How Left Wing Complacency Allows Right Wing Bigotry To Flourish.

First off let me make it exceptionally clear I don’t think the left’s rhetoric ALONE is enough to push someone to become a far right bigot.

Think about it for a second: if you’re a person who isn’t inherently hateful and can think for yourself, while you may take issue with being wrongly labelled a bigot unless you somewhat agree with the rhetoric on the far right the chances of you becoming exactly what you’ve been labelled are slim.

It’s the ‘if you label me a sexist racist bigot I’ll have no choice but to become one’ argument that I take fault with. At most you’ll align yourself with centrists and liberal minded people calling out the regressive left in their misplaced attacks. However that’s not the full picture.

However where the left fails to capture those sitting on the fence or those already far gone is exactly where the right excells: winning debates, freely discussing topics considered politically incorrect, managing to remain calm for a favorable public image, giving endless resources and time to teach about their views. Continue reading “How Left Wing Complacency Allows Right Wing Bigotry To Flourish.”

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‘Social Justice’ Became a Cult – So I Left

zg0l6jlp8jjy I entered left wing politics in 2014 after taking Sociology in high school. I saw a lot of the issues I felt were important in society but weren’t being spoken about in the mainstream represented with nuance by left wing speakers and activists. To start I saw most had the best intentions.

However I quickly began to become extreme in my views. It was a natural reaction to seeing injustice and the passion that comes from wanting to fix it; but certainly an over reaction. Attacking the individuals that were part of supposed ‘privileged’ groups, rather than systemic issues or people of power at fault in society.

I locked myself off from opposing viewpoints and kept myself in a bubble that only made my confirmation bias strengthen. When you only see a certain selection of hand picked news articles and stories about hate crimes on your feed from a selection of ideologically similar people this tends to happen. I did eventually simmer down after my inital misplaced enthusiasm but I was still staunchly left wing.

Just before 2016 I started a social justice page on Facebook as a way to amplify my voice on issues that I felt were important and needed coverage the mainstream media were not giving.

I certainly had my concerns with the dogma of left wing politics early on and how academic language was being abused but for the most part I could rationalize this and convince myself it was only a small subset of passionate activists who had taken things too far. Continue reading “‘Social Justice’ Became a Cult – So I Left”