Toward the end of Animal Farm when the formerly revolutionary seven commandments have been rewritten to "All Animals are Equal... But Some Animals are More Equal than Others", what began with the promise of equality has reverted to an authoritarian caste system. America's civil rights revolution similarly began with, "All Americans are Equal" and ended up with, "All Americans are Equal... But Some Americans are More Equal than Others."
It's not a new question. Black men got the vote before white women did, and that very issue led to a heated debate over universal suffrage in the Fourteenth Amendment, which was written to include black men, but exclude women. Suffragists were told in Fredrick Douglass' words, "This is the Negro's hour." To explain why that was the hour on the clock, Douglass brought out what would become the Victim Value Index.
"When women because they are women are dragged from their houses and hung upon lamp-posts... then they will have the urgency to obtain the ballot equal to our own," Douglass sneered. Women had been dragged out of their homes and subjected to horrors because they were women for far longer than the brief few centuries of African slavery in America, but Douglass' real point was, "My suffering beats your suffering, so my rights beat your rights." In contemporary progressivism this is expressed in the sneering "White Women's Tears" meme.
Suffering is the central ideological component of the Victim Value Index. "He Who Suffers Most Wins." But suffering, as in the Douglass debate, is relative. Ego means that people feel their own pain first. And even when they feel someone else's pain more than that of their own group, this is a personal egotistical identification, a selective empathy that derives from their own background and psychological makeup.
Historical suffering transmuted into guilt is the gold standard of liberalism, but suffering is relative. In our wonderful multi-everything society, there are so many groups with so many claims to pain. Everyone agrees that the Heteronormative Caucasian Patriarchy of Doom is to blame for all of it, but that still leaves the question of dividing up the spoils of the system and all the privileges to be gained from denouncing privilege. A caste system doesn't work without priority, and calculating the priority of privilege claims by the perpetually underprivileged is complicated.
Without the Victim Value Index, understanding how these priorities work can be confusing, even for liberals. It's particularly confusing for conservatives and libertarians who don't understand the system and dismiss it as liberal insanity. It is insane, the way all cultural taboos are, but there is a method to the madness.
The first thing to understand is the dirty little secret of the Victim Value Index. While loud vocal assertions of suffering are very important, the substance of such suffering is unimportant when moving up the ladder of the Victim Value Index.
If historical justice for suffering were the barometer, American Indians would be at the head of the line. While conceptually they are, progressives respond to praises of America by bringing them up, in practice they are somewhere near the back end of the middle. The group currently at the head of the line, Muslims, have the least claim on historical justice, but are at the center of civil rights activism.
The Victim Value Index is calculated based on one overriding factor: Disruptiveness. Those who are most disruptive go to the head of the line. This can be mistaken for a "Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease" phenomenon, and occasionally in the micro it is, but in the macro it goes to the question of why progressives value minorities and for what purpose.
To be a progressive is to be committed to perpetual reform in the name of perpetual grievance for perpetual power. Grievance is to their government feudalism what the Divine Right of Kings was to feudal rulers. It justifies their right to agitate and undermine, to seize power by any means necessary and to implement their programs legally or extra-legally.
Reformers need their bleeding sores, their cries of outrage and their muck to rake. Those who give them that often go to the head of the line acting as their secular clergy, blessing their rule and anointing them as the protectors of their faith in hope and change. But that's just part of it.
Progressivism is a revolution in slow motion, and revolutions need revolutionaries. Disruption is more than just grievance, it's violence. Those who are willing to ruthlessly attack the status quo clearing the ground for revolution are the ones who go to the head of the line and the dais of honor on top. A little murder and mayhem, and progressives will trot out "moderate" versions of the murderers and mayhemists, usually linked to them, and offer to represent them and tamp down the violence in exchange for meeting their demands.
Anyone who is shocked that the left would make common cause with Islamists has forgotten the Black Panthers. From the left's point of view they are doing the same thing by bringing on board a group with some revolutionary energy and a willingness to overthrow the system. Associating with them gives the left some revolutionary cred and the supposed ability to turn the violence on and off.
If you think that's farfetched, what do you think happened in 2008 when a completely inept hack blew through Hillary Clinton and John McCain on a pledge to end the wars and repair our relations with the Muslim world? Why exactly do you think the Democrats chose a man with no experience except a few books about growing up in a Muslim country and Hussein as his middle name? Why was that man then awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for no discernible accomplishment?
September 11 and its aftermath is why Muslims have gone to the top of the Victim Value Index. The left may swear up and down that they are interested in Muslim civil rights, but if the Muslims were Sikhs, they would merit a place somewhere in the back. Before Muslims began prominently blowing things up in the United States, the left barely paid any attention to them. Once they did, they began outweighing every other group in the country because killing 3,000 people is the gold standard of revolutionary mayhem.
The Victim Value Index places the most disruptive groups at the front, the somewhat disruptive groups in the middle and the least disruptive groups at the back. The status of groups within the Index can change with their behavior. Muslims used to be shelved in the back with Asians, Indians and Jews. The War on Terror dramatically upgraded their status. The other groups are stuck there because they are relatively successful and aren't rioting or blowing things up.
Latinos are still somewhere in the middle. Native Americans are in the back along with most unclassified minorities. Homosexuals are somewhere near the front, but behind African-Americans. Their status tends to drift wildly depending on current events, but they cannot overtake African-Americans or fall behind Latinos. Not unless some drastic events take place that change their status. Women are, and have always been, in the back.
The practical value of the Victim Value Index is that it mediates internal conflicts. For example, a bias attack by a member of a high-value group on a member of a low-value group is much less likely to be treated as a hate crime. However, an ordinary attack by a member of a low-value group on a member of a high-value group is more likely to be treated as a bias attack even when it isn't.
High VVI status carries with it the caste privilege of assumed persecution. A high-status VVI can blame a great many things on persecution. This is more difficult to do for a lower-status VVI. A claim of discrimination by a low-status VVI is more likely to be mocked than a similar claim by a high-status VVI, and is less likely to lead to politically correct reprisals. Jokes relying on bias and stereotypes can be made with greater freedom about low-status VVI's than about high-status VVI's.
White men have the lowest VVI status imaginable, and are fair game for racist jokes and bias attacks, but Asians, who have a fairly low VVI status, are also fair game. VVI status is group based but can be forfeited by an individual who engages in counterrevolutionary behavior, thereby forfeiting a status awarded to his group for its revolutionary disruptiveness. Any minority group member who aligns with conservatives is immediately assigned the same VVI status as a white male. A low-status VVI who offends a high-status VVI group may be treated the same way.
This is more than just a guide on how to safely be politically incorrect, it's a map of the caste system under which we live. The caste system determines what jobs we get, what things we can say and what is expected of us in everything from job performance to conspicuous displays of social justice. It is how we live now, and it is vitally important to understand that it really is this way in every place that falls under the shadow of government mandates and the progressive Kulturkampf against equality.
In the grip of the left, we have become a culture that rewards destruction and disruption, that feeds the worst behaviors and then blames their repetition on society's failings, rather than their own calculated tactical assault on the country. We can be a country where all Americans are equal or we can be a country where all Americans are equal... but some Americans are more equal than others in the name of remedying inequality.
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There should be a yearly Victim Value Index / VVI or ranking system that highlights overall trends within the Leftist Caste System on groups that are either in or out of favor amongst the Left.ReplyDelete
For example, one could highlight serveral instances that demonstrate how out of favor today's western feminists / misandrists are in comparision to misognist muslims, homosexuals or others as well as cite stories on frictions between various groups within the Leftist Caste System.
The VVI could feature mentions of notable individuals who have left the Leftist Plantation that may or may not effect their groups overall status within the Left.
You're a genius. I am awed. This makes so much clear. So what do we do to take our country and our values back?ReplyDelete
hysterical. tragic. profound. wowReplyDelete
Gob-smacked. I heart your brain every day, but this post is beyond brilliant.ReplyDelete
It's ten kinds of depressing, too, but I'll digest that part later.
It's too bad we can't label progressives as feaudalists.ReplyDelete
Once again an excellent analysis of the Libfilth mentality.ReplyDelete
In essense, Leftist proscriptions for "making life fair" always involve a small amount of lifting up the presumed victims, but a massive amount of punishment (taxes, unequal application of the law, ad nauseum) for non victims, and of course the brunt of the punishment is reserved for those who have the temerity to be successful WITHOUT the dispensations of the Leftists. There is no crime in Leftist land worse than proving you don't need the Leftists at all. Leftists are jealous, narcissistic little gods, and they will not allow anyone to upset their little, narcissistic and pompous self-inflating universes!
What such a society infected with Leftism rapidly devolves into, as we are now seeing in this country, is Leftist approved victims scrambling for and fighting over that coveted bottom rung of the "worthy victim" ladder. The victim Value Index (I love such appropriate labels) requires that said victims engage in an endless campaign of wailing and moaning for the cameras of the MSM Leftists, who desire above all else to prove themselves as "down for the struggle"!
In any Leftist controlled society positive morals replace negative ones. When ones "level of victimhood" becomes a figure of merit in a society, that society has been turned upside-down and only then can the Leftist scum really take control of the levers of power. Some of the Obamesiahs statements in the past few years are very revealing as to his complete devotion to the Leftist ideology. The same is true for much of the Libfilth DemocRATs, especially the "leadership".
This site is by far the best analysis and commentary on the web.
In my state, North Carolina, Jews couldn't vote, hold office or own property until 1868. AFAIK New Hampshire was the last state to give civil rights to Jews - 1876 I believe.ReplyDelete
exactly what fuzzy said. this post was spot-on and well said.ReplyDelete
the speech codes have always been the most apparent VVI indicators. until now, i never had a way to say it in context.
i couldn't help but wonder how long it must have take you to edit this post because it's so crystal clear (like all of your posts). nicely done!
Nice post. The root of all this is Jeremy Bentham and his philosophy of utilitarianism. They should have hanged that man while they could.ReplyDelete
Here's Bentham commenting on the Declaration of Independence: "In this preamble [to the Declaration] however it is, that they attempt to establish a theory of Government; a theory, as absurd and visionary, as the system of conduct in defence of which it is established, is nefarious."
I hear that Animal Farm has been put on the list of forbidden books in U.S. public schools. No wonder!ReplyDelete
This is an epic post. I was listening to a comedian in the car this morning and this could easily be applied to stand up comics... who may make fun of whom. There is a hierarchy there that needs to be explored. Too bad Carlin's gone...he would have gone to town on this stuff...ReplyDelete
I have to say, you are one of the people who helped free me from progressive-left ideology and for that I owe you a debt.ReplyDelete
Well, what we have to do is start asking conservative elected officials to overturn hate crime laws. That's the right place to start -- and if we don't, they'll continue consuming larger and larger portions of our criminal justice infrastructure.ReplyDelete
We have a legal system that operates on precedent. You can even have a precedent for discrimination in valuing victims, which is what hate crime laws do. So the effect is additive, and the longer we wait to try to repeal these laws, the more the rot spreads.
Brillant post. Brillant.
Blacks are kept down by the left elite all over the world.ReplyDelete
When a black American girl performed in the Olympics and a monkey ad played after it people cried racism.
What is in their mind to associate one with the other at all?
If you see what I mean.
It is the same with gay people. They are acceptable to the left supposedly but then they use them for jokes and call each other 'gay' and snicker about it.
The discordance of what they say and what they do is very clear.
As an index, victims' ratings have become the gold ring in manipulations contest. It comes tangent to infantilizing by groupings.ReplyDelete
As an aging gay male, I have been, in the past, quite active in securing franchise as a right.
But, I deplore, in no uncertain terms, lawfare being used to enjoy more than that franchise grants.
I have the right to combat, by legal means any injustice I face - as one who is merely a member of a sub-group.
Yet, I never have had to seek victim status - or live my life as a pageant.
But victimology is measured with political thumbs on the weights.
I hate to see valid recourse abused. Exceptions are elastic and can snap.
Victim Value Index,ReplyDelete
named and defined, refined
for us to see the pattern of reality.
Thank you Daniel for your rational mind.
I’ll use this term,
make it mine,
shape its definition,
Victim Value Index,
violence, suffering celebrated
as the highest human condition?
I don't think so. No.
There is no place for cowards here
in the den where there are lions to fear.
So there’s nothing to lose, all to gain.
Let us be brave, never surrender
to the level of master and slave.
Let courage and truth intersect,
speak of the Victim Value Index,
make it equal to Great Shame..
"Any minority group member who aligns with conservatives is immediately assigned the same VVI status as a white male".ReplyDelete
Or worse.It makes me think of the obsessive hate in my country (Holland) from left wingers towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali once she publicly started criticising muslims.
This is a great piece of writing.It perfectly explains why left wingers will never seriously confront muslims with their misogyny, racism, homophobia, antisemitism, etc.etc.
I think you're brilliant Daniel, keep up the good work.
Nice summary but you've excluded a major victimhood neutraliser - if the member of the Approved Victim Class is a Conservative / Republican, then all bets are off. Look at Sarah Palin (high achieving woman in a Frontier State BUT a Republican - rampant sexist and anti-intellectually disabled vilification at your pleasure), Condoleeza Rice (high achieving black woman - BUT Republican, so no mercy from the Black Commentariat). Here in Australia we currently have a conservative aboriginal woman Bess Price being vilified by middle class white leftists for not toeing the Party Line on aboriginal politics. But funnily enough, conservative Muslims are, as you have implied, given immunity from prosecution. The most outrageous statements here are allowed to slip through to the keeper without a whimper. Hi Ho.ReplyDelete
The under-lying theme of the left is to associate with anyone who will be useful to them in their bid for power, and victims -- carefully nurtured and ring-fenced to preserve their collective value to socialism -- are the gift that keeps on giving.ReplyDelete
A victim will always respond to the question: "Are you being hurt in some way?" with numerous details of wrongs, injustices, oppression and resentments. As such they are like diamonds, though as history shows when the sheen wears off they can be ditched for a brighter gem of injustice.
Now when the left does gain power those victims, much to their surprise because they believed that help had arrived, are put way down the ladder once more. Few systems trample so quickly on minorities and fringe groups than socialism, despite what they say or more relevantly, had said in the past.
Once victims have served their purpose to support the left, they are somehow bypassed. Happens every time, even if it escapes the awareness of the intellectuals and champagne-sipping socialists at dinner parties.
But the weird thing is that that while the left will associate with any victim group, they in turn are blatantly used. There are groups and factions who (correctly) regard the left-leaners as 'useful idiots' to be dispensed with when the time comes. Even in supporting 'victim's rights' those factions and cults that stand alongside the left saying they too fight against injustice, will have quite different agendas when power is theirs.
But there is, after all, only going to be one power base allowed in the world that the left and various cults crave. The battle for who rules then will not be pretty, and for all its street-fighter rhetoric the left will find their new friends are so much better at the actual business of dispensing with what they don't want.
Socialists will find themselves, if they are not careful, packed in the same small and leaking boat reserved for all those other former victims. You know, the one for gays, women, Jews, whites, blacks and the infidel.
noleft, all true and all important for people to knowReplyDelete
Anon, actually I did mention itReplyDelete
"VVI status is group based but can be forfeited by an individual who engages in counterrevolutionary behavior, thereby forfeiting a status awarded to his group for its revolutionary disruptiveness. Any minority group member who aligns with conservatives is immediately assigned the same VVI status as a white male."
"Any minority group member who aligns with conservatives is immediately assigned the same VVI status as a white male."ReplyDelete
An actual friend of mine, who is an otherwise intelligent person, once said to me that Clarence Thomas "isn't really Black." I couldn't believe it. When I asked her what the hell she was talking about, she was unable to explain.
Brainwashed by the VVI.
She may have been unable to explain but she had picked up the left's worldview.ReplyDelete
Remember Clinton was our first black president. Blackness or whiteness is not defined by race, but by political alignment.
OMG. This is so accurate. Yes, one can be 1/64 Aboriginal with white skin and face not one skerrick of 'racism' but still identify as an official Aboriginal and enjoy a swag of Government handouts and favours to somehow compensate them for their suffering at the hands of white people.ReplyDelete
All you said is true but with the caveat that this is mostly a legal/media-driven distortion and may not apply outside of liberalland or the courts,my kinda quickly thoughtout perception.LarsReplyDelete
Here in Australia we are facing a PC war that is becoming more ridiculous by the day. This post is the clearest description on what is really happening out there. I keep saying to people that the more you cry racism or hold victim only type celebrations that you are promoting or highlighting the differences further & further and not creating a more even society. Its no wonder that people that have a small % of minority genes claim to be a member of the minorty & not the majority.ReplyDelete