"And then, my lord, I didst see that racist Jordan Peterson on a broom, fly around the tower of the castle thrice. And he didst cause to be placed toads in the stomachs of Javarius and Taniqua that they might not study their lessons for 6 years this day."
I just finished listening to Witch Mania, an excerpt from Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay. I've been feeling that there was a strong resemblance between previous societal manias and our current social justice madness, so I was looking for a book that described how they grew and eventually subsided. Mackay's work discusses the growth, but only mumbles about the dissipation.
Before you think I'm totally insane, dig this tidbit from Seattle's public school system wherein the teachers are instructed that white racism leads to the "spirit murder" of blacks and other people of color. Examples of this are popping up all over the place these days. This isn't rational, it's witch mania.
To further illustrate the point, here's a lengthy excerpt from Mackay's book and then a modern translation of below.
(I)n the early days of “little knowledge” this grand belief became the source of a whole train of superstitions, which, in their turn, became the fount from whence flowed a deluge of blood and horror. Europe, for a period of two centuries and a half, brooded upon the idea, not only that parted spirits walked the earth to meddle in the affairs of men, but that men had power to summon evil spirits to their aid to work woe upon their fellows. An epidemic terror seized upon the nations; no man thought himself secure, either in his person or possessions, from the machinations of the devil and his agents. Every calamity that befell him he attributed to a witch. If a storm arose and blew down his barn, it was witchcraft; if his cattle died of a murrain—if disease fastened upon his limbs, or death entered suddenly and snatched a beloved face from his hearth—they were not visitations of Providence, but the works of some neighbouring hag, whose wretchedness or insanity caused the ignorant to raise their finger and point at her as a witch. The word was upon every body’s tongue. France, Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, and the far north successively ran mad upon this subject, and for a long series of years furnished their tribunals with so many trials for witchcraft, that other crimes were seldom or never spoken of. Thousands upon thousands of unhappy persons fell victims to this cruel and absurd delusion.
These days, this grand belief in the power of whites became the source of a whole train of superstitions, which, in their turn, became the fount from whence flowed a deluge of ruined lives and fear. America broods upon the idea, not only that racism exists, but that whites constantly and even without knowledge of what they are doing, work woe upon people of color. An epidemic terror has seized the nation; no man thinks himself secure, either in his person or possessions, from the machinations of racism. Every calamity that befalls him he attributes to bigotry. If a storm arose and blew down his barn, it was racism*; if his cattle died of a murrain—if disease fastened upon his limbs, or death entered suddenly and snatched a beloved face from his hearth—they were not visitations of Providence, but the works of some neighboring white supremacist, whose slightest utterances or tweets caused the ignorant to raise their finger and point at him, her or xir as a racist. The word is upon every body’s tongue. Universities, the news media and Hollywood successively have run mad upon this subject, and furnish their tribunals with so many trials for racism, that other crimes are seldom or never spoken of. Thousands upon thousands of unhappy persons continue to fall victim to this cruel and absurd delusion.
Mackay discusses how accusations of witchcraft were leveled against political enemies so that they could be tried and killed on the most ridiculous of evidence. Ben Shapiro is a white supremacist? Really?
Mackay gives plenty of examples of people who got paid to find witches, expose them and provide testimony that ended in their execution. That sounds like millionaire racism hunter Robin DiAngelo to me.
The parallels are too numerous to list in a blog post. I'm still left with the problem of figuring out how, when and why this mania will burn out, but in the meantime, there's something we all know. Jordan Peterson practices witchcraft.
|If you disagree and defend Jordan, it only means that you, too, are a witch and must be removed from society.|
* - Or, in this case,
Global Warming Climate Change. Note how the manias blend together.