The Limits of Tolerance

Kurt Schlichter has an interesting thread on his Twitter feed. You can read it here, but the gist of it is that, just perhaps, our live-and-let-live attitude towards Blue State leftists isn’t such a good idea. In fact, it is a terrible idea – because we’re not dealing in them with people who merely have a different way to get to the same destination. They want something entirely different as an end result from what we want.

Consciously or not, we on the Right have internalized Voltaire’s maxim, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This, on the face of it, seems reasonable. Even necessary in self defense because it would seem that if we want assurances we can say what we wish, we must extend that assurance most definitely to those we disagree with. But like many catchy phrases of modern times (Voltaire counts as modern for the truly instructed once you realize that “modern” began after the Reformation), it falls apart on examination. Even Voltaire would have seen that, if had lived a little longer. He had the luck to die in 1778, safely protected by an Ancien Regime which would, aside from a little pestering from time to time, allow anyone to say anything. Voltaire never got to meet his intellectual progeny who, around 1793, would have cut Voltaire’s head off. It turns out that for some people in France, what they wanted to say is that certain classes of people had to die. In the event, letting people say anything they want didn’t work out very well.

If you never have before, now is the time to understand why the Catholic Church had an Inquisition. It wasn’t to be mean. It wasn’t even to maintain control of people or stop the expression of new ideas. The time of the Inquisition’s greatest power, the thirteen to the sixteenth centuries, was a time of immense intellectual advancement in the Catholic West. Now, to be sure, as the Inquisition was run by human beings, it naturally messed up hideously on a regular basis and, in the end, it wasn’t the right way to go about things even if done with the best of good will. But that doesn’t mean the purpose was wrong – and the purpose was to prevent people from expounding ideas which, if adopted, would be fatal to the social organism. It wasn’t to stop people from finding better ways of achieving known, desirable goals…but to stop people from coming up with insane goals and then trying to get everyone to go along.

You know – like an insane goal that we shall have from each according to his ability and to each according to his need. That sort of lunacy which can never be and must require a whole series of lunatic actions if it is to be so much as attempted. As if we can know what anyone’s full ability is and whether or not they are exercise their ability to the maximum extent. And then the even greater lunacy of saying that everyone gets what they need…as if anyone knows what anyone else actually needs. That small phrase, just a few words which seem so good to the eye and ear, have piled up a hundred million corpses. So far. They continue to pile up to this day and they’ll keep piling up just as long as we allow people to express the Marxist ideal without let or hindrance.

You may ask yourself here just why is it that people keep going along with it. After all, the corpses are there: there’s no doubt what the enactment of a Marxist system must entail. For all the Marxist attempts to say that no one has got it quite right so far, there are still all the dead and that should finish the idea. But, it doesn’t. I’ll tell you why: do you believe in yourself? Do you believe that people should believe in themselves? More than likely, 99% of people who read that will go, “sure; we have to believe in ourselves”. There’s only one thing wrong with that.

It is insane.

For heaven’s sake, believe in anything but not yourself. If you believe in yourself you’ll eventually start worshipping yourself and become a self-centered cretin who is sure the world owes him a living. Drop it. Believe in God. Believe in Nature. Believe in anything but yourself – you’re not good enough for you to have such blazing faith in yourself.

But you see how it is? It is a nice, catchy phrase and it seems to speak a truth. A moment’s examination of your own life – all the very stupid things you’ve done – will immediately inform you that believing in yourself is about the stupidest thing you can do. But, there we go: almost all of us in a happy, dazed mentality of believing in ourselves. So, too, the Communists. They read the phrase and it seemed sooooo good. Who can argue with everyone getting what they need, right? And so in spite of there being abundant evidence that you are your own worst enemy and that communism piles up corpses like no tomorrow, people continue to believe in both propositions.

But now we have a real problem. It is pretty bad that we’ve become a people who believe in themselves all through serial divorces, addictions and blind-alley career choices, but the worst mistake we’ve made is to hold that those who want something evil should still be allowed to evangelize for their twisted faith. If you had someone living with you who lied to and about you every day, stole everything they could lay their hands on and sought for the power to beat you to death, what would you do? Continue to live with that person? Or would you take some sort of self-defensive action? I think you’d be looking for a way to protect yourself.

But when we extend our house to our society, we seem to lose sight of that. The Marxists – conscious or otherwise – in our society lie to us and about us all the time. They lie when they say they merely want freedom and equality. They lie when they call us racists and Nazis. They are always seeking, under the guise of social justice, to grab as much of our property as they feel they can get away with. And now we see in the Antifa types their willingness to use physical violence against us – and while such things may start with a mere bike lock to the face, they end with us lined up against a wall, if we let it go on. We can’t allow this to go on any longer: we must steel ourselves to the fact that tolerance cannot extend to tolerating those who wish us dead or enslaved. Either they have to go, or we will.

Don’t let anyone hang you up on this. They might say something along the lines of, “people have to be free to choose”. That is an enormously correct statement. But if someone is choosing to rob a bank, I’m going to try to stop them. People can choose to be Marxists. Or Nazis or Fascists or whatever they want. But if they choose to be Marxists or Nazis or Fascists then they have chosen to kill or enslave me, who will never be a Marxist, Nazi or Fascist. I take them at their word: they all say, in their various ways, that a complete overturn of society is necessary in order to usher in some perfect world…with their perfect world not having any room for me or those like me. Fine. Believe what you wish: I will take action to defend myself.

We must by law seek to remove from the Marxists their ability to participate in the public square. They must not be part of education; they must not be part of corporations; they must not be part of government at any level…from voter to office holder. They must be excluded because we know, with absolute certainty, that if they ever get their way, their first order of business will be to exclude from education, corporations and government all those who do not subscribe to their views.

We have also learned over the past 60 years or so that we can’t argue Marxists out of their position. Oh, you might find the odd Communist here or there coming to wisdom and rejecting the ideology but experience has shown that hardly anyone ever converts from Communism. The Conservatism which held that free spirited debate would lead to the triumph of Truth was wrong. It was wrong because the Communists never view argument as a process whereby Truth can emerge. They already have Truth, as far as they see it – if they are arguing with you, it is merely to keep you busy until they’ve got a big enough stick to club you to death. Don’t be so surprised by this unwillingness to see the evidence. The Germans kept faith in Hitler until a Russian soldier kicked in the door and raped the frau. Years after it was abundantly clear that Adolph had got it wrong, people were still fighting to the death to defend his regime. We human beings are astonishing in our ability to use reason…but we can use it just as well for bad as for good. The only defense against bad reasoning is absolute, humble faith in God. Communists, though, don’t believe in God.

It really is a freedom or slavery choice before us – and if we wish to be free, we’re going to have to go after those who would take our freedom away. It isn’t our fault. We didn’t start this. It was not our side which subscribed to a philosophy which necessitates the overthrow of society and the imposition of an impossible dream. All we ever wanted to do was live our lives as we see fit. And that is all we still want – we just need to understand that in order to live free, those who would take away our freedom must be destroyed in the public square.

38 thoughts on “The Limits of Tolerance

  1. Cluster August 9, 2021 / 9:14 am

    Love this line:

    Believe in God. Believe in Nature. Believe in anything but yourself – you’re not good enough for you to have such blazing faith in yourself.

    This is so obvious to me. There are undeniable spiritual forces and living natural phenomena that are so vastly superior to our being, that I feel humbled just to be in their presence. The absence of humility brings about hubris and I think we all know these people and avoid them like the plague.

    Mark, you’re starting to sound like me, so be careful lol. I have long thought now that we just simply can’t let live with these people anymore. They do not want the same things we do. They are immoral, vile people. They delight in killing babies in the womb, they break, burn and destroy things, they are not family oriented people, they are physically and mentally inferior, they demand conformity to their “personal truths”, they are bone deep stupid, and they just won’t shut the f**k up, or leave us the f**k alone, so I am prepared to take whatever action necessary to put a permanent end to these losers. Just say when.

  2. Cluster August 9, 2021 / 10:04 am

    This is hilarious …

    A drug meant to treat cholesterol was found to reduce coronavirus infection by 70% in lab studies, with researchers calling for additional clinical trials among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

    In related news, ibuprofen and theraflu are also effective treatments to the worlds most deadly pandemic.

  3. Cluster August 9, 2021 / 10:17 am

    And here they are again. Absent any shame or humility for being so spectacularly wrong over the last 30 years, they still consider themselves experts ….

    A devastating climate assessment from the UN warns climate change is already causing extreme weather in the US, as flooding, heatwaves and wildfires are ripping through the nation. The report predicts temperatures will rise another 2.7F by 2040 – more than a decade sooner than previously predicted. The report also notes heat wave that used to happen only once every 50 years now happens once a decade, and if the world warms another degree 1.8F, it will happen twice every seven years.

    Again, who in the hell are these people and why don’t they just shut the F**K up. I have a some “enlightened” news for these complete losers in life … the planet we live on is approx. 4.5 billion years old, it is a living organism that is going to do what it is going to do and we have ZERO ability to effect or alter that. ZERO. Get that through your f**king brain.

    • Retired Spook August 9, 2021 / 10:36 am

      H L Mencken had it right: “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”

      The Left has been making these predictions since the early 80s with almost no degree of accuracy, and prior to that were predicting another ice age.

      • Amazona August 9, 2021 / 8:15 pm

        The Left has been making these predictions since the early 80s … with a brief time out when they warned us, with the same passionate intensity, of the impending Ice Age we were facing as the distance between the Earth and the Sun increased. At least that panic had a smidgeon of rationality to it—it acknowledged the effect of proximity to a giant furnace in the sky.

  4. Retired Spook August 9, 2021 / 4:20 pm

    Consciously or not, we on the Right have internalized Voltaire’s maxim, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This, on the face of it, seems reasonable.

    It USED to seem reasonable. Our adversaries still have the RIGHT to say that they advocate for a system that will put US in a gulag, but I will no longer defend that right, and certainly not “to the death.” The Left has already discovered that it can engage in violence without any significant penalty, and, sooner or later, that violence is going to spread beyond the safe havens of Democrat-run cities. I imagine they’ll be expecting pushback. They have no idea.

    • Amazona August 9, 2021 / 8:17 pm

      SAY it, yes. Attack, threaten, intimidate, harm—no defense.

  5. Retired Spook August 9, 2021 / 9:10 pm

    What a neat lady and role model. Also gave us one of, if not THE best race of the Olympics in which she and her U.S. teammate both beat the world record that McLaughlin set in the Olympic trials.

    • jdge1 August 10, 2021 / 9:16 am

      Both Sydney McLaughlin and Allyson Felix are inspirational, in part because of their dedication to athletic excellence, but mostly because they exemplify the human spirit with daily struggles and a strong faith in God. There are in fact a multitude high-profile athletes who outwardly profess faith in God. Rarely does the media provide print space for these much needed stories.

  6. Retired Spook August 10, 2021 / 12:33 pm

    Clearly, the tolerance for one of the worst governors in the country has collapsed.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he will resign from office following accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct from a number of women, including former staffers and one current staffer.

    Now on to California.

    • Cluster August 11, 2021 / 9:04 am

      This was just another Democrat Party hit. Much like the mafia did back in the day. Cuomo had to go … he was too popular, too white, and too male and that’s not the future of the Democrat party. Gavin Newsome has no future either in the party but he is just too stupid to realize that. The future of the Democrat party is 3rd world authoritarian POC’s … think AOC, Cori Bush, etc. and these people are so bad that within a few years we will be begging to have people like Nancy Pelosi back. That is if we are allowed to beg, without a mask :).

    • Retired Spook August 11, 2021 / 11:11 am

      A friend sent me the link to this earlier today. This school system is in Indiana, a hundred miles from us. Smart doctor — I hope they listen to him.

    • Amazona August 11, 2021 / 8:49 pm

      This morning Clay Travis talked about school board meetings where parents were literally sobbing in terror, convinced that their children were going to die from Covid.

      True, that level of stupidity/gullibility is pretty scary, but it does point out the viciousness of the Left’s strategy, terrorizing people by convincing them their children are going to die.

  7. Cluster August 11, 2021 / 10:31 am

    Is it just me or does everyone else find it extremely strange that kids were not affected at all with Covid last year, but now there is an epidemic amongst our children … according to the media. It’s as if this virus knows who to impact and when … and isn’t it also very strange that not one media member has ever been hospitalized with Covid despite the fact that they are out on the “front lines” everyday. Strange times indeed.

  8. Retired Spook August 11, 2021 / 7:45 pm
    • Cluster August 12, 2021 / 9:20 am

      If you’re a Democrat, there is always something to be alarmed and pissed off about. They are never happy.

  9. Cluster August 12, 2021 / 9:32 am

    It is coming to a boiling point:

    ‘We know who you are… we will find you’: Tensions boil over as Tennessee school board reinstates face mask mandate and angry parents threaten officials as COVID cases surge in the state

    Communist school boards across the country are feeling the wrath of patriots and soon all Democrat communists will feel it. Democrats had better dial back their fascist agenda or this country is going to erupt.

  10. Amazona August 12, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    Last night on Gutfeld! (pretty much the only show I watch these days—it’s uneven and often annoying but still produces some gems) someone came up with the idea, regarding canceling student loan debt, of canceling credit card debt.

    Talk about a melt-down! Big banks, etc. seem to support Dems a lot more than Republicans, so it would be fun to see the reaction to this idea.

  11. Amazona August 12, 2021 / 6:46 pm

    What Did San Francisco Expect When It Elected the Progeny of Militant Marxist Terrorists?

    The child of militant Marxist terrorists — his father remains in jail for murdering two police officers 40 years ago; his mother was released in 2003 — Chesa Boudin ran for district attorney essentially on a criminals’ first agenda.

    Boudin was raised by Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. What exactly did voters expect?

    That is an excellent question, one very similar to what did people expect when they elected a close friend of “Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn” who introduced him to politics through a party in their home and who remained “advisors” and frequent White House visitors, even traveling to India with the White House contingent on a state trip so Bernie could give strident anti-American interviews to the international press?

    Some of us knew what to expect, and those who didn’t should have. This militant Marxist ideology has been carried on through the placement of Obama’s vice president puppet, Joe Biden, in the White House to implement as much of it as possible as quickly as possible before even the blind and the stupid start to catch on.

  12. Retired Spook August 13, 2021 / 8:59 am

    Kurt Schlichter’s latest book is out.

    First, there was People’s Republic, then Indian Country, then Wildfire, and Collapse. Then in Crisis, America split into two nations, red and blue, side by side, and at each other’s throats.

    Now comes The Split, the sixth novel in the bestselling thriller series that began as fiction and every day looks more and more like reality.

    With the USA ripped apart by the hatred and corruption of the left, red America is building a country based on the principles of the Constitution, while in the People’s Republic of North America, the brakes are off as blue America hurtles toward total social justice tyranny. With the election to replace a senile president approaching, political players within the new blue America jockey for power regardless of the cost. Into this maelstrom, Kelly Turnbull is given a simple job – bring out a half-mad mathematical genius whose computer program could control the outcome of the election. But nothing is ever simple.

    From a mission into Cuba to an infiltration from Canada, from guerilla war in the Adirondacks to an impossible heist in which Kelly must team up with a renegade radio host and pack of Boston mobsters, the action never stops. With his trusty Wilson Combat CQB .45 and his bad attitude, Kelly Turnbull again does what he does best – lay waste to leftists. You don’t assign Kelly Turnbull a mission. You unleash him. This time, he’s got a score to settle – and he intends to do it with extreme prejudice.

    Sounds like a how-to manual for Cluster, heh.

    • Retired Spook August 13, 2021 / 2:01 pm

      Kurt was a guest on Dan Bongino’s radio show today. Unfortunately, I was busy outside and only caught the last few minutes of it. Did anyone else hear it?

      • Cluster August 14, 2021 / 10:06 am

        I have been mostly unplugged in Montana for the last 3 weeks and loving it. And I am sure that just like your neck of the woods in Indiana, and the WY and CO corridors that Amazona frequents, people are just living their life up here and not at all concerned with fear porn the media peddles everyday. What Democrats don’t understand is that no one needs them or wants them. Ever. In fact, they are becoming a real encumbrance to a healthy and happy life, and that shit won’t end well if they keep it up.

      • Amazona August 14, 2021 / 8:39 pm

        Stopping in at the courthouse in my Wyoming town the other day I said I was so disappointed to see mask signs in the local Safeway and the clerks all assured me that is just corporate nonsense and hardly anyone is going to pay any attention to it.

  13. Retired Spook August 13, 2021 / 11:52 am

    It’s going to be interesting to see how many students at Indiana University cave in so they can continue to spend exorbitant amounts of money to obtain a crappy education.

    Many on the right raged against former President Donald Trump’s last appointment to the Supreme Court after a decision was handed down tacitly endorsing vaccine mandates.

    Justice Amy Coney Barrett has jurisdiction over the appeals court where a group of students sued to block a vaccine mandate at Indiana University.

    On Thursday, Barrett denied the request to be taken up by the Supreme Court.

    She offered no reasoning for denying the request and acted alone. The decision was seen as a sign that court might uphold challenges to other vaccinate mandates in the future.

    Full disclosure — my wife and I got the Moderna vaccine in January/February, and, so far, we’re not sorry that we did, but, had we had enough information to make an informed decision, I’m not sure we would have made the same choice. A forced vaccine, for which it appears valuable data has been withheld, may well be the line in the sand for many Americans.

    • Amazona August 14, 2021 / 1:00 am

      1. I believe I not only have immunity to the virus, I believe that it is stronger and more long-lasting than what might be gained from the vaccines, because mine is from having the virus and naturally developing my own antibodies to it.

      2. I understand that there have been some serious reactions in people who have acquired these natural antibodies and then gotten a vaccine.

      So based on (1) I don’t need the vaccine, and on (2) it might be dangerous for me to take it.

  14. Cluster August 14, 2021 / 9:23 am

    1. Vaccines don’t require booster shots
    2. Pandemics don’t require marketing campaigns to convince people of their lethality

    None of this passes the smell test.

    A word I have heard quite a bit lately in the media and from corrupt politicians is … “unprecedented”. How many “precedents” can we obliterate before we lose the culture and the country?

    You’ll be happy to know that OR and WA school districts are now going to dumb down STEM classes because of “equity” … when in reality it’s just pandering to their constituency of inferior people. I guess just another “unprecedented” move by Leftists as they continue their “unprecedented” abuse of the American people.

    I am thinking we need to move a few chapters ahead in Schlichter’s new book and finish this.

    • Amazona August 14, 2021 / 9:52 am

      The Left never takes any “idea” to its next step.

      So if they dumb down requirements to get out of high school, and then dumb down entrance requirements to get into college, then dumb down the requirements to get a degree, how many of these Libs would want their heart surgery done by a graduate from any of these schools?

      This whole idea sets up a new aristocracy, in which the people who went to schools that demand excellence, who pass objective tests of their skills and knowledge and who have degrees from schools that base their graduations on merit will occupy an elite upper stratum of society. They will be the first choice of businesses, of clients and of patients.

      Those with Participation Trophy degrees will experience what they will undoubtedly think of as discrimination based on their skin color or gender or whatever. There will be a whole new industry of vetting schools and informing people of where applicants got their degrees and how demanding the schools were in requiring actual learning.

      • Cluster August 14, 2021 / 10:00 am

        They have been dumbing down our kids for the last 20 years; they’re just admitting it now. And this is just another step towards totalitarianism … it’s as plain as day but people are as blind as bats.

      • Amazona August 14, 2021 / 9:00 pm

        Even before this I had been saying that the erosion of educational standards in our public schools was going to result in a new aristocracy, as wealthier families would send their children to private schools where they would be better educated and therefore rise to top in any field, leaving the public school victims in poorer-paying support roles, and sending their own children to even-worse public schools, in a death spiral of competence and merit widening the gap between the successful and powerful and the mere peons who provide necessary services.

        And that was before “educators” decided that one did not need to study English literature to get a degree in English literature, and that the belief that 2 + 2 always equals 4 only means one is a virulent racist, or that there is no need to study history to get a degree in history. Now that decline is accelerating, and the gap between the literate and the illiterate is only going to keep growing. “Idiocracy” is becoming a documentary.

        I was very young when Sputnik went into space, but I still remember the panic this prompted and the determination to improve our schools so we could be competitive with the more advanced Russian educational systems. Even in my Catholic school in my small town we were encouraged to pay more attention to math and science.

        After Sputnik, the Cold War competition was extending into almost every aspect of American life, including the classroom. In a five-part series, for example, LIFE magazine examined what it considered the failings of the U.S. educational system in comparison to the Soviets.

        “The schools are in terrible shape,” they wrote. “What has long been an ignored national problem, Sputnik has made a recognized crisis.”

        “It was just a time of incredible intensity and attention to science,” Dr. Shirley Malcolm, an ecologist and student in the late ‘50s, told the New York Times in 2007. With the Soviets claiming the first manned spaceflight, the drive to create a generation of scientists and engineers intensified even further.

        Among other programs, the Nation Science Foundation (NSF) saw dramatic changes to its mission during the era. In the two decades after Sputnik soared into orbit, the NSF contributed $500 million for teacher and classroom development. Steven Rissing, now a biology professor at the Ohio State University, was still a student during the space race.

        “My friends and I didn’t realize it, but our schools and especially our curricula had changed,” he wrote in the Columbus Dispatch 50 years later. “Our high school biology and physics books were products of new national efforts to reform and expand science education.”

        It is beyond bizarre to see the United States now having the official policy of bailing out of education as important to national security, or to anything else for that matter.

  15. Cluster August 14, 2021 / 9:45 am

    Black people are some of the most overtly racist people on the planet and everyday that racial hatred is normalized on MSNBC and CNN. The racist pundits on those networks have declared unequivocally that color of skin determines ones politics. Nothing is more racist than that. That’s just a fact and it’s tearing apart the country. Black supremacy IS the existential threat to this country.

  16. Amazona August 14, 2021 / 9:13 pm

    “CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

    Yet a good friend who got her first vax shot a couple of days before learning she was pregnant was advised by her doctor not to get the second shot.

    She only got the first shot because of all the pressure to be vaccinated to make not her boss but the clientele of their company happy, in spite of having Covid last year. (I think she got it from me based on the time line of my slight illness, hers a week or ten days later and her fiance’s a week or ten days after that. We all had the same symptoms of debilitating fatigue and muscle aches for about three days, none of us took our temps because we’re ranchers and being tired and sore is a way of life and this was just a few degrees more than usual) and then a few weeks later we all found ourselves having similar taste experiences, like not liking coffee any more. (And she and I both have espresso machines and have been gung-ho coffee lovers.)

    But as usual the CDC is giving medical advice contradicted by at least some doctors. I think they just needed a new category to go after.

    • Retired Spook August 15, 2021 / 8:50 am

      The problem is that none of these medical bureaucrats have EVER treated a COVID patient.

      Good testimony before the Texas State Senate by doctor who HAS treated COVID patients. I’m shocked this video is still up.

      • Amazona August 15, 2021 / 9:53 am

        It is well past time for the CDC to JUST. SHUT. UP.

      • Amazona August 15, 2021 / 12:04 pm

        This is an amazing video. One thing that struck me was that the woman who seemed to be moderating the proceedings seemed to misunderstand what he had been saying.

        He came right out and said that people who recover from Covid have complete and durable immunity and that “you can’t beat natural immunity”.

        There should be an uproar about the systematic censorship of medical information by media/government collusion. I think this goes well beyond bad policy into criminal negligence and possibly more malignant than “negligence”. Negligence implies a failure to act, but what we saw was focused, coordinated action to direct the flow of information in a pre-ordained direction, and the purposeful blocking of other information no doubt resulted in the deaths of many thousands of people.

      • Cluster August 15, 2021 / 12:38 pm

        I think this goes well beyond bad policy into criminal negligence and possibly more malignant than “negligence”.

        Yes. Yes. And Yes. This is malignant, malicious, evil, and INTENTIONAL. We all need to realize that. The American government is actively subverting the American people.

      • Amazona August 15, 2021 / 6:20 pm

        It’s the history of the Left, sacrificing lives in the pursuit of power.

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