Hate Explains Everything
Whatís So Bad About Hatemongers, Gun Nuts, and Paranoid, Tax-Resisting Extremists?
by Jim Goad
So whatís the truth? Are the militias malicious? The experts will tell you that they
are. But despite their millions of dollars of top-flight research, they canít come
up with better explanations for WHY theyíre malicious than these: HATE and PARANOIA.
That would be sufficient, if there were nothing to hate and no reasons to be paranoid.
HATE SPEECH is the most Orwellian concept to emerge from the twentieth-century
twilight. It is especially deceptive because it hides behind a Happy Face mask.
Most people want to be on the side of love, right? Like all dangerous ideas, the
notion of hate speech sounds good until dismantled piece by piece. The first problem
is with the termís vagueness. Hate speech, apparently, has become anything they hate.
Through relentless exposure to well-meaning, soft-suds imagery, otherwise intelligent
people have been brainwashed to believe that "hate" is a satisfactory explanation for
any human action. Reducing complex sociopolitical struggles to a matter of "hate" is
as simplistic as blaming it on "sin," but they fall for it.
A Manhattan lawyer who describes himself as "Americaís leading expert on the militia
movement," writes that he hugged his three-year-old kid the night of the Oklahoma
City bombing. He told Junior that it happened "because they hated too much."
For now, letís accept the premise that one hundred sixty-eight humans died in
Oklahoma City because people "hated too much." I think itís a silly and reductive
proposition, but letís accept it. Now answer these questions, if youíd be so kind:
Did a federal sniper shoot Vicki Weaver in the face because he hated too much?
Did our government conduct the Tuskegee Experiment with syphilis on black soldiers
because it hated too much? Does our justice system ignore a quarter-million jailhouse
rapes a year because it hates too much?
Did LBJ lie about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, causing the deaths of 60,000 Americans
and nearly a half-million Vietnamese, because he hated too much? Did our tax dollars
recently finance over 200,000 corpses in El Salvador because our government hated too
much? Did 116,708 Americans die in World War I because our government hated too much?
Did 54,246 Americans die in the Korean "conflict" because our government hated too
much? Did "our" government never come clean and admit that these wars were all
useless wastes of human life that only benefited the wealthy because it hated too much?
Did the U.S. government intern Japanese citizens in concentration camps during World
War II because it hated too much? Did the British police drag IRA members from their
beds, drop them from helicopters, apply electrodes to their genitals, drug them, and
insert blunt objects in their anuses until they fainted because they hated too much?
Do Israeli police shove ball-point pens inside the urethras of Arab political prisoners
because they hate too much? Did Stalin and Mao each kill more people than Hitler did
because they hated too much?
Iíll expect your answers next Monday morning.
Americaís first hate-speech law was 1798ís Sedition Act. Barely twenty years after
the Declaration of Independence advocated overthrowing the British government by
force, the United States made it a crime to advocate overthrowing the government by
force. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. It became a punishable offense to
say or publish things that could "excite popular hatreds" against government
officials. So maybe all this chest-thumping about "hate speech" has less to do
with racism than it has to do with criticism of government. Thatís the hate-speech
So now hatred is the enemy that the experts fear. Like all objects of fear, itís
something they donít understand. The problem with most "experts" on hate is that
they seem truly bewildered as to what causes people to hate. Theyíre aware that
hate surrounds them, but they donít know why. They donít appear to be people whoíve
ever had much legitimate cause to feel burning, frustrated hatred in their lives.
People in Northern Ireland know what itís like to hate. Blacks in America know the
feeling. But the experts scratch their heads and ask for more federal grant money
to solve the problem.
Some of them actually want us to spend millions of dollars to research what causes
human hate. They implore you to fight the hate. They want you to kill it, squash
it, suffocate it, exterminate it. Blind as bats, they entirely miss the point that
the problem isnít hate, itís human nature. Especially when human nature rubs elbows
with wealth and power.
Why do people hate? Itís a natural human emotion, not some sinister aberration.
Just as love comes from satisfaction, hate comes from frustration. Hate is as
useful as love, and it often works a hell of a lot quicker. Hatespeak is usually
more honest than lovespeak, and itís always better than doublespeak.
Some things seem worthy of hate. People hate being told lies, especially when they
might die because of those lies. People hate when others are indifferent to their
situation. People hate when they realize theyíre being robbed and can do nothing
to stop it.
HATRED comes from powerlessness, whereas DISDAIN-the sort that highfalutin media yogis
show for the redneck rabble-rousersí ethno-geo-ideological world-is more often
reserved to the cushier classes. Poor people hate, while the affluent show disdain.
The powerful have always regarded the powerless with a supercilious contempt that
could very rightly be called hate. So theyíre in no position to act holy about
so-called hate speech.
How can you protest your oppression (perceived or actual) and sound lovey-dovey about
it? The MOST important type of speech to protect is hate speech, because it often
contains desperate truths that would lose their urgency if expressed calmly. Most
revolutions throughout history could hardly be called acts of love.
You know what I consider hate speech? Words or phrases that are dangerous falsehoods,
such as "friendly fire." Thatís hateful to me. Peace with honor. Collateral damage.
Pacification programs. Peacekeeping actions. National security. Vital interests.
Bald-faced lies that get people killed.
When D.C. powermongers accuse Montana pitchfork-bearers of terrorism and make a
garish media parade of it, they should really wipe their own dirty asses first.
When government PR-puppies wag fingers and preach that "with free speech comes
responsibility," they should check their own words.
The government never flinched from infecting Americans with hate speech whenever
"vital interests" were at stake somewhere on the other side of the planet. My brother
had never met a Vietnamese person until the feds armed him with an M16 and told him
to go murder them. When he came home on furlough and talked about how he wanted to
"kill gooks," it wasnít the Klan who put that idea in his head, it was his Army
officers. At six or seven years old, I remember seeing The Green Berets with John
Wayne and being convinced of Americaís meritorious mission in Vietnam. Was I
influenced by hate speech? Probably.
Maybe theyíre brainwashing everyone to love each other because they realize weíll all
be fighting over the same loaf of bread.
Excerpt from The Redneck Manifesto, by Jim Goad, copyright 1997. Available for $15.40