Alternative Realities

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Submitted by Ed Cline on Wed, 2018-06-27 01:39

Alternative Realities

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It doesn’t matter to liberals that something can be proved as right. In the liberal universe, right and wrong are not admissible concepts as opposites. Things are supposed to be what they want things to be, as this amusing but dead serious video dramatizes.

A friend sent me a video which is an almost perfect companion to my previous article, “Wishing to Make It So.” Called “Alternative Math,” it dramatizes the brow-beating of a teacher, Mrs. Wells, who gave an F to a student’s test, which is replete with wrong answers to simple arithmetic. The student wrote that “22” is correct answer to the question “2 + 2”, which are 4. Other errors are visible on the test: “3 + 3” being answered, “33,” and so on. But “2 + 2” is the main subject.

Confronted with the wrong answer, the student, Danny, something of a spoiled brat, insists the answer is “22.” He complains to his parents, who berate the teacher and verbally abuse her, not conceding that the right answer is 4 or that it’s anything. The mother says the teacher is a Nazi, while the father utters ad hominems. The teacher is then chewed out by the school principal, who says it’s not her job to tell students they’re right or wrong, and then she is called in front of the school board and asked to recant her insistence that 2 + 2 is 4. The school is being sued, they say, because she caused students to have “emotional stress.” She is told that it’s wrong to insist there is only one answer, that it’s possible there are multiple correct answers. She is suspended and told to come back the next day after she has had time to “reconsider” her answer. She is encouraged to have an “open mind.”

When Mrs. Wells returns the next day, she is faced with a battery of news media people and the principal who proceeds to fire her. I won’t include the concluding spoiler of how Mrs. Wells sticks to the principal. I offer my own narrative of how Mrs. Wells sticks it to him when he writes her a check to cover the past pay period and the current one. She leaves him blinking and speechless. My narrative would go something like this:

Mrs. Wells: “Is that your Mercedes-Benz in the reserved parking space outside?”
Principal: “Yes. Two more payments to go!”
Mrs. Wells: “If you don’t mind me asking, how much are you paying for it?”
Principal: “About 25 thousand.”
Mrs. Wells: “Wrong. It was seven thousand. You’re being cheated.”
Principal: “Huh?”

Then he gets it.

Blink, blink! It’s such a chore to think! (From the “Bilbury Lament” in Sparrowhawk: Book Two.)

The arrested development of a Trump hater.

Danny’s parents obviously did not follow these rules:

If you want to avoid having spoiled kids then stay away from these habits.

Pick up after your kids instead of letting them clean up their own messes. ...

Let them boss you around and talk disrespectfully to you. ...

Give them everything they want – even if it's not good for them. ...

Let them drop out instead of sticking it out….

The parents of the dim lights of the MSM did not follow this advice. Their children, now adults, were reared to be tantrumous brats, to judge by the level of bile and hatred for Trump exhibited by them and their liberal\left wing hordes. The malice knows no bounds. Violence is not out of the question.

The latecomer in the trend to harass Trump staffers in public is Rep. Maxine Waters.

The Daily Wire reports:

A Republican Representative from Arizona, Andy Biggs, has introduced a measure in the House Tuesday that calls for an official censure against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her comments encouraging discrimination and harassment against Trump administration officials and members of the GOP.

And asking for her resignation. Waters told a cheering mob:

“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” Waters said to an audience Sunday at a rally in California. “And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome any more, anywhere!”

Waters, numerous politicians, and Hollywood stars are also outstaying their welcome.

The Washington Post reported:

It’s also increasingly common. On same night [Florida Attorney General Pam] Bondi got heckled in Florida, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia [Red Hen], and protesters rallied outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. That came at the end of a week in which Nielsen and White House domestic policy adviser Stephen Miller were heckled at separate Mexican eateries in D.C. One website even posted Miller’s personal cellphone number.

A decapitated animal carcass was left at the doorstep of Nielsen’s home. That is the level of argumentation of the Dems and their non-intellectual allies. Not exactly the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.


Objectivisty STILL standing: Peterson and Salmieri at OCON

Jmaurone's picture

Yes!! Objectivity is the last man standing."

It was still standing at OCON, I think...

Before, I wrote:
"Should add, too, that Rand's take on this is what led her away from Nietzsche. But ironically, it's not just the left pushing this "anti-objective" stance. Jordan Peterson, who holds Nietzsche and Jung in high regard, is somewhat pushing this view, via Kantianism and religion ("limiting reason to make room for faith"),while mixing evolutionary psychology (and holding logic as invalid in the "is-ought" debate.)"

I just listened to the OCON panel with Peterson, and the topic DID come up. Very interesting. I don't have time, now, to detail it (though I do have notes, for when time permits), but give it a listen, if you can. I will say that Greg Salmieri presented the O'ist argument to Peterson very welll, and I think he made some inroads with him, as he agreed with much. At the very least, they laid the groundwork. It seems that a lot of the differences comes down to terminology. (And although they didn't use the phrase, a lot of it came down to the idea of "the metaphysical vs. the man-made.")

Joe

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Yes!! Objectivity is the last man standing.

Racist, too: Rose Wilder Lane & LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE

Jmaurone's picture

From PJ Media: Little House on the Racist Prairie

As most Objectivists probably know, Rose Wilder Lane is known as one of the three most prominent classical liberal/libertarian women in American history, along with Ayn Rand and Isabel Paterson. We all know Ayn Rand's already been branded as a child-eating Nazi (with thanks to Whittaker Chambers infamous review of Atlas Shrugged, "Big Sister is Watching You", and the line, "From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: “To a gas chamber–go!” .) My last post already showed that not just Rand and Objectivism, but the very notion of objectivity is being called "racist." So I don't supposed there are any objective arguments that the left will accept in defense of Little House on the Prarie...or western civilization, in general.

Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand: Three Women Who Inspired the Modern Libertarian Movement

"Science be racis, too"

Jmaurone's picture

"Soon enough the philosophical post-modernists will be making these claims about all of science -- and even of math. Soon saying: '2 plus 3 equals 5' will be the same as saying: "Lynch all the jungle-bunnies!'"

Oh, they've been saying THAT for some time, now...(Rand may have even pointed that out, in her day... if they're coming after the concept of "objectivity", then they're coming after Objectivism, and Objectivists, too...)

College Course: ‘Objectivity’ Is among ‘White Mythologies’


Should add, too, that Rand's take on this is what led her away from Nietzsche. But ironically, it's not just the left pushing this "anti-objective" stance.  Jordan Peterson, who holds Nietzsche and Jung in high regard, is somewhat pushing this view, via Kantianism and religion ("limiting reason to make room for faith"),while mixing evolutionary psychology (and holding logic as invalid in the "is-ought" debate.)

Rand:

"Nietzsche’s rebellion against altruism consisted of replacing the sacrifice of oneself to others by the sacrifice of others to oneself. He proclaimed that the ideal man is moved, not by reason, but by his “blood,” by his innate instincts, feelings and will to power—that he is predestined by birth to rule others and sacrifice them to himself, while they are predestined by birth to be his victims and slaves—that reason, logic, principles are futile and debilitating, that morality is useless, that the “superman” is “beyond good and evil,” that he is a “beast of prey” whose ultimate standard is nothing but his own whim. Thus Nietzsche’s rejection of the Witch Doctor consisted of elevating Attila into a moral ideal—which meant: a double surrender of morality to the Witch Doctor.

-“For the New Intellectual,” For the New Intellectual, 36

Absurd and Evil

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Joe Maurone -- Good points! Their tweets seem like a joke. This is like a kind of raw self-parody in which these guys are openly announcing their own intellectual unseriousness and moral depravity.

It constitutes a kind of daring pure evil to claim universal liberal values, and absolute objective truths, are somehow racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. Soon enough the philosophical post-modernists will be making these claims about all of science -- and even of math. Soon saying: "2 plus 3 equals 5" will be the same as saying: "Lynch all the jungle-bunnies!"

This is pure irrationality. This is pure nihilism. Sad

"Civility? That's Racist!"

Jmaurone's picture

Kyrel wrote: "So maybe our world is making progress here. Instead of resorting to gov't or private coercion regarding their passionate political disputes, both parties are employing relatively civilized behavior."

Civility? That's white supremacy! Racist!

Good News

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

There's actually a bit of hope here with the recent Sarah Sanders and Maxine Waters controversies in the news headlines. Both brouhahas involve free, voluntary, private behavior -- not state coercion. So maybe our world is making progress here. Instead of resorting to gov't or private coercion regarding their passionate political disputes, both parties are employing relatively civilized behavior.

Not exactly...

Olivia's picture

the Lincoln/Douglas debates - indeed!

The idea of going to hear two would be leaders debate just the issues in public is now utterly foreign (would be like dying and going to heaven). Once upon a time folks had to either be at the debate or read the transcripts in newspapers, which requires an attention span.

24 hour media has created such mindless 10 second, sound-bite show-offs - like Waters and a whole host of others. Content counts for nothing anymore, not even in maths it appears.

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