There’s not actually a trend of right wing violence, it’s a hokey assertion in the first place. http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-30/tallying-right-wing-terror-vs-jihad Other thing: the right / left spectrum by which we categorize things is by now long known as imperfect as a matter of political science. Academically, we’d use to talk about the left being socialist and right being fascist. Well, in real history fascist autocracy hasn’t been much different than socialist autocracy, so what’s the usefulness of judging on a spectrum where the autocratism on the ends are basically the same?… Conservatives like to argue the Nazis were left / socialists (and ya know, this ought not be unpersuasive really…the ‘national socialist’ thing and all). Anyway, these kooks that we have in America that pop up and do something destructive now and then, they get characterized as ‘right wing’ because they have ‘anti-government’ sentiments or racial grudges. I think this is very tenuous linkage, and implicitly slanderous. Yeah, they are ‘anti-government’ as far as it goes. But they are also consistently mentally ill loners with paranoia. Such that this motivates them to individually commit revolutionary acts, it’s their own mental feature there and not one shared with the larger body of conservative politics. IE, mainstream conservative thought does not have a revolutionary manifesto. Then, the racial thing… In global political science, racial grudges are supposed to be a feature of right wing politics… Uh, I don’t think that’s actually true, it has some appearance of being an analysis made up by sentimentally lefty political science professors who’d like the lefty egalitarianism to seem altruistic and unbesmirched by racism. Anyway, in America conservatives are unsympathetic / obtuse to racial issues to a real fault. But what they aspire to is a color blind society. Taken literally, that ought not be ‘racial grudges’ that make for a proper categorization of ‘right wing’. And it’s to say further, as American conservative thought has evolved in good ways with its emphases on personal and market liberty … that stuff ain’t ‘right wing’ at all, by the pejorative terms of fascism ‘right’ was supposed to mean in old political science.
So I don’t like the word usage. Left wing for liberals is still totally appropriate though amirite.
Jots w/ dots 7/1
Outrage du jour: many of the conservative blogs are going over this, while none of the liberal blogs are. http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-im-filing-a-civil-rights-lawsuit-1435694608
It’s not partisan when the 4 liberal justices always vote together as a sycophantic adjunct of the administration. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/view_from_chicago/2015/06/supreme_court_conservatives_disagreements_make_the_court_more_liberal.html