David Thompson joins in the fun.
By pre-emptively denouncing those who disagree as bad people, as racists, fascists, haters, etc., and doing so irrespective of evidence or reasonable inference, the denouncer short circuits any attempt to address the actual issues – say, by shutting down discussions before they can happen - while simultaneously elevating himself as a good person, a champion of the downtrodden.Mr Thompson's anecdote is about the Perpetually Aggrieved at California State, Los Angeles, the safety school for people who couldn't get into California at Irvine, pronouncing anathema on the local Young Americans for Freedom chapter.
What matters is the shortcut to piety, or pseudo-piety. It’s a piety that’s lazy, bogus and unearned, and fundamentally insincere; but hey, for some that’s good enough. It’s both a badge of status and a viable weapon.Habits developed getting angry with those evil conservatives are equally useful getting angry with those evil other kinds of Democrats.
Supporting Barack Obama cost me some friendships I never got back.But Mahablog also senses the cracking of the old order. "My sense of things is that this election is going to break some old molds."
And now social media seems entirely taken up with Clinton and Sanders supporters hurling juvenile insults at each other. Just from a social-psychological standpoint, it fascinates me that Hillary supporters are utterly unconscious that they are just as bad as the so-called “Bernie bros.” They seem to feel entitled to stoop to whatever kindergarten-level insult they want about Sanders and his supporters while patting themselves on the back for being mature and un-divisive. The Sanders people also indulge in cheap insults, but most of them (that I’ve seen) seem a tad more self-aware about it. Both sides are equally bad at over-simplifying issues, mindlessly repeating second-hand talking points and painting everything in black-and-white terms. There’s lots of political naïveté out there.