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True Blue Door

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Tue Aug 11, 2015, 12:09 PM Aug 2015

The Bernie Interrupters: Anatomy of Hatemongering Fauxgressives.

There's a skit in Monty Python's Life of Brian where a group of revolutionaries descends into such comically petty bickering that they factionalize over trivia despite having an urgent common agenda. One wishes to be called the "Judaean People's Front" and the other "The People's Front of Judaea." It's a cliche of left-wing politics for a reason: Because for some intolerable fact of psychological nature, the left cannot handle sticking together. Every minor question of symbolism or priority turns into a Byzantine Empire religious convtroversy at some point.

And it really shows which people are in politics because they enjoy the process of controversy (the intellectual equivalents of short guys who wander into bars hoping to start fights) vs. which people are in it because they actually want to accomplish something for society and humankind. Bernie Sanders is clearly someone who wants to do right by his country and the American people, and has demonstrated that so completely that attacks on him from the left are precisely the kind of insanity that has undermined the left for generations. Even when the left was politically ascendent in the 20th century, that kind of belligerent chaos often made apolitical people view the left as batshit crazy, and drove them into the hands of namby-pamby centrists.

I wish I could say with certainty that the alleged BLM protesters who disrupted Sanders' event were actually right-wing plants, but here's the unfortunate fact: Even if they were, and even if not a single one of them seriously considers themselves left-wing, the only reason there's any doubt is that people like that really exist. We run into them often enough in any liberal progressive discussion forum: People who are just seething with inchoate hatred, have nothing but contempt for other progressives because we don't meet fantasy standards no human being ever has (especially themselves), and are seemingly on a quest for self-destruction that they insist everyone else go down before them.

The word for them is fauxgressive, and it's been around for a while because the phenomenon has been around even longer. These people want no change, because they enjoy the anger of society's problems too much. They want no one working toward, let alone succeeding at achieving change, because that's a threat to their melodramatic fantasies of perpetual rebellion. In their own minds, they are Neo and everyone else on the fucking planet is Agent Smith. And there is just nothing you can do with people like that: They are less than useless. All you can do is recognize them, like a Narc at a party, and say "Whatever, faux."

The people who interrupted Bernie Sanders have nothing to do with Black Lives Matter. Nothing. And nothing to do with progressive politics. They are just trolls with signs. And the first rule of dealing with trolls is don't feed them. Now if only the rest of the media weren't full of trolls...

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The Bernie Interrupters: Anatomy of Hatemongering Fauxgressives. (Original Post) True Blue Door Aug 2015 OP
Wonderful post! You wrote that, wow.... Thanks! K&R!!! haikugal Aug 2015 #1
Even worse, a LOT of the Hillary supporters making hay of Seattle support the economic Status Quo. Romulox Aug 2015 #2


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2. Even worse, a LOT of the Hillary supporters making hay of Seattle support the economic Status Quo.
Tue Aug 11, 2015, 12:25 PM
Aug 2015

Read between the lines with regard to the bogus "economic justice vs. social justice" dichotomy posited by Clinton supporters. They do not wish to upset our economic hierarchy; they just feel like they deserve a better seat at the table.

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