Sunday, October 16, 2016
  Pluponents

A modern tendency crosses and contradicts two perfectly normal human impulses.

Impulse 1: Wanting MORE is part of life. Hunger for food or attention or affection is perfectly natural. Growing up means learning to control and channel this impulse. Civilization, now extinct, formerly transformed this energy source into more productive activity.

Impulse 2: Opposing authority is a natural stage in all social mammals. When it's time to leave the nest and make your own nest, the youngster resists parental or group authority. Parents or group respond by saying goodbye in various instinctive or cultural ways. In more intelligent animals, parents use the rebellion to train the offspring for toughness. You can see this in the increasingly rough play between mama dog and puppy, and you can see it in Mormon eldership or mandatory military service or the Journeyman stage of traditional job training. All the same.

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This strange new tendency appears in the college safe-spacers and also among "leftist" intellectuals of various types.

Traditional OPPONENTS say "I hate what you're doing. I want LESS of what you're doing", or "I want the OPPOSITE of what you're doing."

These new PLUPONENTS say "I hate what you're doing. I want MORE of what you're doing."

Traditional college radicals wanted to be FREE from administration rules, FREE from the force and muscle of authority.

Modern college radicals want TIGHTER administration rules, MORE muscle over here.

Traditional economic radicals wanted LESS bank power, LESS debt and MORE connection between currency and real value.

Modern economic radicals (Modern Monetary Theory, Bitcoin) want MORE bank power, INFINITE debt, TOTAL decoupling from real value. They hate Krugman and Keynes because Krugman and Keynes are WEAK, not because Krugman and Keynes are evil.

The worst example of all is the Sorosian media. Everything you see and hear in the media is 100% evil, 0% truth. There is no physical room for MORE evil or LESS truth. Nevertheless, media often "searches its soul" and "investigates" its own coverage. The "investigation" always finds the problem is too much balance. 100% evil is NOT ENOUGH. 0% truth is TOO MUCH. We need MORE THAN 100% evil and LESS THAN 0% truth.

My word PLUPONENT is poor Latin but gets the point across. Ob means against, Plus means more.

In raw vertebrate terms, this new tendency combines the desires of infancy with the emotions of adolescence.

You can see it in the faces of perfect PLUPONENT types like Melissa Click, who now infests Spokane via Gonzaga Demonversity.



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Graphic sidenote: I put these pictures together back in March but didn't make the full connection then.

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