Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Play up!

It’s like playing a game where only the other side knows the rules; as if the whole stack of Community Chest cards is being kept under the table in a game of Monopoly. But hey, when the reckoning comes I reckon I’m not too bothered by the rules because I’m winning by a mile and the game doesn’t really matter anyway; it’s not real life. There is something peculiar about the game of ‘debating’ on Twitter – Twitterbate - whereby the laws of physics, economics, and simple human decency don’t apply equally to both sides.

For there are but two sides, despite all the pretence at nuance and differentiation. These can roughly be equated to left and right, or if you are playing the game properly and fully engaging in the Cosplay, ‘Heroes for Social Justice’ versus ‘Evil Corrupt Tory Scum’. The left’s chosen monicker – blazoned across their cape - is confused because, nobody really has a firm, fixed idea of what constitutes social justice, except that it is ‘the opposite of everything the Tories believe in’.

By way of explanation I ought to rough out what general population Tories believe (as opposed to governmental Tories who are actually social democrats). They believe in self-reliance, personal pride, a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay, opportunity for all, pulling together, pulling your weight if you can and if you genuinely can’t, having your weight borne equitably by the rest. The idea is to lift everybody up; gratitude isn’t necessarily required, but it is at least expected that you show you deserve the leg up.

The left on the other hand – thinking this is somehow fairer – seem to want to pull everybody down. Or if they don’t believe this they are doing a pretty poor job of demonstrating otherwise. Like the ISIS of the west, they far prefer demolishing Palmyra than accepting its existence because it doesn’t accord with their narrative. Hell, they won’t even re-use the raw materials, crushing the work of millions of man-hours into dust to remove any reminder of former accomplishment. History is after all, like the rules of the game, theirs to command and if they want to knock over the board when they are put in check, well...

In order to win the game the left’s rules allow the complete change of subject, venue, the game itself and the repeated denial of their own losing position. A favourite high-ground gambit is to attempt to bring the opposing players into disrepute – shouting Tory scum, racist, profiteer and all that - but if that doesn’t work, other cheats are available. Starting riots, for instance, hoping to distort the game so the spectators are confused enough to believe them when they say they won after all.

It's just not cricket... is it?

So, as the caped crusaders for love and justice and compassion and their own peculiar version of ‘the truth’ (Thatcher!) set about trashing the joint so that nobody else can play; bursting the ball, pulling on their goalpost jumpers and crying foul, the right calmly picks up the winnings and moves on to fight the next battle. Politics? It’s more like a bunch of squabbling kids.

1 comment:

  1. The right the conservatives long ago embarked on social justice. Real social justice that which you have explained in detail in your article. What did these conservatives do. Well it was not to set out with the high ideals of social justice in mind. No it was to satisfy consumer demand and thereby make loads of money. They created free market capitalism not thinking for one minute what the side effects would be and that was to give social justice a boost.

    It started to take people out of poverty and as the wealth grew that wealth became available to pay for the widening of opportunity for a greater number of people. Free market capitalism became the driver behind social change for the better because to protect itself it had to set up institutions that acted to ensure fair play. Without which business and trade could not function it was not meant for the masses but they benefited from it all the same and still are. It started off crudely and slowly but has been developing and quickening ever since. Still a long way to go and left to it's own devices it will eventually give us and them the Utopia that we seek. Free market capitalism has mechanisms that are for repairing and correcting error in the system as no system is perfect and needs constant attention.

    SJW, progressives and the like do not have the wit to recognise that capitalism is the only means by which they can achieve most of their aims. So instead of helping to improve capitalism so that it functions better more quickly they seek to destroy it. All that will achieve is to remove the chance of social justice being achieved at all. Proof. USSR, Venezuela, Cuba and so many more. What social justice did they have none as far as I can see quite the opposite I would say. They abolished capitalism. Of course some have recognised their mistake and have reinstated it again.