The Milo Saga

Let me begin by saying I am strongly inclined to like Milo.  I remain strongly inclined to like Milo.

I also do not intend to dwell further about this matter beyond this entry.  But political error must be objectively studied so that we may learn from it.

There are things in the process of political persuasion that one simply does not do.  Not even when fortunate enough to be facing somewhat respectable political opponents.  And certainly not against utterly disreputable Technocrat opponents who happen to be his opponents as well as those of Hamiltonian Conservatives.

There are minimal standards in every kind of enterprise that desires success.

These minimal standards might be called the ‘duh‘ standards.

Part of the reason for having them is that those are the standards that must be adhered to so that someone exceptionally reputable (such as myself, and who is still favorably disposed towards Milo) is not placed in an impossible situation trying to defend him from violating the duhs.

Defending homosexual pederasty is one of those duhs.

Because he did disregard so obvious a rule I am now placed in a position where I (and others) have to either defend his statements or admit there is no explanation other than he screwed up – a position not unlike a soccer fan who watched his team’s goalie walk off the field to get coffee while the opposition team scored an open goal.

It is a fact Technocracy scored a goal left open by Milo.

Is it a fault of the Progressives they kicked it in?  It was an open goal, afterall, and he knew they were an opposition on the field 24/7.  An open goal is a beautifully written invitation to the other side to aim for it.  That is why soccer teams don’t leave goals open as standard practice.

Soccer has its duh standards too.

Because – as you can tell from this blog’s ambitious subject matter – we deal with theory with as much enthusiasm as we do practicality, theoretically what is the best light we could put his statements in?

About the best that can be done is to say that Milo’s suggestion might have been that in his early teens he desired a relationship with older men, but that he was not making a broader point about the desirability of this relationship working for other teenagers.

This hypothetical attempt still falls short of credulity; therefore we cannot endorse it this experimental defense.

After reviewing his videos – and these were all publicly available videos on the internet, not surreptitious wiretaps of private conversations – his shock jock interviewers were fairer and more patient giving him time to explain himself than any mainstream crackpot journalist would have been. They gave him many opportunities to make a retreat in the face of their inquiries.  But he didn’t take them.  Instead he seemed to keep the door open to these kind of relationships being beneficial without making a conclusive statement.

That he always bordered on an endorsement without making one makes it very difficult for his allies to say he did not make an endorsement, even if he does not actually endorse it privately.

The lesson to take from this media event – don’t put potential allies in impossible situations.  Heeding this advice is better for both you and your allies.

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4 thoughts on “The Milo Saga”

  1. Not sure if you read Sailer, but I think there’s more significance to this in the long term. After World War T, WWP seemed like a likely next target. This kerfuffle may force a reset by the Cathedral, though I’m not confident how that might shake out. Defending pedos is a losing position.

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  2. Can’t disagree with you TUJ. Maybe Milo agrees too, although no doubt he was forced out of Breitbart. Milo should not be thought of as a deep thinker, ie he’s not following your trail, but he’s clever and witty, and thinks quickly on his feet. He’s fun to watch and broadly supports a conservative ideology. I would find it hard to dislike him, in the way gothamette so clearly does.

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  3. This kerfuffle may force a reset by the Cathedral, though I’m not confident how that might shake out.

    Fortunately I don’t see a broader impact to Milo’s (hopefully temporary) setback to the Right because the Right never fully embraced him except as an anti-liberal media phenomena.

    His showmanship, ego, and talent for self-promotion left his successes and failures particular to himself. On one hand, Conservative admirers could only admire from a distance while offering all sorts of qualifications publicly when they agreed with him. On the other hand, he had numerous opponents on both the mainstream and fringe elements of the Right; partly due to true disagreement but more than a small amount due to simple jealousy at his fame.

    Of course the Liberals for their part will try to tie him to the Right. But I view that as as more evidence they are too focused on fleeting media hysterics instead of strategy.

    Defending pedos is a losing position.

    I do wish he just would have kept his opinion about that topic to himself.

    But I suppose that inevitably he was going to stumble across a line not even he could deftly walk back given how often he was playing on the edge.

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  4. Can’t disagree with you TUJ. Maybe Milo agrees too, although no doubt he was forced out of Breitbart. Milo should not be thought of as a deep thinker, ie he’s not following your trail, but he’s clever and witty, and thinks quickly on his feet. He’s fun to watch and broadly supports a conservative ideology. I would find it hard to dislike him, in the way gothamette so clearly does.

    I am hoping he can make some sort of comeback because was useful for the reasons you point out.

    I am sure Breitbart did push him out. But they sort of had no choice: It is hard to spin his interview statements in a good light.

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