H/T Bookworm via AoSHQ ONT
I eventually realized that the reason I was struggling was because my Leftist friends don’t have moral standards; instead, they have victim standards. This isn’t to say that they’re not good people. It’s just that they don’t have a sense of abstract morality. In its place is an up/down sense of victim status (something I’ve written about at length before, at American Thinker). This viewpoint comes straight from Marx himself:
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
This Marxist view says that, if you ally yourself with the oppressed, you’re always in the right. You’re not necessarily moral, but you’re definitely taking the correct side in every debate. That arc of history will eventually bend your way. (Incidentally, isn’t there an Orwellian beauty to the fact that the Left acts oppressively and justifies its conduct by characterizing itself as the oppressed?) This distinction, between the Judeo-Christian abstract morality and the Leftist habit of saying you’re right because you’ve designated yourself as one of the good guys, makes it very difficult for people committed to morality to argue with people committed to Leftism.