I was engaged with someone on Twitter yesterday who began parroting these lines to me over and over. I was bigotry and hate; he was change and progress. He quickly spoke of me as an immoral monster - the same list of terms you’d think. There is this caricature of a right-winger that embodies everything they’ve been coached to hate. This has slowly been bled out across all of conservatives through propaganda like “MAGA” and wicked words from our media and even president. Of course he remained the entire time a saint (secular, I’m sure) fighting for morality itself. What really struck me was how incredibly canned the language was, and how he kept repeating it even where it didn’t really apply. As if the mind has genuinely been programmed. I’ve noticed a lot more people speaking of the idea of “weaponized empathy”. That notion is clicking on in many minds now, as it truly is the fuel source and bludgeon for this leftist cultural takeover. You can look at it from two angles: how it preys on people’s sympathies or often just need to obey/intimidation on the receiving end, but also the way it has brainwashed minds like the one I described above on the offensive side - all in an eerily similar, assembly-line manner. It’s creepy when someone parrots speech like that. Jonestown. And what made this particularly striking was this person had 3.5k followers with a handful of those I respect among them. I’m not a guilt-by-association guy, but I say that because this wasn’t some loon or bot. That’s the thing, I encounter this exact same brain-lock almost daily. And it’s consumed even educated and moderate and otherwise sane minds. “The Moral vs. The Monsters” really does encapsulate it. I find the scope of it to be deeply unnerving.
From a cognitive politics standpoint, and I used to work in that space, the poster is gold. A one word slogan that sounds good, but says nothing in particular, with a very striking graphic of the candidate in red, white, and blue. If Obama broke America, it's because someone did an outstanding poster.
Of course. Its the fundamental axiom that allows the left to feel moral high ground:
This is the programmatic propaganda. Progress for the sake of itself, and the faster the better! Nothing from the past can be seen as good, not 50 years ago, not 10 years ago, not 1 year ago. This is where all arguments for deconstruction of civilization find their legs. “The manufacturing economy in the 1950s was pretty good.” “The 1950s was misogynist and homophobic you bigot, thats what you fantasize about!?!?”
There is nothing that can be learned from the past, not a single insight to be gained, because Past=Conservative=Bad
Likewise there is no new cultural trend that possibly be undesirable, nothing new that can be criticized, because Future=Progress=Good. Gay marriage was good, but really its not good enough and it just upholds outdated ideas of cisnormativity and suffocating monogamy, so actually non-binary polygamy is better. Why? Bc its newer! We can come up with other rational but thats all we need. Everything new is progress. New words, new norms, new laws, new products. Its good progress bc Future=Progress and Progress=Good. New norms about piercing every inch of skin, good. Old norms? Bad. This way progress never ends, and there is no destination.
The revolution has no finish line. Change is the highest goal. All memory of simpler times is evil bc thats conservative and nostalgia is in the past, which is evil. Only the present moment, current thing, and future thin tmro is good.
..and because i agree with you , I then must suffer from Stockholm syndrome. How'm i doin'?
The ideology of change for change’s sake is useful for enriching the people who have a lot to gain by “disrupting” the current paradigm.
Well said! Highly intelligent and sane thinking! Thank you
See Gary Saul Morson's seminal essay "Leninthink": https://newcriterion.com/issues/2019/10/leninthink