Moderation Trolls

I’ve long been irritated by the ‘moderation’ trolls. This is seen in those who warn against too much democracy and anything else along these lines. Instead, they argue, we need moderation. Fuck that shit. What are they trying to moderate? And who declared them to be the moderators, the gatekeepers?

There is only democracy and authoritarianism, freedom and unfreedom. There is no moderation between the two. At no point in human existence, more recently or further back, has there ever been an excess of democracy, an out-of-control overabundance of popular will and self-governance. These same idiots are made uncomfortable by the ‘antifa’ and so scapegoat them. People who make these arguments can’t be that stupid and ignorant, can they? Antifa means anti-fascist. If you aren’t against fascism, you are for it. There is no other option, no third way.

They argue for some mythical center when in reality they are the extremists. I see this all the time among pseuod-liberal Democrats who claim to be the middle. But when you look at actual public opinion, these people are sometimes far on the political right. Going by their absurd claims, we’d have to conclude that the majority of Americans are radical left-wingers. And if that really is the case, then radical leftism is the norm and not the extreme. How is being ruled by an authoritarian elite, however paternalistic, supposed to be somehow moderate?

I see the same thing in the dietary world. Experts will say eat balanced meals. But this is in the context of a severely fucked up food system where the very concept of ‘balance’ has become imbalanced. In research, 40% of calories as carbs is often considered low-carb, even though 40% is the highest extreme typically seen among hunter-gatherers. That is not normal, by historical standards or evolutionary standards or biological standards.

Might this have something to do with why 88% of Americans are metabolically unfit, primarily caused by carbohydrates, at a time when we are being hit by one of the greatest health epidemics ever seen, just maybe? People die all the time from heavy carb consumption. Do we see the same extreme pattern of disease with those who eat lots of non-starchy vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and animal fat but without the carbs? No. So, what’s up with this moderation bullshit?

I’m not against moderation on principle. But the highly controlled narrative of public debate has become so disconnected from reality that the rhetoric of moderation has become meaningless and sometimes outright dangerous. Those promoting it often do so in defense of extremism. That is what reactionaries do. They co-opt language to deceive and manipulate.

When someone criticizes the demands for justice, public health, or whatever with rhetoric of ‘moderation’, immediately look at them with mistrust. Whether they are a direct threat or merely repeating the idiot talk of others, they are part of the problem. No one thinks moderation makes sense with drug addiction or sex slavery, lead toxicity or gang violence. We are living an era of extremism in corruption and disease. Do we really want to moderate into the middle of the problem? No, we don’t.

Sacrifice of Liberal Pawns

In the establishment worldview, MSNBC is the most left-wing news source among the corporate media giants. What this means is that MSNBC serves the role as gatekeeper. This far left and no further. Compared to how far left the American majority is, MSNBC isn’t very left at all. The Silenced Majority holds positions that are portrayed as radical in corporate media, from progressive taxation to universal healthcare.

One of the most left-leaning commentators on MSNBC was Joan Walsh. But in reality, she was a mainstream liberal and a defender of the status quo of the Democratic political machine. She was one of the liberal class attack dogs who put the ‘Bernie Bros’ (i.e., progressive reformers) in their place, including the large numbers of ‘Bernie Bros’ who happened to be some combination of non-white and female.

One might note that right now Bernie Sanders support is stronger among non-whites and females than among whites and males. It wasn’t accidental that Sanders spoke for policies that were straight down the center of public opinion. He was the voice of the average American. And that put the likes of Walsh in an uncomfortable position in being to the right of the American public.

Walsh went so far as to help promote the ‘alt-left’ framing that dismissed anyone to the left of the center-right Clinton Democrats. She was one of the main voices that turned it into yet another mainstream talking point — for example tweeting that, “At what point do some of these guys become the alt-left, a less toxic but still racially blinkered version of the alt-right?” Or when she tweetedtweeted: “Never use the term BernieBros anymore. Now there are alt-left bros who think mocking Clinton supporters is doing political work.” (These Clinton Democrats are the same people who dismissed Barack Obama’s supporters as ‘Obama Boys’ and for a similar reason, as Obama made progressive promises to the left of Hillary Clinton.) In her disconnection from reality, Walsh was oblivious to the sad reality of shooting herself in the foot. There is no honor nor reward in doing the bidding of corrupt power.

As mild and  moderately tame as she was, Joan Walsh was still too far left for the corporatist elite who own the corporate media, who control debate and frame the issues. As the Democratic Party pushes even further right, even the most establishment of liberals are seen as a threat and must be eliminated. So MSNBC fired Joan Walsh as a contributor, while giving Trump apologist Hugh Hewitt his own show. When the political left has their greatest opportunity in opposing the most despised president in American history, the plutocracy makes sure to hobble the leftist movement and shut out even the weakest of liberal voices.

MSNBC is what gets labeled as ‘liberal’ media by those who wield power and influence, specifically among the consolidated ownership class of corporate media and their lackeys in determining which voices get heard and silenced. As the American public keeps going left, the American elite keep pushing right. Joan Walsh thought she was safe by being a lapdog of power. She attacked those left of her, only to find herself the new target. What ‘liberals’ like her don’t get is that the very reason a strong left is necessary is to keep liberals like her honest and to hold the line of battle. Without a strong left to strike fear in the ruling elite, liberals become useless even as pawns of power and gatekeepers of media.

Joan Walsh didn’t understand the game she was playing and so she was played for a fool by those who did understand. She became the victim of her own moral failure. It is political karma. If you don’t defend others against attacks from the right-wing and, worse still, join in those attacks, then who will remain to defend you from those same attackers? Sadly too late, the targeted liberal commentariat finds themselves as part of the ‘alt-left’ they once despised. Alt-left is now everything on the left, anyone who speaks out against the dominant right-wing power structure.

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