I’ve come to the conclusion that the tenor of some of my recent postings have done virtually no one, including myself, most especially myself, much good.
To put it in the most self-serving terms possible, this lapse has generally occurred while I was critiquing the work of leftist bloggers.
Now, when doing so you have a choice: 1, to stick to pointing out the faults of the narrative, or 2, to also if it seems justified, go after the one doing the narrating – usually by judging them by the announced standard by which they judge others.
With the left, the fundamental standards of social and political, if not all human value, are generally implied to be “intelligence” and artfulness. In their moral universe, the liberal moral universe, moral values are not discovered, but “created”. So, for example, so-called “Tea Partiers” are berated for being, not merely wrong, but for being uncouth, uncultured, generally ignorant, and above all as fundamentally unintelligent.
Obviously then, it’s quite tempting to analyze the left’s own polemics in the same terms.
And when you do so, that is to say act by not only marking their errors, but also the “reasonableness” of the errors, the transparency of the errors, and the likelihood of those falsehoods being deliberate as opposed to inadvertent, you are quite possibly tempted, as I have been, to throw up your hands and simply conclude that the liberal writers are either lying, or idiots, or both.
The recent result here has been half-a-dozen of my posts prominently featuring the term “stupid” in reference to particular persons spouting a leftist line.
Now, in the abstract, they might deserve this treatment. Or they might not.
But I am tired of seeing it in my own productions.
In fact I am going to re-title a couple of my entries and make some modest textual changes.
I don’t want to become in some measure what I am critiquing, by picking up their standards and flinging them back at them. No matter how much they may seem to deserve it..
Even though I have often accused conservatives of playing with one hand tied behind their back, and of being inhibited by limits liberals don’t share, there has to be a better way than sounding as if you have adopted leftist premises yourself.
It’s not only stupid to become the enemy, but ultimately wrong.