The Eternal Scold

A popular game with the old Buckley conservatives was to figure out how to blame the actions of the Left on socialism or a quest for power. Whenever the Left found some reason to attack some aspect of white culture, the National Review types would work their fingers raw trying to explain why it was either due to socialism or a quest for political power by those dastardly democrats. Sometimes, they would combine the two, so that the quest for power was to impose socialism on us.

Some elements of the dissident right have inherited this tendency to reduce all left-wing activity to simple, individual motivations. The Left does something similar, but they prefer supernatural and mystical explanations. In fact, that is probably a useful way of describing the political divide. One side relies on magic to explain the world, while the other side relies on some form of self-interest. In both cases, the preferred answer strips the humanity from the actors and reduces them to robots or pawns.

The truth is, human society has a lot of complexity, because we have a wide range of human types. For example, the scold is a feature of all white societies, regardless of political and economic makeup. These are people who take pleasure in lecturing the rest of us about our failings. Sometimes they often find a home on the Left these days, because the Left defines the civic religion of the West. In a prior age, they would have been defending order and tradition, as part of the religious community.

These people are not motivated by greed or a lust for power. Their scolding of the population may result in elevated status or a comfortable lifestyle, but that is not what motivates them to scold the rest of us. Al Gore made a lot of money off the climate change rackets, but that’s not why he does it. He was plenty rich before he got the green fever after the 2000 election. What gets him up in the morning is the need to be Gaia’s prophet, an Ezekiel warning the rest of us about the end times.

A recent example of this is the decision, by some scolds on the San Francisco board of supervisors, to ban e-cigarettes. According to the news accounts, they will ban the sale of these devises and ban the shipment of them into the city. Strangely, people will still be allowed to possess them and use them in public. Perhaps the scheme is to ban the public use of them next and then criminalize the possession of them. That’s the way they attacked the sale and use of tobacco forty years ago.

Now, the anti-smoking crusades were allegedly about public health. Smoking is not only unhealthful to the smoker, it has a societal cost. Lung cancer is a terrible way to die and an expensive one as well. Public health is often cast in emotional terms, trying to save lives, but as policy matter, it is about saving money. Either way, the cover story for the taxes on tobacco and limits on smoking was about public health. We wanted to end smoking and therefore improve the health of the people.

Of course, that was never true. It was convenient that smoking was bad for your health, but the real motivation was the need to boss people around. The scold has to have someone they can bully. The reason is just an excuse. That’s what you see with these crusades against electronic cigarettes. There is no data suggesting they are unhealthful like cigarettes. Nicotine is not the issue with tobacco use. It is the other chemicals and the particulate matter from burning tobacco. That’s not an issue with e-cigarettes.

The funny thing about this is these electronic cigarettes are probably the best tool for quitting conventional tobacco use. They allow the user to wean themselves from the psychological habit as they wean themselves from the chemical addiction. There is some evidence suggesting the addictive power of cigarettes is not the nicotine, but the drug cocktail used to prepare the tobacco, in combination with nicotine. Therefore, this delivery system is a better way to get off the drug than other methods.

None of that matters to the crusaders. It never mattered to them when they were howling about smoking at ballparks or out of doors. What motivates these people is the need to lecture the public about morality. The scold always assumes pleasure is an indication of sin. Those hipster goofballs vaping in the coffee shop, therefore, must be doing something wrong. That’s the bat signal for the local scolds to rally and demand the activist be stopped, else the community will be at risk.

That’s the other thing about scolds. They always justify their activity by claiming they are sacrificing for the good of the community. In this case, they are looking out for the children, as if toddlers are growing beards and taking up vaping. In reality, it is just the same old people, the eternal scold, getting a rush from making other people stop doing something they enjoy. It’s not about money and it is not about power. For these scolds and busybodies, the reward is in being the scold. It’s who they are.

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Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
1 year ago

There was a Scold Extravaganza Wednesday and Thursday with lots furious talk about cages and free stuff for all!

Clayton Barnett
1 year ago

And the normal response will never change: start with “fuck you” and end with a shot between their eyes.

Auntie Analogue
Auntie Analogue
1 year ago

“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” – H.L. Mencken

About ten years ago I coined a word, which has not caught on, for today’s “moral” scolds who Lennon/Lenin-“Imagine” that their ever-changing, evermore liberty-extinguishing prescriptions can and must bring about utopia: Puritopians.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  Auntie Analogue
1 year ago

“Puritopians”. I like it.

Nori
Nori
Reply to  Auntie Analogue
1 year ago

Even the Puritans took Sunday off to rest. Our current nemesis scolds never,ever take time off. They must derive some creepy pleasure from constant harassment.

Best Puritan ever? Robert E. Howard’s Soloman Kane. Strict moral code,but he kicked serious ass when needed.His adventures through the Dark Continent are compelling.

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
Reply to  Auntie Analogue
1 year ago

““Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” – H.L. Mencken” –

I only scroll down after I post so there’s more originality to what I say, then I notice someone posted the same thing in a different way. Great quote.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
1 year ago

“… the National Review types would work their fingers raw trying to explain why it was either due to socialism or a quest for political power by those dastardly democrats….” ————————————————————————————- It was true then, and it’s true now. Socialism appeals to the rubes of the underclass because they think that it’s YOUR wealth that will get redistributed and not theirs. If you watched the last debate of those dastardly donks – it was basically ‘free shit for everybody!!!” When you are a wealthy globalist that has amassed enough power and money to move gov’ts you don’t have to worry… Read more »

Tykebomb
Tykebomb
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

Marxism had broad class appeal. The inventor and driver of socialism has always been the bored upper middle class kid. Marx was an upper middle kid who was richer than most people but not the richest. He was also a protestant jew who had to put up with never being apart of the aristocracy. So he became a journalist and then a layabout researcher. Che was also like this. He was an Argentinian rich kid training to be a doctor who got a woody watching Guatemala City burn. After that he decided he wanted to overthrow everything. College kids are… Read more »

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
Reply to  Tykebomb
1 year ago

Exactly right. Marie Antoinette would live in Mill Valley today.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  JR Wirth
1 year ago

Perhaps that should be a warning to the residents of Mill Valley

S.Bishop
S.Bishop
Member
Reply to  Tykebomb
1 year ago

And, our ‘dear leader’s’ wife Michelle once had an ‘extraordinary farm’ (or was that just a garden) out back of the White House to feed the multitudes. Someone once said, if I may paraphrase a Biblical solution, “Teach a man to fish, don’t just hand him a fish.”

Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
Reply to  S.Bishop
1 year ago

If you give a man Fire, he’ll be warm for a while;
but if you set him on fire, he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.

Member
Reply to  Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
1 year ago

This is one of my favorite sayings. It’s up there with “2 is not equal to 3, not even for very large values of 2”.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  S.Bishop
1 year ago

Groups of people who will never be as good at fishing as your group will resent your group for its success and try to take your fish.

The “teach a man to fish” aphorism depends on an assumption of a shared human nature, which is false. The nature shared by all human races is quite small. I used to think that the desire to care for one’s children was universal but realized that African men generally disprove even this.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Reply to  Tykebomb
1 year ago

Nonsense. Marx and his champagne socialists are the exception, not the rule in the upper classes. Similarly I don’t think our esteemed blog host understands the chronology of socialist revolution. This highlights yet another example of the left vs. right paradigm that Z is unsuccessfully trying to refute. The dastardly donks are not importing intelligent rich kids from capable families. They are importing – by the metric shit tonne – hordes of impoverished human trash from the third world. Whites are generally too smart for the cannon fodder work that will be required to undermine a wealthy nation where freedom… Read more »

Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
Reply to  Tykebomb
1 year ago

Here’s photos of Marie Antoinette’s “farm”..
known as petit-trianon…
https://grandestates101.tumblr.com/post/185716568866/petit-trianon-english-gardens-queens-hamlet

Nothing beats playing pretend peasant for a few hours, before retiring to your grand palace.

Go to the archives to see more photos..
https://grandestates101.tumblr.com/archive

Marie A.
Marie A.
Reply to  Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
1 year ago

Thank you, Nunnya. More Petit Trianon eye candy.
“If we assume man has been corrupted by an artificial civilization, what is the natural state? the state of nature from which he has been removed? imagine, wandering up and down the forest without industry, without speech, and without home.”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sEzAPD4OaZQ
Roughing it.

Felix_Krull
Member
Reply to  Nunnya Bidnez, jr.
1 year ago

Mary Ann did nothing wrong. Her little folly was in fact quite modest for a woman of her stature.

Teapartydoc
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Reply to  Tykebomb
1 year ago

Good comment. Engels was an even better example.

Rod1963
Rod1963
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

Wrong, the most ardent supporters are college educated upper middle-class white professionals and their spawn. Look at the Hillary and Bernie voting demographics.

Why? Because they have a soft, pampered life with lots of spare time to support diversity and PC/MC.. I never knew a white blue collar who held the same nut job beliefs.

The debaters were targeting audience is minorities and white college students who are scare witless about job prospects and being saddled with immense debt. Also soccer moms/Oprah crowd.

Valley of the Daleks
1 year ago

I doubt this is a general pattern overall but I find it interesting all the same. I used to know a guy who was addicted to cocaine. Since I’ve never liked any illicit drugs, not even pot, I know very little about druggie subculture. I asked him what the attraction was. Surprisingly, he said he didn’t even /like/ cocaine all that much. What he was actually addicted to (he said) was the drama and the ritual of the whole thing: the cloak-and-dagger business of scoring, with all the potential legal perils, the secrecy, the funny little rituals with the razor… Read more »

Felix_Krull
Member
Reply to  Valley of the Daleks
1 year ago

I suspect your friend is deluding himself.

The Right Doctor
The Right Doctor
Reply to  Valley of the Daleks
1 year ago

I speak from experience on this one, having been a physician who could not follow the Biblical admonition to cure myself. You should have asked your ritual-addicted friend whether he could stop once he got the bill to the nose, but before inhaling, the ritual having been fulfilled. He’d have been in the position of Wile E Coyote, hanging in mid-air, hoping not to fall. Scolds are the same way. They cannot bite their tongues, still their urges. That’s how they get their dopamine hits. Whatever the pathway, the payoff of addiction is the same: a supreme feeling of self-satisfaction… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  The Right Doctor
1 year ago

Eerily reminiscent of explanations of virtue signaling on social media like FB. I believe there is a researcher who published a book on this phenomenon—but I’m too lazy to look it up—heard an interview with him on radio.

dad29
1 year ago

Might I raise a hand to suggest a refinement? It is one thing to ‘scold’ people for flat-out immoral activity, such as that which is outlined in the 10 Commandments.

But what you describe above–and what I think is the proper object of your scorn, is the scold who finds a NOT-immoral activity such as vaping, or burning diesel fuel in a truck, and arrogates to himself the authority to declare it “immoral.”

IOW, they specialize in fake sins, not real ones. And the sins they specialize in are ones that they make up out of whole cloth.

Valley of the Daleks
Reply to  dad29
1 year ago

I think a big part of it is, people forget that in order to survive, humans need one thing more than just food, clothing and shelter: they need to feel important. Most normal people derive their sense of importance from parenthood, or from family roles, or from their career. Religious people generally believe that if they are living a rightly guided life, then they are fulfilling God’s purpose for them somehow, even if it’s not apparent to them what that purpose is. Cat ladies, neckbeards, and assorted soyboys and Bugmen have no such recourse. What on earth would that shriveled… Read more »

Ivar
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Reply to  Valley of the Daleks
1 year ago

Huey P. Long, I believe it was, said that the secret of forming a political organization was “a title for every pissant and a tiny hill to piss from.”

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  dad29
1 year ago

Dad, something along Ayn Rand’s observation:

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

dad29
Reply to  Compsci
1 year ago

Yup

Ivar
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Reply to  dad29
1 year ago

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Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
Member
1 year ago

A study of smoking by men in Finland concluded: “Smoking was associated with a moderate decrease in healthcare costs, and a marked decrease in pension costs due to increased mortality. However, when a monetary value for life years lost was taken into account, the beneficial net effect of non-smoking to society was about €70 000 per individual.” As to the last sentence, it doesn’t take into account the pleasure people enjoyed from smoking. And for some guys, maybe looking like Bogart for 50 years, and firing your mind like those guys in the Apollo 11 control room, is worth losing 7… Read more »

Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
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Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 year ago

Here’s the link to the study: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/6/e001678

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 year ago

Jack, it’s a freedom thing—but that’s how this former Lib still views the world by and large. Your right to smoke is my right to sit on my lazy ass and get fat, which by far is worse if we are talking about the collective health issues and subsequent societal costs. Smoking was just an easy target to draw a bead on. The scolds will never rest until we are treated as one would treat a “pet”—to be directed and cared for by those with superior insight as to how we should live our lives. Pleasure is not a counter… Read more »

Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
Member
Reply to  Compsci
1 year ago

Compsci: I agree. I want to get rid of all anti-smoking laws, and special taxes on tobacco I was just providing some info. If smokers die before they get Social Security & Medicare, then the argument they cost us money is cast into doubt.

Whitney
Member
1 year ago

So if everyone is a scold does that mean you think there is no right and wrong?

Guest
Guest
Reply to  Whitney
1 year ago

You’re making a good point. What’s the difference between a scold and someone acting from righteous anger?

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
1 year ago

If you look up scold in the dictionary, Elizabeth Warren’s picture is under it. Right down to rimless glasses. Scolds love rimless glasses, because they are the least adorned eyewear. They are purely utilitarian. To a scold, all the world is brought down to its utility value, and anything above utility value (which makes us uniquely human) is considered unnecessary pleasurable and a waste of resources. In some ways it goes back to the bonfire of the vanities in Renaissance Florence. In other ways it goes back to the ban on jewelry in Calvinist Geneva. It’s as if humanity has… Read more »

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
1 year ago

One of the reasons the Dissident Right succeeded so magnificently in the 15-16 timeframe was that we were fun and anti-scold.

If we can get back to that, it would be huge.

banopus
banopus
1 year ago

This represents a sorta combination of CS Lewis’ aphorism about “omnipotent moral busybodies,” and TS Eliot’s brilliant observation that half of the harm that is done in this world is done by “people who want to think well of themselves.”

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  banopus
1 year ago

SJW stands for Self Justifying Wankers.

Cerulean
Cerulean
1 year ago

Scolds are useful to the people running things.

People seem to need to be pissed off about one thing or another, but they have a limited capacity for it. The pc scolds direct the ire of the people toward trivial / stupid things and away from what the powers that be are doing.

Remember the Junior Anti Sex League in 1984?

TomA
TomA
1 year ago

Progressives understand that the Ponzi Scheme will eventually bust and it will be back to the jungle again unless they control the unruly natives. But since many of the natives possess firearms, that won’t be easy unless they can disarm them first. Trying to implement full-on confiscation in one fell swoop would likely trigger the revolution, so they need to ease into it. First, sensitize the yokels to small encroachments on their liberty (like banning vapes), and then, little by little, up the ante until direct firearm confiscation is doable. They see this as the Holy Grail of parasite ascendancy.

Vizzini
Member
1 year ago

Lung cancer is a terrible way to die and an expensive one as well.

My understanding is that it’s not actually more expensive than the ways people tend to die in the absence of smoking. Smokers actually have lower lifetime healthcare costs. Years in an assisted care facility or nursing home with disability or dementia, long courses of treatment for other cancers, heart disease, Parkinsons, etc. Getting old is an expensive business if you’re trying to drag out every last second you can.

james wilson
james wilson
Member
Reply to  Vizzini
1 year ago

Only one of eight smokers will ever get lung cancer. Those odds look bad to non-smokers but not so much to smokers. A respiratory therapist I knew well told me it was emphysema that should terrify smokers. But yes, smokers not only save pension funds muchly, but their bizillions paid in cigarette taxes save the children. Or something.

Stephen_St_Onge
Member
Reply to  james wilson
1 year ago

Back when I was in respiratory care, I knew a fellow tech who was a smoker. Discussing the idiocy of smoking one day, I asked her what she would do when she contacted COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, of which emphysema is one variety). She instantly answered “Commit suicide.”

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
1 year ago

Speaking of scolds, CNN is airing a show Sunday night called “State of Hate.” It looks like Jared Taylor is featured.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 year ago

I respect Jared Taylor and his work over the years – I really do. But why on earth would any White with more than 2 brain cells to rub together agree to appear on a show about White Nationalism at CNN – let alone one headed by a brown as full of envy and hate as Fareed Zakharia? I don’t care how many “assurances” Jared sought and received – his agreeing to appear on such a platform was evidence of incredible stupidity.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

Yeah, this was not a huwise decision on his part.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

I’ve viewed Jared in other hostile interview situations. He has always held his own. Albeit, I’m a fan, but I still say his appearances are a plus for our side. Watch and get back with us.

Frip
Member
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

“evidence of incredible stupidity.” Oh chill out. If Jared appearing on massive CNN brings even 3,000 people to check out AmRen.com then it’s a positive. If just one of his lines sticks in the head of viewers it’s a positive. CNN pumps anti-white rhetoric 24/7. Jared showing up isn’t going to make that worse.

Vizzini
Member
Reply to  Wolf Barney
1 year ago

I am going to take a wild guess and predict that the subject will not be how much hate is directed against him.

Compsci
Compsci
1 year ago

Z-man, thank you. Perhaps the best summation of the scold phenomenon I’ve seen in print. Amazing insight.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 year ago

The word “scold” should carry the same undertones as “racist”.

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

Scolds are inherently uncool. This shouldn’t be hard to do.

Baltbuc
Baltbuc
1 year ago

The scold is also wrapped into the larger anarcho-tyranny state. Lets remember that San Fransisco has feces and needles lining the streets and migrants selling roadside squirrel. Yet vaping and straws are forbidden.

King Tut
King Tut
1 year ago

Vaping is being given the same treatment as tobacco not because of any health issue but because it’s a means of disobedience and pleasure. Therefore, it cannot be permitted.

Frip
Member
1 year ago

Z: “What gets Gore up in the morning is the need to be Gaia’s prophet, an Ezekiel warning the rest of us about the end times.” Funny, well put. Yeah, there’s the need-to-show-my-big-brain/alpha-leader, scold. (Woodrow Wilson/Gore/Hillary). And the type that seriously suspects pleasure (church lady/journalists/Hillary). One of my first redpills on the scold theme was how it relates to class. It was either somewhere in Z’s “My Thoughts on Everything” or some older post. Our betters really do enjoy taking candy from proles. White proles.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

When you don’t believe in God or an after life, all you have is an earthly life. And if your a crazed liberal leftist freak you will do what ever it takes to dampen down that nagging fear of death. Hence the nanny state and transhumanism. Of course they will always justifie there meddling by mouthing B S about the greater good( and yes there is a lot of personal satisfaction in the power to boss everybody around). But somewhere somehow paradise has to work. So if you think like that the borderless global managerial super state makes perfect sense.

Felix_Krull
Member
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

If you’re not terrified of death, you’re doing Christianity wrong. What’s not to understand about being boiled in a vat of sulphur? Not for an hour or a day or a year, not for a billion years, but forever!

Frip
Member
Reply to  Felix_Krull
1 year ago

Good comment Felix. A church nearby always has some New Age milktoast motto on their sign each week. I’d love to jump the fence and put your more realistic line on the sign. So instead of their typical, “Believe in kindness.” It’d be, “Believe or boil in a vat of sulphur.”

bilejones
Member
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

Same’s true of the CFR’s “Foreign Affairs”

A.B Prosper
A.B Prosper
1 year ago

OB. C.S. Lewis “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” Unfortunately time travel is not a thing or the best thing we could do would be to go back in time and whack the puritans… Read more »

jim3480
jim3480
1 year ago

Notice how Drudge has not posted anything surrounding the raging Twitter controversy currently underway with regards to Kamala Harris / African American cultural appropriation / 70’s busing controversy / slave owning ancestors, etc. Typical JQ behavior. He is a snake and pretends to a disruptor but behind the scenes, nothing is different – he is beholden only to one.

Frip
Member
Reply to  jim3480
1 year ago

I used to check Drudge every day as part of my web-routine. Then it got too depressing. Like a new kind of yellow journalism. I’m blackpill down as it is. I don’t need to gaze at a list of How the World Sucks Anew Today, every day. Plus I get the impression Drudge himself has little to do with “his” site anymore. In the last few years it has all the signs of being taken over by young women.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

Frip said: ” I’m blackpill down as it is. I don’t need to gaze at a list of How the World Sucks…” That’s exactly why I stopped reading Zero Hedge.

Paw Paw
Paw Paw
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

O. B. Tester;
Zero Hedge can be overwhelmed with end-of-the-world alarms but he(they) will also post our own Z-man once in a while.

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

And moved to the sunny uplands of Z-Man?

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
Reply to  Bilejones
1 year ago

If you realize that every site has its own agenda it’s easy to pop in and see what’s going on. I still go to The Economist. Not because I believe in what they’re saying, but because it’s the pure, unrefined essence of globalist, corporatist, vapid thought written by self hating homosexuals in London who really do think they have some unique understanding of the world. They don’t play any new tunes on new information and that’s the point. The world is getting away from them.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  JR Wirth
1 year ago

Brilliant insight, JR.

Wan Wei Lin
Wan Wei Lin
1 year ago

From John Ray, PhD of dissectingleftism dot com sums it up thusly: The purpose of leftists is to make people quit doing what they want and force them to do what they don’t want to do. Liberals are miserable and aren’t happy unless you’re miserable also.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Wan Wei Lin
1 year ago

H.L. Mencken said: “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” This is the leftist mentality in a nutshell. When you talk to a real leftist they always have that same satisfied smerk on there faces telling you that nothing you say will ever get through. Once you’ve been baptized into the humanist church of the perfect tomorrow, then forget it. Nothing will ever reach a person like that exept some kind of saver shock and utter disappointment. Which is why I stopped talking to those people long ago.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

The Left as the new KKK is apropos. They think they are doing the right thing, even though they are going about it illegally and immorally. In their little world, all is good in what they do, reality be damned.

Max
Member
1 year ago

Scolding is a form of virtue-signaling, and what makes scolding so ridiculous now is that what are virtues/vices in the Left’s secular religion are not true social virtues or vices. I’m not a religious guy, but scolding may be socially beneficial if it leads to a sensible moral code being upheld. It’s still irritating, but at least there was some upside.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

Off topic: I’ve got to vent. A good friend of mine is a normie conservatard. When I criticize Trump’s almost total failure on immigration, he exclaims, “But we have the best economy in modern times!” I explain that nothing else matters if whites become a minority but he believes that we’ll all be fine if the economy is good. My teeth grind. Anyone else experiencing this?

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Guest
1 year ago

Guest. Tell your friend to do some serious research on the suicide rate of white men for the past 20 years.

Gravity Denier
Gravity Denier
1 year ago

People whose psychology impels them toward scolding tend to be on the Left these days, simply because there is more reward for it. The social justice Mohawks bestow their approval on you for being holier-than-thou. You earn your Virtue Patrol stripes by bashing others who supposedly mess with the environment, mess with their health, mess with the urges of primitives to come to the West to collect their grievance payments. The Right, including the dissident Right, has its Old Believer scolds. They may get fewer accolades from mainstream culture but can count on the hosannas of the conservative faithful. Don’t… Read more »

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
1 year ago

That’s the other thing about scolds. They always justify their activity by claiming they are sacrificing for the good of the community. In this case, they are looking out for the children, as if toddlers are growing beards and taking up vaping. In reality, it is just the same old people, the eternal scold, getting a rush from making other people stop doing something they enjoy. It’s not about money and it is not about power. For these scolds and busybodies, the reward is in being the scold. It’s who they are. This reads “scolds aren’t interested in power, they’re… Read more »

Stephen_St_Onge
Member
Reply to  Steve Johnson
1 year ago

Beat me to it, Mr. Johnson. Bullies are power seekers.

Peter
Peter
1 year ago

How much does the scold hate the smoker and not the smoking? Seems like most of these scolds are on the left and most smokers are in a different class.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

You say that human society is complex and that there are a wide range of different human types, and then go on to claim that a particular type of social activity is only ever driven by the need to scold and that all other motivations are false. I find that contradictory.

Also, what is the need to transform society and stop people doing things that they enjoy if not a lust for power?

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Matt
1 year ago

Here’s the Wikipedia page on the “Common scold.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_scold it was actually against civil law. Oh If only…

Johnnyonenote
Johnnyonenote
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

The first North American legally declared a common scold was Anne Royall. She sounds like a stand-up guy. “Royall’s books caused quite a stir and earned her some very powerful enemies, including Philadelphia’s Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely. In the 1820s, Ely tried to forge an alliance between church and state through the election of Christian candidates. Never fond of missionaries, Royall became an outright critic of Ely and the American Tract Society, whose pamphlets were liberally distributed during this time. In her books, Royall called Presbyterians ‘blue-skins,’ ‘blackcoats’ and ‘copper-heads’ as she detailed their political plots and thus earned herself… Read more »

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Johnnyonenote
1 year ago

Dear Johnnyonenote. Ms. Royall was obviously practicing social criticism.The fact that the powers that be labeld her a public nuisance is what the establishment does. On the other hand I would consider Carrie Nation and the women’s temperance movement to be scolds. Simply running around wagging your finger and berating people for what you think are there moral failings and bad habits is just being a troublesome pain in the ass. The real trouble starts is when these kinds of intrusive naggs get some serious political power and can force people to bend to there will. We are enslaved to… Read more »

Johnnyonenote
Johnnyonenote
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

The convicted common scold Ms. Royall would most likely agree with you. Accusing someone of being a scold was a good way to shut them up, I imagine.

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  Official Bologna Tester
1 year ago

The real trouble starts is when these kinds of intrusive naggs get some serious political power and can force people to bend to there will. We are enslaved to that kind of system now…
We are because we didn’t band together as men and force people to bend to our will…Like AB says if we don’t want to rule then we will be ruled or dead… Their rule ends in death for all of us and everything we hold dear…

Epaminondas
Member
1 year ago

Scolds = Teachers

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Epaminondas
1 year ago

Honestly, that really is an absurd thing to say. Teacher. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher

Rod1963
Rod1963
1 year ago

Scolds are passe’ in the era of doxxing, anti-fa, deplatforming. Really who cares about some MSM screamer or 300lb land whale when the Left can simply destroy your life if you get in their way or say the wrong thing.

There are simply too low on the threat index to be concerned about anymore. Though it’s nice they advertise themselves, so when SHTF you’ll know to classify them as threats.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Rod1963
1 year ago

Rod1963. You have a point. Nicolás Gómez Dávila said somthing like “taking a person’s microphone away is a kind of assassination. And the assassin could feel morally superior while doing it.” It used to be pressure groups, the supreme court and dirty political tricks got a great deal the job done. But things move way to fast these days . The liberal lefties apple pressure from every possible angle. “By any means necessary” is still the motto of the dark side.

Member
1 year ago

The scolds are self-righteous. The Wiki definition of self-righteousness: Self-righteousness (also called sanctimoniousness, sententiousness, and holier-than-thou attitudes) is a feeling or display of (usually smug) moral superiority derived from a sense that one’s beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person. Self-righteous individuals are often intolerant of the opinions and behaviors of others.
In the end it all comes back to vanity. The left is vanity personified.

Screwtape
Screwtape
1 year ago

The great scold rush of ‘19/20 aside, I suspect there is also something else going on with the vape thing. Knowing how scolds are really just a subcategory or perhaps function of useful idiots, I believe there is something afoot by big tobacco. Vaping snuck up on them. A lot of upstart vape companies had really good marketing. The lemming millennial consumers cohort were looking for their own kind of kool and found it. The regulatory environment around vaping was squishy as many vaping producers were not using tobacco – or even nicotine. Others were going up against smoking and… Read more »

Heresolong
1 year ago

“Without some right-wing goofballs there would be no reason for the riot. If they did riot, they would be blamed for it and the media would be forced to report the truth,”

Your theory doesn’t hold water. The original Antifa riots targeted Trump rallies during the election. There were no “right-wing goofballs”, just people going to Presidential campaign stops. They were attacked in the streets and the media did not, in fact, blame either Antifa or report the truth. This is where the “your speech is violence and our violence is speech” meme arose.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Regardless of the issue the ultimate motivation of the commie left is CONTROL. They lust after and seek absolute and complete control over EVERYONE. And anything that serves that agenda is acceptable behavior. This type of personality is pathologic. Immune to reason and logic. And just like the Terminator from the cinema screen they WILL NOT STOP……EVER. The ONLY solution to fanatical commies seeking to rule is the SAME and ONLY solution to fanatical Muslims who also seek to rule the world. Extermination. Nothing else will ever work. It truly is them or us. Either we convert to their evil… Read more »

Sean Detente
Sean Detente
Member
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

I’m starting to suspect people who make these irritatingly lazy, simplistic armchair dissident comments are burgeoning fedposters.

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1 year ago

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