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Obey Or Die

October 3rd, 2010 by dismuke · 23 Comments · Uncategorized

In the category of the Left bares its soul for all to see is this short video recently released by the environmentalist group 1010.    It pretty much makes explicit what has always been the Left’s attitude towards “global warming deniers” and others who refuse to jump on the bandwagon of their agenda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx4yr0FFhMQ

Pretty horrifying.

Apparently, enough uproar has resulted that 1010 has removed the video from its site and issued an apology. The organization pleads humor as its excuse and adds “many people found the resulting film extremely funny.”

Actually, I can see how “many people” found the film to be funny. In order for any sort of joke to work, it has to have at least some basis in reality. And, in this case, there is a basis in reality – the sort of groupthink that is pervasive among the Left and its hatred and hostility towards dissenters. For those who share such a mindset, this video probably is funny.

I am quite sure that the SS in Germany and the guards at the gulags in the USSR had any number of jokes about the inmates they presided over that they probably fond quite hilarious. But the reaction of any civilized person to the same “humor” is one of revulsion and horror.

“Obey or die” has always been the ultimate argument that the Left falls back on when push comes to shove – and Nazi Germany and the USSR are but two of many examples. The recent “climate change” scandals have the environmentalist movement on the defensive. Arguments by intimidation are all they have in order to press their agenda.

No, the people who made this video are not on par with Nazis and Soviets – not yet. Real totalitarians would be much more careful and guarded in their propaganda. A Joseph Goebbels would never allow something so explicit to see the light of general circulation. What went on in the Nazi slave camps and extermination chambers was regarded as a state secret and kept from the general public.

This video is merely a reflection of its creators’ deepest, darkest premises – premises that they are too ignorant and brainwashed to grasp the full, logical implications of. If they fully understood and agreed with where such premises lead, they would, like Goebbels, keep their jokes to themselves. The would immediately understand how any such humor that makes their premises explicit for all to see would set back and not advance their ultimate agenda. But since these filmmakers either cannot grasp or refuse to grasp what their premises ultimately lead to in practice, it simply does not occur to them that being open and explicit about them is extremely counterproductive.

When the Allies liberated the concentration camps after World War II, some military commanders ordered ordinary German civilians from nearby villages to be rounded up and forced them to be marched through the camps and actually look at the piles of half burned corpses. Most of these civilians reacted to what they saw with fright and horror – many to the point of throwing up or passing out. Not all Germans supported the Nazis – but a very large percentage did to some degree or another. What occurred in those camps was a sadistic nightmare that the average German citizen could never have conceived of or imagined. And yet those camps were the logical expression of exactly what the Nazis stood for with the full and enthusiastic consent of a very significant portion of the German public.

These filmmakers and any member of the general public who regards this video as “humorous” are to the would-be totalitarians of the future what the German public was to the actual totalitarians of the 1930s and 1940s.

23 Comments so far ↓

  • L-C

    And so the impatient environmentalists show their hand. What is bared is the desire they held all along: humans are a cancerous growth on the body of Gaea – which, ironically, is an anthropomorphization possibly only to a human mind – and must be eradicated.

    Interesting that the world’s favorite advocates of mass murder are in fact the most passionate omnicidal nihilists it has ever seen, arguing not for concentration camps or gulags but for the extermination of all of humanity.

    That this video has met criticism and disgust is not something I’d interpret as a sign of rationality in most of those who complain. Blood, gore and blown-up children are reasons enough for most to react in some manner. But I trust very few to make the pertinent connection between this careless display of ideals, and environmentalism.

  • Fareed

    what about all the businesses that supported such irrationalities. I recall last year that Toyota came out in favour of earth hour day. we have a local energy producer Genesis energy telling us that we must reduce our power consumption. I think those companies should be shamed.

  • madmax

    Sick video. If I had the producers in front of me I doubt I would be able to restrain from physically attacking them. No, that is not an argument but that’s the emotional reaction such a video inspires in me: rage.

  • Jim May

    Someone needs to do a mashup of this video with the Audi “green police” Superbowl ad.

  • madmax

    Someone needs to do a mashup of this video with the Audi “green police” Superbowl ad.

    Yes. The trend with these environmentalists is clearly dictatorial. They are stupid enough to state this openly. This needs to be exposed as publicly and loudly as possible.

  • Fareed

    perhaps respond with similar videos

  • Myrhaf

    It’s interesting that the filmmakers apparently thought enough people would share their sense of humor that the ad would not be controversial. I think it shows the conformist thinking of the left. This conformist thinking is of critical importance to the left, thus PC. Those who think different are reviled and smeared. Conformist thinking is what leads the left to hold global warming as a settled, uncontroversial matter.

  • Antacid

    “It’s interesting that the filmmakers apparently thought enough people would share their sense of humor that the ad would not be controversial…”

    Myrhaf,
    I find it hard to believe that this is genuinely an attempt at humor. Given the vicious hatred I’ve seen from environmentalists toward rational people, this is right in line with their ideals and goals. The only thing humorous to me about the video is the attempt by its creators to pass it off as humor.

  • dismuke

    “I find it hard to believe that this is genuinely an attempt at humor. Given the vicious hatred I’ve seen from environmentalists toward rational people, this is right in line with their ideals and goals. The only thing humorous to me about the video is the attempt by its creators to pass it off as humor.”

    Of course it is not humorous to you as you probably a decent, civilized human being.

    To see it has humor you have to look at it through the perspective of the people who are responsible for the film (as unpleasant a task that might be). The fact that the film is, indeed, right in line with their ideal and goals only makes it more effective to them as humor. Think about it: isn’t the political/philosophical humor that you find to be funny usually consistent with your world view?

    To the people who created the film, the joke line is the phrase “no pressure.”

    To a Leftist non-conformists and naysayers are annoying irritants. Not only that, a great many Leftists regard such people as evil. You see, a Leftist regards his intentions and emotions as axiomatic. That which reaffirms those intentions and emotions is benevolent and good. That which challenges them is evil.

    Point out very clear facts which contradict a Leftist and you are immediately a bad guy. You are a bad guy not because the Leftist disputes your facts. You are a bad guy for naming the facts because, if you were a virtuous person, you wouldn’t WANT the facts to be true.

    So if you point out that there is no something for nothing or why socialized medicine will lead to shortages, you are a bad guy. If you were virtuous, you would WANT for there to be something for nothing – and you would regard the mere fact that you want it as the settling the whole matter. If you were virtuous, you would WANT socialized medicine to provide free top quality medical care to everyone – and that would be the end of the story. And the only obstacle that prevents us from enjoying such abundance is naysayers who keep saying it is impossible.

    To a Leftist, the biggest obstacle in the world is not facts – to them, reality and facts are not fully real. To a Leftist, the biggest enemy is someone who identifies facts that Leftists find uncomfortable and unpleasant. The fact that someone names the facts must mean that the person WANTS them to be true. A virtuous person wouldn’t want them to be true and thus does not go looking for them.

    To a Leftist, having to explain one’s self and back it up by facts and logic is an enormous imposition. It is an imposition put on them by evil people – people who are evil because they keep challenging the Leftists’ virtuous intentions. The Leftist regards the necessity to back up their intentions and answer their critics in order to win over the undecided as a need to suffer fools.

    If you are a Leftist, you have been worked up into an emotional frenzy of belief that global warming is this huge evil put upon the world by “The Man” and is going to destroy everything. And here you have nasayers calling it a hoax. Reducing carbon, to a Leftist, is intrinsically virtuous – and they have to put up with “deniers” and those who are merely indifferent to their cause. But they also realize that, in order to push their agenda through, “The Man” has made it necessary for them to have to address the arguments and indifference of those who are not fellow travelers.

    “No pressure” is a reference to the reasonable, patient, respectful, fact-based, scientific facade the Leftist senses that needs to be put forth in order to win the day. But, in reality, the Leftist regards that facade as just one more burden and hoop to jump through that has been put in their path by “The Man.” They HATE having to suffer fools by having to go through so much effort and grief explaining and trying to convince people of things which, to them, are self-evident.

    Making their adversaries go away rather than having to deal with them is what the Leftist secretly wants. The way they REALLY would like to be able to respond to their critics is with a big giant F*CK YOU! And pushing the button on those boxes is the ultimate F*CK YOU.

    The totalitarian implications of the film don’t even occur to a typical Leftist. That would actually require a certain amount of conceptual thought. Their focus is entirely on their own emotional state. The whole point of the humor in this is based upon the Leftist having to suffer fools. The necessity to say “no pressure” is an example of having to suffer fools. The humor here is basically an inside joke: that “no pressure” is NOT sincere but a facade and charade that the Leftist does NOT really want to have to go through. To a Leftist, the joke and the humor is based around the fact that the film makes fun of the burden and need for the Leftist to suffer fools – i.e., to function amongst and interact with those who are not fellow True Believers.

  • L-C

    You bring up several good points, dismuke. This is the beginning of the end road of the primacy of consciousness. From “Philosophy: Who Needs It”:

    “Anyone who resorts to the formula: “It’s so, because I say so,” will have to reach for a gun, sooner or later.”

  • North Bridge

    Dismuke: Phenomenal analysis of the Leftist mindset. You’ve nailed it.

  • madmax

    Dismuke continuously delves into the soul of a Leftist in a way that I have seen very few do. Leftists go from the social primacy of consciousness to social subjectivism to moral relativism to egalitarianism to collectivism all in the blink of an eye. And of course all of this is made possible by the altruist ethics.

    But Dismuke has pointed out something which I have come to realize over the last 5 years or so. Leftists don’t want you even to THINK about certain subjects. Dismuke has focused on welfare-statism and environmentalism, and it is true that those subjects are important to Leftists. But I think the cultural issues are equally important to Leftists if not more so.

    For example, even saying that you disapprove of gay marriage could get you blacklisted in Hollywood. Forget about whether that’s the right position or not, Leftists don’t even want to think about opposition to it. Also, racial and ethnic matters are serious issues for Leftists.

    For example, during the alleged rape of a black stripper by the Duke Lacrosse team, the media essentially tried and convicted the Duke boys (all white) in the media. They were exonerated eventually. But the media made a racial issue about it. However, the more important issue that the media never raised and will never allow to be raised is the very real fact of massive black-on-white rape that is a very real fact in American life. Or black-on-white crime in general. This is a fact the Left doesn’t even want you to consider. This is revealed in the fact that Leftists news sources (essentially all of them) go out of there way to avoid telling you the race of the perpetrator in all of these black-on-white crimes.

    This also applies to Muslims. When the recent attempt to bomb Time Square failed, the media was loathe to admit that it was Muslims that were responsible for the plot. They were disappointed that it wasn’t white Tea Party members. That would have fit their narrative better. The Left does not want you to think about issues in any reality-oriented way. So you end up with a type of censorship being imposed on you without direct government force. Its a type of cultural censorship imposed in a decentralized way by the entire Leftist establishment. Some examples:

    1) Pastor Terry Jones, whatever his religious motivations, had the right intention to burn Korans as an act of defiance against the barbarity of Islam. The ENTIRE Leftist establishment attacked him (as well as many Conservatives). The government even charged him $180,000 for the security expenses incurred. But that’s there job!! The main point – Leftists don’t want you to analyze Islam and make judgments about the essence of Islam and far too many Muslims. Moral relativism on display.

    2) Nidal Malik Hassan massacred people at Ft. Hood in the name of Jihad. But the Leftist media and the Obama administration refuse to admit that this was Islamic Jihad violence. To them, it was the lone act of a disturbed man. The Left doesn’t even want you to think of Islam as potentially evil (would they offer such protection and cover for Christianity – now there is an interesting phenomenon). Again, Leftists don’t want you to make moral evaluations that result in “inequality”.

    3) The Obama administration is not even going to try the Black Panthers that intimidated white people from voting in Florida. To Leftists there is nothing wrong with this as anti-white discrimination is fine as is anti-white violence. The Leftist narrative of only blacks and non-whites as victims is not to be challenged.

    4) The massive crime wave committed by blacks against whites rarely if ever gets reported. Whites are being targeted by black gangs for beatings and murder all over the country. I have seen such reports coming out of Denver, New Hampshire (Somalis), and most recently Illinois. The Leftist media does not want this to be publicized because if it was then people would ask “why are black people so violent in such large numbers”? That would lead to a direct examination of the welfare state, public education, and the entire entitlement/egalitarian philosophy. I won’t even get into the IQ scores.

    There are other subjects I could raise but the pattern is clear. Leftists place their emotions and their egalitarian/altruist intentions over everything else. Those altruist/egalitarian sentiments are all the matter to a Leftist and if you draw attention to the fact that they are not good or lead to bad consequences, the Left will DESTROY you.

    The Left is an incipient totalitarian movement. Its a weird one; a type of Bohemian Stalinist movement that grants tolerance to anything that is not related to white heterosexual males, capitalism, Western Civilization, Christianity (not defending Christianity – just pointing out that the Left hates it), and genuine egoism in any form (especially war policy).

    I don’t know if humanity has ever faced a phenomenon like today’s Left. In many ways they make the Communists of the mid-20th century look sane.

  • Andrew Dalton

    madmax –

    Have you seen this Evan Sayet speech from 2007?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

    He makes a lot of the common conservative errors (including calling leftists “liberals”), but he also has an unusually good insight into the psychology of the nihilistic Left.

  • Myrhaf

    It is funny that non-conformist thinking was hailed as a value by the left back in the ’60s. Remember “Question Authority” buttons? Back then it meant attacking the American status quo, and replacing it with the New Left.

    Decades later, with the New Left now the status quo, American culture has less independent thinking than ever — less even than in the Victorian Era when talking about sex was supposedly taboo. The new conformism is so powerful and pervasive that leftists struggle even to understand the unacceptable thoughts of the right. Without the argument from intimidation and without smears, the left would not know what to say about their opponents.

  • L-C

    ” This is revealed in the fact that Leftists news sources (essentially all of them) go out of there way to avoid telling you the race of the perpetrator in all of these black-on-white crimes.

    This also applies to Muslims.”

    Indeed, madmax, and in fact I have an idea for an upcoming guest entry on this blog that touches on this subject as it applies to my home country of Sweden, if such an entry is welcome.

  • Richard

    RE Dismuke’s comment
    “. To a Leftist, the joke and the humor is based around the fact that the film makes fun of the burden and need for the Leftist to suffer fools – i.e., to function amongst and interact with those who are not fellow True Believers.”

    I see a similar sentiment for the spoof Jon Stewart/Colbert mock political rallies.

  • Jim May

    Here I repurpose a key paragraph of Dismuke’s incisive comment as a reminder of the true breadth of our (ultimately single) enemy:

    So if you point out that there is no God or why wishing will not make it so, you are a bad guy. If you were virtuous, you would WANT for there to be a God who can simply re-author reality to your liking, and you would regard the mere fact that you want it as the settling the whole matter. If you were virtuous, you would WANT a consciousness to be the first fact, and that would be the end of the story. And the only obstacle that prevents us from enjoying God’s blessings is the sinners who keep saying that “existence exists”.

  • dismuke

    “Decades later, with the New Left now the status quo, American culture has less independent thinking than ever — less even than in the Victorian Era when talking about sex was supposedly taboo.”

    Speaking of the Victorian Era, observe that, despite the fact that Queen Victoria died in 1901, the Left is still fighting the Victorian era – just as they are still fighting Jim Crow which has not existed in over a half century and are still fighting the Vietnam War Which John Kerry Served In which ended 35 years ago.

    Express any regard or concern at all for standards or decorum and the Left will make you out to be the worst sort of Victorian fuddy duddy.

    When the generation that was roughly Ayn Rand’s age rebelled against the remnants of Victorian influence in American culture (watch certain pre-code films), they were rebelling against standards which they considered stupid, arbitrary and irrational in a modern, streamlined world. That battle was fought and quickly won in just a very, very few years.

    Nevertheless, in the minds of the counterculture Left, it is still raging – except, to them it is a battle against ALL standards.

  • Jim May

    There’s a lot more material of this sort depicted by Ed Driscoll here. This ad is not any sort of departure.

  • madmax

    Speaking of the Victorian Era, observe that, despite the fact that Queen Victoria died in 1901, the Left is still fighting the Victorian era – just as they are still fighting Jim Crow which has not existed in over a half century and are still fighting the Vietnam War Which John Kerry Served In which ended 35 years ago.

    This comment by Dismuke is one of the elements of the New Left that I have just recently picked up on and that is their predominant obsession is to discredit anything and everything that has existed in America prior to the last 10 years. As proof, take a look at this Salon movie review of the new movie ‘Secretariat’.

    http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/andrew_ohehir/2010/10/06/secretariat

    This is a movie about the great horse of the early 1970’s. Apparently this movie extols the virtues of hard work and perseverance as well as lauds greatness. This pisses of the Leftist movie reviewer. But more than this, tying in with what I said about race and culture above, the reviewer and the commentors are hateful of the movie because it does not deal with Nixon or Watergate or Martin Luther King or the sexual revolution. The move is about upper class white America and it shows this world as good and honorable. And the one black character in the film, a horse trainer, is depicted as being comfortable with the rich white people around him and this *really* pisses off the Leftist commentors. After all, the 70s had a lot of racism and gay people couldn’t get married. It was one step away from be racist theocracy!!

    Seriously, here are some quotes from the review:

    [T]he movie itself is ablaze with its own crazy sense of purpose. (Or as if someone just off-screen were burning a cross on the lawn.) …

    “Secretariat” is a work of creepy, half-hilarious master-race propaganda almost worthy of Leni Riefenstahl[.] …

    Although the troubling racial subtext is more deeply buried here than in “The Blind Side” (where it’s more like text, period), “Secretariat” actually goes much further, presenting a honey-dipped fantasy vision of the American past as the Tea Party would like to imagine it, loaded with uplift and glory and scrubbed clean of multiculturalism and social discord. In the world of this movie, strong-willed and independent-minded women like Chenery are ladies first (she’s like a classed-up version of Sarah Palin feminism)[.] …

    But it’s legitimate to wonder exactly what Christian-friendly and “middle-American” inspirational values are being conveyed here, or whether they’re just providing cover for some fairly ordinary right-wing ideology and xenophobia. …

    [Secretariat] himself is a big, handsome MacGuffin, symbolic window dressing for a quasi-inspirational fantasia of American whiteness and power.

    Notice that last one. The Left is hell bent on starting a race and class war. They are a movement full of psychotics. Theirs is a secular religion and like any religion there are masses and rituals and mythologies. For the Left, the ritual message that they repeat over and over to the exclusion of everything else is that America is a racist, sexist, imperialist, greedy-capitalist-pigish, nation that was the essence of evil until the New Left starting to exert their muscle 15 to 20 years ago. If you don’t agree then you are an evil right wingnut and you must be destroyed.

    That is the insanity and the evil we are facing.

  • madmax

    Indeed, madmax, and in fact I have an idea for an upcoming guest entry on this blog that touches on this subject as it applies to my home country of Sweden, if such an entry is welcome.

    I look forward to this L-C. Regarding Sweeden and this phenomenon, all you have to do is look at the book/movie ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (which some O’ists like for some reason). This story, written by an actual Communist, portrays white Swedish men as racists and misogynists. But the reality of the matter is that almost all of the rapes in Sweden are committed by Muslim males. It is the Muslims living in Europe that are the greatest danger to European women, not Swedish men.

    No offense to you L-C or to the Swedes, but judging from today’s PC Sweden, you would never know that these people are the descendants of the god-damn VIKINGS. But, as I have written elsewhere, Leftists can only conceive of white males (and non-Leftist white males to be exact) to be evil. That is the only kind of villain that is allowed. The reality of Europe’s plight, the reality of the BARBARIANS within Europe’s gates is a reality that is not-to-be-mentioned-upon-pain-of-punishment. As proof of that, witness the Kangaroo courtroom trial of Geert Wilders. (Whatever flaws that man may have in his philosophy, he is an honorable and heroic man.)

  • Fareed

    I have a question on this subject matter. As an environmental scientist how do you point out the benefits to individual well-being of particular actions e.g. biodegradable preservatives as opposed to “helping the environment” ?

    Does this necessitate re-defining what the environment is ? or what sustainability is with regards to human progress? Would you use sound-bites like conservation is sacrifice, exploit the earth or die, greenovation for a greener planet etc….