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Critical Mass, or Born at the Right Time

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It's been amazing to me to notice the groundswell of support for gay marriage and gay rights.  Now, as documented here, this groundswell is by no means universal, but it's very much a changed environment since even the beginning of this decade.

It's not clear whether or not Martin Luther actually nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of a church, but what is clear is that those Theses created a massive societal upheaval in Europe which lasted for centuries and molded the modern age.  Luther, however, was not the first monk to write a letter to his bishop complaining about Catholic doctrine. So how come everybody knows Luther and only historians know the other monks?

Simply put, Luther was born at the right time.  Thanks to the fairly new-fangled invention of Gutenberg, the printing press, Luther's writings were able to reach a larger audience.  Similarly, the Church's corruption was well-advertised by those same presses.

In like fashion, Martin Luther King wasn't the first black preacher to get upset at racism.  But due to the factors in effect at the time, from TV to the integration of the US military, he succeeded where others did not.

There's a school of history called "Great Men Theory" which says to learn why things happened we need to study what Great Men did.  But Great Men don't operate in a vacuum.  They are bound by their times and places, and to understand history we need to understand those times and places as well.

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j_cheney
Aug. 22nd, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I have a panel next weekend on the history of the book....and I may have to look up the MArtin Luther thing. Thanks ;o)
houseboatonstyx
Aug. 23rd, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
So, why WAS this the right time for gay rights/marriage?
chris_gerrib
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
No clue.
baron_waste
Aug. 23rd, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Just because you're only hearing the choir doesn't mean the pews are empty.

I don't think your “sea change” theory is correct. (Surprise!) I think you're underestimating the significance of what I call the Hollyork mass media cartels, and the social engineering they're relentlessly bent upon.

http://baron-waste.livejournal.com/1979752.html

http://baron-waste.livejournal.com/2053454.html


The degree to which the radical homosexual agenda is being rammed down America's throats by that propaganda engine, should not be equated with swallowing it willingly. As with every form of PC, racial or sexual, an exclusive New Aristocracy of litigated and propagandized privilege is being created, and with it an as-yet inchoate resentment that I don't think was really much there, before. The new Correct Thought which turns any remark lethal which could possibly be interpreted as (gasp!) “homophobic,” which says that homosexuality is “More Normal than Normal,” believe it or else, is alien and quantitatively wrong, but the “silent majority” just tune out the propaganda and get on with their lives.

The author and columnist Fred Reed pegged it precisely: We have Sovietized ourselves, and public discourse now operates on that same Pravda Principle: What is said, no one believes, and what is believed, no one may say.

Personally, I've had friends I didn't even know WERE gay, because it simply wasn't relevant to the situation. Here and now two of my best friends (maybe three, I'm not sure) are lesbians. Big deal. “Mind your own business” is the principle of America, not Politically Correct Thought. Individuals still count, not collective group-think cadres.


I may be wrong - simple indifference (what you mistake for general approval) may continue to dominate the social complexion like dark matter, and you will continue to hear only the choir. Swell! Easy enough to believe that a millennium has arrived, when only one side is heard.


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p.s. What “radical homosexual agenda”? Oh, you know, the one that killed approximately 300,000 Americans in the name of 'mainstreaming' by shouting down and stopping even the most obvious, common-sense public precautions against AIDS, by propagandizing that it was “everyone's disease” when it very clearly wasn't, that Ronald Reagan was going to put all gays in concentration camps, &c., &c. Too bad about all those horrible, miserable, needless deaths, but omelettes and eggs, you know, and hey, it's for the Greater Good!

“…Even Randy Shilts, who wrote the groundbreaking And the Band Played On, his chronicle of the AIDS epidemic, addressed the issue of the gay community not closing the bathhouses simply out of political correctness - and he, like AIDS activists Michael Callen and Richard Berkowitz, took a lot of flack for it…”

We are the Left. There is a Correct opinion on every subject. You'll be told what that is.

baron_waste
Aug. 23rd, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Erratum


You may remember some years back when the bibulous Senator Ever-Redward Kennedy tried to ride a mass-media-generated shock wave to get a bill passed that would make assault and battery of homosexuals classed as a “hate crime” and punishable as such. Never mind that a & b is already a punishable crime; now the group-identity of the victim would play a direct role in determining the severity of the crime! So much for “equal protection” - some, you see, are more equal than others…

Fortunately there were enough Republicans in the Senate to stop that New Aristocracy-empowering bill - that time. Unfortunately VAWA did get passed (not the “Domestic Violence Act” but “Violence Against Women Act,” which codifies the assumption of men as the aggressors and women as the victims in all cases regardless and excludes men from its provisions though they are supposedly no less citizens and supposedly entitled to equal protection under the law), but that's a different subject.

[There's an entrenched precedent: When last did you hear of a black charged with violating his white victim's civil rights, over and above the assault charge? Yet the reverse is invariably true. Blind Justice now wears merely an eyepatch, thanks to Political Correctness.]


No - when I was growing up, our local librarian was gay, and everyone knew it and no one cared. Ditto our next-door neighbor's son - flaming! So what? MYOB. (Most people are right-handed, but some here and there are left-handed. So?) But I suspect that the more the “We're Queer and We're Here” crowd continue to litigate and militate for special privileges - including making any criticism of their behavior a punishable crime, Second Amendment be damned! - the more resentment I think they're going to generate that simply wasn't there before, and it will express itself in sporadic, targeted violence. [The only ones who really had an axe to grind before were the fundamentalist Christian demagoguery, and they were already in retreat.] As I said - omelettes and eggs: The Revolution demands sacrifice! And the sacrificial victims always happen.



Edited at 2013-08-23 03:51 pm (UTC)
chris_gerrib
Aug. 23rd, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Erratum
Except the gays don't want special privileges - they want the same as everybody else, in this case, marriage.

In this era of Fox News and the Internet, it's hard to argue that the other side isn't being heard. They are - people are just disagreeing with them.
baron_waste
Aug. 23rd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)

Good point - but remember that people will get away with whatever they can, and use what tools come to hand, and if playing the Victim Card™ gets you political power, that's exactly what some folks will always do.

The observation about the Internet is a good point also, but it's atomized, unlike the few square blocks of New York City where all the mainstream media are located and all the decisions are made on what gets broadcast across the nation, what tune the whole TV-hypnotized country will dance to.

As for Fox News, when did you last watch it? Is it being heard by you, then, or by anyone who doesn't already watch it? The mass media cartels have striven relentlessly to portray it as some kind of Fourth Reich Information Ministry; of course they'd be more successful if they were right, but that's beside the point.


Me, I support gay marriage because it solves problems and does no real harm, and indeed, I've yet to hear any rational objection to it. If some clown from Turkey who appears to have had some serious sexual hangups hauled off about it two thousand years ago, so what?

(Even more than how we always, always seem to be “living in the End Times,” as they've been telling us for the last fifteen hundred years now, I have this problem with born-again Christians - what they call the Word of God is usually the word of some follower who may never have even met Jesus of Nazareth. I'll get told something as the “Word of God” that comes from Paul's Letter to the Romans, and I ask them, “When did St Paul become a god?” This throws them. God says plenty in the Bible, if you're looking for Word o' God, and Jesus does too. Don't tell me some evangelist is the “Word of God,” even if Pat Robertson would love to be thought so…)

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