Love him or hate him, Vox Day is an interesting cat.
Day–the pen name of author, publisher, and Infogalactic creator Theodore Beale–is one of the most controversial and polarizing personalities on the Internet. Love him or hate him, all he cares about is protecting and preserving freedom, free speech, and American culture. While Day has written many non-fiction treatise about politics, economics, and religion, this is a review about his 2015 political/philosophical polemical, SJWs Always Lie.
SJW, if you recall, is Internet-slang for “Social Justice Warrior.” Social justice . . . sounds good, right?
It started out as a positive moniker, but morphed into its current use as a derisive term for those hectoring nags who find everything that doesn’t comport with their point-of-view to be “problematic” and in need of being shut down.
This is why those of us into free speech find SWJs so troubling: It’s not that they disagree, or that their aims are always bad. It’s that they want to shut down and silence everybody and everything that doesn’t fit their worldview.
And in order to do so, SJWS–a relatively small segment of the population–worm their way into institutions and begin, in a Gramscian long march, to implement their ideology. See the current controversy over the leaked Google memo for an example of the kind of culture this attitude creates . . . and the overdone, out-of-proportion reaction when somebody calls them out on it.
In any event, in order to combat SJWs, one must understand them. And that is where Day comes in.
Day boils down the phenomenon of SJW-ism into three laws:
- SJWs always lie
- SJWs always double down
- SJWs always project
You see, the issue is that “social justice” tends to not be “actual justice.” Justice, in the Western conception, is blind. Social justice, on the other hand, can be thought of as dividing the world into Oppressor and Oppressed . . . and using whatever means necessary to destroy the Oppressor and give to the Oppressed.
If you’re saying to yourself, “So communism,” then congratulations! But the social justice phenomenon can be thought of as cultural Marxism, further slicing up the population by race, class, gender, religion, and so on, and creating a stack, a victim hierarchy, which determines who gets what benefits and who gets the shaft.
In short, SJWs are totalitarians who wrap themselves in the mantle of nobility.
They are the apotheosis of the political correctness movement, activists for activism’s sake, consumed by a desire to help those they deem oppressed. SJWs are a mob defined by an irrational desire to silence all behavior that they deem “problematic” and offensive towards their chosen mascots. Typically though not exclusively on the political left, they push their fact-free narrative of how the world should be by infiltrating institutions and subverting them from the inside out. And if you say or do the wrong thing, if you even think the wrong thing, they will be out for your blood.
So who do SJWs hate? If you want to know if they might hate you, as yourself these questions:
- Are you male? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Are you a white person? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Are you straight? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Are you religious, particularly a Christian? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Are you a capitalist? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Do you believe in biological differences between men and women? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Do you think there are only two genders? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Do you think everybody should be judged by the content of their character? If so, you are an oppressor.
- Do you believe that equality means equality of opportunity and equality under the law and NOT equality of outcome? If so, you are an oppressor.
Get the idea?
As Day explains, SJWs are relentless. They will ruin their target’s livelihood, relationships, and lives without remorse, secure in the knowledge that they are on the vaunted “right side of history,” ravaging organizations and indeed entire industries until they are remade in their own twisted image until these organizations and industries can’t even perform their core functions. Fear and intimidation are their weapons, and no matter the truth, they torture reality to fit their narrative.
In the universities, in the churches, in the corporations, in the professional associations, in the editorial offices, in the game studios, and just about everywhere else you can imagine, free speech and free thought are under siege by a group of fanatics as self-righteous as Savonarola, as ruthless as Stalin, as ambitious as Napoleon, and as crazy as Caligula.
–Vox Day, SJWs Always Lie, pg. 26
Why do they do this? What do they have to gain? Day goes into detail about their motivations and tactics, and offers strategies for how to successfully fend off the SJW horde should you find yourself in their cross-hairs. Even better, he outlines how freedom-loving people should strike back.
There’s a lot packed into this slim volume. I would say it’s worth purchasing for Chapter 10’s discussion of dialectic versus rhetoric alone. But there is so much more, including the tale of Day’s hilarious battle with sci-fi author John Scalzi and the entire Tor books establishment, and a history of the #GamerGate movement, which began as a protest against unethical video games journalism and turned into the first successful counterattack against SJWs.
This all seems very far-fetched, especially if you aren’t steeped in Internet culture. But make no mistake, if you deviate from the ever-shifting tenets of social justice, the SJWs are coming for you. Their reach extends into all aspects of life. What started out as a power grab in academia, literature, and film has even extended its slimy tentacles into the world of tabletop gaming (see the #NotAtMyTable lunacy). You will be affected eventually. But take heed: Those of us who love freedom are winning, thanks in large part to the efforts of people like Vox Day.
As quoted by Day, Sun Tzu’s aphorism rings true in the fight against this new thought police:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
This is a war. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight back. Well-written, practical, and inspiring, SJWs Always Lie is that knowledge. Highly recommended.
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