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The liberal/progressive con job

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Submitted by aidan maconachy, Jul 21, 2019 at 01:43

An obvious difference between the two, is that communist systems tend to exert control in a muscular state-down kind of way whereas liberal/progressives (ANTIFA excepted) project their influence through zones of conditioning... be it government, a university campus, a media environment a town hall or a big tech scenario. The tools used by "progressives"to bring about required levels of conformity are often of a subtly coercive and inclusive sort. Lines are drawn, positions understood in a symbiotic "we all get it" sort of way. Brownie points are earned for echoing group talking points, adding to and developing them.

The Guardian website is that type of hot house these days. They've dropped commentary on most columns thereby eliminating speech that offends or rocks the boat in unacceptable ways. When comment threads do appear, the resident censors keep busy shutting down deplorables with "does not abide by our guidelines" notices. It's all very claustrophobic... an echo chamber really. They talk to each other and convince themselves and their compliant zombie readership that their elitist playpen reflects reality, whereas anyone with their head screwed on can see behind the high sounding spin. As with most things liberal, it's a minority lobby that is not representative, but that succeeds in influencing opinion by creating the impression via their media reach that the world is headed in the prescribed direction. The weakness of this position has been exposed by internet-enabled right-wing populism that clearly demonstrates there is more than a little energized push-back happening from many different quarters.

An odd feature of the liberal mind is the capacity to dream up seemingly smart solutions that turn out to be completely untenable and counterproductive. A good example is education... liberal "solutions" have in many cases created the conditions for rampant discipline problems in schools, bullying, sexual harassment, teacher assault etc. Some inner city schools in America are living nightmares, with teachers taking sick leave to avoid the daily abuse.

The people who initiated these liberal policies, never seem willing to take responsibility for what they have unleashed. I listened to the head of the Toronto School Board talk the most amazing amount of piffle the other evening as he weaved and dodged in an effort to win listeners over with his hollow rationales. It was truly pathetic. Of course he was smart... being a liberal and spoke well... as most liberals do.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1The Sacralization of Politics [244 words]ReverendAug 3, 2019 13:06252284
Drift from moderation to extreme.... [177 words]AaronAug 1, 2019 19:20252187
2A Terrible Nexus: Islamic minority and liberal democratic politicians [319 words]PrashantJul 31, 2019 21:51252135
terminology suggestion [37 words]Alex EizenbergJul 22, 2019 05:13251777
If only conservatives believed in noncoercion! [99 words]SteinJul 24, 2019 15:53251777
3The liberal/progressive con job [396 words]aidan maconachyJul 21, 2019 01:43251738
Problems with liberal education [107 words]aishaJul 31, 2019 00:59251738
1The leftist progressive threat to values and beliefs [504 words]aidan maconachyAug 2, 2019 14:11251738
2Also, it's equality gone berserk [435 words]DaveJul 15, 2019 09:50251551
Since they're illiberal, one ought not refer to them as 'liberals'. [8 words]Anon.Jul 15, 2019 05:44251542
semantic confusion [26 words]Paul RothbergJul 15, 2019 14:32251542
Liberalism and Communism Have Exactly One Difference [335 words]David RyanJul 15, 2019 00:33251538
Leftism is simply a con game. [59 words]Michael SJul 15, 2019 21:44251538

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