The Artful Practice vs. The Advocacy of Violence: A Juxtaposition Between Muhammad Ali and George Takei

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In 1991 and ’92, as a US Navy officer on exchange with the French Navy, I took up a truly intellectual endeavor for the first time in my life. I also turned 30 at the time. I read and read—so many classics of literature and Enlightenment. Fundamentally, I came away with the notion that the initiation of force by any individual, group, or State against any individual or group is fundamentally immoral and the core source of all problems in society.

I committed my mind and practice to that principle, and the first step was to resign my navy officer commission, which I did in 1992. Since then, I have been pretty tireless in advocating for that ideal. I was in Prodigy, AOL, and Compuserve forums early; later, USENET…and after a few years of hiatus where I met, married, bought a house, started a business, and got a dog, I began blogging in 2003; or, 4,300 posts ago.

The astute know that even when I’m talking about diet, I’m really talking about freedom from force and threat or force or coercion.

Muhammad Ali. Is it not remarkable that such a guy so captivated attention in the latter 60s and the whole 70s? A guy who adopted the Islamic faith, took a Muslim name? No worries for 1960s Americans. He was a celebrated hero. I like what Karen De Coster (now with an appendage called Campbell), wrote about Ali on Fecesbook.

My Facebook thread is filled with dissing of Muhammad Ali by, what I can mostly discern, those who are conservatives, Republicans, and assorted fundamentalists. Each slam is of the same boorish content; draft dodger, draft dodger, anti-American, yada yada.

All I see is these folks writing about hating Ali while they instead wish to worship and honor those who went to war under a slave-draft system to kill people they knew nothing about because their government held a gun to their head, gave them a draft number, and opened the gate for them and the rest of the cannon fodder. The “draft dodger” condemnations are being carelessly flung out and about by the usual idiots. On a correct note, here’s Tom Mullen:

“Ali never dodged the draft; he opposed it, accepting the legal consequences without any attempt to evade them. He didn’t flee to Canada or enroll in college to obtain a deferment. From the moment he learned of his induction, Ali stood firmly in the proud tradition of civil disobedience, saying “just take me to jail.””

So Muhammad Ali is properly described as being willing to _die for_ peace and freedom. He faced down the government, held on to principle, spoke his mind, and never sold out a damn thing in spite of his incarceration. He didn’t run – he stayed and fought the establishment, even as the government tried to destroy him.

Then, folks are bringing up Ali’s racial connotations about white people being his enemy, with him saying (to paraphrase), “I’m not going to go over there and help somebody get what the negroes don’t have,” and telling those young, white kids on college campuses, “You are my opposer when I want freedom, you are my opposer when I want justice, you won’t even stand up for me or my religion, but you want me to go somewhere and fight somebody who has done nothing to me.”

Ali, in his times, was exactly right about all of that, so what’s the problem? This is something that today’s fake-i-fied Social Justice Warriors cannot even comprehend. Ali was indeed a great American.


It was indeed rather interesting in the aftermath of his death to just go to Facebook, search the man’s name, and scroll.

Here’s a couple in particular I liked.

And this one demonstrates what a thinker Ali was and didn’t worry about going against the prevailing regurgitation for birdbrains.

He’s making a distinction between racism, and the love of one’s culture and ethnic identity. I wrote about exactly this, 11 years ago, in 2005, calling it “culturism.”

So, given that Ali was a boxer who dealt out more physical punishment than most men ever have or will, yet was willing to go to prison over a commitment to non-violence suggests that he was a principled thinker of a man and made the correct critical distinction: ‘we boxers sign up for this.’

…Now let’s turn attention to George Takei, a man—and family and ethnic brothers and sisters—literally interned by main State force during WWII by the political apparatus—the FDR democrats—he supports above all else (his Facebook presence increasingly drips with his hard leftist bias).

Last week or so there was a Trump Rally in San Jose, CA, and here’s some of what happened, as it has happened elsewhere and has been happening. About a minute into the video, you begin to see the cold-cocking and kicking-when-down by the “peaceful protesters.”

As an aside, the police were rather standoffish in terms of “protecting and serving:” San José police fretted that protecting Trump supporters would further ‘insight’ the mob. Or, perhaps it’s just Occam’s Razor. Could the simpler explanation be that Eddie Garcia, the Mexican-Latino Police Chief of San Jose is a public racist and as an affiliate of La Raza (“The Race”), a Brown Supremacist? It’s worse than a White Supremacist because he has a position, political power, and influence. Very few, if any, White Supremacists do, anymore. “Affirmative Action,” I guess.

…But here’s what George Takei posted on Facebook concerning violence directed at Trump supporters in San Jose and his other political rallies, quoting an article that asserts in its tagline that “experts and political leaders alike begin to ask whether Trump should be held responsible,” (you know, unlike holding the Trump protesters responsible for individual or group acts of violence). To this, never a man to pass up an opportunity to stridently condemn anything, without exception, counter to the political left or psycho queer fringe, George was in fine form in his unequivocal condemnation of the widespread violence and the lapse by the “protectors” in handling it.

“A fascinating and troubling look into the politics of division.”

Wow. Way to call out violence (“politics of division”), George. Personally, I find your lack of moral indignation both fascinating and troubling.

Anyway, I later posted this, tongue-in-cheek like, as a sort of troll of Takei.

“@georgetakei is responsible for all the violence in San Jose. I think people should file a lawsuit. He has to be held accountable for his speech.”

It worked.


See, in the intelligent though indoctrinated, regurgitating mind of someone like Takei, he sees no overriding moral principle in play here. He would immediately—and with fake moral indignation—condemn violence at a Hillary or Sanders rally instigated by anti-abortion or anti-gay activists, yet puts on a faint “troubling” when pro-socialism stripes of every free-stuff color instigate violence against those interested in doing something about protecting their earned income, property, and American way of life that’s tied up in a certain character of culture and sub-ethnicity that’s actually quite diverse, even amongst the right and conservatives.

It’s just not the right kind of diversity.

I can only conclude that Muhammad Ali was a moral giant, whereas, George Takei is a moral Pygmy.

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  1. Beans McGrady on June 11, 2016 at 18:29

    While I am totally with you on Takei(expertly executed troll BTW),Ali is a little more complicated.
    He wasn’t anti-war. He made it pretty clear that he would not fight in a war that was not endorsed by the Nation of Islam.
    Ali is a really fascinating character. His race baiting of Joe Frazier was pretty despicable. I think he softened quite a bit as he got older, and his overall legacy is a positive one in my view, but I think saying he had a commitment to non-violence is a stretch.

  2. Greg on June 12, 2016 at 05:53

    That Ali video is great – never saw it before. Haven’t looked into him at all to this point, but now I’m intrigued.

  3. observer on June 12, 2016 at 23:22

    Everyone has their favorite Ali moment. Mine his Donald Trump interview – Classic Ali – respect!

    • Richard Nikoley on June 12, 2016 at 23:40

      Sasha Cohen is a punk asshole and I hate people like that.

      He doesn’t ridicule disvalue, he seeks out value to ridicule. In short, he’s a nihilist.

  4. VW on June 12, 2016 at 12:26

    Not a bad article at all. I approve.

  5. observer on June 12, 2016 at 23:28

    It never ceases to amaze me how these duplicitous left wing nuts are prepared to sacrifice their own principals just to make a point. If you can’t make your point using your own principals then you have discovered a logical fallacy in your own principals.

    Ali practiced what he preached. That is never questioned.

  6. Ramon on June 13, 2016 at 04:21

    Well done. I had to stop following George because of all the crap he was posting. And now there is something more violent than protests to turn media attention away from the election….sigh.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 13, 2016 at 07:30

      Well, he’s sure hush-hush about the latest event. Registered democrat who’s also a Muslim terrorist kill 50 gays and injures another 50.

  7. Richard Nikoley on June 13, 2016 at 09:46

    Latest Takei:

    He was “moved to tears” by the Choom Gangster’s speech about the Orlando massacre of gays out partying by a registered Democrat Muslim terrorist.

    My reply:

    LOL @georgetakei.

    Where was his mention of Islam as the driving force? Where was the connection that in Islam, the penalty for homosexuality is death, explicitly and unapologetically so?

    You are becoming the left’s pet gay apologist and useful idiot, George, sorry to say.

    Tears? Where is your outrage, sir? Or do you reserve that for wedding cake bakers and bathroom owners?

    Fucking pathetic.

    • Hap on June 13, 2016 at 15:01

      Let George not be confused by facts. The narrative must prevail.

    • Hap on June 14, 2016 at 12:23

      Here is a link to UW Madison, creating “mandatory” cultural competency training. This is culturism run amok….at a cost of 200K per session.

      Notice, it is not possible to engage in insensitivity or microaggression to a Caucasian….only persons of color.

      Perhaps some would not like me saying this, but somehow we lost our way with the idea that being American does not mean abandoning identity ,ethnicity, race…..although it does ask that citizens adopt the principles of liberty, rights from other than the state, and specific limitations enumerated regarding state interference in personal lives.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 14, 2016 at 13:00

      “This is culturism run amok”

      I would suggest you learn the distinction between Culturism and Multi-Culturalism prior to engaging me on the topic.

  8. pzo on June 14, 2016 at 12:22

    I remember reading some reporter’s (I cannot call them journalists anymore) spent some time with Ali about ten years ago. His Parkinson’s was bad yet. One of the things that Ali did that day, as he allegedly did frequently, was call people out of the phone book at random. He’d introduce himself, often not believed, of course, and then would proceed to just talk with the other party, How ya doing, what’s going on in your life, things like that.

    What he was doing was far beyond using his fame as a door opener. He was telling the people that he called that someone in this fucking universe cared about them. No gimmicks, no price, no ulterior motive. And, just wait until I tell my friends, it was Muhammed Ali.

    The Greatest.

    • Hap on June 14, 2016 at 13:22

      I had already read your long ago post on culturism. At the time of posting, I understood that I may have mangled your understanding. But just in a h urry to get this in the column while work put on hold. I don’t disagree at all with your criticism. I shouldjust be more careful. However, you obviously know what I was getting at, despite the clumsiness of it all. culturism expresses the acknowledgement that there are cultures and distinctions to be made, ultimately resulting in some judgement. Multiculturism is the notion that there are lots of cultures and that they have distinctions but theoretically equal value. In practice, the multiculturalists therefore demand that it is chauvinistic to expend effort on becoming truly familiar with your own culture, especially if it is linked to Europe and males. Nothing special there….in fact, problematic.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 14, 2016 at 13:26

      Yep, OK. Onward, then.

      One can’t be too careful and words and distinctions are crucially important. :)

  9. BabyGirl on June 14, 2016 at 13:51

    Not to go all wonky on you, but I wish you’d share your thoughts on False Flag events and the fact that they are now legal. (National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.)

    • Richard Nikoley on June 14, 2016 at 15:36

      I don’t do secrets too big to keep, BabyGirl.

      I don’t need to do conspiracy theory when the whole goddamn place is a conspiracy to lie and steal, and fool morons into standing in line to cheer and wear a lapel sticker over it.

      Never attribute to nefarious machinations what is more easily explained by ignorance and stupidity.

      The American people don’t need false flag events to be the putty they’ve been for well over 100 years.

  10. Woodchuck Pirate on September 6, 2016 at 11:32

    Ego is always dysfunctional, collective ego is enhanced dysfunction. Every collectivist is a useful idiot, “putty” as you’ve coined them. The USA has seen no evolution since the days I watched Ali fight. The primary difference for me today is that I’m almost grown. I don’t have to put up with stars and stripes waving cunts from the “great society” or shitboomer viral cannibal collective. They’ve lost control of everything because they have no respect for their own rights and therefore violate the rights of others. Where is the leftist anti-war movement been all during Obama’s destruction of Ukraine? Answer: Living on their knees with the shit for brains second string democrats called Republicans.

    Ali lived and Ali died. I’m the better for having witnessed him standing up for himself. The least I will do in this human life-form is refuse to be paid to live on my knees, and therefore die on my feet. I made that decision watching Ali on TV all those years ago. There’s been very few people since then that I’d trust to walk behind me. “Misanthropy remains rational” should be a sign hung over the door of my plank board cave. There I’ll sleep and dream of the day of nights to come.

    Battle Of Mice – Sleep And Dream

    Woodchuck Pirate
    aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

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