We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"I had been brought up to believe the Left stood for altruism rather than selfishness, community rather than individualism, self- discipline rather than the law of the jungle and the survival of the fittest.
Instead, society was worshipping at the shrine of the self, and this was causing a rising tide of juvenile distress, crime, emotional disturbance, educational and relationship failure.
The fact that I continued to write along these lines regardless of all the abuse hurled to shut me up seemed to drive the Left nuts.
Yes, they espoused a doctrine of being tolerant and non-judgmental, but not when it came to me. I was branded a ‘moraliser’, which appeared to be a term of abuse.
Most of the time, those hurling insults provided no contrary evidence or even arguments, just blanket denials and gratuitous abuse..."
She imagined she was on the side of the angels until she began thinking for herself. It's a good story, along the lines of David Horowitz' excellent Radical Son and David Gelernter's Drawing Life.If a person's view of the world does not change between age 20 and age 50, they haven't been thinking or challenging their assumptions very much.
Most of us here have changed our views on things many times. It's called growth, accumulation of information, experience, and, one hopes, wisdom.
Zachriel used to preach to us over at http://WattsUpWithThat.com , but we ran him off by using empirical observations and real world measurements. ☺
The following Leo Tolstoy quote fully explains folks like Zachriel:
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth, if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives."
Melanie Phillips is a terrific reporter, an amazing asset for our side. I recorded a marvelous interview with her on BookTV last week. Here's a link to the BookTV website recording: http://www.booktv.org/Program/14473/In+Depth+Melanie+Phillips.aspx
I became much more cynical betweem 20 and 50. The lefties truly believe they are morally and intellectually superior people so if you challenge them you are obviously stupid and evil. They also consider it a personal attack and start calling you names. They don't refute your argument, they just change the subject and start the ad hominem attack. I have watched with amazment as the western media has turned itself into a version Pravda.
Leftism (communism, socialism, progressivism, whatever) is a religion. It has its gods, its devils, its dogma, its rituals, its martyrs, its taboos, its hymns, and it
punishes those who stray with shaming and ostracism.
How is this different from the fundamentalist religious types that the left is always criticizing?
Having grown up in a left wing home, I went through the same change of heart as did Phillips. I was shocked, shocked(!) to find that the leftists I was allied with in the nuclear freeze movement found my criticisms of our shared local school district so threatening that one stood up in a city council meeting and said that I "was not worth the rope to hang me with." Mugged by reality - the best description yet of being forced to face the true character of the left.