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It just hit me while reading this that I predicted Milo's downfall; not what caused it (thank you, smart 16 year old), only that he would be used and thrown away, which happened even faster than I expected.

Context: in replying to a comment that ostensibly suggested you can judge a book by its cover, at least in AU, I trotted out Milos as an example of why covers are increasingly meaningless, at least in the US (he's Jewish and gay, yet aligns himself with antisemitic and anti-gay forces mainly via his GamerGate "leadership" and trollish writing/editorial influence on Breitbart).

The exact prediction (after the election I decided to lock certain personal posts, including this one): "[...] but the plurality of these sort of people seem to have accepted Milo all the same, and will continue to act like the[y] accept him until he's served his purposes and can be discarded along with every other gay they hate. So never say never, is my ultimate point."

Just to answer the unasked question, yes, he could be picked up again to be used as rocket fuel for whomever else finds him useful, but yes, he will be disposed of again, and just as forthwith-like. Anyone desperate enough to put his face on their group's name is doomed from the start, so we can pick out just what that doomed thing is much faster if they will.

What gets me is not that I predicted his being used and chucked over the right's collective shoulder like so much dirtied Kleenex™, but that anyone could have seen it coming. Surprise? Not really. He's one of the more obvious examples of Useful Idiot I've seen.

Since it's not fair to bring him up (which I don't do in a top-level post manner, as he's a discredit to every group he's ever feigned to represent or turned his back on despite representing - whether he likes it or not) it'd be a disservice not to mention how he got his start: with those who feign not caring because they feel it's the only way to hide or ignore their own pain.

Which, you know, cry me a river: we all have pain and feelings we'd like to forget, we all live in some shade of misery, denial or emotional degradation, but it's online bullies who cause more pain while doing nothing to make themselves feel better except in the moment (and yes, there's a whole essay to be written on how people who bully falsely believe others are happier than them and resent their happiness so do what they can to destroy it, but maybe another time).

Like any other addiction, the highs of the moment have to be continuously repeated so will eventually just wear them down...

Back in the day society had a good answer: you wouldn't dare. Now the Internet exists as a self-validating circlejerk to prove just how nihilistic they are. Which is what happens when the boys in the basement, along with extreme racists and xenophobes, take over political discourse after being given false equivalency as "the other side" or "another take" on otherwise clear-cut issues that more level heads have tossed about (with varying degrees of success, ranging from civilized debate and law-setting to outright civil and world wars) for literally thousands of years.

tl;dr: 1) don't give a book of matches to a 2 year old; what else did you expect to happen? 2) Am I blaming today's relatively standardless society for failing to rein in mindlesssly hateful discourse, mostly because the provocateurs themselves dismissed it as jk, except if they ever were, now they're not, so we should've been paying more attention and had ancient societal repercussions in place to deal with it? Sounds that way.