Bulverism, Cant, Obfuscatory Nonsense & "Point and Shriek"
Steve Sailer, quoting Wikipedia, defines a term "coined by C. S. Lewis to poke fun at a very serious error in thinking" that "assumes a speaker’s argument is invalid or false and then explains why the speaker came to make that mistake, attacking the speaker or the speaker’s motive" — Bulverism. A Sailerian example:
- I get this all the time: What kind of horrible character flaw must have motivated me to have learned so many quantitative facts and have thought so logically about the topic that everybody agrees is important: diversity?
- Practically anything you read or hear about racism, sexism, and homophobia is cant. The most punctilious anti-racists flee like rats from black neighborhoods; the dearth of female mathematicians, in an age when women form an actual majority of college students, is widely understood to be a matter of female preferences, not discrimination; and sensible parents do not leave their kids alone with sexually eccentric adults. Yet the cant goes on.
- Modern leftists—since they’re brainwashed zombies who’d rather eat a bullet than possibly admit that they’re wrong—dismiss all talk of “white genocide” as paranoid conspiracy-mongering by “racists,” an odious breed of exclusively white people who obviously need to be exterminated by all means necessary. While openly applauding the notion that whites are a “dying breed,” they will gaslight the living hell out of anyone who dares to notice that whites are a dying breed.
- [T]hey’ll almost never engage with us on detail, preferring simply to use what Vox Day calls “point and shriek” tactics, or to try to belittle and demean us with emotive (but meaningless) pejoratives like “racist”, “homophobe”, “misogynist”, “Islamophobe”, “climate change denier.”
- People on the liberal-left are just like us, really, only slightly less evolved. Their brains are stuck in that stage of evolution just before ours – the hunter-gatherer stage when we were all roaming the plains and were programmed to respond in the most basic way to our most primal instincts.