According to the psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt, there are two kinds of identity politics. “Good” identity politics is the Martin Luther King-style “Take my hand and walk a mile in my shoes with me” of the Civil Rights era. The other, “Bad” identity politics is tribal, completely lacking in empathy for others. Over the last thirty years, the bad style of identity politics has replaced the good style on the American Left.
“[Bad identity politics is] based on the Bedouin notion: “Me against my brother, me and my brother against our cousin, me my brother and cousin against the stranger.” It’s a very general principle of social psychology. If you try to unite people: “Let’s all unite against them. They’re the bad people. They’re the cause of the problems. Let’s all stick together.” That’s a really dangerous thing to do in a multiethnic society.”
There is no substantive difference anymore between identity politics of the Right and what has developed on the increasingly regressive Left. They are both the “bad” variety. That is why I constantly say they are both poison. That both groups use the same “us versus them” black and white thinking is obvious. What is less obvious is that they use the same rationale for positioning the “other.” And they both go beyond mere hate to visceral disgust. The only difference is who they hate. The Right-identitarians hate Jews and non-whites. The Left-identitarians hate whites and males, with white males being the most hated group of all (the strangers). The “Me, my brother, our cousin” alliance at this time includes women, racial minorities, the LGBTQ community and Islam.
Continue reading “The Hateful Logic of Hitler, And Jana Shortal”
This is not hard, but so many people do not get it, especially the “social justice” Left.
If you believe “Hate is the problem” you are part of the solution.
If you believe “THEIR hate is the problem,” you are part of the problem.
Let me state that another way:
If you are part of Dr. King’s “Dream” and you judge people by the content of their character (and other merits), you are part of the solution.
If you are not part of that dream and you judge people on the color of their skin (or gender, etc.), to assign either inferiority or “privilege,” you are part of the problem.
Continue reading “Part of the Solution? Or the Problem?”
“If it requires lynching to protect woman’s dearest possession from ravening, drunken human beasts, then I say lynch a thousand negroes a week.”
—Rebecca Felton, Georgia feminist and first female US Senator, 1897.
“I’m actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations.”
—Emily Lindin, feminist writer and director, in a Tweet sent 11/21/17 14:45
I value human rights and believe men and women are equal. I also believe in basic fairness. “Believe the women!” the mantra of #MeToo advocates and Judge Kavanaugh’s opponents, stands for the opposite of those things. It is part of a toxic archetype pattern that must be embedded deep in the collective female id (they all seem to know the script). It says women are “special,” not equal, yet manages to be misogynistic in its infantilization and emotional manipulation of women. It is also deeply misandrist, manipulating men into depriving other men of their rights or lives. It is worth noting at the outset that “Believe the Women!” operates on many levels in our society, not just in relation to Kavanaugh or #MeToo.
It is no accident that the Kavanaugh confirmation circus is part of the broader #MeToo witch hunt. Something like it was inevitable. Let us hope it is the crest of the #MeToo wave.
It is also no accident that “Believe the women!” is a direct echo of “Believe the children!” from the 1980s satanic cult preschool child molestation witch hunt. Ultimately, the phrase infantilizes women. It says they are not capable of being functional, equal adults, agents who determine their lives and who can deal with adversity, follow rules, rationally evaluate evidence or back up their accusations. They are simply helpless victims. They are children who must be constantly protected, coddled and indulged in the adult world of men. This infantilization applies both to the woman accuser and the women who evaluate her claims. “Believe the women” is real misogyny.
Continue reading “Unpacking “Believe Women!””
The Kavanaugh nomination may well turn out to be a watershed moment in American politics, but not the way the Left and the media are predicting. It may well be the moment that centrists and conservatives realize how truly evil the regressive Left has become, and how widespread its influence in our institutions, especially the media, academia, and the Deep State, has become. Years from now, historians may look back and divide our times into “Before Kavanaugh (BK)” and “After Kavanuagh (AK).”
It has certainly been a personal breaking point for me. I am done with the Democratic Party, the party I have supported since stuffing McGovern envelopes as a child. First, the despicable way the Party treated Bernie Sanders, then Hillary’s shameless and failed exploitation of identity politics, then the embarrassingly irrational “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (the birtherism of the Left) have left me disgusted with the Party. What I am witnessing with Kavanaugh seems to be the ultimate betrayal of values I thought the Party stood for. The last straw.
Like other Democrats, I was disgusted with the fate of Merrick Garland, Obama’s final Supreme Court pick who was consigned to oblivion by the Republicans in the Senate. I also do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. But I am not comfortable selling my soul, betraying core values, to get my way. If Democrats do not have those values after all and are no better than the Republicans, what is the point?