Lefties who blame Lefties
Lefties who constantly blame other lefties annoy me. I think they like to think ‘if only we changed ourselves! and put more caveats on how we express our point of view! then maybe they’ll listen!’. They like to make out that the problem is that we are not selling our message well, rather than the far more simple, direct two reasons why the Left have a hard time cutting through. Namely:
- huge power structures in place work against us (eg. Murdoch press, corporate lobbying, how market economy insulated from democratic process).
- what the Left are proposing is more challenging to swallow than what conservatives propose (which, bluntly put, is: 'greed is good!’, 'don’t feel bad about feeling racist!’, 'everything as is - which happens to benefit your life at the expense of many others - is fine!’, 'inconvenient truths should be ignored due to their inconvenience’!).
Believing that the problem is us is comforting. It means we have power over our destiny, we’re just not pitching it right.The truth that our big problem is that power structures are inherently conservative and inherently work against us, is a scary, even paralysing, reality to confront.