When No Lives Matter

Dave Carter, Ricochet

“Violence is just, where kindness is vain.” — Pierre Corneille

It was said that when one of the Goncourt brothers (19th Century French novelists) was taken by Madame Curie herself to tour the laboratory wherein she had discovered radium, he later wrote in his journal, “On being shown radium this morning, I thought I heard the voice of God, ringing out as clearly as the doorkeeper’s at the Louvre at five o’clock every weekday afternoon, and uttering the same solemn words, ‘Closing time, gentlemen!’”

These days, however, anyone on the lookout for apocalyptic benedictions need not leaf through the journals of refined authors and intellectuals, or browse the laboratories of physicists or chemists. No, the death knell of civil society, indeed, of all that makes humanity “human,” is not heralded by the newest weapons but rather by the half literate vulgarities of crude little people on their crude little live-stream video as they kidnap, brutalize and torture an innocent person. It is announced regularly on the evening news here in Memphis where one month ago, an 11 year-old girl walking to school one morning was raped and thrown into a ditch; where homicides reached an all-time high in 2016; and where the murder rate surpassed the murder rates of Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.

“I’m not going to say it shocked me,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson of last week’s kidnapping and brutalization of a developmentally disabled gentleman, “but it was sickening.” Some of the particulars of the crime as reported by “The Sun“:

The live stream – originally posted by Brittany Herring but since deleted – showed the victim, who cops said had special needs, cowering in a corner with his arms tied and his mouth gagged.

He was filmed as he is kicked and punched by the gang, who were heard shouting “f*** Donald Trump. F*** white people”.

At one point they cut the man’s hair until his scalp bled before flicking cigarette ash into the wound.

He was discovered because he made so much noise while being tortured, the neighbours downstairs complained to cops, and the foursome went down to kick there [sic] door in.

The victim, who was initially reported missing on Monday night by his mother, was then able to make a break for it.

Note, please, the Police Superintendent’s admission that he wasn’t “shocked” by the attack. The fact that this level of barbarity comes as no surprise is itself a resounding condemnation of the growing acceptance of idiot-savagery as normal. Never mind the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1993 expression of “defining deviancy down.” We passed that marker long ago, because when snot-nosed miscreants feel free to shamelessly showcase their loathsome crimes and assaults on social media, we’re not just defining deviancy down. We’re defining barbarism down as well, and the whole mess is taking what’s left of civil society down with it into a primitive existence where brutish culture meets third world tribalism.

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