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