Imagine sitting in a lecture hall every day for a whole semester. The topic is Moby Dick.
Throughout the book, sailors refer to the whale as a “fish.” That’s how people talked back then.
Every time the lecturer reads aloud an excerpt where the characters call the whale a “fish,” the same student yells out:
“Whales aren’t fish. They’re mammals.”
And he deserves to get his head bashed in…
Look, it takes a while, but you simply have to point out to your latest idiot that, during World War 2, it was commonplace to refer to “the Germans” or “the Japanese.”
No one thought this was “racist” or in any other ways odd.
People on the left and the right and in the middle talked like this, in every country. Why?
Because in those days — before leftists started making up imaginary “rules” of the rhetorical road designed to make communication and cognition more difficult, not less so — normal, sane, responsible people by the millions realized that there was, in fact, nothing wrong with “making generalizations” — today considered a sin on par with “hypocrisy.”
95% of the people talking about “the Germans” or “the Japanese” understood that “not all Germans were Nazis.” They presumed that almost everyone in Germany between the ages of, say one and 16 was too young to be considered “a bad guy.”
Same for really old people, the mentally ill and disabled, anti-Nazi German expats like Marlene Dietrich — they numbered in the millions.
No one found it necessary to point this out time after ****ing time, because SANE, NORMAL PEOPLE understood this, and assumed that other people understood this too.
Today, of course, we can’t take the existence of sane, normal people for granted.
And in fact, it is the insane, abnormal people who are forcing us to constantly handicap ourselves rhetorically in public or get called “racists.” They do this on purpose so our side will lose.
Do not go along with the “not ALL Muslims” trope, even though you know it is true. It is a trick.
Planck’s Constant makes that point, and others. You should read this.