I don’t know who coined “Reeeee” for the sound progressives make when in the middle of a scream fest about some – mostly imaginary and unintended – offense. I know that for several months now all my friends have used it, usually when just having dealt with some idiot who keeps yammering on about moon ferrets (or patriarchy. Or white supremacy.
All of which have the exact same degree of existence in modern America.)
Their behavior is so insane, their on-command ability to jump on anyone or anything who deviates from the now-current party line so absolute, their arguments so ridiculous, it took me a while to realize what they’re doing is the equivalent of Mao’s brigades of aggressive young people fanning out to rural areas to teach the peasants how to think and what to do.
But they’re not teaching us anything, you’ll say. Mostly they’re ridiculous idiots, who never spent enough time outside a university. You aren’t wrong. Thing is, if you’ve read about the Cultural Revolution – yeah, I do a lot of depressing things – those too were a bunch of ignorant kids, taught only Maoism and completely ignorant of what the peasants needed to do to survive and grow food.
Their advice, their demands, and their theories were not only stupid but actually life-threatening. But people had to follow them because otherwise they’d be denounced, held up before revolutionary tribunals, and killed or worse. (Being enslaved to a pack of jackal puppies in human form is arguably worse.)
The people who destroyed Chinese culture and productivity in the Cultural Revolution and who filled the Yellow River with so many bodies that they washed up en masse on the shores of Macao (where my dad saw them) were nothing more and nothing less than weaponized Reeee brigades.GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
AND THEN THERE'S THIS: