by Steve Lancaster 7/23/17
Milo Yiannopoulos • I guess just about everyone has heard about Milo. The drama, the riots, the cries of outrage not only from the crazed left, but also the crazed right. It seems there is almost no one he hasn’t pissed off to some degree. However, aside from Britebart readers and a growing following of conservatives and libertarians, not many people know exactly what it is that makes the humble man so volatile and dangerous.
My first thought was to make this a standard review, but on second thought, it seems to me that I will just interject a few thoughts and let Milo speak for himself; something he is very good at doing.
Something most conservatives and libertarians should have written on their mirrors, “Purposefully or unwittingly, a generation of Americans now exists that is terrified of critical thinking.” I personally would content that critical thinking has been over since the 70s, but I’ll give Milo the benefit of doubt due to his tender age.
Political correctness, unlike the old political correctness of the 70s, takes on special meaning for the non-critical thinker: “The new brand of political correctness, popular on college campuses and social media, is the idea that no speech should exist that directly challenges politically correct ideas. To campus crybabies, and the professors who have been breastfeeding them, it is incomprehensible that I should be permitted to speak on their campus.” And: “Freedom of speech is America’s most cherished right, and implicit in freedom of speech is the freedom to disagree. I’m not your typical conservative commentator.”
Milo discusses the tragedy of the last eight years and what he views as the core change in the Democrat party since the election of Obama: “As their electoral coalition changed, so too did the Left’s politics. They became less concerned with pay, more contemptuous of old industries, and venomous towards the cultural values of their old voters. Barack Obama’s infamous 2008 quip that former working-class communities “cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment,” epitomized the new attitude of the Left.”
He spends considerable time explaining Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School and how their sinister philosophical communism has infected American institutions, particularly colleges and universities. “Because of their intellectual pedigree in the angry, victim-centric doctrine of Cultural Marxism, the Left is committed to defending a worldview which arranges women, minorities, and gays in a league table of oppression, with straight white men as the eternal oppressors at the top of the list, followed by gay white men, followed by straight white women, all the way down to paraplegic black immigrant Muslim transsexuals at the very bottom. Straight white men are the new “bourgeoisie,” the group oppressing everyone else.”
“Donald Trump, and Margaret Thatcher before him, were both right when they said identity politics and name-calling is what people do when they don’t have any arguments left. The modern Left is an ouroboros, the ancient Egyptian serpent that eats its own tail, constantly consuming itself in a twisted, never-ending cycle of victimhood, hatred and name-calling. You’ve seen how liberals respond when their backs are against the wall: with hate, because they’ve forgotten how to argue, all the while trumpeting their own moral superiority. Well, here’s something I’ve learned during my time in America: aggressive public displays of virtue are where the morally deplorable hide.”
“politically correct, university-educated elites don’t like how the working classes speak. They’re horrified by the ribald humor, sharp language and raucous tone of blue-collar interactions. So they brand it all as ‘abuse’ and ‘harassment’ and close their comment sections because they are too delicate to engage with ordinary people.”
Well, that is 600 quick words from Milo. If that is not enough to intrigue you to read the rest then I doubt you would read it if I just quoted the entire work. Milo is outrageous, flamboyant, openly homosexual, an avid supporter of President Trump, and willing to take on the cultural icons of the left and the right. His disdain for the RINOs is only equaled by his parallel contempt for the Left in all its malformations. The book is solid with footnoted research and facts and often so damned funny you will read the same page six times.