August 31, 2015

Too many whistleblowers and “truth-tellers,” not enough self-knowledge

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

It looks like truth-telling is fast becoming overrated. We’ve got so many whistleblowers, civil disrupters, “freedom fighters”, leakers, and general dissidents (never say terrorists) clogging social media that it’s a wonder anyone’s got any secrets worth protecting anymore.

We’ve got Ashley Madison hackers who ended up damaging relationships and opening the door to even more scams and blackmail, irritating podcasters who have made it their personal life goals to shake up the way journalism is done in Canada even though nobody asked them to, and black hats from Anonymous who think exposing John Baird’s alleged liaisons will destabilize the Harper government.

To be sure, these revelations have trended on Twitter for a few days and have been the topics of some great water-cooler conversations. One or two of these brave self-appointed vox populi might even land a book deal or be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a feature film. Smashing the façade of capitalism, however, or getting the citizenry to turn out in the streets in Guy Fawkes masks is proving annoyingly difficult, which makes me wonder if these anarchists need to re-examine their strategic plans.

The problem is that these leftists hold as an article of faith that education is the key to the kind of social change that they fantasize about. They may be right to assume that an educated populace won’t just fall for any old thing the corporations tell them, but they didn’t anticipate that people would distrust the corporations and buy their stuff anyway.

Like any doomed campaign, they focus on the air war to the exclusion of the ground war, publicly shaming individuals online for a host of arbitrary reasons, blaming capitalism for conflicts that existed in one form or another before anyone knew what capitalism was, getting baffled by the continued presence of racism and hatred in the 21st century and mounting Twitter campaigns against people who begin racist sentences with, “I’m not racist but...”

If it seems like they’re grasping at straws, they are. Their ideology simply does not permit the existence of letting stuff be. They are not prepared to live in a world where oppression exists. That’s why for them, things need to be perfect, and things need to be perfect now, and they need to stay perfect forever, and why they are triggered when things are not perfect.

And so they run in all directions, trying to expose this and that agenda, constantly on the lookout for anything that confirms their paranoid worldview and doing things like killing a reporter and her cameraman because they interpreted some statement or behavior as a personal attack. Never do they accept that they might be to blame in some way for their bad situation- that’s victim blaming, and they will do their best to convince you that they are the innocent victims.

And this is why nobody, except those who themselves have an axe to grind, is moved by their sob stories and conspiracy theories. While Patrick Brazeau, to cite just one example, was a Senator and benefiting handsomely from that role, he did not see fit to call out any of the bad behavior he saw within the Harper government. The sleaze always seems to get tolerated up to a point, which coincidentally is the point where they screw up and get booted. Nobody believes they didn’t know Harper was a control freak before they signed up to work for him.

The people on the front lines of the revolution trying to save humanity need to save themselves first before they lecture. It’d certainly make them a lot more credible. 


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commented 2015-09-01 09:54:47 -0400
Just a little history lesson regarding symbols. Do you know what “persona” means in Latin?….It means “mask” …and referring to the classic Greek theatre practice…it means “the role you play in society” (now you know the word sophistry of feminist lawyers).

Speaking of Latin and Romans….the Roman Catholic Church was not so much a manifestation of the power of God as it was a manifestation of the power of Rome. In spite of what Catholic historians would have you believe…the Church of England was not a construct invented by Henery VIII and imposed on an unwilling population…..there was a Church of England when the Romans were still feeding Christians to the lions.

So when this meddlesome foreign entity was ousted and religious freedom brought to England…along comes Guido Fawkes a Spanish Papist zealot terrorist…….our hero…..who fails and gets caught.

But to be fair this mask and it’s movie reference represents the requirement to hide your identity if you are a dissident.

If you can name your enemy’s names and have like minded friends you are not paranoid…..misinformed perhaps….deluded perhaps…but in the realm of politics only the most extremely powerful …like Stalin, Hitler, or Robespierre…ever become full blown “paranoid” …and even then when your enemies are that numerous it isn’t really the same as clinical paranoia.

Nobody bothers with politics at all until their ox gets gored and they have “an axe to grind”.
commented 2015-09-01 02:19:51 -0400

Yes – that guy and The Globe And Mail were destroyed for that article, because it got many facts wrong and it is was essentially a revenge piece, since Jesse Brown has attacked The Globe And Mail repeatedly.
commented 2015-09-01 02:16:00 -0400

Fair enough – thank you for not pretending or thinking that you are a journalist like Lauren Southern does for example.
commented 2015-08-31 21:36:44 -0400
See, here’s the way it works: If it’s news, it gets promoted as news. If it’s satire, it’s listed as satire, and if it’s an opinion, there’s places for that also, such as the Megaphone for example. Those lines get a lot blurrier on CBC et al than here, I find. This is for everyone but Jimmy, as he just … doesn’t … get … it. It must have something to do with his obvious qualification as being the only person in the world who knows what news is, and isn’t. I feel sorry for him, it must be lonely being the only person in the whole world with such knowledge.
commented 2015-08-31 19:48:00 -0400
I just find it weird that Jimmy expects me to be a journalist and break stories when I am not a journalist and I have never claimed to be one.
commented 2015-08-31 18:20:23 -0400
So, Mr. Lieblein…provide an opinion, talking point, propaganda item or fear mongering item that Jimmy agrees with and he will sing your praises to the Lord that you broke a real story :)
commented 2015-08-31 17:58:44 -0400

I may not like you any better, but I would have to give you credit that you broke real news as opposed to providing opinion, talking points, propaganda and fear mongering. Jesse Brown is a real journalist – you are not.

So please – focus on breaking a real news story.
commented 2015-08-31 17:41:27 -0400
Aw, come on Jimmy. We all know that if I broke a MAJOR news story you wouldn’t like me any better than you do now. :)
commented 2015-08-31 15:54:04 -0400
Jesse Brown is a Canadian national treasure. He also breaks MAJOR news stories unlike The Rebel and you Joshua.
commented 2015-08-31 14:51:02 -0400
What is good about the regressive left using the Guy Fawkes persona is that they recognize him, one of history’s prominent reactionaries, as their patron saint. Thereby, admitting that they are the new reactionaries with their regressive philosophies. They are being honest with themselves.

Either that, or it is just the usual left wing shallowness of copying a movie film character.