Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Onward, Then, To The Purges

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline, Robbin' Ur Rainbowz by Huckleberry on April 4, 2014
No, srsly, we're in ur base, robbin' ur rainbowz.

No, srsly, we’re in ur base, robbin’ ur rainbowz.

So a guy who worked for a “tech” company gave a rather small some of money one time several years ago to a legitimate political campaign that ultimately won.* This man was a rather high ranking officer in the executive structure of that company, even at the time, but nothing much came of it. The board of trustees of said “tech” company, fully aware of the minor campaign contribution to a legitimate political campaign that ultimately won, decided to elevate the guy to Chief Executive Officer, because despite that one contribution, the guy had no other record of political activity, certainly no history of political agitation or using his political beliefs as a cudgel in the commission of his occupational duties.
Naturally, this guy just had to be dealt with, harshly, because his political enemies declared that any support for a legitimate political campaign that ultimately won should lead to a full and vociferous recanting of any “hate” that animated the previous support, or that the offender must be purged from the body, robbed of his livelihood and used as an example to any future dissenters that dissent, even beyond the workplace walls, will be met with a litany of hashtags and exclamation points.
All this proves that whomever had the bright idea to get the state involved in sanctioning and arbitrating personal affairs like marriage should be dug up from their graves, their remains boiled, salted then ultimately burned. If only for the wicked chain of events that have led to myself and Andrew Sullivan standing on the same side of an issue:

The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists. Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.

Sad times, friends, that put me and that cock-shank on the same side of yet another ridiculous contretemps over our pretend-like-it’s-a-culture concern-begging.
Some pundits point to Eich’s supplication when this “controversy” first broke, as he tried to assure the maddening crowd that his leadership didn’t include a plan to implement Seek-and-Destroy Teh Gayz in the next FireFox patch release. If Eich had summarily fired those calling for his resignation, though, would that have been the end of it?
If the board of trustees had his back, yes, such a move would have silenced his internal critics. However, this would have inflamed the media who have nothing better to discuss, apparently, putting a lot more pressure on Mozilla in the short term. If Eich had staunch support from his benefactors, this may have worked. Since they were willing to so quickly toss him overboard, this wasn’t so much of a practical solution.
This isn’t confined to Eich and Mozilla. Just last week, “comedian” Stephen Colbert went through a nearly identical pound-sign parade by the safety-seeking dimwits of our time, upset over a stupid joke that actually agreed with the social and political views of those demanding Colbert be purged and robbed of his livelihood. This has been happening with greater frequency lately, and I am of two minds on the phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s a sad and pathetic illustration of something I mentioned in my The Next Ten Years post — we’re getting dumber, and we’re getting incredibly impatient. Impatience isn’t just about temporal conditions; it’s a diminishing capacity to cope with the rich panoply of existence, and over-reacting to that impotence. On the other hand, it highlights how the shriekers are not arguing from a position of strength, but from weakness. They sense how easily tomorrow can become yesterday when the tide rolls back, and so here they are with the temper tantrums.
So where are we?
A social and civic order in utter collapse, whatever remaining vestiges of a culture we have are in full blown retreat, and a person’s political ideology is fair game, no matter how far out of the professional workspace he keeps it.
The purgings have commenced, the counter-purgings are in the offing, and I wager the ones who started all of this with their hashtags and retweets will regret the day they opened this can of Pandoras.

* And then more ultimately lost, Because Penumbras.


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  1. Doom said, on April 4, 2014 at 13:32

    I wouldn’t give a shit about a dickless nerd getting handed what of his ass he had to shake, except that now I have to worry about the corruption of FireFox. I might have to find another browser.

  2. El Borak said, on April 5, 2014 at 07:00

    “comedian” Stephen Colbert went through a nearly identical pound-sign parade…

    Yes, that was a thing of beauty. Confused ‘progressives’ in plenty, not sure whether to hate Colbert because #privilege or to love him because he makes them feel like they are so much smarter than the walking, talking* stereotype he purports to be.

    When your entire identity is tied up in your self esteem, you’re bound to come down on the side of the guy who makes you feel good, thus Colbert still has a job. Still, it was a close one. It’s a good thing Suey Park is Chinese. Had it been Rosa Park who was butthurt, the whole kerfuffle might have had another result.

    * mostly talking

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