Semi off the cuff observations on a terrible television spectacle.
Watched a few minutes of Milo Yiannoupolis on the Bill Maher Islamophobia hour aka, "Dead Time with Bill Maher." It was as bad as you would imagine. Milo made comments that he wished Maher would bring on guests with "higher IQs" immediately playing his nineteenth century eugenics angle on social shit talking. There was one bright spot when Larry Wilmore told Milo to "go fuck yourself" and then called out his statistical claim about alleged transexual propensity to criminality, as unfounded BS. Wilmore rightly categorized Milo’s transphobic claims, that he wanted to protect “women and girls” from sick men who think they are women in public bathrooms, as the same type of collective diagnosis that gays used to get when they were categorized as mental deviants driven to fuck everything in sight. Milo came off as an incoherent little phony trying to skim by, unsuccessfully judging by the audience's silence after his statements, on television charm and spectacle.
The whole show (what I could stomach of it) was a spectacle in the deepest Situationist sense of the term. At one point Bill Maher scolded Milo, only to beg him to shape up into the "young Christopher Hitchens" he might become. Milo as contrarian guardian of free speech and liberty, and Maher as protector of women and secular thought against Islamic fascism are as convincing as Hitchen’s claim to the mantle of the last Enlightenment liberal, cloaked in the infallible ectoplasm of George Orwell’s ghost, as he cheered white phosphorous over Fallujah: “The death toll is not nearly high enough... too many [jihadists] have escaped.”
Then Bill defended a guest, veteran Malcolm Nance, a counter terror expert and big supporter of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nance is also known as a critic of water boarding and torture, presumably because such dishonorable actions discredit the otherwise righteous wars of aggression carried out by the US ruling class and their capitalist allies. Maher affectionately slapped Yiannopoulos on the back, chiding "Milo, he's done stuff that ALLOWS YOU TO BE ALIVE!" Audience applause. That old familiar canard that only the violence of the state allows us our freedom. Imagine the horrors of a USA with no CIA sponsored overthrows of democratically elected governments, no standing army and police force to beat and shoot strikers and protesters, no borders and deportations, and no capitalist class of "risk takers" and "job creators" to act as the life blood of the community/nation state and start the wars we so desperately need to maintain our freedom to work for them at home. Wilmore similarly held the man up as an exemplary intellectual, presumably against the condescension of Milo toward black people, proving again that American liberalism is committed to a multicultural ruling class and pro-state intelligentsia. There was much unity among the host and all the guests that US nationalism is beyond question a force for good.
Former Georgia congressman Jack Kingston, now an adviser to Trump told Milo "We are all about the first amendment here and Milo, go for it brother because I think what they did to you at Berkeley was atrocious." And then he hugged Larry.
I forwarded a bit through the online clip to where Milo was once again noting that "the Stormfronters hate me!!!" as if this was evidence that he is in no way a fascist. Here we have another in a long line of members of what should be called the "[I'm Not A] Nazi Party" including Michael Moynihan, and a new crop of "alt-Right" Volk-nuts.
The false spectacular opposition. Separation and unity in the spectacle. We the workers are separated from any real critique of this horrible violent system, instead having the faux "free speech" wings of right and left each standing up for us. Maher mediated a compromise position, our right to demand more violence and alienation, with gay, transgender (sorry Milo), and non-white fascists killing us. The unity of the system as it represents its own opposition, unifying all ideological points on the spectrum to demand that system stands forever more as the purported natural state of reality.