I really enjoyed this interview. I like all interviews with Matt. Is there something wrong with me? I am a Leftist, but I keep finding myself nodding my head in agreement at all of these “Alternative Right” guys?. What’s going on?
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After the war had slaughtered Vietnamese in vast numbers, most of them women and children, Johnson’s secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, confessed that the Tonkin Gulf attack had never occurred.
After the war had slaughtered Iraqis in vast numbers, most of them women and children, Bush confessed that the weapons of mass destruction never existed. “The most lethal weapons ever devised” were his own speeches.
In the following elections, he won a second term.
In my childhood, my mother used to tell me that a lie has no feet. She was misinformed.
It isn’t strange that the US lies its way into wars. Many nations do this, the US is not unique. What is a bit odd is that the American people fall for this crap over and over, and tens of millions still think that the word of the lying media is gold.
Not only that, but even after their leaders are proven to have lied to them and made them out to be utter fools, they reward the con artists who put one over on them with another term in office. I don’t get it. Is America suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Do we enjoy being made to look like suckers, fools and idiots?
The Gulf of Tonkin was in 1964. The Iraq War was in 2003. Over almost 40 years, Americans haven’t learned a damn thing. Truly pitiful. Now we are doing it again, and American fools are falling for the lies one more time. What are Americans but congenital rubes?
Actually that kind of sociopathy where locals make fun of idiots is common everywhere. People will cock off to you saying the most rude things, and nobody cares about your side of the story.
Certainly there are many Americans who will ridicule anyone who gets caught in a scam. As a rule, these folks are simply potential victims who have not yet been nailed! In our anti-scammer group, it is more or less a rule that if the person had not been scammed themselves, their attitude was, “How could these people be so stupid?” There were almost no exceptions to this rule. Almost no one who had never been scammed a lot of sympathy for victims. It got to be a real problem in the group that we started making rules saying no attacking victims, etc.
The only people who really showed any sympathy for victims were people who had been nailed themselves. I think this is a basic rule of human nature. I also met quite a few people outside the group who had zero sympathy for the victims, but it was not universal.
And that really is the difference between civilized people and uncivilized barbarians and animals.
The difference between a civilized country full of civilized people and a Turd World shithole full of animals and scumbags is in part due to the feeling people have about scams and fraud.
For instance, the US is very civilized, mostly because its culture is Western and Northern European culture which is extremely hostile to scammers and fraudsters. US prosecutors go after scammers and fraudsters very aggressively. Most DA’s are aggressive in pursuing fraudulent businessmen. They throw these people in jail and prison where they belong all the time.
Also, many Americans think scammers and fraudsters are bottom of the barrel garbage scum. I found that in Nigeria, that attitude was very uncommon. Very few people thought that scammers and fraudsters were scum, and most of them thought they were very admirable people. This is why I think you have whole nations of sociopaths in some parts of the world – their biggest heroes are dirty criminals.
If you go to police in the US as a victim of a fraud or a scam, the officer is not supposed to laugh you out of his office. In fact, most large police departments have specific, well-staffed offices devoted exclusively to fraud. If they laughed all the victims out of the office, they wouldn’t have any work to do.
This topped the country charts in 1970. It’s a great song.
Country music! The only real pure American music is country music.
That’s stupid. Now all those idiots getting wounded in gun accidents are going to die instead. Brilliant.
The gun nuts are really like any other conservative. Every single thing a gun nut says is a lie in some way or another, or is at least irrelevant. They have no good arguments about anything, and they never have.
This is great music. The genre is said to be straight up country music, but Clark also helped found two genres, progressive country and outlaw country. He also sings in the Texas country and folk genres. Not sure what genre this fine song falls into – I will call it country music because I can’t think of what else to call it.
Country music is interesting in that it really is pure and true 100% American music.
I received that revelation while barreling down Highway 395 through the Owens Valley in Eastern California with a head full of very strong LSD, the dizzying escarpment of the eastern slope of the Sierras on my left, Death Valley on my right. It was the first time in my life that I actually enjoyed country music. After the acid wore off, I was back to hating country music again.
I am now mellowing as I age, and I realize there are some real treasures in there.
You are 238 years old today.
Jason Y writes:
All of right-wingers will claim your liberal or socialist ideas came from college indoctrination. I’ve not seen any proof of that. Most college kids are only interested in making high grades or passing. They don’t really soak in any so called indoctrination.
Generally ,extremists of any sort develop from experiences in childhood or interaction with society. For instance, considering Lenin’s brother was executed, then it’s no wonder Lenin chose his path. Similarly, your typical right wing extremist often holds grudges from the Vietnam era, or maybe some black kid stole his lunch money.
It is possible that some may be radicalized in college, if not by professors then by fellow students. But I have been at universities in the past 35 years, and they were hardly places of radical indoctrination nor were most of the students particularly Leftist. Most of them had no politics at all. Those who encountered the Economics Department often ended up being brainwashed badly into reactionary Friedmanite Chicago School Economics. There are also some real reactionaries in Political Science Departments.
Most stuff comes from childhood though, or from parents. People simply absorb the politics of their family or of the community they grow up in. If you grow up in a rightwing place, you’re a rightwinger. If you grow up in a more liberal place, you might be more liberal. People don’t even make up their own minds. Their cultures make up their minds for them and people simply unthinkingly adopt the beliefs of their families or cultures.