Red Pill Blues

A long time ago, around the time I entered adulthood, there was a movie called the Matrix where the hero was given the choice of taking the red pill and seeing existence as it really was and taking the blue pill and seeing the comfortable illusion that was supported by the powers that be.  Naturally, of course, he chose the red pill, and from that time those whose observations have led them to be concerned or alarmed about the present state of affairs have been termed as being red-pilled.  And while being red-pilled can frequently be associated with a belief in conspiracy theories, I myself have found that the most obvious way to be red-pilled is to recognize the contradictions and hypocrisy that exists between some elements of the establishment and others that are evidence that while a community of interests frequently exists between them that no conspiracy exists in the planning of a coherent narrative or explanation.  What sort of things get someone to be red-pilled in our contemporary world?  I would like to discuss that today.

As I have written about previously [1], there has been rioting going on in Atlanta over a cop-assisted suicide that resulted in the death of someone who stole a police officer’s taser and fired at him and received a predictable response for so doing.  The DA, who is apparently corrupt himself and under severe election pressures, has hurriedly tried the police officer for capital murder under the argument that tasers are not deadly force.  Unfortunately, just this morning the New York Times, in an attempt to play up the dangers of tasering as a means of police behavior, posted an article that claimed that tasering was deadly force, which would provide justification to a cop who used deadly force in response to it.  While the NYT was presumably seeking to work against the interests of cops overall with regards to tasering, the article’s timing ended up bolstering the case of particular cops elsewhere, demonstrating that the common interest of anti-cop activity by corrupt political and journalistic elites does not mean that they have planned their stories in concert or can tell a consistent narrative.  The result is a field in which it is all too easily to become increasingly cynical of public officials and the press because of their double standards and hypocrisy and inability to consistently tell and own up to the truth.

It is that same kind of incoherence that has drastically reduced the trust that people have in their leaders over the Coronavirus problem.  On the one hand, there has been a wide push to attempt to make facemasks a normal part of life despite their limited efficacy and the fact that they provide downsides with regards to hindering respiration for many people while providing negligible benefit against the virus itself.  Yet this push to enforce the use of facemasks as a way of scaring the people and increasing government control has been immensely hypocritical in the way that it has been pushed.  Oregon, for example, has mandated indoor public facemask use starting next Monday in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but apparently does not want to enforce them in the massive public protests that are superspreader events.  Public health cannot seem to avoid being partisan leftist.  New York’s leadership, for example, simultaneously sought to promote leftist street riots while padlocking parks to prevent Jews from enjoying lawful outdoors activity, demonstrating their corrupt and partisan perspective.  All of this has predictably and properly served to reduce the trust that public health officials and leftist political leaders have from their population because they cannot judge or enforce standards in a fair and equitable manner but consistently show political bias in their corrupt decisions.

Even the destruction of statues around the United States has the same problem.  There are a great many of us (myself included) who are not particularly sympathetic to Confederate statues or to the kid-glove treatment that former traitors received from the post-Reconstruction American society.  Even so, the destruction of public statuary has shown a generally anti-historical approach that resembles ISIS or the Taliban in terms of a virulent hostility to any record of the past, which has included the defacing and destruction of statues of anti-slavery figures, whose only crime appears to be giving the lie to claims of systemic and universal white racism in antebellum American society.  For that crime they are to be obliterated from the material record by the anti-intellectual leftist thought police.  The same is true of black figures on food items like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, whose success as brands demonstrated the appeal of black foodways to a wide and mainstream commercial audience.  The fact that some blacks were able to succeed and make a fair amount of money even in the unjust world of Jim Crow America demonstrates that it can be done today, and that racism is not a sufficient reason for the struggles of people to thrive and rise above material poverty and generational patterns of failure.  All evidence that contradicts the master narrative must be destroyed, but that master narrative is so corrupt that it cannot be openly admitted, and so bogus reasons must be made up in order to support actions that ultimately do not pass muster.

Taken together this sort of behavior tends to red-pill people pretty effectively.  The observation of pervasive hypocrisy, massive abuses of power, and a reflexive and complete hostility to the past because it contradicts the political narrative of those who would be our authorities prompts people to see the contradictions and tensions inherent in the revolutionary left and to speak out and act out against it.  Satan’s house is divided, and it cannot stand.  How it falls is of interest to us because whether it falls because it is stopped before it becomes too powerful or whether it falls from the violence inherent in its own contradictory tendencies matters a great deal in how many people will be killed and traumatized along the way.  What can be done by people on an individual basis is limited, but awareness is definitely the first step to overcoming it, that is for sure.  And whoever is not aware of the blatant manipulation and evil that lurks in high places is truly stunningly unaware.

[1] https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2020/06/18/decisions-decisions/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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