As a cis-het relatively healthy white male person in a stable financial position, I’m getting worried. Who can I victimize next? We’ve trampled on the rights of people of other races, lord knows if you get sick you are fucked, The Gays are mocked and abused, we are definitely punishing the poor for being poor, and we’re deep into our campaign to humiliate and torture trans people.
But…once we’ve achieved our goals and completed The Cis Agenda, what are we to do? Who’s the next group (who isn’t us, obviously) we can beat down and abuse to make ourselves feel good about ourselves? I feel like we’ve reached the final frontier, the end of history. “When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” Or perhaps more appropriately, what do schoolyard bullies do when they’ve beaten up all the smaller kids at the playground?
Are you feeling some pity for the privileged cis folk yet?
Rich Woods says
Go back to the first one and start all over again.
Well… there’s always the Irish…
PZ Myers says
Canadians! That’s it, we can start picking on Canadians!
That is a tough one.
The hates of the fundie xians/GOP are many. They include women, children, gays, trans, nonwhites, nonxians, atheists, scientists, and the educated.
If you add them up, they are most of the population.
The latest targets are…health care workers. A large number of fundie xians are now claiming that the hospitals murder their patients for money. Anthony Fauci, the long serving head of one section of the NIH, is routinely accused of crimes against humanity such as helping the Chinese to invent the Covid-19 virus.
Bingo!!! We have a winner here. For now, it is going to be health care workers; doctors, nurses, EMTs, the medical assistants, custodial staff, etc..
These claims that hospitals are killing people for the money are pervasive and widespread on social media.
.1. The corollary is they also tell people to stay out of those murder factories known as hospitals. Some of them do so. They also die from doing so.
In my local area, some days between 1/4 and 1/2 of all Covid-19 virus deaths occur at home.
.2. The other corollary is that attacks against health care workers are common. In some places it can be multiple times a day from patients and/or patient families. They get yelled at, people file murder accusations with the police, threaten them with lawsuits, assault them, dox them, and so on.
Careful, the last time we took on the Canadians , they burnt the White House.
Susan Montgomery says
@3. BLAME CANADA!
Unironically this is exactly why fascism is a death cult. It is all about circumscribing the body politic tighter and tighter to get the “pure” “demos” but there is no objective material lower limit on purity. They will find more ans more and more things, they are already at the point of going after ideological enemies, so don’t worry PZ you already have our good company in the oven lines. Personally I think they go after catholics next, they are already working on pre modern diseases why not schisms.
Maybe we should take some Canadian advice and go after the Swiss?
PZ Myers says
I don’t know. Swiss pikemen were kind of scary, and don’t mention their halberdiers!
Ever read David Brin’s Earth novel? Would highly reccommend.
Thinking of fighting the Swiss in the future and a logical reason why that might be..
You could always roll back wheelchair access and put inhalers on the Class A list.
Texas rolled back wheelchair access long ago. As soon as Abbott was elected, he cut off the funds that would give wheelchair access to the state capitol building. Of course, he has wheelchair access using his private entrance.
Who can I victimize next?
Baristas. Your espresso hasn’t the right amount of froth? It’s the barista’s fault. Wrong amount (too little or too much) chocolate sprinkled on your cappuccino? It’s the barista’s fault. Poor selection of beers? It’s the barista’s fault. All the tables are taken? It’s the barista’s fault. The café is closed? It’s the barista’s fault. Or — today’s actual problem — the café had no vin rouge? In France! It’s the barista’s fault.
(Just in case it’s not clear, I’m not serious, it’s very much not the barista’s fault. Not even having no vin rouge (that really did happen today).)
Bu if all the world picks on Canadians, then Canadians are left to pick on, say, Manitobans, and manitobans pick on Winnipwgers, and Winnipegers pick on …
See: The Fractal theory of Canada.
chigau (違う) says
All Canadians hate Toronto.
Tabby Lavalamp says
You say jokingly, but Americans were major funders of the plague rat convoy and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to hear talk about sending in US troops to “liberate” us from our centre right… sorry, “communist” government.
As usual, I am late to the party, but PZ, you were so close at guessing who’s next. It’s going to be fracturing, schism, and internal fighting. Trump is already pointing the way with his disownment of Mo Brooks.