Saying goodbye to our favorite anti-Village gadfly

Posted: 08/10/2015 in Screwed
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Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times wrote a moving article about Jon Stewart’s final Daily News episode.  But nothing says “Bye Jon” like Stewart’s final rant.

Bullshit is everywhere. 

There is very little you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullshit– not all of it bad.  General day-to-day free range is often necessary, or at least innocuous: “Oh, what a beautiful baby.  I’m sure he’ll grow into that head.” That kind of bullshit in many ways provides important social contracts fertilizers and keeps people from making each other cry all day.

But then there’s the more pernicious bullshit, your premeditated institutional bullshit designed to obscure and distract.  Designed by whom?  The bullshit talkers.

Comes in three basic flavors, one, making bad things sound like good things: “Organic all-natural cupcakes.”  Because “factory made sugar oatmeal balls” doesn’t sell.  “Patriot Act”, because “are you scared enough to let me look at all your phone records Act”, doesn’t sell.  Whenever something is titled freedom, fairness, family, health, and America, take a good long sniff.  Chances are it’s been manufactured in a facilitate that may contain traces of bullshit.

Number two, the second way, hiding the bad things under mountains of bullshit.  Complexity– “you know, I would love to download Drizzy’s latest Meek mill diss.”  [Everyone promised me that that made sense.] “But I’m not really interested right now in reading Tolstoy’s iTunes agreement, so i’ll just click ‘agree’ even if it grants Apple prima noctae with my spouse.”

Here’s another one– simply put, simply put, banks shouldn’t be able to bet your pension money on red.  Bullshitly put, it’s– hey, this.  [Hauls out a ton of paper.]  Dodd-frank.  Hey, a handful of billionaires can’t buy our elections, right?  Of course not, they can only pour unlimited anonymous cash into 501-c6 and 527 unless they’re gonna be doing 50% issue education at–I think they’re asleep now. We can sneak out.”

And finally– finally, it’s the Bullshit of infinite possibility.  These bullshitters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry.  We can’t do anything because we don’t yet know everything.  We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage sex won’t cause our children to marry goats who are going to come for our guns.

Now, the good news is this– bullshitters have gotten pretty lazy, and their work is easily detected.  And looking for it is a pleasant way to pass the time, like an “I spy” of bullshit.  I say to you tonight friends the best defense against bullshit is vigilance.

So if you smell something, say something.

JS1

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