. Because of its ubiquity, understanding Clown World requires that one first understand the inferiority complex.

The term is usually associated with the psychology of Alfred Adler. His belief was that repeated and prolonged feelings of inferiority could lead to a form of neurosis. This neurosis could find expression in attempts to bring down or humiliate people who the person with the inferiority complex perceived to be better than them. The term complex derived from the complex structure of attitudes and behaviours that were based around this feeling of inferiority.

Ordinarily, an inferiority complex is not a big deal. Some people are genuinely inferior and so it’s entirely natural that they have a complex. Those who have incorrectly developed an inferiority complex can usually be persuaded out of it by learning a skill that allows them to feel a sense of mastery and competence.

In some people, however, an inferiority complex can become deeply ingrained, to the point where it becomes a fundamental part of their personality. People like this can behave in odd ways, both individually and as a collective. They can behave in ways that healthy people never will. Since inferiority complexes are becoming more common, the adverse behaviour caused by them is also becoming more common.

Because Clown World is so fucked up, it no longer consistently rewards prosocial behaviours and no longer consistently punishes antisocial behaviours. People who take care of their own kin are reviled as racists, while criminals who beat children to death are given sympathetic hearings. Possibly the worst result is that inferiority complexes are now found among better-than-average people, as well as among the inferior ones.

The most characteristic expression of a inferiority complex is compensating for feeling of inferiority by acting superior. A weakling swaggers, a mediocre intellect puts on airs, a short man demands that everyone else respect him. Any mediocre person who acts as if they are a great talent probably has an inferiority complex.

The other most characteristic expression is actively trying to rip down people with a healthy level of self-esteem. People with inferiority complexes love few things more than gossiping about how some normal person is secretly a sexual deviant, drug addict, grossly unhappy etc. Their speech is full of snide and sneering sarcasm. They find it humiliating to give a worthy person their due, so they belittle instead.

An inferiority complex is similar to what is known as “a chip on the shoulder”. A person with one tends to believe that the world owes them something. This belief is grounded in a sense of having been short-changed somehow, either genetically or with regards to one’s birth station.

This sense of being ripped off by life is similar to what Nietzsche called “resentment”. One resents the fact that one is inferior, and so both bigs oneself up and puts others down. This resentment is the basis of the slave morality that Nietzsche so resoundingly criticised. The inferiority complex inspires a slave mindset.

Inferiority complexes are often the cause of bullying, in many contexts. A normal person doesn’t get much gratification out of bullying other people. In fact, they generally find it unpleasant. A person with an inferiority complex, however, gets a powerful sense of relief from humiliating another person. It gratifies them to see other people brought down to their level.

Many people have inferiority complexes from early childhood schooling. The realisation that one isn’t anything special comes as a great shock to many people, especially coming so soon after the egocentricism of toddlerhood. For some, being judged to be in the middle of the pack comes as a crushing blow to the ego, especially if their parents had high hopes for them.

If a person doesn’t get an inferiority complex from school or from work, they are liable to get one from leisure. Mass media made inferiority complexes normal, by broadcasting into every home an endless stream of people better looking, funnier, smarter, stronger and more talented in every way than the average viewer. Everyone’s girlfriend suddenly appeared less pretty, everyone’s boyfriend less charming.

Inferiority complexes were problematic but manageable until Clown World started. At this point, they cause immense suffering. The most acute are those caused by intellectual inferiority complexes. Thanks to widespread Internet access, it’s now possible to talk to someone smarter than you at any time. This wasn’t always the case.

In Clown World, the intellectually inferior like to compensate with grandiose scheming about reordering the entire world. The most popular pastime is coming up with ways to structure society which would meet the political fashions of the day, or which would satisfy the intellectual vanities of the schemer. An intellectual inferiority complex almost always comes with a sense of moral superiority.

The total effect of inferiority complexes on Clown World is vast. Not only are they the cause of many phenomena, but they also hinder a solution. Because so many people have inferiority complexes today, any true leader great enough to lead us out of Clown World is torn down by the intrigue of the envious before they can make a difference. It can be seen that our problems are self-perpetuating, for fundamental psychological reasons.

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This article is an excerpt from Clown World Chronicles, a book about the insanity of life in the post-Industrial West. This is being compiled by Vince McLeod for an expected release in the middle of 2020.

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VJMP Reads: Free Speech Under Attack III

This reading carries on from here.

Chapter Seven in Free Speech Under Attack is ‘Banning a Political Pamphlet’ by Tim Wikiriwhi. This is a polemic against Andrew Little’s efforts to introduce hate speech legislation and to ban the 1Law4All pamphlet about the Treaty of Waitangi. Here, Wikiriwhi – himself Maori – supports the sentiments of the pamphlet by agreeing that the British settlement of New Zealand was a net positive for the Maori people.

This essay is quality in its invective, describing Peter Dunne as an “obsolete politician” and making use of the adjective “ham-fisted”. It demolishes the social justice warrior case that British colonisation lowered the quality of life in New Zealand, and makes an impassioned case for the value of free speech. The SJWs won’t be able to scream “Racist!” at Wikiriwhi, so they will likely ignore him.

The Treaty of Waitangi and British colonisation, bringing the advantages and restraints of civilised government to New Zealand for the first time, were the best things that ever happened to New Zealand and the Maoris benefitted enormously from them.

Chapter Eight is ‘Islam and Free Speech’ by Robert Stanmore. This essay discusses the various measures taken by Muslims to shut down free speech in the guise of preventing blasphemy. Stanmore recounts Muslim attacks against free speech in several Western nations, whether by using violence, intimidation or the law. He (correctly) points out that the Koran encourages Muslims to kill non-believers.

Stanmore encourages us here to learn from the example of Britain and Canada, where Muslims are numerous enough to influence the law by threat. In the vast majority of cases, Muslim immigrants show no sign of willingness to conform to the expectations of their host nations, and show every sign of willingness to force their hosts to conform. This is a danger we should be extremely wary of.

Chapter Nine continues in a similar vein. This short chapter is called ‘The Fraud of Islamophobia’. Here, Stanmore recounts the multiple admonitions to violence found in the Koran, and how Muslims are reluctant to reject these verses. Disappointingly, he ignores the violence inherent in the Bible, and the murderous way that Christianity itself has spread.

Stanmore even makes the laughable assertion that Christianity is inherently a peaceful religion akin to Buddhism or Hinduism. Despite these errors, he is able to list a number of scriptural horrors within the Koran that suggest Islam is not compatible with a modern Western way of life. A “religious hatred” law is unacceptable.

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VJMP Reads: Free Speech Under Attack II

This reading carries on from here.

Chapter Four of Free Speech Under Attack is ‘How Speech Became Violence’ by Peter Cresswell. This essay echoes the warnings about leftist totalitarianism that VJM Publishing (among many others) has issued. Here Cresswell outlines the development of the concept of hate speech in New Zealand.

Putting hate speech on the agenda appears to be a leftist plot to introduce mass censorship. The anti-fascists have become the fascists. The modern Left is entirely in opposition to free speech. In fact, they are trying to destroy speech entirely, and with it people’s ability to communicate. Creswell concludes with an admonition to stay vigilant against those who would take freedom away.

Chapter Five is also by Cresswell, and titled ‘Identity Politics: the Threat from the “Azza” Group’. Cresswell begins by talking about the threat of identity politics and how it influenced the Christchurch mosque shootings. Identity politics is a modern tribalism that rejects the power of reason. This tribalism brings with it a savage and primitive way of thinking.

This tribalism has been specifically encouraged as a “formula for dissent, disagreement and disruption” by those who would start a revolution. Cresswell identifies the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse as instrumental in inspiring the attempts to revolutionise language. The concept of intersectionality must also take much of the blame.

Chapter Six is ‘Politicising a Massacre’ by Robert Stanmore. This refers to the Christchurch mosque shootings, after which all kinds of parties painted their enemies with being associated with Brenton Tarrant. Stanmore reflects on the hypocrisy of Jacinda Ardern wearing a hijab when it is a symbol of the subjection of women. The firearms ban was also bad legislation.

VJM Publishing gets a mention here, as one of the bloggers harassed by the New Zealand Police as part of their Operation Whakahumanu intimidation campaign. Stanmore also points out Ardern’s general hypocrisy on the subject of racism, and the danger of Andrew Little’s zeal to introduce hate speech laws. He also makes an argument that VJM Publishing has made before, that shutting down free speech will make terror attacks more likely, not less.

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