Are Liberals Evil Or Stupid?
Forgive them for they know not what they do. — Luke 23:34
Over at The Telegraph, James Dellinpole asks, “Are lefties incredibly stupid or just plain evil?” The column was spurred by comments made by Charles Krauthammer who once famously intoned,
To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
This is generally true, although the “evil” theory is making a comeback on the Right as more people have become familiar with Saul Alinsky and the Cloward—Piven strategy (Yes, Alinsky, Cloward, & Piven are evil people). Combine that with the complete acceptabilty of lying for political ends on the left, liberalism’s growing hostility to Christianity and country, and their willing embrace of almost anything that weakens the country or undermines morality, and it’s easy to embrace the idea that liberals are evil.
It’s not true, though.
…..Not that there aren’t “evil” liberals. There are plenty of them. Being a shameless liar who believes in nothing other than getting reelected may not make you a very good person, but it’s a huge strength in politics. We’ve created a system that rewards lying, lack of conscience, and acting like a sociopath; so there are a lot of people like that in Congress (They’re on both sides of the aisle). In fact, other than our prison system, Congress has the largest collection of con-men and swindlers you’ll find anywhere in our country.
Setting those people aside and getting down to the run-of-the-mill liberal in politics that you run into — are they evil people? Although I think you could make a fair case that liberalism is an evil philosophy, for the most part, I’d say its adherents aren’t evil.
Liberals are utterly indifferent to whether the policies they advocate work or not. It’s not about actually improving people’s lives for liberals; it’s about feeling good about yourself. If a policy makes a liberal feel morally superior, whether it actually does more harm than good is completely irrelevant.
Combine that with the liberal love of groupthink (The only real crime is being insufficiently liberal), the smug sense of superiority liberalism encourages that has no relation to actions or results beyond being liberal, the-ends-justifies-the-means mentality that liberalism pushes, and liberalism becomes an all-encompassing, insular philosophy.
Do liberals often do a great deal of evil? Yes. Do they mean to do it? No. They’ve been told they’re the good guys, they FEEL LIKE they’re good guys, and they’re been taught not to critically examine any evidence to the contrary because it comes from a polluted source (a non-liberal).
In a sense, they’re like people who are pouring rat poison into the punch bowl at a party while they think it’s sugar. They feel so pleased with themselves because they’re doing a good thing — and the people who’re trying to stop them? At best they don’t know any better, but more likely they’re just evil people who want everyone to have a terrible time — because of THE EVIL. It’s impossible to explain the situation to them because they start with the assumption that if you don’t want to pour the rat poison into the Kool-Aid, you must be evil, and therefore can’t be trusted. So, they live their lives inside of a feedback loop that’s nearly impossible to penetrate.
So, are liberals evil? No, they’re stupid or perhaps more accurately, close-minded, emotion-driven people with no common sense and a wholly unjustified superiority complex.
Walter Williams is a veteran, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a syndicated columnist, a fill-in host for
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