Friday, November 29, 2019

Think of Activists as "Activistes"

In a recent article proposing to "abolish the Ivy League already" PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon wrote this about the "protest" by climate-changers at the Harvard-Yale game.
In the middle of this year's Harvard-Yale game, the great activistes spewed out onto the field to demand, what else, action on climate change—delaying the game for over an hour.
Yes! "Activiste" it is, for me. Now and forever. But, to go one better, Simon should have written "les grands activistes."

But then, I thought, what about "artist" and "artiste?" Now I had always thought that "artiste" was a bit of a sneer at people that were trying to represent themselves as creative artists but were actually just grinding it out, as in "cabaret artistes." But when I Google searched, it appears that the ironic meaning is not understood. At least not in wokish Googleland. As here.
Artist -- a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination. 
Artiste -- a public performer (a dancer or singer).
Well, blow me down. But I still think I am right. "Artiste" is used as a dig at someone trying to push it a little. Artist is gentry. Artiste is commoner. To use the argot of Curtis Yarvin. And don't you forget it, peasant.

However, the funless meanings could still apply to activism.
Activist -- a graying lefty who genuinely believes that force can save the world. 
Activiste -- a woke college kid who is mouthing rubbish taught her by her college professor.
But never mind about the serious meanings. The whole point is to have fun with it, in a battle of Godzilla vs. Kong. Hey I know, Hollywood! How about a movie of Les Déplorables vs. Les Activistes. Gotta get a bit of French lingo in there. To show that this is an upscale blog.

Seriously, I think it is important to get the idea out that your average activiste is just a chump pretending to be changing the world. A good little girl waving her special protest sign that she created herself in art class. A pajama boy bouncing about between internships arranged by his influential deep-state parents.

Either way, we are talking about a dumb-as-a-post activiste Great Reactionary that still believes that politics can save the world, even after the 20th century with its slave states and 100 million graves has proved that politics-as-salvation is the most evil concept imaginable.

Oh did I mention my Great Reaction notion? Nothing special. It just puts forward the notion that the left is a reactionary movement, a religio moving away from the basic truth of humans, that we are social animals, towards the idea that you can solve all problems with politics and government, when
Politics is division 
Government is force
oh, and here's the short stack on the Great Reaction:
Socialism is neo-slavery; the welfare state is neo-feudalism; identity politics is neo-tribalism; reparations is neo-vengeance; activism is part neo-knight-errantry and part pro-regime street-thuggery; helpless victims are neo-sacrifice, social justice is neo-plunder.
Only, I think that we need to start calling "activism" as "activisme." Little bit more of your French lingo there. Hmm. I think we better revise that:
Socialism is neo-slavery; the welfare state is neo-feudalism; identity politics is neo-tribalism; reparations is neo-vengeance; activism is part neo-knight-errantry, part pro-regime street-thuggery, and part activisme, or gentry kids putting on a play; helpless victims are neo-sacrifice, social justice is neo-plunder.
But watch it. "Protest" in French is not "proteste;" it is "protestation." And "demonstration" is "manifestation."

But activiste it is. Now and forever. And we could call activism culture "le culte d'activisme."

Think of activists as activistes and you won't go far wrong.

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