In the aftermath of the Parkland School shootings in Florida in February 2018 a handful of student activists emerged calling for gun control. One was David Hogg who looked like something from The Man in the High Castle. Then there was the chick who spoke at rallies with a Cuban flag patch on the shoulder of her jacket. On the other side was a teenager called Kyle Kashuv who departed from his fellow activists by backing the second amendment. He was a conservative, in other words. From what I can remember a few prominent folk on the alt-right tried to co-opt him, but then he sort of fell under the wing of Ben Shapiro. Or he was trying to emulate Shapiro and was taking advice from him, I’m not sure.
Anyway, Harvard University for some reason offered places to Hogg and Kashuv, and I doubt this was on raw academic ability. However, yesterday a story broke that Kashuv’s invitation had been rescinded by Harvard because private documents had emerged (meaning, they were stolen and distributed for political purposes) from when he was 16 and used a racist word which you hear a lot in rap music. Kashuv has posted the details on Twitter, and it appears he apologised and tried to cooperate, and then he tried begging, but to no avail. Those calling themselves conservatives are now running around decrying Harvard for being harsh on the lad, with Ben Shapiro leading the charge. They are all citing variations of “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, and issuing dark warnings of a world in which there is no forgiveness. And of course, they’re all denouncing his use of words in the original document.
This offers up two good examples of why the right are destined to keep losing. If this was a 35 year old lefty who’d made horrific and obscene remarks about Jews or white people on live TV last night, the airwaves and social media would be full of people putting the remarks “into context”, excusing them, and downplaying them, while everyone else on the left – crucially – shuts the f*** up. I don’t say this in order to make the pointless charge of hypocrisy, I simply show that this is the difference between those who want to win and those whose priority is to be considered decent people by those who hate them. If the right intended to win it would come out and say, “So what?” They’re called racist anyway, so what have they got to lose?
But more importantly, it looks to me like Kashuv’s rejection was set up in such a way as to achieve maximum humiliation. Kashuv has made the same mistake as Julia Hartley-Brewer and Jordan Peterson that Milo identified and I wrote about here. Harvard doesn’t care what Kashuv wrote in high school, but those pulling the strings care very much he didn’t toe the line when he was supposed to and so have singled him out for defenestration. Whether they like it or not, Kashuv, Peterson, and others are dissidents in the eyes of what remains of the moderate left and Waffen SS officers according to everyone else. They need to wake up and understand that they cannot occupy the turf they’ve chosen and expect to participate in a society run by their sworn enemies. The right needs to accept the institutions are lost and start building some of their own with the only rule being if you’re a lefty you don’t get in. But they can’t do that because people like Shapiro are too busy feathering their own nests and punching right to make sure they don’t get outflanked by some real conservatives who couldn’t care less what Kashuv wrote when he was 16. Above all, the right needs to start behaving more like dissidents in the Soviet Union and less like a school prefect who’s been caught smoking behind the squash courts and is worried he’ll lose his privileges. And that means poking lefty in the eye at every opportunity, doubling down, tearing up the rule book, and refusing to apologise even if caught red-handed. It’s not like we don’t have a rather prominent example of how this works in the White House, is it?