Making sense of liberal hypocrisy

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If you are, like me, amazed at the rank hypocrisy of most liberals, leftists, feminists, progressives - you know, THOSE people - on certain topics, such as human rights in the Islamic world, this important article will shed light on the ideology which makes the progressive camp seem so wacko.

For instance, I have an acquaintance who gets all frothy when discussing subjects like the Bush administration's insidious schemes to violate the privacy rights of terrorists or the treatment of women in American corporations.

When I follow up with a question such as, "What about, like, the Taliban?" the response is usually a deadpan "duh" sort of gaze as though my question was the ultimate non sequitor.

I can try to press the point that, if one is going to get rabid about civil liberties denied and sexual discrimination and such, the Islamists - the ones George Bush wants to wiretap - are a pretty fat target. But intellectual consistency is not what the Left is all about.

The Left never errs – it always acts against the West. It never stands or fights for anything that may be good for the western world. It can’t, because it is a reaction against it. Opposition to the West is the very reason for its existence; it is its nature. A wolf can’t act like a hare or a lion like an antelope. The Left can never become the West’s friend, because antipathy towards it actuates its heart and infuses its soul.

The theory proposed here shows why this is so. But it does more than this – it also makes readily comprehensible even the Left’s most seemingly inexplicable rhetoric and behavior.

Take a few minutes to read it all.

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James Cole said:

I am one of those lefties you are so disparaging about and, predictably, I would probably view your opinions as just as 'wacko' as you view mine. Here's some of the things I believe: 'pro-lifers' are an embarrassment to civilized nations and creationists are too stupid and mindlessly theistic to bother engaging in serious debate. Only small-dicked idiots drive SUVs in cities and homophobes and racists are beneath derision. I decry the blind madness of US environmental policy and its torpedoing of Kyoto. I regard business as very important, but a slightly ignoble way to spend one's entire life. I think the WTO is a major force for the repression of the poor throughout the world, and that America and the UK are in many ways complicit with these bully-ish crimes against the weak.

However, I love the west, I love our democracy and freedom. I love computers and mobile phones and publishing and dish washers and cars and light bulbs and even angry conservatives, who are as free to be as angry at me as I am at them.

But other then to protect my family, freedom of expression is the only things I would take up arms for. I'm going on the Freedom of Expression march on the 25th March in London where I intend to protest against the political correctness that stymies criticism of Islam as a catalyst of violence.

I think it was Socrates who said that if there is one exception to a rule then you must revise the rule, because it is wrong. This is how truth, which is not absolute, is finessed. Well, I'm standing and fighting and I'm an exception that the navel-gazing generalizations by the so called American “Thinker”.

As regards the rights of people we disagree with, well there are millions of good Muslims watching the issues unfold at Guantanamo and Abu Grahaib, millions who instinctively appreciate the very real hypocrisy that is so glaring in extraordinary rendition. As much as I desipse the Taliban and Al Quaeda and want take a baseball bat to their knees for what they have done to us, I wouldn't actually do this, because someone has to take the high ground. Intellectual consistency is giving the rights we both revere to everyone. When you strike someone off the list of “humans we consider humans” simply because it's convenient for your government's pro-security policy, when a society breaks down and says “rights for us, but not for you” at the first hint of a serious threat, it loses the high-ground and undermines any righteousness it may have had. This is how the world sees America and only a sea-change in the radical opinions of extremists (that's you and THOSE people) will help.

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