Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Cult of Victimhood – Marcus Tatton-Blue

Feckless unemployed NEATS keep stealing my tax money. Morally spiteful gays threaten my sexuality with their government-approved marriages. Screeching women savage my bleeding ear drums with their howls about rape. I am the real victim here, let nobody forget it. And this is why:

If you disagree with me, you are attacking my personal integrity. Yes. I am a man. A human being, and I have a right to my opinions. If you assault those opinions with claims of factual inaccuracy or moral callousness, you are assaulting me. And not in the petty literal sense of assault in which you threaten or attack some person’s body – you are assaulting my sense of self. You are assaulting the very essence of my being. Because if I do not have my opinions, then what separates me from the terrorist-loving liberals in the Labour party?

Other people’s problems make me deeply uncomfortable. When you victim-claimers go on about how the pharmaceutical industry faces a conflict of interest in publicizing female sexual arousal disorder1, or how disabled people are dying because of the government’s welfare reforms, you put images of death and disability in my mind. You make me think about starvation, and sexuality, and being a woman. I do not want to be a woman.

Irrelevant concerns are a waste of my time. So, Muslims fear a backlash after the attacks in Denmark and France2. So, more than two billion people live on less than two dollars a day3. So, ethnic minorities are more likely than white people to be victims of crime4. Am I a Muslim? Am I poor? Am I a black? No. You’re interrupting my home screening of Forrest Gump5.

People lash out at me when I try to have a debate. The other day I called a Chinese woman a racist. You know what happened? She told me to fuck off! How are we going to have a productive discussion if I can’t even declaim my opponent for racism without her exploding in furious racially-motivated rage?

I am not the lunatic you’re looking for. I know an NHS contract went to a firm which employs my local Conservative MP6. I know the Conservatives put through a bill raising campaign spending limits by 23%7. I know that the probation chief’s wife won most of the probation service’s contracts since the government started their “Transforming Rehabilitation” reforms8. But you know what? I am not the Conservative party. I only vote for them. And while we’re talking about the government, could you please stop attacking them?

The public’s hatred of Britain is giving me a heart attack. Every day I hear people saying that income inequality is high and stagnant9, or that Eric Pickles sending a letter to every mosque asking their members not to be terrorists is offensive(citation unnecessary – editor), or that the British government went to war in Iraq on the basis of the near unanimous support of Conservative MPs10. I am fed up of people attacking my beloved government. David Cameron is trying his best. It’s not easy being Prime Minister you know. So perhaps instead of sitting around on question time telling me that Britain’s drug policy doesn’t work nearly as well as Portugal’s11, or that in the Netherlands the four day week is standard12, or that all large and medium sized companies in Germany have workers represented on the board13, how about you celebrate the fact that we won the Boar War, or that Britain is still 87% white?

Liberal arguments obfuscate and confuse reality. Liberals and socialists and “moderates” like to go on about how women earn 19.1% less than men (or is it 9.4% less? – make up your mind), and women only hold 22.8% of the sets in parliament, and how poor people are blamed for a rise in unemployment that is the result of a long term shift in policy14,, and how ethnic minorities are underrepresented in Oxbridge15, and how having an ethnic looking name makes you less likely to get a job16, but this is a clever intellectual trick. These aren’t real injustices. Anyone can use facts and statistics to prove anything, but what these socialist ideas do is insult people with different values to the Guardian and a contrary view of how the world is to Caroline Lucas. Nature and Science and the International Panel on Climate Change and the New Scientist and David Attenborough say climate change is real and even the UNITED FUCKING NATIONS says that “the poorest people on the planet are the most vulnerable to climate change”. They are all trying to discredit the conservative worldview. They are making absolutist claims that deny any alternative viewpoint. Liberals use the cover of “truth” to disguise their authoritarian goal of wiping out all alternative arguments. If everyone believes what science says then what room is there for pluralism? What room for healthy debate? As John Stuart Mill would have said, “Agreement is the most tyrannical form of censorship.” The real victims here are not unemployed people or people who have been raped or the working classes, the real victims are everyone who disagrees with liberal arguments.

Footnotes:

1 – The marketing of a disease: female sexual dysfunction – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC545000/

2 – Muslims fear backlash after Charlie Hebdo deaths as Islamic sites attacked – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/08/muslims-fear-backlash-charlie-hebdo-grenades-islamic-france

3 – Poverty Overview – http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview

4 – Data in Focus Report. Minorities as Victims of Crime – http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra-2012-eu-midis-dif6_0.pdf

5 – I’m actually not watching Forrest Gump.

6 – NHS Contract Awarded To Private Firm Despite Rival Bid Being “£7 Million Cheaper” – http://www.buzzfeed.com/solomonhughes/nhs-contract-stoke

7 – Grasping the nettle: how to clean up party funding – https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/josiah-mortimer/grasping-nettle-how-to-clean-up-party-funding

8 – Probation inspector at centre of row over wife’s job at outsourcing firm – http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/31/paul-mcdowell-janine-probation-alleged-conflict-of-interest

9 – About Inequality, Scale and Trends – http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/about-inequality/scale-and-trends

10 – Iraq — Case for war not established — rejected — 18 Mar 2003 at 21:15 – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2003-03-18&number=117&display=allpossible

11 – Drug laws around the world – does anyone get it right? – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11197559/Drug-laws-around-the-world-does-anyone-get-it-right.html

12 – World’s Shortest Work Weeks – http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/economy/2013/07/10/worlds-shortest-work-weeks/

13 – Board-Level Representation – http://www.worker-participation.eu/National-Industrial-Relations/Countries/Germany/Board-level-Representation

14 – Whatever happened to full employment? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15276765

15 – Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants – http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/feb/26/oxford-university-ethnic-minority-applicants

16 – Racial Bias in Hiring. Are Emily and Brendan More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? – http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

Well done for reading the footnotes. I’d give you a cookie but unfortunately I’m just a line of text.

The preceding article was a work of satire.

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How to Get Your Life Back

You know why you suck? Because you’re trapped in the Facebook news feed. Here are a few pointers on how it is ruining your life.

The news feed never ends. Yes, you might just want to read five or ten or forty interesting posts but there are always a million more. As you read and scan and scroll, the sands of your life are slipping away like the guts of a disembowelled bear which has eaten a lot of sand.

You only got onto Facebook to check your notifications. Yes, Facebook is vital for flirting with gentlemen you might not have met and reminding yourself what your friends’ names are, but that can be done entirely through the system of messages and notifications. You opened up Facebook so you’d have access to information, and now you’re stuck in the news feed like a pine martin trapped in a military jet engine. But you’re better than that pine martin. You can turn the engine off with your opposable thumbs. Once you have your life back you can get an awesome job and earn money and buy the plane and use it to bomb ISIS.

Ninety nine percent of the news feed is not relevant to you. It’s either targeted advertising, or self-serving expressions of triumph, or anecdotes that you’ve already heard in person. If you desperately worry that you might be missing out on something, you can, as an absolute last resort, check it during dead time on the Facebook app on your phone – you know, when you’re waiting for a bus, or you’re sitting in a bus, or somebody else is speaking. Say, on a bus. That way you’re not wasting your valuable *you* time. Which leads me onto my next point.

You can keep the news feed on your phone, just in case. Okay, so I’m assuming that you have a reasonable data limit or access to wifi on a modern phone. If you don’t then I am truly sorry for you. This is probably completely invalid in your case. I hear phones can be gotten cheap or second hand but I, having a double-barrelled surname, am probably a Conservative or fascist or something like that, and at the very least know nothing of the value of money.

Now that I’ve convinced you with my wonderful arguments, let me tell you some of the advantages of turning off the Facebook news feed.

You’ll start having dreams again. You have the power to dream, and the only thing that has been stopping you is that you lie awake all night checking the Facebook news feed. You can dream of anything, from topless builders explaining how to unclog your drains, to you crying while you eat a cheese cake, to a naked man with black hair on his eyes shaving his meaty calves as you realise you have no corporal form.

You’ll be the life of the party. Now that you spend your life enjoying the world as it is rather than endlessly watching a screen, you’ll have all sorts of fascinating anecdotes to tell, like the time you threw peanuts at someone’s dog in a pub and it reminded you of the invasion of Poland.

Everyone is incredibly sexy. Everyone. You didn’t notice because you were at home getting a fake tan from your monitor, but now that you’re out enjoying the sun you can get a real tan. Check out the forearms on the man in the tight t-shirt. So many tight bums on the yummy mummies pushing prams around the lake. That lady’s lips are so ripe that you imagine yourself leaning over and-

Enough distractions! First, how do you solve a problem like the news feed?

If you’re on Chrome:

Get the news feed eradicator-

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg

If you’re on Firefox:

1 get the stylish add-on-

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/

2 get the quiet Facebook style-

https://userstyles.org/styles/101805/quiet-facebook

If you’re on Safari:

Download quiet Facebook (bottom right corner of screen – “download zip”)

https://github.com/maxfriedrich/quiet-facebook

Then go to preferences advanced and under style sheet select “other…”

Then unzip quiet-facebook-master.zip in your downloads folder

Then open quiet-facebook.css with safari.

If you’re on Internet Explorer:

Download Firefox at:

www.mozilla.org

I deny all responsibility for those suffering withdrawal symptoms after removing the Facebook news feed.