Defining Our Terms: Peace and Freedom

Brian Burns / November 16,2022

A simple question: Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tulsi Gabbard, Candace Owens, Donald Trump, Jordan Peterson, Russell Brand, Nick Fuentes, Belarus, North Korea, Nicaragua, Syria — does this list embody the alliance for peace and freedom today? If it does, then I oppose peace and freedom with every fiber of my being, and wish to go to my grave as the most consistent and vehement opponent of peace and freedom that you could possibly imagine. For in this new world of language, peace means pacification of populations to appease dictators, and freedom means license to demand whatever one likes from one’s neighbors, and to force them at gunpoint or bomb blast to obey one’s demands. 

The grassroots of the American Republican Party, elected and unelected, along with its global alt-right wrecking crew, has all but declared itself the party of Putin’s global outreach, from Trump’s open support for and acquiescence to his master and hero Uncle Vlad while president, to the continuing moral and rhetorical (and soon financial and political) support for Putin’s unjustifiable war of aggression in Ukraine coming from Trump’s monkeys in the “conservative media” and the newly elected Republican House of Representatives.

And then there are all the cowards desperate for fame, acceptance, or “influence” (i.e., mindless followers) who have allowed their own reason, such as it was, to be occupied by Putin’s forces (including those listed in my opening question), from whom we get hemming and hawing, as though the issue were unclear. Elon Musk needs the alt-right for his Twitter investment, so he pulls back on his early support for Ukraine and calls for a “peace plan” that amounts to abject Ukrainian surrender. Kevin McCarthy needs Marjorie Taylor Greene’s support for Speaker of the House, so he quietly echoes her “Zelenskyy is the enemy” ranting points. For such worms, including the millions unknown and unworthy of being known who have simply leased out their souls to whatever they currently regard as the zeitgeist of the Trump cult, to which they belong and from which their hearts will never, never escape, there is a special place in hell. They will all be warm and cozy there together, to be sure, which after all is the dearest hope of such spiritual jellyfish and children of collectivism.

Down with peace and freedom! Down with the defenders and heroes of peace and the lawmakers and minions for freedom! Up with war (i.e., human decency) and slavery (i.e., the will to live)!

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