I came up with this almost by accident in some comments on this VP post and just rolled with the idea. These are in chronological order.
It just occurred to me that when SJWs and other forms of shitlib fervently believe that controlling people’s word choice will control their thoughts and behavior…they’re projecting.
This has immediate applications for controlling their behavior.
E.g. It’s not immigration, it’s “human trafficking”. [Ref]
At the institutional level, it’s impossible to make mean-sounding changes. You can’t get people to use dysphemisms like executive order = diktat, even though that’s exactly what it is, because that’s not nice. The Church of Nice People is the dominant religion in the West now, so the only narrative changes that can be accepted are nice-sounding euphemisms for things we support.
So according to this logic “human trafficking” wouldn’t fly. But “respecting” might, even though it’s tongue-in-cheek. I think “cultural reunification” would go over better for deportation.
The negative stuff like “Immigration is Rape Culture” works well at the id level. This cultural pressure on the id provides the impetus for political change. But political change requires an acceptable formulation that can be discussed by nice people in nice conversation, i.e. post-facto rationalization by the ego. The ego needs permission to accede to the id pressure.
This constructive use of euphemisms is like a pressure valve on the European id. For years, progressives have been using these valves to direct id pressure into propulsion.
Okay, I think I have reverse-engineered how the Overton window always shifts left, whereas the question of why is left to other models such as evil and r-selection.
The extreme leftists win at the intellectual and cultural levels. The intellectuals (like Mill or Gramsci) create tactics and art, which the other extremists turn into id pressure (like Marx or Hollywood). People absorb the cultural stuff, creating inner anxiety and a desire to fix issue X, but out loud they’re forced to reject the “extremists” because they’re too negative. This is where the moderate leftists suggest nice ways to fix X, providing the outlet and thus leftward propulsion.
This theory is so obvious in retrospect that I’m probably embarrassing myself.
You need to work Trump into your theory because he has wrecked the left shift handily.
The Trump phenomenon is pure id expression, whereas the Overton window is memetics. The former is concerned with desire and what actions people take and what is occasionally voiced in hushed whispers or anonymous dark corners of the internet. The latter is concerned with what you’re allowed to say in nice places like the workplace or around the family dinner table.
Notice that the most white midwits (the most nice demo) are supporting Bernie Sanders (anti-establishment but tame) whereas Trump supporters are the groups with less tact and more outrage (id:nice ratio is higher).
Bringing this back to the original post, the id message of burning a flag, regardless of the author, is “somebody doesn’t like the gays”. Successful R-selected people (vs. simply dysgenic, see here) apparently do this directed propulsion thing instinctively, or so saith the great anonymous one. So even though there’s a lot of built-up anger on the right, these sorts of passive-aggressive expressions of id stuff simply don’t occur to them. They prefer real violence of the focused, organized sort, not maybe sorta implied future flash mob violence.
Therefore this [from the original post] is probably true:
The best part is that there are better than even odds that the rainbow flag was torched by an SJW seeking to play the victim and drum up outrage.
Nick S wrote:
Aeoli Pera wrote:
This is where the moderate leftists suggest nice ways to fix X, providing the outlet and thus leftward propulsion.
You may be on to something. It’s like a placebo effect for alleviating cognitive dissonance/angst that is really still there if they think about it too much. They’re just tricking themselves into thinking they’re solving problems, but it’s a feedback loop that provides perpetual problems to be pseudo-solved.
More or less. “Never let a crisis go to waste.” It works both ways, like any other behavioral training tactic. Or any direction really, it just takes a little Machiavellianism, a specific goal (like flooding the West with immigrants), and a cultural injection of id stuff.