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I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me

I drive food delivery for an online app to make rent and support myself and my young family. This is my new life. I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer’s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community. Writing anything under my own byline now would invite a renewal of this mobbing—which is why, with my editor’s permission, I am writing this under a pseudonym. He knows who I am.

In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader. I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today. But I now realize that my social-media hyperactivity was, in reality, doing more harm than good.

Within the world created by the various apps I used, I got plenty of shares and retweets. But this masked how ineffective I had become outside, in the real world. The only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of mobbing and public shaming. Real change does not stem from these tactics. They only cause division, alienation, and bitterness.

How did I become that person? It happened because it was exhilarating. Every time I would call someone racist or sexist, I would get a rush. That rush would then be reaffirmed and sustained by the stars, hearts, and thumbs-up that constitute the nickels and dimes of social media validation. The people giving me these stars, hearts, and thumbs-up were engaging in their own cynical game: A fear of being targeted by the mob induces us to signal publicly that we are part of it.

Just a few years ago, many of my friends and peers who self-identify as liberals or progressives were open fans of provocative standup comedians such as Sarah Silverman, and shows like South Park. Today, such material is seen as deeply “problematic,” or even labeled as hate speech. I went from minding my own business when people told risqué jokes to practically fainting when they used the wrong pronoun or expressed a right-of-center view. I went from making fun of the guy who took edgy jokes too seriously, to becoming that guy.

When my callouts were met with approval and admiration, I was lavished with praise: “Thank you so much for speaking out!” “You’re so brave!” “We need more men like you!”

Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions I’d called out in others. I was guilty, of course: There’s no such thing as due process in this world. And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. I was now told that I’d been creating a toxic environment for years at my workplace; that I’d been making the space around me unsafe through microaggressions and macroaggressions alike.

Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza. Not that I’m complaining. It’s honest work, and it’s led me to rediscover how to interact with people in the real world. I am a kinder and more respectful person now that I’m not regularly on social media attacking people for not being “kind” and “respectful.”

I mobbed and shamed people for incidents that became front page news. But when they were vindicated or exonerated by some real-world investigation, it was treated as a footnote by my online community. If someone survives a social justice callout, it simply means that the mob has moved on to someone new. No one ever apologizes for a false accusation, and everyone has a selective memory regarding what they’ve done.

Upon reading Jon Ronson’s 2015 book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, I recently went back into my Twitter archives to study my own behavior. I was shocked to discover that I had actually participated quite enthusiastically in the public shaming of Justine Sacco, whose 2013 saga following a bad AIDS joke on Twitter forms one of the book’s central case studies.

My memory had told me different. In my mind, I didn’t really participate. It was others who took things too far. In reality, the evidence showed that I was among the most vicious of Sacco’s mobbers. Ronson describes a central problem with Twitter shaming: There is a “disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment.” For years, I was blind to my own gleeful savagery.

I recently had a dream that played out in the cartoon universe of my food-delivery app, the dashboard software that guides my daily work life. The dream turned my workaday drive into a third-person video game, with my cartoon car standing in for me as protagonist. At some point, I started missing some of the streets, and the little line that marks my trail with blue pixels indicated where I’d gone off-road. My path got erratic, and the dream became other-worldly, as dreams eventually do. I drove over cartoon sidewalks, through cartoon buildings and cartoon parks. It’s a two-dimensional world in the app, so everything was flat. Through the unique logic of dreams, I survived all of this, all the while picking up and dropping off deliveries and making money. In my dream, I was making progress.

As my REM cycle intensified, my dream concluded. I was jolted from my two-dimensional app world and thrust back into the reality of the living world—where I could understand the suffering, carnage and death I would have caused by my in-app actions. There were bodies strewn along the streets, screaming bystanders, destroyed lives, chaos. My car, by contrast, was indestructible while I was living in the app.

The social justice vigilantism I was living on Twitter and Facebook was like the app in my dream. Aggressive online virtue signaling is a fundamentally two-dimensional act. It has no human depth. It’s only when we snap out of it, see the world as it really is, and people as they really are, that we appreciate the destruction and human suffering we caused when we were trapped inside.

 

The author delivers food for a living. He tries not to be on social media. ‘Barrett Wilson’ is a pseudonym.

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335 Comments

  1. Chandler says

    I’m curious what your previous self would have thought if they were reading this article back in 2013. It’s so easy to live in a bubble.

    • Comedian Jamie Kilstein talks about the same thing on the Joe Rogan Experience.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa_ZA9k5t4

      He had a jolly time being part of the SJW witch hunt until he referred to a woman fan he had sex with on tour as a “road fuck”. She accused him of rape and it all came crashing down for him.

        • Dan says

          I honestly think rape could definitely be worse than murder for some people. Personally I’d rather be killed painlessly than raped helplessly. I’m a straight guy, so of course I don’t even want consensual sex with another guy which makes it even worse but still. I am somewhat emotionally unstable and don’t put a huge value on my life, so I guess people with similar traits would often agree with me that rape is worse. Ceasing to exist is not as bad as existing in a world where I can never stop suffering due to the psychological trauma.

          Of course there is a grey area with rape where it is potentially not as bad, for example if the guy has a relationship with the girl already and the girl is only slightly disinterested in having sex at that moment or something. I would place that more akin to the level of crime of theft, definitely not as bad as murder. But if you are just raped by a stranger in the streets or something, that would be devastating to me personally and probably worse than murder.

          • Lindenturn1950 says

            Roy Masters
            Foundation for Human Understanding

            Explains it all…

          • Kualalumpur says

            Funny how you consider being rape only by another male. Also, at knife point, i’m pretty sure you will reconsider giving your life.

          • Joe Putman says

            Oh my God! Are you saying that only men rape men? Why do you automatically go to if you were raped a man must have done it? Sexist PIG! 😉

          • Dana Lowin says

            Being raped by someone you know and trust ie partner/boyfriend/husband can be infinitely worse then being raped by a stranger. And happens way more often. It’s not always the event which destroys people but the breaking of loyalty, trust and respect. Not to diminish stranger rape of course but to assume rape by an associate is a lesser traumatic experience, or crime, is a very slippery slope.

          • Dude, being raped by someone you love is supertraumatic but you live. Had PTSD, got suicidal for a bit, but lived. 100% prefer it to murder. Your brain heals. The PTSD gets better until its gone. At some point you will barely remember it, with so many great rapeless years still ahead of you.

            This hysteria around rape isnt helping victims. We shouldnt minimise rape and its impact but also not add so much additional stigma. It’s nothing like dying. Because the ensuing feeling of being dead inside is only temporary.

          • Jill says

            It;s a lot worse if you’re raped by someone who is supposed to love you. the betrayal can be devastating.

          • Sam says

            You assume your would be rapist is male? Women rape as well, they use diffent methods than men do but they do rape.

          • gush says

            There’s unconsensual sex with a lady still, ladies can rape.
            Regardless, if it were worst we’d expect most attempted rapes to end in homicide.

          • allah_speaking says

            >I honestly think rape could definitely be worse than murder for some people.

            And then you meet a woman that has been raped, and the rapist keeps coming around. And he’s untouchable because he’s the son of a sheriff in a neighboring county. Well, only untouchable by the law. Gave a time and a place he’d be to some of my fellow shipmates, and he never came around again. I never asked, they wouldn’t tell, other than to say the problem is taken care of.

            This is known as real world problem solving 101.

          • Lauren B says

            Okay,
            And you know this how, having been raped or murdered so you can make a qualitative estimation of the long term after effects of the two?
            Sorry, facetious statement on my part, but the only one really valid for such an idiotic statement.
            Moreover, rape culture? Ah yes, in the West where we actively encourage, teach and promote rape as a healthy life skill and event? Hate to break it to you but rape and sexual attack in the West are at an all time low, (or were except in countries where mass immigration takes place – hint: if you want rape culture any Islamic nation or country’s your best bet.)

        • Frank says

          Wanda Sikes and other blacks have a pass because they’re black. They get to be racists in the USA because of the existence of white guilt in the USA. Everyone needs to remember that Obama was elected and then re-elected by white guilt. In 2008 and again in 2012, Obama represented the hopes of too many white Americans who saw in him having high potential to assuage white “guilt” (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history. Had he been Caucasian, he would not have even been nominated, much less win the office of POTUS twice. White guilt is not a sign of moral advancement, it’s a mental disorder – and all sane white people need to push back hard against it. Doing so doesn’t require any hatred on your part – just a rejection of absurd self-hatred.

        • Dr. Tar says

          The book is about an imprisoned communist official forced to make a confession of his crimes against the regime before being led off to the basement of the prison for a bullet to the back of the head. It’s about the brutality of Stalinism and the eventual turn of a revolution upon its own makers.

        • eclecticmn says

          Yes. I recall the protagonist in Darkness at Noon was a communist. Koestler had been a leading communist in his country as I recall. Very good book.

    • i bet that him’s reaction reads something like this: dateline toxic masculinity – racist, cishet, food delivery driver goes on murderous spree running over people [of color] on the sidewalk. blames ostracism by “virtue signalling cult of sjws” for his actions.

    • pickled says

      SJW fale flag operation. This is just an attempt to “humanize” SJWs until they go right back to what they were doing before. SJWs have no soul, and neither does this fake “writer”. Just another technique to act like they aren’t the horrible pieces of fecal matter they are.

      • Terry Thomas says

        Yes. Once again wallowing in victim status only intensified because it’s finally about them. Eventually society will eat itself because people like him. They say he ends up swinging by a rope from a lamppost it will be his own doing.

      • Joe Putman says

        That’s funny, I was just thinking the opposite. That the article is run by some far right wing piece of shit pretending to be an ex SJW. But without proof I’m going to take the author at his word. It was a compelling piece.

        • Thomas Korn says

          I do not hide my self online. Especially on Facebook. I have gone through a similar situation with my “friends” who now turn on me much like the author. Though I started out questioning the SJW ideals (you know, Black Lives Matters, rape culture and the “wage gap”) instead of civil responses, I still get nothing but waves of pure hate.

          Currently, I’m attempting to calmly (for me) debunk a Franchesca Ramsey youtube video where she states that Political correctness is NOT anti Free speech.. even though it clearly is. Again, I get waves of hate

          So, I will take this anonymous author at his word. Plus, I’ve seen other friends go through very similar cases to this very day.

    • Johann says

      The real issue is that we are merely experiencing a massive lag in the growing up process. It used to be all of these issues of bullying were worked out in second grade school yards. someone would say something nasty to someone think they were awesome for a minute and then get a whack in the mouth. that whack in the mouth would teach them the wisdom of “keeping one’s mouth shut” But in our retarded time kids can’t hit each other so as we are seeing people in the mid twenties are only now working out how not to be an jack ass. in better smarter times people also got married earlier and were too busy keeping marriage and kids on track to care about political bull. singletonism is merely -stay mentally seven years old forever -ism. 99 percent of people who are not married and have kids are mentally and emotionally seven years old. smart married moms and dads don’t give a care about what people think of them. they care about each other and kids and shut the door. they have what used to be called “grown up”

      • Dave says

        There’s a lot of truth in this comment. It was a rough and tumble world when I was growing up. The world of my peers was full of bullying , fighting , hate , love , falling out , forgiveness , becoming friends again , and so much more that is smothered by modern PC. By the time I left high school I had a lot worked out that young people today have no basis to work from. I’m a man so my world was much more physical than for the women but they had their own social dynamics working. I’m thankful for growing up in that world.

      • Veronica Tangent says

        Ha! I resemble that remark – except I take exception with the number. I have no kids and currently single, and well past my 20s – but I am emotionally 12, not 7. GIT YER FIGGERS RIGHT!

    • John Smith says

      He learned his lesson and those he attacked paid the tuition. I’m on disability living off the tax dfollarsw of the SJW who tried to bankrupt me and now have the audacity to claim that I don’t want to work.

  2. This is the story of many mobbings in many contexts and workplaces; by no means confined to any particular field, or political affiliation. Congratulations on owning your piece in this; that is not easy; it is far simpler to adopt a righteous stance of innocence. It would do many of us good to review our behavior in the workplace in the light of known mobbing tactics and behaviors. I often pick up the pieces; people fall apart, they sicken, and sometimes they die of a stress related illness or by their own hand. I love the last paragraphs; yeah, these are real human beings. Our ability to mob to a certain extent depends on the perception of “permission” from the context, but always on our own (disturbingly easy) ability to demonize and dehumanize the target.

    • by no means confined to any particular field, or political affiliation.

      It is, though. It’s not a “both sides do it” thing. He says it himself: “Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture.” No other faction in our public discourse even comes close.

      • Micha Elyi says

        “a surveillance culture, a snitch culture”

        The Left fed off of Sen. Joe McCarthy for decades but today can’t remember why they vilified him. The Left has become 10,000 McCarthys, each far more loathsome.

        • The right does the same thing. If we don’t snap out a salute if there is a flag within a one mile radius we are deemed unpatriotic and we should move out of the country. If we believe in choices for women we are baby killers. If we think immigrants should be treated with respect and dignity we don’t care about the starving children in our own country. It’s not just the left!

          • Unconcord says

            We call abortion baby-killing because that is quite literally what it is. Now, immigration… I don’t think there’s a mainstream position on it that isn’t loony. It seems that either you’re in favor of abolishing borders as a legal concept, OR you’re in favor of revoking naturalized citizenships.

            Nothing you mentioned is akin to the mob mentality of the Social Justice Left. The case of the Red Hen, though…

        • KDM says

          Except for in McCarthys case there really communist infiltrators in the government, media and our education system, so there’s that…

      • Ken Phelps says

        “No other faction in our public discourse even comes close.”

        While the details of the harassment are different, living as an out atheist in the Bible Belt can cost you family and job, get teenage children kicked out of their homes, and more. The venues – ie. reality vs Twitter – and the language may be different, but the evil tribal spirit is identical.

    • Anon says

      It seems like it IS confined to a particular political affiliation. Sure you can find Twitter mobs anywhere, but only one ideology gets people fired, harasses people at their homes, goes after their families, and aims to destroy them utterly. It’s the same one whose leaders publicly back such tactics.

      I’m sorry, but this isn’t something you see on the right, whether it’s libertarians, conservatives, moderates, or even (for the most part) alt-righters. You might find other things about these people objectionable, but they’re either not willing to engage in these witch hunts or aren’t in positions where they think they are able to do so.

      So while it would be nice and even-handed to piously avoid pointing fingers, when everyone is guilty, then no one is guilty. The Left has to clean up its act and take on the excesses of its own radicals. And yes that means making yourself a potential target as well.

        • Assault, Battery, and theft aren’t “microaggressions.” They’re not even macroaggressions. They’re crimes that Jimenez is on video committing, on a minor no less. Not remotely comparable to a twitter joke or a “misgendering.”

      • eliza says

        Plenty of people on the right use mobbing tactics that are just as damaging. Gamergate, for example, was started by “men’s rights” activists who sent women so many rape and death threats they were forced to relocate. 4chan and the incel community tend to be encourage doxxing anyone, especially feminists, who are labelled sjws. To label social media mobbing an entirely left wing strategy is to forget its origins.

        • Patryk Pysiak says

          @Eliza. Who precisely needed to relocate? FBI looked into #GG and found no reason to take any actions. Major voices on the GG side asked to report any threats and harassment to the authorities as it hurt the cause GG existed for. Do you have any proof of anything or are you just a part of a bubble just like the author was?

        • Mike says

          You sound like a modern feminist SJW. You support “women’s rights”, but people supporting “men’s rights” are scum in your mind.

          I saw someone recently claim they’d received a death threat on Twitter. Me and a group had been debating them and their group. Maybe six people in total. It was when she started losing the debate, as facts destroyed her toxic opinions. I asked her to screenshot the death threat and show us. I said if that had happened, then I myself would challenge that person. She didn’t respond. I told her to contact the police, no response. You see she was almost certainly lying. It’s a childish move, but a lot of SJWs use it. Genuine death threats should be taken seriously, and indeed rape threats, but feminists use this as a diversion tactic, to railroad the argument when they’re losing.

          • Lucidique Eternal says

            Because MRA is synonymous with mysoginist. Quit pretending it isn’t.

        • Griffeydog says

          And everything you just said there was a lie. A Social Justice Fiction designed to name and shame an entire subculture because a group of SJW Journalists were caught behaving unethically in a number of ways. No Gamergaters aren’t Rapists. No Star Wars fans aren’t Racist Misogynists, no Comic book fans are not Transphobic alt-right Nazi’s. They are all simply consumers who are sick of being demeaned, insulted and accused of vile things by the Social Justice Cult that controls much of the media. They had the unbridled temerity to stand up and ask the merchants, “please stop doing this”. For that they get branded as Rapists. Eliza here is the perfect real time example of the exact behavior that the original writer is talking about. Anytime you see someone “Gamedropping”, inserting a 4 year old controversy between video games consumers and the specialty gaming press, into a current conversation, you have a member of the Cult seeking to push their hate filled narrative and blame others as cover for their own vile acts.

          • Lucidique Eternal says

            Fuck off. Your “ethics in journalism” argument goes out the window when Zoe Quinn and Briana Wu were doxxed and threatened out of their own homes by alt righy incel fuckboys. Everything you just said is a provable lie.

        • Shenme Shihou says

          Gamergate wasnt started by MRA’s. It was started when Eron Gjoni (an SJW himself) tried to warn Zoe Quinn’s buddies in Something Awful, that she was a toxic psycho. The entire industry tried to shut this information down. Then he made the Zoe Post and the whole thing went viral.

          Then, after some digging, gamers found out that Zoe Quinn was basically getting good reviews on her shit games because she was banging game journalists. Hence the call for ethics in gamr journalism.

          As for the rape and death threats, barely any, if any at all, were comcluded to be credible.

          Notice how none of this has anything to do with “people on the right.”

          • Lucidique Eternal says

            Actually, doxxing and en masse rape threats is right out of the alt right playbook, so you’re completely wrong. And PLEASE. Asswads like you are why people get so worked up; being doxxed out of your home is “barely credible threats”? Hahaha! Fuck off.

        • Jaike says

          You are incorrect about gamergate. Gamergate was about corruption in the gaming press.

          • Lucidique Eternal says

            Until the rape and death threats rolled in, then all “ethics” went out the window and it became a whiney fanboy alt right circle jerk of mobbing.

        • Matt says

          Actually, they didn’t. Brianna Wu actually got caught false-flagging herself when she forgot to log out of her main Steam account.

        • Charlatan says

          True. It has origins among the STASSI, East German Secret Police.

      • Grrr says

        I don’t know, seems like the Right is mobbing the “lamestream media”…

      • James H Newman says

        People on the right also employ similar tactics. Here are a few examples that come to mind:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy
        https://www.chronicle.com/article/Signal-Boost-How-Conservative/240423
        https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/06/30/right-using-comments-left-wing-professors-delegitimize-higher-ed-essay
        https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-bullying-and-terrorism-of-the-white-crisis_us_594bb4dce4b07cdb1933c00d

        These are demands to fire people, death threats, rape threats, etc perpetrated by people on the right wing against people whose political speech they disagree with. Ironically, you are decrying the in-group, out-group thinking of some on the left while yourself engaging in the same mindset by ignoring evidence that implicates your political group.

        • yasqueen says

          Victim of “citogenesis https://xkcd.com/978/
          Blogs become sources for articles which are laundered through wikipedia in an endless loop by the left leaning media. This is how they manufacture legitimacy, and this is what happens when you go up against the media. GamerGate exposed “fake news” long before it became a national watch word. And seeing the media lie to our faces was why the event lasted so long, and cut so deep because people realized things weren’t as they imagined. Things like wikipedia are easily corrupted, and the socjus network is heavily connected to the media, not just in the old ways but because silicon valleys leftist bias has become rather extreme, and all the tech blogs are run by the same types of people.
          The lack of objectivity is clear, the amount of “harassment and death threats” spewed by the left against the right since the election dwarfs anything one can imagine from even the GG fringe. Celebs like Justin Beiber also inspire far larger and more persistent mobs. This “I was harassed” narrative is the usual cover of the cry bully. We saw the same from Cathy Newman from channel 4 news when she got blown out by Jordan Peterson, since her behavior was indefensible, she hid behind the harassment narrative.
          The only people hiding behind an armed wing of thugs “antifa” are the left, to deplatform people because “it would be a shame if anything were to happen”.
          I’m well aware of the evidence, which is why I don’t trust the left anymore. The need to be a victim has become so extreme, we saw what you did even under Obama, faking hate cakes from whole foods, gay people punching themselves to claim a hate crime, hijab pulls which never happened, countless spasticas painted by leftists, even churches burned turned out to be by your own hand. The left positively thrives on victimhood, to the point where they will manufacture it themselves.

          • Lucidique Eternal says

            Lmao ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • You are dead wrong about this. There are people on the left terrified of saying anything negative about certain right-leaning media stars because his followers will hound/threaten them en masse. It is a group-identity, group-think problem. Incel individuals were always harmless … until they started identifying as members of an aggrieved group.

        The problem is not right or left, it is with group identification.

        • Thomas Korn says

          Seekinghealandwisdom; I’ve seen a few RARE cases of a self declared right wing person/s posting death threats. I have seen more than 80% of “compassionate” liberals call everyone they disagree with – even another liberal, instantly call them “racist” or “Nazi” as their only reply…and death threats. I don’t see anyone on the left at all being terrified into not saying anything at all against anyone they disagree with.. I would need proof of that claim.

          I have seen right wingers or even moderate liberals have to constantly defend themselves against waves of hate and intolerance.

    • Tyrone Slothrop says

      Richard Schwindt, your comment– “by no means confined to any particular field, or political affiliation.”– is entirely false and disingenuous. The mobbing, the condemnation without a thought for due process, are entirely the modus of the left. Did you ever hear about Chick-Fil-A firing someone for using the pronoun “xe”? Me neither. That sort of behavior is routinely punished by public shaming and loss of livelihood by leftist thought police.

      • Not even close Tyrone. The right does it too and in the past when they were ascendant they did it just as much as the left does now. This isn’t something that a specific side does. Its something people do when they want to enact power over someone.

        • yandoodan says

          @JB Kek, “The right does it too and in the past when they were ascendant they did it just as much as the left does now.”

          Certainly McCarthy qualifies as right-wing virtue signalling reputation destruction. But that was sixty years ago. Isn’t there a statute of limitations here? How about a half-century, a good, long figure. Has the right done it systematically and successfully since 1968?

          • Lisa says

            It doesn’t matter when they did it. It only matters that they did it. The point is, is that this is what people do when they are ideologically possessed and have the safety of the mob. I think the whole point here is calling out the behavior.

          • Keli says

            actually McCarthy was trying to weed out communists, back when people recognized the danger of allowing them to infiltrate our institutions. And now that our public learning institutions are loaded with communists he obviously failed.

          • Lance Sjogren says

            Also, the neocons bullied people as “unpatriotic” for disagreeing with military action in Iraq. They had the power to intimidate at one time, because if you recall at that time even the New York Times was licking George W. Bush’s boots. However, I don’t know whether they should be called right or left since currently they are serving as useful idiots of the leftist media, because of their shared hatred of Donald Trump.

        • Tyrone Slothrop says

          McCarthy was actually pretty much on the money. When the USSR fell, the files of the KGB and GRU became available and validated much of what McCarthy was saying. Check out the Venona Project, if you’re not afraid of learning something.

          • It’s possible to say “there are communists in government” (which was perfectly true), without making irresponsible claims about communists in government (which McCarthy did). This whole business is complicated by a half-century of liberals denying or minimizing the fact of communists in government.

          • Hi Tyrone. A person I know well was born the day after her dad testified before McCarthy. Immediately thereafter, her mother became ostracized in the hospital: no nurse would talk to her or care for her and her child. The deep shame they conveyed was palpable. That person I know grew up pretty fucked up: though she was eminently smart and able, she spent most of her life on social assistance. Her father, a theoretical physicist, lost his security clearance and had to give up physics. First he taught at a middling college and he eventually left academia to open a bookstore and earn money developing databases. I lived with this person’s sister and we had children, and I came to know the full, devastating consequences of this episode of right-wing public shaming.

        • Ken Phelps says

          An essential problem here is an apparent lack of awareness of the real world, where the religious right culture doesn’t blather on social media. It fires, shuns, evicts, controls school boards, and generally acts out in reality, not in the media. They own and control the actual physical culture in much of the U.S. Worrying about a bunch of twits typing up a storm around video games is the height of juvenile cluelessness.

    • Anon says

      Does he really own it? Or was he simply thrown out and fully knowing that he can’t get back into the culture, he tries to look for the mob dynamics that happen. I mean he does mention that he found himself to be a big d, but for me, owning what you did back then, would also include looking at the opposition who you demonized.
      While I am not telling him to change his mind politically, there are valid logical reasons for the opposition and it is necessary that when you discover what “the mob” does for you, you also need to understand that they heavily affect your perception on many different political aspects. Would’ve been nice to talk about those things.

      SJW mobs are a self-eating group, if you step out of line then you will be eaten.

      • @Anon… Precisely… If he hadn’t run afoul of the self-eating mob would he still be doing the SJW thing? A real transformation worthy of praise would be if he had taken himself out after realizing the evil nature of that despicable behavior. Good that he now sees the light – but I’m not impressed at all as to how he got there.

    • LeeR says

      Of course many on the Left would look down on ‘Real Human Beings’ as “Deplorable” too.

  3. LAW says

    I appreciate the sentiment, and it is correct, but I am not thrilled that two articles that have been published in the last week use pseudonyms. IMHO, pseudonyms should be relegated to only the most extreme circumstances. This is not that – there’s no clear downside to simply publishing using the author’s real name.

    We need to be teaching people to face the mob and combat it, not hiding from the mob in anonymity. Furthermore, adding a real name to a piece adds a certain amount of accountability and gravitas that a site like this needs as it tries to break through into the mainstream.

    • I agree with LAW. No accountability and no documented facts, just a narrative and a (probably or possibly) made up paradigmatic story which is okay but maybe for a separate section of the magazine. It’s not journalism.

      • Andy H. says

        You’re right. It’s not journalism.

        “What is Quillette?

        Quillette is a platform for free thought. We respect ideas, even dangerous ones. We also believe that free expression and the free exchange of ideas help human societies flourish and progress. Quillette aims to provide a platform for this exchange.”

        • Indie Wifey says

          Yep and so I’ll quip a quote = in its upside downedness::
          “The world is upside down”

    • StallChaser says

      It’s easy to say not to hide from the mob, not so easy in practice. I’ve seen these things escalate, over absolutely nothing, to harassment and threats towards employers, tying up phone lines, preventing normal business from being conducted, to the point they have to let someone go just to end the harassment. I would say let the dude have his anonymity. If he believes it’s not worth it to reveal his name, I’d rather trust his judgement than try to force it, or not have the article at all.

      • Emmelina Ogilvy says

        If they are up to know good, such as waiting on a group outside a pub to target single victims, then I don’t feel very good about it. If they were truly going up against a very dangerous group then it would be understandable. They aren’t. They have the media and the Labour Party behind them. They don’t need masks. They wear them to appear edgy and to hide their identity when they commit crime. Snatching cameras and running off with them is a popular one. The OP is clearly tired…. Burned out. He has admitted he was wrong which is far more than most. I think he deserves his anonymity… He didn’t name any names or cause harm to anyone in this piece.

        • OldParatrooper says

          I suspect that Antifa only waits outside a pub to target a singe victim in Blue States and Cities where the victim is uniformly unarmed. Doubt you would see that type of activity in the South or Southwest where the victim may be carrying concealed. Even BLM and Antifa are smart enough to know that if they threaten an armed citizen it might not end well for them.

      • Dave c says

        You might have a point if the article was at all intimidating.

    • ” IMHO, pseudonyms should be relegated to only the most extreme circumstances.”
      And how do you feel when Antifa and such use masks to intimidate and harrass and shut down?

      • LAW says

        I think Antifa is terrible and is the closest thing we have to fascist street thugs that we have in modern day America. What’s your point?

    • Cerastes says

      So, on a site which regularly features long essays on how taking an unpopular position publicly can result in ostracism, loss of job and livelihood, threats of bodily harm, and a lifelong destruction of one’s reputation, your suggestion is….to require people to expose themselves to this?

      You’re like the Quillette version of Fire Marshall Bill.

    • Criticizing pseudonyms – from a man commenting under a pseudonym. Oh, the irony.

      Come on, use your real name. Face the mob and combat it. Your comments need accountability and gravitas.

    • MBunge says

      “pseudonyms should be relegated to only the most extreme circumstances.”

      Is LAW your first or last name?

      • LAW says

        Wow, you guys are so clever calling me out!

        If Quillette’s published work is held to the same standard as a random internet comment (anonymous/lightly sourced/anecdotal), then that’s a problem.

      • Andy H. says

        Quillette isn’t strictly a “journalism magazine.” Its editors say it’s a “platform for ideas, even dangerous ones.” I’ll say that makes fake names okay, when necessary.

        Is the above anecdote true? I don’t know, but the idea behind it is worthwhile, and I don’t require that the writer endangers him-/herself to express it.

      • Frank Tisdale says

        Anonymous attempts to discrediting others are surely a far more noble and respectable behavior than anonymous self-deprecation, confessional, expression of regret.

        • TarsTarkas says

          Sarcasm? If not, you obviously have not experienced being social-media mobbed. It’s f***ing scary. Anonymity allows posters to act like rabid animals with no blowback whatsoever. Social media needs a mechanism to permanently ban threats of actual violence as well as false witnesses, or it’s only going to get far worse.

      • If you start off your comment with “Well,” you might as well change your name to IGNOREME.

    • LAW says

      Well, that’s sort of the point. Right now, this piece just reads like an extended internet comment, anonymous with no facts.

      If he can’t share the details of his story or give his name, he doesn’t get featured. That’s how most real journalism sites work, and this piece is something people will point to when they say Quillette is not a site to be taken seriously.

      • Frank Tisdale says

        “journalism”

        You keep using this word. This website isn’t ‘journalism’. Its an open forum for opinion/editorial. No one is fact-checking anything here, and there’s no Public Interest Test involved.

        • Such a quaint old fashion notion. Do you really think there is any ‘fact checking’ going on these days on the multitude of anonymous sourced click-bait stories we see nowadays? 99% of today’s ‘journalists’ are merely political operatives with bylines.

      • Nicholas Conrad says

        Journolos cite anonymous sources and give interviews with the names changed all the time.

        You keep using this word; I do not think it means what you think it means.

  4. Andy Ngo says

    I wonder what this person did or was accused of doing that caused him to be shunned. That is not mentioned.

  5. Dave B says

    The Left has always eaten its own, their only good point.
    Oh well, too bad, so sad, but I have zero sympathy.

    • Totalitarians always eat their own; it’s not a left/right, liberal/conservative or republican/Whig thing.

      Also, in revolutionary times pseudonyms are required; you just don’t know who’s going to be in charge of the guillotine after the dust settles.

      • It is unique to SJWs in our current milieu. Hitler’s National Socialists didn’t attack one another. Mao’s Communists did, though,, many times, for the exact reasons here: suddenly discovering a trusted leader was a right wing enemy all along.

        It’s funny, this piece reads a lot like a self-criticism that a disgraced far leftist would have written back in Mao’s day. Honestly acknowledging the rightness of the Party, recognizing one’s transgressions against Party thought, saying the Party was right to punish as it did. It’s eerie.

        • ga gamba says

          Hitler’s National Socialists didn’t attack one another.

          The Röhm Putsch in which the Sturmabteilung (SA) brown shirts were “blood purged” on Hitler’s orders in ’34.

          • The Night of the Long Knives was a singular event. Today’s Left attacks their own kind with dull regularity.

            Mao’s Communists attacked their own kind so many times that they ran out of people. The PLA had to take over, something they really did not want to do.

        • Philippe Saner says

          “Hitler’s National Socialists didn’t attack one another.”

          With all due respect, if you actually believe this, you aren’t worth listening to.

          • Ajax says

            Not to the same degree. Outside of large & noteworthy events (SA, Operation Valkyrie) right-wing totalitarian/fascists don’t have the constant intra-party purges of left-wing totalitarians.

            Why that is would need to be analyzed by someone smarter than me, but I suspect it has a lot to do with the stated goals of each side; fascists want order & communists strive for “permanent revolution”-

          • Occam's Stubble says

            Ajax, who says Hitler was not a left wing totalitarian? He’s a bit right of the communists but I would hardly call him a right-winger.

        • “Hitler’s National Socialists didn’t attack one another. ”

          You are profoundly and dangerously misinformed. Nazi Germany was a totalitarian state where everyone — especially Party members — was constantly watched for ideological correctness, and publicly mobbed and shamed at the whim of the folk. Pick any ten minor Party officials on Wikipedia and read about what Nazi mobbing and infighting was like. They managed to create a culture of bullying for rhemselves decades before the invention of Social Media.

        • Zachary Reichert says

          Dude, really? Purges of supposed ‘traitors’ were a real and common thing in that regime, just like in every totalitarian regime you care to mention.

      • EK Thank you. I think you have nailed it. Not a left/right, liberal/conservative… Human behaviour is not always good. In the words of a popular philosophy “no-one is good, not even one”.

        The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the father of Jesus Christ bless you

    • Emmelina Ogilvy says

      That’s sad. I totally have sympathy. I’ve lost dear friends, a social life…. Being honest these days costs dearly. I can understand not wanting to cause major upheaval and loss in your life. Plus I’m pretty old. I don’t give a shit. I quite like my own company. Many of these are very young and simply haven’t learned to stand up to bullies. And that is what the left are now….. Bullies…

      • Most believe that the Anti-Christ will be some uber politician. I suspect the Anti-Christ is already here and instead of a person it’s social media. 😛

        • Chevron 10 says

          In a way, with the emergent management of social media by AIs, you’re closer to correct than you might be comfortable with.

    • TarsTarkas says

      The problem is torching the infected site tends to kill a whole lot of innocent (or mostly innocent) bystanders as well as the vermin. And usually some of the vermin survive to swarm another day.

  6. Sebastian Cesario says

    Having written a few pseudonymous articles myself, I can’t blame him. Suppose he used his name and his former fellow travelers discovered his article. It wouldn’t be hard for the mob to start a Twitter storm announcing that a racist, misogynist, transphobic, etc. apologist for rape culture is making deliveries to people’s houses, making the entire community unsafe.

    He already lost one job over this; I doubt that he wants to lose two.

  7. It’s difficult to find the perfect balance between anonymity and sufficient detail for these types of pieces, but the whole point of an article like this is to share someone’s story – and there’s no story here. It’s left out. If the author isn’t willing to share his story for fear of reprisal, then he should write a third-person, objective essay about the harm caused by online mobs. The level of detail about the author’s experience is so scant that it doesn’t add any authority or credibility that can’t be gained from someone who hasn’t fallen victim to an online mob but who has nonetheless produced a thoughtful piece about the subject.

  8. Pawel says

    Thank you for sharing your story. I don’t mind that you are not revealing your real name – understand that you have an important reason – but your experience is so interesting. Each revolution eats its children – that is what has happened to you. Good that you have realized how awful what you were doing was before the awakening – many other “children of the revolution” haven’t and they were even praising Stalin for sending them to Gulag. Hope you can repair some harm that you have done. Good luck!

  9. nicholas henderson says

    Pseudonyms make this whole thing worse. Have a little courage for Christ sake.

  10. Quiddam says

    Your still playing victim and blaming others. Time for a change.

    • Emmelina Ogilvy says

      That’s an absurd thing to say. This person took a stand and paid for it. You can totally blame people who have treated you badly and who are also monumentally hypocritical. Especially when you have just owned your shit.

      • LAW says

        Ne, he hasn’t owned his shit. He is hiding behind a pseudonym.

      • Hal Helms says

        Emmelina, did he actually take a stand? It seems that his perspective changed not as a result of taking a stand but simply falling afoul of the ascendant bullies. I don’t mean to be too harsh — I’m certainly glad he’s seen the problem of mobbing — but I can’t help suspecting that he wouldn’t have come to this had he not been the victim of it. That seems to me quite different from taking a stand.

  11. William Brown says

    Didn’t Chris Ryan tell you, or someone remarkably similar, to consider whether you fetishize your victimhood? Get on with your life.

  12. dearieme says

    The biter bit. Serves you right. Have you apologised to your victims?

    • It’s easy to be eager to deal out ‘justice’. But that eagerness is what got him in trouble in the first place – be careful it doesn’t get you there, too. We all need mercy, because we’ve all screwed up at some point. He confessed, and if man doesn’t forgive him, be sure God has already.

  13. alex says

    Better late than never. Welcome back to decency and other good things!

  14. Bill says

    What the author describes is found in the academic literature. I apologize for not having references/etc handy for those interested. Studies in communication and negotiation theories have shown that there are notable differences in behavior resulting from technology injection. Specifically, the “perceived” anonymity of text-only platforms leads to less civil behavior. The basics of one study I read a number of years ago looked at a series of communications technologies under media richness theory and negotiation. Face to face tempers behavior. Video calling/chat less so UNLESS the technology includes a reflection like Skype has available. Simply being able to see yourself while you spoke altered your behavior. In a study on negotiation, the outcome was that when two parties negotiated asynchronously and via text, they were less likely to reach an outcome acceptable to both parties — the tribalism of today’s political discussions is another perfect example.

    The same study shows that parties forced to actively engage in face to face negotiation tend to reach settlements agreeable to both parties — sounds an awful lot like political discussions in the era before the social media justice mobs.

    Look at current events. People harassing others, refusing service, forming lynch mobs outside of restaurants. Why? Because they anticipate those thumbs up and smiles the author describes — the “rush.” It’s the same pathology as the studies which led to NOT showing the streakers on TV at sporting events.

    • Last fall in Nature Human Behavior, the psychologist Molly Crockett wrote an article about moral outrage in the age of the internet. She basically laid down a theoretical framework for understanding the phenomenon and for conducting further empirical research on it. Along with Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke’s article “Moral Grandstanding,” I think it’s the best for understanding the vicious moralized attacks and the transparent virtue signaling we see all too often on the internet. The biggest strength of these articles, I think, is that they seek to understand and explain the phenomena without resorting to politically laden attacks on the left or the right (because, let’s face it, online mobs of moral crusaders aren’t confined to either side).

      Here are links to the articles. I highly recommend them:

      https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/papa.12075

      https://static1.squarespace.com/static/538ca3ade4b090f9ef331978/t/5a53c0d49140b7212c35b20e/1515438295247/Crockett_2017_NHB_Outrage.pdf

    • I think your comment is well reasoned except for one little nitpick. When has political discussion not been ‘tribal’? Back in the days of ‘repression’ and good manners, discussing religion and politics in public was considered gauche.

      • Finrod says

        There used to be a lot more topics of discussion that were non-political in those days. Remember when football and the weather were non-political?

    • “Studies in communication and negotiation theories have shown that there are notable differences in behavior resulting from technology injection. Specifically, the “perceived” anonymity of text-only platforms leads to less civil behavior.”

      There is another simpler term for that coined back in the early 2000s.

      The GIFT – Greater Internet F**kwad Theory.

  15. Algoria says

    Have to laugh at all the people attacking him for using a pseudonym but doing it using a pseudonym. Not to mention that the people using real-sounding names might have made them up with nobody the wiser. You know who you are.

    Good for him for recognizing something wrong in his life and attempting to correct it even if it took having to experience that it’s easier to dish out abuse than take it. Those criticizing him for “fetishizing”, “playing victim”, being a former “biter” or lacking courage, could use a little introspection of their own.

  16. John says

    Welcome to the world of socialist snitchery.
    The whole sorry-ass Soviet regime only held together as long as it did through a raft of common snitch-guilt, the socialist climbing on renounced backs.
    In Soviet times, you wouldn’t have just lost your job, but your freedom, or your life.
    Did you reinforce your love of the Party by grovelling self renunciations?
    Not much else left when you’ve abandoned the truth for power in the ranks of fellow “virtue seeking” apparatchiks.
    Welcome to the utopian rainbow world of SJW-dom.
    Check out Yuri Bezmenov if you want to know how all this ends up.

  17. Karp says

    “Guy punished for doing bad things criticizes culture that led to his punishment.” Goodness, what a noteworthy and important insight.

    Gotta say, conspicuous by its absence is a denial that he actually did the things he was accused of.

  18. Joe Winter says

    This entire story is obviously bullshit.

    He’s in the SJW witness protection program because he upset the all-powerful Antifa? He once had a high paying job in the social justice industry and now he delivers pizzas? Sure he does.

    Leave it to right-wing rubes at Quilette to print this work of fiction.

    • Bill says

      Awfully cynical. High paying job in the social justice industry could mean…worked for Soros. Lost that job, what other skillset might ze have other than pizza delivery or french fry chef? /sarcasm off

      • Chester Draws says

        Did he say “high paying”. No. He said “well paid” which is a quite lower range. Your analysis is as rubbish as your ability to read properly.

    • He never once mentioned antifa. You just made that up yourself.

      How’s the story unbelievable? Tons of SJWs have been turned on by their former friends.

    • Igor says

      Of course, cause it is not possible for peace loving, very sensible SJWs to turn on their own, right?

      Oh wait, there was this nice story about progressive bakery, smeared and attacked without mercy after first slip up. Was it bullshit and made up too?

    • Kim Kim Kim says

      I had the same thoughts, but the tale is believable considering the modern day zeitgeist. I am thinking apocryphal. “Right Wing Rubes?” really?

  19. Il. Meyer says

    Geez dude, now you’re coming across as a victim. You didn’t “become that person;” you were that person. It wasn’t restricted to online activity. You must have been insufferable and yeah, fortunately for you, you got outed. You were easy to find ‘guilty’ because you had no goddamn clothes on. Get over it and get to work. And drop your opinions.

  20. james Michael Nash says

    Yeah, Maoism sucks. And that’s all the call out culture is: Maoism without the firing squads.

      • I think firing off invectives on twitter is the equivalent to them.

        Only instead of your usual 10-man firing squad (or whatever number they use), its a 1,000 or 10,000 or if your really unlucky 100,000-man firing squad.

  21. Jim says

    The trouble with the left is their entire ideology is based around the lie that we are all equal. But if we’re all equal, then the only reason some excel in certain areas while others fail must be blamed on some external factor. The patriarchy, straight white men, or some other scapegoat that’s “oppressing” us. This creates a drive to attack anyone and anything that is viewed as being above the herd or representing values that the herd despises. This entire ideology is reinforced by emotions such as envy, and wrath, and lust, and greed. They hate us and want to kill us because we aren’t losers like them. These people are dangerous and must be stopped before they eschew in another failed leftist dystopia like the USSR, Maoist China, or currently Venezuela and South Africa where the murder and death is just beginning.

    • “The trouble with the left is their entire ideology is based around the lie that we are all equal and unique and special.”

      FIFY.

      They are utterly convinced of their own superiority, both morally and intellectually, and that it is their manifest destiny to lead this world into a new age or some malarkey. This is how they can convince themselves that the otherside is evil because only evil would oppose the side of all that is good and righteous.

      “They hate us and want someone else to kill us because we aren’t as enlightened as them.”

      FIFY. 🙂

      They hide behind the mob mentality because none of them have the cajones to actually follow through with their threats. All they can do is harass and ostracize people from social groups.

      Now you might say, “ZB what about all the Antifa thuggery”, and well, aside from having to wear masks like cowards, also tend to attack in groups when they outnumber the opposition. When things are equal you tend to see them just agitating for someone to “man up” and make the first move (like Bikelock guy for example).

  22. Julie Pascal says

    I shared this essay on my social media. I fully expect to get the same responses to invalidate the essay from the expected people as I’ve seen here. Why? Because considering this and considering the confession that the author was every bit as guilty of what was done to him and has now recognized that, can only be a threat to anyone still convinced that they are doing wonderful things when they attack people and get those little approval treats.

    And I expect at least one virtual sigh and a, “Oh, it’s just Quillette,” for good measure.

    Complaining that you don’t know if it’s TRUE or not, is absurd. Do you live on planet earth? Do you have eyes? Have you not observed the process yourself of the mobbing and personal destruction, the loss of jobs and careers, and the way it only takes a small step out of line to be turned into a monster?

    Oh, and “antifa” can say whatever they like, talk at length about their life and experiences, while keeping their faces covered. If they take out a bike-lock, that’s a different sort of thing and comparing anti-fa violence to anonymous speech is vacuous.

  23. edt says

    I’m interested in the author’s comment on the accusations that led him to leave his work, ‘I was guilty of course’. Does he mean (as I think) that there was no discussion about whether he was guilty or not, it was assumed, or does he mean that he in fact did commit some kind of misconduct (i.e. an admission)?

    The problem with all P.C. movements is that they try to bring subjective assessments into goal driven environments. The objective of a job is not to give someone a place to work that suits them, but to contribute to or fulfil a task. The objective of a job is not how the person or other people feel about it, but a task which brings a meaningful profit. The mob rule of P.C. takes away objective criteria and replaces them with subjective, socially determined ones which are open to being taken advantage of for personal-political gain. In criticising twitter-mobbing but defending his own views the author is only admitting half the problem, which is why he is seemingly happy with his new, less pressured role and not fighting back at the people who saw his openness to attack and took advantage of this vulnerability to make accusations which they knew he couldn’t defend against.

  24. Hector J says

    Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    • Michael Layden says

      Thank you. For raising the level of the conversation.

    • I’ve always been fond of the idea of ‘falling on one’s sword’ or seppuku for an extreme faux pas.

  25. Disco Stu says

    “If you listen to fools, the mob rules.” – Black Sabbath – Mob Rules

  26. How readily I used to blame
    Some poor young soul that came to shame!
    Never found sharp enough words like pins
    To stick into other people’s sins
    Black as it seemed, I tarred it to boot
    And never black enough to suit
    Would cross myself, exclaim and preen–
    Now I myself am bared to sin!

    –Gretchen, in Goethe’s ‘Faust’

  27. John Samsonite says

    did you have a bad father? generally speaking, SJW-ism (and all leftism) is the result of a weak or absent father.

    when rejected, we look for opportunities to reject… safely… from within a group….

    it’s EMBARRASSING but that’s why it’s important to stay away from anyone age 18-30. you MUST allow them to have their delusions DESTROYED, for them to be HUMILIATED, for them to LEARN THEIR OWN FLAWS before there is any value in being around most people.

    most people MUST become s*itty before they can become reliably good. because until they become s*tty, they don’t believe that they could ever.

    • Did your father neglect you? Generally speaking, people who can’t figure out how to capitalize or where to put a comma are the result of a weak or absent father.

      • John Samsonite says

        i’ll admit. there are few stronger, more powerful responses than grammatical corrections.

        in my case, i believe capitalization at the beginning of a sentence is unnecessary. i choose to ignore the convention. you apparently embraced it to the point of having it partly define you. that’s very sad, but it’s likely because you had an absent father and had to attach yourself to something to feel valuable.

        i wish you well!

        cheers.

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  29. Ok, sure. We’ll just take your word for it. Nothing about this article sounds manufactured at all. Nope, not at all.

  30. Social Justice is just another religion. Racist and sexists are just their way of screaming SINNER!!!

  31. Chip says

    How is any of this new?
    Haven’t all societies, through all history, enforced social norms and taboos with shaming and shunning?
    And hasn’t it been debated for some time over the proper limits and uses of those enforcement tools?
    The Scarlet Letter, The House of Mirth, Anna Karenina, Madame Butterfly, and so on?

    What seems to be new, is that the people who used to be safely on one side, now unexpectedly find themselves on the wrong side of the taboo line, and these people have no experience with that.

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  34. derek says

    I have dreams of punching out the idiots who raised and participated in the mob that harmed Sacco. Then finishing up by punching out her boss who fired her because of an insane mob.

    Then I wake up and realize that I don’t know anyone in the real world that uses Twitter. None.

    I wish you the best. Life teaches us how awful and unworthy we are, and the person who recognizes it, looks back at the details of their awfulness is the better for it.

  35. Roger Bournival says

    Proof that karma exists – now where’s my bacon & pepperoni pizza, ‘Barrett’?

    • Song For the Deaf says

      Lol exactly. Maybe after another five years of delivering pizzas I’ll feel for the guy. Until then, he’s just another one of these douchebags who would have me delivering pizzas for stating the wrong pronoun.

  36. Rick Caird says

    For an SJW, it is all about the action and the “good feels”. The damage is not a part of calculation.

  37. Kurt V says

    Has the author thought to question the rest of his left-wing opinions? Maybe his whole approach to life has been based on false assumptions.

  38. Susan says

    ‘Barrett Wilson’, I believe you. This is a tale as old as time. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a true believer until the metaphorical tumbrils came for him. He had to examine his own guilt before he fond a redemption.

  39. Reformed Trombonist says

    Just a couple of words of advice for “Barrett”, he may take them or leave them, but either way, I’m just here to help.

    1. Find Jesus. I think you’re ready.

    2. Find a solid church that preaches the Lord’s word and doesn’t bow and scrape before the
    culture. You’ll never find truth by bowing and scraping before the the culture. Personally, I’d recommend a Reformed denomination such as the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) or OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church), but there are Reformed Baptists and Missouri Synod Lutherans as well.

    3. Jesus offers not only fulfillment but forgiveness. Human institutions are notoriously poor at forgiving.

    4. When you’re not reading the Bible, read Whittaker Chambers’ autobiography, “Witness”. It’s riveting. Gripping. Chambers went through all this long before you did. So did his fellow Communist, many of whom were shamed before they were shot by Stalin’s goons in the Soviet Union. Because that’s where this leads: shooting people for any reason or no reason.

    5. The beliefs and theories of so-called “Progressives” is fake religion. It pretends to show you truth and justice. But man is a fallen creature and, without the Lord’s help, can no more comprehend truth and justice than a flatworm can comprehend Shakespeare.

    6. The reason we’re attracted to fake religion is because we instinctively yearn for true religion, but reject the accountability part.

    May the Lord bless you with belief and understanding.

    • Chip says

      If there’s one institution free from hysterical self righteous scolds, it is the church!

  40. stevengregg says

    So, Robespierre, aside from your beheading, how did you enjoy your revolution?

    • Kim Kim Kim says

      ha ha, becoming anonymous is the price to pay, he can go and fight another day

  41. Matt says

    He still holds many of those same opinions… he learned nothing. He wants pity for causing his own social reckoning, but still holds the disgusting and abhorrent values that cause this mob mentality. Social justice is an oxymoron, mob rule and thuggish action are a weak facade to pose as justice.
    He is a kinder and gentler person, no he is merely cowed into submission. He still thinks that the people he called “racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic” are indeed all of those things, but he doesn’t have the spine to say it out loud. Don’t give him his pity party, let him suffer the consequences of his actions. I don’t consider his thoughts criminal, but he considers yours as such. He isn’t a disgusting being for having SJW opinions, but rather because he acted upon those opinions.
    This whole article reads like a mafioso’s or any other thug’s confession, no regrets.

    • Scf says

      Absolutely. He learnt nothing. Still a threat to all normal people. The only thing that has slowed him down is a mobbing, but even then he is the same person as before.

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  43. TomABC says

    LIbs live on hate – which is a more powerful motivator than love, and self-reinforcing. Libs feed on rage – which is more exhilarating than the euphoria of success, but needs constant re-kindling.

  44. Steve says

    The same type of human being did far worse than get people fired during the 20th century. The Red Guard, Khmer Rouge, and similar groups in Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, DPRK (still active), Laos, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and many others stacked corpses of totally innocent people in trenches and bulldozed them over in their millions.

    The young cadres and apparatchiks then were cut from the same moral cloth as a vicious amoral online mobs of today.

  45. Horace Jones says

    Another fictional “red-pilling” story to make the wingnuts happy.

    The writer is using a pseudonym is because this shit never happened.

  46. Blue says

    “Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today.”

    So you’ve learned nothing.

    You cannot separate the opinions from the behavior.

  47. Cornfed says

    I really have mixed emotions about this. Obviously, it’s nice to see that he got it figured out. And he seems sufficiently repentant. But he was one of these people who are so self unaware that they can’t see how absolutely awful they treat others. How does that happen? How does one rationalize such behavior? We all think we’re right, but we don’t all think that being right entitles us to destroy the lives of those who disagree with us. I don’t get it. But I do fear it, because there are an awful lot of people who think like that.

  48. Alex D says

    I cant stand men talking about “standing up for women” when in reality if something happened they wouldnt do shit. I have been in life risking situations where i helped women and i never called myself a feminist. I dont know why i should when women have the same rights as men in the west. It makes no sense. Just be a decent person is enough and actually do something when you are in a situation that require someone to step in and help. What is tough to take though is women saying “men have to do something” (about rapy men). Like what? Like virtue signaling on social media? You think that stops mentally deranged rapists? You think that stops those men who were brought up molested along the way? No it wont. Virtue signaling is just virtue signaling. It changes nothing except making women feel good (and making the virtue signaling men feel like they “do” something). I am the type of man who is being called a “sexist” or “misogynist” by women online and in media because im no feminist, but i actually do something when i am in a situation where someone attacks another human being. Man or woman doesnt matter. I intervene because i feel we should help each other. I think many more men used to be like this but the attack on masculinity made men into wimps who talk a lot instead of doing. BTW if im not a rapist and my friends are not rapist and i know no rapists – how can i as a man “change” to stop rapists? Makes no sense. Women dont know what they are talking about regarding this garbage about “ALL men have to change so rape stops”. Thats not how it works. Those who rape have a mental problem of some sort. They wont listen to words spoken online. Since i dont know any rapists in real life there isnt much i can do except intervene when i see something happening.

    Just as little info here about not being a feminist but actually doing something i though i share two stories. Not going to go into detail but i stopped a dangerous wanted man from raping at least one woman. He was following two women in the morning as i was going home from a club, and i saw him in front of me and the two women walked in front of him but didnt know he was behind them, and i remember his mugshot from a week earlier on TV. After i yelled to him and pointed at him (like i knew who he was) he made a gesture to “cut my head off” and then he disappeared the other direction away from the women. The women never even knew that this happened behind them. Completely oblivious. Felt good to me though and i fell asleep in a good mood that morning. There were one more time but it wasnt as “fancy”. Another intervention was a very large man attacking a female security guard where he was putting his hands around her neck and started to strangle her. She screamed at the top of her lungs for help and i ran up and took him down so she could get away. The only thing that kept me from being killed myself was that i had been fighting all my life. I held him until the police came. He was a head taller than me and much bigger. I was scared but i couldnt just stand there. 4 other “men” was there but they did nothing. Didnt help me. Maybe they went online later and claimed to “stand up for women”. Who knows…

    My point is that talking about standing up for something means nothing unless you actually do something. This is why i always loathed “white knighting”. Talking about it gets you fake love from women you dont know but it wont change anything in reality. If you actually do something but dont virtue signal then you get no fake love from women online and maybe even being told you “do nothing for women”, but you get love from the people that DO know you, and thats more important to me personally. I always was of the philosophy that if we all try our best we would all be better off. I also understand not everyone is fit to intervene, but talking about it wont change anything, and there are many men out there who do things like this every single day but they get no love from the feminists. Watch youtube videos with titles like “what men do every day” and see how many there are where men save unknown women, animals, old people, children, and they risk their own lives for these unknown people. Most of them im sure are not calling themselves feminists. I am fairly certain those men who do and who go online to “stand with women” dont do much in real life because ive seen a lot of these men. They dont strike me as men of action.

    Sorry for wall of text and poorly written. Its late and im no writer, lol.

    • Susan says

      @Alex
      Don’t hold your breath waiting for any respect or gratitude from third-wave feminists. They believe that masculinity is a pathology. It just never stops. If you have not read “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” you might find it useful. Best of luck

    • Just Me says

      I have a similar story, but I am a woman.

      I was on a small group trip to an Asian country, with an international group. There was a Canadian woman, with an high level position in the Ontario government, who kept going on virtue signalling about gay issues, asking questions about how gays were treated in that country, etc., for no apparent reason.

      But at some point we were in a bar, and another group member started harassing what was obviously a very drunk or high trans woman sitting alone at the next table.

      I made some comments trying to stop it, looking around the group for support, trying to make eye contact with that Ontario woman in particular, but everyone, including the virtue signalling woman, pretended to be oblivious.

      Finally I had to take physical action to stop the harassment by myself. The most vocal “virtue signaller” had failed to act upon her supposed deeply held beliefs. While I, decidedly not a leftist, acted, simply because that seemed like a despicable thing to do to another human being for no reason.

      She didn’t step up when it was time to put her supposed beliefs into action, and I did, not because I am a lefty, but because taking advantage of someone in a vulnerable position, and who has done you no harm, is despicable.

      • It’s a safe bet that 99% of virtue signalers will always go absent when confronted with a dangerous or even semi-dangerous situation involving their fervent social justice beliefs. I suspect that an inherent lack of courage has something to do with the virtue signaling mentality.

  49. Andrew Tidgwell says

    SJW mob tactics are the natural result of the progressive belief system and world views, just like segregation and discrimination are the natural results of racial supremacist views. It bothers me when someone renounces the tactics while claiming to hold the same set of beliefs.

  50. Mark says

    I can’t say I feel particularly sorry for the author. Karma tends to find its mark.

  51. Austin Dunmore says

    The author’s experience is also echoed in Vox Day’s ‘SJWs Always Lie’, published three years ago. I don’t share a lot of opinions in common with Day but that book was incredibly helpful when I first started to use Twitter on a daily basis.

  52. hey now says

    The key to understanding what happened to the author (being turned on by his own) is what happens in all groups in which membership requires a self-produced righteousness. In other words, one is alright, if he fulfills the minimum agreed upon requirements for membership. Dress code, political party, income level, etc, are just some ways groups have of determining those who are allowed in.

    In the case of SJWs, the main test of orthodoxy is how much you hate. Your outrage at injustice, real or imagined, is how your worth and identity are measured. This system is, ironically, no different from that of legalistic religious groups. It’s dysfunctional and exhausting because it relies upon the bolstering of one’s self, which only happens in contrast to others who don’t make the grade. There must always be someone to look down upon in order for one to feel secure in his place, and in the SJW’s ravenous desire for the rush gained in his self-righteous condemnation of others, he must periodically sacrifice a comrade to the SJW gods.

    • Strangely those who passionately believe in being non-conformists are usually the most conformists within their own tribe/belief system.

    • Charlatan says

      SJW is only one angle. The bigger picture ranges from disrupting the social fabric, to espionage, to enabling criminal activity. Participation makes one both a tool and potential victim of the various actors, each of whom have their own interests.

  53. Fred says

    Ha-ha. What is your penance? To whom are you paying reparations?

  54. mhj says

    There are reasons why previous generations developed standards of decorum and tolerance. Trying to tell today’s SJWs about that is pointless, they are just too stupid. Some will learn when the mob turns on them, others will grow up and realize that a life as nothing more than a molecule in a mob isn’t much of a life, and some will become Democratic activists and community organizers and keep pumping out the poison.

    • R Daneel says

      mjh – I would add that this is what happens when a group loses sight of the fact that humans are all fallen. Little too biblical? Tough. It is truth of the basic sort. Otherwise you are spot on.

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  60. newshacker says

    Well, this story lasted an hour on Hacker News before being flagged and killed. I guess it doesn’t jibe with the ‘preferred narrative’ they seem to run over there…

  61. Corn Cob says

    Snitch culture is calling ICE on your coworkers or calling the police because black women wouldn’t smile at you. Sounds like you pretended to be woke to cover your ass and it didn’t work.

    Don’t expect more than 3 stars if you forget the sauce for my McNuggets.

  62. Anonymoose says

    “Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today”

    Going to be honest here, sounds like you’re still an idiot who has learned literally nothing. The mob justice aspect sprang from everything else you believe in, please grow up.

  63. ga gamba says

    It’s not that I find many of the comments distressing – I appreciate schadenfreude as much as the next person – but I think we should allow a person to correct themselves. Sure, it would be great if everyone would foresee the consequences of their actions without having to act it out first in a way that damages themselves and others, but some people have to lean the hard way. Ultimately, they’re learning, which is a hell of a lot better than doubling down with misdeeds, so I think we ought to be a bit more charitable. I think of twelve-step programmes, anonymous ones, that have the person recognise the wrongs done and then ask for forgiveness. I consider “Mr Wilson’s” essay here one of those steps.

    I wish him/her well on the path to recovery.

    • Anonymous says

      “I think we should allow a person to correct themselves”

      This person is not correcting themselves.
      This person is still an unrepentant, hateful “red guard” and their only regret is being outed and turned upon.

      They have learned nothing, and the way people of their ilk “game” the system to oppress people exposes the Orwellian lie that is anti-discrimination law.

      • ga gamba says

        As I mentioned it’s a process. As much as I wish there were the single lightning bolt of “Eureka!” striking those who need it, epiphanies where a person flips 180 degrees aren’t so common. It appears to me s/he’s at the first steps of this evolution. Ultimately where this leads I don’t know. I hold the hope that some of those beliefs are also rubbished. My rationale for being charitable is s/he recognised the abhorrent behaviour and ceased it. I think we can all agree we want fewer of these goose steppers of woke harassing people and worse. I don’t expect the person to conform to my beliefs, though s/he would be much happier and better off. If we reject people who are reforming themselves we damage our interests and further harm our societies.

        I don’t know if you’ve viewed Cassie Jaye’s _The Red Pill_. What I found remarkable about the film is her monologues with the camera when she’s confronting her own deeply held beliefs. You can see it distressed her, and she had the courage to soldier on. It was an evolution, so I’ll always remain hopeful and supportive of those who are genuinely undertaking such self-reflection and correction.

  64. Kevin says

    I’m not sure it’s a well known fact that the reason articles like these can be trusted is that, presumably, the editor has validated the truth of this story. It’s probably worth noting that at the end of the article.

  65. Anonymous says

    >I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today.

    Ah, so the open bigotry against men, “blame whitey”, and the desire to expose America’s daughters to degenerates in public locker rooms is ok.. it’s just the hate mobbing where you draw the line?

    This is where my sympathy for you goes “poof”

    You got what you deserved, and frankly you deserve more.

    • Sean says

      Gross. Let’s keep the commentary at a higher level dude. This isn’t Twitter. Quillette is about ideas not telling people whatever *you* think they deserve.

      • Anonymous says

        What is gross is this person’s unrepentant ruination of other peoples’ lives, and the fact that not even being on the receiving end of such despicable Maoism has made them reconsider the beliefs which have directly given rise to this behavior.

  66. Objectivist says

    Well, he/she/it did confess, which is the first stage. Doing the delivery job seems to be some penance. However, how is he going to make amends? People have died because of false accusations by scum like him/her/it. I know of a case personally.

  67. TheOldAndUnimproved Dave says

    The SJW feeding frenzy is the culture of The Committee of Public Safety during “The Terror” of the French Revolution.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_of_Public_Safety

    SJWs are following in the footsteps of Robespierre and Saint-Just, the leading lights of said Committee of Public Safety.

    “To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.” Maximilien Robespierre

    “A nation regenerates itself only upon heaps of corpses.”
    Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

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  69. Gamergate was people calling out corruption and collusion concerning game journalists and game developers. The people that were guilty just tried to turn it around and tried to change the narrative to them being the victims. Zoe Quinn has become wealthy and received many unearned opportunities because of her asserted victim status despite her vile attitude towards anyone willing to criticize her. It’s that disgusting behavior that caused her to receive such an extreme backlash. It did, unfortunately, include death threats and genuine online harassment, but that’s not unique to gamergate, gamers, men, or any one group of people. No one had to be relocated, no credible threats were made, and the game journos ultimately became famous/infamous and made plenty of money off of this situation.
    The media mobbing is a purity test that stems from something deeply psychological, and as such is applicable to every individual, but the culture of the left is steeped in an ideology that not only rewards this strategy, but requires it to determine who fit into the roles of “oppressed” and “oppressor”. It’s counterpart on the right appeals only to the fringe minority of the ethnostatist alt-right that is rejected outright by mainstream conservatives – the only people who lend white supremacists and neonazi any legitimacy are the SJWs who lie outright about their relevance and take them seriously, knowing full well that they are a tiny, impotent voice who have no traction outside of small corners of the internet and will never succeed beyond that point. The right understands they are worthless, unimportant scum, but the left will always perpetuate this ridiculous notion that they make up the majority of the right wing. A right wing that, in their eyes, includes anyone from center-left to the far right.

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  71. dirk says

    It looks like that comments under an article of a complainant are much shorter than those in less personal, general and positive issues. There must be a psychological reason for this. Actually, not very logical, because the seduction is strong to come forward with another (extensively explained) personal complaint

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  75. ADM64 says

    Kudos to the author for finally realizing what the other shoe feels like. I’d invite him to now consider the degree to which is views might actually be wrong. In other words, when talking about racism, sexism and the like, note that these things are only actually wrong within the context of an individual rights-based society and individualism, two “western” “male” “heteronormative” concepts that the Left generally ( and SJW’s) in particular attack all the time. He should ask himself why these things are wrong if individual rights and individualism are wrong? And, if it’s all about power, then why is that wrong? The progressive left can’t answer these questions any more coherently than post-modernist philosophers can avoid using the very concepts they attack as invalid when making their own arguments: they are just counting on you not to notice.

  76. This venal dumbass got exactly what he deserved. He still harbors the same idiotic cultural Marxism worldview that motivated him to savage others while feeling morally superior. Good luck with the pizzas, dude. You’re finally at your level of competence.

  77. I don’t know the guy. Most people over here don’t know him either So I will be charitable and believe him. I’m glad I quit Facebook

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  79. Steven says

    Although I applaud the author for owning up to his transgressions, it bothers me that it took becoming a victim of the toxic left to see them. It should be obvious to reasonable people what’s going on with the social justice crowd. But I guess we all have our blind spots.

    It’s because of the phenomena stated in this article that I have gone from being an active liberal to essentially apolitical. I do not follow the news. I no longer bristle (too much) at Trump bumper stickers, and I’ve ceased my own rants about the “idiocy” of flyoverland. I think this is what the liberal progressive social justice left is doing: It’s pushing people away as it slowly eats itself, and the result may be the success of the right. But whatever.

  80. dirk says

    I propose, the complainants of the future in Quillette do so under the heading:

    #Metoo.at Q.

    How many more to come?

  81. D.B. Cooper says

    Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today. But I now realize that my social-media hyperactivity was, in reality, doing more harm than good.

    Does this suggest to anyone that a moment of catharsis has been had? Trust me, I’m as glad as the next white male that this gentleman has removed himself – or been removed – from the call-out culture permeating through much of today’s social media platforms; but is his capitulation really a sign of personal growth? I find it difficult to arrive at that conclusion from his statement above.

    • ga gamba says

      Many does not equal all. Further, we don’t have specifics of what these are and what changed, so we’re left to conjecture. It’s entirely possible the toxic ones were tossed aside. They being held still is also possible.

      It’s said social justice zealotry is very much like a religious cult except in one key way: it doesn’t offer the hope of salvation. By being charitable we recognise that salvation exists and that those who want it have a right to pursue it. This is something we should encourage to offer hope to those ideologically possessed. By only offering disbelief and condemnation we risk behaving as our opponents.

      • D.B. Cooper says

        @ga gamba

        Many does not equal all.

        By definition.

        It’s entirely possible the toxic ones were tossed aside. They being held still is also possible.

        So, you’re saying, the author either continues to hold toxic views or he doesn’t continue to hold toxic views? That’s a bold statement, to be sure. But, YES, I would agree – and I hope everyone reading would as well – that the author can’t, simultaneously, have and not have views that are toxic. He either has views that are toxic or he does not have views that are toxic, but he doesn’t both have and not have toxic views, simultaneously, i.e., A and Non-A can’t both be true at the same time.

        Having satisfied the constraints of propositional logic, I would like to ask you, exactly, which of the “self-righteous social justice crusader” (SJW) opinions do you consider non-toxic? Further, would you surmise that many of the SJW opinions are toxic, or that only a few of the SJW opinions are toxic?

        The author, himself, admits he still holds “many” – which, I take to mean most or the majority – of the SJW opinions he held in his previous life. Therefore, are you suggesting that a reformed SJW – one having found salvation, so to speak – could simultaneously hold many of their ‘pre-salvation’ opinions while NOT holding any views of the toxic variety? This seems an unwarrantedly generous proposition, considering the current state of our body politic.

        It’s said social justice zealotry is very much like a religious cult except in one key way: it doesn’t offer the hope of salvation.

        Nor should it. Social justice zealotry is, at present, the lowest form of intellectual rent-seeking one may aspire to achieve in today’s public discourse.

        By being charitable we recognize that salvation exists and that those who want it have a right to pursue it. This is something we should encourage to offer hope to those ideologically possessed.

        To my knowledge, being charitable does not facilitate, nor does it preclude, the recognition of one’s salvation – the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc. Charity has nothing to do with it.

        What’s more, I would agree that those who sincerely wish to disabuse themselves of said zealotry should have the “right to pursue it” unencumbered from the undue hardships of overly critical comments. But having said that, it’s not clear to me that I’ve said otherwise, or even intimated as much. Furthermore, I’m on record as having supported the maturation of many an ideological possessed – and pro bono, nonetheless. At most, I am guilty of pointing out the author’s allegiance to views that hold very little correspondence to reality.

        And lastly, what I don’t think we should do is pretend that persons holding as true factually incorrect views – such as the existence of rape culture – are somehow marginally preferential to those persons who, in addition to holding said views, also virulently express them. Do you expect to find a difference btw the former and the latter when it comes to the ballot-box? I doubt very seriously you would.

        Someone much cleverer than I once noticed that non-progressives believe what they see, while progressives see what they believe.

        • ga gamba says

          Maybe I wasn’t so clear. Simply put, we don’t know specifically what beliefs s/he still holds. For example, I don’t find people creating bizarre new pronouns toxic, but the insistence everyone must comply to these new and ever expanding rules or face the consequences is toxic. Since we don’t know where the writer stands it’s left to our own conjecture. We may be right. We may be wrong. I haven’t yet acquired the skill of mind reading.

          I’m more concerned by behaviour than belief. I don’t demand people hold my beliefs, but I do expect people to be civil. Of course, the progressives’ new war on civility is toxic. That it ends up alienating a lot of people who then turn against progressives is fine by me.

          Someone much cleverer than I once noticed that non-progressives believe what they see, while progressives see what they believe.

          It’s a credible observation.

          • D.B. Cooper says

            @ga gamba

            Yeah, we’re definitely talking past one another, here. It seems something more than tedious to rehash where those points occurred – this horse has been dead, she’s about to turn.

            I don’t think you would take issue with the idea that reasonable people can disagree in good faith. Stroking one another just doesn’t seem appealing, besides, we are men of action, lies do not become us (carey elwes).

            Lastly, and really, the only reason I wrote this comment, is b/c I wanted to give you a much deserved ‘tip-of-the-hat’ for your “It’s a credible observation” remark. I LOL’d on that one. Strong work.

          • ga gamba says

            @D.B.

            Yes, I think you’re right we see past each other on this issue. No harm no foul there. I enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for the compliment.

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  83. Dave says

    Such a poignant article. People swarm on Twitter. And if you pick a single member of the swarm out and challenge them, they don’t have the guts to face off against you. The best way to avoid the mob is ignore them. I wish they’d teach that to PR students because I’m sick of seeing celebrities and companies apologise for perceived transgressions.

    • ga gamba says

      The best way to avoid the mob is ignore them.

      Indeed. You just need to ride it out 72 – 96 hours. Being unfed they seek nourishment by moving on to torment others.

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  85. “It’s honest work, and it’s led me to rediscover how to interact with people in the real world. I am a kinder and more respectful person now that I’m not regularly on social media attacking people for not being “kind” and “respectful.”

    Nothing else to add.

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  88. Dan says

    It’s hard to know what to think of this article unless we know more context. You did not go into any detail about what you did to incur the wrath of the mob.

    • Brunt says

      This is a very big point. If it was arbitrary “look, he’s a white guy too!” then sure, the assertion has a point. If it was “Oh wait, this guy is a serial rapist” then, well…. yeah.

  89. c'est moi says

    thank you for sharing your whining. I feel like I really learned a lot about how whiny you are. Quillette remains the bravest whiny site on the dark internet.

  90. Particle beam says

    Gee, Robespierre, don’t like the guillotine so much?

  91. Patricia Horgan says

    Thank you for this article – I admire your honesty. You write well – so I hope that you will find your ‘new’ voice and write again.

  92. ata777 says

    Sorry, “”Barrett,” but if you feel compelled to use pseudonym, you really haven’t learned anything–other than feeling sorry for yourself.

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  96. Jimmy says

    I was attacked by a SJW and his social media mob, losing my job in the process. Now my priority is getting the info removed from online and hoping my new job doesn’t find out what happened. In the end I will need to take legal action – and it really surprises me that more online lynch mobs, and their leaders, have not been sued.

  97. Bryan says

    Stupid SJW piece of shit got what he deserved. Doesn’t feel too good when you’re on the receiving end of SJW lunacy does it? Fuck this guy.

  98. Mike Tarlo says

    “The Party can never be mistaken,” said Rubashov. “You and I can make a mistake. Not the Party. The Party, comrade, is more than you and I and a thousand others like you and I. The Party is an embodiment of the revolutionary idea in history. History knows no scruples and no hesitation. Inert and unerring, she flows towards her goal. At every bend in her course she leaves the mud which she carries and the corpses of the drowned. History knows her way. She makes no mistakes. He who has not absolute faith in History does not belong in the Party’s ranks.”
    From Authur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon. I couldn’t help but think of this book when reading this. It was like after this speech Richard ran to the press with his side of the story.

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  100. azoomh says

    Theocracies, fascist dictatorships, communist regimes, etc – in all these religious based political systems where one’s status depends on how much of a true believer they are seen to be. People learn that the quickest / surest way to demonstrate faith and climb the hierarchy is to accuse others of being the enemy / less faithful / fakers. In many places it means to kill or cause people to be killed. In our world it means to exile, shame, and humiliate. That exhilaration he felt is the feeling of power a grand priest / inquisitor has. He is lucky though because in any other of the regimes mentioned above his fall from grace would have been the real end.

  101. eclecticmn says

    The book SJWs Always Lie by Vox Day is worth reading as is his second SJW book. He explains the title in the book, as they don’t always lie. Good books, not great. He explains gamergate.

  102. eclecticmn says

    But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” — in “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957 , Ayn Rand

  103. Red Clevenger says

    I hope “Barrett Wilson” reads this. Sir, what you describe is Bolshevism, and your wake up from it makes you a better liberal. You drifted with the current into waters that were not really who you are, nor was it serving the principles you believe in. Now you are better placed to fight for what you believe in. I suppose it would be as if I had drifted into a white nationalist group – I did not and I’m right of center – and then remembered myself, it’s not who I am, and it is counter to my principles.
    I hope you continue to write under this pseudonym against the mesmerizing ideologies that are leading so many astray . And for your principles, for I believe that their root our principles have more in common then all of today’s fighting allows us to see,

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  107. Indie Wifey says

    had this not happened to the writer, would he (or she?) have in due time come ‘round?
    the pulpit has become secularized; reflected, for one, in a secular conserv prez, an essential first, despite (or because of) all else
    greatest irony: the biggest voice is the collective one of those with most free time on their hands, a click based citizens united, where information and expertise are fully back-seated to virtual coins tossed into the abyss.
    It’s scary and pathetic but with too much money to be made, there’s no end in sight.
    do the anger-fueled masses possess the capacity to learn and come ‘round without personal downfall?
    with # = accuser judge jury & executioner, we are in effect a lawless society

  108. People learn from their mistakes. A knuckle sandwhich helps jog the memory. Except for anti Trumpers. They are beyond help.

  109. Kim Kim Kim says

    This story could be at best apocryphal……because of the anonymity…..

  110. Michael says

    I must tell you, delivering pizza and sushi is a far more honest job than what you were doing before. If I were you I’d thank creation for what happened to you — it relieved you of a completely inauthentic existence. I would rather be recovering the bodies of the victims of a tsunami every day of my life than be mired in the existence that you were living in.

    By the way, the is ALWAYS the way of Socialist causes. You are useful and at the top until you are more useful as a target. Then you are dead. The most vehement believers and activists in socialist causes are almost always devoured by them over time.

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  112. Sarah Allsop says

    I appreciate the author’s attempt at self-enlightenment. Putting aside politics, he sounds like a bully who got bullied back and realizes how much it hurts. If he really wants to atone for his past bullying, how about contacting those he slandered and apologizing. It doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) be done publicly but privately via email or letter to those he has bullied. Once he has done that, maybe, just maybe, he can redeem himself. Until then, it’s a little hard to believe he has learned anything from this, and he comes across as someone just seeking sympathy. Let us know if you apologize.

    • Kate Maclaren says

      Sarah, your comment reminded me of one of the 12-steps in the AA program where the recovering alcoholic must apologize and make amends to those harmed by the alcoholic’s past behavior. Those souls who make it through the program often say that that step was the hardest.

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  118. Steve Simons says

    So the author was a sanctimonious twit who only changed when other even more sanctimonious twits turned on him? The left needs to grow up. Seriously. Now.

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  127. Charlatan says

    Your job delivering food exists because of what you have done. Predatory Gangstalking kills brick and mortar shops and malls, easier to deal with a sole delivery person who is less likely to have been recruited, than with groups of people at a mall or public space. Welcome to the world you have created, shuttered shops, increasing distrust, and menial jobs. Also, don’t believe all players are patriots, some may be operating out of other countries keen to disrupt the social fabric. A few minutes Googling will reveal all to you.

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  130. Lucidique Eternal says

    Today in, fake articles written by anti-SJW false flag Alt-right fuckboys.

  131. Charlatan says

    Many are from other countries and in it only for the ad money, no personal politics involved.
    “”The Americans loved our stories and we make money from them,” he boasts, making sure I see the designer watch he’s fiddling with. “Who cares if they are true or false?””
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38168281

  132. Joe Mahaffey says

    Too bad, so sad. It was all fun and games ruining people’s lives until you got a taste of your own medicine? Awe boo hoo. You enjoy that you low T soy boy pussy. Hope you never work again and you get torn apart by rabid sjw’s. Zero sympathy.

  133. Christine says

    WOW! So many comments!
    This sounds like a ‘walk away’ story only you were banished….
    Reminded me of the blow-up on air between Whoopi & JJ that’s making the rounds now. I went to twitter where Whoopi was praised, cheered lauded celebrated- no end to her ass-whoopin fabulosity. Really even more disturbing than the actual screaming match. I never watch The View and don’t understand how anyone who is a pinch conservative would ever go on there. Like running the gauntlet. The View has become a hideous caricature of outspoken feminism/liberalism. Judge Jeaninine I have watched and while she is outspoken, speaks loudly, & can question harshly- she is never abusive and nasty like Whoopi. The honorary mantle of the Magic Negro renders Whoopi untouchable. The rewards on twitter in terms of praise were massive. They are egging her on. Just as you described.
    Social media manipulates simple human psychology in a dangerous way.

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  137. Gary says

    The biggest thing I took away is the fact its was a rush to him. Its an addiction to these people, that rush. Like any addict they will do or say anything for that next rush. They don’t realize the damage they cause as long as they get that next rush.

  138. Cheongyei says

    So sad that you say you still hold many of the same foolish beliefs that got you in this shit in the first place. Free markets, free thoughts, free speech, limited government. This is what humans need to thrive.

  139. Sebin says

    I, for one, am glad you got your comeuppance.

    Now if only it could happen to every one of the other libtard lizards.

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