By now most of us are familiar with social justice warriors (SJWs)—those truly intolerant people who scream sexist, misogynist, or racist at anyone who expresses a different viewpoint. They’re all over the media (they love comments sections) and social media, and they’re increasingly stepping up their presence in dictating policy in U.S. towns.
Vox Day has written a great book that details the best tactics to use when dealing with SJWs, called SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police. Much of the book details how this movement got started, and there’s an informative chapter on #GamerGate, which marked the first time SJWs were taken down on a large scale. This article highlights the advice from the book I’ve found to be most useful when dealing with SJWs both online and in person in my daily life.
Inside the Warped Mind of a Social Justice Warrior
For starters, SJWs have a Manichean outlook on the world—everything is either good or evil. Good people agree with them, and people who don’t are evil. In addition, their view of the world is “horribly patronising, two-dimensional and depressing.” For example, they believe women are always victims and that blacks need special treatment in order to achieve at the level of whites. SJWs claim to be nonjudgmental, yet they constantly judge people based on race, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and as Day notes, particularly if they are straight, white, and male.
It’s important to remember—if all the gains they’re making depress you—that SJWs “are weaker and less numerous than most people believe. Not only are they far from invulnerable, even in the fields they observably control, but it may be that only two or three men willing to resist them are required in order to explode their Narrative.” This is why SJWs Always Lie is such an important book: It provides a field guide for taking down SJWs in our organizations and towns, and it may be easier than we think.
Dialectic vs. Rhetoric: Social Justice Warriors Cannot Be Instructed
In Rhetoric, Aristotle divides the art of persuasion into two forms: dialectic and rhetoric. Dialectic is the art of investigating the truth primarily using logical syllogisms. Rhetoric is a type of persuasion that uses figures of speech or emotional ploys but lacks meaningful content. Rhetoric relies on what Aristotle calls enthymemes, which are incomplete logical syllogisms or invalid arguments.
Aristotle was clear that some people simply cannot be instructed with knowledge. These are the SJWs, who only understand rhetoric. No matter how many facts you present to them, they’re not going to change their position. This can be seen online everyday, where anti-SJWs quote papers or link to studies, only to have SJWs refuse to read them and reply back that the person is a “sexist” or “bigot.” However, Aristotle goes on to say that while you can’t change their minds by presenting them with information, you can change their minds by manipulating them or playing on their emotions—the very same tactics SJWs always use themselves.
So if you want to engage, and win, against SJWs you must learn how to use rhetoric. This is why Day called his book “SJWs Always Lie“—dialectically it’s an unsound statement because it’s not true they lie 100 percent of the time, but it makes the point much better. Dialectic and rhetoric are two different languages, and those who only understand rhetoric will only hear your dialectical arguments as gibberish.
“The correct strategy,” Day says, “is to fight dialectic with dialectic, expose pseudo-dialectic with dialectic, and fight rhetoric with rhetoric.” So when SJWs present pseudo-dialectical arguments (dialectic based on premises that are lies), you can fight back with well-formed dialectic. But the rest of the time you will need to use the emotional language of rhetoric. Reserve dialectic for talking with friends who are intellectually honest.
This is hard to understand, but one important thing to remember when using rhetoric is that actual facts are irrelevant: “Rhetoric is all about what emotions you trigger in the other person.” This is why SJWs will shriek insults at you to try to intimidate you, insults which often make no logical sense in the context of the discussion. The basic rule for engaging with SJWs is what they try to do to you: “If you can make the other person feel small or angry, you are winning at SJW rhetoric.”
Following this convoluted “logic,” SJWs will accuse you of being mad or upset—that’s their way of claiming to win the argument. Likewise, you can turn this on them and accuse them of being mad or upset to get their goat—this kind of spin doesn’t make sense to logical thinkers, but it will work on SJWs. Other ways to know you’re winning (and “higher in the SJW hierarchy”) include making the other person submit, run away, be silent, or block you. This is why SJWs will keep harassing you online and gloat when you cease interacting with them—to them, it’s “winning.” In person, you’re winning if you can get a rise out of them—such as their jaw dropping in shock, being noticeably disturbed, or bursting into tears.
It’s important to throw everything out the window you’d consider honorable or reasonable when “debating” with SJWs. In fact, Day says, “resorting to straight-up name-calling, the more ridiculous the better, is often the fastest and most efficient way to get through the conversational process with an SJW.” When they call you racist, bigot, Nazi, or sexist, hit them back twice as hard. Even resorting to calling men “creepy” or “stalker,” or women “psycho” or “ugly,” will work according to Day. Remember, the content doesn’t matter because “SJWs communicate in competitive emotion.” And don’t worry about hurting feelings or the ignoble practice of hurling insults around—SJWs do it, and they don’t care.
A great example is given of Milo Yiannopoulos destroying a feminist on live television:
It wasn’t his smooth recitation of relevant facts that left her reeling in shock and disarray; she blithely ignored all of that. It was his dismissive use of the word “darling” that literally muted her. Her wide, staring eyes and gaping mouth made it very clear how powerful a well-placed, well-timed rhetorical bomb can be.
When you use their own rhetorical style against them, SJWs call it “trolling.” That’s fine, even though in better circles we’d look down upon it. The only thing you need to concentrate on is using their own rhetorical language to manipulate their emotions and behavior. Ridicule and related techniques can be the best weapons we have.
There are many more strategies, insights, and case studies in SJWs Always Lie. It’s a must-read book for everyone interested in saving their children, town, or country from the infiltration of SJWs’ ideas and radical policies.
Images are from the 2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar.