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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:16 PM

15. You don't have to buy my critique.

It actually isn't mine anyway. It is actually a common critique of liberalism from the left, because believe or not, Liberals while definitely left of conservatives, are not actually "the Left". In fact, the further left you go, liberals are seen as belonging to the same general coalition as conservatives in wanting to prop up capitalism. There are obviously disagreements with this characterization, but it is out there.

I don't think that psychopathy is an adequate explanation for right wing actions. I do think that they develop a system of dehumanizing enemies and I do agree that there is a greed and hedonism focused in their aims, but your statement falls short.

What aims? What do they want? and Why?

A psychopath seeks immediate pleasure or escape from psychic pain. That is not what conservatives are doing. You can certainly argue that their behavior and methods reflect psychopathy but they are fighting to maintain and expand a system of hierarchy that they believe is the "natural order of things". They get the "lower classes" of White people to fight for them through the idea that there is a place in at least the middle of the hierarchy for them, and that maybe they can rise up to the top, though it is likely just BS to keep the coalition together.

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