In 2003, psychologist Dr. Maja Djikic (then a graduate student) penned a paper with her professor entitled, “You Can Neither Remember Nor Forget What You Do Not Understand”. The purpose of that paper was to point out that if you don’t properly understand what causal pathways a society follows before committing genocide, then “remembering” events such as the Nazi Holocaust become nothing more than facts in a textbook with no real meaning, and you are powerless to prevent them from recurring. The authors of that paper were looking closely at the public discourse within a country, and what they found was that right before a genocide occurs there is always a leader, or a group of leaders, that stirred up a heightened sense of enhanced victimization on the part of the faction that is about to commit the atrocity. The message from their psychopathic platform rings loud, “Look, you’ve been oppressed in a variety of ways, and these are the people who did it, and they’re not going to stop doing it, and this time we’re going to get them before they get us.” The same tired, old script has worked every time, and people like my slanderer continue to not only fall for it, but perpetuate it, because they do not understand where the philosophies that they espouse – the philosophies that I used to espouse – actually come from, and to what destructive ends they inevitably lead to.
After a former Soviet soldier named Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn published a seven volume collection documenting the horrors of the Soviet prison system entitled, The Gulag Archipelago in 1973, the world finally had proof of what was long-suspected; that government intimidation, mass-surveillance, forced labor camps, and mass-murder weren’t an accidental byproduct of Marxist dogma, they were baked into the formula. Communist sympathizers in the West who were trying to push for a socialist revolution in free lands then broke their doctrine up into pieces and wrapped it in other philosophies under the umbrella of Intellectual Post-Modernism, and it’s various off-shoots like deconstructionism, radical feminism, and intersectionality, among others.
Espousing “justice and equality for all”, American and European colleges became socialist indoctrination factories, especially in the humanities, and before long, school teachers and mainstream media writers were influencing the public with ideas that were two steps removed from the architects of every failed communist state. By 2016 an entire generation was out on the streets screaming “America was never great” and loudly declaring that the nation that fought a war to end slavery within its borders, and wiped out Nazism in Europe was “inherently racist”. They consistently ignore every good thing the United States has ever done for the world and focus only on its faults, as if it ever claimed to be perfect in the first place. Why?
Back in 1998, at the Summer Seminar of the Institute for Objectivist Studies (now called The Atlas Society), Dr. Stephen Hicks gave a speech where he explained why so many young people are attracted to post-modernism, by referring to the concept of Master and Slave Morality that philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche coined it in his works, The Genealogy of Morals and Beyond Good and Evil. He explained that Master Morality is displayed by those who are vigorous, purpose-driven, and strong. It is for people who love adventure and delight in creativity. He contrasts that with Slave Morality which is described by Nietzsche as the morality of the weak, hyper-emotional, and timid. It’s for people who are too scared to venture out into the world; who always see themselves as victims, specifically as victims of the strong. To make matters worse, they hide their personal weaknesses behind a mask of “empathy” for the downtrodden, but it’s a poor disguise, as they come off sanctimonious, patronizing, and unnecessarily aggressive. This outlook is antithetical to the warrior ethic; indeed, it is completely unamerican to value weakness to such a degree, no matter how supposedly “good” and “empathetic” and “heart-centered” the intentions behind it are. They oversimplify things into poorly constructed categories of “good” and “bad”, but they’re not the only ones, which is why the world is in such turmoil. It’s all unfolding exactly as KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov warned us it would in his 1984 interview (link below).
The world is complicated, so our brains try to break things down to the simplest terms in order to make sense of our reality without getting bogged down in unnecessary details and eaten by a predator. Human brains evolved to process information efficiently by making low-resolution guesses – generalizations – in a kind of synaptic flow chart that gets more and more specific until we have attained as much data about an object or person that we believe is necessary to understand something and deal with it accordingly. This works fine for rocks and apples, but when it comes to other people this algorithm falls completely flat.
Dealing with people in the same generalized manner through which we dealt with objects used to work when we lived in small tribes; where in-group and out-group preferences kept us and our bloodlines safe. As societies became more complicated, however, our brains struggled to keep up, which allowed bad actors who were devoid of morals to leverage those neurological deficiencies against us in all the ways that Dr. Djikic mentioned. This meant that as the world harmonized into increasing blocks of stability and peace never before seen in history, tribal instincts that lay under the surface of our minds, unconsciously lumping people into either “friend or foe” categories, were played on by psychopaths who lusted after power, time and time again. Now, call me crazy, but I think we can do better.
Stephen Hicks – Postmodernism Part 2:
Stephen Hicks – Nietzsche clip:
Yuri Bezmenov Interview:
YouTube intro: https://youtu.be/4mBCCi1SNLQ