Archive for the ‘Leftist hypocrisy’ Category

on progressive policies

April 20, 2017

“But this study puts the appeal of superficially progressive measures like the minimum wage hike among the wealthy into sharp relief: It will help clear out the restaurant scene of establishments they don’t want to go to while taking jobs away from people they don’t know.”

The notion that there is some sort of moral imperative for increasing the minimum wage, as if it will improve the lot of the less fortunate, continues to fail the test of actual benefit to the people it intends to help. As the effects in San Francisco on the restaurant industry indicate, choices for less wealthy people are reduced, and opportunities for less established workers are more rare, while the wealthy and established remain unaffected.

h/t Instapundit

 

on the left’s withdrawal from reality

December 14, 2016

Quote of the day:

“We are a country based on laws,” a horrified Clinton said. “And we’ve had hot, contested elections going back to the very beginning, but one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our elections.”

Unless, of course, reality doesn’t turn out as expected, and a mind palace must be created, a place so lovely that some never leave and lock the gates from the inside.

John Kass

on illiberalism from the left

December 8, 2016

Will Donald Trump’s presidency bring about the end of liberty and freedom in the United States? I doubt it, but that seems to be a fear of some in light of their understanding of his campaign. Is this a new and unique concern? David French suggests that in fact it brings to light the fear of some in light of their understanding of the last decade or so of federal government actions.

The tragedy of Trump is that his voters ultimately chose to fight illiberalism with their own strongman. I wish they’d chosen to fight illiberalism with constitutionalism, but a constitutional restoration will have to wait until another day (if ever). In the meantime, however, we can’t pretend that Trump’s supporters weren’t reacting to illiberalism that was very real,  very serious, and profoundly affected many American lives.

David French

on leftwing hatred

December 4, 2016

It was observed frequently during the campaign that the progressive strategy of dismissing every dissent from its ideology, even mild representations like the Tea Party and Mitt Romney, as virulently evil racists had made it inevitable that the next iteration of dissent would be something rather less genteel. Thus Donald Trump, President-Elect of the United States.

This is a long piece, perhaps longer than it needs to be, but it covers a significant issue quite well, that being the role of hard-line social justice ideology in the election of Donald Trump. It could provide a Quote of the Day for at least a week. Here’s a sample:

The monster of Trumpism is in large measure a monster created by the social justice ideology and identity politics of the progressive left. The more that a demonizing and merciless ideological narrative is used as a weapon against particular demographics, the more that they will resist it. The social justice narrative calls for white people, and men in particular, to assume a crippling guilt, to be the scapegoats for America. Trump’s movement is exactly the sort of resistance that such a narrative will provoke.

White people and men refused the narrative. For all of the progressive left’s insistence upon the evilness of America on account of straight white Christian men, Trump’s movement is founded in large measure upon the counter-claim that, for all of its undeniable faults, the nation of America was once great, and it was predominantly white Christian men who made it great.

Trump is a shameless and guilt-free candidate. This is exactly the sort of candidate who will thrive in the current context. As Michael Story has observed, the progressive left so radically overused the necessary antibiotics of shame and guilt that they produced a shame and guilt resistant candidate and movement. When people appreciate that guilt and shame have been weaponized to force them into cultural dhimmitude, they will start to celebrate shamelessness and guilt-freeness.

on white people in America

November 21, 2016

A blind spot in the current discourse on systemic injustice is the way those who are not categorized as “people of color” are treated as a class. What I mean to say is, in the rush to dismantle systemic racial injustice, a new system of injustice is being created.

The new “Other” toward which bigoted injustice is being promoted is, roughly, that class of people who don’t measure up to the the cosmopolitan ideal current at the top of our societal institutions, i.e., Codevilla’s “Ruling Class”. Although only the white portion of that group can be openly condemned (See this essay by Brendan O’Neill for an important description of the problem.), it would have to include that portion of people from any race who aren’t on-board with the ruling class agenda. It’s an flaw in the social justice program that precludes any actual progress toward justice.

on false equivalence of Islam and American Conservatism

June 14, 2016

This is an important observation:

Progressive ideologues go out of their way to equate Christian theology with Islamic extremism. I may not agree with the GOP party platform on LGBT issues, but comparing religious Christians or Republicans to ISIS, al-Qaeda or the mullocracy in Tehran is simply irrational hate speech.

on what might have been

June 7, 2016

I’m reminded of another aspect of the Tea Party that reflects an opportunity lost by some on the Left. There is a good case to be made that the basic instincts behind the Tea Party attenders were of the sort that would have been of assistance to genuine social justice (by which I mean to exclude those using victim status to settle grievances and acquire p0wer). Don’t expect much cooperation from the ascendant groups today.

Quote of the day

April 8, 2016

“What the Progressive left has done to science, bending it beyond the breaking point to advance their political ideology, is truly one of their greatest sins.”

Andrew Branca

with apologies to Jonah Goldberg

April 7, 2016

If Leftists gain the opportunity, even when it comes to basic items in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, there will be nothing outside the state, and nothing against the state.

Do we really care about income inequality?

March 17, 2016

One reason I don’t take leftist critiques of economic systems seriously is because they won’t make a peep about the ostentatious consumption of Democrat politicians and their families while they rail against income inequality. There are enormous issues to be addressed about the distribution of wealth through productivity and consumption, but business owners at least are spending money voluntarily exchanged for a product or service provided.

Political wealth is being amassed as a function of involuntary taxation, with a substantial proportion of tax revenues skimmed off for the self-aggrandizement of politicians before the remainder finds its way to actual government service and projects, which is generally sub-par compared to private enterprise. Yet Leftists insist that its in the private sphere that oppression is to be found.