The progressive left likes to use simple terms for simple solutions to simple problems. So the reason that there are few women CEOs is due to “oppression!” and the solution to this problem is “diversity!” It’s a nice game to play because it automatically leads its proponents into thinking that they are not just morally superior but intellectually superior as well. After all, if you are able to identify all problems and offer easy solutions in a simple manner then you must be really smart.
Here in Melbourne we are enjoying the culturally enriching experience of a crime-wave of violent criminal activity perpetrated by South Sudanese refugees. But using the progressive left’s doctrine of knowing everything it once again becomes quite simple how to understand and “solve” this problem. So the crime wave is caused by “racism” because us native Australians have not bothered to understand the “unique challenges” that the poor refugees have had to go through when fleeing one of the biggest shitholes on the planet for one of the nicest spots where you can hang your hat.
Their solution is to “empower” the poor South Sudanese by “promoting community harmony” in the form of “building bridges”. Sending the little bastards to rot in jail, (or even better sending them back where they came from), is simply out of the question as it would result in them being “lost in the system” and would lead to a “lifetime of crime” even though all evidence suggests that a lifetime of crime is already on the cards.
The progressive left might like to bang on about “the freedom to choose,” (although generally that amounts to the freedom to choose one’s sexual partner, proclivities, and pronouns than anything else), but in actual fact they are all about control and order. Not law and order, don’t get me wrong, but order in the sense that they are all intellectually aligned. As they have simple solutions to all of their simply-defined problems then it is quite easy for all of them to think the same. They would consider this to be intellectual honesty for the simple fact that they are all in agreement with one another. If you’re all agreeing on something then it must mean that you’re right. Which makes you feel good. And because feeling good is so important to them they will become quite hysterical in their defense of their simple explanations, solutions, terminology, and passions.
I would argue that a core distinction between the lunatic left and normal people is that normal people understand and accept that chaos is part of our lives. It is through chaos that we create opportunities, (which is why the left are so insistent on equality of outcome over opportunity – in this way they seek to eliminate chaos). Nicholas Taleb’s must read book, Antifragile explains how we can benefit from chaos. From the blurb:
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
In The Black Swan, Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better.
The progressive left is inherently fragile. They suffer from the fragility of their ideas and more and more from the fragility of their circumstances. As they seek comfort in order and conformity they corner themselves in a box of their own making, a box that keeps on getting tighter and tighter as their need for order makes them unable to accept the realities of the world around them. Thus we have large numbers of people paying tens of thousands of dollars for humanities degrees that provide no coherent path towards employment. But because they are all in it together and they are convinced of both the righteousness of their cause and their inherent superiority, they are untroubled by the possibilities of not finding gainful employment. Their oft-repeated favorite mantra is that “the universe will provide.” This is what happens when people stop going to church.
Trump’s election win is another prime example of this. The lunatic left do not have to square their nonacceptance of the election result with their own mockery of Trump refusing to say whether he would accept the result only a few weeks earlier. They do not have to make rational sense or be intellectually honest because they are part of an ideology, an ideology based on order and conformity to the true faith of progressive ideals. Thus all refugees are good and all citizens of their own country who question whether letting this lot in was a good idea are bad. Bad think and good think. Simple groups for simple minds.
The left seek to put their opponents into a simple group because they are in a self-imposed simple group themselves. Thus due to the fact that they sought out comfort in conformity of ideas they assume the same motives of their opponents. It is why they were so desperate to identify leaders of the GamerGate movement and why they are trying to do the same with the alt-right. But both movements are based on chaos, (in fact I would consider the acceptance of chaos as defined by Taleb to be a core tenet of the alt-right).
The large numbers of people wedded to this ideology are primarily a result of molly-coddling the past two generations of children. Simple experiments such as removing winners and losers from children’s sport so that nobody would feel bad have resulted in an adult population that are unable to handle being told they are wrong. A number of people wondered what would happen when these children became adults. Well now we know – they don’t. They remain children their entire lives. Simple children with simple minds. It’s simple really.