In a recent comment on someone else’s post, I wrote something about curebies that they will scream at, call slander, or the like. But it is probably the most awesomely true thing that I or anyone else has written about them. The entirety of the case that they put forth in order to support the idea that I and other autistic people should be strapped into chairs and have the autistic-ness sucked out of our brains without regard to, well, fact, rests entirely on straw men.
That might seem like a pretty far-out statement to you, but you only have to be autistic to know it is the case. Curebies and Autism Speaks for normie assholes can only put forth a case by using a straw man of the autistic or multiple straw men of the autistic. Without that straw man, the entire case comes crashing down. Or rather, they cannot build themselves a case at all.
In order to properly demonstrate this, I need to perfectly explain what a straw man is in debate terms. I have heard a number of explanations, all of them based on the person’s understanding. Some good, some bad, some horribly flawed. My favourite of the latter two essentially has it that a straw man is when you tell your opponent what their argument is and then attack the argument based on that. Not quite.
There are few sciences where straw men are used with more frequency than environmental sciences or economics. But colossal moron and environmentalist David Suzuki creates a straw man so big in one speech that he makes Adolf Hitler’s conceptions of Jews look respectful. In fact, I see economists everywhere labelled with “rot economist” and forced into ghettoes in Suzuki’s ideal world. Yes, it is that bad.
Key to understanding how seriously Suzuki has taken leave of reality is his statement that when concerns are raised about the environment, economists just say “oh, that’s an externality”. No, David, just no.
In order to show how easily-pasted Suzuki is, I am going to link this essay concerning the Coase Theorem by the late Steve Kangas. There are a multitude of things this essay makes clear, but the most readily apparent one is that externality does not mean what David Suzuki wants you to think it does. An externality is spillover from production.
Let us say for example that you have a factory that makes pies. You make tens of thousands of pies a week and sell them to the public at a competitive price that allows you to keep your lights on and your people fed. But spillovers include the need to farm animals and vegetables for ingredients, which in turn causes pollution, and pollution from the use of machinery for processing and packing.
The study of externalities concerns itself with two questions, both of which are so important they not only keep economists up at night, they also keep politicians and other scientists up at night. In a nutshell, the questions are “how do we quantify the damage the spillover does?” and “how do we neutralise the damage?”. This, you will note, is a hell of a long way from just waving your hand and saying “oh, that’s an externality”.
Let me give you a three-sentence Kangas quote that cuts Suzuki‘s argumentation balls off and flushes them down the toilet:
Coase‘s argument begins by addressing a well-known problem of markets: externalities, otherwise known as the Spillover Effect. This occurs when someone other than the buyer must share the benefits or costs of a product. The classic example is pollution.
David Suzuki, you look no better than a curebie to me. And you prove once again that the environment’s worst enemy is actually self-righteous fanatical environmentalists.
Returning to the main subject, however, the question is how to demonstrate that curebies rely solely on straw man arguments to sustain their sick goal?
It is probably a good idea to work backwards from that goal.
Autism Speaks for normie assholes have stated in the past that their goal is to cure and eliminate future cases of autism. This goal, when taken literally, is self-defeating. Autism Speaks for normie assholes needs autistic people in order to survive. I would imagine that scant few of their executive staff would even be able to find employment in a world without autistic people.
No, what Autism Speaks for normie assholes really wants is a small slave population of autistic people that they can trot out in front of suckers and use to solicit money. And that is where the straw man comes in. You see, not only do Autism Speaks for normie assholes not want autism or autistic people to be understood, they want autistic people completely silenced. And they will do anything they feel necessary to achieve that. Including removing our voice boxes and cutting off our fingers.
So what they do is create a straw man of autism.
A good example of this is Suzanne Wright’s speech to Congress where she said that she was unaware of any opposition to or disagreement with her “charity”. Had an autistic adult been there at the time, they could have simply walked up to the microphone and said “clearly, Wright has never used the Internet at all”.
It is for this reason that every video that Autism Speaks for normie assholes has posted on YouChoob has the comments feature disabled. Videos promoting the curebies’ agenda literally attract autistic self-advocates like shit attracts flies, all of these self-advocates stating in every way you can imagine that Autism Speaks for normie assholes is wrong, cares nothing for autistic people, and differs only from the Nazis in terms of their ability to carry out their ambitions. (If you think that is an overstatement, reread Wright’s statement about wanting to only read about autism in history books, then replace the word “autism” with “Jews”, “gypsies”, or “homosexuals”. And send me an immediate apology.)
But creating a straw-man of autism is not enough on its own. The Rain Man stereotype no longer helps the curebie case because so much has been placed in the news that reveals Rain Man for the fake and lie that it still is. So the curebies have to create new stereotypes and straw-men.
So now we have “geek culture” trying to present itself as the whole and sole of autism. Certain autistic self-advocates push “rocking and flapping” as if it is a requirement of being autistic. The fact that psychological professionals have diagnosed me and at least one former soldier that I can think of as autistic makes this as big a lie as Rain Man.
Nor is it exactly a good idea to have any sort of standards when putting forth your straw-man or stereotype. When Jenny McCunt, a high school drop-out, can be presented in popular media as an autism expert, something is very seriously wrong with both the media and the way it represents autism. (This is also a good reason why regulation of the media, with whopping huge fines for anyone who puts out a message that causes real and measurable harm to the subjects, should be on the autism civil rights movement’s list of demands. But do not tell yourselves I said that, rock and flap cock rockers. That would break with your tradition of expecting to get anything by sitting on your arse and pleading.)
So whist the straw-man put forth by Autism Speaks for normie assholes is nebulous and ever-changing, it has a few things that remain constant. Never in their right mind will curebies admit to themselves that there are autistic adults out there who build things, create things, or shoot people in the name of their country. No, it is paramount that all autistic people are just blobs who sit and do nothing, and all children.
That is the part that pisses me off the most when autism is “discussed” in the media. And another straw-man. Curebies want you to think autism is something that only happened in the last thirty or so years.
This, by the way, Fukkheadbook, is why I will not file complaints saying “disability or disease” when I file complaints about hate speech against the autistic. For one thing, both are not the same as one another, and for another, being autistic is neither. But try getting Fukkfaceberg to admit that he is ever wrong about anything. Neurobigotry is a real thing, Fukkheadbook.
There have been novels in the past that discuss the subject of a society comprised solely of children. It can hardly be called a coincidence that the most persistently well-known one involves the children acting like savages to one another, and is called Lord Of The Flies. When the entire focus of any entity is children, the decisions become childish and increasingly of no value to anyone.
Autism Speaks for normie assholes cannot cope with the fact that living, breathing independent adults with ideas and minds of their own are autistic. It is slowly, but surely, eroding one of their straw-men.
The focus of the autistic civil rights movement should be clear, but of course it is not. Instead of giving the curebies another stereotype, another strawman, our focus should be on tearing down every example of both and emphasising how “same thing only different” the autistic population really is.
Why do I need to keep pointing out shit like this to them?
Most ‘Autism’ organizations (of the Autism Speaks mold, anyway) view autists as Objectified Tools – namely, we are THINGS that exist solely that they may exploit us to achieve Their goals of ‘widespread social dominance’ resulting in ‘worship as small-g Gods’.
These last are better known as ‘Celebrities’, and worship is what people are doing when they obsess over such ‘morally-superior beings’ with the goal of usurping their possition(s) of POWER.
Look up the game “Freedom Fighters” by Electronic Arts. That’s the most accurate representation of A$.
I have to say that while for most Autistic people Autism isn’t a disability, it absolutely is for a few, especially if their parents are curebies. Apart from that one point, I agree with this post.
I have a distinction I like to use. “Real disability” or even “genuine disability” versus “reversion disability”. A reversion disability is a disability where, if the ratio between the disabled and the not-disabled were reversed, the not-disabled would suddenly be considered disabled. Autism is the very definition of that. For examples of “real disability”, I can name two that I just took medicines for. Diabetes and thrombiosis. Both of them automatic 4Fs at any army recruiting facility.
Depression and Stress sensitivity are pretty rough, especially if you need pills for 5 years or more. A$ doesn’t help one bit, as I heavily ponder whether a lot of things are my fault or not (usually nothing to do with me).
I agree. In fact, to demonstrate that Autism is a reversion disability in a world set up for non-Autistic people, I wrote an original story called The Story of My Diagnosis. Feel free to check it out and tell me what you think.
I am putting it on the list of things to catch up on. *nod* I will write further when I get to it.