Friday, December 9, 2011

Wingnutology 101 - The Althouse Fallacy


A new Conspiracy arises…..Obama to take away your Guns…..all wingers beware...

SURE LOOKS LIKE IT: John Hinderaker: Was Fast And Furious All About Gun Control? “We certainly want to be fair to the Obama administration officials who were involved in Fast and Furious. But a fundamental question has never been answered: why in the world did the Obama administration not just allow AK-47s and other weapons to be shipped across the border to Mexican drug gangs, but encourage and even finance such transactions, over the objections of jittery gun shop owners and its own veteran agents? If the Obama administration wasn’t trying to set up an argument for more gun control, then what was it trying to do?”

UPDATE: Ann Althouse: “If Hinderaker’s conclusion seems extreme, consider that it could be easily refuted by a clear statement from the Obama administration disclosing the true and legitimate purpose. The absence of such a statement propels us toward the extreme conclusion.”
CONTEXT: Within Right Wing Counter Culture there is deep suspicion that the Federal Government will eventually enact gun control limitations and then be able to limit gun ownership. So when a gun walking program begun under the Bush Administration to crack down on Mexican drug cartel derailed this year, some right wingers, predictably started to see dark conspiratorial forces behind the program. It -  the program - became a deliberate attempt to arm criminals who would then in turn kill Americans in large numbers. An outraged public would demand tighter gun laws.  This would in turn would lead to UN Weapons Checkpoints on every street corner.

DIAGRAM: If P then a very remote chance of Q. If no denial of Q, then Q is likely to exist.

THE FALLACY: If there is a slight chance that a dark conspiracy exists, then the fact that Government Officials have not denied the existence of the dark conspiracy, indicates that the dark conspiracy is likely to exist. This is typical of conspiracy theory found of the wingnet.  It is not as good as (NRO) Ed Whelan's claim that the Obama administration planned to implement Effete European Law and Sharia Law at the same time, making it possible for the Gay Folks to get married one day under Effete European Law and Executed under Sharia Law the next day. But still, it is not bad.

RESOLUTION: Each of the speakers first quoted above are right wing lawyers (Reynolds, Althouse and Hinderaker) and in theory each possesses the requisite intelligence and training to see the falsity of the rhetoric.  Yet each persists in playing along in the conspiracy game.  

 In a vacuum this would cause little concern, however by use of modern communication, this fallacy will reach multitudes of the unwashed tea party masses. These readers, lacking education and training, will be susceptible to concluded that this fallacy, The Althouse Fallacy, is correct. Short of FEMA-run Anti-Obama Dissident Camps, there is little that can be done to prevent this type of rhetoric from permeating through right wing counter culture.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wingnut Dictionary- Warmist

WORD OF THE DAY:
WARMIST
DEFINTION:
(1) a scientist; (2) when used in the context of global warming, a befuddled scientist; (3) a stooge of the international global warming conspiracy
USED IN EVERY DAY WINGER CONVERSATION:
GODDAMN IT! Warmist Berkeley University Professor Richard A. Muller is a very confused man. Muller, now a "warmist," is claiming in a October 21, 2011 OPED that skeptics of man-made global warming fears no longer have any basis to doubt “global warming” because his new study confirms that the Earth has warmed since the 1950s! Son of a Bitch!
Muller seems to imply that the terms “global warming” and man-made global warming are interchangeable and any warming is somehow "proof" of human causation. Muller is being described by many in the media -- including NYT's Andrew Revkin – as being a climate “skeptic.” But clearly, the Warmist Muller must not have gotten the memo, as he is lustily referring to skeptics as “deniers” in his lamestream media blitz. Clearly Muller is a very befuddled man.
CONTEXT WITHIN RIGHT WING THOUGHT:
Current Wingnut mythology holds that the theory known as Anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax being perpetrated by a cadre of tricksy scientists and evil one world government types. Warmists, within this context, aid the global warming conspiracy by publishing or endorsing the findings of so-called scientific studies which support the so-called scientific consensus that the earth is warming due to human activity. This warmist behavior then lends credibility to efforts to impose global socialism through climate change legislation and/or treaties.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wingnut Dictionary - Klimate Khange Kool-Aid

Word of the Day:
Klimate Khange Kool-Aid
Definition:
(1) Term used by right wing bloggers and other right wing fringe groups in the USA to describe the discipline within scientific study referred to as "Climate Science" (2) a clever inference to imply that Climate Scientists are similar to the racist right wing populist, anti-immigrant, anti-government, anti-science and anti-religious minority rights group of the same initials, i.e., the Ku Klu Klan, which was popular during the 1920's. (3) Phrase used by old men seen yelling at clouds for no apparent reason.
(1) Goddamn it! A small Cabal of Uber-scientists are using Klimate Khange Kool-Aid to perpetrate the great hoax known to mankind in order to implement global socialism, bicycle sharing programs in Denver and the UN's Agenda 21 which will force patriotic real americans to live in "hobbit homes" in designated "human habitation zones". Goddamn Klimate Khange Kool-Aid!

(2) The Economist is a schizophrenic magazine, but that’s one reason to read it. It is so obviously superior to Time and Newsweek in its erudition and depth, which is all the more impressive as most of its stories are written anonymously, a welcome contrast to the stuffed-up ego bylines of the American journalists who parade themselves on TV and the high paid lecture circuit.

One glaring flaw is that The Economist does seem at times to have had an extra helping of the Klimate Khange Kool-Aid. I was told once by one of their Washington correspondents that this stemmed from an edict from the owners and senior editors in charge back in London. (And their U.S. coverage sometimes partakes of an “oh those silly colonials” tone. We’ll save that for another time.)
Context of Klimate Khange Kool-Aid within American Politics:
Within Right Wing Mythology, i.e., wingnut mythology, it is generally believed as fact that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax and is being perpetrated by an international conspiracy made up of the lowliest bureaucrats and researchers to the highest world leaders and super tricksy Scientists. Yet despite all the protests by leading Right Wingers, Sean Hannity Foxnews Specials and blog posts, the Global-Global Warming Conspiracy just keeps growing larger. This creates a condition of helplessness felt by right wingers thereby leading to evermore strident and shrill rhetoric such as comparing Scientists to the Klan to combat the "Hoax."
Solutions to Klimate Khange Kool-Aid Delusion Syndrome:
There is no known solution to address the role of conspiracy theory infecting fringe groups in American Politics. Such is the case with Klimate Khange Kool-Aid delusion syndrome. However it is thought by a growing consensus that FEMA run re-education camps offer the best approach to treat those afflicted with this syndrome.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wingnut Dictionary – Libertine

Translating Wingnutspeak into good ol' American English.

Word of the Day:

Libertine or Libertines

\li-bər-tēn\ or \li-bər-tēnz\

Definition:

Within Right Wing counter culture the term is attributed to self identified Libertarians who are deemed insufficiently deferential to the historical values, customs, and traditions passed from one generation to the next, that establish a perception of society’s cultural identity. Instead, Libertines believe that custom and laws based upon historical cultural norms have a tendency to impinge on individual liberty, especially freedom of thought and action. Libertines, like a majority of libertarians tend to view individual liberty through a narrow prism of individual rights while de-emphasizing individual responsibility to community or society. Opposition to Taxation and Government Regulation occupy approximately 99% of Libertine ideology.
Used in every day Right Wing conservation:
Maybe had the libertarians done a better job of preventing their party from being overrun with Libertines — a group of people who couldn’t care less about the size and scope of government as long as their desires for one night stands with a bag of weed and a tranny from 7th and Broadway are unimpeded by government — we wouldn’t be having these issues within the conservative movement.

Context:

There is a natural dissonance between Utopian Libertine Ideology and so-called social Conservatism. Early American Political Philosophy developed a correlation between rights and responsibilities. For example: a White Male Citizen had the right to bear arms, because he also had a corresponding duty to service in the community Militia. Understandings of Rights and Duties were interrelated. Current Libertine Ideology, however, emphasizes individual liberty while largely rejecting corresponding duties owed to society. Within so-called Social Conservatism, historical values, customs, and traditions that establish the majority’s perception of society’s cultural identity are seen as absolute and citizens have a duty to act within those norms – even if such action infringes upon individual liberty.

In the example provided above, the speaker, is critical of allowing the participation of a same sex advocacy group at a conservative gathering. Even though the advocacy group largely shares the Speakers political ideology, it does desire some policy outcomes which increase individual liberty (equality under the law for members of the GLBT community) but conflict with normative perceptions of society’s cultural identity (a prejudice against members of this community). Thus the advocacy group is labeled “Libertine.”

[h/t] –RedState Blog

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marc Thiessen adopts Marxist view of History

Translation of the day - Wingnutspeak to English.

Why should a Wingnutopian argue in favor of increasing the difficulties in the lives of ordinary Americans? Marc Thiessen has an answer for you.

He’s a Neoconservative after all, and they evolved from Karl Marx’s family tree. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that this apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Here is Thiessen explaining why Republicans should not work with Democrats to make the Affordable Care Act more user friendly for their constituents:

Obama made what appeared to be a stunning admission in his State of the Union address, when he acknowledged that his sainted health-care law needs a little work. […] "Instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and let's move forward."

It was a brilliant political maneuver. The president knows that his health-care law remains unpopular and that it was a driving force behind the historic losses Democrats suffered in the 2010 elections. So to protect vulnerable Democrats in 2012 (including himself) and blunt the GOP's push toward full repeal, the president is seeking to enlist the Republicans in helping him "fix" the flaws in Obamacare.

Senate Republicans have seized on his offer. Last week, they helped Democrats pass legislation repealing the provision Obama mentioned - a mandate that businesses file "1099" reports to IRS for all transactions of more than $600 in a given year. This provision had small businesses across the country up in arms. But instead of harnessing that anger to push for full repeal, Republicans instead helped Democrats lift this source of pressure from the business community.

Like all good utopian revolutionaries, in Thiessen’s case, a wingnutopian revolutionary, Thiessen knows that the coming revolution will only occur when Real Americans (the wingnuttariat) realize their true class cultural interest lies with Free Market Fundamentalism, the unfettered Free Market. Once Class Cultural Consciousness is achieved, the wingnuttariat will rise up and dismantle the federal government and the social safety net creating a free market paradise. In short, the wingnuttariat needs to be really outraged by the government and the social safety net in order to understand that its true class cultural interest lies with the free and unfettered market almighty and not with the National government. Anything that softens the effects of the social safety net and the effect of government regulation of the health insurance sector is counterrevolutionary, i.e., it impedes the revolution, delaying it indefinitely.

As a good disciple of his intellectual father Marx, Thiessen know this and bemoans the fact that Republicans have agreed to make the new health insurance law more user friendly. This is counterrevolutionary. This Republican action delays the revolution. Thiessen understands and continues in softer tones:

Republicans need to understand that there is no path to repealing Obamacare "plank by plank." Here is why: First, while Democrats will agree to peripheral changes, they will never allow the GOP to repeal the core provisions that make Obamacare such a monstrosity - such as the individual mandate, insurance mandates and employer mandates. All Republicans will end up doing is helping Democrats sweeten the hemlock, thus undermining their case for full repeal.

Second, Republicans will hand the Democrats a huge public relations victory. As more "fixes" like the 1099 repeal are adopted, the president and Democratic leaders will portray themselves as the reasonable ones who have acknowledged flaws in their law and are working to address them in bipartisan manner. Meanwhile Republicans who continue to push for full repeal will be portrayed as strident hard-liners who care more about delivering a political blow to the president than helping Americans get better health care.

Third, Republicans will inadvertently help vulnerable Democrats get reelected. Sixteen Senate Democrats up for reelection this year voted for the 1099 repeal - and endangered Democratic incumbents are almost certain to support other similar measures in the period ahead. This will allow them to claim on the campaign trail that they are working to "repeal" the worst parts of Obamacare while keeping the parts of the law that Americans support.

In this manner, Thiessen explains that while doing what is in their constituents’ immediate interest, Republicans are actually doing more harm than good. Helping constituents is undesirable, if the net effect is to make the health insurance law more user friendly. When the needs of their constituents are served, the revolution of the wingnuttariat is delayed. If the people are not angry they will not achieve class cultural consciousness. And without the class cultural consciousness of the Wingnuttariat, the creation of a free market paradise based on big business, bullets, banjos, and the bible (certain portions only) may never be achieved.

In Thiessen’s view, it would never be good to help Americans, at the expense of a greater good.