Book review of a pretty practically conservative guide, SJWs Always Lie, by Vox Day

Vox Day hits a strong triple with this short book describing the “Social Justice Warrior” type of extreme liberal and how to identify and combat them in life and work.

I haven’t done a real book review in a long time, and I’d like to start with this fascinating little book by Vox Day, SJWs Always Lie.  As I note above, this book is a strong triple, just short of a home run in quickly and simply explaining what SJWs are, how they operate and how to deal with an attack from them and keep them out of one’s organizations and institutions.

Mr. Day begins simply, saying that SJWs are “unpaid amateur propagandists” who believe in Narrative above anything else.  This keeps the reader focused when he moves on to examples of their behavior.

In what is the weakest part of the book in Chapters 2 and 4, Mr. Day uses overly complex examples taken from nerd spheres and gets a little too into the weeds with them (like in his discussion of Gamergate in Chapter 4, where video gamers protested gaming journalists being literally in bed with game developers and other ethical/conflict of interest breaches), but soon enough his video game background kicks in and the reader still gets a coherent walkthrough of how SJWs operated in those nerd spheres.

In Chapter 3, Mr. Day provides a breakdown of the eight-step process of SJW attacks (available as a free pdf download, also serves as a great sample of the book) and also of the way SJWs use Codes of Conduct, volunteerism and qualifications over skills to take over organizations. As a housewife, this called to mind a non-nerd example that happened to La Leche League, a grassroots breastfeeding organization started by upper-middle class housewives in the 1970s and which has at the statewide level imploded due to SJW entryism of the very kind described in this little book.

With ten chapters, the book has a lot of good bits once he moves into the realm of corporate and civic life.  The discussion of SJW proofing one’s organization in Chapter 10 is incredibly valuable and worth the very reasonable price by itself.

Along the way to that last chapter, Mr. Day brings up some common roadblocks that conservatives are all too familiar with.  The “moderate” who would rather lose the institution the right way (pun intended) instead of kick SJWs out.  The incredibly fragile reliance on megacorporations and the Establishment (media and academic “experts” with no practical knowledge) as a bottleneck and how taking the risk to be free (or freer) of those entities can preserve a more normal organization or community.

 

I’ve been letting the perfect be the enemy of the “just get it online”, so here this review is, very belatedly.  As we see in America a surge of right-wing populism and possible election of a right-wing populist and as we see the basic idea of an SJW slowly start being defined as “problematic” even among progressives and liberals, I think this little book is an interesting and useful bit of practical description and advice.  A strong triple, due to being a little too inside-baseball and understandably not delving into where the really impossible SJW infestations are: female-specific institutions and organizations.  Perhaps it will be for another to solve the riddle of how us ladies can SJW-proof our spaces and get them back to useful and discrete from male ones.

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7 thoughts on “Book review of a pretty practically conservative guide, SJWs Always Lie, by Vox Day

  1. With women’s groups (especially those for young mothers) the biggest problem is not that a lefty is going to take over your group, but that a flaming nutburger will. New mothers are very vulnerable to maternal extremist peers who push breastfeeding beyond the point where it makes sense, natural childbirth and homebirth enthusiasts, anti-vaxx, attachment parenting–basically anything that is presented as “natural.” And this cuts across political categories–you are likely to find homebirthers both among the very liberal and the very conservative.

    Women’s groups are an especially acute problem because these things (taken too far) can kill mothers and babies.

    There’s a parallel (but much less serious issue) with nuts and HOAs. There’s a high probability that the person who has lots of free time and lots of passion for HOA by-laws is a nut.

    https://captainawkward.com/2016/08/09/891-my-neighbor-has-decided-that-he-is-the-boss-of-me/

    I think, “how to keep your organization on track and performing its mission” is the umbrella issue, but of course that may be too general to be interesting.

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    • I dunno about this, a lot of the ultraconservatives end up turning hard-liberal when you’re talking about irl groups and institutions. And even to some extent online in women’s forums or forums about mothering/female topics.

      And SJW/nut have a ton of overlap, which is something SJWs have come to rely on. “Oh they’re just the regular sort of process-obsessed nut!”

      What Vox Day is writing about is a real phenomenon, but your mention of “nuts” also illustrates that the SJW term is too narrow in scope. But nut and SJW even combined don’t really describe it. I don’t know if there’s a single term that could right now though.

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  2. I’m wondering if this is a weakness (in women’s groups) of age and stage ghettoization. As a more mature mom, I could seriously have been helpful to post-partum me… going nuts because I couldn’t do things perfectly.

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    • hearthie said,

      “I’m wondering if this is a weakness (in women’s groups) of age and stage ghettoization.”

      Yeah. I think that’s a big problem.

      “As a more mature mom, I could seriously have been helpful to post-partum me… going nuts because I couldn’t do things perfectly.”

      But would postpartum you have listened?

      Part of the problem is that official baby care culture changes so dramatically that it’s hard for an older mom who isn’t up on the latest in scary statistics to have credibility in a group of new moms. And this applies especially to grandma.

      Some baby, toddler and homemaking skills are classics, but the conventional wisdom changes very rapidly–for example, are pacifiers good or bad???

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      • Yes. I would have listened to someone 10 years older, or 15. 30? Maybe not. And it’s not necessarily the minutea of caring that I would have imparted to myself, it’s the wisdom of, “Your baby is fed and warm and loved. Stop stressing, you’re doing no one any good.”

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  3. I’ve been reading Vox Day for almost as long as he’s had that blog. And he’s been doing a lot of useful, practical things for conservatives. This is one of them.

    You can disagree with some views a person holds and still think they’re doing good, useful work for your tribe, so to speak.

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