Originally posted to Facebook Notes
I was just commenting on someone else’s link about how I got involved with countering extremist activism. I don’t like activism. I’ve generally thought most activists are a bunch of whack jobs with marginalized ideas otherwise they wouldn’t need to make tons of noise to get them accepted. Sure, public dissent has lead to a great many positive changes, but I mark a difference in my mind between someone who dissents for a reason and someone who is – for lack of a better way to put it – an activist by trade.
There just seem to be some folks out there who either have completely unacceptable ideals they are demonstrating on behalf of, or who just simply like to complain and protest. I generally focus my attentions on the former because, over the years I’ve seen some rather insidious tactics being used by these groups to try to get their ‘beliefs’ into the main-stream culture. The worst of which is hiding their true purpose by only telling half-the-story or by clinging to the widely accepted portions of what constitutes their full agenda.
Euphemisms, sensationalism, celebrity endorsements and all sorts of other ‘strategies’ are utilized in a well-conceived scheme of illusion to push forward radical ideas that most people wouldn’t accept. But since I find ‘activism’ itself inane, I wasn’t about to go in a full out counter protest. Yes, I do show up on occasion at such side-shows well prepared with ‘the other side’ and whatever facts and I can bring along, but I’m not really looking to go waving a sign and marching to Washington or Lansing or whatever else.
Since I conceived the big problem was the obfuscation of the real motives of these groups, and since it occurred to me that many other people ‘tune out’ as soon as any substantive debate on the ‘real’ issues turns into a shouting match, I conceived of my ‘Ant-activist’ approach. Some of the folks pushing these extreme ideas have been doing it a long time. They get off on making asses of themselves to get attention. I don’t – so as long as they are drawing attention on their antics, what a better opportunity to shed light on their full desired purpose?
Speak against them and it turns into white noise. But speak on their behalf and how can they possibly refute you? Just don’t mince words! Don’t play their euphemistic shell game!
I’ve had more damn fun on many an occasion putting on a smile and standing amongst a group of socialists, animal “rights” activists, environmental extremists or other such groups speaking their message – their full message – with no reservations!
When you don’t soft-sell extreme ideas, they are not palatable and it really knocks the wind out of the sails of the people trying to ‘sell’ them to people who otherwise wouldn’t want them if they really knew what they were getting. The first time you do it, you feel like crap for saying the things you hate – when you start to get ‘good’ at it (too good) it starts to really become enjoyable!