This interview from Sargon of Akkad came up on my YouTube. It triggered a few thoughts, which turned into this rambling blog post.
Sargon (Carl) talks about how his BBC interview was so intolerable to the elites that it had to be “balanced” by an actual communist.
Think about that.
While in the states we have a flood of unfounded claims of white supremacist/Nazis in/supporting the white house*, here is the biggest broadcaster in the UK, quietly and openly using someone with an ideology just as extreme to “balance” someone who is not extreme at all.
The mental mind flips to achieve this position are staggering. We’ve now got groups of people who look at the world so differently, one side can’t see it’s own extremism, while calling out moderates as extremists.
*The interesting thing about this is that usually, the people they’re pointing to are actually jewish – people like Ben Shapiro. So what you’re often seeing is anti-antisemitism masquerading as Nazi hatred. Because Nazis are bad, but… antisemitism isn’t??
A really direct (and much more confused) example of this barrenness a recent incident where young woman attacked a group of Republicans for being Nazis. It’s clearly visible in the video of the attack that she was wearing a hammer and sickle pin – the symbol of the Soviet state, well known for it’s own antisemitism and of course, it’s gulags.
Just to make this even more stark, she’s working for the Democratic candidate for Governor. I literally didn’t’ know that until I was looking her up for this post. So while people claim, without foundation, that Trump’s administration is filled with white supremacists, a Democrat wannabe governor is happy to have communists on staff.
The far-left student activist, Shelby Shoup, is listed as an intern for the Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor Campaign on LinkedIn and is a member of FSU Students for Justice in Palestine.
I could go on about Antifa and the increasing tendency for violence and intimidation and shutting down speakers that one disagrees with. But I suspect I’m preaching to the choir on this point.
The good news is that some people are taking principled stands. (Emphasis mine)
Actress Alyssa Milano said she will not speak at any Women’s March events unless Women’s March co-chairs Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory either denounce Nation of Islam (NOI) Founder Louis Farrakhan’s antisemitism or step down from leadership.
“I would say no at this point,” Ms Milano told the Advocate in an interview, when asked if she would speak at any future Women’s March rallies. “Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them.”
Ms Milano, who gained national attention for her participation in the #MeToo movement, said she is disappointed in how Women’s March leadership have been silent in Mr Farrakhan’s long history of espousing antisemitic remarks.
So what’s going on?
Well, it seems clear to me. People have picked sides, and only feed themselves information that agrees with their perspective. If someone on the right does something wrong, it gets circulated through the left’s social media, and vice versa.
This is actually a much bigger problem on the left than the right though. Trump divided the right by being immoral and rude. The right is now united again after the Democrats’ concerted effort to destroy Kavanaugh, in part because that situation showed that the left had very few limits to what they would resort to, to win. The left on the other hand, is not divided at all. It was notable when McCain died that people praised his “courage” in siding with the other side… but where are the examples of someone in the Democrats “courageously” siding with the right?
Occasionally, facts come up and poke through – such as with Milano above. In many cases (Candice Owens being a really dramatic example) these un-ignorable facts start a long process of taking a fresh look at the other side. But as much as some would like to think, that’s pretty rare.
But mostly, the result of these bubbles of information is that people just don’t have any idea what a moderate looks like anymore. And in the case of Peterson, people just don’t accept that there are more than two ways of looking at the world. (Peterson is frequently called “right” when he’s actually a classic liberal.)
So we end up with people convinced that anyone who disagrees with them must agree with all the bad stuff they’ve heard about, while ignoring the bad behaviour on their own side.
I don’t know how you fix this. For myself, I have been consciously trying to go with the truth, not what one “side” says is true. I’ve always woken up to Morning report – not because of it’s politics, but because they take more time and (tend to) get both sides – on domestic issues anyway. US issues, they’re absolutely horrible.
I’m also trying to not reject perspectives just because that person’s politics don’t align with my own. Sargon is a left-wing, liberal atheist and I do watch his videos from time to time. Timcast is one I’ve discovered recently, and I’ve been impressed by his commitment to truth over politics. And while I enjoy things like Twitchy or Prager University, I recognise that these sources are as likely to mislead me as anything from Democratic Underground or Mother Jones.
Well, that’s enough for now. I’m going to write another post about CNN, we’ll see how that goes.