This one is probably a year old (like the book), but I had missed it, and found it worthwhile, when I came across it earlier today.
In Sayet’s theory, the left-liberal holds a basic premise that all discrimination is bad (the root cause of human conflict). From that premise, consequences flow:
- It follows that nothing (no idea, person, culture, nation, religion, action, behavior, artwork, test result, financial result, etc.) ever deserves to be upheld as better, more beautiful, more successful, right, etc. than anything else is;
- from which it follows that anything which *is* (or has been) upheld as good/beautiful/successful/right must be a fake, and must have achieved the greater rewards/status that it carries by some form of injustice (such as cheating, crime, societal racism or other prejudices, etc.);
- from which it follows that the liberal must and will uphold its opposite, that is: uphold the bad, the ugly, the failed and the wrong – as compensation, or to achieve the liberal’s beloved non-discriminating affirmingness and neutrality.
In other words: Neutrality isn’t neutral. According to Sayet, when you commit yourself to a stance of philosophical/cultural neutrality, it will drive you inevitably toward upholding that which is provably untrue, twisted, bad, failed, wrong, etc.
As we see left-liberals doing, over and over in issue after issue.
I think Sayet is onto something, and that there is a lot of what he describes on the Gay Left. As background for one example: I believe that (1) orientation (gay vs. bi vs. straight) is morally neutral, but also that (2) norms of personal behavior are often morally valid (for all orientations – e.g., don’t rape, don’t cheat, the underaged always deserve our protection and never anybody’s sexual interest, etc.). And many a time have I encountered material or comments from gay lefties suggesting that they have a great deal of trouble with the part (2), the concept of moral norms. Indeed, I’ve seen a few flip out at the mere mention of the word “morality”, insisting that any form of moral discrimination (or “judgment”, as they call it) is hateful bigotry. Shades of Sayet!