There’s this old saying, when people show you who they are, believe them. These are a bunch of people who participate in the government orchestrated protest against the AfD in Germany. If you look at this, you immediately understand what you’re dealing with at an intuitive level, the harder part is finding the proper words for it.
I think the best way to describe it, is that these are the sort of people whose parents were too successful at sheltering them from the harsh realities of life. And they’re kind of self-aware about this. They like to show it off. It’s like the AfD is saying “we have a problem” and these people respond by smugly sticking their fingers in their ears and saying: “Haha, I can’t hear you, racist.” They have the privilege of not having become bitter by experiencing the real world and they enjoy rubbing it in your face.
If you realize this, then you also realize some other stuff. Why is the AfD polling so well in the former DDR? Because that’s where people lived through the reality of life. What is the reality of life? Not knowing if you’re really your father’s son, because you were born in 1946, just after the Bolshevik horde went around raping girls.
I know people like to say the left consists of cruel psychopaths. I’m sure you’ll find some among their ranks, Gavin Newsom in California scares the hell out of me. But you recognize the dark triad types on the far left. They look like this:
But these are not the dark triad types. These are their prey. These are the people who are taught that if they were “born in the wrong body” their vagina can be turned into a real penis by a surgeon, or vice versa. And they believe it. And there’s exactly nobody who protects them.
The people who scare me most are not the reptile-eyed psychopaths. It’s the average people, whose empathy is mostly just a product of their context. I can’t emphasize this enough. The reason most people are kind, is not because they’re good people. It’s because they exist in a cultural context where kind behavior is the path of least resistance, that gets you furthest in life. If you’ve lived in Auschwitz, you’ll always find yourself asking: “How would this person have behaved in Auschwitz?”
The people you see here basically don’t have a functioning amygdala. They’re not capable of recognizing a threat. The reason the same low IQ low status white males who worry about the number of brown people entering their country worry about the imminent collapse of the dollar, a solar flare destroying the electric grid or Klaus Schwab sterilizing them through a vaccine, is because these people have a functional amygdala. Their brain looks for threats.
The people you see here, are like a chihuahua that doesn’t have the concept of a “mean dog” in its brain yet. The dog learned that the way you deal with bigger dogs than you is by wagging your tail, laying on your back and waiting until they’re done sniffing you. And that works, until you meet a pit bull. These people have never met the pit bull.