Kafkatrapping

Written by The Annoyed Man on . Posted in Miscellaneous

I read an article a while back that bears repeating on these pages, which exposes a common and most vile methodology of the left - namely, "kafkatrapping".

Here's the link to the original article, which I suggest you should read in full. Here is the crux:

Raymond offers various models of how kafkatrapping operates. He calls the two most common ones A and C.

Model A: The accuser states, "Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of (sin, racism, sexism, homophobia, oppression…) confirms that you are guilty of (sin, racism, sexism, homophobia, oppression…)." Harking back to The Trial, Raymond explains how the novel's plot parallels the structure and purpose of the accuser's nonargument. No specific acts are named in the accusation, which makes the claim unfalsifiable. The vague charge constitutes a thought crime, which also makes it unfalsifiable. As with The Trial, the process seems designed to create guilt and to destroy resistance so that you become malleable. Indeed, "the only way out … is … to acquiesce in his own destruction." Even if you are innocent, the only path to redemption is for you to plead guilty and accept punishment. Ideally, for the accuser, you even come to believe in your own guilt.

Model C is a common variant on the same theme. You may not have done, felt or thought anything wrong but you are still guilty because you benefit from a position of privilege created by others. In other words, you are guilty because of your identification with a group such as "male," "white," or "heterosexual." The accusation makes you responsible for the actions of strangers whose behavior you cannot control and who may have died long ago. Raymond writes, "The aim … is to produce a kind of free-floating guilt … a conviction of sinfulness that can be manipulated by the operator [accuser] to make the subject say and do things that are convenient to the operator's personal, political, or religious goals." To be redeemed, you must cease to disagree with your accuser and condemn your entire identity group.

What happens when an accuser confronts someone in the same identity group to which he or she belongs? For example, one woman may question aspects of politically correct feminism being presented by another. An entirely different phenomenon occurs. Obviously, the questioner will not be encouraged to condemn herself for being a woman or to excoriate all women. Instead, she will be defined out of the group.

This is called the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.

Kafkatrapping is intellectual fraud of the highest order, and allowing yourself to be subjugated by the moral coward wielding it is to surrender your self image to the control of someone who (A) hates you, and (B) can never be placated. Don't give in to them. Never allow a leftist cretin to kafkatrap you, and when he or she tries, call them out on it. Tell that person that you don't deal with people who deal in logical fallacies, and then ask them if they want some fries with that ouin-burger.

When someone kafkatraps you.......or tries to anyway, THIS should be your reaction:

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