The NPC meme at work

Speaking of White supremacist clowns I was reading Kenaz Filan’s dismantling of Cyndi Brannen’s article on White advantage within contemporary Witchcraft traditions when I got bored and decided to see what’s been going on at Patheos Pagan since I haven’t bothered visiting in a while. And boy was there a lot of stuff advocating segregation and treating people differently based on race and political affiliation; stuff on collective guilt, blood debt and quotas; bizarre conspiracy theories and paranoid thinking, as well as a generally paternalistic and condescending tone taken towards minorities. (Examples of which can be found here, here, here, here, and here – and that’s all within the last month or so, as I got nauseous reading this shit and didn’t bother digging any deeper.) I mean it’s all dressed up in acceptable leftist icing and the buzzwords du jour but the core ideas (and much of the language, in the more explicit of the bunch) within these Patheos articles are the same as you’d find on 4chan, reddit, Breitbart or the Daily Stormer. I know there’s the whole horseshoe theory to account for this, but it’s quite something to see it with your own eyes. We really do need to be wary of infiltration from radical, hate-filled identitarians who would steal our symbols and traditions and twist them out of true – whether they are wearing Hugo Boss or Birkenstocks and balaklavas.  


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  1. Gee, I learned words for what I was seeing. I have always thought that the left and right were mirrors of each other. That the people who are raging on about Obama are reflected in the people who are raging about Trump.

    There are nuances in these things that people do not want to see. Everything has to be divided into black and white, instead of grey. I wonder if people in Paganism actually gave up the idea of the vast spiritual battle field between good and evil.

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  2. I hate to say it, but the Horseshoe Theory is optimistic. In my experience, it’s a circle. One of the reason that the Old Nazis won that election is that there was enough platform on both sides of the aisle that people could rationalize holding their nose and voting for “moderates”. Obviously, the Original Nazis were extremists, but when people only conceive of politics as a single line or even a horseshoe it’s easy to blind them to the wraparound that extremism really is. Applied Marxism has invariably gone the same way, despite being considered “liberal”.

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  3. What I have gathered from Patheos Pagan, at least after the ownership change, is the emphasis on clicks and multiple short pieces. Political articles seem to fit both. Religious articles are there but they are more of how to do something, rather than on religious theology. I am not sure if people there actually are into religious theology.

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  4. When I saw “NPC”, my first thought was “Oh! A post about RPGs!” Nope. I was wrong.

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