Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Historical Ignorance

Summary:

      If people read a little real history, they wouldn't be so surprised at the expected.

At Length:

      The computer still isn't working right (need to take it in for repair), but I'll do a few posts first.

      Over at Instapundit, Michael Totten notes a posting by leftist Marc Cooper.  Cooper is upset over the way the leftists demonize each other.  (Cooper's especially upset over an offhand remark that he shares an opinion with Sen. Leiberman.)

      But if he'd ever bothered to read history, he'd know that this is a staple of leftist politics since at least the French Revolution.  Leftists tend to burn with fury at anyone who disagrees with them, especially other leftists.

      But now that I think of it, perhaps Cooper does know that history.  It may be that he just hasn't, and can't, face the implications of what the habit of demonizing your opponents says about people with his political convictions: that they are motivated by an unfocused hatred of the world around them.  The stuff about pitying the oppressed, and so on, is mostly cover for the real interest: destroying whatever already exists.

      But I can't blame them for flinching from this.  I wouldn't like it either, having to admit that all I really want out of life is to inflict suffering on people.

      Orwell and Rand have more on this.

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED — AND WILL BE!

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