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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Caveman Liberalism

Robert Stacy McCain is a blogging dynamo known for his shoe-leather journalism. Stacy went from a gig as assistant national editor and reporter at the Washington Times to blogging full-time. Oh and as Glenn Reynolds has said on more than one occasion, you cannot out-crazy Stacy McCain.

McCain on Tuesday explained what liberalism stands for.


Ladies and Gentlemen, the Robert Stacy McCain Summation of Liberal Values:
Women, good; men, bad.
Youth, good; adults, bad.
Atheists, good; Christians, bad.
Hedonism, good; responsibility, bad.
Abortion, good; motherhood, bad.
Sodomy, good; normal sex, bad.
Wilderness, good; carbon energy, bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, bad.
Government, good; corporations, bad.
Foreigners, good; Americans, bad.
Democrats, good; Republicans, bad.
That's an excellent explanation of the sophism of the modern liberal. It is Caveman Liberalism, a less intelligent and cruder version of thee idealism of the past.

Liberalism today is based on anger and hate, with a pinch of envy and spritz of narcissism. The sanctimony of the liberals today is the opposite of the humility of their 19th century ancestors who pushed for abolition, women's suffrage and yes, temperance. Their calls for government intervention were a far cry from today's demand for government control. Hell, even Eleanor Roosevelt carried a firearm.

My modifications to his list would be:
Wilderness, good; carbon energy, civilization bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, workers, bad.
My one addition would be:
Enemy, good; our military, bad.
That is based on liberal opposition to World War I, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism, which they hate so much they refuse to say it. The liberal mindset holds that America deserved 9/11. Bill Maher's mistake was to say out loud that the terrorists were brave. As for World War II, liberals opposed it before they supported it. Some say it was Pearl Harbor that did it, but don't discount Stalin turning on Hitler as the real reason for the sudden support of the war.

We have a war on normal in America. There is good and evil in this world. Liberal definitions, however, are off because they are based on superficial differences.

Robert Stacy McCain in his explanation of Why Ferguson has given conservative bloggers a handy list of liberal values.

UPDATE: Linked by Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit. Thanks. You cannot out-think Glenn.

37 comments:

  1. I'd add:

    Criminals good; law enforcement, bad.
    Regulation good; freedom bad.

    Too easy - once the ball is rolling, the examples write themselves.

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  2. Palestine good; Israel bad
    Islam good; all other religions bad
    Failure of America good; success of America bad
    Lies good; truth bad

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  3. Let's not forget: colored peoples-good, Caucasians-bad, Asians-generally good at the polls, bad in the Ivy League.

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    1. Black; good. White; bad. That's the essence of the insanity.

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  4. "Stalin turning on Hitler"

    Works for me (sorta)

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  5. Liberal opposition to World War I??? I thought it was a liberal that got us into that war.

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    1. It is complicated. Wilson ran as an antiwar candidate and won and threw Eugene V Debs in prison for opposing the war

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  6. All true, except the first one, "Women good, men bad" is also a blind belief held by a large number of conservatives.

    That is why the greatest examples of injustice, and the least protest to them, are in the name of 'feminism'.

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  7. Liberalism today can be summed up in one idea: "Western Civilization deserves to die."

    Which I can't categorically deny...except for very, very different reasons.

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  8. Evan Sayet's "Kindergarten of Eden" work is worth a look on this topic.
    Its an internally consistent worldview at least... Though one that breeds failure.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yGBkJT2L55k

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  9. Red Star over Hollywood had an interesting anecdote. When informed of Operation Barbarosa, Lillian Hellman shouted "the motherland has been attacked". Although liberals by and large weren't Soviet stooges , this summed up progressive sentiment.

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  10. Just as a matter of historical accuracy, it was Hitler who turned on Stalin, not
    the other way around.

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    1. Hitler broke the Pact. Stalin turned and retaliated, after first being routed.

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  11. Must clarify my comment.

    Bad science good; Good science bad

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  12. It's not Caveman Liberalism. It's Cargo Cult Liberalism. Leftists are incapable of understanding anything in depth. It's why they are so attached to symbols (talismans?). It's why they are so detached from reality. It's why they can believe anything if it is associated with the correct symbology.

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    1. Or to put it another way ... it is Litmus Test Liberalism.

      Where the checklist of correct positions is an accepted substitute for the responsibility of independent reasoning.

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  13. dependency good - independence bad
    victims good - others bad

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  14. Dawn Martinez-ByrneNovember 27, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    Don't insult cavemen. They were hard-working, practical, honest people.

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  15. They aren't so much pro-environment or pro-anything so much as they are anti-human. Iowahawk had it right when he had the left joining The Society for a Human-Free Planet.

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  16. As for liberal "support" for WW2, the older (and more cynical) I get, the more I realize that their fondness for that particular conflict over any other is due to the fact that it was the only time that the entire economy was under the control of the federal government,.

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  17. Altruism good, egoism bad.
    Altruism = otherism, living for everyone else --> welfare, theft...
    Egoism = rational self interest, living for your own sake --> carrying your own water.
    - djr

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    1. I would alter that slightly:

      Compelling others to meet the liberal concept of altruistic standards good, being a liberal and giving away what is mine not cool dude.

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  18. Amazing number of comments. You guys should be here every day.

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    1. Agreed! Don really is this good all the time.

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  19. New laws that don't do anything good, actions that get results unfair.

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  20. More lefty "reasoning": A lot of lefties like to say "rape is not sex". Apparently the reasoning is:

    All sex is good.
    Rape is not good.
    Therefore, rape is not sex.

    They could have reasoned:

    All consentual sex is good.
    All sex that is not consentual is bad.
    Rape is not consentual.
    Therefore rape is bad.

    But that is apparently too complicated for them.



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  21. Scienceiness, good; objective proof bad.

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  22. My only disagreement with this post is that modern liberalism is NOT connected in any way to nineteenth-century liberalism. They have NO connection except in name only. Modern liberalism is simply a form of socialism.

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    1. Old liberals want freedom.
      New liberals want free stuff.

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  23. I think there is a real distinction between "classical liberalism" and what passes for liberalism today. Today's brand is just Stalin's brand of forced socialism dressed up in nicer clothes.

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  24. And who disseminates Caveman Liberalism to the lemmings? Professors and Hollywood.

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  25. This is a snapshot. The essence of liberalism is flaunting good intentions. That trumps everything. Oh, and at the moment, another one is

    Islam (genital mutilation and all) good, Christianity, atheism,... bad.

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  26. Back in the 1950s or very early 1960s, William F. Buckley Jr. described columnist Harry Golden as "the high priest of liberal yahooism;" but nowadays it seems like the yahoos are the predominant contingent in organized "liberalism." (And by "liberal" I mean of course "tax happy, coercion-addicted, power-tripping State-fellator.") Around the same time Buckley wrote of Eleanor Roosevelt that she lived her entire life as if it were "a never-ending war against the syllogism." These days that's pretty much true of all professional "liberals."

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  27. "spritz of narcissism" - Have to disagree here.

    Liberalism is all about selfishness, to the point of insanity.

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  28. Prosecutorial discretion on immigration: good

    Prosecutorial discretion on grand juries: bad

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