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How the Left Went Wrong: Conclusion (1)

This is the end of a five part series on how the left went wrong, and to tell you the truth, I’m glad to be done with it.  Talking about such things wearies me.  However, I felt I had to say these things in order to say other things, and be understood when I do so.

My ‘study’ of the ‘left’ was accidental.  Up until about 2007, I was happy to devote my time to reading, researching, and writing, relating to the veracity of Christianity.  Then, my (liberal) doctor suggested we kill our daughter, diagnosed with spina bifida, whilst in … continue reading...

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What Went Wrong With the Left? Part 5, the Intersectionals

In part 4 of this series, I discussed the post-WWII turn embrace of The Managed State.  This was a logical outgrowth of the progressive ideology of c. 1910, heavily colored by two world wars and a great depression. It was largely chastened liberals, but there were plenty of old blood Republicans in there as well.   Regardless of party, they were basically Statists, and so had more in common with each other than they did the millions of people they believed they were called to ‘manage.’

I did not dwell on the mechanisms of that management too much, and I won’t … continue reading...

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What Went Wrong with the Left? Part 4; Conditioning

The three previous posts in this series have traced the events, ideologically and otherwise, that transformed  ‘liberalism’ from one thing into nearly its opposite over the course of 200 years.  In this post, we finally pick up the pieces after World War II.

WWI knocked the ‘liberalism’ clean out of many.  But WWII… well, that really put a lot of folks on their heels.

However, all of the ideological elements discussed in the previous posts persisted.  They were re-packaged, or in some cases, cloaked.  One aspect that remained the same, and informs the first part of this post, is … continue reading...

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What Went Wrong with Liberalism? Part 3 (Progressives and Statism)

200 years ago, I would be considered a liberal.  Now, I am considered anything but.  Since the position that I hold today (limited government, maximum individual liberty) existed then, but is no longer called ‘liberal,’ it follows that what has changed is not the position, but the name, and the things the name describes.   How this happened has been the subject of the last two posts, and covered, roughly speaking 1800 – 1945.  In this post, we’ll span c. 1900 to the present.

We might well sum up what happened to liberalism by recognizing the fundamental paradigm shift which occurred … continue reading...

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What Went Wrong with the Left? Part 2: Marxism

A continuation from this post.

A summary of ‘what happened?’ so far:  atheism, Darwinism, and utilitarianism.

These three items are not discrete events, but are definite themes that began gelling together into the basic fabric of ‘liberalism’ in the 1800s and early 1900s.  However, events can’t be discounted.  A stream of thought will have its direction altered if a giant boulder is suddenly thrown into the middle of it.  How the current reacts to this new circumstance isn’t always predictable.  The events provide an opportunity to see the worldview in action.  Did the worldview rise to the occasion?  Or … continue reading...

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Logical Fallacy: The Scaffolding Fallacy

In the course of almost 20 years of experience debating and discoursing with people of various viewpoints, I have encountered arguments that are fallacious which nonetheless do not, as far as I know, have ‘official’ names to them.  This might be because the ‘fallacy’ is in fact part of someone’s entire outlook, and does not present as a distinct formal argument.

I’ve always meant to deliberately lay some of these out, but like so much of what I want to say and do, time, energy, and circumstance seem to war against it.  I have a mental list of these.  Occasionally … continue reading...

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What Went Wrong With the Left?

Ha!  I know, right?  In under 3,000 words?  Not bloody likely.  Part 1, maybe?

This is a continuation of a series attempting to distill several years of thinking into important background to understand me better when I take issue with the whole vocabulary of ‘left’ and ‘right’ but also to follow me when I explain my thoughts on the prospect of an American civil war, something I’ve heard many on both the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ talk about.  This post ultimately should be read in the context of the rest of the series.

I feel that we need to digest … continue reading...

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This is why we absolutely hate the ‘New’ Left

I’m breaking my ‘wait a while’ rule and interrupting a more substantial series, but this little tidbit was just too ‘good’ to pass up.

Why do conservatives like myself utterly despise what the ‘left’ has become?  Or, if you prefer, became, c. 1910?

Well, there is a long list, really.  Of late, we’ve witnessed two years worth of outright fabrications of racism and character assassinations, cheered on by even the ‘best’ elements within liberalism.   Lest this post get overwhelmed with a detailed list of the vile things that liberals have done or advocated, let me get to this doozy, … continue reading...

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The Good Liberal

The last few posts have been dedicated to exploring different kinds of leftists and this last one, truly in the spirit of saving the best for last, lays out the attributes of a ‘good’ liberal.  The purpose of this series is twofold.  First, I am unhappy with the traditional ‘left’/’right’ paradigm for accounting for one’s political persuasions and in order to offer something better–even if used only by me, I need to draw some distinctions.  Similarly, in all the talk about a coming ‘civil war,’ distinctions need to be made within the political persuasions that ‘left’ vs ‘right’ simply aren’t … continue reading...

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The Leftist Elitist Statists — Pardon the redundancy

I had thought I was going to be finishing my series on the different strains of leftists in America by talking about good liberals who are actually good, and then realized another category needed discussion before I tackled them.  And in case you’re wondering, this is all going somewhere.  There is a reason why I’m drawing distinctions between the kinds of leftists that are out there.  It has something to do with the putative ‘civil war’ that is increasingly talked about as on its way.  But, before I will talk about it, I need to make some distinctions.  (Which also … continue reading...

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The Worthless Nice People

I began an analysis of the different kinds of leftists in my last post, where I used a ‘handbook’ on Antifa as my jumping off point.  Ultimately, I’m going to be arguing that the terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ to describe political ideologies are useless and will offer my own terms and classifications.  In the meantime, for the purposes of this post, the characterization of ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ as ‘leftists’ will be used since it is what everyone uses.  I do so only with reluctance.  When I am done hashing out the ‘left’ I will turn my attention to the ‘right.’… continue reading...

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The Most Dangerous of All: Bad Men, who think they are Good Men

In my last post, I mentioned that in forthcoming posts I was going to attempt to lay out some distinctions between  the kinds of leftists that are out there.  This post is the first of these, and I’ve decided to use a book by Mark Bray called Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook as my jumping off point.  This post isn’t a ‘review,’ per se, but meant to provide a concrete example to use as a sustained illustration of my concerns about what dangers the ‘Left’, in part, and in whole, poses to the United States, if not the entire world.… continue reading...

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Syrian, Iran, and the Conditioned Responses

In my last post, I jumped off the anniversary of the shameful silence of the MSM about the Politico’s expose of Obama administration policy to look the other way on Hezbollah’s drug trafficking in order to secure the Iran deal, but that was mainly because of the timing.  There are better examples of the intertwining threads of toxic attitudes and behaviors that I am concerned will explode into great chaos in the United States unless confronted decisively.   Today’s post will focus on some of those examples, but I frankly confess that there is no sign that such a confrontation, and … continue reading...

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The Unforgiveable Sins of Obama and the MSM: Syria, Iran, and 60,000 (Disproportionately Black) Americans

Have you heard the news?  Of course you have.  How couldn’t you?  It’s been on every news channel without break.  Every newspaper has it on the front page, above the fold.  Teams of investigative reporters have been dispatched.  The Twit-osphere is on fire!  Even Republicans are talking impeachment.  The latest poll shows the American public overwhelmingly supporting impeachment; Democrats at 80%, but Republicans not very far behind at 65%.  That latter number is expected to climb as the investigation unfolds.

Yes, that’s right.  Donald Trump, in his bid to forge a legacy that could not be undermined by history, has … continue reading...

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