Stay with me on this story. It’s not big in itself, but telling.
So a lefty politician is running for mayor in the Taiwan city of Taoyuan. He belongs to the lefty party DPP—it’s rival is the KMT. Not that different from Democrats and Republicans. The DPP/Democrats are to the left, and so are the KMT/Republicans, but less so. (The minor differences between the two there are, as here, made to seem like awesome uncrossable canyons.)
The lefty politician is named Lin. Turns out Lin cheated on his Masters degree, plagiarizing somebody else’s work. The cheating became known, the university which awarded the degree investigated, confirmed the cheating, and rescinded the degree.
The university is the country’s biggest, nicknamed Taida, and like all universities, lefty. Meaning it couldn’t have given them any pleasure in smacking Lin. But they still retain some idea of protecting their “brand”, and really had no choice.
Enter the country’s President, confirmed bachelorette DPP party boss Tsai English Language (yes, that’s her name). An ex-academic. She governs exactly as you’d guess a lefty academic would govern. The DPP excels at fortifying elections.
Anyway, Tsai didn’t want to lose Lin to the scandal. So she cursed the university, and supported Lin. Here, finally, is the point of our little story. “Party members who have read copies of Lin’s thesis,” she said, “choose to believe his innocence.”
Did you see? Choose to believe his innocence.
In other words, party members know he is guilty, but will choose to believe, and must be seen choosing to believing, and therefore daring you to disbelieve, his innocence.
Tsai defined an Official Truth from which the party may not dissent (though she left wiggle room for some to claim they hadn’t yet read Lin’s thesis, which anyway is useless unless they also read the plagiarized work). Party members must assent to this Official Truth to remain party members in good standing. Tsai is a hard ass and will see to that.
Like I said, a minor incident, which will have little influence on anybody’s life. But a perfect encapsulation of the ancient truth that might makes “right.”
We then ask ourselves, where have we seen this before?
As you know, to become a made member of the Italian mafia (and others), a man has to murder somebody. The killing rule wasn’t completely strict until after the Donnie Brasco affair, which is when undercover cop Joe Pistone pretended to be loyal to the mob. He was almost made in spite of not being seen murdering anybody. Now, to avoid that kind of embarrassment, the rule is strict.
Murder is a crime everybody knows is wrong. Murder in service to the Party (a.k.a. mob) commits you to the Party. You break your soul when you murder. The Party knows what you did. You have nowhere else to go. You are stuck.
Plagiarism, and lying about it, are not, of course, equivalent to murder, or anywhere close to it. Plagiarism or lying about it, if they are discovered, will not necessarily bar you from success, as our own President Biden (caught in the same way as Lin) can tell you. But that you have to lie, and be seen to lie, still corrodes your soul. It still commits you, although nowhere near as strongly, to the Party.
Once you murder it’s easy to believe you are irredeemable. You figure you have nothing left to lose. You may as well kill again. Or lie again. Or steal. Or commit any crime you think you can get away with. In service to the Party.
Just one lie is not enough to reach the total commitment our elites and rulers have to the Party, to the regime. So they engage is a series of lies, and insist other elites and rulers parrot those lies.
The Party lies about men becoming women. Once you tell that lie, you find yourself pretending not to be horrified a quack slices the tits off of little girls. The Party lies that women make good soldiers. Once you tell that lie, you find yourself designing tactical bras and forcing them to be worn. The Party lies about a “climate crisis”. Once you tell that lie, you may as well have your rich friend sell to the government monorails powered by the sun.
The Party lies that ugly is beautiful. Once it does, it has to say a man dressed in garbage is art.
Everybody knows that lying is wrong. The bigger the lie, the darker the stain. And the more you are committed to the Party. The more you are willing to do evil.
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“Once you murder it’s easy to believe you are irredeemable. You figure you have nothing left to lose. You may as well kill again. Or lie again. Or steal. Or commit any crime you think you can get away with. In service to the Party.”
After the first one, all the rest are free.
An evil man, not a Doctor, cut off the tits of Saint Agatha but she was miraculously healed.
Because the left has only politics, not faith, there is no truth to be expected from them, least of all miracles.
This was just an adjunct essay to the free will essay yesterday, right?
Briggs: ”Everybody knows that lying is wrong. The bigger the lie, the darker the stain. And the more you are committed to the Party. The more you are willing to do evil.”
Caught in a web of deceit a man feels he has no free will. But every step in that descent is freely chosen, a truth the Party man is loath to admit. He wanted something, money, power, etc., from the Party and chose to make a deal with them to obtain it. I had no choice and everyone does it salves a guilty conscience. Some are simply deceived, some deceive themselves, but all calculate the gain expected in their deal with the Party.
In a free will realm a man can say no. A man can refuse the Party’s offer. A man does not have to sign their contract. Refusing may appear at first to be the harder road to take, bringing uncertainty and hardship, but it’s still a choice. God made the rules, and though he allows the Party to make its ruinous offers, just as he allows man free will to accept them, there is a price to pay for breaking the moral law.
The Party has taken the measure of man and knows his weakness for power, money, appetite, social approval — all the worldly things. His offers are pitched at our weakness. Many succumb. The Party puts its contracted slaves to building a prodigious pyramid of power, which towers frightfully, until ponzifying to a pile of putrescence. And so it goes. Just say no, free will warrior. Stay on the narrow path, be of good cheer, and for God’s sake get off the highway to hell.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat Briggs; it’s a deep rabbit hole.
Leslie Wexner’s Young Global Leaders
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
Hope you’ve all had lunch:
Major brands quietly slipping insects into your food
I know it’s off topic, sorry Briggs, but it’s important.
The real reason they want you eating bugs…it’s not to save the planet, it’s to make you sick
The cabal serves Satan and it/he rewards those who lie and, at least at first, the lies bring benefits and those who succor Cabal/Satan will tend to think they are on the path to happiness rather than the path to isolation, disapproval and then perdition.
Over time, Cabal/Satan begins to withhold benefits and the sucker servant may redouble his efforts to try and keep the Cabal/Satan satisfied but he is so obviously trapped that his only move is to abandon his pride, confess and repent but Cabal/Satan already own is soul and they will not let him steal it back.
They will kill him.
IOW, choosing to become a servant of Cabal/Satan is easy at first but then it gets more difficult and the rewards are no longer realised whereas Christianity is the opposite – it is difficult at first to obey the Ten Commandments and the Commandments of Christ but over time, owing to the Sacraments, it gets easier – even if one knows he is headed for martyrdom.
There is the peace of Christ but there is never peace to be had as a servant of Cabal/Satan.
The Cabal/Satan is against you?
Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie that they would be as God, and look what happened.
God bless, C-Marie
Satan is a “liar and the FATHER OF LIES”: so, there is this disgusting image in my withering old brain, of each one of us who births a lie, having prostituted himself to Satan, the great whoremonger himself…
To lie by force or choice is to become enslaved.
Everybody knows this. Everybody knows John 8:31-32 (although they might not know the source of the quote).
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The truth unvarnished! Thank you, Uncle Mike!!
God bless, C-Marie
An excellent quotation from Theodore Dalrymple – GG Boy.
I might add that Dr. Michael Rectenwald (Marxist Scholar/Expelled Academic) shares this perception.
See for instance:
Michael Rectenwald: Beyond Woke