Have you tried being nicer?

Once again I’m going to write about an individual, not so much to lay the boot into him but because he represents a wider phenomenon. A few weeks ago I wrote about a tweet from one Daniel Sugarman, a journalist at the Jewish Chronicle, in which he stood on the still-warm bodies of his murdered co-religionists in order to virtue-signal about Trump. Here’s the tweet in question:

Now here’s a tweet he posted yesterday:

This chap is in his twenties and while he might (for all I know) be a good journalist, there is something not quite right about a grown man who clamours for attention as if he were a teenager on Instagram. The problem is he’s not alone. So many prominent journalists and political commentators spend a good portion of their time signalling to the in-group, which usually takes the form of being rather unpleasant about somebody else. Then five minutes later they’re broadcasting to the world they’re unhappy, inviting people to say nice things about them. Natalia Antonova, Laurie Penny, and Oliver Kamm are three examples of prominent commentators who delight in making vicious, denigrating remarks about people in the process of virtue-signalling, while simultaneously using their platforms to bleat about how awfully they’ve been treated, or how unhappy and depressed they are. Cue a chorus of ultra-supportive comments – which is the entire point of course.

This is not the behaviour of functioning adults. I suspect there have always been people who act like this, but these days such behaviour gets rewarded. Indeed, it almost seems to be a requirement in what passes for modern journalism. It’s amusing that these people believe they hold the blueprint for society’s future; it’s less amusing that people actually listen to them.

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15 thoughts on “Have you tried being nicer?

  1. At the basic psychological level, lefties are discontented and conservatives are contended. Lefties are dissatisfied with the way things naturally are and if given the opportunity they will apply force to make other folk behave in ways that they would ordinarily not chose to do. Lefties are not only disgruntled they are also the “we know what is best for you” type and think that they have the right to tell other people what to do and seem hell bent on bringing dismay into others lifes, they are quite successful in doing this.

    There are quite a few of them on another blog I drink at, they are always judging you, even though they know fuck all about you, telling you how they knew someone like you that ended up topping themselves because of it and they don’t understand why you are this way. Then they bang on about their rights to have some of things that I have, except my job. You get one that makes up total shit and then another one joins in to build on this fabrication and then before you know it they all know what you are really like, your net worth (truly), how it will end, I find it fascinating to watch. They quote news articles and say things like “isn’t this terrifying” or “that’s scary” or “it wasn’t like that” in the good old days. Fucking girls blouses the lot of them, we have never had it so good and the only good thing about the good old days is that they are in the past. Live and let live.

    A Messerschmitt up yer arse is scary.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I was coming over all needy and wanting people to send me nice thoughts this morning but have now decided to grit my teeth and give a convincing impression of a functioning adult.

  3. When I’m feeling down in the dumps I just want to be left alone. The last thing I want is people sending “nice thoughts” when I’m in a mood.

  4. I’m surprised that this still happens. Needy girls were begging for likes on Facebook years ago, but the generation which grew up with social media should have learned to recognise (and avoid) such attention-seeking behaviour.

  5. Having the ability to be self critical and having some sense of decorum seems sadly lacking in many nowadays with the above journos just the tip of the iceberg.

  6. “A Messerschmitt up yer arse is scary.”

    Ah, the late great Keith Miller.

    The actual quote being his response to a question about the pressure of playing cricket: ‘I’ll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not.’

  7. What’s interesting is not that such narcissists exist; most of us know 13 year-olds, after all. The important point here is that such journos believe they are sufficiently wise as to tell us what to think. If we all thought like them, then we’d all go around “feeling a bit rubbish”.

    I guess they perform a useful function, in that we now know how not to think and behave.

  8. The aspiration to become a functioning, self reliant and independent minded adult is no longer present in the culture nor the schools.

  9. “There are quite a few of them on another blog I drink at, they are always judging you”.

    This is either the most self-unaware statement or the best trolling on the internet this week.

    I genuinely can’t work out which.

  10. Look at his Twitter page, there’s this long nauseating section where he’s interacting with people on some app called curiouscat.me, and he’s answering questions they ask — here’s one exchange:

    Do you have any idea how much people admire you for your bravery, your passion and your good humour? — That’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂 thank you – it really means a lot to hear that.

    The days of the tough, hard-boiled newspaperman are long gone. It’s all quivering neurotics and political operatives these days.

  11. The REALLY scary thing is that they are allowed to vote and their vote carries the same weight as yours.

  12. @Phil

    In today’s world it seems that the democratic political system is the elites chosen one, probably because it provides the illusion of choice for the people and also provides for the elite to maintain control. The biggest mirage in the democratic system is people think that their elected politicians, their parties and their leaders are governing which they are not. Politicians are mere front men for the decision makers.

    Communism was once their preferred choice although they have changed tact and dropped the previous totalitarian approach in favour of a democracy infiltrated with cancerous liberalism. This appear to be far more appealing to everyone and is now working very well, spreading and gaining massive momentum.

    The much maligned fascist system and let’s say benign dictators when analysed on the facts alone is probably the best of a bad bunch. Germany in the thirties and taking into account were it was at politically, economically and culturally was one of the best political systems ever, not forgetting that the murderous and western backed red hordes were on the border. If you look at the political system in present day China this by any measure is also a very effective system as well. I won’t say they are the same but the Chinese systems today has a lot of commonalities with the German system of the thirties.

    Having said all that each of the above political systems at the highest level are the same in that they force people to act for the collective eg pay taxes, the differences between the systems are mainly cosmetic. The citizens are always slaves and will never have access to natural law and justice. They are all forms of a feudal system and therefore fasces*.

    If anything, we are now hurtling hard and fast towards a democratic, communist model which is termed “new feudalism”, which judging by the status and inertia is where I think that they are going to take us next.

    The other trick that they play on us is to encourage us to discuss which system of government is the best, when in fact the only true and proper system is natural justice ie no permanent state and no need for one.



    Fasces (English: /ˈfæsiːz/, Latin: [ˈfa.skeːs]; a plurale tantum, from the Latin word fascis, meaning “bundle”;[1] Italian: fascio littorio) is a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe with its blade emerging. The fasces had its origin in the Etruscan civilization and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate’s power and jurisdiction. The axe originally associated with the symbol, the Labrys (Greek: λάβρυς, lábrys) the double-bitted axe, originally from Crete, is one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization. To the Romans, it was known as a bipennis.[2] Commonly, the symbol was associated with female deities, from prehistoric through historic times.[citation needed]

    The image has survived in the modern world as a representation of magisterial or collective power, law and governance. The fasces frequently occurs as a charge in heraldry: it is present on the reverse of the U.S. Mercury dime coin and behind the podium in the United States House of Representatives; and it was the origin of the name of the National Fascist Party in Italy (from which the term fascism is derived).

    During the first half of the 20th century both the fasces and the swastika (each symbol having its own unique ancient religious and mythological associations) became heavily identified with the authoritarian/fascist political movements of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. During this period the swastika became deeply stigmatized, but the fasces did not undergo a similar process.

    The fact that the fasces remained in use in many societies after World War II may have been due to the fact that prior to Mussolini the fasces had already been adopted and incorporated within the governmental iconography of many governments outside Italy. As such, its use persists as an accepted form of governmental and other iconography in various contexts. (The swastika remains in common usage in parts of Asia for religious purposes which are also unrelated to early 20th century European fascism.)


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