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Elves, Hobbits, & Loony Law Profs

Berkeley academic shows why it might be time to get Tolkien-pilled
Elves, Hobbits, & Loony Law Profs

This woman testifying actually teaches law at Berkeley. Sen. Josh Hawley went all Matt Walsh on her. It's a thing of beauty to see:

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It's amazing how brittle that woke shtick is outside of the precincts controlled by these people. The Berkeley prof won't answer the senator's question, and accuses him of threatening the lives of trans people by asking, in effect, "What is a woman?" We have to stop honoring this crap. Stand up to it. Mock it. Refuse to live by the lie.

Here's that same kook again, with her septum ring, being arrogant to a senator who is asking a perfectly normal question:

Tonight I had dinner with a visiting American academic in Budapest. He's a conservative, and had some pretty bleak stories to tell about the soft totalitarianism that has taken over. He said that he once thought that he would be able to go into the humanities field, and be treated like he would treat anybody else: with an open mind, and welcoming debate. Now, mid-career, he has been cured of that illusion. He's not sure why any intelligent young person who wasn't a left-wing radical would undertake to be an academic.

He said, "I suspect you and I share the same skepticism of Donald Trump, but I'll give him this: he forced the Left to drop the mask. They were so freaked out by him that they revealed what totalitarians they had become. When Obama was president, and they thought they had History on their side, they thought they might be able to tolerate us, just barely. Trump forced their hand."

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When I got home from dinner, I checked email, and found this from a reader of this blog:

I increasingly believe that if we are to have order—if we are not just going to cede our cities to a collapse into lawlessness, e.g.—then order will have to be imposed in an illiberal way. And, furthermore, that that will be in the best interests of everyone. Same is true of our precious institutions. Seems like the options are either to let the insaniacs dynamite all the foundations with impunity, or to take our stuff back forcibly. 
Such solutions, which, to reiterate, I increasingly believe to be the only plausible ones, nevertheless strike me as vanishingly unlikely. And it’s not lost on me that such an attitude is the mirror image of what I deplore on the left (packing the court, abolishing the electoral college / senate, eliminating the filibuster, et al.). So: bearishness on the West’s future prospects; new dark age etc. etc.

The reason the liberal elites hate Viktor Orban -- who, by the way, is going to be keynoting CPAC Texas next month -- is that he understands them and their methods, and doesn't roll over for them, or satisfy himself by just ticking them off and leaving it at that. He plays hardball, the same way they treat us. I hope his Dallas appearance stiffens the spines and sharpens the minds of the conservatives in the audience.

And yet, is this not true of America today?:

https://twitter.com/SortaBad/status/1546949657682595841?s=20&t=YkucT9kEe5ZElBKD6XLjKw

This person is not wrong. You should check out Twitter's response. Same planet, different worlds. For example:

How on earth do we live together? This law professor thinks even questioning her dogma civilly is an act of violence that will result in deaths. And people like her are the dominant power-holders in this country. You might be thinking, "Seriously, Rod? You seriously believe that a Berkeley law professor is more powerful than two US Senators?" No, not strictly speaking. But Prof. Khiara Bridges speaks as a member of the culturally dominant elite in the US. How many people in positions of power and influence in the national media, in business, in advertising, in entertainment, in medicine, in the US military, and so forth, are more likely to agree openly with Prof. Bridges or either senator? Do students in Prof. Bridges's classes feel that they have the liberty to disagree with her? Do employees in major companies feel that they have the liberty to say they agree with Sen. Hawley on the matter of transgenderism, without suffering career damage, and even risking being fired? That's real power. They have it, and they use it.

The only way to protect ourselves is to use the only power left to conservatives (and old-fashioned liberals): political power. Most conservatives I know are like the visiting American professor I had dinner with tonight: they just want to do good work and be left alone, and to leave others alone to care about the things they care about. But that is not how the Left works. I'm old enough to remember a time when normie conservatives genuinely believed the Left would be stopped once we demonstrated to them how illiberal they were acting. Boy, those were the days.

Curtis Yarvin has an interesting essay about being "Tolkien-pilled" about the culture war. Excerpt:

America is a political marriage of blue-state elves and red-state hobbits. The elves are terrified of the hobbits’ pitchforks. They can only survive by ruling the hobbits with an iron hand—or at least, by inundating the hobbits’ brains with pro-elf propaganda—or better yet, both.

Any elf knows that the hobbits could indeed overthrow the elves by force tomorrow. All those guns! But that would require hobbits to be something other than hobbits.

Hobbits just want to grill. Hobbits just want to be governed sensibly, in a way that makes sense to hobbits, so that they can just grill. Hobbits have little desire for power and no great talent for it, which is what makes them so easy for the elves to rule. And hobbits are not—not in their hearts—into telling elves how to live their lives.

How does an understanding of this political geometry help us craft a strategy that works for hobbits? The problem is that elves do not want to be ruled by hobbits, and hobbits do not want to rule elves. Even if the hobbits were not hobbits and so could spontaneously organize a hobbit revolution, this contradiction would prevent victory.

Any elf knows that the hobbits could indeed overthrow the elves by force tomorrow. All those guns! But that would require hobbits to be something other than hobbits.

Hobbits just want to grill. Hobbits just want to be governed sensibly, in a way that makes sense to hobbits, so that they can just grill. Hobbits have little desire for power and no great talent for it, which is what makes them so easy for the elves to rule. And hobbits are not—not in their hearts—into telling elves how to live their lives.

How does an understanding of this political geometry help us craft a strategy that works for hobbits? The problem is that elves do not want to be ruled by hobbits, and hobbits do not want to rule elves. Even if the hobbits were not hobbits and so could spontaneously organize a hobbit revolution, this contradiction would prevent victory.

Read it all. Yarvin has some strange strategery in there, and I can't go all the way with him, but it's interesting to ponder, and besides, his Elf-Hobbit distinction is a useful one. I actually don't care about crazypants Berkeley law profs, but I am forced to care about them, because they are changing the country in ways that present a threat to the stability of family and the nation. Hungary, where I'm staying this week, is a country ruled by hobbits who found a hobbit with elf-like cunning to run the place on their behalf, and to protect their way of life. (It doesn't hurt that he's one-quarter honey badger.) Wish we had such a person.

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Peter Pratt
Peter Pratt
The Democratic Party's organizing principle has been for a long time a desire to rule over others. The leadership believes it is smarter and better than everyone else and they just know better, even if they have no idea how to make anything or to create a functioning society.
This is the same with all the Davos crowd, and was true for Obama, Clinton, Carter, LBJ, JFK (with his "best and brightest", Truman, FDR, and all the way back to Wilson, the ultimate unrealistic know-it-all.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    And other political parties, great and small, foreign and domestic, have no ambition to rule over others? Will you also tell us about pacifist predators and mammalian birds?
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      Peter Pratt
      Peter Pratt
      Most people on the right are Hobbits, per Yarvin. They want to be left alone.
      The Democrats since Wilson have been focused on changing the country by use of the government. They just know better and are better people in their minds.
      There are power hungry people in every group, but that isn't always the organizing principle.
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        JON FRAZIER
        JON FRAZIER
        Most people just want to be left alone. The political class is a special bunch in that regard. They crave power, and that's as true on the right as on the left.
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      Peter Kurilecz
      Peter Kurilecz
      other political parties are not like the Democratic party. for well over 150 years Democrats/progressives have been pushing their agenda onto the rest of us. They want to control us
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        JON FRAZIER
        JON FRAZIER
        That's exactly what the GOP does too. It's the very nature of politics. There's no point in pursuing pursuing politic power if you don't want power.
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JON FRAZIER
JON FRAZIER
The guy who wants to use "illiberal means" (read: brute force) to impose his vision of The Good on the world is indeed every bit as bad as the woke Left. A plague on both.
Meanwhile the rest of us can live our lives and muddle through. Which is, really, how life works. Do what we (ethically) can and leave the rest up to God.
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    Peter Pratt
    Peter Pratt
    "Illiberal means" is rejecting the framework of the neoliberal globalists. Look at the Dutch. The leadership, following orders from the WEF, is trying to change farming. The Dutch are the #2 by value exporters of food in the world, a remarkable thing, and the government, disconnected to the people, want to destroy that.
    "Liberal means" today is using totalitarian means to push neoliberal values.
    Look at Sri Lanka, destroyed and starving because the Prime Minister adopted a WEF plan.
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Scuds Lonigan
Scuds Lonigan
How on earth do we live together?
Yes, this is true. And we've known it to be true for a while now. The problem is, how do we accomplish such a separation?
If we could actually figure that out, we might find that most people want to live with us instead of them.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    Most people get along just fine regardless of politics. When I visit Louisiana I hang put with some quite conservative people and far from being at either's throats we can talk political stuff out, find places of agreement, and speculate on ways to mend the world. If only the world would listen to us!
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Damon Gardenhire
Damon Gardenhire
I can go along with the hobbits analogy for middle Americans who just want to live their lives — just not sure about the elves analogy being accurate. The elves in Tolkien’s universe are benign, eschew authoritarian impulses, spend a great deal of time on refined crafts that offer Aristotelian beauty, and have strong monogamous nuclear families.
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    Peter Pratt
    Peter Pratt
    Except in the Silmarrilion. There they killed cousins, sacked friendly cities, and everything else. Not nearly as benign as it the Lord of the Rings.
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