I’m delighted to see this thoroughly well-deserved tribute to Lady Olivia here. I’m sure she won’t mind if I observe that her excellent comments to Bro Hubbard the Woke seem to stem from a private conversation she and I had in which she chided me for using the term “evil” too often. Olivia had fallen for the tired old line that the term uses its efficacy with over-use. My rejoinder was that “evil” should be used as often as applicable; that not to use it when applicable is moral abdication; and that, in demonstrable fact, those who practise this moral abdication, far from reserving their use of the term for special occasions, never use it at all.
The repulsive spectacle that is “Jihadi” Jacinda is a case in point: the creature is beyond repugnant in her determination to make New Zealand totalitarian. She is not remotely innocent in this, and the fact that she is apparently able to seduce people who should know better with her sickly, syrupy bromides only makes her all the more revolting. And she should be called all of these things.
Anyone who wants to transform this nation, thousands of whose sons and daughters died for freedom, into Communist China seasoned with the Ayatollahs’ Iran is as evil as evil gets. “Comrade Jihadi” Jacinda is evil through and through.
Observe that, in this Orwellian world where slavery is freedom, ignorance is knowledge, falsehood is truth, subjectivity is objectivity, good is evil and 2 +2 = 5, the predominant purveyors of evil of our moment—i.e., the Woke-Fascists—have no compunction about being what they themselves would call “judgy.” All moral judgement is invalid—except theirs.
Anyone who disagrees with them about anything is automatically a bigot, a “phobe” of some kind, a White Supremacist—and most assuredly, all-encompassingly “evil.” The mere attempt to elicit justification for this judgement is also evil, in and of itself. The actual evil parties here, the “Woke-Fascists”, are both incapable of and militantly opposed to the use of rational argument. “Rational argument” is the language of White Supremacy and all the rest.
Observe how the Sorosian army of Woke-Fascist thugs currently rampaging through the streets of American cities, looting, assaulting and burning as they go—indubitably evil activities—petulantly refuse to answer reporters’ questions as to why they’re doing what they’re doing; “why’ is a bourgeois impertinence. “Reasons”??!! What an insensitive, racist, sexist, blah, blah, blah triggerer!! Where’s the nearest Safe Space?
It’s instructive that the unwitting countenancers of real evil not only quail at the use of that term; they also repair routinely to a cringe-making set of Woke alternatives, whose use, I suppose they imagine, renders them invulnerable to condemnation by those whose ostracism they so supinely fear.
Here’s a list of such words, by no means exhaustive I’m sure, from which all good people should run a mile, but which good people actually use regularly in their misguided efforts to feed the crocodile: “disappointing”; “concerning”; “disturbing”; “troubling”; “problematic”; “doing a disservice” … I expect readers will, at least on reflection, be able to come up with others I’ve forgotten. Of course, there are times when such terms are not inappropriate (Gawd, there’s another one); but they are currently the coward’s recourse when “evil” is the case.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, said Edmund Burke. One can paraphrase, with the impunity of hindsight: all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men not to call it that.
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