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One Progressive Recognizes Their Culture Is Toxic

Posted by V the K at 8:44 am - January 30, 2018.
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I’m not one of those people who gets encouraged when a leftist begins to question their deranged hive mind. I don’t expect an article here and there to be any indication that progressive leftists are ready — en masse — to come to their senses and begin behaving like rational, reasonable people. So, I’m taking this article as an outlier, not a harbinger.

Progressives used to be able to handle dissent. The Democrats were the party of free speech and free thought. No more. Among far too many leftists, if you disagree, you are wrong. And if you are wrong, you are bad, and if you are bad, you are trash.

This is a shame, and not just because I’m sick of getting angry e-mails. It’s a shame because this call-out culture prevents people from actually speaking their minds, because they are too scared of being unfriended, unfollowed, blocked, shunned, or dismissed as simply trash. But we shouldn’t be shutting opinions we disagree with down; we should be seeking them out. You don’t learn much if everyone around you believes—or professes to believe—the exact same thing as you do, and if we don’t expose ourselves to a diversity of opinions, we are never going to get out our self-imposed echo chambers.

Leftists don’t want to leave their echo chambers. They just want to make the whole world an echo chamber by silencing alternative opinions.

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  1. I agree, it is an outlier.

    A normal Democrat is still a Democrat. With all its socialist bells and whistles. A little bit of honesty does not alter the hive mind.

    Comment by Hanover — January 30, 2018 @ 9:34 am - January 30, 2018

  2. If you think this is exclusive to “leftists,” you are being downright disingenuous. I have received hate mail and even death threats. They are a dime a dozen in the age of social media, when anyone can hide behind the anonymity of a made-up screen name.

    I have been from commenting on Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, CrisisMagazine, Stream, CruxNow, Lifesite, AmericanThinker and other right-wing websites …. NOT because I was obscene or abusive, but because they don’t tolerate dissent.

    Comment by Chuck Anziulewicz — January 30, 2018 @ 10:14 am - January 30, 2018

  3. It is to laugh.

    From the link:

    The world is falling apart around us, and we—liberals, progressive, leftists, whatever you want to call us—are too busy fighting with each other to actually do anything concrete about it, even though we agree on most of the big, important issues.

    Laughable, because the author goes through a lot of explaining of the “woke” argot that is the “lingua imperil” of the Progressive “woke” world battling over whether one is genuinely “woke” and what to do about those who talk “woke” but are not “woke.”

    More simply put: the Progressives have imposed a language and now they are battling over proper usage of their psychobabble-laden, feelings-centered, passive-aggressive tribal grunts and goofyisms. George Orwell could not be reached for comment.

    Politics is one thing, culture and its underpinnings of morality is quite another. And losers always try to hi-jack the language first. If you control the rhetoric, you can control the mind. Racism, homophobia, sexism, misogyny, nativism, xenophobia, etc. are the slings and arrows of mind control.

    So, this author has found herself “hoist of her own petard” and she is “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” All because she can not dissent in the world of Progressivism. She wants to stop the merry-go-round and “they” won’t let her. She is “authentically” pissed off. And the tribe wants to take her talking-stick away from her.

    Poor little moth. She has burned herself on the flame of empathy and understanding and no one cares.

    She says that the tribe agrees on most of the big, important issues. Really? List the issues and the solutions. Why do I believe that every single one of them will involve reorganizing society according the dominance and control of the tribe?

    She hasn’t gained any sense. She wants to control the intra-tribal squabbles. This pre-purge talk.

    Comment by Heliotrope — January 30, 2018 @ 10:40 am - January 30, 2018

  4. “the democrats were the party of free speech and free thought.” well so was the republican party. but that was before either was leftist. leftists have never been for free speech or free thought they have always been totalitarians.

    Comment by salg — January 30, 2018 @ 2:37 pm - January 30, 2018

  5. I just long for the day they will finally be done eating themselves — ideologically speaking.

    Obviously, though, I’m not exactly holding my breath.

    Comment by Cyril J. — January 30, 2018 @ 4:01 pm - January 30, 2018

  6. Je n’y peux rien — Deux femmes qui s’embrassent me feront toujours penser à deux boxeurs qui se serrent la main.

    — Sacha Guitry (1885 – 1957)

    I can’t help it — Two women kissing will always make me think of two boxers shaking hands.

    Who knows, maybe the same goes — only much exacerbated — with the SJWs’ conception of empathy within their kind?

    Comment by Cyril J. — January 30, 2018 @ 4:26 pm - January 30, 2018

  7. I don’t doubt that there are some bad actors on the right. However, intolerance for divergent opinions is woven into the very fabric of progressive left-wing politically correct culture.

    Comment by Conservative guy — January 30, 2018 @ 6:02 pm - January 30, 2018

  8. @3

    She says that the tribe agrees on most of the big, important issues. Really? List the issues and the solutions. Why do I believe that every single one of them will involve reorganizing society according the dominance and control of the tribe?

    She hasn’t gained any sense. She wants to control the intra-tribal squabbles. This pre-purge talk.

    Exactly.

    “Social Justice” and the “Social Contract”:

    a “contract” written and signed by nobody for a “justice” ever redefined by everybody.

    As you said.

    What a bunch of clueless losers.

    Comment by Cyril J. — January 30, 2018 @ 6:06 pm - January 30, 2018

  9. * ever redefined by anybody

    Comment by Cyril J. — January 30, 2018 @ 6:12 pm - January 30, 2018

  10. @2: Chuck – there are nut jobs from all over the spectrum on just about anything you can think of. I can remember more than one heated argument (as a bystander, you realize) over text editors used by programmers (e.g. vi versus emacs). It’s not enough for some people to just let people do what they want.

    The difference, IMHO, on the left is the vitriol that erupts from the big foot leftists: Pelosi, Schumer, etc. Trump’s tweets can veer off into the weeds now and then but Pelosi and her crew label anyone they don’t agree with as racists, homo-haters, deplorables, bitter clingers, losers (see CA politicians unbosoming himself of his opinion on soldiers).

    I read some of the “commentary” from lefties that want to boycott the New York Times because of a racist screed penned by Ross Douthat. If Ross crosses the racist line then there is no rational discussion to be had.

    A few years back when Claire MacCaskill D-MO) was running for senate (after Hurricane Katrina) she told a black congregation in St Louis that Bush left people to die on New Orleans rooftops because he hates block people.

    http://www.hughhewitt.com/george-bush-let-people-die-on-rooftops-in-new-orleans-because-they-were-poor-and-because-they-were-black/

    I wrote her a note (didn’t expect an answer and didn’t get one) that for her to say that she 1) thinks her listeners are utter morons to believe what she knows to be bull$41t in which case she’s wicked or 2) she’s too stupid to be allowed outside among normal people. There is no other answer.

    So the writer’s metaphor of a dumpster fire is fairly close although a rabid monster would be closer.

    Comment by KCRob — January 30, 2018 @ 6:39 pm - January 30, 2018

  11. The Stranger is Dan Savage’s blog, FWIW.

    Comment by Paul — January 30, 2018 @ 7:16 pm - January 30, 2018

  12. I got a kick out of this Google review for the Cambridge Center for Marxist Education (no surprise there, it’s the Peoples Republic of Cambridge). This particular reviewer gave them 1 star and they said, “Learn about a failed system and the bigots behind Communism.” That is so true too.

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1EJFA_enUS680US680&ei=kBlxWtCRK5HXzgKQvoeYBg&q=cambridge+center+for+marxist+education&oq=cambridge+marxist+educ&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0i22i30k1.11727.13292.0.15355.6.6.0.0.0.0.112.486.5j1.6.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..0.6.486…0j0i13k1j0i13i30k1j0i8i13i30k1.0.MZDJwqsrSpE#lrd=0x89e3775408c55d23:0xb4ebb34715473684,1,,,

    Comment by James — January 30, 2018 @ 8:24 pm - January 30, 2018

  13. @12

    Bah. Help yourself, let your imagination loose for fun retaliations with other vectors (*)

    President Trump’s warning to Steve Mnuchin about Paul Krugman:

    https://imgur.com/a/RHBfx

    🙂

    (*) https://faketrumptweet.com/

    Comment by Cyril — January 30, 2018 @ 8:48 pm - January 30, 2018

  14. I Came, I Saw, They Cried

    https://imgur.com/a/CTn88

    #MAGA !

    Comment by Cyril — January 30, 2018 @ 9:32 pm - January 30, 2018

  15. Holly shoe.

    First time I actually take the time to hear him — this Joe Kennedy III is a freaking ideologically-possessed SJW:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4ay18xokg

    His brain is FUBAR.

    The proximity of Bernie’s Vermont didn’t help, observably.

    Comment by Cyril — January 30, 2018 @ 10:50 pm - January 30, 2018

  16. Holly shoe.

    First time I actually take the time to hear him — this Joe Kennedy III is a freaking ideologically-possessed SJW:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4ay18xokg

    His brain is FUBAR.

    The proximity of Bernie’s Vermont didn’t help, observably.

    Comment by Cyril — January 30, 2018 @ 10:50 pm - January 30, 2018

  17. (Sorry for the double post)

    Comment by Cyril — January 30, 2018 @ 10:52 pm - January 30, 2018

  18. One Progressive Recognizes Their Culture Is Toxic” — well, then, speaking of toxicity…

    And so, it eventually happened to be made:

    Fix Yourself

    https://youtu.be/o73pqQ9Gzt4

    A man’s got to know his limitations.

    — Dirty Harry

    Comment by Cyril — January 31, 2018 @ 1:12 am - January 31, 2018

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