Friday, August 18, 2017
Book Review: 'SJWs Always Lie' by Vox Day
SJW's infiltrated the gaming industry, an odd corner of the business universe of the social universe that few of us pay attention to. As Vox Day says, gamers got no respect either from the left or the right. People look at gaming as pretty much a waste of time, an exercise for losers, and discount the fact that there are serious people in the business, doing serious things and making serious money.
Vox Day is one of them. In this tight little world, he enjoys high standing.
This is a personal story, told with passion. It is well-organized – told in a series of lists and bullet points. The beauty of the book is as much in the language as anything else. Vox Day is articulate, incisive, and as his critics will say venomous with great effect. His visceral hate of all the social justice nonsense comes through on every paragraph.
Vox Day starts takes the existence of social justice warriors as a given. There is a long history he does not investigate. It goes back by my recollection to the Herbert Marcuse's in the Frankfurt school, the campus radicals of the free speech movement, the political correctness of the 80s and 90s, and it culminates today with the social justice warriors. The premises are the same, and the illogic is the same.
Vox Day quotes some historical sources going back to Aristotle and some modern sources such as Theodore Dalrymple writing about communists, Roosh V who writes and blogs in the manosphere, John Derbyshire and Nicholas Nassim Taleb. But his story is not really what makes a social justice warrior – he'll leave that for somebody else – but how to fight them when they infest an organization you are associated with and threaten to bring the organization's progress to a halt and to end the association of you, the unsuspecting white male, the fair-minded white male, with the organization. Get you fired or ejected.
An extremely valuable book. It succinctly describes a major social issue and concrete steps to deal with it. Five Stars. That ends a short review. I offer chapter summaries as comments.
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