It is a common talking point on both the Left and Right to suggest that one’s opponents are not well-acquainted with reality, but it seems increasingly likely that liberals actually do occupy an alternate reality. This is not unlike the Berenstein(stain) Bears conspiracy where some believe that two alternate realities have collided with some people remembering one, some the other. Liberals seem to live in a reality much like our own except that everything important means the exact opposite. This is how George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of political science at Drexel University, can claim that conservatives are actually the ones squashing free speech and academic freedom on college campuses. This is despite leftists rioting more than once at Berkeley to prevent conservatives from speaking, leftists arguing that free speech is overrated, leftists needing “safe spaces” to avoid the views of others, &c. Indeed, leftists are far more likely to avoid opposing political views, and the “least tolerant sub-demographic” are leftist women.
The purpose of Ciccariello-Maher’s op-ed in the Washington Post was to address the fact that The Daily Caller ran a piece highlighting his tweets about the Las Vegas shooting. Ciccariello-Maher assures readers that his comments were “neither provocative in tone nor controversial in content” but rather provided “insight” as well as “giving context and depth” to the debate, and you can trust him because he is, in his own words, “a scholar and teacher.” He also tells us that The Daily Caller‘s “chopping [of his] tweets up into a misleading mishmash… transformed a nuanced diagnosis of white male frustration into an attack on white people in general.” In fairness, the article did only list 4 of his 8 tweets, so let’s quote him in full:
It’s the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid. But liberals will drown out all discourse with a deafening chorus screeching ‘gun control.’ To believe that someone who would shoot down 50 people wouldn’t circumvent any gun law you pass is the height of delusion. But liberal escapism means talking about easy questions and proposing easy non-solutions rather than talking about who kills and why. White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want. The narrative of white victimization has been gradually built over the past 40 years. It is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most extreme form is the white genocide myth. Yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens when those who believe they deserve to own the world also think it is being stolen from them.”
Context does not appear to support Ciccariello-Maher’s contention that he had offered “a nuanced diagnosis” that was “neither provocative in tone nor controversial in content.” There is no nuance involved in saying what amounts to, “White people, am I right?” To demonstrate this, let’s focus in: “White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want… Yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens when those who believe they deserve to own the world also think it is being stolen from them.” This could just as easily be summed up as, “Deprive those greedy white people, and they get violent.” Noticeably absent from the tweet storm and op-ed is any statistical data supporting Ciccariello-Maher’s assertion that such “crimes [are] almost always carried out by white men ,” and this is for good reason: namely, it isn’t true.
Consider: Daniel Engber of Slate admitted that “the data don’t support the whites-are-overrepresented-among-mass-shooters meme,” finding that whites are quite underrepresented while “Asians and black Americans are overrepresented among mass shooters.” This matches the general trend that whites are less likely than non-whites to commit homicide. Indeed, the annual Uniform Crime Report from the FBI consistently shows that blacks are far more likely per capita than whites to commit all manner of violent and property crime, but that does not prevent liberals from claiming the exact opposite is true. Indeed, they consistently misrepresent incidents involving non-white criminal activity, and they continue to do so long after their narrative has been disproved. The same tactic is used for promoting “gun control.” For example, CNN used an animation to “explain bump stocks,” but the animation did not include a bump stock but did include a sound suppressor and grenade launcher to look as scary as possible to liberals.
So how do we reconcile “a scholar and teacher” such as Ciccariello-Maher believing that mass shootings are “almost always carried out by white men” as a byproduct of “white supremacist patriarchy”? Obviously, “a researcher and professor” should understand the concept of per capita in statistics, and, since whites are underrepresented in mass shootings, the implication that whites are somehow being driven to mass murder is patently absurd. Now, we could assume this is a simple case of intellectual dishonesty, confirmation bias, or such like, but let’s consider another possibility: namely, leftists are actually from an alternate reality that has collided with our own. This may seem a bit extreme at first blush, but there is actually a fair amount of evidence for it once you start truly paying attention.
For example, they are governed by a black woman known as Queen Bey I, and her king consort is a former drug dealer. While race can be discerned with ~100% accuracy through genetic testing and matches self-identified race ~100% of the time in our reality, it is a “social construct” in theirs. Biological sex also does not exist for them, and people can simply choose what they are. Accordingly, sexual dimorphism does not exist either. IQ is also a myth for them, especially in terms of race. Purposely giving someone HIV is treated as trivial, and it is often seen as a gift. They also have a religion that encompasses all of this and more, such as worshiping a hippy, promoting homosexuality, surrendering to infidels, &c. They even defend pedophilia, incest, necrophilia, and other degenerate activities that we recognize as criminal.
Up is down, left is right, dark is light. Their entire reality appears to be different than our own, which is why we cannot make sense of anything they say or do. We can look at precisely the same set of facts and yet reach entirely different conclusions, and it is because 2 plus 2 is literally 5 for them. Violence is peace, criminalizing thought is freethinking, silencing opposition is free speech, criminals are angels, law-abiding citizens are evil, whites are barbaric, blacks created civilization, and on, and on, and on. If we are not from alternate realities, then we just have to assume that liberals are a coalition of liars and fools, harlots and cat ladies, perverts and normals, anti-racist whites and racist non-whites, &c., which seems even more ridiculous than the possibility that our two realities have collided.