The surest route to insanity is to persist in thinking and believing that life somehow has to make sense. Sense and logic are human constructs. They look nice on places like belt buckles, letterheads and atop the entrances of grand buildings. Applied elsewhere, they look like trying to put a two-speed bicycle transmission on a tsunami or an avalanche. So, if you do not want to go insane, read a Sven Hassel novel since, one way or another, that is how life ends up.
There! I said it. Now that I got that off my chest, maybe I can get my mojo, largely MIA the last couple of days, back.
So, I saw that a lot of malcontents have been giving Wooly Bumblebee aggro and nora-nora because she chose, on her own channel, to continually have an SJW hanger-on as a guest on her streams. Apparently, said malcontents did not get the memo that Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee are more interested in people than in labels, the latter of which they rightly regard as best being applied to soup cans. Then again, maybe they just plain don't care. You see, Macleans (Canada's version of TMZ/People magazine, which has delusions about being Canada's version of Time or Newsweek) has this article which essentially says that the primary purpose of social media outrage is to gin up cyber-street cred for the ones being outraged on social media. In this perspective, it is entirely possible that the malcontents who are whinging on Wooly for continually having an SJW hanger-on be a guest on her streams are just cyber-shouting to signal their doctrinal purity. They have not figured out that trying to live life according to doctrines is like trying to find sense in life. No plan survives the first contact intact. Woe to live on, but those who do live on are usually those who can adapt the quickest and the best to eternally evolving developments and who also happen to have more than a touch of luck.
That is one reason I like history, which can be viewed as scientific observations and explanations of humanity in action. Yes, history is indeed often perverted into ideology, especially for those incurious to read beyond what they are required. However, those who do more than the required reading can discover a lot about human behaviour. Centuries and millennia come and go, but patterns repeat themselves consistently. You see, if those whinging on Wooly for having an SJW hanger-on as a regular on her streams were around in 1813, Europe might look very different today. Abandoned by his (and all of Prussia's) French overlords, General-Field Marshal Yorck von Wartenburg (ancestor of Peter Yorck von Wartenburg, a German officer murdered by the National-Socialists for resisting Hitler) signed the Convention of Tauroggen with the commander of the enemy Russian army, Field Marshal Hans Karl von Diebitsch, removing Prussia from Napoleon's vassalage and beginning the long process of liberating the German lands from the French Empire. GFM Yorck von Wartenburg effected this escape for his army and for his country through directly negotiating with the commander of the enemy forces. Both Prussia and Russia were strengthened as a result of this negotiation and its outcome, which also led to the defeat of the scourge that was Napoleon.
In 1934 and 1935, former Imperial German Army Hauptmann and anti-National Socialist resister Carl Friedrich Goerdeler used his position as Mayor of Leipzig to stop SA (brownshirt) thugs from beating and illegally arresting Jews in that city and to help some Jewish doctors evade race laws banning them from the practice of medicine, things he could never have done had he instead gone the doctrinal route and said "Ach! The National-Socialists are in power! I'll have no truck with them! I won't even be Mayor of Leipzig for them!"
Not quite forty years later, civil rights pioneer Whitney Young walked into the Nixon White House for a meeting with Nixon and his cabinet. Nixon introduced him as "Someone who opposes me." Whitney Young did not go all doctrinal outrage at this introduction. Instead, he just made his presentation--and walked away with a promise from Nixon for more money for his economic integration programmes then JFK and LBJ combined had given.
Things like that tend to happen when you look beyond doctrine and look to see people. Doctrine, like sense and logic, looks nice on paper. Unless you get in at the start and corner the market for outrage in your particular doctrine of choice, however, doctrine is not particularly well-reputed for getting things done. Nixon was able to open the door to China because he looked past Mao's Communist doctrine to point out that America and China had a common enemy in the NKVD. Mao looked past Nixon's democratic and free market doctrine to see that being in talks with America might give the NKVD second thoughts before they rolled their Guards Armies across the massive miles of that long land border.
So. Talk. Negotiation. I guess this is a nice segue to my next topic, which is that of unions, but not really. You see, the reason I want to talk about unions today is that, the other day, I stuck my snout in the following stream hosted by Wooly.
I went off on a tangent and asked an extremely local question about unions. Wooly--and this just shows how, her protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, she is a sweet, kind and well-mannered young lady--took it in stride, not saying one ill word about me sticking in my snout when others would have popped me a new smiley face on these grounds alone.
So, some explanations are necessary from my behalf, to try and make up for my oafishness.
Long story short, in Québec over the past couple of years, there was a commission led by a judge that looked into corruption in the municipal and provincial governments around the handing out of public contracts. This commission was called the Charbonneau Commission. Among the persons interrogated by the Charbonneau Commission were FTQ (the Federation of Workers of Québec) bosses Jocelyn Dupuis and Bernard "Rambo" Gauthier, the latter who threatened to break then-Québec Labour Minister Lise Thériault's legs.
As well, Canadian Union of Public Employees leader Sid Ryan bankrolled social justice jihadist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who did the following in 2012.
That being said, I am still not an enthusiast of right-to-work laws. Employer abuse of employees does indeed happen. Troops returning from the front face discrimination in hiring, and employers threaten National Guardsmen with termination if they do not resign from the Guard, when they are not too busy outright refusing to hire Guardsmen. If employers are willing to do this to returning troops, including National Guardsmen, it is not too difficult to imagine them doing this to other employees. Unions in Québec and Canada are involved with violence, but unions, as a whole, remain necessary as long as employers mistreat employees.
There is another reason why unions matter. They are major investors. If every jurisdiction were to adopt right-to-work laws, billions of dollars of investment capital would disappear from the markets, an outcome few desire.
That being said, unionisation can also, indirectly harm the long-term economic interests of their members. This Economist article on the weakness of Canadian manufacturing (a unionised sector), titled "The New Rustbelt," reports "Canada's high wages are another burden." As well, GM moved some jobs from unionised Canada to right-to-work Michigan. Unions have a mandate to protect their members' interests. Unions are also composed of humans who have neither a functional crystal ball nor a functional TARDIS and who oftentimes cannot fully foresee the outcome of short-term gains.
That is why I say that trying to hold on to the idea that life is supposed to make sense is a Sisyphean path to the padded room.
On perhaps a related note, some Council Estate Dweller gave Armoured Skeptic aggro and nora-nora for deconstructing MGTOWs. This is as nonsensical as all get-out. MGTOWs are symptomatic of what is wrong with a lot of people today. They take something people have been doing for years, slap a fancy-shmancy title on it and then claim to have invented the hottest thing since sliced ka-ka. They have not. Just look at the definition of MGTOW, then look at the "personal life" section of Jonathan Frid's Wikipedia page.