GlimDropper wrote:My friend, ever try to nail jello to a tree during a hurricane? Cause that's sorta what it's like to make a rational, orderly assessment of sovcit (and quasi sovcit) thought processes. Hell, it's half the fun, you need to be part cultural anthropologist and part aberrant psychologist. First step, abandon any notion that their ideas cohere in a logical sense then start looking for patterns, "chunks of ideas" if you will and see how different groups or people use those same chunks to form more or less equally wrong notions but in new and (marginally) innovative ways.
The concept of evolution & natural selection seems to work very well here. And, also too, internet-blaming.
Every sovcit journey starts with a vaguely dissatisfied débutante. They're not happy with their life, their achievements, family & work etc. They don't feel they're getting what they deserve, whether that's material wealth, social status or respect. What little they have managed to achieve, they fear will be taken from them. Clearly they
are not responsible for the disappointments and failures of their life. So it must be someone else's fault - the game is rigged against them.
Not long ago, someone like this wouldn't travel far from their home area. They would act out their resentment through domestic abuse, bar-room fights or crazy letters to the local paper. They might internalise their feelings and become depressive or alcoholic, maybe join a local Klan or mistreat animals. The essential point is their isolation - their miserable, nasty existence is largely unconnected to others, like a little hotspot of mutated Ebola, deep in an African forest.
And now comes the internet. Suddenly our resentful John Doe is in touch with countless others who share his sense of grievance. He's not alone any more, he feels reinforced and validated by this vast peer group. They agree with all of his complaints, and feed him many more. CPS is a feminist child-stealing conspiracy, chemtrails are sedating us before the Chinese army takes control, those damned Jews have their sticky fingers in everything etc. How can it be a crime to beat your own wife, like the Bible says you should? Society, law, government and politics - it's all about keeping us
down and denying us our due rights.
Like Glimdropper says, the arguments and theories which arise from this are nearly always re-combinations of "chunks of idea". Richard Dawkins called these "memes", defined as an idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture - "Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.
Familar sovcit memes include - Laws don't apply to me without my consent. A Notary Public can issue binding legal judgements. Writing my name in a particular style endows or removes substantial rights. The govt has a secret account in my name, which I can draw upon by a secret process. Courts have no legitimate authority. I have the right to drive on public roads without licence, plates or insurance. God's law is superior to man-made law. I can be a citizen of a State, but not a citizen of the USA. An unrebutted affidavit has legal force as a statement of truth.
The internet offers countless variations, as Glimdropper says. 'Idea chunks' are added and removed as different strands of sovcit go in one direction or another. Importantly, this particular internet sector never
stops to think "maybe we're wrong, maybe we're not victims of a conspiracy and we just need to take responsibility for our own lives?
" In fact to suggest this would result in immediate shaming and expulsion. Instead the sovcit-aligned movement proceed like alchemists, believing that the perfect recipe of Idea Chunks will unlock everything they desire.
Apologies for Sunday afternoon rambling - I imagine this idea has been expressed previously, and with greater accuracy and eloquence.
PS - Also seems interesting that each newly-mutated sovcit theory is tested for it's Fitness to Survive in two distinct, unconnected environments. A particular theory may be very popular in the sovcit-aligned internet movement, generating high confidence in it's effectiveness. But when this theory is applied in the real world, it fails. In general evolutionary terms this seems a bad idea, unless we assume that some of the leading figures do not actually care much whether their ideas work in reality, but only want to create a 'viral' enthusiasm online to garner status and donations.