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Our Oppressed Elite

Posted on | December 13, 2014 | 32 Comments

Because I’m about 1,500 words into another long treatise about feminism that I know I can’t possibly finish tonight, I reckon I should give y’all a little something to laugh at in the meantime. Liberalism is a joke in search of punchline. We have rich white Harvard students protesting racist police brutality, and Ed Driscoll says it best:

I’d say we’ve definitely spotted the next leaders of Freedonia, but alas, these are the future leaders of us.

If you ever think liberals couldn’t possibly become more absurd, just wait. Somehow they always find a way to surprise you.



32 Responses to “Our Oppressed Elite”

  1. Political Rift » Our Oppressed Elite
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

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  2. ChandlersGhost
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    Well, at least there are some fun people at Harvard.

  3. Kirby McCain
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    Stacy, MIT apparently institutionalized a tenured professor for his Ferguson tweets.

  4. Alan Markus
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    I clicked through to the article: Protest at Primal Scream Leads to Chaotic Exchange

    Looking at the failure of the protesters to organize their event (showing up at an annual event that is naturally noisy, chaotic, crowded, etc.) and be noticed shows me that their leadership skills would not be up to the task of organizing a one-car parade.

    Future “leaders”? Highly doubtful. Future followers/sheep? Most likely.

    For leadership potential, I would put my money on the bare-assed guy in the corner of one of the pictures – he’s ready to let it all hang out – bare balls to the wall kind of guy.

  5. ChandlersGhost
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

    I think “future Vox contributors” would have been more accurate.

  6. Adobe_Walls
    December 13th, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

    They’re only our future leaders if we and the rest of America choose to follow them. Obviously the streakers (as silly as this might sound) have their priorities straight.

    “For people to say black lives matter, and for the crowd [the streakers] to shout back ‘U.S.A.,’ which is upholding a system that is oppressing black people, I think that that is problematic,” she said.

    I say these new ”leaders” have their work cut out for them, if they think cheering for the USA is the problem. After all it is the USA as a whole that makes Black progress in the past and in the future possible.

  7. joethefatman
    December 13th, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    Funniest part to me was the sjw’s planned a silent protest. At a naked party.

  8. McGehee
    December 13th, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

    These “future leaders” remind me of the Judean People’s Front (or was it People’s Front of Judea?) suicide squad in The Life of Brian that charged the Romans and then slashed their own throats.

    (If that’s not quite how it happened in the movie, I never watched it — I heard about the scene from a high school classmate at the time.)

  9. ChandlersGhost
    December 13th, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    It might not have been the best place to attempt a consciousness raising.

  10. JaySwan
    December 13th, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

    Typical conservative play that picks out one element of a political protest and focus’s on it as if it’s the entire movement in order to discredit it. It goes back to Hoover, and has been used against OWS, climate protesters, etc. It’s always the same too: it involves either sex, drugs, or the trash left behind. Come up with a new tactic already like actually debating the issue! What’s wrong with white people or Ivy League grads protesting police brutality and wanting to build a better society for the disadvantaged, or marginalized? are you saying police brutality and oppression is in the best interests of white people? Well that’s really saying something now isn’t it? I got one am very happy to see the police under such constant scrutiny and knocked back on their heels. This is a good thing. I know police are necessary, but they need to put in serious check.

  11. JaySwan
    December 13th, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

    *for one

    damn auto fill.

  12. McGehee
    December 13th, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    There’s just one problem with your critique: if it weren’t for the discreditable factions there wouldn’t be a “movement” in the first place.

  13. RS
    December 13th, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

    Did you actually read the link? It’s hilarious. A bunch of very earnest kids decide to rain on someone else’s party, because in their zero-sum world, if someone somewhere is having fun, someone else is equally miserable. Then, having showed up to bring great gravitas to a naked run around the quad, they profess shock–SHOCK!–that they are ignored.

    As for “actually debating” the issue, may I suggest reading the public documents reviewed by the Michael Brown grand jury, all of which have been given to the Feds, who have taken no steps to indict Officer Wilson. And re: Eric Garner I’d be the first one protesting laws against selling “loosies” in New York. The less government interference in our lives by trying criminalizing making a living, the less likely it is the cops will kill you.

  14. Julie Pascal
    December 13th, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    It’s called “slumming”. It’s as old as the planet, probably. I recall when OWS was such a big deal there were posters all over the women’s loo’s on campus (why there, I haven’t a clue) about “the 99%” because, of course the best thing of bestest things about OWS was that EVERYONE got to claim to be oppressed. Everyone! Even students at the premier state University were oppressed, poor little things.

    So the children of the 1% don’t want to be left out either. Who would?

  15. Julie Pascal
    December 13th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

    What idiots. “We’re going to piggy-back on your silly Ivy League tradition of getting drunk and being silly to blow off stress before finals because no one should actually have fun when someone in the world is hurting.”

    Sort of like the protesters in Seattle (?) who piggy-backed their demonstration on a tree-lighting ceremony complete with very young elementary students who were supposed to sing carols.

    How dare anyone be upset? How DARE they not submit themselves to this important cause?

  16. JaySwan
    December 14th, 2014 @ 12:20 am

    That’s rather cynical, and sounds like projection. Are you saying that people from privileged backgrounds can’t fight for the rights of people from different classes or are marginalized? Or are you saying oppression, and class conflict is in the best interest of rich people?

  17. JaySwan
    December 14th, 2014 @ 12:24 am

    I actually agree with the outcome in the Brown case. He couldn’t have done anything more to get himself killed by officer Wilson. Eric Garner was clearly a victim of excessive force, and don’t even get me started about Tamir Rice. Yes, NYs high taxes on cigarettes lead to loosies just like drug criminalization leads to illegal trafficking. My point is that it’s clearly within the realm of possibility that wealthy whites do care about the lives of marginalized people.

  18. concern00
    December 14th, 2014 @ 2:02 am

    Woe be to anyone who calls out the Marxist heroes.

  19. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    December 14th, 2014 @ 2:18 am
  20. RKae
    December 14th, 2014 @ 2:37 am

    As always, they want the solution to be state mandated.

    If you think there are too many white “privileged” people in college, then quit; give up your place to a black student. If you think something needs to be done, then do it! Show us all. Shame us all with your altruism and goodness. Lead by example.

    Nope. Never happens.

  21. Julie Pascal
    December 14th, 2014 @ 3:16 am

    I’m saying that rich kids aren’t fighting for the rights of others… they’re feeling left out of the existential struggle. Being left out is no fun.

    Do you imagine, somehow, that privileged kids from the suburbs laying down at a shopping mall are in any way fighting for someone else? If they were, wouldn’t they actually try to do something that made a difference?

    It’s about the Feels.

    Do you imagine, somehow, that the children of ultimate privilege who have a few minutes of awareness raising silence, or *try* to do so, during a drunken naked run, are fighting for someone else? If they were, wouldn’t they actually try to do something that did *something* other than pad their own sense of moral righteousness?

    They are the man in the temple, beating his chest and shouting, oh lord!, thank you that I’m not a sinner that *that* man over there! They are working, not to improve the situation of someone else, but to improve their own social status among their peers.

  22. Julie Pascal
    December 14th, 2014 @ 3:22 am

    It’s also clearly within the realm of possibility that those of us criticizing their little dramas care enough about the lives of marginalized people that we find the posturing and empty angsting particularly disgusting.

    If they care so much, I’d like to see them have a big speech and rally telling their “peers” to go into law enforcement so that there will be more “good” cops.

  23. M. Thompson
    December 14th, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    The guys at the “Primal Scream” event are at this point like the vast majority of college students, mostly out to have fun between classes, and in politics care more about feeling good vice effective.

    And the idiot protestors have forgotten it.

  24. Joseph Shmeau
    December 14th, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    That’s amazing that they actually chanted “USA” at Harvard. Maybe the most remarkable detail in the story.

  25. Adobe_Walls
    December 14th, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    We do care about the ”marginalized” but that description doesn’t apply to thug like Brown. Most of the ”facts” being bandied about the Garner case are simply incomplete when not altogether untrue. As odious as NY’s cigarette taxes are that’s not why the police where there in the first place. They were called in response to a complaint from one or more of the businesses Garner was loitering in front of selling cigarettes. Garner wasn’t choked to death he died of cardiac arrest probably brought about due to a combination of his heath problems aggravated by abdominal compression due his weight plus the weight of several officers on top of him. When he complained about not being able to breath no one had their arm around his neck.
    Apparently this method of subduing a patient is also a problem in mental health wards, as several doctors have written about in the last week or so. At most the police are guilty of involuntary manslaughter. It is interesting that the emergency medical responders were taken off duty but not the police officers involved. Perhaps if selling ”loosies” were not considered a high priority crime Garner would have been told to move along or be arrested for loitering. He been arrested for selling cigarettes numerous times before as well as other minor crimes. Why he thought this was the time to resist or that in doing so would produce a different result than the dozens of other times he was arrested will forever be a mystery. In any case his death is at least as much a result of his actions as the actions of the police on the scene.

  26. Daniel Freeman
    December 14th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    Astonishing and heart-warming. A pleasant surprise for sure.

  27. RS
    December 14th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    Reminds me of those soon-to-be college graduates who want me to contribute to facilitate a trek through Nepal to “raise awareness” of something important, like child labor in Bangladesh. A year or so ago, I told one–after seeing his Nike sneakers made by kids in the PRC–“You’re not asking me to help you raise awareness; you asking me to subsidize your vacation.”

  28. Nate Whilk
    December 14th, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

    “Typical conservative play that picks out one element of a political protest and focus’s on it as if it’s the entire movement in order to discredit it.”

    “Conservative?” Complete BS. In fact, progressives use it all the time, and the media trumpet their DEMAND that all conservatives PROVE their disapproval by denouncing that element and immediately casting it out. But when conservatives use it, the progressives say “It’s just a fringe element” or “They have a right to their opinion” (if they respond at all), and this is accepted by the media.

    “Come up with a new tactic already like actually debating the issue!” We try, but the facts we present are dismissed out of hand as racist, elitist, etc.

    “What’s wrong with white people or Ivy League grads protesting police brutality and wanting to build a better society for the disadvantaged, or marginalized?”

    Actions speak louder than words. They talk a lot, but NOTHING CHANGES. Little has changed for DECADES. Let them use their own property and income to personally support some “disadvantaged or marginalized” people. But they don’t want to do that. They want SOMEONE ELSE to do it. To hell with them.

  29. Daniel Freeman
    December 15th, 2014 @ 1:05 am

    No, he was one of them. That’s what makes the story so remarkable: he was too crazy for crazy town.

  30. Daniel Freeman
    December 15th, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    That is… Hmm. I can’t decide if it should be mandatory or banned.

  31. richard mcenroe
    December 15th, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    You start tweeting about taking a scalpel to people’s bellies, you can’t be surprised if your coworkers notice.

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