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Liberal Editor Of Rolling Stone Magazine Says “The American Left Has Lost Its Mind”

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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:39 AM
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I stopped reading Rolling Stone magazine long ago, because of their left bias.

However, I must admit, I'm somewhat impressed that editor, Matt Taibbi, has finally accepted that leaders of the progressive Left are “torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.”

Taibbi also recognizes that these people are ruthless, and will use any tactic to gain the upper hand.


“It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind,” Taibbi wrote. “It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.”

“The leaders of this new movement are replacing traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation,”

“They’ve conned organization after organization into empowering panels to search out thoughtcrime, and it’s established now that anything can be an offense, from a UCLA professor placed under investigation for reading Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” out loud to a data scientist fired from a research firm for — get this — retweeting an academic study suggesting nonviolent protests may be more politically effective than violent ones!”

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However, as the article, that's linked above, points out, Taibbi’s concern seems to be rooted in his fear of a liberal circular firing squad, and the casualties among the left because of the outrage mob.

In the article he wrote, which is linked below, Taibbi calls President Trump “a great reality-show villain.” Obviously he’s not a big fan of the President, but he admits, that as journalists, People depend on us to tell them what we see, not what we think. What good are we if we’re afraid to do it?


The ideal instead was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions. This vision of media stressed accuracy, truth, and trust in the reader’s judgment as the routes to positive social change.

taibbi.substack.com...

Well, Matt, that “ideal” and “vision” left the scene, as soon as Donald Trump decided to run for President.

That “tinderbox moment” that you talk about in your article, wasn’t caused by President Trump’s incompetence, but rather from a unified hatred that spread on MSM, and became a firestorm.

The Left’s self-proclaimed rightousness is the result of this firestorm, and now, as a result of the BLM protests, and riots, the Left are are now competing with each other for who won the medal for the most un-racist.

The Left is now demanding change through "mob rule" and tyrannizing tactics.

As a Conservative, it’s amusing to see the Left eat their own, as well as their enemies.

They’ve now become totally unhinged in front of the whole world.

Lets see if that behavior gets a Democrat into The White House this November.
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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:41 AM
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I've noticed
any time a leftist criticizes other leftists
he/she makes sure to dump on Trump &tc

really hoping the majority will see through this mess and put the adults back in charge.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:48 AM
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Anyone who thinks Matt Taibbi has shifted his ideology one millimeter should really read a few of his articles.

He's calling out authoritarian nutjobs masquerading as liberals.

He's right.
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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:50 AM
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a reply to: ElGoobero

Well, they have to, else they'll have a contract put out on their life by the toxic liberal left!



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:53 AM
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a reply to: shawmanfromny

Definitely agreed.

Is certainly odd times, I found myself agreeing with Bernie Sanders the other day, when he said people deserve backpay due to the government forced shutdowns.

Which was something I previously never thought imaginable.

Inconceivable, for me to imagine agreeing with a socialist.

But, Bernie has his moments when he speaks true.

It's our money, and we want it now!

Added;

Also to add, the political left can project their incompetence on President Trump, but the fact remains. Those issues existed long, before President Trump won the election, let alone ran for office.
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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 11:54 AM
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a reply to: shawmanfromny

Good on that guy for being able to partially see through the Liberal dumpster fire smoke.
What happened to civilized political debate that has been replaced with screaming at the sky to attempt to cleanse their miserable souls while spouting vile and hateful vitriol?
Are we in for a “Great Awakening” by regular Liberals to put an end to the radicalization of their ideology?
Probably not but when guys like him question it, it’s a start.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:07 PM
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Well at least they didn't have much to to lose.The far left mind never was sane.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:09 PM
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originally posted by: ridgerunner
Well at least they didn't have much to to lose.The far left mind never was sane.


I agree. No extremist is in their right mind.

Neither is any authoritarian nutjob who wants to control other people.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:14 PM
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" concern seems to be rooted in his fear of a liberal circular firing squad, and the casualties among the left because of the outrage mob."

Can we make sure that they have plenty of ammo?



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:15 PM
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a reply to: shawmanfromny

Well, it doesn't take a 'rocket surgeon' to see just how rabid and toxic the left has become. They had a golden goose furiously laying golden eggs with the Floyd incident. They had the perfect platform, absolutely perfect in every way, to affect the change they wanted, the change nearly no one in this country would have objected to...and they squandered it into smoldering wreckage, graffiti and destruction! They just irretrievably threw their golden opportunity in the dumpster and lit it on fire...like everything else!

Singlehandedly these SJW's turned the Floyd incident from an iconic incident and example into a pariah forever more. People who would have sympathized with a movement for change now only conjure up images of looting, violence and invasion. If it wasn't so real I'd say it was incomprehensible!

I particularly liked this part of your quoted article...



...cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline...


...because this is exactly who they are! Many of these SJW's aren't minorities pleading for reform, not at all. They are entitled SJW and mercenary protesters who protest everything for the sake of not the cause, but rather getting attention paid to their shallow, petty and insignifcant little existences. They are the essence of "cowards". Entitled little cowards. And the hangers-on who circle around them like flies are nothing more than common criminals and vagrants.

Not only has this SJW mentality infected and poisoned the left, it has also in many ways set the civil rights movement back a two decades or more. Oh sure, there will be calls for reform from officials trying to placate the mobs, but they are hollow and nothing will change. Certainly not with the momentum they could have had if they hadn't burned everything in their cause to the ground (and I mean this metaphorically, not literally...although they did that too).

The basement dwelling SJW's have poisoned the left, but the leaders on the left were indifferent to it just to pick up votes, anything for a vote, absolutely anything.

It's refreshing to see some wake up to what is really happening. Too late I'm afraid, but there's always next time around.

ETA - S&F for a great OP BTW!
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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:23 PM
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The absurdity here is ... Taibbi is talking about authoritarian extremists. These are people who discount the value of human life, freedom and individuality. These are people who only believe in "law-and-order" when it suits their agenda, and quickly flip their faces into absurd, illegal, tyrannical BS when those they feel are on "their side" are invovled.

These authoritarians are the true fascists. They want to use government to punish their enemies and control the lives of others. They do not care if they ruin someone's life, or, take their lives away.

Because anyone they disagree with is "the enemy" and deserves to die.

These are the only toxic, dangerous people on either political "side." Most of us, by a wide majority, are not extremists, but our media and our politicians certainly are.


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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:24 PM
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I just find it odd it took so long for some of these leftist to realize how bat sh*t insane some of them are.... the red pill isn't going down easy for some of them.

Michael Savage been saying leftism is a mental disorder for what, damn near 30 years?

It is just to a point that normal leftist are realizing the frankenstein they created is going to kill them too..
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posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:38 PM
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I stopped reading Rolling Stone years ago. It is just more liberal crap controlled by Democrats and is no longer about music.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:39 PM
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The left the liberals are not what I thought they where .."Liberal" is such a relative term these day that it has lost any real meaning. But whatever ideology the current democratic party has been festering likely since the second Obama administration I can no longer stomach..well I couldn't stomach it back in 2016 so I went with ol dope head Gary Johnson LOL but I was already making my exit.

But the democratic party the media and their "woke" allies have reached new levels of insanity that even I couldn't believe in these last few months. I am not onboard with censorship or being told I need to respect peoples pronouns and all that BS.

I am" classically Liberal" ..and I dont agree with any of this festering "woke" agenda....If trump is a big middle finger to all of that then good I don't have to like the guy but I like the current democrats and their allies even less.

I think there is a growing amount of moderates that are now jumping ship on the democratic party especially this year as it progress deeper into madness because they have seen just how insane the democrats and their allies have become.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:50 PM
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originally posted by: Gryphon66
The absurdity here is ... Taibbi is talking about authoritarian extremists. These are people who discount the value of human life, freedom and individuality. These are people who only believe in "law-and-order" when it suits their agenda, and quickly flip their faces into absurd, illegal, tyrannical BS when those they feel are on "their side" are invovled.

These authoritarians are the true fascists. They want to use government to punish their enemies and control the lives of others. They do not care if they ruin someone's life, or, take their lives away.

Because anyone they disagree with is "the enemy" and deserves to die.

These are the only toxic, dangerous people on either political "side." Most of us, by a wide majority, are not extremists, but our media and our politicians certainly are.


I didn't see anything about "either side" in that article.
I see only "the left"
Liberalism IS a mental disorder.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:55 PM
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originally posted by: SolAquarius
The left the liberals are not what I thought they where .."Liberal" is such a relative term these day that it has lost any real meaning. But whatever ideology the current democratic party has been festering likely since the second Obama administration I can no longer stomach..well I couldn't stomach it back in 2016 so I went with ol dope head Gary Johnson LOL but I was already making my exit.

But the democratic party the media and their "woke" allies have reached new levels of insanity that even I couldn't believe in these last few months. I am not onboard with censorship or being told I need to respect peoples pronouns and all that BS.

I am" classically Liberal" ..and I dont agree with any of this festering "woke" agenda....If trump is a big middle finger to all of that then good I don't have to like the guy but I like the current democrats and their allies even less.

I think there is a growing amount of moderates that are now jumping ship on the democratic party especially this year as it progress deeper into madness because they have seen just how insane the democrats and their allies have become.



I find many people to be pretty liberal and supportive up to a point. I am certainly conservative fiscally and on economic issues. However, I am pretty liberal socially. I tend to take a live and let live approach. I don't have to agree, but as long as no harm, no foul as far as I am concerned. I've always lived in uber-liberal areas.

For example, I've long supported gay rights and allowing non-traditional marriage. However, I draw the line at Drag Queen story time or men in drag participating in women's sports.

I support police reform, but it doesn't mean defund and/or get rid of police.

The problem is they've allowed the most extreme activist to co-op the party and push even more radical ideas and positions that can't be defended by anyone.

Republicans kind of went through this although not nearly as bad when they allowed the Christian right to define the party back in 80s / 90s. I didn't support that either.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 12:57 PM
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I stopped reading RS when they starting publishing the political 'With Us Against Us' articles in the center of the mag, then turn right around critiquing conservatives for being divisive.

My how the chickens have come home to roost.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 01:09 PM
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a reply to: Gothmog

Authoritarianism is a mental disorder.

That's what you should watch out for, it's subtle, and can show up on your "side" as well.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 01:10 PM
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a reply to: SolAquarius

Most Americans are independent and/or moderate.

That's been a trend for over a decade.



posted on Jun, 17 2020 @ 01:35 PM
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originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: Gothmog

Authoritarianism is a mental disorder.

That's what you should watch out for, it's subtle, and can show up on your "side" as well.


So how is it that the radical minority gets control over the party platforms?

When I look at the left, I think it is because leftist are experts at virtue signaling and cause du jours. Living in a super liberal town, many of my white neighbors all have BLM posters. They are green this.... diversity this.... We are the 99% (despite living in $1 million homes). Nice people, but it is like they all have just a very surface level understanding of issues. It is all about "feels". They never seem to really think through the details.

The radical elements seems to be able to play on these emotions by pushing say X, but in reality are looking for Y. It is almost like the reverse negotiating strategy of asking for something big but really wanting something small. Leftist seem to ask for something small, but really want something big. We just want gay rights... to drag queens reading to your kindergartner. Millionaires and billionaires need to pay their fair share (but anyone who makes $75k is rich!).




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