Seven Hundred Elves

Today’s music is Seven Hundred Elves, by Steeleye Span.

It seems in the original Danish it was “seven hundred trolls.”

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“A society of emasculated liars”

“FP: You make the shrewd observation of how political correctness engenders evil because of “the violence that it does to people’s souls by forcing them to say or imply what they do not believe, but must not question.” Can you talk about this a bit?

“Dalrymple: Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” — Our Culture, What’s Left Of It, Interview of Theodore Dalrymple by Jamie Glazov, 31 August 2005

Black is white

But white is not black

We’re all the same inside, except for our unique differences. Here’s how it works.

Biological sex is fictional. It can be changed, to (better?) reflect what (who?) a person really is. There are no natural sex roles. Gender is an imposition of the patriarchy – paradoxically, “white” “men,” who cannot really exist as such. It’s just social construction that makes little girls like telephones and little boys like remote controls. Biological sex is not determinative, nor fixed, nor even very important, because woman equals man in any context.

Sexual orientation is foundational. It is the true underlying reality of who we are. It cannot be changed, and is never “wrong.” It’s wicked to suggest it could be in any way wrong, and barbaric to suggest that it is even possible to alter the (fictional!) biological sex to which you are attracted; baby you were born that way. Celebrate it! Everybody! That’s an order! Dance, Hater! Sexual orientation is identity, built into our very genes.

Race is both fictional and foundational, depending on context. There are no distinctive racial characteristics, and really there’s no such thing as race. That’s just another construction of dead Nazis. Though someone can be a woman in a man’s body, she cannot be a black woman in a white man’s body. Race, like sex, is something that cannot be changed, and something it’s wicked even to wish could be changed, but it’s not who you are, except when it is.

UPDATE: several edits for grammar and readability.

Sophistry

You say that like it’s a bad thing…

“There is in philosophy a very old name for the view that the point of argument is to persuade; it’s ‘sophistry’. One of the old Platonic points is that if you take argument to be primarily for the purpose of persuading people to its conclusion, what you are really saying is that reasoning is primarily a way to impose one’s will.” — Arguments and Persuasion

The thing is, even if politicians and managers today believed this – that it’s mere sophistry to define argument as persuasion – they’d say “Ah, sophistry! I didn’t know there was a word for that. Go and hire me a sophist right now! No, two! Two sophists! Get the cheapest you can find, and spare no expense!*

*That’s how politicians and managers talk.