The Leftist Worldview in 40 Points
Here are some common statements
voiced by many leftists I know, and hear from in the media, along
with my personal observations. It's an intense and never-ending
Please understand, this is a direct and incisive essay, condensed and to the point, and done without much diplomacy. (If you're easily upset, you might as well skip it.)
I) Reading this list is sure to inspire a response. Some Leftists have been strongly emotional, knowing their like-minded friends are truly kind and good people, hence (ostensibly) above criticism. However, this essay is not about individual personalities, or friendly small groups, but about potent ideologies and large trends.
II) Similarly, various supporters and activists have told me, why not just let Leftists speak for themselves? I respond, of course! And I can listen carefully when they do. Glean some insights, and distill them without needing to put everything in the best possible light. (Obviously, I'm more sympathetic to modern conservatism. And yes, I'm often pointing out flaws in that sphere -- just not in this essay.)
III) All of these points have countless examples. They pour forth every day, in the news and online and in personal encounters. It helps to recognize them, in order to address each one more effectively. (I deliberately haven't listed many of those here, because most will quickly become outdated, or forgotten. Anyhow, new examples pop up hourly.)
IV) Some people will object to, even become upset and defensive, at the very notion of "categorizing people." Still, in reality, everyone does this, both consciously and subconsciously. (Tall or short? Fast or slow? Wealthy or poor?) However, we humans can deliberately reassess our observations, and examine our own basic criteria.
V) Readers will note that I haven't made any personal descriptions, but kept things general. Even so, in keeping with the old saying "If the shoe fits, wear it," some people have rushed forward to declare this essay applies directly to them, and/or to their best friends. Then so be it, and please be honest (with yourself and others) about where you're really at.
VI) As stated at the beginning, this essay refers mainly
to hard-core Leftists, and less to ordinary just-follow-along
liberals. Most of whom support liberty, or hope to; while accomplishing great works.
Even so, those people who only follow, and offer habitual or uninformed support to radical leftists, are culpable too, in an important sense.
The majority of Conservatives understand the historical origin of their own beliefs and loyalties, refer to specific intellectual sources, and proudly deem themselves as such.
Everyone is welcome to create a similar list, in praise of Leftism and/or countering this one. Especially if it can be done via 'first principles,' and without personalized 'ad hominem' slams.by Paul Carlson
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