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7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World
Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2011 | John Hawkins

Posted on 08/23/2011 6:46:56 AM PDT by Kaslin

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.Charles Krauthammer

Even liberals who've accomplished a lot in their lives and have high IQs often say things on a regular basis that are stunningly, profoundly stupid and at odds with the way the world works. Modern liberalism has become so bereft of common sense and instinctually suicidal that America can only survive over the long haul by thwarting the liberal agenda. In fact, liberalism has become such a toxic and poisonous philosophy that most liberals wouldn't behave differently if their goal were to deliberately destroy the country. So, how does liberalism cause well-meaning, intelligent liberals to get this way? Well, it starts with...

1) Liberalism creates a feedback loop. It is usually impossible for a non-liberal to change a liberal's mind about political issues because liberalism works like so: only liberals are credible sources of information. How do you know someone's liberal? He espouses liberal doctrine. So, no matter how plausible what you say may be, it will be ignored if you're not a liberal and if you are a liberal, of course, you probably agree with liberal views. This sort of close-mindedness makes liberals nearly impervious to any information that might undermine their beliefs.

2) Liberals sources of information are ever present. Conservatives are regularly exposed to the liberal viewpoint whether they want to be or not. That's not necessarily so for liberals. Imagine the average day for liberals. They get up and read their local newspaper. It has a liberal viewpoint. They take their kids to school, where the teachers are liberal. Then they go to work, listen to NPR which has a liberal viewpoint on the way home, and then turn on the nightly news which also skews leftward. From there, they turn on TV and watch shows created by liberals that lean to the left, if they have any political viewpoint at all. Unless liberals actively seek out conservative viewpoints, which is unlikely, the only conservative arguments they're probably going to hear are going to be through the heavily distorted, poorly translated, deeply skeptical lens of other liberals.

3) Liberals emphasize feeling superior, not superior results. Liberalism is all about appearances, not outcomes. What matters to liberals is how a program makes them FEEL about themselves, not whether it works or not. Thus a program like Headstart, which sounds good because it's designed to help children read, makes liberals feel good about themselves, even though the program doesn't work and wastes billions. A ban on DDT makes liberals feel good about themselves because they're "protecting the environment" even though millions of people have died as a result. For liberals, it's not what a program does in the real world; it's about whether they feel better about themselves for supporting it.

4) Liberals are big believers in moral relativism. This spins them round and round because if the only thing that's wrong is saying that there's an absolute moral code, then you lose your ability to tell cause from effect, good from bad, and right from wrong. Taking being non-judgmental to the level that liberals do leaves them paralyzed, pondering "why they hate us" because they feel incapable of saying, “That's wrong," and doing something about it. If you're against firm standards and condemning immoral behavior, then your moral compass won’t work and you’ll also be for immorality, as well as societal and cultural decay by default.

5) Liberals tend to view people as parts of groups, not individuals. One of the prejudices of liberalism is that they see everyone as part of a group, not as an individual. This can lead to rather bizarre disparities when say, a man from a group that they consider to be powerless, impoverished victims becomes the leader of the free world -- and he's challenged by a group of lower middle class white people who've banded together because individually they're powerless. If you listen to the liberal rhetoric, you might think Barack Obama was a black Republican being surrounded by a KKK lynching party 100 years ago -- as opposed to the single most powerful man in America abusing the authority of his office to attack ordinary Tea Partiers who have the audacity to speak the truth to power for the good of their country.

6) Liberals take a dim view of personal responsibility. Who's at fault if a criminal commits a crime? The criminal or society? If someone creates a business and becomes a millionaire, is that the result of hard work and talent or luck? If you're dirt poor, starving, and haven't worked in 5 years, is that a personal failing or a failure of the state? Conservatives would tend to say the former in each case, while liberals would tend to say the latter. But when you disconnect what an individual does from the results that happen in his life, it's very difficult to understand cause and effect in people's lives.

7) Liberals give themselves far too much credit just for being liberal. To many liberals, all one needs to do to be wise, intelligent, compassionate, open minded, and sensitive is to BE LIBERAL. In other words, many of the good things about a person spring not from his actions, but from the ideology he holds. This has an obvious appeal. You can be a diehard misogynist, but plausibly call yourself a feminist, hate blacks, but accuse others of racism, have a subpar IQ and be an intellectual, give nothing to charity and be compassionate, etc., etc., and all you have to do is call yourself a liberal. It's a shortcut to virtue much like the corrupt old idea of religious indulgences. Why live a life of virtue when you could live a sinful life and buy your way into heaven? If you're a liberal, why actually live a life of virtue when you can merely call yourself a liberal and get credit for being virtuous, even when you've done nothing to earn it?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: conservatism; evil; evilparty; johnhawkins; krauthammer; liberalism; stupid; stupidparty

1 posted on 08/23/2011 6:46:58 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

IIRC, John Hawkins is a FReeper.


2 posted on 08/23/2011 6:49:29 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: All

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3 posted on 08/23/2011 6:53:29 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Kaslin
You can be a diehard misogynist, but plausibly call yourself a feminist, hate blacks, but accuse others of racism, have a subpar IQ and be an intellectual, give nothing to charity and be compassionate, etc., etc., and all you have to do is call yourself a liberal.


Exhibit A

4 posted on 08/23/2011 6:54:23 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
Liberals believe one can attain utopia just by passing just a few more laws.
5 posted on 08/23/2011 6:54:38 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

6 posted on 08/23/2011 6:58:27 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: Kaslin
Oops. Let me try again...


Exhibit A: Bob Beckel Say You Need A Shotgun To Interview Ann Coulter

7 posted on 08/23/2011 7:00:54 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
Now THAT'S what I call a Magnificent Seven.

When does the book come out?

8 posted on 08/23/2011 7:02:11 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
Considering that liberalism is the law of the land and has been for decades, and marches forward at an ever faster pace, I don't think it's reasonable to say that liberals are incapable of understanding the real world. They understand things far better than conservatives, who seem to think they can achieve things just by being right (in the factual sense). That is profoundly stupid and betrays a complete lack of understanding about how to get things done politically.
9 posted on 08/23/2011 7:04:50 AM PDT by Batrachian (Barack Obama is the Lily Tomlin of presidents.)
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To: Kaslin

This is a KEEPER! Well done!


10 posted on 08/23/2011 7:05:19 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Kaslin

I’ve always thought being a liberal/leftist was easy because it doesn’t demand anything of you personally. Think taxes should be raised? Just say that, don’t pay anymore yourself, as you are allowed to do. Have some physical need? Don’t go out and earn money to get it for yourself, the government “owes” it to you. Need to say you are “educated”? Just find a way to get on the Affirmative Action gravy train, and have it handed to you. Want (liberal) women to like you? Just say you’re pro-abortion and a “feminist”, never mind that you can then treat women like dirt, they’ll still think you are “enlightened”. IOW, if you’re liberal, you don’t have pay your own way, work to achieve anything by your own merits, or earn the respect of others. A pretty easy ride, on balance.


11 posted on 08/23/2011 7:06:22 AM PDT by chimera
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To: Kaslin

Bookmarked.


12 posted on 08/23/2011 7:07:19 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Kaslin

Very good. I like the explanation on these.

The basis of “liberalism” can be boiled down to the philosophy of humanism.

The ideology is based on lies from the father of lies, so no conclusions they come to can be reflective of reality.

Most liberals are liberals just so they can feel good about themselves (humanism) without any personal sacrifice or effort on their part.


13 posted on 08/23/2011 7:10:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

8) Stupidity
9) Insanity


14 posted on 08/23/2011 7:12:30 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Kaslin

Cogent, concise analysis of liberalism. Because so many aspects of liberalism appeal to peoples need to feel good about themselves while actually doing things that aren’t necessarily good (or productive) it has many adherents. I believe that the lack of a moral core (moral relativism) is the basis of liberalism. The ‘feel good’ stuff is just deodorant.


15 posted on 08/23/2011 7:17:00 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

bump


16 posted on 08/23/2011 7:17:13 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 8/23/11, 441/516 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (Nov 6 2012))
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To: Kaslin

liberals emote,

they do not think.


17 posted on 08/23/2011 7:17:39 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Jim Scott

Gen 3:4-5 is the basis of liberalism.

Everything about it is a reflection of what the serpent told Eve.


18 posted on 08/23/2011 7:21:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Ideology trumps reality.


19 posted on 08/23/2011 7:28:51 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Jonah is my patron saint.)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent summary of liberalism. There’s even some overlap/reinforcement among the points. Nothing to add.


20 posted on 08/23/2011 7:30:50 AM PDT by PENANCE
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To: Texas Eagle
I've lost all respect for Hannity for cozying up to this Clinton thug who, other than his "strategist" position, is obviously unemployable, very much like Kook-cinich . . .

Hannity giggles a lot about his friendship with this goon. I see that the libtard thug is now wearing suspenders, as if this will somehow give him a visual signature and make himself look cuddly. My remote carries me right past this racist and worthless bum.

21 posted on 08/23/2011 7:39:31 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Kaslin

Gee, It’s Liberal profiling.....and it works


22 posted on 08/23/2011 7:49:06 AM PDT by 4Speed
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To: Kaslin

The Left is a conglomeration of cults rigidly segregated. The cultees fear one thing above all, the notion of being held responsible. If you hold a lefty/lib resposnible for something, anything they break, quickly.


23 posted on 08/23/2011 7:54:12 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: PENANCE

The problem is that newsrooms are packed with liberal journalists who see the world through a liberal prism. There’s a lot of racial and ethnic and gender diversity in newsrooms these days,but very little ideological diversity — very little diversity of opinion. So, inside the bubble, everything to the right of center is (correctly) seen as conservative,but everything to the left of center is (incorrectly) seen as middle of the road. Liberal views, in this world, aren’t really liberal. They’re moderate. They’re reasonable. They’re mainstream.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/08/17/why-journalists-cant-stop-speaking-about-conservatives/#ixzz1VregZeaP


24 posted on 08/23/2011 8:01:42 AM PDT by corlorde (NH)
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To: corlorde
The problem is that newsrooms are packed with liberal journalists...

Good observation.

The problem with our side is that we keep buying the publications and viewing the media sources that espouse this garbage and then wonder why it is everywhere.

We MUST take a stand and not subscribe to any liberal media source. Otherwise, we're just paying into our own demise.

25 posted on 08/23/2011 8:14:27 AM PDT by BFM (CLINTON is and always will be a rapist. Never forget!)
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To: Kaslin
Great post!

Coincidentally, today's thread on the wisdom of Thomas Sowell complements this piece.

So do the following quotations about socialism which is, in reality, the philosophy most akin to that of today's so-called "progressives." These quotations, combined with Sowell and Krauthammer, might awaken many citizens, if circulated widely on the web and in print.

Conservative thought, by and large, acknowledges the Declaration of Independence's assertion of Creator-endowed, therefore inalienable, individual rights and responsibilities. Its counterfeit counterpart is a government-over-people philosophy which relies on government as a grantor of rights, a concept which overlooks the coercive oppression which always has accompanied such government.

In the course of his research for "Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile" (Harper Collins), Joseph Pearch traveled to Moscow to interview the writer. The excerpt below is from that interview:

"Solzhenitsyn: In different places over the years I have had to prove that socialism, which to many western thinkers is a sort of kingdom of justice, was in fact full of coercion, of bureaucratic greed and corruption and avarice, and consistent within itself that socialism cannot be implemented without the aid of coercion. Communist propaganda would sometimes include statements such as "we include almost all the commandments of the Gospel in our ideology". The difference is that the Gospel asks all this to be achieved through love, through self-limitation, but socialism only uses coercion. This is one point.
"Untouched by the breath of God, unrestricted by human conscience, both capitalism and socialism are repulsive."

"Freedom is the most valuable of all human possessions, next after life itself. It is more valuable, in a manner, than even health. No human agency can secure health; but good laws, justly administered, can and do secure freedom. Freedom, indeed, is almost the only thing that law can secure. Law cannot secure equality, nor can it secure prosperity. In the direction of equality, all that law can do is to secure fair play, which is equality of rights but is not equality of conditions. In the direction of prosperity, all that law can do is to keep the road open. That is the Quintessence of Individualism, and it may fairly challenge comparison with that Quintessence of Socialism we have been discussing. Socialism, disguise it how we may, is the negation of Freedom. That it is so, and that it is also a scheme not capable of producing even material comfort in exchange for the abnegations of Freedom, I think the foregoing considerations amply prove." EDWARD STANLEY ROBERTSON
Liberty Fund Library "A Plea for Liberty: An Argument Against Socialism and Socialistic Legislation," edited by Thomas Mackay (1849 - 1912), Chapter 1, excerpted final paragraphs from Edward Stanley Robertson's essay:

"The difference between what is seen and what is not seen was often noticed by the old economists. What is not seen is the infinite variety of individual transactions and decisions which, in a civilized society, within the framework of just and well-known laws, insure the advantage not only of the individual concerned, but of the community, and provide that general body of well-being constituting the wealth of nations. All this is blotted out by an over-riding State control, however imposing some of its manifestations may be. It is the vital creative impulse that that I deeply fear the doctrines and policy of the socialist Government have destroyed, or are rapidly destroying, in our national life. Nothing that they can plan and order and rush around enforcing will take its place. They have broken the mainspring, and until we get a new one the watch will not go." - Winston Churchill, speech, House of Commons, October 28, 1947.

"It is in the interest of the wage-earner to have many other alternatives open to him than service under one all-powerful employer called the State. He will be in a better position to bargain collectively and production will be more abundant; there will be more for all and more freedom for all when the wage earner is able, in the large majority of cases, to choose and change his work, and deal with a private employer who, like himself, is subject to the ordinary pressures of life and, like himself, is dependent upon his personal thrift, ingenuity and good-housekeeping." - Winston Churchill, speech, Blackpool, October 5, 1946

26 posted on 08/23/2011 8:31:31 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin
To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

— Charles Krauthammer

The elite premise: libtards think the masses are unable to think and are too stupid to make their own decisions and to take care of themselves, and so are unfit for freedom. Therefore the masses need the help of big government to survive, and need to be ruled by force. And since ability to think is the exclusive prerogative of the libtards,they will be happy to control that government.

27 posted on 08/23/2011 9:19:20 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Batrachian; Kaslin
I don't think it's reasonable to say that liberals are incapable of understanding the real world. They understand things far better than conservatives, who seem to think they can achieve things just by being right (in the factual sense). That is profoundly stupid and betrays a complete lack of understanding about how to get things done politically.

Exactly! As much as John Hawkins may be correct on his 7 points, I think Krauthammer has the meaning of the nature of the parties / ideologies backwards.

I usually think of liberals as "evil" and conservatives as "stupid" for their inabilities to realize and eloquently convey it. Even armed with the truth and the facts to counter liberal lies and mischaracterizations, most conservatives can't seem to verbalize their arguments or be convincing outside of their own environment.

To underestimate and think of someone evil as stupid, when they simply march on executing their evil plans virtually unimpeded, is, in itself, stupid. Ronald Reagan called Soviet Union an Evil Empire, not Stupid Empire because he understood the true nature of the enemy.

There is a reason that Republicans are usually called the Stupid Party and Democrats the Evil Party.

28 posted on 08/23/2011 9:53:57 AM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Texas Eagle; Kaslin; loveliberty2

“Now THAT’S what I call a Magnificent Seven.”

“When does the book come out?”

The book came out in 1985. It was written by James Burnham, a founding editor of National Review. Titled “Suicide of the West”, it is the most profound in-depth analysis of Liberalism I have ever come across. Published by Regnery Gateway, Inc. ISBN 0-89526-599-0.


29 posted on 08/23/2011 9:56:02 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Kaslin

Wow. Great summary.


30 posted on 08/23/2011 10:03:20 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: loveliberty2

Great post


31 posted on 08/23/2011 10:05:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: American Quilter

I did not know that. I always enjoy reading and posting his articles


32 posted on 08/23/2011 10:07:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: BFM
We MUST take a stand and not subscribe to any liberal media source. Otherwise, we're just paying into our own demise.

True, and it is one of the reasons print media, nightly news channels, and the big networks (liberal strongholds)are slowly dying. Liberals assume everyone thinks the way they do, but they are wrong. This is evidenced in growing popularity of Conservative talk radio and the like. 11B3P

33 posted on 08/23/2011 11:50:38 AM PDT by corlorde (NH)
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To: Kaslin

Liberals are brilliant geniuses who understand and know everything. (All others in the world are ignorant,
knuckle-dragging dolts who know nothing and believe in a bearded man in the sky.)

/s/


34 posted on 08/23/2011 12:26:08 PM PDT by ripley
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