I’m increasingly finding that my spirit animals are Dave Rubin and Sargon of Akkad, because they are the only people still willing to identify themselves as leftists without descending into the maelstrom of horseshit that is the extreme left’s current obsession with neo-Marxist and neo-Liberal identity politics. I too, still consider myself a classical liberal with leanings toward anarchism wherever it is practically applicable, but I find myself having to critique my own political brethren far more that I do the centre right, or even the far-right, seeing as how this week, the goalposts shifted so far to the left that if you’re not a bi-racial androgyne covered in Cuban flags and giving a socialist fist, you’re now considered a Nazi.
So allow me to not mince my words. The left should be absolutely ashamed of using children to push their infantile bullshit about gun control. Rather than looking at David Hogg and being ashamed that they have corralled a child to the front of their campaign and given him lame, ridiculous, easily deconstructed arguments to repeat. Rather than rolling their eyes at the ambiguous “March for our lives” and being embarrassed that they have so few arguments left that they now have to go full-bore appeal to authority and emotion and resort to the ‘think of the children’ argument. Rather than being able to logically and reasonably put their point forward using the Socratic method, we have devolved to a stage where the left now believes all it has to do is activate a bunch of high school kids and all the fawning statists will follow suit. Unfortunately they’re right.
That’s not to say that the people falling for this shit are all statist sycophants. Even those usually prone to attacks of logic are susceptible to this kind of manipulation. To those people I simply suggest that they seriously consider the implications of what they’re doing. Do you think these kids have the life experience, knowledge of historical context and understanding of firearms to make a coherent argument against more than two centuries of protected gun rights? I don’t, and It shows in the fact they still say “assault rifle” and parrot the same tired soundbites anti-gun advocates have parrotted for decades. Those arguments were wrong then, they’re wrong now, even when they’re made by doe eyed children.
Do you know why we don’t let children vote? It’s because their views are simplistic, infantile and uneducated. This is not a micro-agression against kids, it’s the accumulated wisdom of generations of trying to hammer out a working democracy, it’s meant to be a caretaking measure to protect children both from the realities of the global political stage at large as well as more importantly being an acknowledgement that the smartest minds in the world, the men who led the only successful armed revolution against the European ruling class have debated this issue at length and come to such stern resolution that they made it the second point of their founding document, one that would ensure the first. Save for some wunderkind chid genius coming along and chewing through the combined works of Hobbs, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine et al., along with managing a sufficient grasp of the Socratic method and Aristotelian logic to be able to debate without succumbing to obvious logical fallacies, there is absolutely fucking zero a child has to contribute to this debate, especially ones who have no experience coupled with an ignorant understanding of the subject. Sorry, but David Hogg is not that genius, he’s just a high school kid, angry as fuck at the events that have happened around him, given a few cue cards and pointed in the direction of a CNN camera by cynical pricks who seek to use him. He deserves our sympathy and empathy to the utmost degree, he deserves to be left alone to work his way through a traumatic event.
It has been widely considered for a long time, the absolute lowest of low arguments to try to appeal to peoples emotions using children, and it’s an indictment of just how badly gun rights advocates have been absolutely licked at every turn when they try to change the constitution. because their arguments are bullshit, illogical and based on emotional reaction to traumatic events. You need to be entirely politically and historically ignorant of the last 2 centuries of American revolution to make these spectacularly failed arguments against the 2nd amendment over and over and think they’ll make any kind of impact, which is why the anti-gun advocates use children, and its also why so many people. bereft of that context. flock to it and share it. Once again, to be blunt, children’s opinions on gun control are irrelevant, we do not “look to the wisdom of children” to make legislative decisions for the same reason we don’t let them vote, we do it when we want to infantilise an issue by trying to make it black and white. Whilst it is tragic that some kids were involved in shootings, you don’t go to someone who lived through an earthquake for geological advice just because they survived. It is infuriating how people are willing to shove logic to one side because the kids held up signs. It is absolutely despicable to use children to push a political agenda, no matter the agenda or the side doing it.
Which brings me, begrudgingly, to the side doing it. The other argument I am constantly faced with is the idea that these kids aren’t being “forced into anything”. This is true in a literal sense of course, but there’s a fine line between leaving them alone and gently nudging trauma victims with a level of survivor’s guilt into certain actions, isn’t there? I mean all these kids freely turned up of their own accord, right? More than this, they organised it all themselves, right? Apart from of course, the one kid who was a Parkland survivor who they didn’t invite because he disagrees with them. Because it’s important to come together and be inclusive during times of trauma right? Unless you disagree with the left, in which case you can’t come to their party, showing again the divisive and exclusionary tactics they use to not have to hear differing viewpoints. They have to shut down the debate no matter what, they can’t have opposing viewpoint at a march that is ostensibly a gesture of solidarity with victims of violence, but in reality is a vanguard for a radical agenda of disarmament. Cause its good to teach kids to discriminate against people who differ politically, right? One kid sticks his head above the parapet and says “hang on, all the laws were in place to stop this happening, but repeated police failures including on the day itself meant this kid who they were warned about on numerous occasions and who tried to commit HIMSELF was ignored” and what happens? well you can’t come to our 3.5 million dollar march.
That is truly despicable. Well done on making a kid that felt absoloutly gutted inside over the deaths of his classmates feel even more exlcuded because he didn’t agree with the political orientation of the way you chose to publically memorialise their deaths. Disgusting.
Now don’t misunderstand me here, I don’t agree with poor Kyle Kashuv being splashed all over the news having to argue the points of government failure, second amendment rights and trot out the libertarian argument for the 2nd amendment either. Not only are there a veritable litany of very good gun rights advocates already out there doing this (see Molenuex & Passio above) not because they have to, but because they are well read and fascinated enough on the subject to speak erudite and in a learned manner about the history and context of the debate. Kashuv is visibly dealing with trauma, why put him on television in the first place? Again this is nothing against him, he is at least attempting to use the socratic method, but the important point he brings up is that despite offering David Hogg out for a televised debate, he wasn’t invited to the March. As I have established I dont beleive a televised debate by traumatised children about how to deal with the complex issue that created their trauma is a good idea, but don’t try to tell me this is about making the children feel better or ‘safer’ when you exclude the kids themselves from the march.
So let’s deal with this point of “nobody is forcing these kids to do anything”. in terms of the Parkland children themselves, they are fucking grieving a traumatic event, do you think the best thing to do in that situation is a) have extensive counselling and reintegration back into a stable community or b) splash them at the front of a political campaign that, certainly in the case of David Hogg, will probably colour the rest of his life and paint him into a corner that, in ten years time, he probably wont want to be in? Do you not find that hugely irresponsible? Or are you willing to overlook that because it’s a party you support or an issue you agree with? I’m not, I find it just as despicable as when the right uses children to try to make emotional arguments about abortion,. These marches take an absolute fuckload of logistical preparation, police and city co-ordination etc. Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, two people who have spoken openly about running as democrats in 2020 pledged a million dollars. You don’t think Oprah’s little minions were all over that shit organising, or do you think they just ‘left it to the kids’
and you can’t see how this is exploitation?
This is the lowest the Neo-Marxist identity politic parade have reached so far, We have reached the point where we literally exploit the kids with Che Guevara posters on their walls by giving them a pedestal to make a political point about violent crime that they themselves are recovering from, and can only speak to from the extreme of being in a tiny minority of people to have suffered the horror a school shooting. It is downright disgusting, but I have no doubt the bar will be lowered.