Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee have introduced a new pro-Freedom Blog, Problematic People, aimed at being a beacon of resistance against the social justice jihadists. What sets Problematic People, and Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee and the rest of the SSTers apart from the legions of other intar-webs anti-social jihiadist groups is that they do not behave like the social justice jihadists. They do not impose the stark, Manichean choices of "Either you blindly obey us or we will shun you as being social justice jihadists" on people they associate with. They accept that there are differences, and they view these differences as an opportunity for growth as opposed to alarm bells to set lower sphincters to what Torq would call "Materials Condition Zulu," and start blocking people like Cameron Bell blocks Septic FC shots.
Mr. Bumblebee wrote a nice introduction to Problematic People, then had some bawbag with pretensions of being the next Eli Cross or Fred Reed (but who falls embarrassingly short of being in the same literary and skill/class galaxy as these two esteemed maestro wordsmiths) write the inaugural piece, which shows how truly kind Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee are in real life, as opposed to their monologue/stream video personas.
However, even as deplorable and wretched an individual as John C. Calhoun had one moment of sense/decency/clarity when he joined Henry Clay in rejecting Louis Kossuth's plea for American intervention in Hungary in 1848. So it is with the bawbag mentioned in the preceeding paragraph. Specifically, said Eli Cross/Fred Reed-wannabe bawbag pointed out that the Bumblebees view differences as "bridges instead of moats," and also contrasted the Bumblebees' approach with those of the social justice jihadists, anti-social justice jihadist groups in general and the boyosphere in particular, pointing out that in their absolutist Stakhanovite Janus-faced worldview, the latter three groups resemble the "coked-up," paranoiac 1%er motorcycle clubs who warred across North America in the 1970's and 1980's (from circa 1974 to -circa 1987, to be precise.) This comparison of the social justice jihadists, anti-social justice jihadist groups in general and the boyosphere in particular to 1%ers is valid, as a comparison of their Intar-Webs behaviour with published records of the 1%er wars in question quite rapidly reveals.
As regards the fact that the Bumblebees and SSTers view differences as bridges instead of moats, there are historical precedents for this view, and for the success of people who hold this view.
The first such precedent is Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, and a woman who, without a nanolitre of support from feminism, became a kingmaker within the Republican Party. Now, the usual third wave social justice jihadists will levy the usual criticism against Alice Roosevelt Longworth being an example worth emulating of a woman who rose to the top without being a feminist. They will say that she, like Evangeline Land Lindbergh (wife of the congressman, mother of the Medal of Honour-winning aviation pioneer and General) and Gina Rinehart, "was born into privilege and thus does not represent real women." Yes, these three women were not born paupers. However, their name and connections were only good enough to get them through the door. Their name and connections were insufficient to keep them in position, during in era when, in the cases of Alice Longworth Roosevelt and Evangeline Land Lindbergh, it was extremely unusual for women to be power-brokers. Had Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Evangeline Land Lindbergh and Gina Rinehart not possessed character and skill, they would have soon been marginalised off to the sidelines as tokens and window dressing. The fact that they remained in position is a supreme testimony to their determination and their ability to learn and adapt in a hostile environment, which makes them far more worthy of admiration than professional pity profiteers like Andrea Dworkin, Gloria Steinem, Sarkeesian/Full McIntosh, Briana Wu, Zoe Quinn, Emma Watson and Soo-E Park.
Now, about Alice Roosevelt Longworth seeing differences as bridges instead of moats, she was a conservative Republican and a staunch supporter of her father against William Howard Taft. She was mature and level-headed enough to, decades later, support William Howard Taft's far more-gifted son Robert A. Taft in his legislation and his bid for the Presidency. She supported Robert A. Taft despite having hated his father because she saw that the son's brand of conservatism was what America needed in an era when Democrats wanted to continue Wilsonian expansionism.
At the same time, much like the Bumblebees, Alice Roosevelt Longworth did not automatically accept that nonsense of popular figures simply because they shared a political ideology and party. When the boorish Roman Catholic Senator Joe McCarthy, self-proclaimed "anti-Communist leader" (who, for some reason, never said anything about the IRA's open Marxism and fighting alongside Stalin during the Spanish Civil War), said "Here is my date Alice!" at a reception, Alice Roosevelt Longworth coldly told him "Senator, my garbageman calls me 'Alice.' You may not!" She later said in private that McCarthy, who she agreed with ideologically, was a "cheap drunk." As a conservative, she also opposed Barry Goldwater in 1964, saying that LBJ was better for the country.
As a conservative, Alice Roosevelt Longworth also had extremely cordial personal and working relationships with progressives Senator William Borah and President John L. Lewis of the United Mine Workers of America (and, later, the Congress of Industrial Organisations.) She was the unofficial Colonel of Senator Borah's anti-expansionist "Battalion of Death" after 1918 and she campaigned for his ill-fated 1936 Presidential candidacy. And while she did campaign for Senator Robert A. Taft's 1948 Presidential bid, she also gave moral support to John L. Lewis when he was cross-examined by Taft in the Senate in 1947. Her character was such that, even though they were on opposing sides in 1947 over John L. Lewis, Robert. A Taft still respected Alice Longworth Roosevelt.
And finally, while she despised showboaters like Joe McCarthy and had no faith in or love for Barry Goldwater, Alice Roosevelt Longworth had a genuine fondness for Vice-President, and later President, Richard Nixon, being a supporter and friend of his from his Vice-Presidency to her death. Nor was this merely a question of personal affiliation. Unlike her brother Archie, Alice Roosevelt Longworth was a strong advocate of desegregation. While he is mostly, and with some justification, remembered today for Watergate and his enemies list, President Nixon did more to accomplish desegregation than did his three predecessors. This accomplishment, on its face, looks like a complete volte-face from Nixon's "Southern strategy." In reality, it shows that Nixon, although he was a conservative, did like Alice Roosevelt Longworth did (and like the Bumblebees do) and abstained from rigidly, blindly and unquestionably giving Stakhanovite/Kadaverghorsamkeit obedience to dogma and doctrine. If one hears who Nixon describes as the latter two of "three greatest politicians of this century" at 1.34 in the interview with Pat Buchanan below, one sees that this was a man who, in the precise manner of his mentor Alice Roosevelt Longworth and of the Bumblebees, refused to have the entirety of his existence life defined by the dogma and doctrines to which he subscribed.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth died in 1980. There is a prominent living person who also refuses to let whatever dogmas and doctrines he holds dictate the entirety of his existence, recent Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb. Webb graduated from Annapolis and went to Vietnam, where he commanded a Marine platoon and then a company, winning the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross (equivalent to the Pour le Mérite.) After DEROS, he successfully became a lawyer in a hostile, anti-Veteran campus, served as Republican President Ronald Reagan's SECNAV, wrote several fiction and non-fiction books, reported from hotspots such as the Middle East, and opposed both Desert Storm and Paul Wolfowitz's wars. His strong feelings on the latter caused him to run for Senate as a Democrat in 2006, a move which earned him praise from Pat Buchanan's The American Conservative, which, like Jim Webb, Alice Roosevelt Longworth and the Bumblebees--and in complete contrast to the social justice jihadists, many anti-social justice jihadist groups, the boyosphere and 1%er MC's--emphasises "ideas over ideology, principles over party."
If one looks at Jim Webb's recent non-fictional works, one sees why he, although a Democrat these years, had the endorsement of a publication which holds the philosophy held by The American Conservative. As far as hobbyist wars are concerned, he, like General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, General Theodore Roosevelt, Colonel Archie Roosevelt and then-Colonel Charles Lindbergh, Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Robert A. Taft before him, strongly opposes them. This is not a surprise. Jim Webb has a Purple Heart. Paul Wolfowitz and Sheldon Adelson do not, and neither do the vast majority of the National Endowment for Democracy war-loving mafia. Other instances of Webb defying dogma that emerge from A Time To Fight include
-his assisting John L. Lewis' United Mine Workers in their 1989 strike despite still being a Republican
-his opposition to a proposed Virginia ban on gay marriage in 2006 despite his being a Christian who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.
-his condemnation of his then-own party (the Democrats) for preferring to fight the culture wars instead of seeing to the needs of American workers left unemployed and underemployed by the alphabet soup of free trade agreements, a position he shares with undisputed conservative Pat Buchanan
-his championing of the middle class against the 1%.
These positions make it hard for dogmatists and party purists to pigeonhole Jim Webb. They are, however, entirely consistent with earlier episodes in his life as recounted in I Heard My Country Calling. Upon DEROS, Webb enterted Georgetown Law School, a prestigious law school from which he could essentially write his own ticket to Cromwell and Sullivan, martini lunches and daily bouts of fornication with female paralegals and junior associates in the copy room. Instead, he took on the case of wrongly-convicted Black Marine Private Samuel Greene and won for this client a posthumous vindication in the form of an upgrade to "Honourable Discharge" (Private Green, despondent, had killed himself.) Webb, in the 1976 Presidential election, condemned Jimmy Carter's amnesty for draft-dodgers like Paul Wolfowitz, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Perle, Michael Ledeen and Douglas Feith, then abandoned the billable hours, martini and fornication lifestyle of Cromwell and Sullivan to become a writer.
These instances show someone who has an understanding of real life and who has an interest in trying to solve real life, real world problems instead of trying to hammer real life and real world problems into something that is consistent with dogma and doctrine.
Sadly, Jim Webb did not receive enough votes to continue his candidacy for President this year. This suggests that there is no electoral market for statesmen like Webb (or for Alexander Hamilton or for Otto Graf von Bismarck, for that matter.)
However, we live in democracies. Our national leaders, though powerful, do not control every aspect of our lives. They do not dictate our every thought. They are not supposed to. We still enjoy the freedom to be individuals, to exchange ideas and to let our ideas serve as bridges rather than as moats, as did Alice Roosevelt Longworth and as does Jim Webb. An excellent place to see precisely this at work is Mr. and Wooly Bumblebee's Problematic People.