You Are Not Oppressesd

Are you oppressed? Has the stern jackboot of oppression ever stomped on your neck? Have agents of the state questioned your life choices and thrown you into the back of a black unmarked van because of your gender preference, sexual orientation or political/ideological views? Do you yearn to break free of chains that have bound you so tightly that you have spent a lifetime living a lie for fear of brutal repercussions from the government? Are you struggling with bonds so tight that they have constricted you for decades, leaving deep mental and physical wounds that may never heal?

If you answered ‘yes, that’s me. That’s totally my life’ to the above paragraph I would suggest that you go and put the kettle on, flick that neon fringe out of your eyes, have a nice cup of chamomile and honey tea (or any beverage you want, I’m not some sort of tea fascist) and if you are fortunate enough to live in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or indeed anywhere in the Western World, drink it while wistfully gazing out of the window gently uttering the words ‘I ‘am not oppressed, I ‘am not oppressed.’

Along with the tea, I hope you imbibe a sense of perspective and ready yourself for a hard truth.

With all due respect, no one actually cares about your life choices, who you want to sleep with or what gender pronoun you’re using that particular day. You’re just not that special and the vast majority of the population doesn’t care and neither should you. To tell you the truth, as long as you keep your head down, take responsibility for your behaviour, uphold the values of Western civilisation (individualism, property, democracy, capitalism etc) and conform (I know, the ‘c’ word, right) to some basic levels of behaviour and dress, in certain prescribed circumstances, then no one cares.

All people in the UK are protected by the law. We are all equal in the eyes of Themis, the Greek Goddess of Justice. So much so, that she is often portrayed as being blindfolded. The entire British state operates on this principle. The operator on the end of a 999 phone call, won’t ask your gender, sex, shoe size, what party political you voted for in 2017 or if you prefer to be called ‘Him’, ‘Her’ or ‘Zim’ before dispatching an ambulance.

May I suggest that what you are suffering from is prejudice from your fellow citizens and a minority of them at that. This might be wrong, but it’s probably unavoidable. If prejudice is embedded in the culture it could take decades to expunge it from society, if it all. And let’s all be honest, we all have our prejudices as well. None of us is Jesus Christ or the Buddha, we hate as well as love. I expect we all dislike a particular societal clique, or sub-culture, even if it’s illogical. Prejudice can be an insidious phenomena, which can, on occasion, permeate state and social structures. It’s wrong, but it is still not oppression.

The fact is that most people aren’t really ‘anti’ against your lifestyle choices. It’s probably more accurate to say that they are more ‘pro’ something, particularity in the Western World. For example, many Christians don’t agree with same-sex marriage. Does this mean that they are against homosexuality? Not necessarily. They just believe in the sanctity of marriage and that it should be between a man and a woman. It should be noted that they do also have the right to hold this view as well.

If we start down the path of restricting speech, well, who dictates what is allowed to be said anymore. Who is to be the arbiter of this? As Mick Hume, author of Trigger Warning states, people now use the term ‘denier’ in the same way they used to use ‘witch’; as an insult, a tactic to silence and quick method of closing down further debate and investigation.

However, more importantly, does this mean that they wish you actually bodily or psychological harm for loving who you choose or any other personal preference? No, we’re a very, very long way from throwing people off of buildings or hanging them as they do in some other states.

I would say that considering there has just been a massive Pride Parade, with an estimated 26,000 marchers (This is only 5625 less than the police officers at the Metropolitan Police Service) expected to be in London, from every walk of life, it can be hard to play the oppression card. In fact, the state is so oppressive that it’s erecting concrete barriers to stop terrorists driving a car into the crowds. Nor do oppressed groups have entire YouTube campaigns with nearly 5.7 million views on their videos. Oppressed groups tend to have clandestine meetings, slink about from place to place and don’t broadcast their whereabouts. They also don’t use Instagram.

Also, dear reader, I don’t know about you but I’m also far too busy for prejudice, let alone oppression. I get up in the morning, go to work, come back, read, write, watch some ‘fail’ videos on YouTube and then go to bed. Repeat this Monday to Friday. This leaves almost no time in my day to even vaguely consider people who have the same rights and legal protection as me, but somehow consider themselves to be an oppressed minority.

This is not just confined to the most misguided and fringe supporters of LGBTTQQIAAP rights either. Anyone can suffer from the idea that they are being oppressed nowadays.

People now think they are oppressed by President Trump or Brexit or the Conservative party. There is now a new breed of simpering social justice warrior who considers it oppression whenever a political decision or vote takes place that they didn’t like. It’s not oppression. It’s democracy.

YouTube is full of people who claim that they are a ‘free inhabitant of the earth’ who seem to have trouble grasping the idea of national sovereignty or refuse to hand over a driving license to a Police Officer. Of course, the consequence of this is that a minor misdemeanour unnecessarily escalates into a major infraction, distressing all those present and wasting tax payer’s money.

Most of us also find it difficult to oppress anyone, as we don’t have the entire apparatus of the state behind us: police forces, judiciary, prison camps etc. You know, all those things that most non-democratic and totalitarian regimes have used to actually oppress people since we first discovered agriculture in the Fertile Crescent. You know, the sort of behavioural attributes that ultra-oppressive regimes like The Khmer Rouge, who used to jail anyone with spectacles, or The Soviet Union under Stalin, where academics could be arrested and left to languish in a Siberian gulag for discussing agricultural policy actually use.

Trouble is if you start to see yourself as a victim, if it permeates your entire identity, you start to become one. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy with dangerous consequences. It gets to the point that nothing short of 100% acceptance from all of society will do. I’m a heterosexual, white man, but there will have been times where I would not have been accepted wholeheartedly by other cliques in society. Too quiet, too short, too unfashionable, too poor etc.

All of this is partly enabled and hugely exacerbated by social media and the miniaturisation of technology. 10 years ago, I couldn’t have filmed the police for ‘evidence’ of oppression, nor could I have buried myself in the insular world of social media, where I could further indulge my often nonsensical views with the like-minded ‘oppressed’.

Today, you are free to think, do, and live as you see fit, provided you don’t break the law. Fight prejudice, as long as it is safe to do so. Be yourself most of the time, but remember that on occasion you may have to conform to society. Basically, just go and live your life.

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The Hysterical Left-Wing

The past decade has provided us with a steady and constant stream of political surprises. The election of Barack Obama as a beacon of hope and a symbol of Americas post-racial identity. In Britain we had the first coalition government since World War 2, leading to a new era of consensus politics. Then the Scottish Independence referendum, where the people of Scotland choose unity over division. Then in 2015, we had an unexpected Conservative majority government. Then the EU referendum, where the majority of the British people demonstrated that they wanted to leave the EU after 43 years. And now, we can add to this list the 2017 general election. An election that saw the most left-wing Labour leader since the 1970s (possibly since Clement Attlee) gain 40% of the popular vote and narrowly miss out on becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

I’m being slightly facetious in the above paragraph. It also saw the ‘hard’ left-wing (henceforth just known as the ‘left’ wing in this article) in the UK have an epic and on-going meltdown and showed many of them to be filled to the brim with a hysterical, shrill and screaming intolerance that many of them profess to be fighting against.

Of course, It used to be that after losing an election, people would go home. The majority have spoken. That was that. They would go and live their life for another four years until the next election. I live in Scotland and have had an SNP government at Holyrood since 2007. I didn’t vote for it, but I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram in an almighty apoplectic fit either. The majority did vote for the SNP and I have to live with that.

With hindsight, the continuing situation in Scotland, with left-wing nationalists refusing to be put back in the box, should have served as a bellwether for the rest of the UK and as a dark harbinger of divisive elections to come. Nearly three years on, the terms ‘quisling’ ‘traitor’ and ‘nawbag’ are still bandied about to people who had the outright temerity and audacity to make a different political decision to ‘Yes’ in Scotland in 2014.

Without this basic concept of accepting that you lost an election, democracy itself starts to seem superfluous. Don’t like the result? Just go out and protest against it, even though the majority of the country voted for it. Just overthrow the government if you don’t like it and didn’t vote for it.

Many on the left-wing now seem to be on a ‘constant campaign’ at all times, ever vigilant to anyone with a differing (abhorrent in their opinion) world view. A noisy guardian, an intolerant protector, a white knight. The default reaction now seems to be to go out and protest against the democratic will of the British people. No doubt better men than me will succinctly analyse how we ended up in a situation where people now protest the will of the majority in a democracy and I would be eager to hear their findings and suggestions.

The problem with the ‘constant campaign’ is that it puts people on a heightened sense of political awareness. There is no time for reflection, only battle. There is no time to consider the other side as human beings. They are just ‘toffs’, ‘millionaire Tories’ etc. No time for measured response, only protest. Every disagreement is a personal slight rather than a political disagreement. Most damaging of all, with no time to think, it leads to a simplified, binary world view. Them vs us, with the ‘them’ being the right-wing heartless monsters that must be slain with the silver sword of leftist indignation.

This ‘constant campaign’ is most prevalent on social media and it’s here that we find the ‘heart of darkness’ of left-wing politics and some of their most epic, hysterical, knee-jerk reactions. Behold:

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This is the reaction that I got from saying that I was voting Conservative in the 2017 general election and promoting one of my blog articles on Facebook. Many on the left can’t seem to understand that people might have different experiences in life that might lead them to different conclusions. This is neither good or bad, it just is. Perhaps they might vote Conservative because the local MP has a big presence in the local community. Perhaps they might vote for a totally different party next time, or even vote for different parties at different levels of government. Who knows. It’s their choice and they should be free to make it, without those on the left throwing their dummies at them. Most incomprehensibly of all they might consider themselves to be right-of-centre!

The phenomena of the angry, intolerant left isn’t entirely confirmed to us mere mortals either. The ‘celebratocracy’ also like to have a go at democratic values and their fellow citizens. The Times columnist and writer Caitlin Moran called anyone who was voting Conservative a ‘c#$t’. The Guardian columnist and prolific Twitter user Owen Jones has been trying to encourage protests since the Conservatives won the election. Like many from the left, seemingly unable to comprehend that almost thirteen and a half million people voted for a Conservative government which is further bolstered by the Democratic Unionist Party which gained nearly 300,000 votes.

I happen not to agree with the DUP on its social issues, but I believe in their right to hold these views without being insulted, heckled or ‘no platformed’ by the illiberal left.

However, the irate left is not only confined to the intolerant eyrie of their echo-chamber like groups on social media. The recent tragic events at the Grenfell Tower Block in Kensington, London have been heavily politicised by the left only days after the fire. The anger is understandable, but it seems that the events have been taken over by the left if the smattering of people wearing red ‘momentum’ shirts is any indication. Quite why the protesters were outside the BBC is also a mystery as well. Perhaps cuts and ‘austerity’ were to blame. I don’t know. And that’s the issue at the moment; no one actually does. The difference is that the left pretends to know the answers, even while the tower block is still smouldering and the victims still unaccounted for.

However, this total lack of factual information and data hasn’t stopped the left-wing ‘Movement For Justice’ organising a ‘DAY OF RAGE’ on the 21st of June, with the express aim to ‘Shut Down London – Bring Down the Government’. The word ‘Grenfell’ is only mentioned twice in the main body of the event description. ‘Immigrant’ is mentioned four times and ‘rage’ three times. This belies the real motivation behind the event.

The left-wing in the UK seems to be borrowing tactics and best practice from the social justice moment in the U.S. An appeal to emotion, buzzwords and a vague sense of a being in a self-righteous cult. They seem to conflate numbers on the ground and social media presence with having persuasive power and better arguments. This obviously is not the case.

It can be rather easy to command an army of believers in a cause. It’s much harder to debate the facts, wait until the dust settles, understand that other people have different opinions and that this does not mean that they are all ‘fascist, millionaire, Tory posh boys either.

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